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Leeds General Infirmary – Jimmy Savile and friends

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Three doctors ‘collaborated in the abuse’ by Savile with one ‘helping select child patients to rape’

  • One allegedly ‘collaborated’ with star at Leeds General Infirmary
  • Two others worked alongside former DJ at Stoke Mandeville hospital

One doctor allegedly ‘collaborated’ with the BBC star in selecting child patients to rape at Leeds General Infirmary.

At Leeds General Infirmary, two former women patients have come forward to name a doctor. He is accused of ‘brutal rape’.

The name of a doctor who allegedly collaborated with the star in child abuse at Leeds general has been reported to Scotland Yard detectives.

Jimmy Savile pushing someone in wheelchair in 1968. Stock Photo
Leeds General Infirmary, 1968.

Sir Jimmy Savile:
1965: Records show abuse started at the BBC, at Leeds general infirmary, where Savile was a long-term volunteer porter, and at Stoke Mandeville hospital, where he also volunteered.

Mavis Price (below) was a long-standing friend of Sir Jimmy’s over four decades and became involved with his charitable work when Sir Jimmy came to work as a voluntary porter at Leeds General Infirmary in the 70s.



Savile’s favourite restaurant – Flying Pizza Restaurant


Jimmy Savile ‘Wore Huge Rings Made From Glass Eyes Of Dead Bodies’ He Claimed

The Flying Pizza.


The photograph of the old man with the wild eyes and wispy grey hair (Savile) has long been removed from the walls of the Flying Pizza in Roundhay, Leeds. But during a busy lunchtime this week at the bar of what was his favourite restaurant, the ghost of Jimmy Savile lingers.

Apocalypse Now Then – Jimmy Savile at the Flying Pizza restaurant

The Flying Pizza and his nearby penthouse apartment overlooking Roundhay Park were, until his death two years ago, the centre of Savile’s Leeds empire.

Savile at the Flying Pizza restaurant in Leeds in 2001.
Abuse on camera

Disturbing footage shows Jimmy Savile groping teenage girl while being filmed by Louis Theroux while at a restaurant

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Jimmy Savile can be seen sexually assaulting a young girl in front of her mother in a video.

The incident took place in Flying Pizza restaurant and Savile apparently knows the girl’s mother who was also present when Savile assaulted her.


He would swan in at least once every few weeks, boasting to regulars of his celebrity status. It was like he had the “keys to the city”, one recalls. What seemed at the time like mere celebrity bragging is now known to be much, much worse.

The influence Savile claimed to wield over the police is shocking, but was no secret at the Flying Pizza, where the TV presenter would talk of his “hotline” to officers. “He used to come in here on his own and talk about the Friday meetings,” says Francis, a 63-year-old retired doorman who knew Savile well from the late Sixties onwards.

Speaking for the first time, he says: “He used to take great delight in telling people that if he had any problems, his friends at Millgarth [the former city centre West Yorkshire Police headquarters] would sort it out. He would say: ‘If I think I’ve got a problem, all I’ve got to do is make a phone call.’ ”

2008: Sir Jimmy Savile takes part in the Vision Uk 5k run with help of guide Mavis Price.

Priests House Restaurant at Barden Wharfedale Yorkshire Dales England Stock Photo

Priests House Restaurant at Barden Wharfedale Yorkshire Dales England


Priests House Restaurant

Mavis Price and Savile go way back – she became involved with his charitable work when Sir Jimmy came to work as a voluntary porter at Leeds General Infirmary in the 70s.

Jimmy Savile at Leeds General Infirmary Stock Photo

Savile –  New Year’s Day at Leeds General Infirmary 1st January 1972

Leeds General Infirmary - Edward Heath and Jimmy Savile - Leeds Stock Photo

Leeds General Infirmary – Edward Heath and Jimmy Savile  8th December 1972

Private patients meals to be cut in freeze protest

09 Dec 1972 The Guardian

Mr Heath barracked by 50 ancillary workers during a visit to Leeds General Infirmary yesterday.

