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Colin Gregg, “Sophisticated, Predatory Paedophile”, Former Boss of one of Britain’s Biggest Royal (Children’s) Charities, Convicted of Molesting Boys

Son of Greggs bakery founder, 76, who was convicted of indecently assaulting boys over three decades has five years slashed from jail sentence

  • Colin Gregg from Newcastle had been jailed for 13-and-a-half years in March 
  • He had been found guilty of nine counts of indecent assault against four boys
  • Gregg, 76, appealed his conviction and sentence over the historic sex abuse
  • Appeals court judges in London reduced his jail term to eight-and-a-half years

The son of the founder of the Greggs bakery empire has had his jail sentence for indecently assaulting young boys cut by five years.

Colin Gregg, 76, of Home Steadings, Gosforth, Newcastle, was found guilty of nine counts of indecent assault committed against four boys over three decades and was sentenced to 13-and-a-half years in March.

Gregg, who helped build up the family business and also worked as a social worker, teacher and headmaster, lost a bid to have his convictions overturned at London‘s Court of Appeal on Tuesday.

But senior judges said his jail term, imposed at Newcastle Crown Court, was ‘too long’ and reduced it to eight-and-a-half years.

Gregg, who watched the proceedings over a video link from prison, was said to have played a ‘significant part’ in the expansion and success of his family’s business.

He was also a well-respected member of the community and had raised thousands of pounds for charitable causes before his convictions.

Allegations were first made against Gregg by a young boy in the 1990s and he stood trial, but was cleared at that time.

During his trial earlier this year he denied all the charges, claiming he was the victim of a ‘witch-hunt’ and the complainants wanted compensation.

Sasha Wass QC, representing him at the Appeal Court, argued his sentence was excessive in light of the fact his offending was not in the most serious category.

Lord Justice Davis, sitting with Mrs Justice Nicola Davies and Judge Nicholas Dean QC, said the appeal against sentence must be allowed.

He added: ‘Having reflected upon the matter, the view of this court is that a total sentence of eight-and-a-half years is appropriate for this offending and for this offender.’

 Convicted paedophile Colin Gregg lodges appeal against his child sex conviction

Disgraced Gregg was handed a 13-and-a-half sentence after being found guilty of molesting young boys

Apr 1 2017

Disgraced headteacher Colin Gregg has launched an appeal against his conviction and sentence for child sex charges.

The millionaire son of the Gregg’s bakery founder was found guilty of nine counts of indecently assaulting four victims.

A court heard how the 75-year-old charity boss molested the boys, who were aged between 11 and 14, from the early 1960s until the 1990s.

The abuse was carried out in a swimming pool, in a car and at his home gym.

Branding him a “sophisticated, predatory paedophile” Judge Robin Mairs jailed Gregg for 13-and-a-half years at Newcastle Crown Court.

Now, it is understood that Gregg has lodged an appeal against both his conviction and sentence.

Northumbria Police has urged any other victims of Gregg to come forward.

DS Chris Wilson, who led the investigation, said: “The victims in this case showed immense bravery to come forward and stand up in court to give the evidence that ultimately put their abuser through court.

“It was a terrifying ordeal for them but their actions have helped convict a predatory paedophile and I am sure that convictions such as this will help encourage other victims of sexual abuse to come forward.

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/convicted-paedophile-colin-gregg-lodges-12827854#ICID=sharebar_twitter

Colin Gregg: Headteacher, businessman, charity champion. Child abuser

He  hosted royalty when promoting the Yellow Brick Road fund

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Colin Gregg: Charity champ, abuser and pals with royals – now then now then – who does that remind me of?

L: Colin Gregg, in 1986 at King's School and R: Top - Colin Gregg going to court and bottom - Colin Gregg was an administrator at Yellow Brick Road, and received an award for his work in 1992
L: Colin Gregg, in 1986 at King’s School and R: Top – Colin Gregg going to court and bottom 

1990 – Gregg left the then private King’s School to become the full-time administrator of the Yellow Brick Road Fund

Colin Gregg was an administrator at Yellow Brick Road, and received an award for his work in 1992.

The Children’s Foundation is perhaps better known as the Yellow Brick Road Appeal and was launched by its patron The Duke of York in 1990.

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/charity-queen-one-million-1664388

Yellow Brick Road charity name changed to the Children’s Foundation

the-childrens-foundation-prince-andrew

His reputation as a pillar of the community brought him many benefits – he even rubbed shoulders with royalty when the Duke of York, Prince Andrew, came to the North East in January 1993

20 January 1993

The Duke of York, Patron, visits Newcastle, North Tyneside; visits the Yellow Brick Road Appeal at the Royal Victoria Infirmary; as Patron of Children-North East, visits the Battle Hill Family Centre; tours the electronic Bi-Media News Room and the Television Studio; meets families involved in the ‘Rural Action with Families in Tynedale’ project and, as Patron, meets members and staff of the Newcastle Weston Spirit Centre, at the BBC Broadcasting Centre; and visits Parsons (Rolls-Royce Industrial Power Group), Heaton.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/court-circular-1479887.html

Professor of child health Alan Craft (left) at the Yellow Brick Road building which is officially opened tomorrow, pictured with Yellow Brick Road administrator Colin Gregg (right). 17th May 1995 (Photo: NCJ Archive)

Colin Gregg, administrator to the Yellow Brick Road Charity.

22nd June 1995.


Gregg said” From the very beginning the Yellow Brick Road has been a real partnership – between Newcastle University’s Department of Child Health…”

Gregg was at the forefront of the Yellow Brick Road charity and was instrumental in raising £12m for a world class children’s Medical Research Centre in Newcastle.


Sunday Mirror (London, England)July 7, 1996

Colin Gregg Yellow Brick Road Charity

Yellow Brick Road symbol of ritual abuse


FERGIE CHARITY MAN CHARGED

1996

Gregg stood down from his role as administrator of Yellow Brick Road in 1996.

July 1996 – arrested

“Gregg quit the charity in September 1996 to set up a business management consultancy.”

FERGIE CHARITY MAN CHARGED.

7 July 1996

The former boss, Colin Gregg,  of one of Britain’s biggest Royal charities has been charged with indecently assaulting a boy of 14.

Colin Gregg, 55, ex-administrator of the Yellow Brick Road charity, was arrested after the teenager told his parents he’d been interfered with following a golf club trip.

He has been bailed to appear before magistrates at Newcastle upon Tyne next month.

The married father-of-three, who was arrested on April 25, had his home in Newcastle searched and a computer disc removed by members of Northumbria Police’s Child Protection Department.

The boy is believed to have told police he was also interfered with in a sauna by Mr Gregg after a cross-country run.

Also in the 1996 time frame:

Colin Stuart Gregg

THE CHILDRENS’ FOUNDATION LIMITED (02528291)

Appointed before 6 August 1991 Resigned on 25 July 1996

 

THE CHILDRENS’ FOUNDATION TRADING LIMITED (02591794)

Appointed before 14 March 1993 Resigned on 12 March 1999

 Feversham Special School Hexham Road in Walbottle, Newcastle, which closed in the late 90s

1996 -2000 – Director  – Gregg at Feversham School/name changed to Talbot House School – set up by MIND, the mental health charity, in the late 1960s

Chilling report of abuse and cruelty at Feversham School

SECRET papers today reveal the harrowing world of the Tyneside special school at the centre of an abuse probe.

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/local-news/chilling-report-abuse-cruelty-feversham-1350428

THE charity responsible for a Tyneside school at the centre of a child abuse scandal says it does not know who was in charge of the youngsters.

As revealed in the Chronicle, two former care workers were jailed for abusing their positions to steal the childhoods of vulnerable pupils at Feversham Special School.

The charity Mind was the residential school’s custodian trustee, looking after assets but not running the facility for emotionally and behaviorally-disturbed children, aged from six to 19.

And Mind boss Paul Farmer has admitted he has no idea who was actually in charge of the now-closed special school, where predatory paedophiles Kevin Brown and John Leslie Duncan worked as carers.

 

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/local-news/hunt-feversham-special-schools-governors-1365734

The school, owned by the charity Mind, – warnings about the abuse were  ignored.

The charity Mind acted as the residential school’s custodian trustee, looking after assets but not running the facility.

A board of governors managed the school, but Mind says it kept no record of their names.

Mind’s chief executive Paul Farmer said: “We are deeply shocked and saddened by the abuse that took place at Feversham.

“Mind was the custodian trustee of the property from which the school was run and was not involved with day-to-day running of the school.

“Mind is no longer involved with any residential educational establishments.”

 

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The Duke and Duchess of York, Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, have been affiliated with another convicted establishment paedophile – Jeffrey Epstein

Roberts has claimed she had sex three times with Andrew in 2001, including during a group sex session with eight other girls at Jeffrey Epstein’s home in the Virgin Islands.

Roberts has alleged that girls as young as 12 were regularly flown on the £30 million jet to locations around the world where Epstein (and other members of the elite) would abuse them.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/royal/554104/Prince-Andrew-s-Ex-Fergie-Duchess-of-York-prove-alibi-over-sex-slave-orgy-claims

2001

It is known Epstein and Andrew regularly holidayed together – from weekends at Balmoral and Sandringham, to trips to New York.

Epstein was, the source told The Times, ‘a big part of [Andrew’s] life’

Prince Andrew sits on a yacht in Thailand back in 2001, during a holiday at a £2,300-a-week resort which is thought to have come courtesy of Jeffrey Epstein

Prince Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein pictured strolling through Central Park together during a four-day break in New York at the start of December 2010 within days of the billionaire giving Fergie the £15,000 payment

Fergie:’I personally, on behalf of myself, deeply regret that Jeffrey Epstein became involved in any way with me,’ she said.

‘I abhor paedophilia and any sexual abuse of children and know that this was a gigantic error of judgment on my behalf.

‘I am just so contrite I cannot say. Whenever I can I will repay the money and will have nothing ever to do with Jeffrey Epstein ever again…

Prince Andrew was expected to hold crisis talks with the Queen today as he returned to Britain from a holiday in the upmarket Swiss ski resort of Verbier with his ex-wife Fergie, Sarah Ferguson

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2897086/Cash-strapped-Fergie-took-15-000-paedophile-billionaire-centre-claims-Prince-Andrew-slept-age-sex-slave.html

 

Multiple listings for Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York and Prince Andrew, Duke of York in convicted establishment peadophile, Jeffrey Epstein’s black book

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

The Duke and Duchess of York are presidents of the Yellow Brick Road, which is trying to raise cash to build three hospices in the north.

https://www.thefreelibrary.com/FERGIE+CHARITY+MAN+CHARGED.-a061167152

 


ROYAL ENGAGEMENTS

Jan 20, 1993

The Duke of York, Prince Andrew, Patron, visits Newcastle, North Tyneside; visits the Yellow Brick Road Appeal at the Royal Victoria Infirmary.

21 January: The Duke of York, Patron, this morning visited the Yellow Brick Road Appeal, Newcastle University Medical School, Newcastle, and was received by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for Tyne and Wear (Colonel Sr Ralph Carr-Ellison).

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/court-circular-1480089.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/court-circular-1479887.html

Royal Victorian Infirmary RVI where close friend of the royal family, Sir Jimmy Savile abused.

Nurse tells of Jimmy Savile’s visits to Newcastle Royal Victoria Infirmary

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/nurse-tells-jimmy-saviles-visits-6360222

Jimmy Savile meets seven year old Lee Claffey of Eastwood Gardens Kenton Newcastle who was visiting the Royal Victoria Infirmary to have his broken arm checked. 7th June 1986

‘Jimmy Savile visited the children’s wards of the Royal Victoria Infirmary in 1986/1987 and 1991.

He (Savile) also visited Newcastle General Hospital in the early 1990s but witnesses were unsure of exact dates

Nurse Phil Brown remembers encountering the disgraced radio and TV presenter in May 1987 at ward 16 south where youngsters were receiving treatment for leukaemia. Today he is calling on hospital chiefs at the Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to let the public know the exact dates of his visits.

He also claimed Savile was formally invited into the building.

A spokesperson for the trust said senior staff were taking the disgraced star’s alleged visits to the Royal Victoria Infirmary very seriously.

However, on Saturday a statement from Sir Leonard Fenwick, trust chief executive, said no concerns had so far been expressed by staff working at the time.

Mr Brown, a nurse for 37 years, said: “Jimmy Savile visited ward 16 south where children had leukaemia.

“It was in June 1987 and a pivotal weekend because it was the Great North Run. I have rung the NSPCC and police involved in Operation Yewtree as speaking as a nurse, I am dismayed. I’m not the only one who remembers him visiting.

“The moment it came out that he had been in Newcastle I informed the RVI. So far I think they’ve got their dates wrong. People need to be aware he visited in 1987.

He appeared to be in Newcastle for the Great North Run but for whatever reason he was able to visit the RVI.”

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Jimmy Savile visited ward 16 south where children had leukaemia.
Have police questioned who was in charge of that ward when Savile was invited to RVI?

Professor of child health Alan Craft (left) at the Yellow Brick Road building which is officially opened tomorrow, pictured with Yellow Brick Road administrator Colin Gregg (right). 17th May 1995 (Photo: NCJ Archive)

Dr Alan Craft specialised in paediatric oncology / childhood leukemia

Professor of child health Alan Craft (left) at the Yellow Brick Road building which is officially opened tomorrow, pictured with Yellow Brick Road administrator Colin Gregg

Alan enjoys filling his spare time with running (31 marathons and 106 half marathons so far), orienteering and doing crosswords. He is happily married with one son and a delightful granddaughter aged 18 months.
Alan Craft  – Colin Gregg’s Children Charity Run
2010
Sir Alan Craft – ambassador for the North East Children’s Cancer Research Fund:

Seahouses Middle School was last week given an award for its outstanding contribution to the North East Children’s Cancer Run by Sir Alan Craft.

Headteacher Julie Harris said: “As an ambassador for the North East Children’s Cancer Research Fund, Sir Alan came to present us with an award for our outstanding contribution to the North East Children’s Cancer Run.
Professor Sir Alan Craft with some of the fund-raising pupils at Seahouses Middle School.'Picture by Jane Coltman

Professor Sir Alan Craft with some of the fund-raising pupils at Seahouses Middle School.

http://www.northumberlandgazette.co.uk/news/school-s-award-for-long-running-support-of-charity-1-7567856

Trustee

Prof Sir Alan Craft launches scathing attack on new North East hospital

 

  • 26 Jun 2013

ONE of the country’s leading experts on childhood medicine has launched a scathing attack on plans to build a specialist emergency hospital in the North East.

But in an unprecedented attack Prof Sir Alan Craft, former president of Royal College of Paediatrics, said the proposals for the restructuring of children’s services in the region was concerning.

Prof Craft, a consultant paediatrician based at the RVI, and his wife, Anne, children’s nurse and director of nursing and former health visitor for North Tyneside, sent a letter to The Journal outlining their views.

Professor Sir Alan Craft
Consultant Paediatrician North Tyneside 1978-86
Professor of Child Health Newcastle 1993-2007
President of Royal College of Paediatrics 2003-2006

Lady (Anne) Craft
Former health visitor North Tyneside
Children’s nurse and Director of Nursing (Matron)

http://www.thejournal.co.uk/news/north-east-news/prof-sir-alan-craft-launches-4478701

Another RVI doctor –Dr Camille De San Lazaro

Lazaro began work as a forensic paediatrician at the Lindisfarne Centre in the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle in 1989 following the Cleveland sex abuse inquiry. This was the first post of its kind in the country.

http://www.thejournal.co.uk/news/north-east-news/abuse-claims-exaggerated-4621265

Current colleagues – Dr Lazaro and Dr Alan Craft

Both attending the Great North Paediatric Conference  at RVI 2016

http://www.cher-newcastle.co.uk/programme_conference2016.pdf

She’s still in business despite being “completely discredited”??…

We hope that everyone who finds themselves relying on the medical services that Dr de San Lazaro is still allowed to provide is told of her track record.

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/just-how-bad-can-doctor-1576127

Lord Justice Kennedy told the court that in the 2002 libel trial, the doctor had been “completely discredited” in relation to her handling of a number of allegations of sexual abuse prior to February, 1995.

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/abuse-cases-doc-face-probe-1603253

2002 –

Calls were today made for a review after a North East man had his conviction for raping a boy overturned because of the evidence of Dr Camille San Lazaro.

Dawn Reed and Chris Lillie

Dawn Reed and Christopher Lillie

Dr Lazaro, senior lecturer and consultant paediatrician at Newcastle Royal Victoria Infirmary and Newcastle University was criticised for her role in the investigation into” false” claims of abuse at a Newcastle nursery by Dawn Reed and Christopher Lillie.

The pair were accused in a Newcastle City Council report of systematic sex abuse of dozens of children at a Newcastle nursery. But Mr Justice Eady declared them innocent of all charges and condemned the report as a legal `shambles.’

...supplying children to a paedophile ring whose members had raped and abused their young victims, and used them in the making of child pornography.

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/abuse-cases-doc-face-probe-1603253

Her evidence has been blamed for Kevin Brown’s conviction. He has served his seven-year sentence for raping the five-year-old boy.

Brown’s first appeal was dismissed in 1997 but his case was referred back to the Appeal Court by the Criminal Cases Review Commission which investigates claims of miscarriages of justice. The CCRC obtained three medical reports, including one from a doctor at the forefront of the 1987 Cleveland Child Sex Abuse Inquiry, that suggested injuries to the boy may not have been caused by a sexual act. Ruling the conviction unsafe, Lord Justice Kennedy said medical evidence at the trial had been oversimplified to the detriment of the defence. He added that a large part of the prosecution case at trial had been reliant on evidence from Dr San Lazaro.

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/abuse-cases-doc-face-probe-1603253

Looks as though Lazaro was a ringer to ruin any sex-abuse cases.

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The Yellow Brick Road charity became The Children’s Foundation – headed by Prince Andrew as Patron


“We have not received any evidence since the conviction that there are any further victims of Colin Greggs who have not yet reported abuse to us.

“However, if there are victims out there then we will listen to them and we will believe them regardless of whether the abuse is recent or of a historical nature.

“These sorts of offences are not, and nor have they ever been, acceptable behaviour and national media stories over the last few years should provide reassurance of that to any victims out there.

“Safeguarding vulnerable victims of crime is our absolute priority and if there are other victims out there then we would encourage them to come forward. We will believe you.”

Gregg helped set up the family business and also worked as a charity fundraiser, a social worker and as a headteacher at a prestigious North East school.

Gregg, of Homefarm Steading, in Gosforth, Newcastle, claimed he was the victim of a police witch-hunt and alleged the complainants were looking for compensation.

But last month a jury at Leeds Crown Court found him guilty of sexually abusing young boys.

As well as 13-and-a-half years in prison, Gregg has been banned from working with children and was ordered to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/convicted-paedophile-colin-gregg-lodges-12827854#ICID=sharebar_twitter

Colin Gregg was employed in the children’s department of Newcastle Council as a social worker where csa was rampant.

Gregg taught at Durham School, a school in Newcastle’s west end before moving to Newcastle City Council’s children’s department as a social worker. He then became the headmaster at Tynemouth King’s School.

The court heard Gregg was a former headteacher in Tynemouth, and Talbot House school, and also taught at Durham School, as well as being employed in the children’s department of Newcastle Council as a social worker.

Professor of child health Alan Craft (left) at the Yellow Brick Road building which is officially opened tomorrow, pictured with Yellow Brick Road administrator Colin Gregg

Alan enjoys filling his spare time with running (31 marathons and 106 half marathons so far

In 1989, Gregg became the director of children’s charity the Yellow Brick Road Fund.

Gregg quit the charity in September 1996 to set up a business management consultancy.

https://www.thefreelibrary.com/FERGIE+CHARITY+MAN+CHARGED.-a061167152

During this time he operated a running club from his home at Homefarm Steading, Gosforth.

The other allegations are said to have taken place between 1988-91, at locations including Gregg’s home gymnasium.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/2808603/greggs-bakery-heir-sexually-abused-string-of-young-boys-in-his-home-gym-and-swimming-pool/

Sasha Wass QC, defending, asked Carol Gregg: “Knowing the allegations, has it caused you any concern that Mr Gregg has contact with your grandchildren?”

The former nursery nurse replied: “Not at all.”

When asked if Gregg’s three daughters have concerns leaving him with their children, Mrs Gregg replied “no”.

The court also heard from Gregg’s former colleague Andy James, who he worked with at Talbot House school in Newcastle.

When asked how the former head teacher interacted with the pupils, Mr James said: “He was highly regarded by the boys who thought the world of him.

“The staff thought he was an innovator with new ideas, which all the children seemed to respond to very positively.”

Ms Wass then asked Mr James if he was concerned by Gregg’s behaviour towards the children.

He replied: “No, not at all.”

Mr James went on to say: “He is very dedicated to young people becoming better people, particularly those coming from deprived backgrounds.”

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/colin-greggs-wife-tells-crown-12619655

The first complainant, now in his 60s, claims Gregg sexually assaulted when he was aged 13 while he was at boarding school.

At the time Gregg was involved with the charity TOC H, a Christian charity.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/2808603/greggs-bakery-heir-sexually-abused-string-of-young-boys-in-his-home-gym-and-swimming-pool/

Doing the math….abuse happened approx 47 yrs ago – 47 yrs ago was 1970 – so Colin Gregg was probably  involved in the TOC H charity in the 70’s – when Jimmy Savile was also involved.

ement. is a reg

Toc H archives

istered charity no. 211042 and SC045491

 

Toc H archives – Jimmy Savile

pg 135
PUBLIC RELATIONS. With Jimmy Savile
pg 77
‘How to Organise a Jimmy Savile-Handi Dance’,
Huw Gibbs, 1972

Jimmy Savile and Toc H 1973

pg 97

Photographs, pictures and related material
Queen At Toc H Garden Party (1939)
The Prince of Wales, later Edward VIII, seen here lighting the Lamp of Maintenance at a meeting of the Toc H organisation
Various images of Tubby Clayton. Includes pictures of the Queen Mother,
Angus Ogilvy and the Prince of Wales (future Edward VI
II)

https://www.royal.uk/charities-and-patronages?name=TOC&mrf=&field_themes_target_id=&field_world_region_value=

Sir Angus Ogilvy –Vice-Patron of TocH.

Businessman husband of Princess Alexandra of Kent

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/sir-angus-ogilvy-26233.html

The Guardian19 Nov 1965, FriPage 2

Jimmy Savile and Rev Dr PB Clayton Founder  Padre of TOC H 

oovalen

October 13, 2016

edited 5 months ago

i was passed the foto of the rear of this Lp by a friend in the UK who was disturbed to find “Sir Jimmy Savile” on the rear with the vicar of All HallowS Church, London at the time “Tubby” and also at least one disturbing foto of “Tubby” putting his finger into the mouth of some poor little boy.
Regarding the criminal pedophilic past of SJS having been partially exposed these fotos are more than disturbing.

http://www.bridgefm.org.uk/gallery/toc-h/

At Cuffley kept the long-running Jimmy Savile mini-handi dances (now rechristened Jimmy Savile Danceathons) alive.

In 2003 I even managed to get Jimmy Savile to attend…

https://tochcentenary.wordpress.com/2015/12/12/a-personal-journey-into-toc-h-2/

http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/9984272._/

http://www.bigredbook.info/tubby_clayton.html

http://www.thejournal.co.uk/north-east-analysis/analysis-news/paul-brannen-story-toc-h-8075719

http://www.allhallowsbythetower.org.uk/partners/toc-h-and-all-hallows-trust/

http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/charles-and-camilla-score-with-geordies-1-2400214

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

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Kochi/prince-charles-visits-cochin-shipyard/article5346745.ece

Savile/Newcastle/Marsden


Savile had a relative living at Marsden so was often there- he used to park his car in the carpark of The Marsden Inn.
The Great North Run route in the final stages takes you down Marsden bank

Marsden and Jarrow he visited a lot due to relatives or friends of his mother living there, and Minchellas ice cream parlour in South Shields he was seen in a lot in the 60’s…and then Consett of course, as his mother originated from there He certainly knew the entire area well.

2006

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall enjoy a cup of tea when they visit a community based charity TocH on November 8, 2006 in Newcastle, England.

Charles and Camilla score with Geordies

The royal couple’s final engagement of the day was to take afternoon tea and cake with local people in Jarrow, South Tyneside as guests of the Toc H charity.

From Stocksfield Primary the couple went on to visit crowds of people in Greenhaugh in Northumberland and went for tea and cake at community project, Toc H.

The couple began their tour of the region with a visit to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary to help celebrate the hospital’s 100th anniversary.

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/royal-variety-for-visiting-couple-1555911

And it was Margaret (Thatcher) and Shirley, when they were a bit older, who would work together at TOC H, the mission for servicemen

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Professor of child health Alan Craft (left) at the Yellow Brick Road building which is officially opened tomorrow, pictured with Yellow Brick Road administrator Colin Gregg (right). 17th May 1995 (Photo: NCJ Archive)

The Children’s Foundation Directors:

Professor of child health Alan Craft:

Director of the Children’s Foundation, along with Colin Gregg and social worker Brian Roycroft.

https://companycheck.co.uk/company/02528291/THE-CHILDRENS-FOUNDATION-LIMITED/companies-house-data

 

Brian Roycroft, Newcastle City Council’s Director of Social Services, stood by the worker and refused to dismiss him. He said there would be disciplinary action “but not of a serious nature”. A slap on the wrist for standing by and allowing 55 children to be abused.

Brian Roycroft was also the Secretary of the Association of Directors of Social Services (ADSS), and took part in the decision not to create a ‘blacklist’ of social workers who had committed similar offences.

https://spotlightonabuse.wordpress.com/2013/12/06/brian-roycroft-and-the-tyneside-childrens-home-scandal/

Brian Roycroft also was a director of the Community Foundation with Jane Gregg – Colin Gregg’s  ex-sister-in-law

https://companycheck.co.uk/director/902131544/MR-ERIC-BRIAN-ROYCROFT/companies

https://companycheck.co.uk/director/902131537/MS-JANE-GREGG/companies

 

Jane Gregg

Jan 18 2013

NOT so long ago, Jane Gregg was married to the multi-millionaire founder of Greggs the Bakers. It was a life of privilege afforded by the riches the bakery empire bestowed on her family.

Ian Gregg – brother of convicted paedophile Colin Gregg

Married at the time to Ian Gregg – retired founder of the Greggs bakery chain, with a personal worth estimated at £94m

“I used to sit on the Greggs Trust charity”… the helpline she is now funding – Lifeline For Anyone Who Cares – here in Manchester. It is part of the national drugs charity Lifeline.

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/health/drugs-hell-of-greggs-family-915056

Jane Gregg and Brian Roycroft – directors

 

Brian Roycroft and the Tyneside children’s home scandal

https://spotlightonabuse.wordpress.com/2013/12/06/brian-roycroft-and-the-tyneside-childrens-home-scandal/

Royal Charity – The Children’s Foundation – paedophile-linked

 

The Children’s Foundation Directors/Patron Prince Andrewfriend of convicted billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein

Convicted paedophile Colin Gregg and Brian Roycroft – Directors

Brian Roycroft, Newcastle City Council’s Director of Social Services, stood by the worker and refused to dismiss him. He said there would be disciplinary action “but not of a serious nature”. A slap on the wrist for standing by and allowing 55 children to be abused.

Brian Roycroft was also the Secretary of the Association of Directors of Social Services (ADSS), and took part in the decision not to create a ‘blacklist’ of social workers who had committed similar offences.

Social Work Today, 26th April 1977

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https://spotlightonabuse.wordpress.com/2013/12/06/brian-roycroft-and-the-tyneside-childrens-home-scandal/


Colin Gregg colleague – Alan Craft Knighted in 2005

Chairman of UK Scout Association 

He was involved with Scouting as a young person up to the age of 16, when he became County adviser for Handicapped Scouts in the 80s.

Craft is Chairman of the UK Scout Association and has been selected to carry the Olympic Torch ahead of London’s summer Olympic Games.

http://thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/lancet/PIIS0140673612609155.pdf

Gregg molested a young boy while he worked as a running coach, a court has heard

In 1989, Gregg became the director of children’s charity the Yellow Brick Road Fund.

During this time he operated a running club from his home at Homefarm Steading, Gosforth.

The runs would start and finish at Gregg’s house at the time, on Linden Road in Gosforth.

 
Gregg started the now famous run Greggs Children’s Cancer in 1982 Run –

Colin Gregg launched the Greggs Children’s Cancer Run, after pupil Chris Peacock was diagnosed with kidney cancer

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Chris Peacock’s cancer was treated by Professor Alan Craft and this year (2013), as in the 20 previous years, he will be taking part in the Children’s Cancer Run.

Chris bounced back from his brush with death and went to The King’s School in Tynemouth, where, at the age of eight, he discovered a passion for running. The then headmaster, Colin Gregg, a member of the famous bakery family, found out about his cancer and decided to set up a fundraising run in Gosforth Park in which his school and others could take part.

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/inspiration-to-us-all-1643773

RVI Children’s Cancer Research Unit/Run Dr Alan Craft
 sponsored by Greggs

FEB 2013

As well as the five-mile run there will be a Mini one-mile run for the under sevens who must be accompanied by an adult.

The Children’s Cancer Research Unit at the Royal Victoria Infirmary has just taken on two new recruits, pathologist Dr David Ellison, and cancer expert Dr Steve Clifford, to find ways of improving survival rates.

But the pair will only be able to carry out the research if this year’s Children’s Cancer Run is a success and raises at least #150,000. (extortion)

 “The staff on Ward 12 are second to none and we owe them – especially Prof Alan Craft – everything.”

The run is on May 13, at Gypsies Green, the Leas, South Shields.

The event is being sponsored by Greggs the Bakers which will provide a picnic for all runners.

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/raise-funds-cancer-run-lives-1680916

Runner Dr Alan Craft is part of the Gosforth Running Club – Gosforth is where Colin Gregg lives

http://www.runbritainrankings.com/runners/profile.aspx?athleteid=295122

“I was once at a Vaux dinner/awards function at the Gosforth park hotel about 20 years ago and was sat at the same table as the hotel manager, we got talking about celebs that stay there, and i asked who was the worst, he said Savile but would not go in to further detail why but the disgusted look and way he said it was easy to read.”

https://www.readytogo.net/smb/threads/jimmy-savile.1213574/page-9

Sacred Heart Church in Gosforth to celebrate centenary

8 May 2012

The church was given a major refurbishment after the arrival, in 1984, of Irishman, Father Tom Cass and while the works were carried out, services were held in a prefabricated building, which became known as Uncle Toms Cabin.

On one occasion, Father Cass persuaded Jimmy Savile, still wearing running gear after completing the Great North Run, to appear at the summer fair. He also once recognised the Irish singer Dana in the congregation and brought her to the altar to sing the final hymn.

The church has a link with Newcastles St Cuthberts boys school, now called now St Cuthberts High School, which itself celebrated its 130th anniversary last year. The present Parish Priest, Father Jim Dunne, was the last of several members of the clergy to teach at the school.

http://www.northeastlifemag.co.uk/people/sacred_heart_church_in_gosforth_to_celebrate_centenary_1_1921878

Sir Jimmy was initiated into the Great North Run Hall of fame in 2009 

The Jim’ll Fix It host was inducted into the Great North Run Hall of Fame in 2009 and is described on the Nova website as a “universally popular” figure who “was recognised for the vast contribution he has made, particularly with the highly-popular junior runs”.

 http://www.thejournal.co.uk/news/north-east-news/sir-jimmy-savile-great-north-4401753

Savile was a regular visitor to the Great North Run

NO EVIDENCE: Jimmy Savile at the Great North Run in 2000

 Jimmy Savile at the Great North Run in 2000

26 Jun 2014

 JIMMY Savile visited hospitals on Tyneside on three occasions, visits which coincided with the celebrity’s regular appearances at the Great North Run.

But a report  found no evidence of any inappropriate behaviour during Savile’s time in Newcastle’s hospitals.

An investigation by the Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was triggered by a former member of staff, who contacted Operation Yewtree detectives after recalling seeing Savile at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in 1991.

The investigation found that Savile had visited the RVI’s children’s wards twice between 1986 and 1991 and had also visited Newcastle General Hospital during the early 1990s.

Trust chief executive Sir Leonard Fenwick said: “Jimmy Savile visited the children’s wards of the Royal Victoria Infirmary in 1986/1987 and 1991.

“He also visited Newcastle General Hospital in the early 1990s, but witnesses were unsure of exact dates.

“…these presentations appeared to coincide with the Great North Run. ”.

Savile, famous for his charity fundraising, took part in the Great North Run at least 18 times and was inducted to the Hall of Fame in 2009.

Asked by The Northern Echo in 2000 if he had a message for the people of the North-East ahead of the run, Savile said: “Lock up your daughters, girlfriends and wives. I don’t want to misbehave b 2007 with ut I can’t help it once I arrive on Tyneside.”

Jimmy Savile at the 2007 GNR with Alastair Campbell (Tony Blair’s former spin doctor)……and former sports minister Richard Caborn.

 Sir Jimmy Savile has become a virtual mascot for the race

Alastair Campbell – a runner too…

His main hobbies are running, cycling, bagpipes and following Burnley FC.

He took up running nine years ago has since run the London Marathon, the Great North Run, and the Great Ethiopian Run, and completed several full triathlons, all for Leukaemia Research Fund. He is the charity’s chairman of fundraising.

“Both George Bush and Tony Blair sponsored me in the London Marathon.”

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/other-sport/dressed-thrill-raring-go-1663022

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/author/alastair-campbell

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1337098/Hoon-Byers-Caborn-barred-Parliament-Lobbygate-scandal.html

 

Alastair Campbell friends with Alan Clark MP who was involved in a scandal with two 14 yr old girls –

Clark  is involved in a sex scandal with a woman and her daughters — ‘the coven’ — and phones Campbell for advice.

Alan Clark was mates with Alistair Campbell and talked to him about the sexual allegations regarding him having sex with Judge Harkness’s 14 year old daughters.

The Trouble with BBC ‘Children in Need’ Ambassador Max Clifford and Tory MP Alan Clark

In the leaked video Clifford, the legendary PR Guru to the stars and elites let slip that he had successfully hid away the sins of one Tory MP, and ‘diarist’, Alan Clark.

https://youtu.be/u8m4sSCEZlU

http://21stcenturywire.com/2012/11/13/the-problem-with-the-bbcs-children-in-need-ambassador-max-cliffords-relationship-with-tory-mp-alan-clark/

Photo published for No 10 turned blind eye to Alan Clark affairs: Thatcher may have been aware of liaisons when she...

Thatcher & Ian Gow (PPS to Thatcher) both turned a blind eye to Alan Clark affairs

Ian Gow was close friends with convicted paedophile Bishop Ball.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2447852/No-10-turned-blind-eye-Alan-Clark-affairs-Thatcher-aware-liaisons-minister.html

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Clues to the Dando murder

Alastair Campbell is in convicted establishment paedophile, Jeffrey Epstein’s Black Book

 

There is an entry for Mr Blair’s former spin doctor Alastair Campbell – with a Downing Street number

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

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and for Peter Mandelson 10 entries

 

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^ Tony Blair, Alistair Campbell  and Bill Clinton- both Blair and Campbell were in billionaire convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s black book (Clinton took many trips on Epstein’s “Lolita Express”)

Epstein had assembled a powerful network of contacts encompassing the worlds of politics, business, royalty and celebrity and even Bill Clinton.

The inclusion of Lord Mandelson and an office address for Tony Blair has raised questions about the extent of his relationship with the Labour government.

But last night – some 48 hours after the link between Epstein and Lord Mandelson emerged – the former Labour spin doctor was still refusing to comment about his dealings with the disgraced billionaire.

 

Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)November 13, 2000

THE Prime Minister’s official spokesman was quizzed by police over the murder of TV presenter Jill Dando, it was revealed yesterday.

Alastair Campbell, one of Tony Blair’s closest aides and friends, met officers so they could eliminate him from their inquiries.

He was interviewed after a newspaper wrongly claimed he had joked about being Jill’s lover.

…in April 1999 but officers felt obliged to interview him.

Campbell said he had met her when he reviewed the papers on her breakfast TV show.

He also said: “I believe the police had a number of calls pointing out my resemblance to their e-fit picture of the killer.”

https://www.thefreelibrary.com/BLAIR%27S+MAN+QUIZZED+OVER+DANDO+MURDER.-a066867783

Jill Dando E-fit suspect

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Jimmy Savile at the 2007 GNR with Alastair Campbell (Tony Blair’s former spin doctor)……and former sports minister Richard Caborn.

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Still spinning

Alastair Campbell claims Blair did ‘all he could to avoid war’ despite damning Chilcot Report verdict

Spin chief also blamed BBC for driving WMD expert David Kelly to suicide

6th July 2016

…accusations made by the BBC that he “sexed up” a dossier that Saddam Hussein could arm WMDs within 45 minutes.

Campbell blamed the BBC’s reporting for driving weapons expert David Kelly to kill himself.

Mr Kelly had raised concerns with the media that the 45-minute claims were untrue.

Mr Campbell resigned during the Hutton Inquiry into Mr Kelly’s death in 2003.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/politics/1400062/alastair-campbell-claims-blair-did-all-he-could-to-avoid-war-despite-damning-chilcot-report-verdict/

The Tory government Attorney-General is trying to block their court cases.

Attorney General tries to block bid to prosecute Tony Blair over Iraq War

  • Attorney General launched legal bid to throw out attempt to haul Blair to court
  • Tory MP Jeremy Wright, the government’s top law officer, launched intervention


Interesting how Labour and Tory stand shoulder to shoulder to protect murderers. Much the same with paedophiles.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/792384/historic-sexual-abuse-greville-janner-labour-party-paedophile-allegations

Tories face questions over support of Keith Vaz committee appointment

About 150 Conservative MPs voted for Vaz, who stood down as chair of home affairs committee in September over escort claims, to join justice committee

 

I bet Alastair Campbell knows a thing or two about Vaz!

‘He (Alan Clarke) said he had hired George ­Carman QC,’ writes Campbell in his diaries. ‘I said these people are really just posh Max Cliffords.

Brilliant, he said, posh Max Cliffords! I said be careful, because your interest is in getting this thing buried and ­forgotten. A lawyer might see the benefit of getting the whole thing to court. Good advice, he said, toodle-pip, and off he went.
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2009/sep/27/alan-clark

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-1352258/Alastair-Campbell-Alan-Clark-How-toff-fell-tough-guy.htmlbiography-ion-trewin

Max Clifford and Alan Clarke

Clark scandal descends into tales of blackmail and lechery

1994

THE SEX SCANDAL involving Alan Clark, the wife of a former judge and her two daughters degenerated further last night with allegations of blackmail and indecent exposure.

Jane Clark, wife of the former defence minister, accused Valerie Harkess, 57, and her daughter Josephine, 34, of demanding pounds 100,000 to keep allegations that Mr Clark seduced them and Josephine’s sister, Alison, out of the newspapers.

Mrs Harkess and her 64- year-old husband, James, a former deputy circuit judge, denounced the blackmail allegation as ‘an absolute lie’. Her daughter accused Mr Clark of betraying her family’s trust by indecently exposing himself to her and Alison when they were 13 and 15.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/clark-scandal-descends-into-tales-of-blackmail-and-lechery-1419683.html

 


Dr Alan Craft – Patron of Together With Short Lives charity along with

Simon Cowell and Rosa Monckton and Holly Willoughby

Patrons

  • Rosa Monckton – Rosa Monckton is a friend of convicted, establishment, paedophile ( friend of Prince Andrew) Jeffrey Epstein

“He’s very enigmatic,” Rosa Monckton told Vanity Fair in 2003. Monckton was the former British CEO of Tiffany & Co. and confidante to the late Princess Diana. She was also a close friend of Epstein’s since the 1980s. “He never reveals his hand . . . He’s a classic iceberg. What you see is not what you get.”

http://nypost.com/2016/10/09/the-sex-slave-scandal-that-exposed-pedophile-billionaire-jeffrey-epstein/

Holly Willoughby  of David Cameron / Tory Paedophile List/  Witch Hunt fame

08/11/12 NAMES PIXILATED TO CONCEAL IDENTITY,… the alleged paedophile ring in Westminster (Phillip Schofield handed him a list of names …. Cameron said he was worried it could turn into a “witch-hunt” against MP’s, particularly those that are gay.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2229808/Phillip-Schofield-ambushes-David-Cameron-Tory-paedophile-list-No-10-condemns-trial-Twitter.htm



Dr Craft and notorious Professor Samuel Roy Meadow both part of

BRITISH PAEDIATRIC SERVICES LIMITED

https://companycheck.co.uk/company/02158572/BRITISH-PAEDIATRIC-SERVICES-LIMITED/companies-house-data

Death of Sally Clark

Sally Clark died unintentionally on 16 March 2007 from acute alcohol intoxication.[30] She never recovered from the serious psychological trauma resulting from the experience of the deaths of two children, then being unjustly convicted of their murder with subsequent imprisonment leading to her being separated from her third baby.[31]

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

Professor Sir Alan Craft, President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, said the decision to strike Sir Roy off was “saddening”.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/4685511.stm

Professor Alan Craft, president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

Next week we publish a report, jointly with the Royal College of Pathologists and chaired by Baroness Kennedy, which gives clear guidance on how infant deaths should be investigated.

link

link

Dr Alan Craft commenting on convicted paedophile paediatricians Dr Myles Bradbury and Dr Michael Salmon

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/11109199/You-automatically-trust-doctors.-I-trusted-Dr-Bradbury….html

Accused: Bruce Bailey, surgeon, relaxes after a 12 hour operation in 1983

Former surgeon at hospital where Savile had an office accused of sexually abusing four-year-old girl while reading her bedtime stories

  • Bruce Bailey worked at world-renowned Stoke Mandeville Hospital
  • He is also accused of raping girl when she was 11 as she waited for op
  • Bailey, who died in 2001, is believed to have known paedophile Savile
  • He is second doctor at Bucks hospital accused of abusing patients (Michael Salmon is the other)

He was a visiting surgeon at Gujarat Cancer Institute, India. As a result, several young Indian doctors came to work at Stoke Mandeville.

Bruce Bailey Travelling Fellowship
This Fellowship in Coimbatore, India was established in memory of Mr Bruce Bailey, Plastic Surgeon at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Aylesbury, in recognition of the training that Mr Bailey provided for many Indian plastic surgeons, including Dr S Raja Sabapathy at the Ganga Hospital in Coimbatore.
The fellowship is for a period of two months, probably best taken at the end of the year in November and December. The Fellowship is designed for surgeons in the middle or late part of their training and is undertaken in a private hospital with orthopaedic, plastic surgical and hand teams, with a large volume of work related to trauma. The unit also does a lot of work on soft tissue cover for lower limb injuries.Included in the fellowship is a one-week laboratory microsurgery course at the hospital and a trip to the Indian Society for Surgery of the Hand meeting or to attend the annual meeting of the Association of Plastic Surgeons of India. The salary for the duration of the fellowship is £750.00 to include food and accommodation…

 Bruce Bailey Fellowship – hospitals

Bruce Bailey Fellow – 2005
Dr Patrick Gillespie MA, BM BCh, FRCS (Plast)
Specialist Registrar
Plastic Surgery Dept of Plastic Surgery
Addenbrookes Hospital
Cambridge, CB2 2QQ
United Kingdom

^^ that’s where convicted paedophile Dr Myles Bradbury abused children

Bradbury, who used a “spy pen” to secretly capture pictures of his partially-clothed victims, was arrested in December 2013. He admitted 25 offences dating between 2009 and 2013

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-34591633

and RVI

Bruce Bailey Fellow – 2009
Mr Adam Blackburn,
Specialist Registrar in Plastic Surgery,
Royal Victoria Hospital,
Newcastle Open Tyne,
United Kingdom

 

http://web.archive.org/web/20110927114128/http://www.gangahospital.com/AcademicActivities/Bruce%20Bailey%20fellowshiop.html



Greggs’ CEOs involved with Prince Charles…via BITC and through the Prince’s trust

(Sir Michael Darrington)


Sir Michael Darrington ex-CEO of Greggs (ran it for 24yrs) works with the Prince’s Trust

& another Gregg CEO

Kennedy McMeikan was appointed as HRH The Prince of Wales Ambassador for the North East


https://i1.wp.com/i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab37/gdnss/GREGGS%20PRINCE%20OF%20WALES_zpsued8puag.jpg

1996

FORMER Castle Morpeth Mayoress, t , from Ponteland

She particularly enjoyed meeting children at schools and was tireless in her fund-raising efforts for local charities, particularly the Yellow Brick Road Appeal of the Children’s Foundation.

http://www.morpethherald.co.uk/news/former-mayoress-loses-cancer-battle-1-4203476


Son of Greggs bakery founder, 75, is jailed for 13 and a half years for indecently assaulting four young boys

Mar 30 2017

  • Colin Gregg, 75, is the son of the founder of the popular Greggs bakery chain
  • Gregg had been convicted of nine counts of indecent assault against four boys
  • He was jailed for 13 and a half years and described as a ‘predatory paedophile’

‘Your defence was the complainants were fantasists and liars. The jury heard their evidence, given with clarity and considerable courage.

‘They found the lies were on your part and the fantasies were you sexual desires for young boys.’ 

He showed no remorse, emotion or expression as he stood in the dock to learn his fate.

Mar 3, 2017

GUILTY: Colin Gregg trial jury returns guilty verdicts to nine counts of historic sex abuse

Former head teacher Colin Gregg has been found guilty of nine counts of indecently assaulting four boys.

A jury at Leeds Crown Court deliberated for 11 hours and 43 minutes before reaching eight majority verdicts and one unanimous verdict.

Gregg, of Homefarm Steading, in Gosforth, Newcastle, remained emotionless in the dock as the verdicts were read out by the jury foreman.

Judge Robin Mairs told the married grandfather that he would be sentenced at a later date.

Prosecutors said on the surface Gregg lived a life of decency but in reality he “concealed his true nature beneath a veneer of respectability” and he “exploited his position in society to perpetrate abuse”.

Gregg was granted bail and will be sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court on March 30 at 2pm.

The jury found Gregg guilty by a majority on eight of the counts and unanimously on the ninth.

Judge Robin Mairs told him that the fact he was granting bail was no indication of sentence.

He said: “These are serious matters and a custodial sentence is inevitable.”

The trial at Leeds was a retrial.

A jury failed to reach a verdict when Gregg was tried last year in Newcastle.

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/guilty-colin-gregg-guilty-nine-12687007

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/15132058.Update__Reaction_after_Greggs_bakery_heir_convicted_of_9_sex_attacks_on_boys/

Colin Gregg was a well-known figure in the North East.

He helped raise millions of pounds for various children’s charities and even hosted royalty when promoting the Yellow Brick Road fund for children.

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Children’s Foundation –  Patron Prince Andrew  The Duke of York

The Duke, who has been Patron of The Children’s Foundation (formerly The Yellow Brick Road  Fund) since its foundation in 1990, attended a Reception to mark the charity’s 25th anniversary.

Colin Gregg became the fulltime administrator  in 1990 of the Yellow Brick Road Fund.

Charity boss, Colin Gregg, of Yellow Brick Road which raised money for a child health department at Newcastle upon Tyne Royal Victoria Infirmary

Sex case charity boss Colin Gregg cleared in 1997 of assaulting a 13 yr-old boy

The Guardian18 Jan 1997, SatPage 5

ROYAL ENGAGEMENTS

Jan 20, 1993

The Duke of York, Prince Andrew, Patron, visits Newcastle, North Tyneside; visits the Yellow Brick Road Appeal at the Royal Victoria Infirmary.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/court-circular-1479887.html

Sir James Spence was originally occupied by the Yellow Brick Road Charity, supported by Newcastle University however it reverted back to use by the Trust in 2008.

Through its Yellow Brick Road Appeal, the foundation has raised money to build the Sir James Spence Institute of Child Health at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary.

http://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/take-a-walk-for-charity-1-1093619

Sir Leonard Fenwick, Chief Executive, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals confirms –
‘Jimmy Savile visited the children’s wards of the Royal Victoria Infirmary in 1986/1987 and 1991.
He also visited Newcastle General Hospital in the early 1990s but witnesses were unsure of exact dates
.

The son of Greggs bakery founder John Gregg, he took up teaching at the prestigious Durham School, his former school, in 1964.

Three years later (1967) he joined his brother to build up the family business
He later became a social worker for Newcastle City Council, before returning to teaching and eventually becoming a headteacher at the former Kings School in Tynemouth in 1978.

http://www.itv.com/news/tyne-tees/2017-03-03/colin-gregg-headteacher-businessman-charity-champion-child-abuser/


15 April 2016

Former head teacher, employed in the children’s department of Newcastle Council as a social worker, charity boss Colin Gregg, denies 26 indecent assault charges dating from the 1960s to the 1990s, relating to nine complainants aged between 11 and 15.

Assault said to have taken place between January 1963 and December 1991

in County Durham,

Newcastle

Seghill and Alnmouth, both in Northumberland

on the premises of schools where he worked, in a dormitory and in a school swimming pool.

Newcastle Crown Court was told the married father-of-three, who became wealthy after helping the family business to grow, has a ‘strong determination to sexually abuse little boys’ and there was a pattern to his offending.

Gregg was also a sports (running) coach.

A court heard Gregg, son of the founder of Gregg’s the bakers, was a biology and chemistry teacher at prestigious Durham School and the complainant was a pupil.

He told jurors at Newcastle Crown Court he was molested in Gregg’s study at the school and in his car.

The complainant said he joined Durham School as a boarder in the 1960s and claimed he was abused within months.

Gregg, of Gosforth, Newcastle, denies all the charges, and his position is that ‘each and every one of the complainants is telling calculated and deliberate lies’, Paul Greaney QC, prosecuting, told the jury.



Gregg trained as a teacher and taught at prestigious Durham School, which he had attended as a boy,
the court heard.

A FORMER pupil at a school where Colin Gregg taught told a court he was sexually assaulted by him in a swimming pool.

The man, now in his 60s, says Gregg put his hand inside his swimming trunks while helping him to improve his breast stroke at prestigious Durham School.

Jurors were told the alleged offence in the swimming pool on the grounds of the school is said to have happened in the 1960s, when Gregg was a biology teacher.

Early days:

In 1967 he joined the family business which was started by his father John Robson Gregg (freemason) in 1939, when it was still a ‘modest outfit’

Gregg worked with his brother Ian Gregg for three years
and the pair ‘created a very successful and large business which, in due course, became the public limited company Greggs plc‘, Mr Greaney said.

‘As a result of the growth in his family business, the defendant became a wealthy man.’

1969:  Gregg returned to teaching, taking a job at St Aloysius, after realising “business wasn’t really for me”
St Aloysius a Roman Catholic -boys-only state school in the London Borough of Islington, North London.

“At the age of about 29, having made a success of his life in business in three short years, Colin Gregg returned to what seems to have been his main interest in life, namely working with children

The prosecution said Gregg will claim the allegations against him were motivated by people trying to win compensation.

In 1970 he returned to working with children but continued to work for the bakery during the holidays and remained a board member.

The following year he became a social worker (1971), then became head of Talbot House, (formerly Feversham), a school for what he termed ‘delinquent children’, the court heard.

Feversham Special School- name changed to Talbot

Talbot House Trust

TALBOT HOUSE TRUST NORTH EAST (03069213)

Hexham Road, Walbottle, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE15 8HW

Role Director

Appointed on 15 November 1996 Resigned on 31 March 2000

Dr Michael Toman – principal of Feversham in 1996 – Feversham closed in Mar 1997

Talbot House (formerly Feversham Special School in Walbottle)

Fears Feversham School abuse victims will be forgotten in child sex abuse inquiry

www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/fears-feversham-school-abuse-victims-10521279

Vile abuse of children at a Tyneside special school has not been included in the first phase of investigations planned by an independent inquiry into child sex abuse.

A former social worker who worked at Newcastle’s Feversham school has today told of his anger that the horrors he witnessed at the Throckley establishment might never be made public.

Talbot House (formerly Feversham Special School) in Walbottle)

Ex-Feversham residential school staff jailed for sexual abuse of vulnerable boys
Kevin Brown and John Leslie Duncan who have been jailed for historic sex crimes

John Leslie Duncan, 61, from Gateshead, and Kevin Brown, 58, who was already in jail, were convicted of the abuse they committed against young boys in their care.

The charges related to incidents that took place throughout the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s
Duncan was convicted of 15 charges, which included 10 counts of indecent assault on a male and three counts of indecency with a child, and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

His crimes were committed as he worked at Shotley Park Childrens’ Home in Durham and at the Feversham residential school in Walbottle, Newcastle, both of which have since closed.

Brown was sentenced to six years on top of his current eight-year sentence after being convicted of seven charges, all relating to incidents at Feversham school too.

The report, by Annie Bishop, then inspector for children’s services, was the last time an outsider had observed the controversial school in the Walbottle area before its closure in March 1997.

The charity Mind acted as the residential school’s custodian trustee, looking after assets but not running the facility.

A board of governors managed the school, but Mind says it kept no record of their names.

Mind’s chief executive Paul Farmer said: “We are deeply shocked and saddened by the abuse that took place at Feversham.

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/local-news/feversham-school-sex-abuse-suspects-1352535

Hon Lowell Goddard, chairman of the long-running Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), announced what would be included in the first phase of investigations into the extent to which institutions have failed to protect children from sexual abuse.

He later became head of the junior school at King’s School, Tynemouth, and in 1989 became director and administrator of a children’s charity (THE CHILDRENS’ FOUNDATION LIMITED (02528291)) which raised substantial sums.

‘On the surface, he has lived a life of decency, indeed one of distinction,’ Mr Greaney said opening the case.

He said the prosecution case was that Gregg was a child abuser, regularly molesting boys, in a breach of trust.

The complainants,
now aged from their 30s to their 60s, were aged 10 to 15 at the time, the jury was told.


As well as the nine complainants
which the charges relate to, the court will hear evidence from three others who claim they were abused.


Greggs linked to various members of royal family -Prince Andrew,  Prince Charles, and Princess Anne

Children’s Foundation – patron Prince Andrew

Colin Stuart GREGG

GREGGS PLC (00502851)

Role Director
Appointed before 18 May 1991 Resigned on 9 May 2001

THE CHILDRENS’ FOUNDATION LIMITED (02528291)

Appointed before 6 August 1991 Resigned on 25 July 1996


THE CHILDRENS’ FOUNDATION TRADING LIMITED (02591794
)

Appointed before 14 March 1993 Resigned on 12 March 1999

TALBOT HOUSE TRUST NORTH EAST (03069213)

Hexham Road, Walbottle, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE15 8HW

Role Director

Appointed on 15 November 1996 Resigned on 31 March 2000

PEACOCKS MEDICAL GROUP LIMITED (00560972)

Role Director

Appointed on 10 July 1998 Resigned on 18 February 2002

PEACOCKS (SURGICAL AND MEDICAL EQUIPMENT) LIMITED (00560985)

Role Director
Appointed on 12 April 2000 Resigned on 23 December 2003

PEACOCKS POSTURECARE LIMITED (03590754)

Role Director
Appointed on 3 May 2001 Resigned on 23 December 2003

SKILLSBRIDGE LIMITED (03942255)

Role Director
Appointed on 10 January 2001 Resigned on 23 October 2008

UK HAPTICS LIMITED (05094437)

Role Director
Appointed on 20 July 2007 Resigned on 3 September 2012

TRINITY CENTRE LIMITED (06510855)

Role Director
Appointed on 20 February 2008 Resigned on 1 September 2011

BEADNELL HALL FLATS MANAGEMENT COMPANY LIMITED (01769905)

Role Director
Appointed on 21 April 2011 Resigned on 11 February 2012

GOOD MORNING PENELOPE LIMITED (07474299)

Role Director
Appointed on 21 April 2011

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Children’s Foundation –  Patron Prince Andrew  The Duke of York

The Duke, who has been Patron of The Children’s Foundation (formerly The Yellow Brick Road  Fund) since its foundation in 1990, attended a Reception to mark the charity’s 25th anniversary.

Duke of York visits Newcastle to launch £2m Children’s Foundation campaign

16 Sep 2015

The Royal was at the Mansion House in Jesmond as part of the Children’s Foundation’s new campaign to help young people improve their mental health

www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/health/duke-york-visits-newcastle-launch-10068963
www.thechildrensfoundation.co.uk/about/organisation/

Greggs’ CEOs involved with Prince Charles…via BITC and through the Prince’s trust (Sir Michael Darrington)

Prince Praises Greggs’ Work in Community

May 22, 2003

The head of North-East bakery Greggs has won Prince Charles’s praise for his work in taking business into the community.

Mike Darrington was presented with the prince’s Ambassador Award yesterday at a Business in the Community event for his personal contribution to responsible business practice, through the work of the Greggs Trust, fund-raising and other activities such as the Greggs Breakfast Club.

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Sir Michael Darrington ex-CEO of Greggs (ran it for 24yrs) works with the Prince’s Trust

By 1983, after growing his family’s chain of bakeries from just one to 300, Ian Gregg stepped down from his role as managing director and handed the mantle to Michael Darrington.

Ian attributes the success of Greggs during the 1980s and 90s to Darrington, who was awarded a knighthood in 2004 in recognition of his services to business and to the community in the North East.

Mike Darrington  joined Greggs in 1983 as Group Managing Director.

Sir Michael Darrington :

Education: Lancing College, Harvard Business School

Lancing College – alma mater of the Peter Ball and his brother Michael Ball, Trevor Huddleston & Tom Driberg
Headteacher James Woodhouse from Lancing College wrote in support of Ball

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Sir Michael Darrington :

Newcastle University – executive member

University of Sunderland – Sir Michael received an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration.

Sir Michael set up the Pro Business Against Greed campaign, urging firms to tame excessive pay for leaders and make companies – and society – fairer. (that’s “rich”)

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Mike Darrington takes a long term view of developing a business. He is a keen supporter of ethics in business – by putting Values at the heart of the organisation he believed that Greggs people would make a positive difference for themselves, their customers and the wider community – he is also an enthusiastic advocate of the ‘ enjoy ‘ word.

Mike believes that although companies are owned by shareholders, they should also be for the benefit of staff, customers and the wider society.

After previous significant involvements with the CBI Confederation of British Industry and BITC Business in the Community, he is now engaged in a number of charitable activities, including the Prince’s Trust, and also with community projects and campaigning for a fairer society.

CBI

&

Business in the Community is the Prince’s Responsible Business Network

BITC
Who  we are:


Founded 1982 -BITC Business in the Community is a British business-community outreach charity promoting responsible business, CSR, corporate responsibility, and is one of the Prince’s Charities of Charles, Prince of Wales

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BITC The Prince’s Seeing is believing 2006 Review – Sir Michael Darrington – delegate, Leader – Prince Charles

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Greggs Breakfast Clubs featured at the Business in the Community Annual Leadership summit in 2010. The event was hosted by HRH The Prince of Wales and was attended by Prime Minister David Cameron.


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Greggs CEO Kennedy McMeikan was appointed as HRH The Prince of Wales Ambassador for the North East
.


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Greggs –  In 2008, we made pledges to the Prince of Wales MayDay Network (a BITC Business in the Community Programme):

Among the initiatives already under way, BITC has started a series of The Prince
of Wales’s “Seeing Is Believing” visits to Burnley, and as one result alone, Greggs,
Marks & Spencer and Sainsbury’s are backing breakfast clubs in 15 of the
most needy primary schools in Burnley for a minimum of three years.

Greggs and Asda are also supporting the Burnley SPACE youth Bus, working in
partnership with the police, which is deployed to different parts of the town
to provide advice, support and leisure facilities for young people.

19 November 2015

An innovative youth project in Burnley which provides support for disadvantaged youngsters has been awarded £115,000 by Children in Need.

The cash will be allocated to the Space Youth Bus over the next three years to fund six part-time staff members and the running of the bus, which provides a free, safe, friendly environment for young people between seven and 20.

www.princeofwales.gov.uk/sites/default/files/annual-review/HRH%20Annual%20Review%202008.pdf

corporate.greggs.co.uk/sites/default/files/2008-Annual-Report.pdf
corporate.greggs.co.uk/sites/default/files/2010%20-%20Annual%20Report%20and%20Accounts.pdf

INCLUDED in Greggs‘ latest financial results was the news that the baker had created a full time job for one of the homeless people it has been working with.

The Newcastle-based company is signed up to a Business Action on Homelessness project that was launched almost a year ago under the Business in the Community (BITC) banner, and run by Newcastle charity the Cyrenians with pounds 250,000 in funding from the Northern Rock Foundation.

As one of the lead businesses involved, Greggs supplies mentors and work placements for people on the Ready For Work scheme, which aims to get people back into the world of employment after they have been homeless.

Since the scheme started last September, 38 people have been placed with companies in the region, which along with Greggs also includes the likes of M&S, KPMG, NRG, Sage, Carillion and Barclays Bank. Of the placements, 31 completed their work experience and 22 have secured employment.

Greggs chief executive Ken McMeikan said: “This was reviewed at Business in the Community and the North East scheme is the national leader for the number of work placements who then go on to secure employment.

McMeikan’s interest in working with homeless people originally arose after he attended the Prince of Wales Seeing is Believing programme in London.

Organised by BITC, the project takes business leaders out to see homelessness first hand on the streets of the capital.

www.questia.com/newspaper/1G1-264541398/community-conscience-is-good-for-business-following


and current CEO Roger Whiteside

Greggs, the UK’s leading bakery food-on-the-go retailer, is backing “Britain’s Best Breakfast” Campaign as part of a new partnership with Carers Trust.

Carers Trust is a major charity working to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems.

Greggs CEO, Roger Whiteside, will also be taking a group of carers from its shops to Buckingham Palace this week to meet with Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, who is the President of Carers Trust.
Greggs is proud to support this initiative with a substantial donation; and also during the launch week we dedicated donation buckets in each of our shops nationwide to Carers Trust.

Carers Trust Britain’s Best Breakfast Launch at Buckingham Palace

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In celebration of our partnership with Carers Trust, 15 of our shop team members, who also have carer responsibilities, were invited to the launch of Britain’s Best Breakfast at Buckingham Palace in September. The event was hosted by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, who is the President of Carers Trust.


www.carers.org/press-release/greggs-backs-britains-best-breakfast-campaign

About Carers Trust – Carers Trust works to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring,
unpaid , for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems.

…given considerable support to carers of all ages including young carers like 12-year-old Amy who’s told us what life is like caring for her mum, sister and brother…

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One Church 1st nat’l conference : Colin Gregg at conference attended by  Peter Wanless

One Church, 100 Uses

25 March 2011
Gorton Monastery, Manchester

This one-day conference is sponsored by the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church and supported by English Heritage, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund. It will look at ‘The sticky ball principle and the power of connection’, ‘The Church’s role in the Big Society’, ‘The experience of Salford – reinventing communities’ and ‘Unlimited potential – backing people with passion’ as well as a number of other topics and successful case studies.

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which explored how to realise the potential of churches.

The day was comprised of keynote speeches, hands-on workshops, and a competition where churches pitched their project in front of a “dragons’ den-style panel for a prize of £5,000 from UnLtd.

The speeches were from some of the leading thinkers on social enterprise and heritage, including:

Lord Wei, founder of Teach First and Government Adviser on the Big Society

Hazel Blears, MP for Salford and Eccles

Baroness Andrews, Chair of English Heritage

Lord Mawson, social entrepreneur and director of One church,100 uses

Colin Gregg, entrepreneur and lead member of Trinity Gosforth

Anthony Roland, film director and owner of The Roland Collection, the world’s largest collection of films on art

Guy Hollaway, principal partner of Guy Hollaway Architects LLP
Jo Hibbard, Heritage Officer of the Methodist Church
Dr. Jenny Freeman, director of the Historic Chapels Trust
Malcolm McClean, social entrepreneur and director of Bearhunt

Peter Wanless, chief executive of the Big Lottery Fund

Cliff Prior, chief executive of UnLtd
Rowena Francis, moderator of URC Northern Synod



Dr Michael Toman – principal of Feversham in 1996 – Feversham closed in Mar 1997

1996 -2000 – Director Gregg at Feversham/Talbot House Trust

Appointed on 15 November 1996
Resigned on 31 March 2000

July 1996 – the last inspection of Feversham, by Newcastle City Council’s social services department

1997: Gregg stood trial in 1997 and was acquitted of abusing one of those three, the court heard. The other two complainants came forward after publicity about that case but it was decided those allegations should not proceed to trial.

Dec 1996 – Feversham principal is Dr Michael Toman (so Gregg was director at Feversham when Dr Michael Toman was there)

6 December, 1996 (Last Updated: 11 May, 2008)

Feversham is the only residential school in Newcastle upon Tyne for children with emotional and behavioural difficulties. It mops up the violent and disruptive pupils other schools cannot cope with and provides care for those whose families are also in crisis or unable to contain them.

Wonder then, at a time when society is crying out for Something To Be Done about disaffected pupils, that Feversham is closing down at Christmas.

It is closing because the region’s local education authorities will no longer give a long-term commitment to the school. Northumberland in particular, which is creating 90 special education places through pupil referral units, has said the 22 children it currently places in the school could fall to as few as six next year.

“Overnight we became uneconomical. Northumberland put the nail in the coffin,” says Dr Michael Toman, Feversham’s principal.There are 37 children aged between six and 13 attending Feversham, an independent establishment set up by MIND, the mental health charity, in the late 1960s to cater for almost twice that number.

Situated on the western edge of Newcastle, it is a low, spacious, modern building, comfortable and well-equipped, set in ample grounds with all the living and school accommodation ranged around the central dining hall. It is run on tolerant, therapeutic principles and aims to re-integrate children back into mainstream education and with their families.

“Our record is good,” says Dr Toman. “One-third of our children return to mainstream school, one-third go on to day special school and only one-third require further senior boarding provision.” A girl with learning difficulties who had suffered sexual abuse was excluded from her special school because she injured a teacher. Another with cerebral palsy was excluded from her special school for the same reason. Children come with bad dreams and chronic bed-wetting, the classic sign of inner turmoil. But these often clear up after time at Feversham.

Michael Toman argues that no matter how many pupil referral units local authorities provide, there will always be children needing residential education. The weekly boarding offered by Feversham provides stability and security, and often helps keep families “who hang by a thread” together. The school employs a social worker to work with families directly.

Staff constantly praise the positives in pupils and challenge the negatives. “When kids come to us they hate school. They hate teachers and so do their parents. We turn that on its head,” says Michael Toman. Children are on first-name terms with teachers and the ethos is one of tolerance and encouragement. “If we stopped every time we got a kick, a punch or a ‘Fuck-off’, we wouldn’t get beyond breakfast. We don’t approve or condone it, but that is the reality. It might sound woolly and liberal but we do challenge them. We just choose our battlegrounds.

“Violence comes from frustration and an inability to communicate, so we give our kids a language that enables them to express their feelings. They learn to listen to other people’s point of view.”

Every week Feversham holds whole-school and group meetings where staff and children review the week’s events and praise or criticise each other. Children have to learn to be the focus of attention.

“These are children who have previously wrecked classrooms and attacked teachers,” says Michael Toman. “They have to learn to sit down and hear other pupils say how horrible they’ve been. This is what group living is all about. Our greatest strength is that we offer consistency of approach over a 24-hour period. A day school cannot provide this.”

Classrooms are colourful and intimate, with a teacher and assistant for every eight pupils. Staff are trained to anticipate and deflect aggression, and how to hold a child who is being violent so nobody is seriously hurt.

Teachers
grow used to verbal abuse one minute and requests for hugs the next. They put in a lot of their own time, taking out pupils who have achieved or been “especially sensible” on a one-to-one basis for trips to McDonald’s or Newcastle’s Metroland. Lorraine Brewis, who teaches the youngest group, says: “They love that special attention. You are more than just a teacher to them. When they have had a bad day they might call you everything from a pig to a dog but when they have calmed down they apologise. They feel so much better if they can do that, it’s a socialising process.

“The children are anxious and disturbed by the closure. It’s a bad time for them. We will all end up with other jobs, but what will happen to them?” Eileen Chapman, a single mother whose only child, David, has been at Feversham for the past two years, says her son “sat and broke his heart” when he learned of the closure. “‘What’s going to happen to me now?’ that’s what he asked.” David, who is 12, was disruptive at middle school and his mother could not cope with him. He spent a short time in foster care. “He would storm out and not come back for hours. There has been a 110 per cent improvement in the past year. I didn’t want him to board but it has been right for him and given me a break,” she says.

Richard and Jacqueline Leightley are concerned for their son Paul, who may have to go to residential school in the Lake District, far from their north-east home. Paul was expelled from his first school at five but has made progress at Feversham. The couple, who are on income support with three other children, are unhappy at the prospect of him being so far away.

Michael Toman is convinced that authorities such as Northumberland will be unable to reduce substantially their need for residential placements. Although Feversham costs Pounds 24,000 per pupil for weekly boarding for 40 weeks of the year, he argues that this is cheap compared to the cost of the family breakdown, police involvement, care and secure units that can follow if children are inadequately catered for at a young age.

Independent residential schools such as Feversham have been out of favour because of some notorious cases of mismanagement and abuse, and because of an emphasis on integration into the community. But Michael Toman believes the pendulum must now swing back. “We are the safety valve. No matter how many PRUs the LEAs open – and the Ridings episode is just the tip of the iceberg – they will fill them and still end up wondering what to do with our sort of kids. They’ll have to send them further afield. Northumberland is looking at schools in the Lake District. Authorities are now panicking about our closure.”

DRAWING THE NATIONAL PICTURE

Despite all the publicity now surrounding disaffected pupils there has been no national survey in the past 20 years on the provision for pupils with emotional and behavioural difficulties.

However, the trustees of Shotton Hall, a pioneer EBD school which closed two years ago, have funded research by the University of Birming-ham’s school of education.

Researchers found that from 1987 to March this year, the number of approved independent schools fell by half, from 76 to 35, while the number of local authority EBD schools fell by about 15 per cent. In the first three months of the research alone, seven such schools closed. Head of research John Visser says although some “dross” has gone, “we have lost some very good schools in the past five years”.

The school of education runs the only EBD training course in the country and says it is turning teachers away who want to qualify – at a time when need is greater than ever.

The average annual cost per pupil of an EBD residential school is Pounds 25,000 to Pounds 30,000. Although many of those inspected by OFSTED are classed as failing or needing special measures, John Visser believes the inspectors apply the criteria too rigidly. “If you have had children who have been chucked out of other EBD schools, some of whom have already served custodial sentences and you are keeping them on site, in class and getting them interested in life, death and the universe, you might not be following key stage 3 of the national curriculum to the letter, but you will be achieving a great deal.

“I support the need for residential EBD provision but there has been no research into what is good or effective. That is what I am engaged in.”

These figures are taken from an article by John Visser and Ted Cole for the next issue of the Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties journal entitled : “An Overview of English Special School Provision for Children with Emotional and Behaviour Difficulties.” Contact Alan Rimmer on 01622 843104

www.tes.com/article.aspx?storycode=18233

Same Dr Toman

TEACHER IN ‘BARE BOTTOM’ PICTURE SCANDAL RESIGNS; Dad Claims Staff Took Snaps of Child’s Behind

July 4, 2009

A HEADTEACHER has resigned amid an investigation into practices at his school where it is alleged he allowed staff to photograph a child’s bare bottom.

Dr Michael Toman, head of Ysgol Plas Brondyffryn in Denbigh for the past 10 years, has been on restricted duties for the last 10 months pending the probe.

He announced his resignation last night after being removed from his job along with the school’s child protection coordinator in September.

It comes after the father of a severely autistic child claimed staff kept an 18-month “neglect diary” on his child, who cannot speak, and took photographs of the child’s bare bottom.

He alleged employees at the regional centre of excellence for children with autistic spectrum disorders took the photos without parental consent, and without informing social services.

An independent inquiry was launched by the education authority and bosses at Denbighshire County Council but a report into their findings has been heavily delayed.

At the time, police also confirmed they were investigating a string of staff e-mails raising child protection concerns at the school.

Dr Toman will leave his position at the end of August to “pursue new challenges”, the council said yesterday.

It is not yet known when the report will be completed but the father of the child at the centre of the investigation said he was told it could be a matter of weeks.

Last night, a Denbighshire County Council spokesman said: “Dr Toman had been placed on restricted duties whilst complaints relating to alleged breaches of procedure were investigated. …

www.questia.com/article/1G1-202982049/teacher-in-bare-bottom-picture-scandal-resigns

POLICE and social services officers have confirmed that they are investigating child protection concerns at a North Wales school for children with autism.

Officers were called in to investigate emails from a concerned member of staff at Ysgol Plas Brondyffryn in Denbigh late last week.

The move comes after a series of controversies concerning the school, widely regarded as a regional centre of excellence for children with autism spectrum disorders.

Six weeks ago the school’s headteacher Michael Toman was suspended from duties amid a local educational authority (LEA) inquiry into a complaint made by a pupil’s parents.

Two weeks later other parents of children at the school staged a protest at county hall in Ruthin.

Two days later the LEA temporarily replaced Dr Toman with acting headteacher Richard Williams.

Then it was revealed that a 34-page inspection report by the Care Standards Social Inspectorate for Wales (CSSIW) had identified 21 shortfalls in meeting national minimum standards of care in the residential section of Ysgol Plas Brondyffryn.

Now, a member of staff at the school has emailed the Evening Leader claiming they have been threatened with the sack if they speak out about the school’s management.

“Everyone is too scared to speak out.” said one female worker at the school.

She said morale was “very low” and added: “There are some very good dedicated staff at the school who have received no support in their work with what can be very challenging children.”

Last night a North Wales Police spokesman said: “We can confirm that e-mail correspondence relating to child protection concerns at Ysgol Brondyffryn are currently the subject of joint investigation by Denbighshire Social Services and the Police.”

www.careappointments.co.uk/care-news/wales/item/4963-Police%20Probe%20Child%20Protection%20Concerns%20At%20A%20North%20Wales%20Autism%20School

Dr Toman joined the school in 1997 and he has since been instrumental in leading a team that transformed the school from being a special school into a modern, regional centre for autistic students.”

www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/inquiry-denbigh-headteacher-resigns-2782492

Last year, a group of parents held a protest over claims that concerns over standards were not being addressed.

A report by the Care Standards Inspectorate identified 14 instances where the school was failing to meet the minimum standards in 2006.

Parents claimed that by 2007 none of the failures had been acted on and there were a further seven instances of the failure to meet minimum standards.

The claims led to some parents of autistic pupils at the school staging a demonstration outside Denbighshire council offices in Ruthin.

Education officials have now confirmed that Dr Toman will officially retire from his post at the end of August.

news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/8132580.stm

In the meantime, Dr Toman has been replaced by Richard Williams, deputy headteacher at St Christopher’s School in Wrexham, pending the outcome of the investigation, expected on October 10.

North Wales Police are aware of the inquiry but are not investigating, a force spokeswoman confirmed.

www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/head-let-staff-take-pupils-2807555

Jane Gregg and Brian Roycroft – directors

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The Community Foundation

The different funds that we hold at the Community Foundation with a sample of case studies:

Greggs

Charity and Trust Funds – Designated – Unrestricted (UNR)

Contributes to Vital Funds

Registered Charity Number: 700510. Limited Company Number 2273708

Brian Roycroft

Individual and Family Philanthropy – Field Interest – Panel Advised (PA)

To help young people who have been in local authority care and are now entering adult life, to achieve their aspirations.

www.communityfoundation.org.uk/connect/funds

apps.charitycommission.gov.uk/Showcharity/RegisterOfCharities/ContactAndTrustees.aspx?RegisteredCharityNumber=700510&SubsidiaryNumber=0

books.google.com/books?id=5ToUAQAAMAAJ&dq=ROYCROFT+AND+GREGG+children%27s+foundation&focus=searchwithinvolume&q=GREGG+

Mike Worthington OBE friend of Brian Roycroft

https://issuu.com/communityfoundation/docs/community_foundation_year_book_2013

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GREGG, Jane Resigned

Correspondence address
Tweed Cottage, Dryburgh, Melrose, TD6 0TQ

Role
Director

Date of birth
September 1948

Appointed before
30 November 1991

Resigned on
13 September 1993

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(Patron)

PERCY, Ralph, 12th Duke Of Northumberland Dl, Mrics Resigned

Correspondence address
Alnwick Castle, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1NQ

Role
Director

Date of birth
November 1956

Appointed on
20 December 1994

Resigned on
25 October 2001

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ROYCROFT, Eric Resigned

Correspondence address
36 St Georges Terrace, Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE2 2SY

Role
Director

Date of birth
October 1933

Appointed on
6 October 1994

Resigned on
24 May 2002

Nationality
British

Occupation
Retired

ROYCROFT, Eric Resigned

Correspondence address
36 St Georges Terrace, Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE2 2SY

Role
Director

Date of birth
October 1933

Resigned on
13 September 1993

Nationality
British

Occupation
Director Of Social Services

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Gregg stood trial in 1997 and was acquitted of abusing one of those three, the court heard.

The other two complainants came forward following publicity (news reports of that trial have been removed from the internet) about that trial but it was decided those allegations should not proceed to trial.

When Gregg faced fresh allegations in 2012, he told police that similarities between the stories put forward by the nine were due to them reading details about the trial in 1997.

Mr Greaney said: ‘He was asserting that those allegations with which you are concerned were copycat allegations.’

He said there was evidence that Gregg ‘finds young boys attractive’ and had a propensity to commit sexual abuse.

Gregg was said to have abused a boy in a school swimming bath, another while letting him drive his car while the boy had hold of the steering wheel.

Mr Greaney said: ‘The overall picture is now of complainants from different backgrounds, across many years, indeed decades, and across many aspects of the defendant’s life, but all making similar allegations against Colin Gregg, namely he has a strong determination to sexually abuse little boys when he gets the chance.’

www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3540000/Married-son-man-founded-Greggs-accused-molesting-young-children-strong-determination-sexually-abuse-little-boys.html


1967, Colin Gregg (age 26) was drawn into the family business.1968: Gregg returned to Bakery business and got married.

1969:Gregg returned to teaching, taking a job at St Aloysius, after realising “business wasn’t really for me”

1969 – Feversham School opens just before NAMH adopted the name MIND

1970 Paedophile Peter Righton – Founding member of PIE, advised Home Office on reforms to children’s care home for a report that detailed how new homes should be controlled by local government.Righton gave “considerable assistance” to the governmental report, which credited him as an academic who helped to carve out plans for the training of care home workers.

As part of his research, he would travel to numerous residential centres across the UK.

“He [would] go and interview, in approved schools, individual boys and he certainly went to speak to the heads of homes,” the retired source said.

Righton had allegedly admitted taking “boys out”

1970: Neville Husband moves to Medomsley.

1970 – Gregg returned to working with children but continued to work for the bakery during the holidays and remained a board member.
1971 – he became a social worker, then head of Talbot House (year?), a school for what he termed delinquent children, the court heard.

During the early 1970s Gregg was a children’s officer with Newcastle’s social services department, before later becoming a teacher.
1973 Princess Alexandra patron of NAMH

1974 Talbot House established – maintained special school

Talbot House caters for children with mild to severe behaviour problems and a range of other childhood disorders. Attached to the school, but separate from it is an independent children’s home run by the Talbot Trust. Some children from the home do attend Talbot House but others attend local schools. Talbot House is not a residential school.

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1975 MIND: Peter Righton / Tony Smythe

In October 1975, Righton became chair of a working group for the mental health association MIND, with the assistance of the King’s Fund Centre; this led to the publication of Assessment of Children and Their Families: A Report Produced by a MIND Working Party Under the Chairmanship of P. Righton (London; MIND, 1975).

1976 NAMH became a registered housing association

November 1976 there was a scandal in Newcastle involving a care worker called Hugh Bostock who had abused 55 boys.

1977, 19 September – members of P.I.E. first open meeting in London at the Conway hall in Red Lion square.

1977 Lady Constance Roth JP, Warnock Committee, wife of Sir Martin Roth (McGill University) is governor of Feversham until 1977. (In Newcastle between 1956 and 1977, Martin Roth built a world-class academic department with a wide-ranging research programme which included studies of the psychiatric disorders of old age, mood disorders, and child psychiatry)

1977 – 1984 – Durham County – Medomsley Detention centre – Nevile Husband part of large paedophile ring is neiled in 2003: for eight years for attacks between 1977 and 1984.

1978 Sir Martin Roth Chairman of MIND conference

1978 Brown began working at Feversham

Between 1978 and 1996, when the school closed, Brown launched sex attacks against a number of young boys.

1978 – SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS Report of the Committee of Enquiry into the Education of Handicapped Children and Young People chaired by Mrs H.M. Warnock

1978- Lady Constance Roth JP member of the Warnock committee

Newcastle City Council.

In 1979, Righton sat on a steering committee to establish a course for training staff to work with disturbed young people, together with John Rea Price, director of Islington Social Services, 1972-92, subsequently the Director of the National Children’s Bureau.
sponsored by Gatsby Trust an offshoot of the Sainsbury Foundation

Righton would likely have been involved officially with Feversham school for disturbed children?


1983 – Members of staff at Feversham School blew the whistle on the two child abusers

1983: Former Feversham teacher David Allnutt resigns in disgust over the way pupils’ allegations of abuse at the school are dismissed.

1983 – The first ever Greggs sponsored Childrens Cancer Run at Gosforth Racecourse

Gregg was at King’s College when he launched the Greggs Children’s Cancer Run

1985 – King’s College – Check given to Save the Children rep

March 1985 visit to Medomsley by Leon Brittan

June 1985 Report (marked for immediate destruction) into abuse and cruelty at Feversham School

1986 –  Duncan, who worked as a social worker at the Dr Barnardo’s home at Shotley Park moved to Feversham

1987 – Medomsley closed

1987: Former social worker Ian Merry blows the whistle on suspected child abuse, triggering an investigation by the charity Mind.

Whistleblower Ian contacted Feversham’s chair of governors and the mental health charity Mind. The school’s custodian trustee launched an internal inquiry into the allegations. I was interviewed for two days at Mind’s regional headquarters. I named the men and said I had strong suspicions they were abusing children. Those in charge of the inquiry decided not to act

May 1987: Jimmy Savile’s visits to children’s cancer ward Newcastle Royal Victoria Infirmary – Nurse tells of Savile’s visits:

“He appeared to be in Newcastle for the Great North Run but for whatever reason he was able to visit the RVI.”
He also claimed Savile was formally invited into the building.”The alleged incident in Newcastle is thought to have taken place in the early 1990’s ? when Savile arrived at the hospital unannounced around the time of the Great North Run, which he regularly took part in.”

Savile regularly took part in the run

Jimmy Savile had family in Marsden a few miles down the coast.

Marsden is the finishing line for the Great North Run, the RVI in newcastle is the start line. The RVI is one of the hospitals investigated re Savile.

1987 – The Gregg Charitable Trust was established as a family charity to support local hardship. The charity was given gifts of cash

1988 – The Feversham inquiry concludes and a report states there is “nothing to support allegations of indecency”. Pervert John Leslie Duncan, known as Les, keeps his job as a senior residential worker.

1989 – King’s College – Letter from Parents’ Assoc to Colin Gregg

1990 – Gregg left the then private Kings School to become the full-time administrator of the Yellow Brick Road Fund.

1990: Nevile Husband retires from the prison service and receives an Imperial Service medal for serving with “diligence and fidelity”.

Before 1991 -2001 Director at Greggs

1991 – 1996 THE CHILDRENS’ FOUNDATION LIMITED (02528291)

1993 – 1994 THE CHILDRENS’ FOUNDATION TRADING LIMITED (02591794)

1993 New Tyneside Orchestra – compere Colin Gregg / conductor Stephen Pettitt

The NTO has also provided musicians for a number of more diverse events including serenading runners at the finish line of the Great North Run in 2006.

1993 – Greggs – a large grant of £15,000 was awarded to Northumberland Wildlife Trust.

1994 – Greggs Trust establishes the Hardship Fund, with the collaboration of local trusts to support families and individuals in significant need in the North East.

1990 -1994 Serial killer’ Steven Grieveson murdered four teenage boys in a series of killings – has links to Cumbria and to Sunderland

1994 – Christopher Lillie and Dawn Reed, who worked at Newcastle Shieldfield Nursery, were accused of sexual offences, but the charges were dropped at the direction of a judge at Newcastle Crown Court

July 1994 – Jeremy Beecham , founding member of Common Purpose (since 1989) – was the leading Labour figure in local government at the time of the abuse scandal…was found collapsed in his car with a suspected overdose a week before Christopher Lillie went on trial to face abuse charges

Sir Jeremy was both leader of Newcastle City Council, which was responsible for running the nursery, and a partner in the legal firm representing Lillie, a fact the parents of the abused children were unhappy about.

He still is a partner in Henderson, Beecham & Peacock, a major Newcastle solicitors’ practice and at the time was also chairman of the Association of Metropolitan Authorities.

Mid 1990s Gregg  left the the Yellow Brick Road Fund and later joined the Trinity Centre, on Gosforth’s High Street – home to the first Greggs bakery – as its chairman.

1996 -2000 – Gregg Director Talbot House Trust

Appointed on 15 November 1996
Resigned on 31 March 2000

toman-feversham-clip-1996

Michael Toman Head teacher with pupils at Feversham school in Newcastle

London, Greater London, England
Sat, Nov 2, 1996 – 4

July 1996 – the last inspection of Feversham, by Newcastle City Council’s social services department

Dec 1996 – Feversham principal is Dr Michael Toman ( Gregg was director at Feversham when Dr Michael Toman was there)

Mar 1997 – Feversham closes

1997: Gregg stood trial in 1997 and was acquitted of abusing one of those three, the court heard. The other two complainants came forward after publicity about that case but it was decided those allegations should not proceed to trial.

1997 Dr Michael Toman joins Ysgol Plas Brondyffryn school for autistic children in Denbigh

November 22, 1997 national child pornography operation raid including  Durham school

1997 – Greggs Trust as it has become known celebrates its ten year anniversary.

 

1997 – Brother Ian Gregg gets an OBE

Aug 1997 – Op Rose started and 1st trial from that was in 1998.

Op Rose started So Grgg was not directly Op Rose – but maybe what they were finding (and covering up) led to a bigger trawl? (via ww)

1999 – Greggs Breakfast Club is established

December 2001 : John Leslie Duncan is jailed for abusing his position of trust to prey on youngsters at Feversham.

2002 – Dr Lazaro, senior lecturer and consultant paediatrician at Newcastle Royal Victoria Infirmary and Newcastle University was criticised for her role in the investigation into” false” claims of abuse at a Newcastle nursery by Dawn Reed and Christopher Lillie.

The pair were accused in a Newcastle City Council report of systematic sex abuse of dozens of children at a Newcastle nursery. But Mr Justice Eady declared them innocent of all charges and condemned the report as a legal `shambles.’

...supplying children to a paedophile ring whose members had raped and abused their young victims, and used them in the making of child pornography.

…the local press had begun reporting the case of Jason Dabbs, a young student who had pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting children at another Newcastle nursery.

2003 Neville Husband was jailed for historical sexual abuse as a prison officer at Medomsley detention centre in County Durham

Police investigating sexual abuse at a Durham detention centre say they believe they have uncovered an organised paedophile ring operating in the 1970s and 80s with more than 500 potential victims…. a complex paedophile ring, with many more victims than previously thought.