Among the demonstrators was disc jockey Jimmy Savile. who works as a voluntary porter at the hospital. Dressed as a doctor, he stepped forward and offered his assistance as Mr Heath’s personal physician.

Mr Heath, in Yorkshire for a dinner at York Racehorse last night. spent three-quarters of an hour visiting wards and speaking to patients and hospital staff. Earlier, at the women’s hospital near by, he set the marker stone for the new Leeds General Infirmary.


Leeds General Infirmary, the old ceremonial visitors’ book, which was in use from 1921 until 1984…

The first signature dates from January 1921, when eminent LGI surgeon sir Berkeley Moynihan provided the first entry, and the very last signature is that of Katherine, HRH The Duchess of Kent, on the occasion of the official opening of the Clarendon Wing on 10 May 1984.

Royal and political visits are among the common themes over the years.

Most of the entries are very simple but two of the more elaborate pages mark the visit of HRH Prince Philip on 3 November 1961 to open the Martin Wing, and the visit by the then Prime Minister, Edward Heath, to set in place the marker stone for what would become the Clarendon Wing, on 8 December 1972.

Among the other entries it is interesting that in June 1932 a five-strong German delegation visited the Infirmary for two days in a visit that seems to have been connected with the Red Cross. This was a turbulent time in German history, less than a year before Adolf Hitler became Chancellor.

Other visitors over the years included Countess Edwina Mountbatten of Burma (1955); actress and singer Dame Anna Neagle (1959), William Temple, Archbishop of York (1932) and Nobel prize winner Henry H Dale (1961).

Savile had a closer relationship with the Board of Governors in the 1970s than might be expected for an ‘ordinary’ volunteer, or a sporadic, or even regular, celebrity visitor.
In addition to the strongly positive citation for his OBE in 1971, a condolence letter sent to Savile when his mother died in 1972 indicated that he was highly regarded by the Board as a force for good in terms of the public image of the hospital.“
We were extremely sorry to hear about the passing of your mother and on behalf of the Board of Governors I should like to convey to you and your family our deepest sympathy. Please do not bother to answer this letter. I wanted you to know that your many friends at LGI were thinking of you at this time.”
Source: letter from Arnold Tunstall to JS, 16 October 1972


Similarly, Savile enjoyed a close relationship with Joe Tyrer (now deceased), the porter he was originally assigned to work with in the 1960s.
Tyrer accompanied Savile and his mother when he went to Buckingham Palace to collect his OBE in 1972.

Leeds /Heart Appeal, Savile/Cliff Richard/Jill Dando, Duke of Devonshire/Sir Rodney Walker

The charity began life as the Friends of Killingbeck Hospital in 1990, with Mr Bloom starting fundraising after undergoing a heart bypass operation at the Leeds hospital. The Hospital Heartbeat Appeal was officially launched in 1994 when the late Duke of Devonshire agreed to become president and patron.


The Heartbeat Appeal has broken through the 1.5m barrier as it marks a 10 years of successful fundraising. And YEP readers have played a big part in the charity’s success story. They helped to raise more than 150,000 to provide an ultrasound heart scanner for the Yorkshire Heart Centre at Leeds General Infirmary back in 2000.
Alec Bloom, founder and chairman of the Heartbeat Appeal

The Heartbeat Appeal has benefited from the backing of many celebrities over the years, including Sir Jimmy Savile, Richard Whiteley, Sir Cliff Richard and the late Jill Dando, who served as patron of the appeal.


1989 The Heartbeat Appeal  founder Alec Bloom asked the then Duke of Devonshire (Savile and Prince Charles good friends with the Devonshires) to be its president.

He invited Barbara Taylor Bradford and Sir Jack Charlton to be Heartbeat’s first patrons.