2006 – Greggs raises £70,000 for BBC Children in Need Appeal in the first year of supporting the appeal

2006 – A team at Trinity Church, in Gosforth, Newcastle, have been planning the attractive community space (the Square) since the church had a pounds 3.25m refurbishment

…the team received a grant of pounds 100,000 from Newcastle City Council.

2007: The CPS decides it is “not in the public interest” to proceed with charges that Husband abused a boy at Deerbolt youth offenders’ institution after he left Medomsley and Frankland.

September 2008 Dr Michael Toman suspended, he resigns in Aug 2009

2008 – TRINITY CENTRE LIMITED (06510855) on Gosforth’s High Street opened – connected to the church

2008 – Northumbria Police deputy chief constable David Warcup replaces Lenny Harper in Jersey

2010: Husband dies.

December 2, 2011: Kevin Brown, known as Ken, of Inchberry Close, Benwell, Newcastle, is jailed for eight years for also abusing boys.

December 8, 2011: Newcastle North MP and Shadow Minister for Children and Young Families, Catherine McKinnell, joins the Chronicle in calling for an official inquiry.

December 14, 2011: Former Feversham teacher David Allnutt dies of a massive heart attack just weeks after his key evidence helps jail Kevin Brown.

2012 – Colin Gregg faced fresh allegations

2012: The Guardian reveals that Husband’s abuse was on a greater scale than previously thought. Police re-open the investigation after more victims come forward.

January 6, 2012: Mind boss Paul Farmer meets the mother of one of the victims for talks.

February 22, 2012: Mothers of Feversham victims form a pressure group.

April 11 2012 The case of Feversham School was considered in full at the Serious Case Review Committee of Newcastle Safeguarding Children Board

April 27, 2012: Northumbria Police sets up an incident room to carry out a major investigation into allegations of abuse at the school.

2012 When Gregg faced fresh allegations in 2012, he told police that similarities between the stories put forward by the nine were due to them reading details about the trial in 1997.

2014: Durham police say they are investigating an organised paedophile ring operating from Medomsley with more than 500 potential victims.

2015 – Duke of York visits Newcastle to launch £2m Children’s Foundation campaign

2015: Lowell Goddard, chairman of the long running Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, announced that Feversham would not be included in the first phase of investigations. A former social worker who worked at Newcastle’s Feversham school today told of his anger that the horrors he witnessed there might never be made public.


Trent‏ @RandolphTrent

Husband & Johnson were both FreeMasons, during the material times many police & other officers were also Masons possibly the same lodge! too

March 1994 when I first made complaints to police about the abuse going on at Told to go home & forget about it! I didnt I fought

 

I even had a Moderator of Husband’s 2 churches say “Don’t they ask for it by getting into trouble in the first place! I couldn’t believe it!

x

Medomsley – Police Incompetence or Corruption?

https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2017/06/07/medomsley-police-incompetence-or-corruption/

Former staff members at Medomsley Detention Centre to appear in court over abuse allegations

21 Nov 2017

Seven former workers at Medomsley Detention Centre, in County Durham, are set to face charges in relation to allegations of abuse.

The men have all been summonsed to appear at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, December 19 to answer charges of misconduct in a public office and physical abuse offences. Some will also answer sexual abuse charges.

The men are Christopher Onslow, 71, Brian Johnson Greenwell, 70, Alan Bramley, 69, John McGee, 73, Kevin Blakely, 65, David McClure, 62, and Neil Sowerby, 61.

Christopher Onslow, John McGee, Brian Johnson Greenwell, and Neil Sowerby, will answer charges of misconduct in a public office, physical abuse and sexual offences.

David McClure, Alan Bramley and Kevin Blakely, will answer charges of misconduct in a public office and physical abuse offences only.

Durham Police launched Operation Seabrook, in August 2013 and is one of the largest of its kind in the UK.

So far, more than 1,480 men have contacted the Operation Seabrook team to report allegations of either sexual or physical assaults while detained at Medomsley from the 1960s to when the centre closed in 1988.

The officer leading the investigation, Detective Chief Superintendent Adrian Green, vowed the operation will not stop here.

He said: “The Operation Seabrook team and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) remain committed in continuing to move the investigation forward.

“In February this year, we submitted 32 files to the CPS for charging decisions. A number of people are still under investigation.”

http://www.itv.com/news/tyne-tees/2017-11-21/former-staff-members-at-medomsley-detention-centre-to-appear-in-court-over-abuse-allegations/


date unknown: Robert Atkinson – Newcastle teacher was arrested for sexually abusing a 13 year old student. He was fined £200. The headmaster and staff however continued to support him after the his guilt. Member level status in P.I.E


1984 Birthday Honours – Brian Roycroft

Eric Brian Roycroft – Director of Social Services, Newcastle upon Tyne Metropolitan Borough Council.
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Newcastle City Council, Brian Roycroft, and North Wales care homes

On February 16th 2000 under the headline Suffer the Little Children the Newcastle Journal provided the story of one of the victims in Sunderland mentioning that the NSPCC report had referred to a web of institutional abuse and reported that 32 staff had been involved.

The Sunderland Echo also published an editorial Two Decades of Horrific Abuse and an article on the movement of staff suspects between local authorities. The Newcastle Spotlight on Abuse article is important drawing attention to the role of the Director of Social Services Roycroft in relation to the 1976 Hugh Bostock Scandal and his alleged opposition to the proposal for a register of dismissed staff. Cathy Fox’s request for Hugh Bostock inquiry info to be published was refused.

On Feb 17th the Newcastle-based Journal published the story of one victim who contacted them among the 28 who were said to have been assaulted after being placed in Bryn Alyn by the City of Newcastle.

The Feb 17th complainant mentioned that Director of Social Services Brian Roycroft visited the home to open an extension. “It was almost laughable he was singing the praises of the place yet what was going on there was evil.”

Roycroft was Director of Social Services for Newcastle 1971- 1993and before then its Children’s officer, who also acted as Director of Education and Chief Executive for short periods, and was appointed a European Social Commissioner by Margaret Thatcher as well as having a controlling influence within the Association of Directors of Social Services and the advisors to the Association of Metropolitan local authorities.

He commented in what appeared to be a prepared statement “ It is fairly common place to send children with behavioural difficulties to homes around the country, here weren’t the facilities available in the North East. It is perfectly possible that some children from Newcastle and the North East did go to some of the homes in North Wales named in the Waterhouse report. I had 42,000 children in my care during my career and I cannot possible remember where they all went. It is also perfectly feasible that I did visit the Bryn Alyn Home “ It is noteworthy that although he left Newcastle a number of years before he knew the total number of children was over 42,000

“I would often visit homes where children from Newcastle were in care as would social service staff from the city” The article includes comments from the then current Director of Social Services for Newcastle.

In 1987, that is a year after the first complaints about the conduct of the owner of Bryn Alyn were made, Roycroft who was then President of the Association of Directors of Social Service recommended colleagues at the North East Region branch meeting the placement of children in care at Bryn Alyn, speaking warmly of the hospitality he had received. He rarely mentioned his national/internationally activities.

Roycroft also made a point of advising colleagues on another occasion that he sometimes invited children in care to his home.

It was then on morning of the 18th that the Journal posed the question Why were 69 of our Children sent to Bryn Alyn? The key sentence in the article (9) is the reference to a Labour MP Chris Ruane Vale of Clwyd (and still there) wanted Prime Minister Tony Blair to assure him that prominent people had not been left out.

On the 19th the Journal again asked the question Why did they keep sending children? The article refers to the 1988 devastating report of its Director on its Children’s Homes and which included Bryn Alyn.

Roycroft who died in 2002 during the libel action against the Council and the authors of the report on the Sheffield Nursery Scandal (the Chronicle settled out of court) was also the lead member of the team who investigated the conviction of the Calderdale Social Services Director in 1988 (when he was immediate past President of ADSS) for crimes against children in care and Calderdale director was reported to have links with Peter Righton)

In 1994 Roycroft was part of the part Inquiry into Oxenden House.

spotlightonabuse.wordpress.com/2014/06/23/newcastle-city-council-brian-roycroft-and-north-wales-care-homes/

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Child in Care – Volume 10 – Page 34

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A spokesperson for Greggs, where Mr Gregg held a senior role for 10 years, said: “Colin Gregg has no involvement with Greggs Plc and it would therefore be wholly inappropriate for us to comment on this matter.”

Formerly a director at the baked goods giant established by his father John Gregg in the 1930s, Mr Gregg had previously held the lead role at Kings School in Tynemouth.

During his time there, he launched the Greggs Children’s Cancer Run, now in its 31st year, after pupil Chris Peacock was diagnosed with kidney cancer and given a 30% chance of survival.

Chris Peacock’s cancer was treated by Professor Alan Craft and this year (2013), as in the 20 previous years, he will be taking part in the Children’s Cancer Run.

Since its creation, the events has raised in excess of £5m for North of England Children’s Cancer Research (NECCR), at Newcastle.

He left the prestigious school in 1990 to become the full time administrator with the Yellow Brick Road Fund, a charity set up to raise millions for projects.

The charity later became Children’s Foundation, fundraising for what is now the Great North Children’s Hospital.

Working with Newcastle University’s Dept of Child Health building the Road to Health – current director
Colin Gregg 1996 leaving yellow brick road aka Children’s Foundation charity # 1000013

Working with Newcastle University’s Dept of Child Health building the Road to Health – current director
Colin Gregg 1996 leaving Yellow Brick Road aka Children’s Foundation charity # 1000013

Leaving the post in the mid 1990s Mr Gregg, a father-of-three, who used to work as a children’s officer with Newcastle’s social services during the early 1970s, later joined the Trinity Centre along Gosforth’s High Street – home to the first Greggs bakery – as its chairman.

Opened in 2008 the centre, connected to the church, hosts around 100 activities a week for the community.

www.thejournal.co.uk/news/north-east-news/colin-gregg-arrested-over-child-4397786

New Square Shaping Up

THE final stages of a town square intended for a leafy Tyneside suburb have been put in place.

A team at Trinity Church, in Gosforth, Newcastle, have been planning the attractive community space since the church had a pounds 3.25m refurbishment in 2006.

But after gaining planning permission, the development was put on the back-burner as the popularity of the new Trinity Centre exceeded expectations.

Attention was turned to creating the half-paved and half-grassed town square, aimed at breathing life back into Gosforth High Street after the team received a grant of pounds 100,000 from Newcastle City Council.

At the time of the planning in 2009, the project was estimated to cost pounds 400,000. It is hoped the space will be used as place to sit, relax and chat, as well as for entertainment such as bands, markets and chess.

Colin Gregg, chairman of the Trinity Centre, said the aim of the square was to bring the local community together.

He said: “The overall aim is that the square will help bring people back on to the High Street and to eventually shop there so trade will pick up.

“Gosforth High Street used to be a thriving area. It was where the bakery Greggs opened its first store and it was a place where people came and talked.

“We want the square to be the heart of the community.”

Since the Trinity Centre reopened in 2008 it has exceeded expectations.

The church now hosts 100 activities a week and has around 2,500 people walking through its doors each week.

www.questia.com/read/1G1-265652147/new-square-shaping-up
(sub site for full article)


Sasha Wass QC, prosecutor in Rolf Harris trial, to lead island sex abuse inquiry

Sasha Wass QC, has been brought into to head an investigation into an alleged cover-up on St Helena and Ascension

20 November 2014

A prominent barrister who successfully prosecuted Rolf Harris will head an investigation into an alleged police and government conspiracy to cover up the widespread sexual exploitation of girls on a British overseas territory.

Sasha Wass QC, has been brought in after a review of child safety on St Helena and Ascension – two tiny and remote islands in the South Atlantic with a combined population of some 5,500 – revealed that a number of paedophiles had escaped prosecution amid claims of police incompetence and corruption.

Social workers said they raised concerns about a paedophile officer but were snubbed and told not to rock the boat and “enjoy the view” on St Helena, famous as the island prison of Napoleon.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/sasha-wass-qc-prosecutor-in-rolf-harris-trial-to-lead-island-sex-abuse-inquiry-9873772.html

FOI release: Sasha Wass QC

1999 Charity bike ride

Morecombe – Skipton – Thirsk – Scarborough

After the success of the first 2 rides we became more adventurous and designed a new coast to coast of our own. This was to give people the chance to complete other ways to cross the country on a bike. The route was designed by Les and went from Morecambe to Scarborough via Skipton and Thirsk.

The 3 day ride included more varied terrain and scenery over 200 miles and had lots of hills, off road tracks, fast road sections and included the first cityworks riders hill climb just for fun. 12 riders signed up for the trip through Settle, Skipton, Pately bridge, Ripon, Thirsk, Thornton le dale, and Scarborough.

This ride was also on a large scale as we had a bus, a 7 ton wagon and 3 outriders from the TA. The back up was great and the route well organised in advance. We also stayed in good quality hotels on the way and provided pleanty of pub stops for a beer or two.

This ride was in aid of three charities: –

  • The Childrens cancer research fund at the R.V.I. Newcastle
  • The Yellow Brick road appeal Newcastle
  • The Evening Chronicle Sunshine fund Newcastle.

We enlisted the help of the Mayor of Morecambe to start the ride and the mayor of Scarborough to meet us at the end.

£3,250 was raised for our chosen charities with the cheque presentation at the Civic centre again with our charity representatives.

http://www.newcastlecityriders.org/Events.html

The Barry Sisters – June, Angela and Ann – were the toast of the North in the late 50s and 60s, performing alongside stars from Cliff Richard to Ken Dodd and Des O’Connor to Morecambe and Wise.
Angela Wright, 79, of New Marske, will join guests in Newcastle on Thursday to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Children’s Foundation, a charity close to her late sister June’s heart.
June, the only one of the three never to have had children of her own, left the charity PS10,000 in her will after her death in September.

The group had a glittering career which saw them tour the country with a host of household names.

They spent six weeks touring with a young Cliff Richard and although Angela has fond memories of the time she missed out on the chance to have her picture taken with the future superstar – she was giving birth to Martyn. The group’s “fourth member” Sylvia Scarill filled in for her.

She said: “He was very polite and pleasant, but he didn’t socialise much. Sometimes he would rehearse songs with the band in the bus, but most of the time he travelled by car with his own driver.”

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/spice-girls-60s-anniversary-pledge-9352818

Children’s Foundation Chief Executive Peregrine Solly

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(right) Peregrine Solly (BAE)

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June 2014

The importance of timelines – and the depth of the rabbit hole

Newcastle City Council, Brian Roycroft, and North Wales care homes

Written by a former social work professional who wishes to remain anonymous.

Local publicity about the connection between children and young people in the care and protection of Newcastle City Council and Bryn Alyn only became public in the 2000 with the publication of the Waterhouse Report following the prosecution of a number of individuals for crimes of physical and sexual violence in residential care in Wales

The Mail on Sunday Feb 13th 2000 reported that the £13 million inquiry stopped short of concluding that the abuse was orchestrated by a ring of paedophiles who helped each other to secure top jobs in in the Welsh Care system and which were said to include policemen, public servants and businessmen- this included a Welsh Office Inspector of Homes who was sentenced to 14 years.

12 former children in care were known to have committed suicide because of their experiences.

Locally the first reference to the Waterhouse Inquiry revelations occurred on Feb 15th when the Sunderland Echo commented on the report noting that two weeks beforehand Sunderland’s “longest running child abuse Inquiry collapsed.” The Echo paper appears to be making the point that the passage of time did not appear to have affected the successful prosecution in Wales and other situations.

The point made by the Sunderland Echo back in 2000 has been strengthened for on April 29th 2013, that is another decade after the third Witherwack trial ended, the Director General of the National Crime Agency issued a Public report on the progress of Operation Pallial covering 140 complainants reporting offences in 18 establishments in North Wales 1963-1992 against 84 named individuals. Operation Pallial continues. The 18 page progress report makes reference to the establishment of a review of the working of the Waterhouse Inquiry conducted for the Ministry of Justice by Lady Justice Macur DBE and which published an Issues Paper on January 8th 2013 which included a call of information.

In October 2013 Cathy Fox used an FOI request to ask the Ministry of Justice when the Macur report would be published. Further requests were made in December and May of this year. No date has been fixed.

On February 16th 2000 under the headline Suffer the Little Children the Newcastle Journal provided the story of one of the victims in Sunderland mentioning that the NSPCC report had referred to a web of institutional abuse and reported that 32 staff had been involved.

The Journal article also refers to the Pin Down regime in Staffordshire, to an investigation in Northumberland and the 300 complaints which has arisen to that date as part of Operation Rose.

On February 16th, the Journal also published an editorial covering the Waterhouse Inquiry and the 1998 Utting report

The Sunderland Echo also published an editorial Two Decades of Horrific Abuse and an article on the movement of staff suspects between local authorities. The Newcastle Spotlight on Abuse article is important drawing attention to the role of the Director of Social Services Roycroft in relation to the 1976 Hugh Bostock Scandal and his alleged opposition to the proposal for a register of dismissed staff. Cathy Fox’s request for Hugh Bostock inquiry info to be published was refused.

On Feb 17th the Newcastle-based Journal published the story of one victim who contacted them among the 28 who were said to have been assaulted after being placed in Bryn Alyn by the City of Newcastle.

NB A subsequent report indicated that only a small number had approached Newcastle Police with complaints.

The Feb 17th complainant mentioned that Director of Social Services Brian Roycroft visited the home to open an extension. “It was almost laughable he was singing the praises of the place yet what was going on there was evil.”

Roycroft was Director of Social Services for Newcastle 1971- 1993 and before then its Children’s officer, who also acted as Director of Education and Chief Executive for short periods, and was appointed a European Social Commissioner by Margaret Thatcher as well as having a controlling influence within the Association of Directors of Social Services and the advisors to the Association of Metropolitan local authorities.

He commented in what appeared to be a prepared statement “ It is fairly common place to send children with behavioural difficulties to homes around the country, here weren’t the facilities available in the North East. It is perfectly possible that some children from Newcastle and the North East did go to some of the homes in North Wales named in the Waterhouse report. I had 42,000 children in my care during my career and I cannot possible remember where they all went. It is also perfectly feasible that I did visit the Bryn Alyn Home “ It is noteworthy that although he left Newcastle a number of years before he knew the total number of children was over 42,000

I would often visit homes where children from Newcastle were in care as would social service staff from the city” The article includes comments from the then current Director of Social Services for Newcastle.

In 1987, that is a year after the first complaints about the conduct of the owner of Bryn Alyn were made, Roycroft who was then President of the Association of Directors of Social Service recommended colleagues at the North East Region branch meeting the placement of children in care at Bryn Alyn, speaking warmly of the hospitality he had received. He rarely mentioned his national/internationally activities.

Roycroft also made a point of advising colleagues on another occasion that he sometimes invited children in care to his home.

It was then on morning of the 18th that the Journal posed the question Why were 69 of our Children sent to Bryn Alyn? The key sentence in the article (9) is the reference to a Labour MP Chris Ruane Vale of Clwyd (and still there) wanted Prime Minister Tony Blair to assure him that prominent people had not been left out.

Also regarded of significance is the accompanying piece about one former young man how he had been threatened at gun point by a staff member before insisting on sex. Was their proper investigations of residents reported missing from the home who were never found by their placing local authorities? The Editorial demanded the facts and the inquiry report to be published.

The importance of establishing a timeline database to include the various police investigations and other inquiries is reinforced by the Daily Mail front page headline article on the same morning – Even Worse- suggesting the potential of 11,000 victims based on the Lambeth-centred inquiry Operation Middleton and which also referred to Operation Care Merseyside and to an operation in Birmingham. The Newcastle Chronicle that evening asked for one victim placed at Bryn Alyn by North Tyneside – Why did no one listen to me?

On the 19th the Journal again asked the question Why did they keep sending children? The article refers to the 1988 devastating report of its Director on its Children’s Homes and which included Bryn Alyn.

The 19th saw the Journal report the story of Michelle Atkinson in relation to a Newcastle residential care home. On the same date the Journal reported that David Brushett, the Welsh Office Children’s Inspector who had worked at the former Approved School, Aycliffe County Durham joint secure remand centre and community home with education on the premises from 1967 to 1974 when he had become deputy Headmaster at the school part of the establishment.

The Chronicle then disclosed on February 25th that Peter Howarth who was convicted and sentenced to ten years for crimes at the notorious Bryn Estyn Establishment had worked at the former Axwell Park (renamed Clavering House) Newcastle establishment. The then current Director of Social Services called for any victims to come forward in a Journal article on the 26th.

In 1968 following the conviction of Mary Bell aged 11 years for the murder of two boys, Roycroft then Children’s Officer Newcastle became personally involved with her welfare and was widely praised by the author of two books on the murders and the life of Mary as “one of the finest social workers in the country” and referred to “his passion for “social justice.” quoted in the Guardian Obituary.

As already mentioned in 1976 Roycroft was at the centre of concern about the conviction of Newcastle Residential Home officer Hugh Bostock. The Council has refused to publish its internal report via a Cathy Fox FOI request.

Roycroft who died in 2002 during the libel action against the Council and the authors of the report on the Shielfield Nursery Scandal (the Chronicle settled out of court) was also the lead member of the team who investigated the conviction of the Calderdale Social Services Director in 1988 (when he was immediate past President of ADSS) for crimes against children in care and Calderdale director was reported to have links with Peter Righton)

In 1994 Roycroft was part of the part Inquiry into Oxenden House. A Cathy Fox FOI request for a copy of the report to be published has been refused.

spotlightonabuse.wordpress.com/2014/06/23/newcastle-city-council-brian-roycroft-and-north-wales-care-homes/

Aycliffe Shool in Co Durham

Aycliffe’s director, Masud Hoghughi

www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/amid-the-nasty-pieces-of-work-in-an-eton-of-child-crime-a-glimpse-of-their-terrible-pasts-life-could-1496281.html

TONY McCAFFREY

Michael Whyte went to Durham in 1977 to make Aycliffe, his acclaimed ITV documentary, the cameras watched Mr McCaffrey

www.independent.co.uk/life-style/i-thought-paul-was-a-success-story-paul-is-dead-aycliffe-durham-is-home-to-some-of-britains-most-1563498.html

www.ukcolumn.org/oldforums/index.php?p=/discussion/8212/child-abuse-timeline

Aycliffe Young People’s Center

Aycliffe Young People’s Center, Darlington, Stockton on Tees

Former County Durham house master cleared of sex abuse

A former County Durham school house master has been cleared of sexual abuse charges after a judge concluded police handling the case acted improperly.

Rod Ryall, 68, of Wheatley Drive, Mirfield, West Yorkshire, had denied 10 counts of indecent assault on three children in the 1960s and 1970s.

The judge hearing the case directed jurors to return not guilty verdicts amid criticism of Durham Police.

BBC News 24/09/10

School master ‘carried out string of sex attacks’

An approved school housemaster who became a scout leader and council director of social services carried out a string of sex attacks on vulnerable boys over a period of years, a court heard today.

Rod Ryall, 68, appeared at Teesside Crown Court charged with 10 counts of indecent assault on three alleged victims during the 1960s and 1970s.

In 1988 he pleaded guilty to four counts of indecent assault, two counts of gross indecency and one of buggery with boys aged 14 to 17, the jury was told.

Ryall studied physics at Oxford University before taking a PhD in criminology at Cambridge and became a housemaster at Newton Aycliffe Approved School, County Durham, in the mid 1960s.

The prosecution alleges he sexually abused two pupils during his time at the school, where boys who had committed criminal offences were housed and educated.

The Independent 14/09/10

Former house master in sex assault inquiry

AN ex-social services chief has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting youngsters at a North-East children’s centre that has housed some of the UK’s most notorious juvenile criminals.

Rod Ryall, 67, was a live-in house master at Aycliffe Approved School, off the A167, Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, in the Sixties.

He was arrested last week and an investigation into the school, now known as Aycliffe Secure Services, is under way.

The Northern Echo 06/06/09

15 years prison for sex shame politician

A FORMER North-East aide of Prime Minister Tony Blair has been jailed for 15 years for an “appalling” string of sex offences against teenage boys.

Martyn Locklin, 41, of Ladybower, Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, was found guilty by the jury of eight men and four women at Teesside Crown Court yesterday.

Locklin, a leading Labour party activist in Sedgefield, stood impassively in the dock as the jury delivered guilty verdicts on eight charges, including rape.

Last night, the Labour Party said Locklin, who has shown Mr Blair around the area on several occasions, had no special relationship with the Prime Minister.

Locklin’s barrister, Tim Roberts, said that he would immediately appeal against the conviction. “Martyn Locklin maintains that he is completely innocent of the alleged offences,” he said.

“No conviction based upon the word of self-confessed criminals and perjurers can possibly be regarded as safe.

“Martyn Locklin would like to thank the Newton Aycliffe community for the support which they have afforded his family.”

The former leader of Great Aycliffe Town Council was convicted of two indecent assaults against one teenager; one serious sexual offence, two counts of rape and one of indecent assault against a second youngster; and two counts of indecent assault against a third boy. All the offences took place between 1988 and 1996.

The jury had earlier been directed to deliver a not guilty verdict on one charge of indecent assault on the first boy.

During the three-week trial, the court heard that Locklin, a house parent at Aycliffe Young People’s Centre, had breached his position of trust and abused one teenage resident there, visiting him in his room at night on more than 30 occasions.

A second boy was systematically raped and sexually abused at weekends in Locklin’s home for more than two years, while his partner Denise Anderson and stepsons slept upstairs, the jury heard.

All three members of the family told the court it was “not possible” for the attacks to have happened, and said Locklin was a good father .

The third boy said he, too, had been sexually abused in Locklin’s home over a two-month period. All three said they had been plied with drink and cannabis and were given gifts such as tobacco, clothes and cash to buy their silence.

Judge Peter Fox QC described the abuse as “appalling” and said: “This reflects a gross breach of trust on your part in respect of young boys in their mid-teens, two of whom you owed a particular duty of trust.”

The judge said Locklin had groomed and seduced the boys and added: “The damage, and over such a prolonged period in such a devastating way can hardly be estimated.”

Locklin was sentenced to ten years concurrent for the assault of the first two boys and five years consecutive for the repeated abuse of the third.

The judge placed Locklin on the sex offenders register for life and said: “You will be watched for the remainder of your days. You need to be.”

John Burton, Tony Blair’s agent, said Martyn Locklin had been a hard working councillor. He added: “Obviously our sympathies at this time have got to be with the families and with the victims themselves.”

Bob Fleming, leader of Great Aycliffe Town Council, said: “He’s been found guilty of horrendous crimes and as a result of that he deserves to go to prison for a long time.

“This will come as a shock to many people because he had many friends who stood by him through thick and thin .”

* Detectives last night said they believed there could be more victims of Locklin who were “too ashamed or frightened” to come forward. Anyone with information should contact Newton Aycliffe police on (01325) 314401.

Darlington & Stockton Times 04/07/01
Youth was raped by Tony Blair’s aide, court told

A YOUNGSTER claimed to have been raped once a month for two years by a former aide to Prime Minister Tony Blair, a court heard yesterday.

The young man, who is serving life imprisonment for murder, was giving evidence in the trial of Martyn Locklin, a senior Labour councillor in Mr Blair’s Sedgefield constituency, at Teesside Crown Court.

Mr Locklin, 41, of Ladybower, Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, faces three counts of indecent assault against one boy, and two counts of indecent assault against another.

He also faces a charge involving a serious sexual assault, two counts of rape and one of indecent assault against a third boy.

The Sedgefield borough and Great Aycliffe town councillor denies all the charges, which were alleged to have taken place between 1988 and 1996.

Yesterday, the court heard from former employees of Aycliffe Young People’s Centre, where Mr Locklin was employed during the late 1980s and early 1990s, and where one alleged victim claimed to have been sexually assaulted.

Two former night watchmen who worked with Mr Locklin claimed the councillor had smoked cannabis while caring for youngsters at the centre.

And one alleged victim told the court he was raped and sexually assaulted by Mr Locklin weekly for two years while he was aged between 15 and 17.

He said Mr Locklin would give him alcohol and cannabis before sexually assaulting him.

Now in his 20s, he said: “I felt helpless, ashamed and frightened.”

The man, serving a life sentence for murder, said the abuse ended when he pulled a knife on the councillor and ran off.

Tim Roberts, for Mr Locklin, put it to the man that he had lied to a jury during his murder trial and committed perjury, which the man admitted.

Before he had met Mr Locklin, he had been involved in sexual behaviour with a 63-year-old man.

Earlier, the court heard how Mr Locklin was a “strong and manipulative character”.

After leaving the centre, Mr Locklin immersed himself in local politics and by the time he was charged in May he was leader of Great Aycliffe Town Council.

The prosecution claims he abused his position of trust while working as a care worker at the home.

The trial continues.

Darlington & Stockton Times 23/06/01

Independent on Sunday 07/03/93

Independent 25/08/93

Independent 14/12/92

theneedleblog.wordpress.com/operation-greenlight/north-east-england/darlington/aycliff-young-peoples-center/

Truthseeker‏ @thewakeupcall09

This comes as no shock, as paedophile rings have been operating in Calderdale for decades. Rod Ryall was Calderdale council’s Director of Social Services and convicted paedophile.

Rod Ryall former Calderdale Council’s Director of Social Services – JAILED FOR SEX OFFENCES

Social Work Today 1st December 1988

Brian Roycroft Report 13.19 states “There is no evidence that offences were being committed against any other boys. The police satisfied themselves on this point. None of the offences were committed on boys whilst in care.”

Aillie Kerrane, Calderdale Council operations manager, said: “We were aware of problems and we have got a number of strategies in place to tackle them, including the appointment of a new manager. (2005) Westgarth did not meet basic standards

Calderdale Social Services Inquiry Report

Crafty Muvva‏ @craftymuvva

Leon Brittan – known as a paedophile throughout Barnes & Fleet Street since early 1980s. #ElmGuestHouse #Aycliffe



Aycliffe Centre for Children, Prince Andrew’s visit
Prince Andrew shakes hands with Dr Masud Hoghughi, with Councillor J T Thompson (centre). Darlington & Stockton Times photograph. 1984.

Prince Andrew

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Update on Peter Ball Establishment Cover-Up: FOI documents reveal Ball investigated in 2008 for being part of a suspected paedophile ring.

^ Prince Charles with his spiritual advisor –  paedophile Peter Ball in 1992

https://www.iicsa.org.uk/key-documents/6067/view/Public%20Hearing%20Transcript%2025%20July%202018.pdf

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Peter Ball: the sinful bishop and a very English cover-up

Times 27/7/18

Paedophile Peter Ball also claimed to be a friend of the Duchess of York.

http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1sqjvmh

The Duchess of York was also good friends with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein

Cash-strapped Fergie took £15,000 from paedophile billionaire at centre of claims Prince Andrew slept with under-age ‘sex slave’

  • Duchess of York struck deal with disgraced tycoon in December 2010
  • Came within days of Duke of York flying out to visit Epstein in New York

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2897086/Cash-strapped-Fergie-took-15-000-paedophile-billionaire-centre-claims-Prince-Andrew-slept-age-sex-slave.html

Pervert Bishop Peter Ball was friends with Jimmy Savile, Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth, Queen’s chaplain, Rev John Robson, Margaret Thatcher, Ian Gow, Chief Justice Lord Berwick, George Pell, Fergie, Duchess of York…

Enoch Powell was friends with Ian Gow

May 1988: Ian Gow, who brought along his friends, Enoch Powell and his wife.

Ian Gow, PPS to Thatcher, was also friends with Enoch Powell. Gow was good friends with Peter Ball who spoke at Gow’s memorial.

Enoch Powell at Gow’s funeral

Northern Ireland was Gow’s political passion. He knew and understood the province as few Englishmen do. From his days of military service he developed a feel for the people of Ulster, and after long years of study at the feet of Airey Neave, John Biggs Davison and Enoch Powell all of whom were romantic heroes to him he became the inheritor of their political mantle in Northern Ireland.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/1990/jul/31/obituaries.jonathanaitken

 


 

Christ’s Hospital School where 5 teachers have been jailed for CSA:

http://www.itv.com/news/2018-07-05/two-more-christs-hospital-teachers-found-guilty-of-sex-attacks-on-pupils/

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Nigella, Lord Nigel Lawson, Tom Lawson

http://aangirfan.blogspot.com/2005/06/dominic-lawson.html

Tom Lawson

5 May 2015

Tom Lawson, son of Lord Lawson and half-brother of Nigella, was educated at Eton before going to Oxford, and is now deputy head of Christ’s Hospital school in Horsham, West Sussex.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/generalelection/general-election-2015-photographic-history-of-bullingdon-club-tracked-down-including-new-picture-of-10224679.html

Lord Lawson say Police should stop funding investigations into historical abuse.

22/11/2015

alun;

The current headmaster (since 2016) at Eastbourne College is Tom Lawson, half-brother of Nigela and son of the Tory grandee Nigel who argued that no funds should be ploughed into historical child sex allegations.

Tom Lawson came to Eastbourne College from Christ’s Hospital where no fewer than 5 teachers have been convicted for CSA and where a common punishment used to be to send pupils down to Peter Ball’s house!

  • Some students were sent from Christ Hospital School to paedophile Bishop Peter Ball for punishment.

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http://www.chforum.info/php/viewtopic.php?t=4549&start=45

 

 

Another director of Eastbourne College was Alison ‘Butterfingers’ Saunders (2008 – 2014). Despite the collapse of an unprecedented number of abuse cases during her watch as DPP, she still insists she has done a good job:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5568129/Under-fire-CPS-boss-Alison-Saunders-NOT-contract-renewed.html

Aleister Crowley attended Eastbourne College

10 Dec 1991 – Letter from Peter Ball to Enoch Powell

alun:

The address on that note from Bishop Ball to Enoch Powell is significant: It is the postal address for Eastbourne College, where Peter Ball was on the BOD between 1991 and 1992, a school ravaged by cases of child sexual abuse.

 

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4406562/Two-ex-Eastbourne-College-teachers-sexually-assaulted-boy.html

 

Two retired teachers who sexually assaulted a boy while they taught at his college are jailed for a total of 17 years

  • Ex-history teacher Andrew Boxer, 67, was sentenced to 15 years in jail
  • Ex-music teacher Graham Jones, 63, was jailed for two years 
  • Both taught at Eastbourne College, East Sussex, at the time of the abuse, while the victim was a pupil there

Andrew Boxer and Graham Jones were both convicted of several counts of indecently assaulting the same boy between 1988 and 1993, following a week-long trial.

Former history teacher Boxer, 67, was sentenced to 15 years behind bars for seven counts of indecent assault – six at the same address in Eastbourne, East Sussex and another in Cambridge.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4406562/Two-ex-Eastbourne-College-teachers-sexually-assaulted-boy.html

 

The current headmaster (since 2016) at Eastbourne College is Tom Lawson, half-brother of Nigela and son of the Tory grandee Nigel who argued that no funds should be ploughed into historical child sex allegations.

Yet another director of Eastbourne College (1991 – 2004) was the Duke Of Devonshire Andrew Robert Buxton Cavendish, another close friend of Savile, BigEars and Bishop Ball, seen here giving Savile a silly handshake:

Prince Charles, Camilla Parker-Bowles and the Duke were close friends.

Dame Alun Roberts ‏ @ciabaudo

A punishment at Christ’s Hospital School was to be sent down for a few nights at Peter Ball’s house. I wonder whether those sending them down knew what their fate might be? And who were his ‘special friends’?

It would appear Tom Lawson was what is referred to as a ‘safe pair of hands’, stumbling from one paedo school to the next. He also worked at Winchester College for 15 years, where John Smyth QC abused boys:



Charles and the pervert: Prince tells child sex abuse inquiry he was ‘deceived’ by bishop Peter Ball but says he cannot remember who he was referring to when he said ‘I will see off this horrid man’ in letter to disgraced clergyman 21 years ago

 

Peter Ball would pray naked with them at the altar and encourage them to submit to beatings. At least five more victims were schoolchildren.
Mr Hughes has now indicated that new complainants came forward following the media coverage of Peter Ball’s sentencing. It was considered that it was not in the public interest to pursue these cases, as Peter Ball has recently been incarcerated.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Bullingdon Club 1996- Tom Lawson, the arms dealer's son and the 'mayhem' that took 30 cops to shut down
The former Chancellor’s son was part of a Bullingdon set that caused ‘mayhem’ at a party in Kingston Blount that required 30 police officers to clear up.

EXCLUSIVE: Bullingdon Club 1996- Tom Lawson, the arms dealer’s son and the ‘mayhem’ that took 30 cops to shut down

https://www.byline.com/project/30/article/700


Jimmy Savile acted as a kind of marriage counsellor between Charles and Princess Diana.

Whitehall is ‘covering up the past’: File on Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s marriage, Lockerbie records and MI5 ‘link’ to Belfast lawyer death among documents blocked by government

  • The Advisory Council on National Records and Archives released its latest report
  • Whitehall is supposed to send files to the National Archives after 20 years
  • Officials can block the release of files if they compromise National security
  • The number of blocked files has jumped from 4,300 to 5,900 in a year

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6001919/Whitehall-blocks-release-embarrassing-government-files.html

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Jimmy Savile acted as a kind of marriage counsellor between Charles and Princess Diana.

Jimmy Savile caused concern with behaviour on visits to Prince Charles

Former royal aide says TV presenter would greet young female assistants at St James’s Palace by ‘rubbing lips up their arms’
Savile is understood to have visited Prince Charles’s official London residence several times in the late 1980s when he was acting as a kind of marriage counsellor between Charles and Princess Diana.

 

Not the VSCP‏@NottheVSCP

Incredibly naive and unwise letters from Prince Charles to Peter Ball. Completely biased and one-sided. Showing only sympathy for the perpetrator. This is 2 yrs after Ball had accepted caution, admitting his guilt!

#iicsa #CSA #CSE #cofe #PrinceCharles


Astonishingly, here Prince Charles refers to the VICTIM, Neil Todd as a “ghastly & horrid man” and threatens to “see him off”, 4 yrs after Ball had admitted abusing him. HRH then buys Ball a substantial house. NEIL LATER TAKES HIS OWN LIFE

Camille Davis Russo‏@CDavisRusso

Wouldn’t you think with the sort of emotion he displays here he has inordinate affection for this sado-peado?



Peter Ball would pray naked with them at the altar and encourage them to submit to beatings. At least five more victims were school children.

Charles and the pervert: Prince tells child sex abuse inquiry he was ‘deceived’ by bishop Peter Ball but says he cannot remember who he was referring to when he said ‘I will see off this horrid man’ in letter to disgraced clergyman 21 years ago

  • Prince Charles denied he tried to influence an investigation into Peter Ball
  • The royal gave written evidence at a sex child abuse inquiry on Friday 
  • Ball, the former Bishop of Lewes, sexually abused 18 men during ’80s and ’90s

The Prince of Wales has told a public inquiry he was ‘deceived’ by disgraced bishop Peter Ball and said he ‘cannot shed any light’ on the ‘horrid man’ he referred to in a letter to the paedophile.

Prince Charles was friends with the ex-Bishop of Lewes for over two decades after he accepted a caution for gross indecency.  

He only cut ties with him after he was convicted of sexually abusing 18 young men aged 17 to 25 over 30 years in 2015.

The convicted Bishop, 86, was released last year after serving half his sentence behind bars.

In written evidence today, Prince Charles refused to elaborate on a letter he wrote to Ball at the time of sexual misconduct claims, telling him: ‘I will see off this horrid man if he tries anything again.’ 

Ball had told the Prince a single accuser was behind allegations that led to him having to quit as the Bishop of Gloucester.

In a letter to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse, the Prince said Ball had told him the complaint against him was false and had arisen from someone who had a grudge against him and was ‘persecuting’ him.

In extracts from one letter between the Prince and Ball, Charles says: ‘I can’t bear it that the frightful and terrifying man is on the loose and doing his worst.’

But in his letter to the inquiry on Friday, the Prince, who said he regrets having been ‘deceived’ by Ball, said: ‘I regret that I am unable to shed any light on references made in a letter dated 23rd March 1997 to a ‘horrid man’ or a ‘frightful and terrifying man’.

‘This seems to be a manner of speaking in the midst of a long letter written more than twenty years ago.

‘I do recall that Peter Ball felt that numerous individuals, including his critics in the media, were doing all in their power to disadvantage him unfairly.

‘I suspect, but cannot be certain, that the reference is to this issue in some way.’

The Prince says he did not know about the nature of the complaint against Ball and had not appreciated the meaning of a caution – the acceptance of guilt.

A lawyer for some of the former bishop’s victims has said it was difficult to see that ‘as anything other than willful blindness’.

Ball had previously boasted of being a confidant of Charles, and his court case heard that a member of the royal family was among a host of public figures who supported him when he avoided charges in 1993.

In a statement the Prince of Wales denied he tried to influence the police probe into Ball, as he also revealed the bishop told him he had quit his job over an ‘indiscretion’.

He is not giving evidence in person, and it is instead being read out from a prepared statement.

Today he was pictured meeting the UK’s first F-35 Lightening Squadron at the RAF base in Kings Lynn, Norfolk.

In another letter from the Prince to Ball in 1995 – two years after Ball’s caution – the future king said he wished he could ‘do more’.

He said: ‘I feel so desperately strongly about the monstrous wrongs that have been done to you and the way you have been treated.’

Charles also said he had been told by the then Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey the church was looking at bringing Ball back into public ministry.

In the 1995 letter he said it was ‘appalling’ that the Archbishop, now Lord Carey, had ‘gone back on what he told me’.

He said it was clear the Archbishop was ‘frightened of the press – what he calls ‘public perception’.’

Another letter from Charles the following year referred to the process of getting a Duchy of Cornwall property for Ball and his brother Michael, Bishop of Truro.

It said: ‘I long to see you both settled somewhere that suits you and gives you peace and tranquility – and not too far from here so you can come over more easily.’

The pair rented a Duchy property between 1997 and 2011.

Charles’s letter to the inquiry added: ‘My heart goes out to the victims of abuse and I applaud their courage as they rebuild their lives and, so often, offer invaluable support to others who have suffered.

‘I wish I could do more’: What the prince wrote to his friend the bishop as allegations swirled around

Sept 1993, Ball to Charles

Life continues to be pretty nasty for me for, it seems that my accusers still want to continue their malicious campaign. Luckily they are beginning to show some of their fraudulent plans.

Dec 1994, Charles to Ball

I saw the Archbishop the other day and he told me he is trying to bring you back to a public ministry. I do hope this will be all right and suit you, if and when it happens….

Feb 1995, Charles to Ball

I wish I could do more. I feel so desperately strongly about the monstrous wrongs that have been done to you and the way you have been treated. It’s appalling that the Archbishop has gone back on what he told me, before Xmas, that he was hoping to restore you to some form of Ministry in the Church.

I suspect you are absolutely right – it is due to fear of the media….If it is any consolation, the Archbishop has written me a letter (between you and me) in which it is also clear that he is frightened of the press – what he calls ‘public perception’, which in fact, perception of events and characters based entirely on lies, invention, speculation and sensation.

Dec 1995, Ball to Charles

The young man who accused me keeps on harassing. The last was a few weeks back with a fax, threatening to say more, when he has agreed not to and ending with the words ‘Your never forgiving rnbbrother in Christ’. That is both vile and blasphemous and oh that the police and CPS had seen and known from the beginning the nature of the young man. How I wish the Archbishop or someone would tell them.

April 1996, Ball to Charles

And I can honestly share the pain of it all having tried to break the crippling and unchristian powers of the ecclesiastical set up, and then being deserted in my hour of need.

June 1996, Charles to Ball

…I am so glad that [X] has been in touch as I requested. I pray the Duchy will be able to find something suitable for you both in due course, but it may take a little time to locate it! I long to see you both settled somewhere that suits you and gives you peace and tranquility – and not too far from here so you can come over more easily…

March 1997, Charles to Ball

[X] tells me that your house has been bought successfully – it looks rather nice – and I only hope the rent won’t be too bad!

I can’t bear it that the frightful, terrifying man is on the loose again and doing his worst… I was visiting the vicar… and we were enthusing about you and your brother and he then told me that he had heard that this ghastly man was up to his dastardly tricks again…. I’ll see off this horrid man if he tries anything again.

Aug 2001, Charles to Ball

I do however firmly believe that one day people will be forced to signing your resignation deed but, as you have been advised, I daresay that the establishment will close ranks and you will get nowhere. But how outrageous that now these people say sorry – and only in private….

Dec 2001, Charles to Ball

I saw [ ] the other day…he mentioned that you were thinking of going to the Archbishop and seemed a bit anxious about it… I daresay by now you will have approached the Archbishop but in your letter you so kindly asked me whether I had any objections – something which you certainly didn’t need to do.

The only thing I would say is that unless you really need to go to the Archbishop of Canterbury – for financial reasons particularly – I would have thought it might be better to let sleeping dogs lie…

Oct 2009, Ball to Charles

I am now nearly a broken man, because of what the Church has put me through after seventeen years of serving in retirement. They have smashed me with the bully of an assessor -…from a Child Protection Officer and no pastoral care, except two nice letters from the Archbishop. Suddenly, I am not allowed to baptise, or go to any parish without informing the Church Warden that I had a caution all those years back…

Ball included a letter that set out he was being risk assessed.

May 2010, Ball to Charles

…the horror that has come to me from the Bishop of Chichester with the Archbishop’s obvious hand in it. I have been told that I may not minister at all when we move, nor may I worship anywhere without signing a Declaration for the Protection of Children.

May 2012, Ball to Charles

Writes to say that the police are re-opening the investigation and are to question him. He says: ‘I thought it had been fully examined twenty years ago.’

July 2012, Ball to Charles

Life is ‘almost unbearable. I am being pursued and persecuted. In ways which it would not be discreet to enlarge on, though I am sure that you can guess their source and virulence’.

Dec 2012, Ball to Charles

Ball wrote to thank the Prince of Wales for phoning him, writing in the letter that the affair of twenty years ago had been ‘stirred up’ again by Lambeth.

‘It remains a source of deep personal regret that I was one of many who were deceived over a long period of time about the true nature of Mr Ball’s activities.’

He also said, in the six-page statement read by counsel to the inquiry Fiona Scolding, that he had not appreciated the meaning of the caution and that at the time the word of a bishop was generally seen as trustworthy.

He said he did not realise the truth of what had gone on until Ball’s conviction, adding that his main source of information until then had been the bishop himself.

Dismissing any suggestion he had ever tried to interfere in the police investigation into Ball, Charles said it was possible his name had been taken ‘in vain’.

In his statement, dated July 10 this year, Charles said: ‘At no stage did I ever seek to influence the outcome of either of the police investigations into Peter Ball and nor did I instruct or encourage my staff to do so.’

Ball, the former bishop of Lewes and Gloucester, is too ill to give evidence in person, the inquiry has heard.

But in a statement he referred to his relationship as having been one of ‘support and respect’.

Ball said: ‘I would strongly resist any suggestion that in some way I could bring pressure to bear on him to act on my behalf and have certainly never made a request for him to do so.’

On Monday the inquiry heard there had been lengthy discussions between Charles’s lawyers and the inquiry in which his legal team initially argued that the future king could not be compelled to produce a statement.

Clarence House has since said Charles was willing to help the inquiry and had voluntarily answered all questions asked of him.

Richard Scorer, a specialist abuse lawyer at Slater and Gordon who represents a number of Ball’s victims, said Charles’s explanation that he was not aware of the meaning of a caution left his clients ‘dissatisfied’.

He said: ‘Prince Charles had access to the best legal advice that money can buy and, as a man in his position, a particular responsibility to check the facts.

‘It is difficult to see his failure to do so as anything other than wilful blindness.

‘His evidence, together with that of Lord Carey, the then archbishop of Canterbury, and other establishment figures who have given evidence this week, will do little to dissuade survivors from the conclusion that the British establishment aided and protected Ball and even now have failed to give a transparent account of their actions.’

Charles said in the six-page letter dated July 10 this year that it was his ‘deep regret’ that he and others had been ‘misled’ by Ball.

Elsewhere in his evidence, Charles said Ball had been invited to his home to give holy communion a number of times, from 1993.

He said: ‘Peter Ball occasionally wrote to me in respect of private, often spiritual, matters.’

Referring to his knowledge of the complaint against Ball, he added that in the 1980s and 1990s there was ‘a presumption that people such as Bishops could be taken at their word and, as a result of the high office they held, were worthy of trust and confidence’.

He said at the time ‘there was on my part a presumption of good faith’.

The inquiry is examining how the Church of England handled allegations of sexual abuse and has previously focused on the Diocese of Chichester – where Ball and several other convicted paedophile priests once officiated.

Ball accepted a caution for one count of gross indecency in 1993 and resigned due to ill health.

Prince Charles’ full statement to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

Dear Professor Jay

1. Thank you for inviting me to offer context on how I came to know former Bishop Peter Ball and on my dealings with him over the years, to assist your important Inquiry. I want to begin by applauding your work to ensure that the abuse of children is properly investigated and appropriate measures are taken to ensure they are fully protected. That is why I am pleased, on this occasion, to offer the following information, which I have set out to the best of my recollection after the passage of 25 years.

2. Over the years I have had, and continue to have, many interactions with the Clergy of the Church of England and of other Faiths, often on a daily basis. Set in that context, I first became aware of Peter Ball sometime during the 1980s, when I heard him preach. At that time, he came across as an interesting and engaging person. He was later appointed Bishop of Gloucester, in 1992. Since he had become my local Diocesan Bishop, near my home in Gloucestershire, I attended his Installation. He gave an impressive Address, which brought him to my attention again. At the same time I recall becoming aware of Michael Ball (Peter Ball’s brother) who was later appointed Bishop of Truro, to which I am also closely connected through the Duchy of Cornwall. Over the whole of my life, I have met countless senior Clergy who have been invited to preach and, on various occasions, I have myself invited them to give Holy Communion at my home. I extended such invitations to Peter Ball from time to time, starting in 1993.

3. As is well known, I maintain correspondence relationships with a great number of individuals. Peter Ball occasionally wrote to me in respect of private, often spiritual, matters. On each occasion I naturally replied as I believe that to be the polite thing to do, although there was often a significant delay on my part given other priorities which demanded my attention. My recollection is that these exchanges were normally instigated and driven by Peter Ball, in addition to a handful of telephone calls during the decades of our correspondence. Having refreshed my memory of our correspondence to try to help your Inquiry, I note this is borne out by the contents and dates of the letters in question.

4. With the significant passage of time, I cannot now recall with sufficient certainty when the following exchange took place and whether there was one particular conversation that concerned the reflections I offer below or more than one.

5. Peter Ball told me that he had been involved in some form of ‘indiscretion’, which prompted his resignation as my local Bishop at Gloucester. He emphasised that one individual, who I now understand to be Mr Neil Todd, had made a complaint to the Police; that the Police had investigated the matter; and that the Police and the Crown Prosecution Service had decided to take no action. This sequence of events seemed to support Mr Ball’s claim that the complaint emanated from a single individual; that the individual bore a grudge against him and was ‘persecuting’ him; that the complaint was false; but that the individual had nonetheless profited from the complaint by selling his story to the newspapers. The matter was described by him as ‘closed’. Peter Ball added that various people within the Church did not like him and had themselves used the complaint to curtail his ministry and force his resignation. When this exchange took place, I did not know about the nature of the complaint.

6. The true context and details of this complaint, and I now understand many others, against Peter Ball did not come to my attention until the time of Mr Ball’s trial and conviction in 2015. My main source of information before this was Mr Ball himself, though I should add that I was so fully occupied by my public role that Mr Ball’s situation was rarely at the front of my mind. As context, it seems important to say that in the 1980’s and 1990’s there was a presumption that people such as Bishops could be taken at their word and, as a result of the high office they held, were worthy of trust and confidence. That has changed over the years, as evidence has caused us all to be more challenging of what we hear and what we are told. But, at the time, there was on my part a presumption of good faith. I believe I was far from alone in taking this view.

7. I was certainly not aware at the time of the significance or impact of the caution that Peter Ball has accepted, or indeed sure if I was even told about it. Whilst I note that Peter Ball mentioned the word in a letter to me in October 2009, I was not aware until recently that a caution in fact carries an acceptance of guilt. I was aware that the Crown Prosecution Service had decided not to pursue a case against Mr Ball. This seemed to support Mr Ball’s defence of his position set out in his letter.

8. I recall that Peter Ball told me that following his resignation as Bishop of Gloucester he would lose the house in which he lived and that, as a consequence, both he and his brother Michael would become homeless. He told me that their monastic vows meant they had very little money. In this context, I occasionally sent the brothers small gifts of money, as I do for many people in need, and Pete Ball’s interest in becoming a tenant of a Duchy of Cornwall property then arose. A significant part of the Duchy’s business is in arranging and managing leases for properties and I mentioned the situation of the Ball brothers to the Duchy, as I do for others from time to time. The details of the eventual rental were handled, as usual, by Duchy staff. I was aware of the transaction but did not assist with the selection of the house. Some time later, in 1997, Peter and Michael Ball became tenants of a Duchy property until early in 2011, when they moved on.

Police investigations

9. At no stage did I ever seek to influence the outcome of either of the Police investigations into Peter Ball and nor did I instruct or encourage my staff to do so.

10. I understand from document ANG000021 that a member of Gloucestershire Police seems to recall that he ‘came under pressure’ in 1992 or 1993 which related in some way to some form of interest from myself and my staff in Peter Ball. This is untrue. Indeed, at the time of this Police investigation I had no knowledge of these particular matters. It follows, therefore, that I did not authorise – and could not have authorised – any such action. And nor would I have done.

11. Likewise, I have no recollection of any contact by one of my Personal Protection Officers or indeed any member of my staff with Gloucestershire Police. I was clear at the time, as I have remained clear, that the Police must be able to carry out their investigation in the proper manner without external pressure or influence. We have looked at our files and can find no record of any of these matters. It is always possible that my name was taken in vain, as can unfortunately happen from time to time. As I make clear elsewhere in this Statement, there is a gap between rumour and fact.

12. In a similar vein, I do not recall receiving a letter from Michael Ball in April 2013 as described by Detective Superintendent Carwyn Hughes (OHY000203). Having looked at our files we cannot find any record of such a letter. The occasional letters that I did receive from Michael Ball were of private and social nature and I am not aware of any interest from Sussex Police in this correspondence. Nevertheless, I have made available to you copies of the private correspondence received from Michael Ball, in case that could help your Inquiry in any way. I understand that a conversation took place between Sussex Police and the Metropolitan Police Royalty Protection team in 2013, and that Sussex Police informed the Metropolitan Police that they visited Peter Ball’s home and removed items which included a letter sent from me. I believe the Metropolitan Police asked whether or not this letter was relevant to the inquiry. I further understand that the Metropolitan Police emphasised clearly that they were not enquiring about the investigation itself and specifically wished to avoid any appearance of influence over it. They wished only to establish the facts about the property that had been removed and its correct ownership. The Metropolitan Police were told that the letter in question was not relevant and that it was to be returned by Sussex Police to Peter Ball.

The Church of England

13. Probably late in 1994 (although I cannot now be certain of the date) I recall seeing the then-Archbishop of Canterbury at an event and taking that opportunity to ask, among other issues, about Peter Ball as he had lately been my local Bishop. I remember the Archbishop was supportive of Peter Ball and thought him a good man and priest. I do not think we discussed any detail, though I recall that the Archbishop was perhaps thinking of ‘trying to bring [Peter Ball] back to a public ministry’ at some stage. I understood there were some complications, but these were not described. As this was clearly a matter for Church authorities, I took no personal position on it.

14. Other than this conversation with the then-Archbishop, I do not recall any specific conversations regarding Peter Ball, although I was aware that Mr Ball was himself keen to persuade the Church to ‘restore [him] to some form of Ministry in the Church’. The general view of members of the Clergy who occasionally mentioned him to me was that he was a capable and well-liked priest.

15. The Inquiry has asked about a note made by Andrew Purkis, of Lambeth Palace, following a lunch he had with my then-Private Secretary, Richard Aylard, on 30th August 1994 (ACE003034). My Private Secretary meets regularly with members of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Office to discuss a range of matters. Having reviewed the document it is clear that the meeting took place in the normal course of business and was for the purpose of discussing matters other than Mr Ball. I cannot shed any light on what appears to be a brief mention of Mr Ball at the end of the meeting. I have no recollection of discussing the matter. I have also been shown a copy of my letter of 14th December 2001 addressed to Peter Ball. As far as I can recall, this letter conveyed that I could not assist Peter Ball in any approach he was thinking of making to the Archbishop to seek a return to public ministry. I recall Peter Ball repeating this request around this time and again some time later and my declining to assist. It follows therefore that I was not involved in ‘any discussion with Lambeth Palace’ on this matter.

Contact with Institutions

16. You have asked about contact between myself and institutions in respect of Peter Ball between 1993 and 2015. To the best of my knowledge and belief I have dealt with these contacts in the information I have volunteered above, and I can only hope this will be of some assistance to you.

17. I have been shown an extract from an interview conducted by the Chair of the Church of England’s Inquiry into Peter Ball last year, Dame Moira Gibb, with Elizabeth Hall of the Church of England, suggested there were some rumours of an interest from me in Peter Ball being given some alternative employment (INQ000682). I can confirm that this is untrue: not for the first time, and as the Gibb Inquiry concluded in respect of my contacts with Peter Ball over the years, there is a gap between rumour and fact. I did not seek any such roles for Mr Ball and did not ask others to do so on my behalf.

18. I regret that I am unable to shed any light on references made in a letter dated 23rd March 1997 to a ‘horrid man’ or a ‘frightful and terrifying man’. This seems to be a manner of speaking in the midst of a long letter written more than twenty years ago. I do recall that Peter Ball felt that numerous individuals, including his critics in the media, were doing all in their power to disadvantage him unfairly. I suspect, but cannot be certain, that the reference is to this issue in some way. It of course needs to be read in the context of my understanding at the time, namely that Peter Ball had been falsely accused of a single offence (the nature of which was unknown to me) by an individual whom the relevant judicial authorities and many others had themselves not believed. Events later demonstrated beyond any doubt, to my deep regret, that I, along with many others, had been misled and the reverse was true. At the time, however, it would have followed that people seeking to disadvantage Peter Ball, including from gaining employment, were behaving unfairly. What I can say with certainty is that I did not express this view to anyone else or take any action associated with it.

19. In conclusion, I would like to state that, throughout my life, my position has occasionally brought me into contact with prominent people who have subsequently been accused of serious wrong-doing. Rather than rushing to private judgement, I have always taken the view that the judicial process should take its course. I am then able to ground my opinions in facts tested by law, rather than hearsay. In many cases, including two very prominent cases of false accusation last year, this has proved a sensible course. It follows that I ceased contact with Mr Ball once the judicial process had concluded and he was found guilty of serious offences against young people. My heart goes out to the victims of abuse and I applaud their courage as they rebuild their lives and, so often, offer invaluable support to others who have suffered. It remains a source of deep personal regret that I was one of many who were deceived over a long period of time about the true nature of Mr Ball’s activities. That is why I wanted to volunteer the facts in this letter, which I believe to be true, in the hope that they might be able to help your important work.

Yours sincerely

DPA

Prayers at Highgrove and a friendship that lasted decades

By Sam Greenhill for The Daily Mail  

Peter Ball, who made his young victims roll in the snow naked before beating them until they bled, once described Prince Charles as a loyal friend.

The pair had prayed together at Highgrove and exchanged more than 50 letters, many of them deeply spiritual.

And even after his ‘indiscretion’ with a boy of 17, the bishop was given a Duchy of Cornwall house to live in, for which he thanked the ‘wonderfully kind’ prince.

Yesterday Charles expressed deep regret that he had ever put his faith in Ball, saying he had been horribly deceived by the paedophile bishop.

Charles said that in the 1980s, when he first knew him, and the 1990s, there was ‘a presumption that people such as bishops could be taken at their word’

It is now believed that sadistic Ball preyed on more than 100 boys and men in a 20-year reign of abuse.

Born in 1932, he went to Lancing College public school in West Sussex and Cambridge University before establishing a monastery in Gloucestershire with his twin brother, Michael.

Ball showed ‘favouritism’ to novice monks, and targeted schools to deliver sermons.

He was made Bishop of Lewes in 1977 and Bishop of Gloucester from 1992, during which time he handpicked 18 vulnerable victims to commit acts of ‘debasement’ in the name of religion.

He would pray naked with them at the altar and encourage them to submit to beatings. At least five more victims were schoolchildren.

As Bishop of Gloucester, Ball’s diocese covered Charles’s country home Highgrove, and the prince was among the guests at his enthronement.

By now, he was one of the church’s best known characters, refusing to wear the ceremonial purple of a bishop in favour of simple, monastic robes, sleeping on the floor and taking vows of celibacy.

Eight months after the enthronement, Ball was arrested. Yesterday the prince recalled: ‘Peter Ball told me he had been involved in some sort of “indiscretion” which prompted his resignation as my local bishop.’

In fact he had been horrifically abusing 16-year-old trainee monk Neil Todd, forcing him to perform sex acts as they lay naked in bed together, take ice-cold, early-morning showers while reading the Bible and stand side by side naked reciting psalms in front of a figure of Christ.

Mr Todd was so tormented he eventually committed suicide aged 38 in 2012.

In his letter to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse, Charles said he was unaware of the true nature of the clergyman’s behaviour until more than 20 years after allegations first surfaced.

Ball got away with a police caution in March 1993 despite confessing his guilt. For his part, Charles said he had accepted Ball’s claim that Mr Todd had borne a grudge and made false allegations.

So Ball resumed his ministry, even officiating over communion at Highgrove.

He was also provided with Manor Lodge, a pretty cottage on Charles’s Duchy of Cornwall estate in the village of Aller, Somerset.

Clarence House has been at great pains to say it was the Duchy of Cornwall, the private estate which funds the heir to the throne, and not Charles himself that had purchased the lodge that Ball rented.

It subsequently emerged that police went easy on Ball in 1993 and cited his royal connections.

In documents unearthed by the BBC, retired police detective Wayne Murdock is said to have discussed with Ball’s legal team ‘the need to prevent a scandal, especially as Peter was a frequent visitor to Sandringham and is friendly with Prince Charles’.

It also emerged that the bishop’s lawyers had claimed to have a ‘letter of support from a member of the Royal Family’, who was not named. It is unclear whether this could be the same letter as the one that emerged yesterday.

Either way, no such letter was ever produced in any court hearings, and an official report found there was no evidence any royal had sought to intervene in the judicial process.

But the mother of the trainee monk was scathing about Prince Charles allowing Ball to live on his Duchy estate. Speaking in 1998, she said of the bishop: ‘He is pure evil, a beast, and he’s hiding behind God.

This is quite unbelievable. I don’t know what Prince Charles thinks he is doing.’

Yesterday Charles said he had always believed in allowing the judicial process to take its course ‘rather than rushing to private judgement’.

In 2006 Ball’s status in royal circles was confirmed in spectacular style when he was invited to read the homily at the funeral of the father of Camilla Parker Bowles.

He continued as a Church of England priest until 2010.

But justice was slowly catching up with him. Police re-opened their investigation in 2012 after new allegations, and this time a flood of Ball’s victims came forward.

If Charles was anxious, that might explain why in 2013 a royal aide contacted the chief constable of Sussex Police to ask whether information gathered during its investigation could ‘be embarrassing to Prince Charles or the monarchy in general’. Apparently they were reassured.

In 2015, Ball’s crimes were finally laid bare at the Old Bailey which heard shocking details of his reign of abuse. His trial heard he had been protected by ‘Cabinet ministers, the Royal Family, MPs, JPs and a lord’, not to mention the Church of England.

The Church has since expressed its ‘true sorrow’ at its shocking failures.

Ball, now 86, was released in February last year and lives a free man back in Aller, Somerset.

Clarence House was quick to insist last night that he is definitely not living in any of Charles’s properties.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5999031/Prince-Charles-reveals-Bishop-Ball-told-quit-job-indiscretion.html


Extracts from correspondence between Prince Charles and Peter Ball

Peter Ball to Prince Charles

8/12/95 “The young man who accused me keeps on harassing. The last few weeks back

Prince  Charles to Peter Ball

16/02/95 “I wish I could do more. I feel so desperately strongly about the monstrous wrongs that have been done to you and the way you have been treated. It’s appalling that the Archbishop has gone back on what he told me, before Xmas, that he was hoping to restore you to some form of Ministry in the Church. I suspect you are absolutely right- it is due to fear of the media…If it is any consolation, the Archbishop has written me a letter (between you and me) in which it is also clear that he is frightened of the press – what he calls “public perception” of events and characters based entirely on lies, invention, speculation and sensation.”

Prince Charles to Peter Ball

11/12/94  “I saw the Archbishop the other day and he told me he is trying to bring you back to a public ministry. I do hope this will be all right and suit you, if and when it happens…”

Peter Ball to Prince Charles

16/11/93 “Life continues to be pretty nasty for me for it seems that my accusers still want to continue their malicious campaign. Luckily they are beginning to show some of their fraudulent plans.”

https://www.iicsa.org.uk/key-documents/6147/view/ANG000334.pdf

In extracts of letters published today by the inquiry, the Prince told Ball his accuser was a “frightful, terrifying man” who was “up to his dastardly tricks again.”

The Prince adds in the letter to Ball in 1997: “I’ll see off this horrid man if he tries anything again.”

The Prince also accuses Lambeth Palace – the office of the Archbishop of Canterbury – of being “frightened of the press” for forcing Ball to resign his ministry.

In fact, it was clear it was Peter Ball – not his accuser – who was lying to the Prince.

No charges were brought, and he took his own life shortly before an investigation into sexual abuse allegations spanning some 30 years was reopened in 2012.

http://www.itv.com/news/2018-07-27/prince-charles-has-deep-personal-regret-for-contact-with-former-bishop-convicted-of-sex-offences-peter-ball/

Charles denies trying to influence inquiry into sex abuse bishop

27 July 2018

Prince Charles has denied that he tried to influence a police investigation into disgraced bishop Peter Ball.

In written evidence to a child sex abuse inquiry, the heir to the throne said claims by a former police officer that he “came under pressure” as a result of interest from himself were “untrue” and argued there was “a gap between rumour and fact”.

The Prince of Wales also revealed that following his resignation as bishop of Gloucester, he had sent Ball’s and his brother “small gifts of money” and also assisted them in getting one of his Duchy of Cornwall property’s.

He said: “It remains a source of deep personal regret that I was one of many who were deceived over a long period of time about the true nature of Mr Ball’s activities.”

The written statement from Charles was read out during the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) investigation as it examines how allegations against the former Church of England bishop were handled.

Now 86, the former bishop of Lewes and then Gloucester was jailed for 32 months in October 2015 for sexually abusing 18 young men over 30 years. He was released in February last year after serving half his sentence behind bars.

https://news.sky.com/story/charles-denies-trying-to-influence-inquiry-into-sex-abuse-bishop-11451079

Lauren Alder Ⓥ‏@LaurenAlder

Imagine the fear and loathing at @ClarenceHouse – what happened to Butler-Sloss? Le Ponce was promised this would never happen…first Savile, now this..we need a D notice now….

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Mr O’Donnell, from Slater and Gordon is making a final submission:

“Here is an abuser (Peter Ball) at the very heart of the establishment, he was selected by the executive and he had the judiciary, the legislature and the monarchy behind him.”

 

Mr. Nigel Giggin QC closing submission to the from the Archbishops Council:

“No one on the facts that were known at the time should have thought that Peter Ball could be described as, and I quote “a wonderful priest and bishop.”



We are now hearing a read statement from HRH The Prince of Wales.

 

I want to begin by applauding the your work to ensure the abuse of children is properly investigated and appropriate measures are taken to ensure they are protected.

Over the years I have had, and continue to have, many interactions with the clergy of the Church of England, and of other faiths, often on a daily basis.

I first became aware of Peter Ball in the 1980’s when I heard him preach. At that time, he came across as an interesting and engaging person

Peter Ball occasionally wrote to me in respect of private, often spiritual matters. On each occasion I naturally replied as I believe that to be the polite thing to do.

Peter Ball told me he had been involved in some form of ‘indiscretion’ which prompted his resignation as the Bishop of Gloucester. The matter was described by him as ‘closed’. When this exchange took place I did not know the nature of the complaint.

I was certainly not aware at the time of the significance or impact of the caution Peter Ball had accepted, or indeed sure if I was even told about it.

I occasionally send the brothers small gifts of money, as I do for many people in need, and Peter Ball’s interest in becoming a tenant of a Duchy of Cornwall property then arose.

Probably late in 1994, I recall seeing the then Archbishop and of Canterbury at an event, and taking the opportunity to ask, among other issues, about Peter Ball as he had lately been my local Bishop.

Other than this conversation, I do not recall any specific conversations regarding Peter Ball, although I was aware that Peter Ball himself was keen to persuade the church to restore him to some form of ministry in the church.

I remember the Archbishop was supportive of Peter Ball and thought him a good man and priest.

“In conclusion, I would like to state that, throughout my life, my position has occasionally brought me into contact with prominent people that have subsequently been accused of wrongdoing.

“Rather than rushing to public judgement I have always taken the view that the judicial process should take its course.

“It follows that I ceased contact with Peter Ball once the judicial process was completed and he was found guilty of serious offences against young people.”

“My heart goes out to the victims of abuse, and I applaud their courage as they rebuild their lives and, so often, offer invaluable support to others who have suffered.

“It remains a source of deep personal regret that I was one of the many who were deceived over a long period of time as to the true nature of Peter Ball’s activities.”

We are now hearing extracts from letters between HRH The Prince of Wales and Peter Ball. These extracts are available on our website.

InquiryCSA ‏Verified account @InquiryCSA

A letter is now being read which was sent from Lord Lloyd of Berwick to Mr Murdock: “He (Peter Ball) is the most upright, gentle and saintly man, I find it difficult to accept such an awful fate has befallen such a man.”

We are now hearing from Lord Berwick regarding a telephone call he made to Wayne Murdock, SIO in the Peter Ball case from Gloucestershire police.



Judge phoned officer during bishop Ball inquiry

A senior judge and close friend of a bishop accused of sex offences telephoned the detective handling the case in the middle of the police investigation, a public inquiry was told yesterday.

Lord Justice Lloyd, now Lord Lloyd of Berwick, an appeal court judge who became a law lord, called Wayne Murdock, then a detective inspector. “I said to him, ‘You do realise that I’m the investigating officer’,” Mr Murdock told the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA).

Mr Murdock also criticised Lord Carey of Clifton, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, for not passing letters from Peter Ball’s victims to the police and said a private investigator hired by the church came close to perverting the course of justice.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/judge-phoned-officer-during-bishop-ball-inquiry-jxrkd9gd8


Ms Scolding is now discussing with Lord Berwick his support of Peter Ball returning to the church ministry. He thought it acceptable to go back to the ministry as he had resigned as a bishop and could not be left with nothing to do for the rest of his life.

Lord Berwick: 

“I got to know Ball Peter Ball very soon after he became Bishop of Lewes, because I wast hen the chairman of the Chichester Diocesan Board of Finance, and, accordingly, I would meet Peter Ball at meetings of the Bishops’ Council. But I got to know him well when he became our nearest neighbour in Berwick. He was a very remarkable – he had very remarkable gifts, spiritual gifts….I liked him very much. We then became very good friends, and we still are.”




If you were trying to provide a character reference…, why didn’t you simply write to Peter Ball’s solicitors and provide this information…Why did you think it was appropriate for you to directly write to the Chief Constable of Gloucestershire? …Because obviously it as written from you in your –saying …”I am Lord Justice Lloyd”, wasn’t it?

 The Archbishop of Canterbury agreed that Peter Ball should be given names letters of complaint about him. (Peter Ball)
It was very bad practice wasn’t it?


Tom Young‏@FULLY_BADASS
Looking back at his history, it appears Lord Lloyd of Berwick was Prince Charles’ attorney general at the same time Nicholas Soames was his equerry… Would they have worked together in any capacity?
Nicholas Soames:
I knew Harvey Proctor slightly. He had been in the House for four years when I was first elected in 1983. We were not political soulmates, but I was one of those Members of Parliament proud to rally around to help him to set up his shop in Richmond following his conviction in 1987, which resulted in his leaving the House.
The Aegis connection? Oh, and here’s the Wardrobe with the Little Key out canvassing in 1983 with Ted Heath, the man who would have been questioned under caution for the abuse of children.
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The Aegis connection? Nicholas Soames was always on hand to give the paedophile Harvey Proctor a leg-up in times of need:

Bud McFarlane relevant here… not only a director of Aegis Defence (like Soames & Boateng) also involved with Iran Contra (and it’s ties to ). Le Cercle Member too…
Dame Alun Roberts ‏ @ciabaudo

7/ Another Western Goals man, Robert McFarlane was involved in ContraGate and on the board of Aegis, Soames’ defence company. Soames (Wardrobe with Little Key) is of course a close friend of Denby mate Proctor and likely facilitated his St. (V)Ermin’s PR conference.


The Aegis connection? Chairman Soames and Princess Diana:

The Aegis connection? Another non-executive director of Aegis is Paul Boateng, a man with connections to paedophile John Carroll and the Angel Rd. children’s home.

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Anthony John Leslie Lloyd, Baron Lloyd of Berwick, Kt, PC, DL (left) with Sir John Birch Director of Aegis

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One of Prince Charles closest friends, Nicholas Soames is chairman of Aegis

Charles later admitted his adultery and Soames apologised. When questioned by the inquest into the death of Diana, Soames said that he saw his job as “to speak up for the Prince of Wales”, he denied threatening Diana, and warning her, “accidents happen” in the months before she died.[6]

The Aegis connection? Despite Bishop Ball’s seriously perverted character, Lloyd of Berwick still fawns over him:


In 1969 Lloyd was appointed Attorney-General to the Prince of Wales, serving until 1977.

He was made a Privy Counsellor

He held the office of Deputy Lieutenant (D.L.) of East Sussex in 1983.

He is a former member of the Court of Ecclesiastical Causes Reserved.[10] In 2005 he became chairman of the parliamentary Ecclesiastical Committee which examines draft measures presented to it by the Legislative Committee of the General Synod of the Church of England.[11]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Lloyd,_Baron_Lloyd_of_Berwick

 


InquiryCSA ‏Verified account @InquiryCSA
We are now hearing from Ms Kate Wood, the Safeguarding Consultant for the Diocese of Chichester and retired detective inspector looking at child sexual abuse and domestic abuse. She contacted the Church of England in 2007 to support investigations into child sexual abuse

In 2008/09 Ms Wood notes that Peter Ball did not have a risk assessment while he was working in Bath & Wells. She conducted a past cases review in 2009. She described a “disturbing pattern of behaviour” from Peter Ball.

Ms Wood raised concerns in 2008/09 that a 17 year old who was attending school, who Peter Ball to masturbate in front of him. The file notes said it was no offence, but it was an offence of gross indecency.

Ms Wood recalls asking Peter Ball what indecent assault is. He replied “oh yes, I did do that.” She then explained what gross indecency was. He again replied: “I did have an emmission.” Ms Wood was surprised that Peter Ball had admitted behaviour after years of denial.
The Inquiry is now hearing from Dame Moira Gibb. Last year, Ms Gibb published a report into the Church’s handling of the Peter Ball case:
Ms Scolding has asked Ms Gibb about the limits of her report into Peter Ball. She confirms that she had no difficulties in accessing information from the Church of England, however had difficulties with Northamptonshire Constabulary and Gloucestershire Constabulary.
Ms Scolding notes that former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey raised a number of concerns in his witness statement about conclusions in Dame GIbb’s report. In the report Ms Gibb noted degrees of cover up and collusion in relation to Peter Ball.
“Failure to pass the letters to the police (detailing allegations in relation to Peter Ball) must give rise to a perception of deliberate concealment.” Dame Moira Gibb tells the #AnglicanHearing
Dame Moira Gibb is now explaining why she used the word “careless” in her report. She notes carelessness in the attitude of the Church towards the victims of Peter Ball.

IICSA Day 4 Transcript

https://www.iicsa.org.uk/key-documents/6142/view/Public%20Hearing%20Transcript%2026%20July%202018.pdf

Rev Peter Ball and Prince Charles, in 1992

Prince Charles aide asked police if anything could ’embarrass’ him during inquiry into paedophile bishop

25 July 2018

An aide to the Prince of Wales contacted police in 2013 to ask about “embarrassing” material it may have collected during an investigation into a paedophile bishop, the independent child sex abuse inquiry has heard.

A member of the Prince’s staff contacted the chief constable of Sussex Police to ask whether information gathered during its investigation into Peter Ball, the former bishop of Lewes and of Gloucester, could “be embarassing to Prince Charles or the monarchy in general”.

Ball, now 86, was convicted in 2015 of misconduct in public office after admitting the sexual abuse of 18 young men.

According to the evidence of Detective Chief Inspector Carwyn Hughes, who worked on the investigation, the disgraced bishop had a “long-lasting friendship” with the Prince of Wales and the pair had exchanged several letters.

The contact was made after Peter Ball’s brother Michael Ball sent a letter to the Prince.

On Wednesday the officer told the inquiry he examined the police’s records to see if they had collected any material which could “damage the reputation of Prince Charles”, and did not find any.

Calling the contact “highly unusual” on account of the prince’s status, he said it prompted him to consider whether the prince could be a witness in the inquiry.

He insisted that Prince Charles was not treated differently from “the man on the street”, and that while he would have been notified if there was any relevant information, this would also have been the case for a member of the public.

“If there was evidence in the investigation that was of relevance to the person on the street, they would also be a potential witness,” he said, adding that he felt “no pressure” and did not feel the investigation had been influenced as a result of the contact.

The inquiry also heard that pre-charge publicity around Bishop Ball encouraged 12 victims to come forward to police.

The Inquiry is due to hear read evidence on Friday from the Prince of Wales, who maintained contact with the bishop after Ball was cautioned in 1993 for gross indecency.

He is expected to say in his statement that he did not know the caution involved an admission of guilt. 

On Wednesday morning the inquiry heard from Wayne Murdock, formerly of Gloucestershire Police, who had presided over the earlier inquiry, which ended with the caution.

Mr Murdock said that he believed the outcome of his investigation could have been different had then-Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey handed over letters sent to Lambeth Palace by victims and their families.

“He knew we were carrying out an investigation, and for some reason he withheld them,” he said.

On Tuesday Lord Carey admitted that the letters should have been handed over, but added that he had “assumed the police were investigating this thoroughly”. The inquiry continues.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/07/25/prince-charles-aide-asked-police-anything-could-embarrass-inquiry/

Donna Birrell‏@BBCDonnaB

Another extraordinary day @InquiryCSA we hear a former Bishop @DioTruro may have perverted the course of justice and that Prince Charles’ staff officer asked Sussex Police in 2013 if they had any embarrassing information about the Prince of Wales.(They said No.) @churchofengland

Peter Ball’s defence solicitor wrote to the Crown Prosecution Service saying he had received 1284 letters in support and to consider the impact of a prosecution on @churchofengland @InquiryCSA

Cassandra Cogno‏@CassandraCogno

Just like Dame Butler “we don’t want to give the press a bishop” Sloss

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/10963332/Baroness-Butler-Sloss-hid-claims-of-bishops-sex-abuse.html

 

Wonder if Prince Charles had anything to do with these Butler Sloss appointments?
Butler Sloss- Cleveland Child Abuse Inquiry... Prince Charles’ friend & mentor, Sir Jimmy Savile had an interest in the Cleveland Inquiry
Butler Sloss – coroner for Diana Inquest
Butler Sloss – Bishop Ball investigation
Butler Sloss – first chair to IICSA

Janet Cope, Jimmy Savile’s secretary, showing his files – letter from Prince Charles next to a clipping about the Cleveland Inquiry



Dame Alun Roberts ‏ @ciabaudo
Now here’s a thought: Is the Sloshed Butler Royalty’s safe pair of hands when embarrassing material may emerge and a coverup is needed?
Given her past failures and her closeness to paedophiles, it was the incredible and shameful choice of Butler Sloss as first chair of which really took the biscuit though:
Butler Sloss was commissioned to look into abuse in the Diocese of Chicester. During that review she uttered the infamous words she didn’t want to ‘give the press a Bishop.’ The Bishop was Peter Ball.

According to the BBC, investigating officer Detective Inspector Wayne Murdock is said to have discussed with Ball’s legal team in the documents “the need to prevent a scandal in the press, especially as Peter was a frequent visitor to Sandringham and is friendly with Prince Charles”.

In a separate document released by Gloucestershire Police in response to an Freedom of Information request, Mr Murdock writes that after a meeting at Lambeth Palace, it was suggested that “any form of Church investigation instigated by the Archbishop of Canterbury would be ‘fairly low key and private’.”

He said the Church had displayed a “considerable amount of naivety” over the case as it took no action when advised in early September 1992 of “irregularities” concerning Ball.

Gloucestershire Police received messages of support for the former clergyman from MPs, former public school heads, JPs and a Lord Chief Justice, and Mr Murdock said: “According to defence sources they claim to have in excess of two thousand letters of support for Bishop Peter Ball, including letters from Cabinet ministers and Royal Family.”

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/12171283/Cover-up-let-sex-abuse-bishop-escape-justice-victim-claims.html

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Mr Hughes carried out an investigation into Lord Carey following the Peter Ball sentencing considering whether any legal action was to be taken as there were letters not disclosed to the police from Carey.

craftymuvva@craftymuvva

This should have made headline news this evening. I bet it didn’t:

 

Ms McNeill is now asking whether it was unusual to receive a call from the Prince of Wales office regarding Operation Dunhill. Mr Hughes has confirmed that it was indeed unusual for this call to have been made.


Operation Dunhill began as a direct result of the safeguarding officer at Lambeth Palace raising concerns about Peter Ball following a church initiated review of files.

https://www.thinkinganglicans.org.uk/7087-2/

A man who was 12 when he alleges he was abused by the former bishop of Lewes was among those who came forward, according to a spokesman for Sussex police’s Operation Dunhill

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2012/nov/15/police-further-complaints-retired-bishop

Mr Hughes on the delay of the CPS decision on charges of Peter Ball: “There was a growing theory that there had been some sort of establishment cover up.”

We are now looking at a case conference with the CPS, where Mr Hughes was made aware of a letter sent to Peter Ball regarding his police cautions.

Mr Hughes: “As far as I was concerned, this was highly unusual.”
It gave Mr Hughes little time to speak to complainants before a press conference was to be held. Mr Hughes confirms it would be useful for the CPS to give more time to notify victims before issuing details to the press.
Mr Hughes on discussing two complainants in the Peter Ball case. “I can see from their prospective that they did not get justice in this case.”
Mr Hughes has now indicated that new complainants came forward following the media coverage of Peter Ball’s sentencing. It was considered that it was not in the public interest to pursue these cases, as Peter Ball has recently been incarcerated.
Sean O’Neill‏ @TimesONeil
In the light of Cliff Richard judgment: senior detective says pre-charge publicity around Bishop Peter Ball encouraged 12 victims to come forward to police
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Mr Hughes carried out an investigation into Lord Carey following the Peter Ball sentencing considering whether any legal action was to be taken as there were letters not disclosed to the police from Carey.
Mr Hughes concluded that there was no legal action to take against Lord Carey. He found that there was gross misconduct at that time at Lambeth Palace but considered that it did not cross any threshold for criminal proceedings.
We are now hearing read evidence on behalf of Ian David Stafford Beer CBE.
Mr Beer: “He first met Peter Ball through his mother in law. The Ball twins created the society of the Glorious Ascension.”
Peter Ball claimed to Mr Beer that he had been given a letter by the then Archbishop of Canterbury giving permission to officiate anywhere in the UK, however, the Bishop of Gloucestershire declined to give permission for Peter Ball to officiate the wedding of his son

 Inquiry counsel Fiona Scolding QC is hearing evidence from Mr Wayne Murdock, formerly of Gloucestershire Police

Mr Murdock states that it’s not true to say that he would cease the investigation if Peter Ball would accept a caution. These matters needed proper investigation. ‘I wouldn’t cut corners’

Mr Murdock, when showed notes from PB’s solicitors on meeting – that he would supply them with notes of the investigation – said ‘Rubbish … I would be knocking on the door of perverting the course of justice, and I would not do that’ – watch live:

Mr Murdoch: ‘I made it clear [at the meeting with PB’s legal team] that I would report back to the DPP, the offer of the caution, and I clearly made no promises… I certainly did not recommend a caution.

Mr Murdock wrote a 633 page report to the Crown Prosecution Service which contained all witness statements and at the end, Mr Murdock, as SIO could give his views, opinions and summarise what he believed what offences should be charged.

Mr Murdock’s report recommended the DPP considers charges of gross indecency and indecent assault. and also wish to consider additional offences which resulted from the police investigation – Offences under section 18 of offences against the person ACT (sec 18 is GBH)

FSQC – You say in your report that you invite the CPS to consider that Peter Ball has been less than truthful [in his evidence] – and has been quite calculating in the manner in which he presents himself.

FSQC: You also flag to the CPS that the reputation of the Church would suffer if PB was prosecuted-that didn’t really matter did it? Mr Murdock: It’s my job to point out the risks to the CPS the decision lies with them whether or not to prosecute.


Credne’s Cod Peace ‏ @CrednesCodPeace

It’s quite strange that one of the best mate’s with many paedophiles including Jimmy Saville is allowed to get away without giving verbal evidence or being cross examined. Long live the monarchy, we like our feudal lords & masters.

 

Prince Charles tried to keep links to paedophile bishop Peter Ball private

July 24 2018

Prince Charles argued that information about his connection with Bishop Peter Ball was “private and confidential”

Prince Charles argued that information about his connection with Bishop Peter Ball was “private and confidential”

The Prince of Wales staged a lengthy legal fight against demands from a public inquiry for him to provide evidence about his long friendship with a paedophile Anglican bishop, it has emerged.

Lawyers for Prince Charles protested that requests for evidence from the child abuse inquiry about his connection with Bishop Peter Ball were beyond its powers, unfair and a breach of the prince’s human rights by seeking to obtain “intensely private and confidential” material.

Alexis Jay, chairwoman of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), issued a statutory notice requiring the prince to provide evidence but met continued resistance from Clarence House.

When the prince’s evidence was submitted last week the inquiry was surprised that it came in the form of a letter to Professor Jay rather than a formal witness statement “finalised with a statement of truth and signed”.

Richard Scorer, solicitor for six of Ball’s victims, told an inquiry hearing that the prince’s refusal to provide a statement in the usual way “will feed concerns that the letter is less than entirely frank about his relationship with Peter Ball”.

The Times revealed last week that the prince’s draft evidence admitted that he maintained a friendship with Ball, 86, former Anglican Bishop of Gloucester, for more than 20 years after the cleric accepted a police caution for gross indecency in 1993.

The prince invited Ball to his Highgrove home and to royal occasions, gave him “small gifts of money” after he was forced to resign his ministry and helped to arrange a Duchy of Cornwall house for him to live in.

His evidence said he did not understand that a criminal caution involved an admission of guilt and did not cut contact with Ball until he was convicted and jailed at the Old Bailey in 2015. The prince expressed “deep personal regret” that he had been deceived by the bishop.

The investigation of the Ball case is part of the IICSA’s wider inquiry into the handling of child abuse cases by the Church of England.

The inquiry counsel Fiona Scolding, QC, said the IICSA had heard from 32 men who were victims of grooming, abuse and sexual exploitation by the bishop when they were teenage boys or young adults.