Fundraising events in the grounds of Chatsworth…royal premiere at London’s Albery Theatre, in the presence of Princess Margaret, was hosted by thr late broadcaster and heartbeat patron Jill Dando, with a personal appearance by Sir Cliff Richard…the Brian Close Classic golf event – Close a staunch ally of heartbeat…

Alec Bloom’s  MBE was folluwed by a prestigious health-care award, the Badge of the Order of Mercy, made by the League of Mercy Foundation…An annual award was set up as Alec, together with cardiologist Dr Gordon Williams began the scheme…Linda Pollard, Chair of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS trust…


The League of Mercy was originally founded in 1899 to encourage and recognise voluntary work in hospitals and the community, but gradually wound down after the launch of the NHS in 1948. It was refounded as a registered charity in 1999 and now continues the work of the original founder – the then Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII.


Fundraising events have been backed by the likes of Cliff Richard and Rory Bremner and newsreader Jill Dando was a patron until her tragic death. Supporters also include the Countess of Halifax, who is the charity’s president, former Leeds United football hero Jack Charlton and author Barbara Taylor Bradford.

Two leading figures from the charity have paid tribute to Alec’s work. Vice-president Lord St Oswald, of Nostell Priory,

Top businessman and fellow vice-president Sir Rodney Walker said: “Alec has been the driving force behind the charity and, under his stewardship, Heartbeat has made a significant contribution to the diagnosis, treatment and continuing care of heart patients for more than a decade.”

Alec’s retirement coincides with three new appointments. Lord St Oswald of Nostell, near Wakefield, is the charity’s new president, having played an active role as a vice-president for three-and-a-half years. He takes over from the Countess of Halifax. The Vice-Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, John Brennan, has become a patron and a vice-president, alongside Sir Rodney Walker who has served as a vice-president and patron for many years. Long-standing Heartbeat supporter Ann Hughes, from Doncaster, has also become a patron


Jimmy Savile’s luxury seaside flat is bought by anti-child abuse campaigner

Sir Rodney Walker

Sir Rodney Walker, formerly of the NSPCC, has bought the Scarborough apartment to use as a holiday home for his family



Heartbeat Appeal charity information has been removed.


The Hospital Heartbeat Appeal (HHBA) and Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) are offering up to 300 guests fabulous hospitality in the Mallard Restaurant in the presence of HRH The Princess Royal.  Guests will enjoy an exciting day’s racing at one of the finest racecourses in the country while also helping to raise funds for both charities.


Heartbeat Appeal
Easby Drive
Ilkley LS29 9AZ


Freemason support of Heartbeat Appeal

16 September 2011

Hereford Hospital received a £98,000 ultrasound 4D echocardiogram machine, following a three-year appeal supported by local Freemasons.

Claire Cassidy, the British Heart Foundation fund-raising manager for Hereford and Worcester, said that the machine ‘places Hereford at the forefront of cardiac screening’.

The region has a higher-than-average incidence of heart disease, and the demand for cardiac screenings is on the rise. At the Heartbeat Appeal presentation, Herefordshire Deputy Provincial Grand Master, the Reverend David Bowen, expressed his pleasure at local masons’ input.

Princess Diana’s visit to South Derbyshire in 1991
 Sir Cliff Richard at the Heartbeat Appeal charity dinner in Leeds in 1999 (picture missing)

PressReader – Yorkshire Post: 2014-08-15 – Sir Cliff dismisses historic …

Aug 15, 2014 – A LIFE IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Clockwise from top, Sir Cliff Richard at the Heartbeat Appeal charity dinner in Leeds in 1999; outside Buckingham ..

Mavis Price also managed the Sir Jimmy Savile Charitable Trust and helped with his administration and countless requests for public appearances and donations.
Mavis Price from Leeds General Infirmary, the wife of … subsequently took over the day-to-day administration of his life.


Jimmy Savile’s will – Mavis Price




Mavis Price’s ex-husbandLeeds neurosurgeon 

David John Everard Price


(1935 – 2014)

was a consultant neurosurgeon at the General Infirmary at Leeds and also at Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield.

He was a founder trustee of Headway (the National Head Injuries Association) and was a member of the management committee for almost 20 years. He established Second Chance, a local head injury support group affiliated to Headway, in Wakefield

He was dedicated to his work and as such his early marriages initially to Patience (‘Bunty’) in 1964 and Mavis in 1975 did not survive. He married Janis in 1989. He had two sons, Toby from his first marriage and Jolyon from his third


Headway charity – royal patronage

Savile’s doctor friends:

Campaign now under way for tribute to city’s favourite son

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Savile’s death on the morning of October 29, 2011, was certified by Prof Alistair Hall, his cardiologist, who had been called to his flat by the concerned caretaker and family members.