At the time of the initial police inquiry into Ball in 1992-93, police and prosecutors received 24 letters from prominent figures — including senior clergy, MPs, an appeal court judge and public school headmasters — lobbying on his behalf.

Ball exploited his royal and establishment connections in a voluminous letter-writing campaign in which he pressed, with success, for his return to Church duties. He was given permission to officiate at services and between 1996 and 2002 preached at 25 schools.

William Chapman, counsel for some of Ball’s victims, said the cleric had been able to “call upon the willing assistance of the establishment — including the heir to the throne”.

He told Professor Jay and the inquiry panel: “These establishment helpers claim they were duped by Peter Ball. You will have to consider whether that is credible — given what they must have known or could easily have found out about Peter Ball. Prince Charles has many advisers, he only had to ask what a ‘caution’ meant.”

Mr Scorer also argued that the prince could have inquired about the accurate legal position concerning Ball. “Prince Charles apparently decided not to seek clarification of the legal position. To my clients, this extraordinary lack of curiosity looks like wilful blindness,” he said.

Ms Scolding said that the format of the prince’s eventual evidence “was not what had been requested” but the IICSA was satisfied that it did answer the questions put to Prince Charles.

She said: “The last sentence of the letter does make clear that the material set out within it is true. The inquiry considered that this complies with the requirements of a statement of truth and that the letter received contained all the evidence required.”

Ms Scolding said the inquiry had withdrawn the statutory demand for the prince to provide evidence and had “adjusted its requests in some respects”. She added, however, that the IICSA “did not resile from its demands the need to obtain this evidence or accept the contention that the prince should be treated in a way that was different from any other witness”.

The prince’s evidence will be read at the inquiry on Friday but he will not be called to answer questions.

A Clarence House spokesman said: “The prince made it clear that he was willing to help the inquiry and voluntarily answered all the questions asked in the form of ‘free flowing text’ as requested by the inquiry itself. The final submission includes a statement of truth in common with all witness statements.

“The legal exchanges, which have been extensively referred to by the inquiry’s solicitors, were necessary to ensure clarity regarding both the structure, relevance and content of the statement. Once resolved, the inquiry raised no objection to the format of the prince’s submission.”

Lord Carey to face questions
Lord Carey of Clifton, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, faces intensive public questioning today about his handling of the case of the disgraced bishop Peter Ball.

Lord Carey, 82, will appear at the child abuse public inquiry to explain why he wrote to senior police and prosecutors in support of Ball when the Bishop of Gloucester as he was then was under criminal investigation in 1993. When he was lobbying on Ball’s behalf, the former archbishop was aware that Lambeth Palace had received further allegations of sexual misconduct against Ball. Only one letter was passed to the police.

The peer will also be asked to explain why he tried to rehabilitate Ball after his criminal caution by giving him permission to conduct church services.

The inquiry was told yesterday that in 2014 Lord Carey again wrote to officers claiming that the bishop had “served the church with great distinction”.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/prince-charles-tried-to-keep-links-to-paedophile-bishop-peter-ball-private-q78xhscnr

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Ms Scolding QC asks do you think it was appropriate to give a bishop who had been found guilty of gross indecency discretionary funds? At the time we felt that Peter Ball needed help, after careful scrutiny of his finances Lord Carey responds.

A letter from Peter Ball to Lord Carey in 1994 he asks for £10,000 to help with legal funds. In the letter, Peter Ball describes allegations as a “little nuisance”.

Ms Scolding QC asks do you think it was appropriate to give a bishop who had been found guilty of gross indecency discretionary funds? At the time we felt that Peter Ball needed help, after careful scrutiny of his finances Lord Carey responds.

Ms Scolding QC asks Lord Carey why Peter Ball was allowed to attend Stowe School and Radley College in 1996/97. He says he thought there would be proper supervision. Ms Scolding also notes there is no evidence schools were warned about Ball’s previous behaviour.

Daisy Law‏@theDaisyLaw

What, like the supervision which the church undertook by their conspiracy to cover up his crimes against children? Carey is looking like a fellow poacher rather than a gamekeeper trying to protect the flock. Corruption & shady networking are phrases which come to mind.

alun:

Surely I-Don’t-Carey must have been aware of this:

@craftymuvva

For a man that wrote numerous letters proffering his opinions on political matters to the PM (this proving his continued interest and knowledge of current affairs), Charlie is certainly very selective about what he knew…

 

Linda Woodhead‏ @LindaWoodhead

IICSA … on the Peter Ball scandal: hears of the extraordinary lengths to which Prince Charles’s lawyers went to wiggle out of complying with IICSA’s request that the Prince give a witness statement to the Inquiry like everyone else. Even invoking European convention HRights!

William Chapman, counsel for survivors : “Were they really as ignorant as they claimed about the nature of Peter Ball’s activities? Prince Charles has many advisers, he only had to ask. So did the Archbishop of Canterbury.”

Under current procedures Peter Ball is still able to call himself, Bishop, with the title, Right Reverend”


Prince Charles refused to give formal statement to sex abuse inquiry

23 July 2018

Prince Charles refused to provide a formal witness statement to the child sex abuse inquiry, lawyers told a hearing on Monday.

The inquiry is currently hearing evidence relating to abuse carried out by Peter Ball, the former bishop of Lewes and of Gloucester, who knew the prince and exchanged letters with him.

Lawyers for the Prince of Wales used human rights law to object to block efforts to compel him to send a witness statement in the format used by the inquiry, instead sending a signed letter.

Fiona Scolding, lead counsel to the investigation into the Anglican church, said that his lawyers had previously argued that compelling him to give evidence was outside its powers.

Ball was convicted in 2015 of misconduct in public office after admitting abusing 18 teenagers and young men between the 1970s and 1990s.

His abuse had first been reported to the church in 1992, but police and CPS decided to give him a caution, and he was stripped of his role as bishop.

He was later allowed to officiate at events including at schools and confirmations.

Ms Scolding said there would have been “no doubt” about what the inquiry’s lawyers were asking for, as they sent a template for the document and used the word “statement” five times in one letter asking for the document to be signed.

“Despite lengthy correspondence, including assertions from the Prince’s solicitors that the Inquiry’s requests for evidence were outside its powers, i.e. ‘ultra vires’, there was never any suggestion at any point that the statement would be provided by letter,” she said.

The inquiry made several attempts to compel the lawyers to provide a witness statement with a formal statement of truth, which is essentially equivalent to swearing on oath.

The prince’s law firm Harbottle & Lewis also tried to argue that asking for a witness statement was “unfair”, and constituted a request for “intensely private and confidential” personal data.

Following “lengthy and extensive correspondence” an agreement was reached and the inquiry has decided to treat the letter, which ends with a sentence saying that its contents are true, as equivalent to a witness statement, she said.

The Prince will not give evidence in person but will have the statement read out at the hearing on Friday.

Earlier in the hearing Richard Scorer, of law firm Slater and Gordon, who is representing victims and survivors, expressed “surprise and concern” at the decision.

“This will inevitably raise concerns that the letter may be less than entirely frank about his relationship with Peter Ball and that it contains matters to which he s reluctant to attach a formal statement of truth,” he said.

The prince’s statement is expected to say that he was “not aware at the time of the significance or impact of the caution that Peter Ball had accepted”, including the fact that a caution involves admission of guilt.

On Tuesday the Inquiry is expected to hear evidence in person from former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey, who was found in an independent inquiry last year to be among senior church figures who “colluded” with Peter Ball.

Earlier in the day the inquiry heard that the church was dealing with a “turbulent” period in 1992, with Lord Carey raising the “constitutional crisis” caused by the Prince’s split with Diana, Princess of Wales, as well as the decision to allow women to be priests.

William Chapman, a lawyer from Switalskis, also representing victims and survivors, told the inquiry that there had been concern that gay clergymen would be outed by a full criminal investigation, ending their career in the church.

A Clarence House spokesman said: “The prince made it clear that he was willing to help the Inquiry and voluntarily answered all the questions asked in the form of ‘free flowing text’ as requested by the Inquiry itself.

“The final submission includes a statement of truth in common with all witness statements.  The legal exchanges, which have been extensively referred to by the Inquiry’s solicitors, were necessary to ensure clarity regarding both the structure, relevance and content of the statement.

“Once resolved, the Inquiry raised no objection to the format of the prince’s submission.”

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/07/23/prince-charles-refused-give-formal-statement-sex-abuse-inquiry/

Elizabeth Butler Sloss, 1st IICSA chair, member of the establishment protected Bishop Peter Ball

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Establishment ‘rallied to help ex-bishop later jailed for abuse’

Prince Charles and Lord Carey among powerful backers of Peter Ball, abuse inquiry told

23 July 2018

Members of the establishment, including the heir to the throne, the then archbishop of Canterbury and a senior member of the judiciary, rallied to the support of Peter Ball, a Church of England bishop accused of sexual abuse, an independent inquiry has heard.

“The story of Peter Ball is the story of the establishment at work in modern times,” said William Chapman, representing survivors. “It is the story of how the establishment minimised the nature of Peter Ball’s misdeeds … and silenced and harassed those who tried to complain.”

One survivor told the inquiry the C of E’s response to his disclosure of abuse amounted to “enduringly cruel and sadistic treatment”.

The independent inquiry into child sexual abuse is examining how the church handled allegations. A five-day hearing this week is scrutinising the church’s response to claims of sexual abuse against Ball, a former bishop of Lewes and then Gloucester, who was jailed in 2015.

Ball was able to call upon the “willing assistance of members of the establishment”, said Chapman. “It included the heir to the throne, the archbishop and a senior member of the judiciary, to name only the most prominent.”

Between them, they provided Ball with money and accommodation, legal advice, a private detective, references and approaches to the police and the prosecuting authorities.

“The alacrity and the extent of the response by Peter Ball’s friends to one of their own in trouble was impressive. It makes a horrible contrast to the way Peter Ball’s victims were treated,” Chapman said.

He told the inquiry: “These establishment helpers claim they were duped by Peter Ball … But you will have to consider if it is credible, given what they must have known or could easily have found out about Peter Ball, whether they were really as ignorant as they claimed they were about the nature of Peter Ball’s activities.

“Some claimed they did not know what a caution meant. Well, Prince Charles has many advisers; he only had to ask. So does the archbishop of Canterbury.”

Ball’s friends were willing to “add their weight” against the due criminal process. “They went far beyond the normal obligations of friendship.”

Allegations were first made against Ball in 1992, but he accepted a police caution and resigned his position as bishop. An independent review of the case commissioned by the C of E and published last year found evidence of collusion and a cover-up at the highest levels.

Richard Scorer, also representing survivors, said that Ball found in his fellow bishops the “perfect accomplices, prepared to turn a blind eye to his abuse over many decades”.

None bore greater responsibility than Lord Carey, the former archbishop of Canterbury, Scorer said. “We fear that when we hear from him this week, the usual litany of excuses will be trotted out,” he said, adding that Carey must give a “transparent account of his actions”.

Prince Charles’s assertion that he did not understand the significance of a caution was “frankly astonishing”, he said. The prince has access to “the best legal advice that money can buy,” Scorer added.

The prince chose not to clarify the legal position. “To my clients, this extraordinary lack of curiosity looks like wilful blindness,” he said.

In her opening statement, Fiona Scolding, senior counsel to the inquiry, said that Ball’s “fall from grace was a huge shock to the church”.

She added: “He was a very senior clergyman with enormous spiritual authority. He also had power and charm.”

People inside and outside the church had attested to Ball’s charisma and oratorical brilliance. She said that power had been “further enhanced by his cultivation of influential friends both within and outside the church”.

As an example, Ball had told people after his arrest that four cabinet ministers had offered him a “bolthole from the press”.

“He did not stint from mentioning those friends in prominent places when he thought it would assist his cause,” Scolding added.

She told the hearing of a scheme set up by Ball for young men interested in religious life that gave him the opportunity to groom them for sexual abuse and exploitation. The men were encouraged to pray naked, and engage in massage and spanking. One, Neil Todd, who first made allegations against Ball, killed himself in 2012.

Scolding said that Ball, now 86, was too unwell to give evidence either at the inquiry or by video link. But in one of two statements he had submitted he made an apology and said he had “neither been open nor shown penitence in the past”.

The hearing heard from three survivors who described their abuse by Ball. One, the Rev Graham Sawyer, who has waived his right to anonymity, said: “The sexual abuse that was perpetrated on me by bishop Peter Ball pales into insignificance when compared to the enduringly cruel and sadistic treatment that has been meted out to me by officials, both lay and ordained, in the Church of England.”

He described the culture within Anglicanism as an “ecclesiastic protection racket – and anyone who seeks in any way to threaten the reputation of the church and institution has to be destroyed”.

Safeguarding should be taken out of the church’s hands he said, as “it cannot police itself with any credibility”.

At the start of proceedings, Alexis Jay, the chair of the inquiry, said she had ordered an investigation into the leaking to the media of the Prince of Wales’s letter.

She said the leak was a “very serious breach of confidence by someone with direct access to information in this investigation” and promised “firm action” should the source be uncovered.

Scolding said a suggestion reported by the Times that the timing of the statement, to be read on the final day of this week’s hearings, was to prevent the prince being called for cross-examination “could not be further from the truth”.

She said: “There is no requirement for him to attend in person as his evidence, whilst important, is not of central relevance to many of the issues raised by this case study.”

The hearing continues.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jul/23/establishment-rallied-to-help-ex-bishop-later-jailed-for-abuse

Former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey admits ‘fobbing off’ sex abuse victims

July 24 2018

A former Archbishop of Canterbury has admitted “fobbing off” victims of sex abuse who complained about a paedophile bishop.

Lord Carey of Clifton said Lambeth Palace failed to deal properly with letters sent by victims and their families after the arrest of Peter Ball in December 1992.

Ball, then the bishop of Gloucester, was arrested following disclosures by Neil Todd, who had been a pupil on his scheme for young men considering a monastic life, that Ball had sexually abused him.

Lord Carey also admitted that the church had “mishandled” the case, after the inquiry heard evidence that many of the letters had received holding responses and victims had been forced to follow up to gain a proper reply.

“We have been fobbing people off. They should have had direct replies. We should have carried on our enquiries and dealt with it in a much more serious and adult manner than we did,” he admitted.

The inquiry also heard that a “personal message” from the former Archbishop had been sent to the diocese of Gloucester in January 1993, several weeks after the allegations had been received, expressing a hope that the ongoing police enquiry would “clear his [Ball’s] name”.

He also wrote to the chief constable of Gloucestershire and the director of public prosecutions in 1993 on Ball’s behalf after the bishop’s psychiatrist told him that he was suicidal, and wrote to Ball himself telling him “you are in my prayers”.

Lord Carey, who was Archbishop of Canterbury between 1991 and 2002, oversaw Ball’s return to ministry and the payment of thousands of pounds to the bishop, including money for holidays, which came from his own discretionary funds, used to support church leaders in need.

The inquiry also heard that Ball was given the role as Bishop of Gloucester in 1992 after then-appointments secretary to the Prime Minister Sir Robin Catford wrote a glowing letter recommending him, including mentioning that he was a “squash blue” at Cambridge and that he had a “quite extraordinary sparkling personality” and was “loved and revered by everyone who crossed his path”.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/07/24/former-archbishop-admits-fobbing-sex-abuse-victims/?WT.mc_id=tmg_share_tw


Donna Birrell‏ @BBCDonnaB

Powerful evidence by Rev Graham Sawyer, victim of Peter Ball : “ It is an ecclesiastical protection racket… anyone who threatens the reputation of the Church has to be destroyed. That is the culture within Anglicanism.”


Ball was able to call upon the “willing assistance of members of the establishment”… it included Prince Charles, the archbishop and a senior member of the judiciary…they provided Ball with money and accommodation, legal advice, a private detective, references and approaches to the police and the prosecuting authorities.


Peter Ball (right) and his twin brother Michael Ball, pictured in 1989

Bishops were ‘perfect accomplices’ for ‘nauseating’ Peter Ball, IICSA hears

23 July 2018

PETER BALL found the “perfect cover” for his sex-offending in the Church of England, and the “perfect accomplices” in fellow bishops who turned a blind eye to his actions, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse (IICSA) has heard.

The details of the abuse carried out against vulnerable adults by Mr Ball, the disgraced former Bishop of Gloucester, during his ministry were heard on Monday at the start of a week-long hearing being conducted by IICSA, as part of its investigation into the extent to which the Anglican Church failed to protect children from child sex abuse.

The first hearing, in March, used the diocese of Chichester as a case study (News, 9 March). This week is to focus on the repeated failures of the police, Crown Prosecution Service, and the Church to identify, prevent, and prosecute abuse carried out by Ball over several decades, the lead counsel to the Anglican investigation, Fiona Scolding QC explained.

Ball received a three-year sentence in 2015, having admitted to a series of indecent assaults and the abuse of 18 young men aged 17-25 (News, 7 October 2015).

The offences included praying naked with vulnerable young people who had joined the monastic-community scheme Give a Year to God, which Ball had founded and run in Littlington, East Sussex, in the 1980s, when he was Bishop of Lewes.

Summarising the evidence received by the Inquiry, which included more than 100,000 documents, Ms Scolding said that Ball had admitted to being naked with, caressing, anointing, and physically assaulting young men, who would sleep in his house, sometimes in his bed, and with whom he would prayer naked, embrace, and masturbate. The victims were told that these practices were an expression of humiliation, penitence, and devotion to Christ.

One of his victims was the late Neil Todd, who was repeatedly abused during the 1980s and ’90s, and who later took his own life. His allegations brought about the police investigation in 1993, which resulted in Ball accepting a police caution, thereby admitting his guilt.

Ms Scolding also quoted several senior clerics who had held Ball in high esteem, most of whom had “flooded to defend him” after the police investigation and, latterly, his conviction. It had become clear in the Chichester hearing that abusers were required to “manipulate and charm” everyone around them, not just their victims, she said.

Among his defenders was Michael Ball, his twin brother and a former Bishop of Truro, who repeatedly urged Lambeth Palace to restore Peter Ball to ministry during the 2000s in what has been described in evidence as “manipulative” campaign which drew on connections with senior figures, including the Prince of Wales.

A lawyer representing six survivors of Ball, Richard Scorer QC, said that in the Church Ball had found the “perfect cover” for his offending.

“If a charlatan with an insatiable appetite for abuse wanted to secure a continuous supply of vulnerable young victims, there was no better way of achieving this than by founding a religious order not subject to any external supervision, and by making his victims participation in the abuse a religious duty obligated by their oath of absolute obedience.

“Not for the first time, theology and religious ritual provided the ideal mask for abuse, with the evil of what Peter Ball did being compounded by his nauseating claim that the abuse was spiritually uplifting.

“Most of all, however, Peter Ball found in his fellow bishops in the Church of England the perfect accomplices, prepared to turn a blind eye to his abuse over many decades, to collude in the lie that the abuse of Neil Todd was an uncharacteristic aberration, to cast doubt on his guilt, to smear his victims, and to rehabilitate him.”

Mr Scorer also criticised Prince Charles for not making efforts to check the position of Ball in 1993, after the bishop accepted a caution. “This extraordinary lack of curiosity looks like wilful blindness. . . He failed in that responsibility and therefore failed the victims.”

At the start of the hearing, the chair of the Inquiry, Professor Alexis Jay, expressed her disappointment at the “serious breach of confidence” after the content of a draft witness statement of Prince Charles was leaked to the press last week (News, 13 July).

The statement from Prince Charles had been disclosed to core participants on 9 July, Professor Jay said. “The panel is disappointed by the leaking of the draft statement. Deliberate leaking of information to the media before evidence is made public by the Inquiry not only undermines the ability of the Inquiry to get to the truth, but can also erode confidence in the Inquiry at all levels.”

https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2018/27-july/news/uk/bishops-were-perfect-accomplices-for-nauseating-peter-ball-iicsa-hears

Peter Ball preached at over 25 schools between 1996 and 2002.

https://www.iicsa.org.uk/key-documents/5977/view/23%20July%202018%20Anglican%20Public%20Hearing%20Transcript.pdf

Sussex police documents, released under an Freedom of Information (FOI) request, indicate Ball associated with other sex offenders in the clergy and that he was investigated in 2008 for being part of a suspected paedophile ring.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-sussex-36767415

The police files also suggest Ball covered for and helped other priests accused of sex abuse, including:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-sussex-36767415

 


Norma Moore‏ @Mousehole1

According to evidence given to iiCSA today, Peter Ball would spend an hour each day praying in the nude… next to an open window. He also watched young clergy take cold showers each morning.
InquiryCSA@InquiryCSA
Rev’d Graham Sawyer: Let me make this clear – the sexual abuse that I suffered at the hands of Peter Ball, pales into insignificance when compared to the cruel/sadistic nature metered out to me

Esther Baker‏ @Esther9982

I do wonder if the lawyers acting for the CP’s ought to challenge the lawyers running the on the basis that they are now accepting the accused (and their reps) words rather than truth seeking as their powers allow?

Recent examples of this would be a) allowing royalty to not give pertinent evidence because he’s royalty. B) inaccurately issuing a statement that I am under investigation for PCJ, and only removing it at the insistence of the police – because an ex-MP said it so it must be true

Peter Ball was a governor of both Lancing College but also the wider Woodard Group, which is a group of Anglican boarding schools

Peter Ball appointed to the Anglican Scouting Fellowship

In January 1996 Lord Carey agreed that Ball should be permitted to preach at a public school, provided that the school were made aware of possible hostile press interest. He further agreed in March that Ball could conduct confirmations and preach at two more schools. Ball was still the President of the Anglican Fellowship in Scouting and Guiding 17 and the Archbishop agreed that he could attend their Annual General Meeting and celebrate the Eucharist at their headquarters in Gilwell

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Peter Ball developed a scheme called “Give a year to God”. He set this up informally with the approval of Bishop Kemp.

https://www.iicsa.org.uk/key-documents/5977/view/23%20July%202018%20Anglican%20Public%20Hearing%20Transcript.pdf

The Anglican Fellowship in Scouting and Guiding was formed in 1983. It is not clear when Ball’s involvement with the Fellowship came to an end. The Scout Association has advised that Ball was also
appointed to a subcommittee of the Association’s Board in 1983.

Archbishop George Carey had Robert Alston on his staff from 1999-2002.

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Richard Alston (left) and brother Robert Alston

Robert Alston’s brother is Richard Alston  (convicted child rapist)

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Richard Alston’s partner was PIE leader Peter Righton

1992

At the time of eter Ball’s caution:

1990-94 Peter Ball Chaplain at Ardingly College

https://youtu.be/RUPX9N6H4P8?t=229

 

Robert John Alston, (right) retired British diplomat. Alston was educated at Ardingly College and New College, Oxford. He is Chairman of Governors at Ardingly College (2005 – 2010). He served as British Ambassador to Oman between (1986–1990)

 

 

 

Paul Righton attended Ardingly College from 1940 to 1944

 

 

Righton’s Ardingly College obituary – with mention of Richard D Alston (G1953-63)

Dame Alun Roberts‏@ciabaudo

If he didn’t know, he’s hardly fit to be King …

2006 Prince Charles and Camilla with evil Bishop Ball

Richard Scorer: My clients accept the Prince of Wales (Prince Charles)  has many interactions with Church of England clergy. However our clients do not accept that he claims he was not aware that a caution means an acceptance of guilt.

Scorer claims senior leaders in the Church knew of Peter Ball’s offending but Lambeth Palace did not hand over letters to police:

Mr William Chapman: There’s a reluctance to trust the secular authorities to handle the matter and a willingness to forgive and reintegrate Peter Ball, no matter what he’d done

Elizabeth Hall, Nat Safeguarding Advisor, recommending a further review of Peter Ball information which should involve trying to find all files/documents

Both Michael Ball and brother Peter Ball were not shy about using the name of the Prince of Wales to seek to influence others. Bishop Michael Ball wrote to Lord Carey in Dec 1992 saying that his brother was receiving support from 2 Cabinet Ministers and Prince Charles Peter Ball often mention their friendship.

On 8 March 1993 Peter Ball received a caution for one count of gross indecency against Neil Todd. He resigned immediately. Peter Ball alleged to the Church of England shortly that he either did not wish to resign, and accepted a caution to avoid a trial.

“This Inquiry has been provided with details of allegations made by a total of 32 individuals. These all relate to an alleged abuse of power by Peter Ball for the purposes of his sexual gratification.”

The former Bishop of Lewes, Peter Ball was convicted of two offences of indecent assault, and an offence of misconduct

Peter Ball admitted when pleading guilty that he received sexual gratification from the deliberate manipulation of vulnerable young men, that the contact was consistent with grooming and that he abused his position as a Bishop in the Church of England

 In January 1996, Ball was permitted by Archbishop Carey to preach at a particular public school and, to conduct confirmations at other specific schools later on in that year

(1) Why he was permitted to return to ministry in this fashion? (2) Why did no-one think to carry out some kind of risk assessment? (3) Whether or not senior clergy simply thought that Peter Ball’s pleas of innocence should be believed?

 “I really appreciate your sympathetic understanding in preventing a scandal with a trial which would have affected the Royal family and establishments in this crucial time of turmoil within the Church of England.” Bishop Kemp comments on a 1990s investigation into Peter Ball

2006 Peter Ball former Bishop of Lewes with his good friends Prince Charles and Camilla at a memorial for her father Bruce Shand

Paedophile Peter Ball  remained a confidant of Prince Charles  right up until 2012

Although it took him time to accept the facts, the Prince has now cut the cleric out of his life. It was a difficult decision because Ball had become a spiritual advisor to the Prince

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-sussex-36767415

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3265742/Jimmy-Savile-Prince-Charles-close-friendship-sex-abuse-bishop-Peter-Ball.html

 

The Aegis connection? What a constellation! A paedophile bishop advising BigEars after Diana’s death, Jimmy Savile, Britain’s most prolific paedophile, pulling strings, and Nicholas Soames with his crystal ball, warning of Diana’s pending death!


A risk assessment carried out by the Church in 2009 identified that Peter Ball could be identified as a sexual predator given the length and scale of his offending

Watch:

ball at wedding

2005 The wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Shand attended by evil Bishop Peter Ball

Peter Ball ‘preached at the funeral of Camilla’s father’s in 2006, which indicates his standing in their household.’

If Prince Charles didn’t know, he’s hardly fit to be King …

similarly…

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3265742/Jimmy-Savile-Prince-Charles-close-friendship-sex-abuse-bishop-Peter-Ball.html

Daily Telegraph March 1993

Sunday Telegraph P Ball 14.3.93

ball 1 article 1993

and this

InquiryCSA‏Verified account@InquiryCSA

Both Michael + Peter Ball were not shy about using the name of the Prince of Wales to seek to influence others. Bishop Michael Ball wrote to Lord Carey in Dec 1992 saying that his brother was receiving support from 2 Cabinet Ministers + the PoW. PB often mention their friendship.

Cassandra Cogno‏ @CassandraCogno

Will we be told the 2 cabinet ministers didn’t understand a caution as an admission of guilt too? Or will they never be mentioned again

Gilo‏ @seaofcomplicity:

That tiny handful of letters (I believe there were 2000+) shows the extent to which the great and the good brought undue influence to bear. Why write such letters … unless intending to influence judicial proceedings? There cannot be any other reason.

And Carey quietly sat on 6 letters from parents and victims – letters which had they gone to police in mid 90’s would almost certainly have led to prosecution. This was a cover-up involving lambeth palace archbishops, bishops, and other assorted figures.

Gibb Report said Lord Carey “set the tone for the Church’s response to Ball’s crimes and gave the steer which allowed Ball’s assertions that he was innocent to gain credence”. But will IICSA find anything more than this? In 5 days and with so few witnesses.


 

Prince Charles assumed bishops did not lie “There are questions about why he provided a sex offender with a Duchy of Cornwall house…whether Charles really didn’t understand the gravity of Ball’s conduct, which had been front-page news when he resigned”

I didn’t know bishop was a paedophile, Prince Charles protests (he did not understand that the clergyman’s caution for gross indecency involved an admission of guilt)…. Yeah, right.

 

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During his time in Lewes, Ball got to know Savile well and he was the bishop’s principal entree into the Waleses’ household

Peter Ball  was propelled into the royal circle by two people, I understand. One was prebendary Willie Booth, a former chaplain at Westminster School, who’d taken over from Caesar. The other was Jimmy Savile.

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

Charles, meanwhile, must surely have been advised to keep Ball at arm’s length — just as he had been advised to distance himself from Jimmy Savile.

‘The Prince did receive letters from the public complaining about Savile,’ says a senior aide. ‘But the writers were dismissed [by him] as jealous or mad.’

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3265742/Jimmy-Savile-Prince-Charles-close-friendship-sex-abuse-bishop-Peter-Ball.html


Prince Charles kept in touch with ex-bishop later jailed for abuse

Prince told inquiry he was deceived by Peter Ball, who called him a ‘loyal friend’

20 July 2018

Prince Charles maintained contact with a former bishop who was later jailed for abusing young men and occasionally gave him money because he was deceived over the man’s crimes, he has told the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse.

In a written submission to be read at the inquiry next week, the Prince of Wales has said he did not understand that Peter Ball’s caution for gross indecency in 1993 involved an admission of guilt, according to a report in the Times.

In the statement, described as a draft, Charles said he had “decades of correspondence” with Ball and occasionally sent him “small gifts of money, as I do for many people in need”.

The former bishop has described the prince as a “loyal friend”.

Ball was invited to give Communion at Highgrove, the prince’s home, preached at the funeral of Bruce Shand, the Duchess of Cornwall’s father, in 2006 and lived in a Duchy of Cornwall property from 1997 to 2011.

Charles said the bishop told him he had been involved in an “indiscretion” and that an individual with a grudge had been persecuting him.

The prince added: “I was certainly not aware at the time of the significance or impact of the caution … Whilst I note that Peter Ball mentioned the word in a letter to me in October 2009, I was not aware until recently that a caution in fact carries an acceptance of guilt.”

He expressed “deep personal regret” that he had been deceived by Ball.

Next week’s hearings at the inquiry are to investigate “whether there were inappropriate attempts by people of prominence to interfere in the criminal justice process after [Ball] was first accused of child sexual offences”.

Ball, 86, the former bishop of Gloucester, was sentenced to 32 months for charges relating to 18 teenagers and young men between the 1970s and 1990s when he was bishop of Lewes. He admitted one count of misconduct in public office and two counts of indecent assault relating to two young men.

Ball was first accused in 1993 by Neil Todd, who tried to kill himself three times as a result of his abuse, and went on to do so in 2012.

Sussex police investigated Todd’s claims, and six other victims came forward. But support flooded in for Ball from within the establishment and he was never charged. Instead he received a caution for gross indecency, resigned his post as bishop and was allowed by Carey to continue officiating at church services.

Last year, an independent review of the C of E’s handling of the Ball case, conducted by Dame Moira Gibb, found senior church figures colluded with the accused bishop over a 20-year period. The report said: “The church appears to have been most interested in protecting itself.”

George Carey, the former archbishop of Canterbury, will also give evidence to the inquiry, in person and including cross-examination. He resigned his position as an honorary assistant bishop after being criticised in the Gibb report. His “permission to officiate” was reinstated earlier this year.

A Clarence House spokesperson said on Thursday: “IICSA has asked the Prince of Wales if he could help the part of their inquiry that deals with Mr Peter Ball. Whilst the prince made it clear that he was unaware of Mr Ball’s behaviour, he indicated that he was happy to volunteer context on his contact with Mr Ball if that would help.”

The spokesperson also referred to findings in the Gibb report, which said it had found no evidence “that the Prince of Wales or any other member of the royal family sought to intervene at any point in order to protect or promote Ball”.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jul/20/prince-charles-kept-in-touch-with-ex-bishop-jailed-for-abuse-peter-ball

 

 

 

@ciabaudo

The Rev Barry Kinsman or ‘Mr. Padstow’ as he was known locally was found dead in the sea off Padstow. Now why would a man of the cloth be worried about the coverage given to the Savile inquiry and of it spreading to Cornwall?

Obituary: KINSMEN. – On 31 December, the Revd Barry Kinsmen:

Truro Diocesan Adviser in Religious Education (1979-95);

Priest-in-Charge of Little Petherick (1980-81); St Issey (1980-81); Rector of St Issey with St Petroc Minor (1981-95); 72.

https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:_rBEpBTEE0oJ:https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2013/1-february/gazette/deaths/deaths+&cd=8&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&client=firefox-b-1

Barry Kinsmen may have known Jimmy Savile through the Ball brothers.

Kinsmen (Truro Diocesan Adviser in Religious Education (1979-95) would have known Bishop Michael Ball as Truro Bishop (and Peter Ball who was friends with Jimmy Savile) Peter Ball resigned as Bishop of Gloucester in 1993 after he received a police caution for gross indecency.

It has now emerged he replaced his identical twin Michael, then Bishop of Truro, at services and official duties on an unknown number occasions in the 1990s.

The Diocese of Truro has appealed for information from churchgoers to investigate what happened when the two men were together in Cornwall between 1993 and 1997.

https://www.christiantoday.com/article/paedophile-bishop-peter-ball-impersonated-twin-brother-at-services/82418.htm

Of course, affordable housing is always an important issue, but what did Kinsman know about abuse in Cornwall, after all he was a leading light at the Padstow Echo and a former head teacher.

Let’s stay in Padstow for a while because it’s such a nice place and home to eccentrics such as Ed Prynn and his ladyfriend Glynis, whose spiritual mentors were Billy Graham (friend of croaker Cliff Richard) and Jimmy Savile:

On March 5th, 1993, the paedophile Bishop Ball was notified by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) that despite “sufficient admissible, substantial and reliable evidence”, it was prepared to deal with the matter out of court.

Bishop Bollox wasn’t the only nonce being protected down Cornwall way: It took 40 years for ex-copper Daniel Bryant, who was closely associated with the Azimuth Trust which in turn links to many other paedophiles, to be brought to justice.

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In October 1985 Daniel Bryant was pictured in the North Devon Journal receiving the British Empire Medal for services to youth from the Lord Lieutenant of Devon, the Earl of Morley, at a ceremony in Exeter.

Paedophile police officer Daniel Bryant brought to book FORTY years after abusing boys

He now faces jail after admitting abusing a string of boys in the 1960s, 70s and 80s

6 OCT 2013

Daniel Bryant served as a constable over three decades and was honoured for his youth work – but led a secret double life as a predatory pervert.

Russel first reported Bryant in 1987 but was told the allegations were uncorroborated, even though a ­second lad had also alleged abuse.

Bryant continued as a PC in Devon and Cornwall Police’s juvenile bureau for another five years until he was suspended when a third victim came forward in 1993.

Just a year later, aged 44, he ­retired on a medical pension on the grounds of ill health. He avoided prosecution until this year when he was finally charged.

Danny Bryant

Police surf club coach Danny Bryant took advantage of weekends away to commit abuse

On leaving the force Bryant ­became a leading figure in a club for the ­competitive sport of surf ­lifesaving, where he worked with many more children.

Bryant admitted ten indecent ­assaults, against five boys between 1969 and 1985, at Taunton Crown Court in August.

Russel was preyed on by Bryant after joining a police lifesaving club run by the pervert. Following one vile assault he quit the club but was tormented by flashbacks.

Gallingly, the following year Bryant was awarded the British Empire Medal for his youth work.

Daniel Bryant – a director of Surf Life Saving Great Britain.

His family took out a private prosecution but police refused to reinvestigate until eventually a probe was launched in February. Bryant pleaded guilty.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/paedophile-police-officer-daniel-bryant-2341683

Bryant helped run a Surf Life Saving GB club affiliated at Saunton Sands in the 1980s when Russel Dawson said he was abused a number of times.

Esther Pearson, chief executive of Surf Life Saving GB (SLSGB), said the organisation had been unaware of the allegations until it received a letter from Mr Dawson on 19 October last year.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-devon-24851195

A police officer continued to work with children at a force lifesaving club following accusations of child abuse, a BBC investigation has found.

Danny Bryant was jailed last November for abusing boys between 1974 and 1985, including at Devon and Cornwall Police Surf Life Saving Club.

 

Derek Fisher, the former police boss of Bryant and the then secretary of the Devon and Cornwall Police Surf Life Saving Club, told BBC Inside Out South West that he took action to remove Bryant immediately from the club in 1988 after an accusation was brought to his attention.

He said Bryant “took no further part in that club from that time on”.

However, BBC Inside Out has found evidence that Bryant was part of the club until 1993:

  • Devon and Cornwall Police correspondence in October 1989 showed Mr Fisher inviting Bryant to an award ceremony at the club
  • Further correspondence shows Bryant retained an organisational role in 1991
  • Minutes from 1992 show Bryant was listed as club captain
  • In the same year when Diana Princess of Wales opened the clubhouse, Bryant was part of the reception committee
  • In 1993, Bryant became the new chairman of Saunton Sands Surf Lifesaving Club after the original club was disbanded

Bryant also held a senior role with Surf Lifesaving GB until 2012 and in the previous year was awarded one of the sport’s highest accolades: Knight in the Order of Lifesaving.

Surf Lifesaving GB was aware of an accusation of assault in 1993, but said it was only told of another case in October 2012.

The case has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-devon-26286940

Many of the offences took place at the now-defunct Devon and Cornwall Police Surf Life-saving Club which he was a founder member of.

Jailing Bryant, of Bideford, North Devon, Judge David Ticehurst said it was ‘a matter of regret that the force did not bring him to justice before’.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2492545/Why-did-long-justice-Paedophile-policeman-honoured-Queen-finally-jailed-25-YEARS-abuse-reported.html

BLUE EARTH TRAINING LTD

BRYANT, Daniel Harold

BRYANT, Jennifer

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Cornwall:
chess‏@jackarania

The Azimuth Trust and Dr Morris Fraser, PIE member and his band of cronies

https://spotlightonabuse.wordpress.com/2013/04/17/azimuth-trust-was-linked-to-french-boat-schools-paedophile-ring/


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Nxivm: Nigel Havers’ step-daughter arrested over claims she funded secret ‘sex cult’ that branded women with symbol

Seagram heiress Clare Bronfman has been arrested on charges of racketeering conspiracy after allegedly using her fortune to help finance the group

25 July 2018

The step-daughter of actor Nigel Havers has been arrested over claims she funded a suspected US sex cult.

Investigators in America allege Seagram liquor heiress Clare Bronfman used her fortune to help finance the operations of Nxivm.

The 39-year-old is the daughter of Georgiana Bronfman, who is the Chariots of Fire star’s third wife.

Bronfman was arrested on Tuesday along with three others on charges of racketeering conspiracy.

She later appeared in a Brooklyn federal courtroom pleading not guilty to charges of running a criminal enterprise.

A judge ordered she be held under house arrest as the judge considered the prosecutor’s request for a $100 million bond.

Bronfman’s lawyer said her client “did nothing wrong”.

Her attorney, Susan Necheles, said in a statement that Nxivm was “not a criminal enterprise” but “an organisation that helped thousands of people”.

“The charges against Clare are the result of government overreaching and charging an individual with crimes just because the government disagrees with some beliefs taught by Nxivm and held by Clare,” Necheles said.

Nxivm co-founder Nancy Salzman, 64, her daughter, Lauren Salzman, 42, and the group’s 60-year-old bookkeeper, Kathy Russell, were also charged with racketeering conspiracy.

Six people have now been charged in the Nxivm inquiry, including 35-year-old actress Allison Mack, who starred in the TV show Smallville.

The US Department of Justice says all six committed “an array of crimes, including identity theft, extortion, forced labour, sex trafficking money laundering, wire fraud and obstruction of justice”.

They included Nicki Clyne, an actress who appeared on Battlestar Galactica, Bronfman’s sister Sara, a son of former Mexican president Carlos Salinas de Gortari, and India Oxenberg, a daughter of Dynasty actress Catherine Oxenberg.

In an indictment, prosecutors said Mack, who played a teenage friend of Superman in the CW network’s Smallville, helped Raniere recruit women to a secret sub-society within NXIVM whose members were branded with a surgical tool with a symbol that resembled his initials.

Women were expected to be subservient to “masters”, prosecutors said, including giving in to demands for sex.

In February, Havers credited his wife for saving him from grief following the death of his second wife, Polly Williams.

The actor was happily married to Polly Williams for many years before her death from ovarian cancer in 2004 at the age of 54.

Despite criticism for years by ex-followers who called NXIVM a cult and a pyramid scheme, the organisation’s intense self-improvement classes had, at one point, earned it thousands of adherents, including some with Hollywood ties.

They included Nicki Clyne, an actress who appeared on Battlestar Galactica, Bronfman’s sister Sara, a son of former Mexican president Carlos Salinas de Gortari, and India Oxenberg, a daughter of Dynasty actress Catherine Oxenberg.

In an indictment, prosecutors said Mack, who played a teenage friend of Superman in the CW network’s Smallville, helped Raniere recruit women to a secret sub-society within NXIVM whose members were branded with a surgical tool with a symbol that resembled his initials.

Women were expected to be subservient to “masters”, prosecutors said, including giving in to demands for sex.

In February, Havers credited his wife for saving him from grief following the death of his second wife, Polly Williams.

The actor was happily married to Polly Williams for many years before her death from ovarian cancer in 2004 at the age of 54.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/us-news/nigel-havers-step-daughter-arrested-12975257

Edgar Bronfman Jr., half-brother of Sara and Clare, is a member of Queen Elizabeth’s Committee of 300, and the chairman of Warner Music Group.

Charles Bronfman is also a member of the Committee of 300, and the owner of Seagram liquor, net worth $2 billion.

https://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/sociopolitica/esp_sociopol_committee300_14.htm

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And Edgar Bronfman Jr is on the Council on Foreign Relations

https://www.cfr.org/membership/membership-roster-a-f

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The Bronfman family has very close ties to the Rothschild banking dynasty, with members of both families belonging to many of the same companies, including their joint financial firm, Bronfman & Rothschild.

At Bronfman & Rothschild, Donald Trump’s, the Clinton’s and Jeffrey Epstein’s friend, “Lady” Lynn Forester de Rothschild, is on the Board of Directors:

https://thefreethoughtproject.com/al…-slavery-ring/

 

Edgar Bronfman Jr. is also in the “little black book” of paedo billionaire Jeffrey Epstein

Nigel Havers’ step-daughter, Clare Bronfman – her brother Edgar Bronfman Jr is in convicted billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s black book

The Havers family has a long history with paedophiles:

Nigel Havers’ father Lord Michael Havers tried to stop Geoffrey Dickens from naming Sir Peter Hayman

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Brother of child abuse inquiry judge Elizabeth Butler-Sloss was accused of ‘cover up’

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Late brother of Baroness Butler-Sloss, judge formerly in charge of Westminster child abuse inquiry, was attorney general who refused to prosecute paedophile spy Peter Hayman

Sir Michael Havers, the late brother of Baroness Butler-Sloss, was accused of a “white-wash” after he backed a decision not to prosecute Sir Peter Hayman.

Baroness Butler-Sloss, a former president of the Family Division of the High Court who led the inquest into the death of Princess Diana, has been appointed by Theresa May to lead an independent inquiry into allegations that child sex abuse was covered up by state bodies, the church, political parties and the BBC. The Home Office said she had “impeccable credentials”.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10955726/Brother-of-paedophile-inquiry-judge-was-accused-of-cover-up.html

Elizabeth Butler Sloss covered up for Bishop Peter Ball

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Elizabeth Butler Sloss, 1st IICSA chair, member of the establishment protected Bishop Peter Ball

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Establishment ‘rallied to help ex-bishop later jailed for abuse’

Prince Charles and Lord Carey among powerful backers of Peter Ball, abuse inquiry told

23 July 2018

Members of the establishment, including the heir to the throne, the then archbishop of Canterbury and a senior member of the judiciary, rallied to the support of Peter Ball, a Church of England bishop accused of sexual abuse, an independent inquiry has heard.

“The story of Peter Ball is the story of the establishment at work in modern times,” said William Chapman, representing survivors. “It is the story of how the establishment minimised the nature of Peter Ball’s misdeeds … and silenced and harassed those who tried to complain.”

One survivor told the inquiry the C of E’s response to his disclosure of abuse amounted to “enduringly cruel and sadistic treatment”.

The independent inquiry into child sexual abuse is examining how the church handled allegations. A five-day hearing this week is scrutinising the church’s response to claims of sexual abuse against Ball, a former bishop of Lewes and then Gloucester, who was jailed in 2015.

Ball was able to call upon the “willing assistance of members of the establishment”, said Chapman. “It included the heir to the throne, the archbishop and a senior member of the judiciary, to name only the most prominent.”

Between them, they provided Ball with money and accommodation, legal advice, a private detective, references and approaches to the police and the prosecuting authorities.

“The alacrity and the extent of the response by Peter Ball’s friends to one of their own in trouble was impressive. It makes a horrible contrast to the way Peter Ball’s victims were treated,” Chapman said.

He told the inquiry: “These establishment helpers claim they were duped by Peter Ball … But you will have to consider if it is credible, given what they must have known or could easily have found out about Peter Ball, whether they were really as ignorant as they claimed they were about the nature of Peter Ball’s activities.

“Some claimed they did not know what a caution meant. Well, Prince Charles has many advisers; he only had to ask. So does the archbishop of Canterbury.”

Ball’s friends were willing to “add their weight” against the due criminal process. “They went far beyond the normal obligations of friendship.”

Allegations were first made against Ball in 1992, but he accepted a police caution and resigned his position as bishop. An independent review of the case commissioned by the C of E and published last year found evidence of collusion and a cover-up at the highest levels.

Richard Scorer, also representing survivors, said that Ball found in his fellow bishops the “perfect accomplices, prepared to turn a blind eye to his abuse over many decades”.

None bore greater responsibility than Lord Carey, the former archbishop of Canterbury, Scorer said. “We fear that when we hear from him this week, the usual litany of excuses will be trotted out,” he said, adding that Carey must give a “transparent account of his actions”.

Prince Charles’s assertion that he did not understand the significance of a caution was “frankly astonishing”, he said. The prince has access to “the best legal advice that money can buy,” Scorer added.

The prince chose not to clarify the legal position. “To my clients, this extraordinary lack of curiosity looks like wilful blindness,” he said.

In her opening statement, Fiona Scolding, senior counsel to the inquiry, said that Ball’s “fall from grace was a huge shock to the church”.

She added: “He was a very senior clergyman with enormous spiritual authority. He also had power and charm.”

People inside and outside the church had attested to Ball’s charisma and oratorical brilliance. She said that power had been “further enhanced by his cultivation of influential friends both within and outside the church”.

As an example, Ball had told people after his arrest that four cabinet ministers had offered him a “bolthole from the press”.

“He did not stint from mentioning those friends in prominent places when he thought it would assist his cause,” Scolding added.

She told the hearing of a scheme set up by Ball for young men interested in religious life that gave him the opportunity to groom them for sexual abuse and exploitation. The men were encouraged to pray naked, and engage in massage and spanking. One, Neil Todd, who first made allegations against Ball, killed himself in 2012.

Scolding said that Ball, now 86, was too unwell to give evidence either at the inquiry or by video link. But in one of two statements he had submitted he made an apology and said he had “neither been open nor shown penitence in the past”.

The hearing heard from three survivors who described their abuse by Ball. One, the Rev Graham Sawyer, who has waived his right to anonymity, said: “The sexual abuse that was perpetrated on me by bishop Peter Ball pales into insignificance when compared to the enduringly cruel and sadistic treatment that has been meted out to me by officials, both lay and ordained, in the Church of England.”

He described the culture within Anglicanism as an “ecclesiastic protection racket – and anyone who seeks in any way to threaten the reputation of the church and institution has to be destroyed”.

Safeguarding should be taken out of the church’s hands he said, as “it cannot police itself with any credibility”.

At the start of proceedings, Alexis Jay, the chair of the inquiry, said she had ordered an investigation into the leaking to the media of the Prince of Wales’s letter.

She said the leak was a “very serious breach of confidence by someone with direct access to information in this investigation” and promised “firm action” should the source be uncovered.

Scolding said a suggestion reported by the Times that the timing of the statement, to be read on the final day of this week’s hearings, was to prevent the prince being called for cross-examination “could not be further from the truth”.

She said: “There is no requirement for him to attend in person as his evidence, whilst important, is not of central relevance to many of the issues raised by this case study.”

The hearing continues.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jul/23/establishment-rallied-to-help-ex-bishop-later-jailed-for-abuse

“within the records of the 1992 investigation…there are both oblique and direct references noting that Prince Charles or the royal family were interested inthe matter…there was also internal correspondence

Dame Alun Roberts‏ @ciabaudo

If he didn’t know, he’s hardly fit to be King …

Richard Scorer: My clients accept the PoW has many interactions with Church of England clergy. However our clients do not accept that he claims he was not aware that a caution means an acceptance of guilt.

Scorer claims senior leaders in the Church knew of Peter Ball’s offending but Lambeth Palace did not hand over letters to police:

Mr William Chapman: There’s a reluctance to trust the secular authorities to handle the matter and a willingness to forgive and reintegrate Peter Ball, no matter what he’d done

Elizabeth Hall, Nat Safeguarding Advisor, recommending a further review of Peter Ball information which should involve trying to find all files/documents

Both Michael Ball and brother Peter Ball were not shy about using the name of the Prince of Wales to seek to influence others. Bishop Michael Ball wrote to Lord Carey in Dec 1992 saying that his brother was receiving support from 2 Cabinet Ministers and Prince Charles Peter Ball often mention their friendship.

On 8 March 1993 Peter Ball received a caution for one count of gross indecency against Neil Todd. He resigned immediately. Peter Ball alleged to the Church of England shortly that he either did not wish to resign, and accepted a caution to avoid a trial.

“This Inquiry has been provided with details of allegations made by a total of 32 individuals. These all relate to an alleged abuse of power by Peter Ball for the purposes of his sexual gratification.”

The former Bishop of Lewes, Peter Ball was convicted of two offences of indecent assault, and an offence of misconduct

Peter Ball admitted when pleading guilty that he received sexual gratification from the deliberate manipulation of vulnerable young men, that the contact was consistent with grooming and that he abused his position as a Bishop in the Church of England

 In January 1996, Ball was permitted by Archbishop Carey to preach at a particular public school and, to conduct confirmations at other specific schools later on in that year

(1) Why he was permitted to return to ministry in this fashion? (2) Why did no-one think to carry out some kind of risk assessment? (3) Whether or not senior clergy simply thought that Peter Ball’s pleas of innocence should be believed?

 “I really appreciate your sympathetic understanding in preventing a scandal with a trial which would have affected the Royal family and establishments in this crucial time of turmoil within the Church of England.” Bishop Kemp comments on a 1990s investigation into Peter Ball
A risk assessment carried out by the Church in 2009 identified that Peter Ball could be identified as a sexual predator given the length and scale of his offending

Watch:

Peter Ball preached at over 25 schools between 1996 and 2002.

Lady Renton, wife of the chief whip, was friends with Peter Ball and wrote a letter of support to the DPP on HOC headed notepaper

https://www.iicsa.org.uk/key-documents/5977/view/23%20July%202018%20Anglican%20Public%20Hearing%20Transcript.pdf


 

Prince Charles gives evidence to inquiry into Peter Ball

The Prince of Wales says he was aware that Peter Ball, who lived in Aller, near Langport, had been given a police caution, but claims he did not realise it amounted to an admission of guilt.

Details of Prince Charles’s relationship with Ball will be revealed at an inquiry into the case on Friday.

The next in line to the throne had “decades of correspondence” with Ball and occasionally sent him “small gifts of money”, according to the draft copy of his statement to the inquiry, The Times has reported.

The statement will add that Ball confided in him in 2009 that he had been involved in an “indiscretion” years previously, which he blamed on a person with a grudge.

http://www.somersetcountygazette.co.uk/news/16371173.prince-charles-gives-evidence-to-peter-ball-inquiry/

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Peter Ball abuse inquiry requests statement from Prince Charles

Wed 06 Jun 2018

By Press Association

The Prince of Wales has been asked to give a witness statement to a public inquiry about a paedophile bishop who was jailed after abusing young men.

Peter Ball was sentenced to 32 months in 2015 for a string of offences between the 1970s and 1990s, and the handling of allegations against him is now being examined by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA).

At a hearing on Wednesday, counsel to the inquiry Fiona Scolding QC said that statements had been requested from the prince and his principal private secretary.

According to a transcript posted on the inquiry website, she said: “We have also requested a witness statement from both His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and his principal private secretary.

“The Prince’s solicitors have indicated their client’s willingness to assist us and have raised a number of important issues for us to consider.

“This has led to lengthy and complex discussions and we are currently considering the latest points they have raised. We hope to be able to provide an update to core participants on this in the next couple of weeks.”

Charles had exchanged a series of letters with Ball, the former Bishop of Gloucester, whose diocese covers Highgrove, the prince’s country home.

A spokesman for the prince told the Daily Mail last year that the correspondence contained nothing of relevance to the clergyman’s offending.

Lawyer Richard Scorer from Slater and Gordon, who is representing complainants at the IICSA, said: “It is imperative that the inquiry leaves no stone unturned in its efforts to establish how Peter Ball was able to evade justice for two decades.

“If this means calling Prince Charles and other prominent establishment figures as witnesses then the inquiry should do so without fear or favour.”

https://www.premier.org.uk/News/UK/Peter-Ball-abuse-inquiry-requests-statement-from-Prince-Charles

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ex-Archbishop ‘faces probe into Church sex abuse cover-up’: George Carey accused of ‘colluding’ with senior clergy to protect jailed bishop

05 Mar 2018

The former Archbishop of Canterbury could face a police probe over claims the Church covered up the activities of a sex abuse bishop, it was reported last night.

George Carey was last year accused in a report of ‘colluding’ with senior clergy to protect Bishop Peter Ball.

Ball, who groomed and abused 18 vulnerable men from 1977 and 1992, was allegedly not added to a list of questionable ministers in 1993 that enabled him to carry on working.

Bishop Peter Ball, who groomed and abused 18 vulnerable men from 1977 and 1992, was allegedly not added to a list of questionable ministers in 1993 that enabled him to carry on working

Even though the Metropolitan Police has not started a criminal investigation, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is discussing whether to press charges against Lord Carey, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Prosecutors are said to be reading a 70-page report by Dame Moira Gibb, which was released last summer, in order to decide whether to prosecute.

A spokesman for Operation Hydrant – the investigation into historical allegations of child abuse – said: ‘The matters under consideration are complex, and advice is currently being sought from CPS to understand whether anything contained within the report suggests criminal offences have been committed.

‘This does not equate to a criminal investigation being underway.’ Solicitor David Greenwood, who has represented several of Ball’s victims, criticised the length of time prosecutors were taking.

He said: ‘What’s taking the CPS so long? It’s a 70-page report which was published nine months ago.’ Ball, a former suffragan bishop of Lewes, was let off with a caution for molesting a teenage novice monk in 1993. Although the Church knew of other allegations against him, it was not until 2015 that Ball was finally prosecuted and jailed.

He admitted abusing 18 teenagers and young men who had sought spiritual guidance from him between 1977 and 1992. Last summer the report into the scandal by Dame Moira, titled Abuse of Faith, described the Church’s handling of the scandal as ‘lamentable’.

It found Mr Carey ‘colluded’ with senior clergy to protect Ball. The independent inquiry into the scandal found that the Church of England knew of a string of allegations against Ball, then bishop of Gloucester, but failed to alert the police.

Justin Welby, the current Archbishop of Canterbury, urged his predecessor to step down from his role as an assistant bishop after the report covering his time as head of the Church of England.

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Some of Ball’s victims called for a criminal investigation into senior clergy after the report found that the Church was ‘more interested in protecting itself’ than helping those he had abused, and that at least nine bishops knew allegations had been made against him.

In a Christmas letter last year, Lord Carey attacked his successor Mr Welby for commenting on his handling of allegations against Ball. The 82-year-old lashed out at the ‘unjust’ request for him to step down over his supposed failings 24 years ago.

The news comes as the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse prepares to begin today. The inquiry will spend three weeks analysing the actions of the Anglican Church, and is expected to hear from Mr Welby. A spokesman for the Church of England said it would always cooperate with police, but declined to comment.

A spokesman for the Carey family also declined to comment.

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George Carey allowed church role despite part in abuse cover-up

Former archbishop of Canterbury was criticised in report into abuse by Peter Ball

13 July 2018

George Carey, the former archbishop of Canterbury who was heavily criticised in an independent report for his part in the cover-up of sexual abuse carried out by a bishop, has been allowed to resume an official role in the Church of England.

Lord Carey stepped down last year as an honorary assistant bishop at the unprecedented request of Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury, after a damning report which found the church had colluded over the abuse.

But it emerged this week that Carey has been granted “permission to officiate” (PTO) by Steven Croft, the bishop of Oxford, allowing him to preach and preside at churches in the diocese. Croft is reportedly under police investigation for allegedly failing to respond properly to a separate report of clerical sexual abuse.

The decision to grant the PTO was made in February despite expectations of further revelations this month about Carey’s role in the case of Peter Ball, a former bishop of Gloucester, at the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse (IICSA).

The inquiry will spend a week scrutinising the C of E’s handling of the Ball case, starting on 23 July. Ball was jailed in 2015 for the grooming, sexual exploitation and abuse of 18 vulnerable young men between 1977 and 1992. Prince Charles has been asked to give a witness statement to the inquiry about his correspondence with Ball.

Carey, who was archbishop of Canterbury from 1991 to 2002, resigned his honorary post after the publication of an independent report on the Ball case by Dame Moira Gibb.

She concluded that senior figures in the church had “colluded [with the abuser] rather than seeking to help those he had harmed”. She said: “The church appears to have been most interested in protecting itself.”

Carey had “set the tone for the church’s response to Ball’s crimes, and gave the steer which allowed Ball’s assertions that he was innocent to gain credence”, said Gibb.

The former archbishop responded to the report, saying it made “uncomfortable reading” and that he accepted its criticisms of him.

In February this year, Carey contacted the diocese of Oxford to request a PTO, which was granted by Croft. It followed letters from members of the congregation where Carey worships that requested he be allowed to resume ministry at their church.

A spokesperson for the diocese of Oxford said: “The granting of PTO enabled Lord Carey to preach and preside in the church where he worships, a church where his ministry is much valued. The granting of a PTO does not indicate a planned return to the role of assistant bishop.”

It is understood that Carey underwent fresh checks on his criminal record and C of E safeguarding training.

The church’s national safeguarding team was not consulted on whether the PTO should be granted.

A survivor of abuse by Ball said he was extremely concerned to learn that Carey had been granted a PTO. “It’s a real stab in the back for Ball survivors,” he said, adding that it would have been prudent to wait until further evidence had been heard by IICSA.

Croft is one of several senior church figures, including John Sentamu, the archbishop of York, who are reportedly being investigated by South Yorkshire police over alleged failures to act on disclosures of an alleged rape of a teenage boy by a clergyman in the 1980s. The force declined to confirm or deny an investigation was under way.

Matthew Ineson claims he was raped by the Rev Trevor Devamanikkam, and in 2012 and 2013 reported the crime to senior figures in the church, including Croft. He alleges they failed to follow proper procedures and did not advise him to tell police.

Devamanikkam was later charged with indecent assault and buggery without consent, but killed himself in 2017 before coming to trial.

A spokesperson for the diocese of Oxford said: “Written records and notes taken at the time give a different picture to the one Mr Ineson is presenting about how his case has been handled.”

An independent review had been commissioned by the C of E’s national safeguarding team, the spokesperson said.

Ineson told the Guardian: “Steven Croft may disagree about the wording of my disclosures, but nonetheless accepts I did tell him of my abuse. No word of apology has ever been forthcoming for what I have been put through.

“Given the circumstances it is incredible that Croft is still in a position to decide whether PTO should be given to George Carey or anybody else who has been so involved in the dreadful case of Peter Ball or any other safeguarding case.”

PTOs are mostly granted to retired priests who wish to continue their ministry by preaching, taking communion and providing holiday or sickness cover to serving clergy. PTOs are granted at the discretion of the local bishop.

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Matthew Ineson‏ @InesonMatthew

And he didnt even consult the National Safeguarding Team.

NST deal with all high profile cases. didn’t even consult them. Another failure. Bishop under investigation for safeguarding failures gives PTO to a bishop under investigation for safeguarding failures etc

If anyone has doubts about poor safeguarding record, have a look at the independent Scie safeguarding audit on Sheffield diocese covering Crofts time-scary reading. Add to that my case & now he gives PTO back to Carey who had to resign cos of the Peter Ball cover up

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Revd Canon John Rees with Archbishop Welby

Gilo ‏ @seaofcomplicity

This is just plain weird that Archbishop Welby’s provincial registrar kept such conflict-of-interest hidden. Not good. Whole structure needs reform if CofE legal officers can do this?

Legal advisor to the worldwide Anglican Consultative Council is Canon John Rees – chaplain to the Queen.  His first curacy was in a  parish in Yorkshire where he was trianied by parish priest Rev Trevor Devamanikkam – Ineson’s abuser.  Small world!

Canon Rees said he was “deeply honoured” to become a Chaplain to Queen Elizabeth II

England: Anglican legal advisor named Queen’s Chaplain

March 17, 2014

The legal adviser to the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) and Provincial Registrar for the Archbishop of Canterbury has been appointed as a Chaplain to Queen Elizabeth II.

Canon Rees is currently Registrar for the Archbishop of Canterbury, Diocesan Registrar for Oxford, Legal Adviser to the ACC (since 1995) and Senior Partner of Winckworth Sherwood – Vice-Chair of the Legal Advisory Commission of the C of E, an honorary Provincial Canon of Canterbury Cathedral.
His primary employer Winckworth Sherwood –  described as a lawyer who, “specialises in ecclesiastical, educational and charity law and has a wealth of experience in advising on charity constitutions for national and international bodies; financial structures; disciplinary issues, subsidiary companies and asset management; press handling issues. As well as the full range of freehold and leasehold, registered and unregistered matters; and all types of ancillary issues e.g. rights of way; complicated redevelopment schemes, title investigations, contaminated land remediation issues, boundary disputes, unusual property matters such as dealing with consecrated land, burials and exhumation.”

Police and prosecutors are considering a criminal investigation into a former Archbishop of Canterbury over an alleged cover-up of sexual abuse.

George Carey stepped down as an honorary bishop last year after a report found the Church had “colluded” with convicted sex abuser Bishop Peter Ball under his leadership.

Now the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is discussing with Scotland Yard detectives whether to pursue criminal charges against Lord Carey, the Telegraph understands.

The Metropolitan Police said it had not launched an official criminal investigation into Lord Carey. A spokesman for the Carey family declined to comment.

It comes as the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA)…

Princess Diana, in intimate confessions recorded on video by her voice coach,   described her sex life with Prince Charles as “odd, very odd”. 

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/princess-diana-parents-earl-spencer-never-loved-her-sex-tapes-channel-4-remarriage-countess-footage-a7870856.html

Sex abuse bishop Peter Ball and brother seek Catholic switch

06 December 2017

A former bishop jailed for sex offences and his twin brother have said they are looking to join the Catholic Church to “live and worship in anonymity”.

Peter Ball, who is now 85, was jailed for 32 months in October 2015 for offences against 18 teenagers and men.

The former Bishop of Lewes and of Gloucester carried out the abuse between the 1970s and 1990s.

Ball’s identical twin and former bishop Michael Ball said in an email events had “wearied and reduced us”.

Email from Michael Ball

In the email, mistakenly sent from Michael Ball to BBC South East’s Colin Campbell among others, the brothers said having been “battered by the Church” they would be looking to join the Roman Catholic Church.

They said they would like to “end our days in a church where we can live and worship in anonymity and without constant fear”.

The BBC contacted Michael Ball about the email and he said a move to the Catholic Church was “a possibility”.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Arundel and Brighton said in a statement: “We confirm that Peter Ball has been in contact with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Clifton, in which diocese he now lives, expressing an interest in becoming a member of the Catholic Church.

“This matter is subject to discussions between Clifton Diocese and the statutory authorities, who are the lead with regards to Peter Ball’s risk management in the community.”

‘Manipulative’ campaign

An independent review of Ball’s case by Dame Moira Gibb criticised the former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey.

Dame Moira said he had received seven letters from families and individuals following the arrest and cautioning of Ball in 1992 for gross indecency – when he stood down as Bishop of Gloucester – but failed to pass six of them to the police.

Lord Carey had also failed to put Ball on the the “Lambeth List” which names clergymen whose suitability for ministry had been questioned.

Dame Moira also heard Bishop Michael Ball allowed his brother to attend functions in his place, even after his resignation, and on one occasion Peter Ball had introduced himself as his brother.

In 1994 Michael Ball campaigned to Lord Carey to return his brother to the ministry, with one bishop calling the brothers’ activities “manipulative”, Dame Moira reported .

Between 1995 and 1997, with Lord Carey’s backing. Peter Ball returned to church ministry, eventually undertaking duties such as confirmations.

After a series of investigations Balls’ ministry ceased in 2011, Dame Moira reported.

He was released from jail in February after serving 16 months.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/uk-england-42257380

Former Bishop of Truro Michael Ball and his paedophile ex-bishop twin Peter want to become Catholics so they can live in anonymity

8 DEC 2017

Peter Ball, the former Bishop of Lewes and Gloucester who boasted of links to royalty, has asked to join the Roman Catholic Diocese of Clifton in Bristol, a spokesman for the Church confirmed.

His identical twin brother Michael Ball, who was Bishop of Truro from 1990 to 1997, also sent an email to friends telling them of the idea.

From the email…”The events of the last years and rightly or wrongly the battering by the Church have totally wearied and reduced us.

“We will probably be joining the Roman Catholic Church soon.

…Michael Ball’s complaint of taking a “battering” from the Church was “flippant” and it was “disgusting” the pair were acting as though they were the victims.

A spokesman for the Roman Catholic diocese of Arundel and Brighton said: “We confirm that Peter Ball has been in contact with the Roman Catholic diocese of Clifton, in which diocese he now lives, expressing an interest in becoming a member of the Catholic Church.

“This matter is subject to discussions between Clifton diocese and the statutory authorities, who are the lead with regards to Peter Ball’s risk management in the community.

Disgraced paedophile former bishop Peter Ball with close friend Prince Charles

Disgraced paedophile former bishop Peter Ball with close friend Prince Charles

Peter Ball’s sentence came 22 years after the abuse first surfaced. He eventually admitted misconduct in a public office and two counts of indecent assault.

The court heard how Peter Ball had convinced some of his victims to strip naked to pray and even suggested they submit to beatings between 1977 and 1992.

The first of his victims to come forward took his own life in 2012 after hearing Sussex Police had reopened the case.

Former Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey resigned as honorary assistant bishop in the Diocese of Oxford after the public inquiry into child sex abuse last year heard he delayed a “proper investigation” into Peter Ball’s crimes for two decades by failing to pass information to police.

There were fears Peter Ball may have taken the place of his twin, who was Bishop of Truro in the Nineties, and therefore duped congregations in other parts of the UK.

The Diocese of Truro was understood to be looking into the evidence that Peter Ball conducted services in Cornwall.

Now it has emerged the Archbishop of Canterbury’s headquarters received at least six letters from other alleged victims detailing “potentially criminal” and “totally inappropriate behaviour” by Peter Ball in the early 1990s but did not pass them on to police until years later.

“The Church appears to have resorted to staggering levels of deceit in order to prevent the true extent of Ball’s offending coming to light,” said Richard Scorer, a solicitor who is representing victims of Peter Ball.

Details of the letters, all sent to the Church between December 1992 and February 1993, reveal that Peter Ball encouraged victims to pray naked, perform sex acts in front of him and share his bed.

Anglican officials who reviewed the letters in 2009 suggested that, had such evidence been given to detectives in 1993, Peter Ball may have been convicted of serious sexual offences rather than merely cautioned.

But instead of being made public, the letters were kept in confidential files at Lambeth Palace.

It was not until 2012, after several internal inquiries, that the Church finally released documents to police.

An independent review is also currently under way into the way the Church of England responded to the case involving Peter Ball.

https://www.cornwalllive.com/news/cornwall-news/former-bishop-truro-michael-ball-895920#ICID=sharebar_twitter

Church knew about allegations before Cornish preacher went on to abuse boys, investigation reveals

The diocese failed to investigate the accusations against Jeremy Dowling

25 MAY 2018

Dowling became such an important and valued worker and volunteer during a 40-year association with the diocese that a special service of thanks was given in his honour when he retired in 2009

A leading figure in the Church of England in Cornwall went on to commit child sex offences for several years after allegations about his behaviour with young boys were raised with the diocese and not acted upon, an official investigation has revealed.

The diocese failed to investigate the accusations against Jeremy Dowling, a lay preacher, allowing him to rise to influential positions including communications officer to the bishop, an independent review for the church concludes.

The report, released today, says there were “historic failings” within the diocese in dealing with the allegations, first raised in 1972. There was “ongoing knowledge” of the situation among senior figures in the diocese “well into the 1980s” with references to “a big fat file” on Dowling.

After the first allegations of Dowling abusing boys at a North Cornwall school where he taught were dropped by the Director of Public Prosecutions – because of a lack of corroborative evidence – the then Bishop of Truro Maurice Key wrote: “I suppose the problem will now be to find him some other work”.

Dowling became such an important and valued worker and volunteer during a 40-year association with the diocese that a special service of thanks was given in his honour when he retired in 2009.

In 2015 he was jailed for seven years after pleading guilty at Truro Crown Court to 15 charges of sexually abusing boys under 16.

In 2016 he was jailed for an additional eight years after being found guilty of six further charges of indecently assaulting a boy between 1973 and 1977. Those offences happened when he befriended the boy while a lay preacher at a church in Budehaven – and took place after concerns were first raised with the diocese.

The report’s author said the lack of action by the diocese allowed Dowling to gain credibility and authority.

“Because they didn’t take it any further it enabled Jeremy Dowling to reach a position where he made up his own rules, and his position within the church lent him credibility and authority,” said Dr Andy Thompson, an academic, magistrate and member of the Diocesan Council.

The Bishop of St Germans, Rt Revd Dr Chris Goldsmith, apologised for the lack of action and the suffering that resulted.

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Bishop who ignored warnings about preacher Jeremy Dowling who went on to abuse boys is identical twin of paedophile ex-bishop

Former Bishop of Truro Michael Ball’s twin Peter Ball, the former Bishop of Lewes and Gloucester, was convicted of abusing young boys

25 May 2018

One of the bishops who ignored warnings about a preacher who went on to sexaully abuse boys is the identical twin of a paedophile ex-bishop.

It emerged this week that a leading figure in the Church of England in Cornwall went on to commit child sex offences for several years after allegations about his behaviour with young boys were raised with the diocese and not acted upon, an official investigation has revealed.

The diocese failed to investigate the accusations against Jeremy Dowling, a lay preacher, allowing him to rise to influential positions including communications officer to the bishop, an independent review for the church concludes.

The report, released on Friday (May 25), says there were “historic failings” within the diocese in dealing with the allegations, first raised in 1972. There was “ongoing knowledge” of the situation among senior figures in the diocese “well into the 1980s” with references to “a big fat file” on Dowling.

Dowling became such an important and valued worker and volunteer during a 40-year association with the diocese that a special service of thanks was given in his honour when he retired in 2009.

Cornwall mum made homeless with Down’s Syndrome son after mouldy flat sees child hospitalised

In 2015 he was jailed for seven years after pleading guilty at Truro Crown Court to 15 charges of sexually abusing boys under 16.

In 2016 he was jailed for an additional eight years after being found guilty of six further charges of indecently assaulting a boy between 1973 and 1977. Those offences happened when he befriended the boy while a lay preacher at a church in Budehaven – and took place after concerns were first raised with the diocese.

One of the leaders who was named in the report was Michael Ball, 86, who was Bishop of Truro from 1990 to 1997. The Right Reverend Ball told the diocese he had been informed of the allegations about Dowling but had not seen any need to take action as there had not been a prosecution.

His identical twin, Peter Ball, the former Bishop of Lewes and Gloucester who boasted of links to royalty, was jailed for 32 months in October 2015 for offences dating back to the 1970s against 18 young men at his home in East Sussex.

His sentence came 22 years after the abuse first surfaced. He eventually admitted misconduct in a public office and two counts of indecent assault. The court heard how Peter Ball had convinced some of his victims to strip naked to pray and even suggested they submit to beatings between 1977 and 1992.

The first of his victims to come forward took his own life in 2012 after hearing Sussex Police had reopened the case.

There were fears Peter Ball may have taken the place of his twin, who was Bishop of Truro in the Nineties, and therefore duped congregations in other parts of the UK.

The Diocese of Truro was understood to be looking into the evidence that Peter Ball conducted services in Cornwall.

Last year the brothers decided they wanted to become Catholics so they could live in anonimity. Peter Ball asked to join the Roman Catholic Diocese of Clifton in Bristol and both said they wanted to switch faith from the Church of England so they could “live and worship in anonymity” within the Catholic Church.

https://www.cornwalllive.com/news/cornwall-news/bishop-who-ignored-warnings-preacher-1608976

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Former Bishop of Truro was Michael Ball, twin brother of convicted paedophile/friend of the royal family and Jimmy Savile – Bishop Peter Ball.


Jeremy Dowling

The Right Reverend Michael Ball – Bishop of Truro from 1990-97 – told the diocese he had been informed of the allegations but had not seen any need to take action as there had not been a prosecution.

His identical twin, former bishop Peter Ball, was jailed in 2015 for a string of indecent assaults on teenagers and young men.

A file found “in an unusual place” at the Bishop of Truro’s residence in 2013 was passed to police and led to Dowling’s prosecution.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cornwall-44240688

A RECENT service at Truro Cathedral paid tribute to the work of Jeremy Dowling, the Diocese of Truro’s Communications Officer, who steps down at the end of December after more than 25 years in post. He has lived in the Bude area for more than 40 years.

On a wet and windswept evening, a congregation made up from clergy and people from across the diocese enjoyed a service that included readings, hymns and a sermon given by the former Bishop of Truro, Bishop Bill Ind. Also present were the current Bishop of Truro, The Rt Rev Tim Thornton, the Dean of Truro, The Very Rev Dr Christopher Hardwick, both Archdeacons and Mr Martin Follett, the Diocesan Registrar.

During his sermon, Bishop Bill paid tribute not only to the work that Jeremy undertook as Communications Officer but also his very substantial other work for the Diocese including nearly 40 years as a Reader,

seventeen years as Chairman of the House of Laity of the Diocesan Synod, one of the first people to be made Lay Canons of the Cathedral, a member of the General Synod for 27 years, as well as sitting at one time or another on virtually every Board and Committee of the Diocese.

He said, “Jeremy’s media and broadcasting skills are second to none.”

His experience and expertise in the television broadcast area was particularly noted, especially the background work he was able to do which led to programmes such as the very successful and popular BBC series ’Seaside Parish’ featuring Boscastle and the surrounding parishes, which enjoyed weekly audiences if over three million, ’Island Parish’ featuring the Isles of Scilly and ’The Monastery.’

Summing up, Bishop Bill said: “He has been a critical friend, someone who has told me the truth as he sees it. He has made me and indeed others both laugh and think and for both these things and much else I remain profoundly grateful. The Diocese owes him an enormous amount and so indeed do I and a host of others.”

Jeremy Dowling has lived in the Bude area of North Cornwall for more than forty years, with thirty years spent in the parish of St Gennys, and he is Chair of Governors of Budehaven Community School.

In his thanks and response to Bishop Bill, Jeremy noted how the communications role had changed greatly with much more emphasis today on electronic media. He acknowledged with gratitude the work of the local press and media, recognising its essential vitality and the key role it played in championing issues which were important for the church and for society.

“We have enjoyed excellent relations with the westcountry media” he said “and it has been a privilege to work with local journalists and broadcasters.”

He concluded by saying: “In my view, the strength of the Church remains in the local community. There is a lot going on. And the thread which runs through most of the stories is undeniably positive. They chronicle a vigorous, interesting, dynamic, eccentric and imaginative life in the church in Cornwall. Long may it

continue.”

After refreshments, a large bouquet was presented by Bishop Tim to Daphne Dowling in recognition of her support for her husband, and Jeremy was presented with a substantial cheque from parishes and individuals in the Diocese

Prime Minister lauds accomplishments of Bude organisation as he presents Big Society Award

BIG SOCIETY: Pictured above, with Prime Minister David Cameron and North Cornwall MP Dan Rogerson, are Co-founder of Community Action Through Sport (CATS) and volunteer Denise Jane May, CATS trustee and volunteer Jeremy Dowling, CATS Project Development Manager Karen Hemmings, CATS Project Development Assistant Louise Anne Harris and CATS trustee and volunteer Sharon Caroline Marshall.

 

Ex Truro Diocese worker Jeremy Dowling sexually abused boys

5 June 2015

An ex-Diocese of Truro press officer has admitted sexually abusing boys over a period of more than 10 years.

Jeremy Dowling, 76, carried out the assaults on five children, aged between 12 and 15, from 1959 to 1971.

Truro Crown Court heard Dowling abused the boys at sporting events and in toilets while working as a teacher in Devon.

The Bishop of Truro described Dowling’s offences as “deeply shocking” and said his thoughts were with the victims.

Sentencing was adjourned until July 10 for a pre-sentence report to be prepared.

Dowling, of Church Path, Bude, retired from the Diocese of Truro in 2009 after 25 years of service.

‘Damaging impact’

He pleaded guilty to 13 counts of indecent assault on boys aged 12 to 15 and two counts of indecency with a child.

The court heard one assault was carried out on a boy at a cricket match. Others took place in an attic, in storage rooms at a sporting pavilion and in outside toilets.

The Right Reverend Tim Thornton, Bishop of Truro, said many people would have known Dowling as a reader at St Michael’s Church and St Genny’s Church in Bude and as a member of the Diocesan and General Synods.

Bishop Thornton said: “Offences like this will have a damaging and lasting impact on people’s lives.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cornwall-33025742

Former Cornwall preacher Jeremy Dowling ‘assaulted boy’

The assaults happened when Jeremy Dowling was a lay preacher at two churches in the Bude area of Cornwall, Truro Crown Court was told.

Mr Dowling met the boy when he was 10 through church activities and “took him under his wing”.

He has denied six counts of indecent assault on a child and two counts of gross indecency with a child.

The assaults happened in the 1970s before Mr Dowling became a press spokesman for the Diocese of Truro, the court heard.

‘Long time ago’

Jo Martin, prosecuting, said some of the assaults took place at Mr Dowling’s house after the boy had been invited for dinner and on one occasion he was taken to a church on the north coast.

She said Mr Dowling took him up a tower and showed him the view, then took him to a room and assaulted him.

The alleged victim did not tell anyone when he was a child but later, when he was married, told his wife about the assaults.

He said when his wife rang up Mr Dowling, accusing him of being a paedophile, Mr Dowling replied “that was a long time ago”.

He said he eventually went to the police after reading in news reports that Mr Dowling had admitted abusing five boys when he was a teacher at a private school in the 1960s.

Mr Dowling is currently serving a jail term for those offences.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cornwall-37225234

Tributes paid as Bude man retires as diocesan communications officer after 25 years

A RECENT service at Truro Cathedral paid tribute to the work of Jeremy Dowling, the Diocese of Truro’s Communications Officer, who steps down at the end of December after more than 25 years in post. He has lived in the Bude area for more than 40 years.

On a wet and windswept evening, a congregation made up from clergy and people from across the diocese enjoyed a service that included readings, hymns and a sermon given by the former Bishop of Truro, Bishop Bill Ind. Also present were the current Bishop of Truro, The Rt Rev Tim Thornton, the Dean of Truro, The Very Rev Dr Christopher Hardwick, both Archdeacons and Mr Martin Follett, the Diocesan Registrar.

During his sermon, Bishop Bill paid tribute not only to the work that Jeremy undertook as Communications Officer but also his very substantial other work for the Diocese including nearly 40 years as a Reader,

seventeen years as Chairman of the House of Laity of the Diocesan Synod, one of the first people to be made Lay Canons of the Cathedral, a member of the General Synod for 27 years, as well as sitting at one time or another on virtually every Board and Committee of the Diocese.

He said, “Jeremy’s media and broadcasting skills are second to none.”

His experience and expertise in the television broadcast area was particularly noted, especially the background work he was able to do which led to programmes such as the very successful and popular BBC series ’Seaside Parish’ featuring Boscastle and the surrounding parishes, which enjoyed weekly audiences if over three million, ’Island Parish’ featuring the Isles of Scilly and ’The Monastery.’

Summing up, Bishop Bill said: “He has been a critical friend, someone who has told me the truth as he sees it. He has made me and indeed others both laugh and think and for both these things and much else I remain profoundly grateful. The Diocese owes him an enormous amount and so indeed do I and a host of others.”

Jeremy Dowling has lived in the Bude area of North Cornwall for more than forty years, with thirty years spent in the parish of St Gennys, and he is Chair of Governors of Budehaven Community School.

In his thanks and response to Bishop Bill, Jeremy noted how the communications role had changed greatly with much more emphasis today on electronic media. He acknowledged with gratitude the work of the local press and media, recognising its essential vitality and the key role it played in championing issues which were important for the church and for society.

“We have enjoyed excellent relations with the westcountry media” he said “and it has been a privilege to work with local journalists and broadcasters.”

He concluded by saying: “In my view, the strength of the Church remains in the local community. There is a lot going on. And the thread which runs through most of the stories is undeniably positive. They chronicle a vigorous, interesting, dynamic, eccentric and imaginative life in the church in Cornwall. Long may it

continue.”

After refreshments, a large bouquet was presented by Bishop Tim to Daphne Dowling in recognition of her support for her husband, and Jeremy was presented with a substantial cheque from parishes and individuals in the Diocese




Former Archbishop of Canterbury could face police probe into whether he broke the law by covering up for a paedophile bishop

  • Police are considering a formal inquiry into Church of England’s former leader
  • Lord Carey, 82, could face being interviewed under caution in investigation
  • Rev Peter Ball indecently assaulted 18 boys and young men from 1977 to 1992 
  • Former leaders could face criminal charges for not passing on abuse complaints 

The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey, could face a police investigation into whether he broke the law by covering up for a paedophile bishop.

Officers are understood to be considering a formal inquiry to determine whether the former leader of the Church of England and other senior church officials should face criminal charges over their failure to pass on sex abuse complaints made against ex-bishop Peter Ball.

Such an investigation would be highly controversial and may involve 82-year-old Lord Carey being interviewed under caution.

Sources say police are collecting evidence and scrutinising a scathing Church of England report commissioned by the current Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.

It concludes that senior church figures ‘colluded’ to protect Ball and says the decision by Lambeth Palace not to pass the complaints to police ‘must give rise to a perception of deliberate concealment’.

Lawyers representing victims of Ball, who have called for a police investigation, believe the former Archbishop could face a charge of misconduct in a public office, for which the maximum penalty is life imprisonment.

Ball, a friend of the Prince of Wales, (and other members of the royal family) was jailed for 32 months in 2015 after indecently assaulting 18 boys and young men between 1977 and 1992 in one of the biggest scandals ever to rock the Church of England.

It has been claimed, however, that he might have been convicted more than 20 years earlier had Lord Carey and his staff at Lambeth Palace not withheld from the police six letters making other claims about his behaviour. The letters were sent in by members of the public after allegations against Ball surfaced in the 1990s. Ball was arrested and subsequently resigned as Bishop of Gloucester in 1993.

But his only punishment at that time was a caution for gross indecency for molesting a teenage monk and he was later allowed a licence to work as a retired priest.

Peter Ball, pictured with Prince Charles, was jailed for 32 months in 2015 after indecently assaulting 18 boys and young men between 1977 and 1992

Last year, The Mail on Sunday revealed that Anglican officials who had privately reviewed the case suggested that had the letters been given to detectives in 1993, Ball may have been convicted of serious sexual offences.

The report commissioned by Archbishop Welby, published this summer, concluded that the ‘greatest failure’ of the handling of the case was the ‘management’ of the correspondence, in which Lord Carey was ‘significantly involved’.

Lord Carey strongly denies any cover-up or collusion. His supporters have also argued that Ball could still have received a caution in 1993 even if Lambeth Palace had handed the letters to the authorities.

David Greenwood, the head of the child abuse department at Switalskis solicitors and who represents a number of victims of Peter Ball, said the failure to pass them on provided ‘reasonable grounds’ for the Metropolitan police to open a formal investigation.

The Met and Lord Carey both declined to comment.

Lord Carey is already facing questioning next year by the Government’s independent inquiry into child sexual abuse.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5117815/Former-Archbishop-face-probe-paedophile-bishop.html

26 June 2017

Former Archbishop Lord Carey resigns after review into child abuse

Dame Alun Roberts‏ @ciabaudo

This is NOT good enough. He should be taken to court for obstructing the course of justice!

Ex-Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey.
Ex-Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey. Credit: PA.

The former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey has resigned after a review into child abuse.

Lord Carey has now left his last remaining formal role in the church.

He was criticised in an independent review of the church’s handling of abuse carried out by Bishop Peter Ball.

In 2015, Peter Ball, the former Bishop of Lewes and Gloucester from Somerset, was jailed for 32 months for sexually abusing boys and young men.

Disgraced Peter Ball who was once the Bishop of Gloucester.
Disgraced Peter Ball who was once the Bishop of Gloucester.

http://www.itv.com/news/westcountry/update/2017-06-26/former-archbishop-lord-carey-resigns-after-review-into-child-abuse/


The court heard that police documents in the 1990s revealed they received telephone calls of support for the disgraced bishop from dozens of people, including MPs, former public school headmasters, magistrates and a judge. In addition, his defence team claimed to have more than ‘two thousand letters of support… including letters from cabinet ministers and Royal Family,’ said prosecutor Bobbie Cheema-Grubb QC at the Old Bailey.

Keith Porteous Wood, National Secular Society executive director, commented: “Such volumes could not have been achieved without an huge orchestrated campaign. Copies of the letters should be examined, as complete a list as possible of writers and callers obtained, particularly for those of high profile as their support would have been especially influential. It should be established whose idea this was, who masterminded it and who carried it out.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has recently commissioned an independent review of how the Church dealt with the allegations, but the National Secular Society has expressed concerns that the review will not have the scope required to establish the full extent of wrongdoing.

Speaking after sentence was handed down, Mr Wood said: “Much more important than Ball’s sentence is that this case has demonstrated the power the Church which has even recently bullied victims into silence and sought to curry favour with the law to let off perpetrators, or let them off lightly and impose reporting restrictions.

“Ball’s case is a disgraceful catalogue of the legal system letting him off at every juncture. Just last month, two serious charges were inexplicably ordered to ‘lay on the court file’ – presumably to be ignored at least until Ball becomes too old or unfit to stand trial, a ruse he has already tried.

“Abuse victims’ lives are often ruined by the abuse, they are much more likely to be substance abusers and vulnerable to suicidal impulses. One of Ball’s victims, Neil Todd, killed himself and another, Graham Sawyer of Briercliffe, said that he had wished at times that he were dead. He was adamant that ‘people at the highest levels of the Church are more concerned with ‘saving face’.”

Mr Wood said there were numerous examples of this evident in Ball’s case alone.

“Evidence abounds of an institutional culture of intimidation of victims, in effect compounding the abuse, robbing the victims of justice, and not just allowing the perpetrator to escape justice, but enabling them to continue the abuse.

“The extent to which the Church’s attitude has changed is as yet unclear. Several survivors were recently reported to have been told by Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham (responsible for dealing with abuse), that ‘the Church was too busy working on banking reform’ to have time for abuse responses, and his statement when Ball pleaded guilty was perfunctory, given the depth of the Church’s complicity and the extent to which that had increased the suffering of victims. Sawyer maintains that Bishop Butler ‘is out of his depth, and should step aside’.

http://www.secularism.org.uk/news/2015/10/former-anglican-bishop-peter-ball-jailed-as-victims-sue-church-of-england-over-cover-up

Moira Gibb Report on the Church of England and convicted paedophile Bishop Ball:

The report of Dame Moira Gibb into the Church of England’s handling of the abusive bishop Peter Ball makes shocking reading. It reveals a concern for appearance over reality, for the institution over the individual and, most of all, for the strong and powerful over the weak and vulnerable. From the moment the first victims came forward, the response of the church up to the highest level was one of institutional self-protection.

The complaint was not reported to the police, but only to the archbishop of Canterbury, then George Carey, who persisted long past the point of reason in hoping that his colleague was innocent. The police were not told until after the first victim to come forward, Neil Todd, had attempted suicide twice – and even then it was his parents and not the church who made the complaint. The diocese of Gloucester hired a former policeman to investigate, and if possible discredit, the witnesses.

After news of Bishop Ball’s arrest broke, Lambeth Palace received seven independent accusations about his earlier behaviour. Two were seen by Archbishop Carey, who replied to them personally. Only one of the seven, though, was passed to the police, and that the least damning. Lord Carey’s message to the diocese after Bishop Ball was arrested urged prayers for the bishop and said nothing about victims. After Bishop Ball had retired on spurious grounds of ill health and accepted a caution – though remaining in denial about his crimes – Lord Carey worked to have him rehabilitated. True, he did so with less ingenuity than Peter Ball’s identical twin Michael, himself a bishop, who has admitted allowing his twin to deputise for him at “one or two events”, even after his disgrace.

Lord Carey nevertheless gave Peter Ball £12,000 from church funds, leading to loud complaints from the brothers, who had wanted £20,000. He deliberately kept Peter Ball’s name off the Lambeth blacklist of unemployable clergy; he had the disgraced bishop to stay at Lambeth Palace twice; he attempted to find him work in South Africa (writing to Desmond Tutu for this scheme) and in prisons; he wrote to an American parish that “Peter was possibly the victim of a plot but that, of course, cannot be proved”. Lord Carey’s only objection to a full rehabilitation of Bishop Ball as a retired bishop was that it might provoke unfavourable publicity.

This was disgraceful, and the result has been a deserved disgrace. But it was part of a culture of privilege, power and make-believe that corrupted more than one bishop. Lord Carey’s successor, Rowan Williams did nothing to help Bishop Ball but very little and very slowly to hinder him either.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jun/25/the-guardian-view-on-abuse-in-church-of-england-reputation-deservedly-damaged

Richard Scorer‏ @Richard_Scorer

report on Bishop Ball a damning indictment of how the establishment in this country protect their own.

In 1993 the CPS agreed to issue Ball with a caution, rather than prosecute, after the personal intervention of then-Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey.

Alun:

In no way would I wish to influence the decision about Bishop Ball. No? But you did so pull the other one next time!

Alun:

I have only 2 explanations for this: 1) Carey condones abuse, or 2) he was protecting a friend of Bishop Ball.

Dr Andrew Watt @DrAndrewWatt

It’s important to know if Prince of Wales helped Ball. cf

Dame Alun Roberts @ciabaudo

for Ball was an honorable man. They are all honourable men. Including yourself Mr Carey!



Bishop Ball was given special treatment because he was mates with Prince Charles!


  Dame Alun Roberts @ciabaudo

Northleach = Ball = Harding = Jennings (lifelong Ball friend) = BigEars Coincidence?

Rt Rev David Jennings

With a little help from his friend: Ball promised to go abroad but went to stay on Charles’ estate.

 

 

http://www.macsas.org.uk/P%20Johnson%20Statement%208-9-15.pdf


previously…

Goddard inquiry: Outrage as bishop Peter Ball jailed for sex offences given public funding for legal team

A lawyer close to the inquiry said: “I was really surprised Ball was given funding. The issue is about how he was allowed to get away with it by the Church not about his offending. He has already been investigated and pleaded guilty.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/30/goddard-inquiry-outrage-as-bishop-jailed-for-sex-offences-given/

Chris Stacey @chrisstacey1

He’s one of the gatekeepers I’ve seen campaigning in Lords to clear name of another Bishop Bell from 1950s. Children don’t feature at all

We cannot allow the Bishop Ball story to be put to bed! Ball’s links to paedophiles and royalty with links to paedos warrants scrutiny!

terryfletcher‏ @terry45336188
If he declined to pass on evidence to the police, doesn’t that make him culpable?

This video highlights ‘Lord’ Carey’s role in preventing the earlier prosecution of Prince Charles’ mate Bishop Ball

Not passing on information re. Bishop Ball was a criminal act on the part of ‘Lord’ Carey. What are the consequences?
How did ‘Lord’ Carey, a man who actively protected an evil paedophile bishop, make it to the top of CoE? Or have I answered my own question?

 
 
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Bishop Peter Ball, convicted, to Enoch Powell, fascist and alleged satanist and child abuser:

Peter Ball sending the love of God to Enoch and Pam! What a mistake!

Further evidence of close relationship between godly convict Bishop Ball and ‘Rivers of Blood’ Enoch:

Oh, just remind me again who were Enoch’s two aides and buddies! Ah, yes. Proctor and Denby!

Denby – Powell aide on the run

It is thought the armed hold up incident in Down St not far from MI5 offices, may have been linked to Ulster Loyalist terrorist organisations. The following day, Denby phoned an old friend – far right Tory MP Harvey Proctor – and told him he was going abroad.

Denby is said to have visited Ulster several times.

A specialist on shipping law, Denby visited both Iran and Iraq,

He is also alleged to have twice broken into the home of a former senior partner to search for private papers and to have falsified information to a building society so he could extend the mortgage on his Islington home.

Interesting that Barbara Hewson says satanic sexual abuse doesn’t exist while her cousin worked for Enoch Powell who is accused of just that

Why does the Gin Goblin so categorically deny the existence of satanic child abuse like this in Proctor’s home county?

Satanism in Sussex
LazerLight ‏ @Lazer_Light23
‘Four months earlier, in the weeks before Christmas, someone had visited churches in Lewes and smashed the model nativity scenes, tearing the heads off the plaster figures.’
Interesting that Enoch Powell corresponded both with Ball and Montagu who were both let off the hook by Skelhorn.
Can you see what it is yet?
Rev Peter Ball was one of many to correspond with Enoch. Others included Atkinson friend Tonypandy, another alleged abuser.

MI5 knew of cover-up over Cyril Smith child abuse, inquiry hears

9 Oct 2017

MI5 knew the country’s chief prosecutor had covered up a sex abuse inquiry into Cyril Smith but did nothing because it was not its job to expose paedophiles, an inquiry has heard.

Files released by the intelligence agency show it was aware that the Director of Public prosecutions (DPP) had lied to a newspaper over its decision not to prosecute Smith. But it decided not to make the information public because its duty was to ‘defend the realm’ rather than to expose a  prominent politicians accused of being a paedophile.

The disclosure came during the first day of hearings into how Smith, the former Liberal MP, was able to abuse boys at Cambridge House hostel and Knowl View residential school in Rochdale. Smith died in 2010, having never faced prosecution.

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) last night released an MI5 briefing note which showed how Sir Thomas Hetherington, the then DPP, had lied to a local newspaper about the existence of a 1970 police inquiry into allegations of gross indecency made against Smith.

Had the DPP admitted Smith had been under investigation, it would have led to a new inquiry and Smith being put on trial in his lifetime.

Hetherington had called a legal adviser in the intelligence agency to inform him of the press interest from David Bartlett, a journalist with  the Rochdale Alternative Press. The briefing note states: “After consultations, the DPP’s press representative had untruthfully told Bartlett that they had no record of this case. In fact their file closely accorded with the details given by Bartlett.”

The MI5 file from 1979

The memo, from the MI5 legal adviser and written in April 1979, goes on to suggest that the South African intelligence agency had been “trying to obtain compromising information about political figures” and that Smith was one of them.

The police investigation into Smith had been closed nine years earlier in 1970 by Hetherington’s predecessor Sir Norman Skelhorn who decided it was unlikely to lead to a prosecution.

Skelhorn’s decision was made despite a senior detective warning that the “sordid” accusations against Smith “stood up”.

Brian Altman QC, IICSA’s lead counsel, told the inquiry: “The documents show that the Security Service’s legal adviser was informed of the false representations to the press from the DPP’s office.

“Based upon their review of the information they hold, the Security Service considers they took active steps to ensure that those involved in investigating allegations of child sexual abuse against Smith were made aware of all information of relevance to their inquiries.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/09/mi5-knew-cover-up-cyril-smith-child-abuse-inquiry-hears/?WT.mc_id=tmg_share_tw

ww

wording here starts off exactly like the torygraph article – so ‘official brief via No 10?’

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/oct/09/mi5-knew-prosecutors-lied-press-about-cyril-smith-inquiry-told-rochdale?CMP=share_btn_tw

Don Hale report vindicated?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3004934/Ex-chief-constable-says-Cyril-Smith-cover-went-right-top.html

 

Skelthorn

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/may/15/tory-mp-victor-montagu-escaped-child-sex-abuse-trial-in-1970s

 

 

Thatcher knowingly knighted child abuser

https://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/thatcher-knowingly-knighted-child-abuser/3233018/

Was the Cabinet Ministers ever named who supported former bishop Peter Ball ?

 

Tory MP Tim Rathbone

Alun:

Rathbone was not only David Cameron’s godfather; he was also a relative. David Cameron is related to Queenie. Is that the secret to the support to Ball?

Establishment figures who helped disgraced bishop avoid prosecution for sex abuse revealed

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/12076285/Establishment-figures-who-helped-disgraced-bishop-avoid-prosecution-for-sex-abuse-revealed.html

Bishop of Chichester Eric Kemp labelling Ball’s accusers as ‘mischief makers’

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

 
 Lord Chief Justice Anthony Lloyd helped Bishop Ball with character ref 

 

Alongside Bishop Ball, Harvey Proctor and Bea Carthew, Enoch Powell also corresponded with Nicholas Soames, Proctor’s most ardent defender.

Prince Charles denies trying to help sex crimes bishop escape jail

Unnamed member of the Royal Family sent a letter of support for Peter Ball as prosecutors considered putting him on trial

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/prince-charles-denies-using-influence-to-protect-bishop-from-sex-crimes-prosecution-a6685366.html

David Cameron’s late godfather then Tory MP of Lewes, Tim Rathbone, who gave Mr Cameron his first work experience in the House of Commons.

Mr Rathbone, wrote that he found it “literally inconceivable” that Ball would ever become involved with anyone in the way described.

https://goodnessandharmony.wordpress.com/2016/01/02/establishment-figures-who-helped-paedophile-bishop-peter-ball-avoid-prosecution-for-sex-abuse-revealed/

Harvey Proctor being pronounced a saint by his buddies reminds me of the way Don’t-Carey took Ball under his wings.

Alun:

Interesting how Ball associated with Apartheid supporters but was in turn aided by Rathbone, an opponent of Apartheid.

https://i2.wp.com/www.kingsmeadschool.co.uk/rathboneobituary1.jpg

Former Lord Justice Anthony Lloyd and David Cameron’s late godfather Tory MP Tim Rathbone among figures who wrote in support of former Bishop of Gloucester, Peter Ball, one said he was a “saint”

 Interesting how Ball associated with Apartheid supporters but was in turn aided by Rathbone, an opponent of Apartheid.

Bishop of Chichester Eric Kemp labelling Ball’s accusers as ‘mischief makers’

Dame Alun Roberts‏ @ciabaudo

Northleach = Ball = Harding = Jennings (lifelong Ball friend) = Prince Charles Coincidence?

Image result for bishop ball and prince charles

22 June 2017

Church of England colluded with bishop who abused boys, says Welby

Report about bishop Peter Ball, finding collusion over 20 years, is ‘harrowing reading’

Collusion: Secret or illegal cooperation or conspiracy

Senior figures in the Church of England colluded for a period of 20 years with a disgraced former bishop who sexually abused boys and men, a damning independent report has found.

The archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said the report on the church’s handling of former bishop Peter Ball made “harrowing reading”.

“The church colluded and concealed rather than seeking to help those who were brave enough to come forward. This is inexcusable and shocking behaviour,” he said.

“To the survivors who were brave enough to share their story and bring Peter Ball to justice, I once again offer an unreserved apology. There are no excuses whatsoever for what took place and the systemic abuse of trust perpetrated by Peter Ball over decades.”

Two former archbishops of Canterbury, George Carey and Rowan Williams, apologised to the victims of Peter Ball after being criticised for their failures in relation to him.

Ball, the former bishop of both Gloucester and Lewes, was jailed in October 2015 for the grooming, sexual exploitation and abuse of 18 vulnerable young men aged 17-25 who had sought spiritual guidance from him between 1977 and 1992. He was released from prison in February after serving 16 months.

His trial heard that after Ball was first accused in 1993, a string of senior establishment figures – including Carey, an unidentified member of the royal family, cabinet ministers and a high court judge – came forward in his support, writing letters to the police and Crown Prosecution Service.

Ball was cautioned by police. He resigned his post as bishop and retired to a rented cottage on the Prince of Wales’s Duchy of Cornwall estate but continued to officiate in 17 public schools until 2007. A fresh investigation was opened in 2012 which led to his conviction.

One of Ball’s victims, Neil Todd – the first to come forward with allegations of abuse – attempted suicide three times before killing himself in 2012.

Welby ordered an independent review of the church’s handling of the case, chaired by Dame Moira Gibb, former chief executive of Camden council.

The report said Ball’s case was dealt with at the highest levels within the church. He “was seen by the church as the man in trouble who the church needed to help”.

Ball was portrayed as a victim, and the review found “little evidence of compassion for Neil Todd even though from the outset it was clear that he was a vulnerable young man who had come to harm”.

It added: “The church appears to have been most interested in protecting itself.”

In the foreword to her report, An Abuse of Faith, published on Thursday, Gibb said the serious sexual wrongdoing of Ball “is shocking in itself but is compounded by the failure of the church to respond appropriately to his misconduct, again over a period of many years”.

“Ball’s priority was to protect and promote himself and he maligned the abused. The church colluded. The church colluded with that rather than seeking to help those he had harmed, or assuring itself of the safety of others.”

The report added, “progress has been slow and continuing, faster improvement is still required”.

Gibb made 11 recommendations in her report, including improving support to survivors of clerical abuse and taking steps to “demonstrate the individual and collective accountability of bishops”.

Peter Hancock, the C of E’s lead safeguarding bishop, who received the report on behalf of the church, said it had failed Ball’s survivors. “Having read the report I am appalled and disturbed by its contents … As a church we colluded, we failed to act and protect those who came forward for help. There are no excuses. We accept all the recommendations and are working to action them.”

Rowan Williams: ‘It is clear I did not give adequate priority to sorting out the concerns and allegations surrounding Peter Ball.’

He added: “For the survivors, it may feel this is all too late.”

According to the report, Ball intimated “on many occasions, to Lord Carey and others, that he enjoys the status of confidant of the Prince of Wales” and “sought to exploit his contact with members of the royal family in order to bolster his position”.

 

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The Royal family with the Archbishop Rowan Williams, beside protected padophile Bishop Ball, at Windsor Castle for wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles

Goddard inquiry: Outrage as bishop Peter Ball jailed for sex offences given public funding for legal team

Bishop Ball with Prince Charles and Camilla. Ball gave the homily at the funeral of Camilla Parker Bowles’s father, Major Bruce Shand, in 2006

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Moira Gibb is made a Dame CBE by the Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace back in 2012

However, Dame Moira Gibb’s report went on, it “found no evidence that the Prince of Wales or any other member of the royal family sought to intervene at any point in order to protect or promote Ball”.

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Carey was criticised in the report, which said he “set the tone for the church’s response to Ball’s crimes and gave the steer which allowed Ball’s assertions that he was innocent to gain credence”.

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In a statement responding to the report, Carey said it made “uncomfortable reading” and he accepted its criticisms of him. “I apologise to the victims of Peter Ball. I believed Peter Ball’s protestations and gave too little credence to the vulnerable young men and boys behind those allegations.”

Carey said he regretted not putting Ball’s name on the Lambeth List – names of people whose suitability for ministry is under question – after he was cautioned.

Under the leadership of Williams, the church began reviewing past cases, a move which ultimately led to the criminal case against Ball being reopened, the report said. However, he was criticised as being “lamentably slow” in making change.

In a statement, Williams said: “Having read the report and reflected on its details, it is clear I did not give adequate priority to sorting out the concerns and allegations surrounding Peter Ball at the earliest opportunity. I recognise such a delay is likely to have increased the pressure and distress experienced by the survivors of his abuse and I am sincerely sorry for this.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/22/church-of-england-colluded-with-bishop-peter-ball-who-abused-boys-says-justin-welby?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

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He’s one of the gatekeepers I’ve seen campaigning in Lords to clear name of another Bishop Bell from 1950s. Children don’t feature at all

 

 

Sex abuse bishop Peter Ball released from prison

  • 4 February 2017

Peter Ball, 84, was jailed for 32 months in October 2015 after admitting a string of historical sex offences against 18 teenagers and young men.

The former bishop of Lewes and Gloucester was released from jail on Friday after serving 16 months.

Phil Johnson said he had served “less than a month for each of the victims”.

Richard Scorer, a lawyer representing a number of Ball’s victims, said his early release was “an affront to justice” and “a huge blow to his victims”.

“This was a man whose appalling crimes represented a gross and systematic abuse of trust spanning decades,” he said.

He said the sentence handed down to him was “in no way proportionate to the crimes committed”, and it seemed he had been freed “at the earliest opportunity”.

In February 2016, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Most Rev Justin Welby, commissioned an independent review of the Ball case.

Mr Johnson said its publication was not likely “for several more months”.

“I think it’s utterly ridiculous that it’s taken longer to write a report on what happened than it has for Peter Ball to serve his jail sentence,” he said.

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 Article from the Sunday Times Magazine 29/1/17, just a few days before the former Bishop Peter Ball was released from prison.

Powerful figures intervened when Ball was investigated for abusing novice monks.

Neil Todd, a trainee monk reported the bishop for sexual abuse in 1992. He committed suicide 20 years later aged 38.

Ball was jailed for 32 months in 2015. There was reportedly considerable and unseemly negotiation between the defence and the CPS

Letters in Support of Bishop Peter Ball Make Extraordinary Reading. Also recording featuring Baroness Butler Sloss

Prince Charles’ bishop ‘friend’ is freed from prison early – despite committing horrific sex offences against 18 teenagers and young men

A predatory bishop who had links to Prince Charles has been freed from prison halfway through his sentence for sex offences.

Peter Ball, described as a ‘monster’ by his victims, served only 16 months for grooming and molesting aspiring novice monks. One victim committed suicide while others have suffered long-lasting trauma.

Survivors condemned the early release of the 84-year-old former Bishop of Lewes and Gloucester.

He was jailed for 32 months in 2015 for offences against 18 teenagers and young men between 1977 and 1992, but was allowed out on licence at the halfway point of his sentence.

Richard Scorer, an abuse lawyer at Slater and Gordon who represented some of Ball’s victims, said his early release after ‘a gross and systematic abuse of trust spanning decades’ was ‘an affront to justice’.

Ball was first investigated in 1992 but escaped with a caution. It emerged later that an unnamed royal was among Establishment figures who had written in support of Ball at the time.

After his caution, Ball was provided with a Duchy of Cornwall home by Prince Charles. Ball counted Charles as a ‘loyal friend’


Mr Scorer added: “What is equally frustrating is that despite his conviction we still have not got to the bottom of which establishment figures – including MPs, cabinet ministers and members of the Royal Family – came out in support of him in the 1990s and prevented justice being served then.

“This is a disgrace and those who suffered at Ball’s hands deserve answers.”

One of Ball’s victims said: “Ball’s crimes led to one of his victims committing suicide so how can 16 months in jail be justice?

“There are still many questions that need answers about who helped him cover up his crimes and what happened.

“What is crucially important is that the inquiry into child abuse answers these questions before it is too late.”
The CoE said Ball has been prohibited from ministry for life.

However the National Probation Service has had to draw up “bespoke” licence conditions with the Church so he can continue to exercise his right to worship.

It is understood that the bespoke licence conditions in place are very strict, and include Ball being forbidden from doing or wearing anything that would give him clerical status, or from leading a service.

A Ministry of Justice spokesman said sex offenders are “robustly risk assessed and subject to a strict set of conditions”.

“If they fail to comply, they can be recalled to prison,” the spokesman said.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Most Rev Justin Welby, has commissioned an independent review – led by Dame Moira Gibb according to reports – into how the Church dealt with the allegations against Ball.

Last year the Telegraph revealed the Church of England was investigating evidence that Ball took services in the place of his identical twin brother in the 1990s, who was then the Bishop of Truro.

It emerged that he may have taken services in Cornwall, where his brother Michael was a former Bishop of Truro.

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

Jan 27 2017

  • Prince Charles is believed to have written to paedophile bishop Peter Ball 
  • Ball was jailed two years ago for using his position to groom 18 young men 
  • The former Bishop of Gloucester exchanged letters with Prince Charles 
  • Clarence House stressed the letters are not connected with Ball’s case 

Victims of a paedophile bishop last night called for dozens of letters he received from Prince Charles to be made public.

Extensive correspondence is understood to exist between the future king and Peter Ball, the ‘calculating’ former Bishop of Gloucester, who was jailed after admitting exploiting his position to groom and abuse 18 young men.

The prince’s letters now have been handed to an independent inquiry into the case, launched after Ball was convicted two years ago.

It is not clear what role, if any, they will play in the inquiry which is examining the Church’s handling of the Ball case, but Charles has not given any evidence to it either formally or informally nor has he or his team been asked to.

The content of the letters is unknown, but in a statement yesterday, Clarence House said they believed there was nothing in them which pertained to the case.

A spokesman for the prince said: ‘We do not believe that the letters have any bearing on the issues before the inquiry, but we have not objected to them being shared for their consideration.’

Royal sources insist it would be perfectly normal for the future king to write to the priest, who in 1992 became Bishop of Gloucester, the diocese in which Charles’ country home, Highgrove, sits.

One said that the existence of letters between the two simply reflected their ‘long-standing acquaintance’.

Ball was Bishop of Gloucester which covers Prince Charles’s Highgrove Estate 

It is not clear if the prince continued to write to Ball after his well-publicised earlier arrest and police caution for gross indecency against a 17-year-old boy in 1993.

Ball escaped prosecution for this offence, despite investigators knowing of ‘many’ more allegations against him, after the police received dozens of supportive letters and calls from MPs, former public headmasters, JPs and even a Lord Chief Justice.

At the time his lawyers also told the police they had a letter of support from a member of the Royal Family, but prosecutors said they had not seen this correspondence and there is no evidence that this letter even existed.

 

However, Ball clearly did continue to enjoy cordial relations with the royals as he read the homily at the funeral of the father of the Duchess of Cornwall in 2006

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Prince Charles awarding honour to Dame Moira Gibb. Moira Gibb is made a Dame CBE by the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace back in 2012

The letters from Charles are understood to have been handed to the Church of England’s independent inquiry, which is being led by former council chief executive Dame Moira Gibb.

A Church of England spokesman said: ‘We are supplying the inquiry with all information relevant to the inquiry’s purposes as set out in its Terms of Reference.’

The Government’s separate child abuse inquiry is also due to investigate whether there were ‘inappropriate attempts by people of prominence to interfere in the criminal justice processes’ after Ball was first accused of child sexual offences 24 years ago.

Phil Johnson, one of Ball’s victims and chairman of the Minister and Clergy Sexual Abuse Survivors group, last night called for the letters to be made public in the ‘spirit of openness.’

He said: ‘I think the victims have a right to know what is in them. They may of course just be innocent letters between friends. But given the grave concerns about how the case was handled, the public also have a right to know what the future head of state wrote to Ball for the avoidance of any doubt.’

After his second arrest in 2015, Ball claimed his victims had been ‘spiritually uplifted’ by his treatment of them. The court heard how he targeted young men seeking spiritual instruction on the Bishop’s ‘Give a Year for Christ’ scheme.

He changed his plea at the last minute and admitted to offences against 18 teenagers and young men between 1977 and 1992. He was sentenced to 32 months for misconduct in public office and 15 months for indecent assault, to run concurrently.

The lawyer for some of those he abused said the way establishment figures closed ranks around him had ‘compounded his victims’ anguish’.

Two years ago, 27 letters that Charles sent to ministers between September 2004 and April 2005 were published after a decade-long legal battle over their release that went to the Supreme Court

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Second member of Fiona Woolf inquiry admits controversial links with Lord Brittan

Dame Moira Gibb, who is to sit with Fiona Woolf on the Government’s child sex abuse inquiry, confirms she also has a link with Lord Brittan

Dame Moira Gibb – who was appointed to sit on the panel along with a number of other experts – has admitted a close personal friend worked with Lord Brittan during part of the period which will be closely scrutinised by the inquiry.

In a letter to Theresa May, the Home Secretary, on October 17 Dame Moira said she had no “direct interest in the matters to which the inquiry relates”.

But just five days later she was forced to write to Mrs May again.

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She wrote: “I would like to set out that Mr Gerald Malone, whom I declared as a personal friend, informed me last night that he was Parliamentary Private Secretary to Lord Brittan in 1985 when Lord Brittan was Secretary of State for Trade and Investment, and a Government whip from 1986-1987.

Gerald Malone was a Conservative MP in Baroness Thatcher’s and Sir John Major’s governments.

As a trusted worker for Lord Brittan in the 1980s it is conceivable the sex abuse inquiry may wish to take evidence from him about Lord Brittan’s tenure at Home Office.

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Other career politicians on the board of General Mediterranean or its subsidiaries are former Liberal party leader Lord  Steel, former president of the European commission Jacques Santer, former Conservative chancellor Norman Lamont and former Tory health minster Gerry Malone, who is chairman of Regent.

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People don’t like Gerry Malone much. He’s seen as arrogant, unclubbable. ‘I had few friends in politics and it remains so.’ He’s a pal of Andrew Neil’s. John Major’s, too.

He now has a non-executive role in several companies, including Regent GM Laboratories, Ultrasis and Chiltern Invodex.

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It has been a long and varied career path from engineering student to teacher, social worker and senior director. …management experience on a four-strong executive board running Kensington and Chelsea council, west London.

She joins a growing list of social services directors making it to the very top in local government, moving to the north London borough of Camden as its £140,000-a-year chief executive.

Director of social services in Kensington and Chelsea since 1990

Gibb’s long path to the top began after a two-year engineering course at Glasgow University. She decided it was not for her, moved into teaching – secondary modern in Newham, east London -but soon decided to move on.

1979 Senior caseworker Gosforth Newcastle

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“I had a friend who was a social worker and, while I did not know what they did, I was enthusiastic,” Gibb says. She returned to Scotland for a social work degree course in Edinburgh, and then spent five years in Newcastle upon Tyne, working in the city’s tough Scotswood area.

After a spell teaching social work in Preston, she moved south to Surrey, becoming an adviser in child care, then joined the west London borough of Ealing – rising to assistant social services director, before joining Kensington and Chelsea in 1988 as deputy director. She was promoted to director two years later.

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Dame Moira Gibb is a non-executive member of the UK Statistics Authority.

Dame Moira is Chair of Skills for Care and Chair of City Lit Adult Education College.

She is a non-executive director of the NHS England and chairs its Investment Committee.

She is a member of the Council of Reading University. Her career was in social services and local government, latterly as Chief Executive of Camden Council. She was a Civil Service Commissioner from 2012-15 and a Director of the London Marathon from 2005-11.

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Moira Gibb – social worker in Newcastle

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Brian Roycroft, Colin Gregg, Dawn Reed and Christopher Lillie – Newcastle City Council Nursery paedophile ring etc


Safe hands Moira Gibb also led William Vahey review

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Malone is married to a leading Scottish doctor, Anne Blyth. He made tabloid headlines in 1995 when, still a minister, he attended a live sex show.

Mr Malone, who was a health minister in John Major’s government and is now editor of the European, has issued a formal apology to the title’s features editor, Nicola Davidson, after making a drunken sexual approach to her and then hitting her around the head when he was rebuffed.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/exminister-in-trouble-after-striking-journalist-1165912.html

…He initially became chairman of Regent GM, one of Britain’s biggest suppliers of generic drugs to the NHS, before moving to his current role as chairman of Ultrasis, which specialises in computerised cognitive behavioural therapy software.

But controversy has never been far away where Malone is concerned, and last year he faced an unprecedented challenge to his role in a shareholders’ revolt. Susan Malin, a 42-year-old accountant, stood for election to the board following a row over executive pay, claiming the company was being run “like an old boys’ network”. Unlike the people of Winchester, however, the shareholders stood by him, and the former Tory minister lives to fight another day.

http://www.totalpolitics.com/history/45348/where-are-they-now-gerry-malone.thtml

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Seat of Winchester

He re-entered parliament in 1992, representing the “safe” Conservative seat of Winchester. He was appointed a Minister of State at the Department of Health in 1994, when Virginia Bottomley was the Secretary of State.

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BUPA Nursing Awards

Production of Award Ceremony in the presence of the Prime Minister (1991): The Princess Margaret (1992); Virginia Bottomley (1993); Gerry Malone (1994); Secretary of State (1995).

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Nurses jeer Minister as strike looms Threat of action by 900,000 NHS staff

May 1995

NURSES were poised to tear up their long-standing no-strike rule after Ministers yesterday refused to back down on controversial local pay deals.

Junior Health Minister Baroness Cumberlege was booed and heckled by members of the Royal College of Nursing meeting in Harrogate for their annual congress, when she claimed that local pay bargaining was here to stay.

She ended with a defiant message for the Prime Minister, Health Secretary Virginia Bottomley, and Health Minister Gerry Malone.

”We will fight for nursing and for the health services of this country, to ensure that our campaign marks a turning point for nursing, and to use the tremendous support we have received to create a better future. We will fight to win this battle and move on to win the war.”

http://www.heraldscotland.com/sport/spl/aberdeen/nurses-jeer-minister-as-strike-looms-threat-of-action-by-900-000-nhs-staff-1.680450

http://www.heraldscotland.com/sport/spl/aberdeen/gps-to-spurn-malone-s-anti-fraud-prescription-1.47849

Moira Gibb – her views on physical punishment, response to Kensington and Chelsea abuse, and child deaths in Camden under her watch

Malone was  mp for Winchester from 1992 to 1997 (during which time he served as Minister of State for Health under Virginia Bottomley from 1994)

He became editor of the European and was forced to make a public apology for hitting the paper’s features editor, Nicola Davidson, around the head when she rebuffed a drunken sexual advance.

But what of Gibb herself? She has a long history in social work and local government, was president of the Association of Directors of Social Services, received a CBE in 2002, then was knighted in 2012. In 2009, she was appointed by then Children’s Secretary Ed Balls to head the government’s Social Work Task Force in the aftermath of the death of ‘Baby P’, and more recently was appointed to head a public investigation into how paedophile teacher William Vahey was able to drug and abuse 60 children at Southbank International School in London.

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Anger over massive pensions gulf between local authority bosses and ordinary workers

24 March 2009

At least seven London local government bosses are heading for final salary pensions of more than £100,000 a year, the Evening Standard has learned.

They are the first of a new generation of high-earning council chiefs, now in their fifties, who can look forward to six-figure retirement incomes once their careers are over.

The size of the pensions has angered union leaders, who have drawn attention to the vast gap between the “fat cat” bosses at the top of the local authority earnings league and the average London council worker pension of around £4,000.

And three of those due for a windfall have been criticised for serious failings in their social services department after children died.

But councils said the pensions were justified. A spokeswoman for Camden council, where chief executive Moira Gibb is set to retire on a pension of more than £109,000, said: “All local government pension holders pay a proportion of their own wage into these pension schemes and for some people these reflect years of service.

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Chief executive of Camden
Age: not disclosed
Salary: £210,000
Estimate local government career at retirement: 40 years
Annual pension: £109,375 (£2,187,500 pot)
Lump sum: £267,750

Moira Gibb qualified as a social worker after a short teaching career. She has worked in social services departments in Newcastle, Surrey, Ealing and Kensington and Chelsea.
Since being appointed as Chief Executive of Camden, four serious case reviews have been carried out into the death or serious injury of a child as a result of abuse or neglect. One, a six-year-old girl, was murdered in 2005 by her mother’s boyfriend, despite being on the child protection register. Ms Gibb announced a restructuring of children’s services “to improve the welfare of all children”. The next year a two-month-old boy died after “horrific” abuse.

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THE woman leading the Baby P taskforce faces questions after two children died from abuse on her watch, the Evening Standard can reveal.

Children’s Secretary Ed Balls appointed Moira Gibb from Camden council to review social services across England in the wake of the Baby P scandal. But a series of failings by Ms Gibb’s social workers in two separate cases raised concerns over her suitability for the role.

An Evening Standard investigation found that four inquiries have been held into the death or serious harm of a child from suspected abuse or neglect in Camden in the last five years.

Among the victims was a six-year-old girl, Ukleigha Batten-Froggatt, who was murdered in 2005 by her mother’s boyfriend, despite being placed on Camden’s child protection register. Her mother was also killed in the attack.

Social workers failed to check the police records of his mother’s boyfriend, who was revealed as a convicted child sex attacker with a “troubled” past.

Children’s Secretary Ed Balls appointed Moira Gibb from Camden council to review social services across England

Haringey’s MP, Lynne Featherstone, questioned the appointment of Ms Gibb in light of the other cases in Camden.

“This is concerning information,” she said. “It must, unfortunately, put a question mark over Ed Balls’s choice. He should look into the background here so we are reassured over his choice to lead the taskforce.”

Ms Gibb, who has been chief executive of Camden since 2003, said she did not “seek” the role but was asked to take it on.

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Dame Moira Gibb: Non-executive Director and Chair of the Investment Committee

Image of Dame Moira Gibb - Non-executive Director and Chair of the Investment CommitteeDame Moira Gibb is Chair of Skills for Care and Chair of City Lit Adult Education College. She is a non-executive director of the UK Statistics Authority and a member of the Council of Reading University.

Her career was in social services and local government, latterly as Chief Executive of Camden Council. She was a Civil Service Commissioner from 2012-15 and a Director of the London Marathon from 2005-11.

Paedophile bishop and a cover-up by the Church lasting 23 years: Scandal deepens

Peter Ball – who was eventually jailed after admitting the abuse last year – benefited from a ‘deeply sinister cover-up’.

Secret documents claimed that he had been let off 23 years ago to ‘prevent a scandal in the press’ – despite the Church of England being told he was a serial abuser. Ball resigned as Bishop of Gloucester in 1993, but returned to work within two years.

The report was compiled at the time by a private detective working for Ball’s legal team. It warned senior figures that Ball had been ‘abusing not only his office but many young men’ and had confessed to his behaviour.

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Its existence was reported by the BBC and it was described as being for the information solely of the Bishop of Chichester, the late Eric Kemp, and the then Archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey.

The documents also indicate the private investigator frequently got to his victims before police did. They also made it clear that Ball had confessed to abusing boys.

However the documents alleged the bishop was let off with only a caution after his lawyers spoke with a ‘sympathetic’ police officer, Wayne Murdock. He returned to work within two years and moved to the Bath and Wells diocese until 2010.

Now details have emerged for the first time of a secret report by a private detective to help Ball’s defence.

According to the BBC, the documents showed that Mr Murdock had discussed with Ball’s legal team ‘the need to prevent a scandal, especially as Peter was a frequent visitor to Sandringham and is friendly with Prince Charles’.

A source, who has seen some of the secret documents, told the Daily Mail: ‘After Ball was arrested the Church hired a private detective to aide his defence.

Prosecutors have already conceded that the decision not to prosecute Ball in 1993 was ‘wrong’ as there was enough evidence to bring charges.

But it emerged that at the time of his arrest, leading Establishment figures – including two Archbishops of Canterbury, Tory MPs, a senior judge and public school headmasters – mounted an extraordinary campaign to protect hi


In 1993, Ball resigned in disgrace after receiving a police caution for committing an act of ‘gross indecency’

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“Evil bishop drove me to suicide”- this Telegraph article about his abuse  was published in Mar 1993

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Ball escaped with a police caution despite statements from other young men who claimed to have suffered at his hands and  Prince Charles provided Ball with a grace- and-favour mansion on his Duchy of Cornwall estate in Somerset.

The mother of one of Ball’s victim’s said: “This is quite unbelievable. I don’t know what Prince Charles thinks he is doing.

“The man ruined my son’s life and should have been locked away.

“Instead he now lives in luxury on one of the finest estates in the country.

“I don’t feel Ball was ever properly punished – but the fact that the prince has given sanctuary to this pervert is staggering.

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

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2006 Prince Charles and Peter Ball  at a memorial service for Camilla’s father Major Bruce Shand at St Paul’s Church in Knightsbridge, London

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Lord Carey told the BBC that he had placed Peter Ball on a list of priests banned from the ministry.

But Sussex police documents, released under an Freedom of Information (FOI) request, suggest Ball’s name was not included.

The documents also  indicate Ball associated with other sex offenders in the clergy and that he was investigated in 2008 for being part of a suspected paedophile ring.

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Peter Ball with Peter Canon Gordon Rideout, from Polegate, East Sussex, who was jailed for 10 years in May 2014. He  was found guilty of 36 separate sex offences by a jury at Lewes Crown Court.

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Gordon Rideout

Canon Gordon Rideout was the vicar of All Saints Church in Eastbourne for 25 years.

Clergyman Canon Gordon Rideout was chaplain at Moira House School, Eastbourne, until 2003, and chairman of governors at Bishop Bell C of E School in Eastbourne until November 2011.

Clergyman Canon Gordon Rideout was a serial sex offender who preyed on young children across the south of England.

In 2013, Rideout, 74, was jailed for 10 years at Lewes Crown Court after being convicted of two attempted rapes and 34 indecent assaults on 16 boys and girls

In the 1970s Canon Gordon Rideout was taken to a military court on child sex-abuse charges.

At that time Rideout was chaplain on a military base.

GORDON RIDEOUT; PEDOPHILE RING

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Gordon Trevor Rideout back in court Dec 21 2016

Maybe he’s applying for compassionate relief again?

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Peter Ball was in regular contact with Vicar Roy Cotton, a convicted paedophile priest.  Cotton took children to visit Ball.

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2011 Baroness Butler-Sloss was appointed by the Diocese of Chichester to carry out the review which looked into the behaviour of Cotton and another paedophile priest, Colin Pritchard.

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Bishop turned ‘blind eye’ to Bexhill vicar’s abuse, inquiry hears

06 March 2018

A damning image of ‘wilful blindness’ in historic cases of sexual abuse of children who were ‘terrified and silenced’ by clergy in Sussex has been set out at a public inquiry. Fiona Scolding QC, lead counsel to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), said yesterday that abuse that left an ‘indelible scar’ on children was often ignored or forgiven.

In one segment, Miss Scolding described abuse by a Reverend Colin Pritchard, former vicar of St Barnabas’ Church in Bexhill and a church in Sedlescombe. She said: “There have been suggestions about the culture of abuse operated by Reverend Pritchard and that Bishop Peter Ball turned a blind eye to that abuse.” Pritchard was arrested in 1997 on suspicion of sexual offences, and again in 2007. Miss Scolding said: “There were no restrictions upon his ability to attend church or be involved in ministry with children from his arrest until July 2007.

Reverend Pritchard, who was vicar of St Barnabas in Bexhill, pleaded guilty in 2008 to seven counts of sexual assault on two boys and was jailed for five years. Pritchard – now known as Ifor Whittaker – was convicted last month of sex offences against a boy and jailed for 16 years. The crimes were when he worked in Sedlescombe, police said. Speaking on behalf of the Diocese of Chichester and Archbishops’ Council for the Church of England, Nigel Giffin QC said the Church’s response to abuse in the last few decades was ‘not nearly good enough’. The IICSA inquiry will look into how far institutions failed to protect children from sexual abuse within the Anglican Church. It focuses on abuse within the Diocese of Chichester, which covers all of Sussex, as a case study. Miss Scolding said: “As a society we have over the past 10 years had to examine some uncomfortable truths about our wilful blindness to such abuse.” Richard Scorer, speaking on behalf of many of the victims, said: “The Church of England claims to offer moral guidance to the country yet clerical sexual abuse cases powerfully undermine the claim. This leads to the cover-up of abuse. “The question is whether the Church can be trusted to put its own house in order.” In a statement, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said: “The failures that we have seen are deeply shaming and I personally find them a cause of horror and sadness. “That children have been abused within the communities of the church is indeed shameful.” The inquiry continues.

https://www.bexhillobserver.net/news/crime/bishop-turned-blind-eye-to-bexhill-vicar-s-abuse-inquiry-hears-1-8404108

Baroness Butler-Sloss Report

 

Former Sussex priest jailed for sex abuse against boy

Feb 22 2018

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Ifor Whittaker was previously known as Colin Pritchard

A “disgusting and despicable” ex-Anglican priest has been jailed for sexually abusing a boy and conspiring with another priest to abuse the child.

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Ifor Whittaker, formerly Colin Pritchard, was convicted of abusing the boy, aged between 10 and 16 when the abuse happened in the 1980s and 1990s.

The 73-year-old also conspired with ex-clergyman Roy Cotton, who has since died, to commit sex acts.

Whittaker, of Rectory Road, Sutton, south London, was jailed for 16 years.

He was told he will serve a minimum of 10 years in prison. He is already a registered sex offender for life after a previous conviction.

Sentencing Whittaker, Judge Paul Tain described the priest’s behaviour as “disgraceful, disgusting and despicable”,

He said: “It was an obvious and clear case of grooming, where he carefully manipulated a vulnerable child.”

Whittaker had “attempted to bamboozle, cheat and mislead the jury”, the judge said.

He said the abuser had “plied the victim with alcohol” and “emotionally blackmailed the boy by saying ‘no one would believe you over a priest'”.

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The boy had been invited by Whittaker to do gardening work at the church

Whittaker, a former rector of Sedlescombe, near Battle, was convicted of seven counts, which also included gross indecency and inciting the boy to commit gross indecency.

The offences took place between February 1987 and February 1993 in East Sussex, Hove Crown Court was told.

The jury was told Whittaker was a “predatory paedophile” and had organised and facilitated the abuse with Cotton, who worked as a priest in Brede, near Rye, in the 1990s.

He died in 2006 and was never prosecuted.

The victim, now in his 40s, told the court Cotton had been the main abuser and had “just passed me over like a toy to be borrowed by a friend”.

‘Quite forceful’

The court heard the abuse began after he was invited to do gardening work at the church by Whittaker in return for pocket money.

Whittaker and Cotton “had an agreement” and Cotton would often take the boy to and from Whittaker’s house, it was said.

There were also occasions at Cotton’s house when, after abuse had taken place, Whittaker would “suddenly immediately appear in the room as if he had been watching”, the jury heard.

Whittaker’s victim described him as “quite forceful, quite scary”.

The jury was told Whittaker had previously pleaded guilty to gross indecency and indecent assault in 2008 over offences which had take place in Wellingborough in Northamptonshire against teenage boys in the 1980s.

‘Profound regret’

In 2010 Baroness Elizabeth Butler-Sloss was appointed by the Diocese of Chichester to carry out the review into how the two priests were allowed to work at East Sussex churches following the earlier sex abuse allegations.

The diocese apologised “unreservedly” after Baroness Butler-Sloss’s report criticised both senior clergy and Sussex Police over how they dealt with historical claims of abuse by Cotton and the then Colin Pritchard.

Following Whittaker’s latest conviction, the Diocese of Chichester issued a statement saying: “We express our profound sorrow and regret to the victim in this case and our admiration for their courage and determination in coming forward.

“The abuse of children is both a travesty and a tragedy and a complete betrayal of the Christian faith.

“This case demonstrates once again why it is so important to listen to those reporting abuse.”

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-sussex-43141768

Update: 26 Apr 2017

Colin Pritchard

Colin Pritchard is accused of seven offences against a boy

A former Anglican priest has been charged with sex offences against a boy in the 1980s and 1990s.

Ifor Whittaker, 72, formerly known as Colin Pritchard, is charged with seven offences involving the boy, who was aged between 12 and 16 at the time.

He is accused of conspiring with ex-clergyman Roy Cotton, who has since died, to commit sex acts with the boy.

Mr Whittaker, of Rectory Road, Sutton, south London, is due to appear before magistrates on 24 May.

He is also accused of gross indecency and inciting the boy to commit gross indecency.

The offences are alleged to have taken place between February 1987 and February 1993 against the boy in East Sussex.

Mr Whittaker was vicar of Sedlescombe, near Battle, and it is claimed the offences took place there, Sussex Police said.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-sussex-39724639

In 2014, Butler-Sloss covered up for Peter Ball when she kept allegations about bishop Ball’s abuse out of a report.


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Rev Vickery House charged with 8 sex offences which took place between 1970 and 1986 in
East Sussex and Devon.

The police investigated allegations of sexual offences by Ball against 19 young men and boys, in East Sussex and elsewhere between the 1970s and the early 1980s.

Vincent S. aged 10 yrs, from Grafton Children’s Home, was taken to Elm Guest House and to a house in Bexhill, in East Sussex.
John Stingemore lived in Bexhill in East Sussex.
 
John Stingemore was deputy head of Grafton Close children’s home

John Stingemore at the trial of Peter Sutcliffe..linked to Savile..linked to McSweeney…

Sussex Police received a complaint about a sexual assault by Sir Jimmy Savile in Worthing in Sussex.
Nicholas Rabet ran a children’s activity centre in Sussex.
He lived at Cross-in-Hand, near Heathfield, for five years before moving to Asia, and was suspected of having had sex with up to 300 underage boys.
Adrian Johns, former resident of Bryn Alyn children’s home, died in a 1992 fire aged 32 in Brighton, East Sussex. Verdict – unlawful killing
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Peter Bick lived in Bexhill in East Sussex.

On 23 April 2012, a former altar boy, Christopher Hunnisett, 28, appeared in court accused of murdering Peter Bick, 57, as part of a campaign of hate against paedophiles.

Bick is believed to have been a friend of Prince Philip. Bick shared a love of carriage racing with Prince Philip.

Police found Peter Bick, 57, dead in his flat on January 11 201.

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Hunnisett,  alleged that he was abused by Rev Ronald Glazebrook, above.
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The Oxford-educated cleric, who was a headmaster at schools in Pakistan and Zimbabwe before returning to Britain to become the warden at an East End drop-in centre, retired to the Sussex resort almost 20 years ago.
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2005 The wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles

Lambeth Palace was warned that Peter Ball, a close friend of Prince Charles and who attended his wedding to Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005, was a serial abuser of boys and young men shortly before he resigned as Bishop of Gloucester in 1993.

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Ball resigned as Bishop of Gloucester following the caution and a short time later Prince Charles invited him to live in a lodge house owned by the Duchy of Cornwall in Aller, Somerset.

He described the Prince of Wales at the time as ‘a loyal friend’.

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Peter Ball lived at Manor Lodge in Aller, Somerset, provided by Prince Charles on the Duchy of Cornwall estate (Guide Price £375,000)

Former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey wrote to police in 1993 with letters of support for the then Bishop of Gloucester Peter Ball who was being investigated for sex offences

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1993 Rt Rev Michael Ball and twin Brother Rt Rev Peter Ball – Church House – Westminster

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Carey praying the name of Bishop Ball will be cleared.

The Guardian

London, Greater London, England

Monday, January 4, 1993 – 3

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In one of Lord Carey’s letters he told police it was “improbable”  that Peter Ball was guilty.

The Old Bailey was told a member of the Royal Family and other establishment figures backed Ball while he tried to avoid charges of sexually abusing young aspiring priests in the early 1990s.


Church failed to pass Peter Ball abuse evidence to police in 1993

11 July 2016

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Church leaders failed to give police incriminating evidence about disgraced former Bishop Peter Ball in 1993, according to Sussex police documents.

Ball, 84, was jailed last year for sex assaults on 18 teenagers and young men in the 1970s, 80s and 90s.

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He courted a niece of Sir Anthony Eden (former prime minister)

Peter Ball was governor of Radley, Wellington and Lancing

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2 March 1977

The Queen has appointed a monk as – Church of England bishop for only the third time in living memory…Father Peter Ball. The two other modern monk-bishops have been the late Rt Rev Walter Frere, Bishop of Truro, 1923-35 and the Rt Rev Trevor Huddleston, the present Bishop of Stepney

Truthseeker1 @thewakeupcall09

Bishop Peter Ball, Tom Driberg & Trevor Huddleston all went to Lancing College and are all paedophiles.

Some of Peter Ball’s “schemers” were sent to work with the Community in Uruguay

Neil Todd, the teenage aspirant monk who was sexually abused by Ball, said  bishop Ball told him that the Prince had written him personal letters. He didn’t say what was in them …Then he told me they were in his safe and added: “One day they will be very valuable.”’

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“…complained to the police, who then spent 15 weeks turning out every cupboard in Ball’s life over the past 20 years.

Whatever else the police found – and there may well have been other allegations – they evidently decided to take no further action.”

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Peter Ball and Jimmy Savile were close and visited Prince Charles at Highgrove often.

Staff at Highgrove, the Prince of Wales’s country home, had grown accustomed to these intimate exchanges when the Rt Rev Peter Ball, the now disgraced Bishop of Gloucester, came to offer solace and enlightenment to their boss.

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Prince Charles has a strange temple at Highgrove.

During his time in Lewes, Peter Ball got to know Jimmy Savile well.

Ball was bishop of Lewes between 1977 and 1992

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and Jimmy Savile was bishop Ball’s principal entree into the Waleses’ household.

 

Always wondered why the friendship between them? An odd couple.

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Mutual interests?

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“Nobody will ever know what you have done for this country Jimmy. This is to go some way in thanking you for that.”


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Lot No 524 ‘THE QUEEN FIXED IT FOR JIM’ Jim’ll Fix It badge.

 

 

This York Student Television project from 1992 makes clear reference to Jimmy Savile’s paedophile tendencies.

https://youtu.be/H35BXwksW-s

Published on Oct 31, 2012

This York Student Television project from 1992 makes clear reference to Jimmy Savile’s paedophile tendencies. The source description says it originates from 2nd February 2011 but the end credits twice state clearly 1992. It seems to attempt to shy away from literal sodomy on Savile’s part but there are clear and unambiguous sexual references including a direct allegation of paedophilia.

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Jim’ll Sodomise You was a one-off short spoof of Jim’ll Fix It. It features David Bartlett wearing a tracksuit and glitzy wig and covered in bling, doing a not-bad impression of Jimmy Saville.

The idea being that Jim in this case would not fix it, and would thereby sodomise your ambitions (rather than literally sodomise you).


Bishop Peter Ball and Jimmy Savile were close and visited Prince Charles at Highgrove often.

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Peter Ball was propelled into the royal circle by two people… One was prebendary Willie Booth, a former chaplain at Westminster School,the other was Jimmy Savile.

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Jimmy Savile committed a number of sex offences in Sussex at the time when Ball was bishop

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Royal Family, Paedophilia, Satanism & Murder

Aug 29th, 2017


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Ball appeared regularly on t.v.with his twin brother.

https://youtu.be/azCYwx0Zgqk

After his appointment to Gloucester was announced, Ball became a regular visitor to Highgrove and was held in such high regard that Charles attended his enthronement.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3265742/Jimmy-Savile-Prince-Charles-close-friendship-sex-abuse-bishop-Peter-Ball.html


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Peter Ball: a close friend of public figures, including Prince Charles and Lady Thatcher

 

Bishop Peter Ball – was a founder member of the Thatcher Foundation set up by the former prime minister.

While Bishop Suffragan of Lewes, he had come to public notice through his close friendship with Ian Gow

The Guardian Dec 16 1992

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The Margaret Thatcher Foundation was formed in 1991

 

Ball dined with Thatcher at the Savoy and Margaret Thatcher’s former Chief Whip Tim Renton MP said any criminal action against Ball was “far too great a punishment”link

Peter Ball saw a good deal of the Norfolks and Abergravennys, and

Peter ball was a friend of Lord John Wakeham and Sir Ian Gow

Former Tory MP & Paedophile Alan Clark (Deceased)

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Thatcher & Ian Gow (PPS to Thatcher) both turned a blind eye to Alan Clark affairs

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2447852/No-10-turned-blind-eye-Alan-Clark-affairs-Thatcher-aware-liaisons-minister.html

MINISTER BEDDED JUDGE’S WIFE AND DAUGHTERS (Underage) News of the World 1994

Alan Clark MP who was involved in a scandal with two 14 yr old girls –

Clark was involved in a sex scandal with a woman and her daughters — ‘the coven’

The Trouble with BBC ‘Children in Need’ Ambassador Max Clifford and Tory MP Alan Clark

In the leaked video Clifford, the legendary PR Guru to the stars and elites let slip that he had successfully hid away the sins of one Tory MP, and ‘diarist’, Alan Clark.

https://youtu.be/u8m4sSCEZlU

http://21stcenturywire.com/2012/11/13/the-problem-with-the-bbcs-children-in-need-ambassador-max-cliffords-relationship-with-tory-mp-alan-clark/


Peter Ball saw a good deal of the Abergravennys

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 – John Nevill, 5th Marquess of  Abergavenny


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 Lord Hampden, Anthony David Brand was Deputy Lord-Lieutenant for East Sussex from 1986 until 2000

Lord Hampden, Anthony David Brand and Peter Ball, were involved in the 1986 Derry Mainwaring Knight Satanist trial

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The Observer
(London, Greater London, England)
16 Mar 1986, Sun  • Page 2

“Ordo Templi Orientis”

Derry Mainwaring Knight involved with  Ordo Templi Orientis

 

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Derry Mainwaring Knight – Whitelaw, Powell and Abse:

 

Lord Longford wrote the foreward to a book Brand had written

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Anthony John Leslie Lloyd, Baron Lloyd of Berwick (left)

He held the office of Deputy Lieutenant of East Sussex in 1983.

Anthony Lloyd, who was a Lord Justice at the time, wrote a letter of support for Peter Ball and described Ball as a “saint” in one of more than 2,000 letters sent to the Crown Prosecution Service and Gloucestershire Police in his support from acquaintances.

In 1969 Lloyd was appointed Attorney-General to the Prince of Wales, serving until 1977.

1984 – made a Privy Counsellor

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Camilla’s father  Bruce Shand – was a Deputy Lieutenant of Sussex, and Vice-Lieutenant of East Sussex from 1974 until 1992.

Peter Ball preached at Bruce Shand’s funeral

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Lord Wakeham, center with Prince Philip

Lord Wakeham aka “Lord Fix-It” He tried to protect the rich and the famous from intrusions into their privacy

Director, NM Rothschild & Sons 1995

He was a director of Enron (close ties with George Bush) from 1994 until its bankruptcy in 2001.

As a non-executive director and a member of Enron’s auditing committee, paid a reported £80,000 a year, Lord Wakeham was meant to ensure that the company’s accountants were happy with the way that it was reporting to Wall Street.

http://www.apfn.org/enron/wakeham.htm

http://www.redpepper.org.uk/natarch/wakeham.html

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It was in another role, as chairman of the Press Complaints Commission from which he stepped down last week, that Lord Wakeham was able to show his prowess as a fixer, defusing the continuing battles between the tabloids and Buckingham Palace, placing a restraining hand on editors here, holding back politicians there from legislation to impose new privacy laws on the press.

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Peter Ball spent hours comforting Lord Wakeham after his wife was killed in the 1984 Brighton bombing and was a staunch friend to Jane Gow when her husband was murdered by the Ira.

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 Rt Rev Peter Ball – St Paul’s Church – Brighton  11th October 1988

The Rt Rev Peter Ball, the Bishop of Lewes, blesses a plaque in memory of those who died in the Grand Hotel bombing of 1984, at St Paul’s Church in Brighton. He is watched by Prime minister Margaret Thatcher, Sir Donald Maclean, left, and MP John Wakeham, who both lost their wives in the IRA blast.

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1st August 1990 – Mrs Jane Gow stands with her two sons James, right, Charles and The Rt Rev Peter Ball, the Bishop of Lewes, at the spot her husband, Conservative politician Ian Gow, died when his car was blown up by the IRA at their home in Hankham.

Ian Gow was PPS to Margaret Thatcher 1979-83.

He was deeply involved in the workings of Thatcher’s private office.

Gow was killed by a car bomb attack in 1990 . Irish republican paramilitaries claimed responsibility in both cases, but nobody was ever charged with causing the deaths and rumours later circulated concerning possible involvement of the CIA and intelligence community

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ian_Gow

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Mark Worrall handed 2nd Dickens dossier to Ian Gow, according to @johnmannmp. Mark Worrall was a close colleague of Phillip Pedley

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The Dickens file contained 19 names of Tory activists and was also given to central office and Ian Gow as Tory vice chairman in 1984

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Bishop Ball and Ian Gow – “we enjoyed each other enormously.”

The Guardian

London, Greater London, England

Thursday, August 9, 1990 – 6

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Ian Gow was very close to Margaret Thatcher. And Peter Morrison

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He made an offer to the black MP, Paul Boateng: “He must visit me in my home in Sussex, The Doghouse, where I shall be delighted to receive him, despite his unwise views. And I shall offer him one, perhaps more than one, White Lady.

 


Soon after  becoming prime minister, Thatcher writes to Ball …she was “deeply grateful”

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MT: MT letter to Suffragan Bishop of Lewes, Peter Ball (thanks for letter) [“Letters like yours are a great source of strength”] [released 2010]

http://www.margaretthatcher.org/document/119086

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Peter Ball’s royal friendships

They were not confined to the Prince of Wales.

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Peter Ball  was on close terms with the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret, and was invited to preach at Sandringham.

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

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

The Rev John Robson, chaplain to the Queen was a friend of pervert Bishop Ball

The Rev John Robson, chaplain of the Savoy Chapel

1992

The lasting image I retained 
from the service was that evoked by 
the chaplain in his sermon. Mr 
Robson is a friend of the Bishop of 
Gloucester, the Right Rev Peter 
BaH who has preached at the 
Savoy Chapel Bishop Ball was the 
only bishop to abstain during the 
televised debate on women priests, 
said Mr Robson: “He pulled his 
monk’s cow} over his head and sat 
in deep, profound and tortured 
prayer.” 

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Queen’s chaplain, RevJohn Robson, friend of Peter Ball was a chaplain at Christ’s Hospital School:

 

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My Inspiration –  Actor Roger Allam and his favourite teacher spill the beans about each other

02 Sept 1997 The Guardian

Rev John Robson chaplain at Christ’s Hospital School 1962-1980

 

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Christ’s Hospital School ex-sports coach jailed for sex abuse

9 Aug 2018

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A sports teacher at a private school has been sentenced to 10 years in jail for sexually abusing female students.

Ajaz Karim, 63, from Hammersmith, west London, was convicted of nine charges of indecent assault at Christ’s Hospital School in Horsham.

Hove Crown Court was told he abused six girls aged 14 to 18 between 1985 and 1993.

He was also found guilty at an earlier hearing of one count of attempted indecent assault.

He is one of a number of teaching staff at the West Sussex school who have been convicted of sexually abusing students.

Karim had claimed during the trial his relationship “with the girls and boys was one of friendship”.

Judge Christine Henson said Karim displayed a “complete disregard” and “continued arrogance” towards his victims, adding: “I’m in no doubt that you used your popularity as a teacher to groom your victims.

“They should have been safe and secure, sadly they were not.

“You have betrayed everything a teacher should stand for.”

He left the school after complaints from four pupils surfaced between 1990 and 1993.

Senior staff came under fire from victims over the way they handled the allegations.

Teachers never reported him to the police and he was initially allowed to carry on working, even with the girls in question.

‘Hugely traumatic’

Reading a victim’s statement, Oliver Dunkin, prosecuting, said the victim was “deeply disappointed” with the school’s handling of the incidents, which made it “hugely traumatic”.

“For 32 years I have lived with the deeply buried memory of events that took place with Mr Karim,” the statement read.

“Until recently I believed the impact had been minimal and I got on and lived my life.”

An NSPCC spokeswoman said Karim displayed a “shocking breach of trust”.

She added: “We hope today’s sentencing provides some sort of closure for those cruelly targeted by Karim.”

Karim was also made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-sussex-45129488


WALES: Ex-N.Wales Teacher Denies Sex Assaults; ‘Drunken Party Led to Offences against 4 Teen Boys’

Daily Post (Liverpool, England), October 24, 2008

Byline: By CARL BUTLER

A FORMER North Wales teacher has denied sexual assaults against four teen age boys after a drunken Christmas party.

Robert Charles Durrant – who is on trial in Dorset – spent four years at the Rydal Penrhos School in Colwyn Bay, before he moved to Ruthin School where he spent the next 16 years. He also taught on the Wirral.

Durrant, 60, who got married while teaching at Ruthin, is an English teacher at Milton Abbey School, Dorset, and has denied eight charges that are all alleged to have happened after a drunken Christ mas party at Milton Abbey School on December 6.

He faces six charges of sexually as saulting four teenage boys and two fur ther charges of battery that evening.

Dorchester Crown Court heard yester day Durrant targeted a ‘shy and isolated pupil’ after an alleged night-time assault in the Dorset private school.

Durrant, of Milton Abbas, Blandford, told jurors at Dorchester Crown Court he was very friendly with many of the boys he taught and he would often hug them and give them massages in a friendly way.

Earlier in the trial a schoolboy in his late teens said Durrant came into his room after midnight and touched his leg and tried to kiss him.

Another said Durrant had come into his room and kissed him on the arm and chest.

One boy said Durrant came into his room and put his hands down his trousers.

The final sexual assault was alleged by another boy in his late teens who said Durrant touched his backside twice that evening.

He denies any accusation he touched any of the boys in a sexual manner and said he has little recollection of that evening.

The jury heard after a schoolboy had burst into the room where Durrant was with another pupil, Durrant followed him angrily into his room.

He denies grabbing one boy around the neck but said he did shout at him and the boy reacted by threatening him that he would make up accusations about having his arm twisted by Durrant.

Durrant told the jury he had been drinking wine all evening and he and the other pupils were drunk.

Durrant said after sitting and talking to a schoolboy for a few hours he then hugged him and left and walked around the school stopping at different rooms.

He then admitted he drove two miles home to his house.

Prosecutor Robert Griffiths accused Durrant of targeting one of the school boys because he was a shy and isolated boy.

Mr Durrant replied he resented the accusation.

Mr Griffiths added: “I am going to suggest that over the years you may have got the odd grope off these boys but on that night you went far beyond that.”

When asked in a police interview about his sexuality Durrant said: “I am heterosexual with a hint of bisexual.”

Durrant clarified in court he had ex perimented sexually with other boys when he was at school himself.

The court heard Durrant has been a teacher since 1971 and had previously taught at the Calday Grange School in Wirral and the Christ’s Hospital School in Sussex before moving to Wales.

There he spent four years at the Rydal Penrhos School in Colwyn Bay before he moved to Ruthin School and spent the next 16 years there and got married.

Durrant then left this school, divorced his wife and moved to teach in Zimbab we and then Kuwait before taking the post at Milton Abbey School in 2003.

He now lives alone and is currently suspended from the school, the court heard.

The trial continues.

carlbutler@dailypost.co.uk

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Re: School Chaplains

Post by ms» Sun Oct 12, 2008 8:29 am

ks wrote:George Bell was certainly a very charismatic as well as a theologically sound Bishop, and his work is still recognised. He took office as Bishop of Chichester in 1929 and (I think) died in post in 1958.

I THINK he had retired when he died, but only very shortly before. Of course it was 1958, in fact the 50th anniversary of his death was last week (sorry about that mistake further up). His CH Leaving Bible was presented to him in the spring of 1958, on the day after he carried out Confirmations at CH for the last time.

As for chaplains, an interesting part was played by John Robson, who might be considered the first “modern” chaplain of CH. As assistant chaplain he introduced things like holy communion in houses. But his other contribution to CH was the mutual introduction of the school and his lifelong friend the then Dean of Westminster, Eric Abbott. This was a piece of social climbing on the school’s part which it exploited for all it was worth.

by CZ » Wed Oct 15, 2008 4:55 pm

I went to Eric Symes Abbott’s memorial service as SG. John Robson was a great guy and in my time it was the great trio of Robson, Atkinson and for a while Godfrey Hall. Porteous came in in my last year.

House Communions were great as were Confirmation lessons in Robbos house.

Does anyone remember the fantastic colorful garments the chaplains wore in the 80s and maybe beyond? It was always a treat to see what garb John Robson would be wearing on the Sunday evening service. Ian Atkinson was always dressed in a monk like white …it did look a bit like a Klu Klux Klan garb.

 

Robson followed Newsome to Wellington…

George Bell also at Christ’s Hospital School – carrying out confirmations
 

His CH Leaving Bible was presented to him in the spring of 1958, on the day after he carried out Confirmations at CH for the last time.

http://www.chforum.info/php/viewtopic.php?t=1803&start=60

Lord Carey said he was ‘appalled’ at the way it (the church) handled the accusations against Bishop George Bell

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

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

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

https://www.christiantoday.com/article/george-bell-was-fond-of-paedophile-bishop-peter-ball-and-sponsored-him-through-ordination/127773.htm

Princess Margaret would take communion at The Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy, just by the Savoy Hotel.

It was noted how she would always attend before flying off to Mustique

Mr Robson remembers her infectious laughter and wit but has no illusions as to how fearsome the Princess could be with a cutting remark. I am thankful to say I have never been on the receiving end of that aspect to her character,” he said. “Like all of us, she had a dark side – that was part of her attraction.

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/margarets-anger-at-archbishop-6330525.html

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Charles, meanwhile, must surely have been advised to keep Ball at arm’s length — just as he had been advised to distance himself from Jimmy Savile.

‘The Prince did receive letters from the public complaining about Savile,’ says a senior aide. ‘But the writers were dismissed [by him] as jealous or mad.’

Neil Todd, the teenage aspirant monk who was sexually abused by Ball, said  bishop Ball told him that the Prince had written him personal letters. He didn’t say what was in them …Then he told me they were in his safe and added: “One day they will be very valuable.”’

Todd also said: ‘We knew that Bishop Peter and the Prince were good friends. He didn’t refer to him as Prince Charles. He would always say just Charles.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3265742/Jimmy-Savile-Prince-Charles-close-friendship-sex-abuse-bishop-Peter-Ball.html

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Ball had become a spiritual advisor to the Prince, particularly in the period between Diana’s death in 1997 and his marriage to Camilla in 2005.

Ball had also become close to the Duchess Camilla Shand

She liked him …’ says an aide.

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17 June 2006 The Prince Of Wales & The Duchess Of Cornwall Attend The Funeral Of Major Bruce Shand At The Holy Trinity Church In Stourpaine, Dorset. .

Peter Ball ‘preached at the funeral of Camilla’s father’s in 2006, which indicates his standing in their household.’

Bruce Shand was a Deputy Lieutenant of Sussex, and Vice-Lieutenant of East Sussex from 1974 until 1992.

The service was conducted by the Rev Stephen Colton (Coulter). The homily was given by the Rt Rev Peter Ball.

Her father Bruce Shand was a Deputy Lieutenant of Sussex, and Vice-Lieutenant of East Sussex from 1974 until 1992 -representing the Queen on official occasions, and later a member of the Queen’s Body Guard of the Yeomen of the Guard.

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RECTOR: THE REVEREND STEPHEN COULTER STOURPAINE VICARAGE

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3265742/Jimmy-Savile-Prince-Charles-close-friendship-sex-abuse-bishop-Peter-Ball.htm

Royals Support Camilla at Her Father’s Funeral The Journal (Newcastle, England), June 17, 2006


Files obtained by the BBC indicate Lambeth Palace received six letters detailing indecency allegations shortly after an arrest in 1992.

Ball was cautioned but worked in churches and schools for 15 more years.

Richard Scorer, a lawyer at Slater and Gordon, said: “It’s an absolute scandal. It is wrong and unacceptable that the Church of England sat on the information and didn’t pass it to the police.

“There is no question Peter Ball would have been prosecuted, convicted and jailed for child abuse at that time.”

The Church of England has declined to comment.

Ball was Bishop of Lewes between 1977 and 1992 and Bishop of Gloucester from 1992 until his resignation the following year

The police files also suggest Ball covered for and helped other priests accused of sex abuse, including:

In 1978, Ball failed to take appropriate action against a priest who abused a child and went on to abuse others.
In 1985, Ball let a priest who had abused a 14-year-old boy stay in his home after his release from prison, and provided the abuser with a positive report enabling him to return to work.
In 2009, Ball tried to persuade a teenage boy to apologise to a priest who had allegedly abused him.

These files give a further insight into how the church handled Ball’s case. It seems the Diocese of Chichester did not share documents which could have jailed Ball earlier.

There is no explanation about how he was able to gain a clear Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check, so he could continue working in the church.

The documents reveal Bishop Peter Ball considered asking the home secretary to overturn his caution in the 1990s.

They also detail the “limited disciplinary action” taken by the-then Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey in relation to Ball and “his return to ministry”.

In February, it was announced Dame Moira Gibb was chairing an independent review of the Ball case to consider what information was available to the Church of England, who had it and when.

A month later, Justice Lowell Goddard’s inquiry into historical child sex abuse announced it would consider whether there was interference by the Church in the Peter Ball case.

Lord Carey’s spokesman, his son Andrew, declined to comment on the new claims but said: “Lord Carey is working with and cooperating fully with two ongoing enquiries – Dame Moira Gibb’s review and the Goddard Enquiry”.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-sussex-36767415


Bishop At Home

Former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey wrote to police in 1993 with letters of support for the then Bishop of Gloucester who was being investigated for sex offences, it can be revealed. Ex-archbishop George Carey said Peter Ball was in “torment” as a result of a police investigation, letters released by the Crown Prosecution Service show. Ball, 83, was jailed in October for a string of offences against young men. The Church of England apologised “unreservedly” to Ball’s victims. He was sentenced to 32 months for misconduct in a public office and 15 months for indecent assaults, to run concurrently.

In one of Lord Carey’s letters he told police it was “improbable” he was guilty.
He also wrote in a letter to Barbara Mills – then the director of public prosecutions – that Ball’s health was fragile and the decision to prosecute should be made “as speedily as possible”. The letters have been released by the CPS in response to a Freedom of Information (FoI) request by the BBC and others, after it emerged that personal letters had been written which were supportive of Ball. Ball was eventually told he would not be prosecuted but received a caution instead. He resigned as Bishop of Gloucester in 1993, a position that followed a previous period as Bishop of Lewes. However in October 2015, following repeated claims of a church cover-up, Mr Ball pleaded guilty to abusing 18 young men in the 70s, 80s and 90s. He was jailed for two years and ten months.

One of his victims was Neil Todd, whose attempts to take his own life triggered the police investigation 1993 which prompted hundreds of letters of support for the Bishop. In his two letters Lord Carey said he had no wish to influence the legal process. He makes no reference to the allegations of sexual abuse or Mr Todd, who finally took his own life at the end of 2012.

www.macsas.org.uk/MACSAS News.html

1/3 rd of Ecclesiastical Insurers board made up of Church of England figures…

Gilo‏ @seaofcomplicity

Year Neil Todd reported, Insurers had third of its board senior figures. Complicity hardwired into whole structure

Bishop Peter Ball Cover Up

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This video highlights ‘Lord’ Carey’s role in preventing the earlier prosecution of Prince Charles’ mate Bishop Ball

https://youtu.be/em1mIK5Psy8


https://goodnessandharmony.wordpress.com/2016/05/21/church-of-england-csa-vip-cover-ups-bishop-garth-moore-bishop-michael-fisher-and-bishop-peter-ball-etc/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3122130/How-Savile-seduced-royals-s-claimed-nearly-godfather-Harry-predatory-DJ-wormed-way-heart-Palace-life.html

http://www.thejournal.co.uk/news/north-east-news/royals-support-camilla-fathers-funeral-4567080


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Throughout the years, Prince Charles and Peter Ball would pray together in the Sanctuary – a Harry Potteresque temple built by Prince Charles deep in a glade in Highgrove’s grounds.

 

09 Sept 2007 The Tampa Tribune

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Bishop of London Richard Chartres was invited to consecrate it in 2000

There are stain glass windows dedicated to poet Ted Hughes* and and another mentor of Prince Charles – writer Sir Laurens van der Post*

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Bishop of Lewes, Ball, of Langport, Somerset, had hand-picked vulnerable victims to commit acts of “debasement” in the name of religion, such as praying naked at the altar and encouraging them to submit to beatings, a court at the Old Bailey heard.
 http://www.westbriton.co.uk/bishop-truro-s-paedophile-twin-peter-ball-worked/story-27946014-detail/story.html#B8lMhtKPGuSxjGyT.99
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Prince Charles was advised by another paedophile – one of the most prolific ones ever – Jimmy Savile

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Savile, who died in 2011, was for years a visitor to Highgrove and St James’s Palace.

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Fresh evidence of the extent to which the Prince of Wales relied on Jimmy Savile as a confidant and adviser is revealed

Prince Charles ‘trusted Jimmy Savile on everything from marriage guidance to checking speeches’

Peter Ball remained a confidant of Prince Charles right up until 2012

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/prince-charles/11385709/Prince-Charles-trusted-Jimmy-Savile-on-everything-from-marriage-guidance-to-checking-speeches-book-claims.html


 PRINCE IN SAVILE COVER-UP Daily Star Sunday 12-05-13, p6

PRINCE IN SAVILE COVER-UP Daily Star Sunday 12-05-13, p7

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Occultists slaughter sheep on Prince Charles’s estate

19th August 2006

...when night falls here on Dartmoor, that last great wilderness of southern England, some visitors clearly have a sinister purpose.

Princetown is the highest town in the eerie landscape of Dartmoor, which famous for its wild, undomesticated ponies.

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Satanists On The Prince’s Land

Daily Express (28th August, 2006)

...when night falls here on Dartmoor, that last great wilderness of southern England, some visitors clearly have a sinister purpose.

In recent weeks a series of satanic ceremonies have taken place on the vast 69,000-acre Dartmoor estate owned by the Duchy of Cornwall, the royal Trust which pays Prince Charles his £14 million annual income.

Sheep have been sadistically slaughtered; necks broken; eyes, tongues and sex organs often gouged or cut out. It is possible some were still alive as the mutilations took place.

Police have reports of a crude stone altar, possibly bloodstained, next to a wooden stake and a roughly-built den has been found near the scene of an attack.

On one occasion sheep carcasses were laid in the shape of a seven-pointed star, a symbol closely linked to the notorious Victorian occultist Aleister Crowley, once described as ‘the wickedest man in the world’.

More recently the animals have been left in lines, their heads grotesquely twisted as though looking back through nearby gates or field entrances.

Most bizarrely of all, these sacrificial rituals appear to be triggered by phases of the moon.

Duchy officials are aware of the livestock attacks but insist there is no evidence that the organisation is itself being targeted – even though Prince Charles is the future head of the Church of England.

Almost all the rituals have occurred three miles west of Princetown between Sampford Spiney, Merrivale, and the picturesque market town of Tavistock, Devon.

The area includes one of Dartmoor’s most important Bronze Age sites – the Merrivale stone circle and ritual complex – which local folklore describes as the ‘Gateway of the Dead’.

Other legends mention a sadistic witch called Vixiana who lived on Vixen Tor – one of Dartmoor’s best known granite outcrops. She is said to have conjured up dense fogs to lure travellers off the old trans-moor path between Tavistock and Princetown and into a deep bog.

http://www.westcoast-news.org/story-satanists.htm

Another favourite of the princes was The Horses, a poem about 10 greys “megalith-still” in “the hour-before-dawn dark”. The recitals took place mainly at Highgrove, the Gloucestershire home of the Prince of Wales, in the early 1990s before William and Harry entered their teens. Hughes also read to Prince Charles and the Queen Mother, to whom he was close.

Details of the private readings have been recounted by Roy Davids, former head of the books department at Sotheby’s auction house, who knew Hughes well in the last 20 years of the poet’s life.

“Ted’s relationship with the royals was much closer than anybody has so far known.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/bedtime-stories-for-little-princes-from-the-poet-laureate/story-e6frg8n6-1226010292186



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DEVIL DID IT! A BRITISH MAN NETS $313,000 – NYTimes.com

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Even more astonishing than his story was the fact that he managed to persuade a group of pious Anglican churchmen and landed gentry in East Sussex to underwrite his struggle with cash. The money was needed, he confided, both to free him from debts that bound him to the Devil and to buy various objects of Satanic regalia enabling him to gain control of the cult.

In order to allay the suspicions of Lord Whitelaw and others he also needed a Rolls-Royce with a telephone since the Satanists had his other phones tapped.

The parish priest in the village of Newick, the Rev. John Baker, organized a donors’ group to back Mr. Knight in his struggle and mobilized the support, among others, of Viscount Hampden, Viscount Brentford, the Earl of March and Mrs. Susan Sainsbury, the wife of a Conservative Member of Parliament.

Knight claimed that he financed his lifestyle from a vice-ring. He earned up to 12.000 pounds a week running a private clinic which turned prostitutes into “bona fide” virgins.

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Derry Knight told an astonishing story about his membership in a secret Satanic cult called the Sons of Lucifer and his heroic efforts to take over the leadership of the cult to free himself and 2,000 members from the coils of the Devil.

As he told it, it was an incredibly dangerous mortal struggle he was waging against the most evil forces in the universe, personified by some prominent politicians, including Viscount Whitelaw, the deputy Prime Minister, who were, he said, the secret masters of Britain’s Satanic orders.

Their efforts won the support of the Anglican Bishop of Lewes, Peter Ball, a member of a small monastic order who shuns ecclesiastical vestments and worships in a converted pigsty. 

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Dame Alun Roberts ‏ @ciabaudo

Would this by any chance explain why Baker/Ball turned to Sue Sainsbury for a donation for Mainwaring Knight? Sainsbury – Gatsby – BASW – Peter Righton …

https://books.google.com/books?id=Cn0iAQAAMAAJ&q=nick+stacey+%2B+sainsbury&dq=nick+stacey+%2B+sainsbury&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjH2YORxcTcAhWtuVkKHSDzDnEQ6AEIJzAA

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Stacey married an aristocrat, partly explaining his contacts and support:

He and his wife, Anne, came from wealthy and well-connected families

https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2017/26-may/gazette/obituaries/the-revd-nicolas-david-stacey

Nick Stacey

‘Men Who Are Attracted to 13-Year-Old Boys Make the Best Teachers’ – Director of Kent Social Services ’74-’85

It’s terribly sad when you’re sexually orientated towards children,” he said, while defending a Canadian child sex offender who was a church organist.

Stacey describes how he frightened the other Directors of Social Services because he was “a different beast.” But his tone becomes almost sinister when talking of rules he set down with his six thousand member staff about dealing with accusations of abuse. “Nobody was to go to the police about accusations against staff without my approval. And it is incredible the way times have changed. I could never begin to do that now. But children, especially children in care, are incredibly manipulative.” Nicolas Stacey should never have been director of Kent social services.

Children were physically pinned down in Kendall House, drugged with excessive doses of controversial medications, beaten regularly, mentally abused, sexually abused, and in some cases raped. Nicolas Stacey states, “I never once went to the police. This was because I never felt that we had a serious case and never in the eleven years I was there did a scandal occur. I mean no scandal that I know of, or none that got out in the public.” Louise Brodie cuts in on the recording and asks Stacey, “No scandal about your staff?” Stacey replies, “About my staff. Now what I did do, I said ‘Look, I’m afraid I’m going to ask you to resign. I am going to have you put on the register of “at risk”.’” A clear admission by Rev. Nick Stacey that he had covered up abuse whilst head of the Kent Social Services. This was Stacey’s “Frost-Nixon” moment. “I would try and get them to go to counselling, had it emerged, you know, that… rampant abuse of kids had occurred, you know.”

Nick Stacey openly admitted on tape that there were cases of abuse, but that he had not informed the police, and instead offered voluntary counselling to the abuser. No mention of the abused at all. But the shock confessions don’t stop there. Stacey went on to say, “A member of staff once hit a child very hard and we had to go to the police. But I went into the dock. I got one of the best QCs. In fact, he was a son of Canon John Collins, you would know from your South African experience. And I went to court and spoke. I said you’ve got no idea how these children wind care staff up. You know, we sit comfortably at our home, we expect care staff with small pay to look after some of the most admittedly tragically deprived. It’s not their fault that they wind people up, and they’re aggressive. Once somebody loses their cool and they do hit somebody then, you know, you say they should be locked up. And I got them off.” Stacey seemed to be very focused on his staff and never on the service users in his care. How many other cases of abuse did he cover-up?

What’s clear from listening to the seven hours of interviews, is that Nicolas Stacey was very much a part of the establishment. Rev. Stacey admitted to hiding cases of abuse while he was responsible for the safety of the children in care homes around Kent. This admission should be enough to deserve a public inquiry into Kent Social Services during his reign as well as the Kent Police force’s response to the recorded confessions.

https://criminal.media/men-who-are-attracted-to-13-year-old-boys-make-the-best-teachers-director-of-kent-social-services-74-85

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-40547724/clergyman-never-once-reported-social-services-staff

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Peter Righton was of a close associate of Nick Stacey, a man of God, who played a central role in the protection of paedophiles. As Director of Social Services, he instructed his staff not to report alleged paedophiles within Kent Social Services.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-40547383

Social worker, Tony Graham, jailed for sexual acts with under-age girls. The Rev Nick Stacey, a former director of Kent social services, said that he had appointed Graham in 1982


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alun:

On the face of it, the Gatsby Project, a distance learning project for residential child care workers, was a good thing – except that it was carried out with Peter Righton, who was an active member of PIE and was convicted of possessing child abuse images in the early 90s

LazerLight ‏ @Lazer_Light23

Bloody Hell, this is all making sense now. Social Work Today’s Margaret Jervis, who went on to become a legal adviser for the ‘False Memory Syndrome Society’. No wonder the animosity.

The role of Rev. Nicholas Stacey and his associates (incl. Claire Jervis) should be subjected to greater scrutiny.

Nick Stacey, a man of God, plays a central role in the protection of paedophiles. Later a Director of Social Services, he instructed his staff not to report alleged paedophiles within Kent Social Services.

Righton and Stacey

Stacey, formerly a vicar, was very close to Peter Righton, and was based in Maidstone, where Righton also lived for a time. They cemented their friendship via Social Work Today and were on a steering committee together, training those working with disturbed young people.

Just to show how close Righton and Stacey were, here they are on the same committee. Note also: John Rea Price of Islington


Also in this group were John Rea Price, Director of Islington for 19 years while every one of its kids’ homes was run by paedophiles. When Liz Davies blew the whistle on Islington, the coward Rea Price quickly legged it to become CEO of NCB, also based in Islington.

Nicholas Stacey and Claire Jervis: What is it about Islington?

https://scepticpeg.wordpress.com/2017/10/01/islington-the-connections-leading-to-pie/

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Claire Jervis

The role of Rev. Nicholas Stacey and his associates (incl. Claire Jervis) should be subjected to greater scrutiny.

http://www.kentonline.co.uk/gravesend/news/inmates-were-given-drugs-with-134688/

Also close to Righton and Stacey was Chris Andrews, Chair of BASW and another force within SWT alongside Margaret Claire Jervis.

When Righton was arrested in 1992, Chris Andrews, who spoke for BASW, was one of the first to jump to Righton’s defence.

Read here how Andrews rushed to the defence of paedophile Peter Righton:

Chris Andrews, of BASW, described Righton at the time of his arrest as follows: He [Righton] is a highly respected figure within the residential field, particularly working with highly disturbed children. He is very much concerned with therapeutic work in child care’ (cited in Burden and Rose, ‘Porn Squad quiz Child Care Expert’).

Complimentary tickets to PIE (Paedophile Information Exchange)  event from convicted paedo Tom O’Carroll to Chris Andrews of BASW, colleague of Hewson friend Claire Jervis.


It would appear that Nick Stacey turned first to the Sainsburys for funding:

The Sainsburys also backed the Tear Fund, a Christian relief organisation closely associated with Cliff Richard, a man accused of child abuse whose name appeared as a patron of the Elm Guest House child brothel.

All for the love of Vaz: The Sainsburys were also close to Keith Vaz, a man who rarely fails to get a mention in threads of mine. This time the link is Auchi, a man guilty of fraud whose extradition Vaz tried to prevent:

During the 1992 election Shaun Woodward (ex-husband of Camilla Sainsbury) worked as media guru for then party chairman Chris Patten

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/571139.stm

Nick Stacey – Governor of Reed’s

Cyril Smith molested boy, 11, at National Liberal Club – and introduced him to David Steel: Further embarrassment for the Lib Dems after another shocking revelation

  • 29stone paedophile MP took schoolboy from Rochdale to London
  • Introduced him to party leader David Steel, molested him later at HQ
  • Victim, now 49, claims he was ‘suicidal’ until the age of 25 after assault

A man told yesterday how he was molested as an 11-year-old by Cyril Smith in a bedroom at the National Liberal Club.

The paedophile MP took the schoolboy from his Rochdale constituency to London and introduced him to Liberal Party leader David Steel at Westminster.

Hours later, 29stone Smith sexually assaulted the boy at the club which housed the party’s headquarters.

The schoolboy’s sordid encounter with Smith took place in 1978 after his mother spotted a story in the Rochdale Observer newspaper. It said the MP had been invited to nominate a Rochdale boy from a one-parent family for a free place at public school.

She contacted Smith and was told it was Reed’s School in Cobham, Surrey, founded in 1813 as a boarding school for children who had lost one or both parents. After visiting the family, Smith took the 11-year-old by train to the capital.

Smith’s victim, who is now 47 and doesn’t want to be identified, said: ‘He sat next to me on the train. I remember he ate a massive breakfast of fried eggs and bacon.’

The MP first took the schoolboy to the Houses of Parliament where he met Mr – now Lord – Steel.

The victim recalls little of the meeting save for a brief introduction but said: ‘I remember telling all my friends at the time that I had met the leader of the Liberal Party – it was something to brag about.’

In the afternoon he travelled to Surrey to tour the school whose former pupils include Tim Henman and where current boarding fees range from £22,000 to £27,000 a year.

On returning to London he and Smith arrived at the National Liberal Club near Parliament. The Liberal Party HQ was based in offices in the building and it also provided accommodation for members.

Smith was ‘disappointed’ when told the boy had decided not to take up the Reed’s School offer. The victim finally told his mother what had happened some ten years later. ‘She was mortified,’ he said. His mother added: ‘I was terribly anguished and have been since. But Smith was extraordinarily plausible.’

Her son said: ‘If my small story can encourage other people to get in touch and flesh out the real truth here and prompt a public inquiry, then so be it.’

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2642181/Cyril-Smith-molested-boy-11-National-Liberal-Club-introduced-David-Steel-Further-embarrassment-Lib-Dems-shocking-revelation.html

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Reed’s School patron is Queen Elizabeth

Chairman of Governors and Life President is Viscount Bridgeman – Nicolas Stacey’s wife is Anne Bridgeman –