Professor Alistair Hall, the award-winning Leeds cardiologist and Jimmy’s close friend, was one of the last to see Jimmy alive. He had called at his flat on the Friday night before he died and unsuccessfully tried to persuade him to go into hospital. Jimmy had said that he wanted to die at home in his own bed. He seemed to know the end was nigh.

Bellamy, Alison (2012-07-01). Hows About That Then? – The authorised biography of Sir Jimmy Savile Great Northern Books.

 Alistair Hall@alistair5hall

Professor of Cardiovascular Epidemiology & Consultant in Cardiology. Father of two outstanding human beings who are Junior Doctors. Mentor.

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Professor Alistair Hall, senior consultant cardiologist at Leeds General Infirmary and St James’s Hospital, said: “I am 100 per cent in agreement that the wonderful Sir Jimmy should be made Freeman of the City. “Despite his fame he still volunteers at the hospital and the list of good work and fundraising he has done is too long to list. “He has supported a lot of cardiology research and helped with The Family Heart Study and toured on the big red bus across the UK. He has helped us to fundraise to buy a special scanner and only recently donated a large amount of money to fund scholarships for junior doctors.” The senior cardiologist, who carried out Sir Jimmy’s quadruple heart bypass operation a decade ago, said the broadcaster and sportsman was an amazing person who fully deserved to be honoured publically. Charities Sir Jimmy has raised more than 40m during his lifetime for various charities, including the Leeds Hospitals. He has run 217 marathons and countless fun runs. Catholic Church bosses in Leeds also backed calls for Sir Jimmy to be honoured. A spokesman for the Diocese of Ripon and Leeds, said: “Over the years Sir Jimmy has done lots of good work for the church. As long as the 1960s while busy being famous, he used to help with collections at the former Sacred Heart church. Mavis Price, Sir Jimmy’s friend and one of his helpers, said: “It is high time Jimmy was made a Freeman. I have written to the council before about it. He does so much.”


the astonishing attempt by cardiology professor Alistair Hall, PR director Karl Milner, and others to get their hands on Savile’s estate.

To recap, Hall, who was Savile’s doctor as well as his friend, gave a eulogy for him at the funeral in which he claimed that Savile had left much of his estate to endow a heart institute at LGI. Savile’s will contained nothing of the sort. It turns out from the report that Hall, Milner, and company had a get-together between his death and the funeral to decide how best to get their (institutional, rather than personal) hands on his money.

Karl Milner, former Gordon Brown aide and caught by Greg Palast in Lobbygate:



The report of the investigation into matters relating to Savile at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Savile’s voluntary portering was officially endorsed in 1968 by the Board of Governors as part of the I’m Backing Britain campaign of that year, but there is evidence that he was undertaking the role informally before that date:
Savile had a long association with the porters at the Infirmary, with accounts of him undertaking portering duties from the 1960s through to the 1990s.He mainly connected with the porters in the Accident and Emergency (A&E) and X-ray departments, areas that would have given him wide access to many wards and departments.
“What I do remember about him is that he would – when Jimmy Savile, when he would walk in [to A&E], he – he would make a beeline for the people that he knew were his allies – not ‘allies’ but he certainly got on well with some very senior people,so he would sort of walk in.”
Source: witness statement N283; employee, early 1980s to mid-1990s, talking about the A&E Department in the 1980s
[Savile], he was saying that they used to put the bodies together, male and female, and he also said that they took
photographs and also that he got involved in some of the photographs… I mean, I – Iwas a little bit upset because I had no concept, in those days, of – while I’d heard ofnecrophilia, because of a virtue of – several of the Broadmoor patients would’ve been
diagnosed with that, but I didn’t fully understand what it meant, and part, part waythrough I just wandered off… Well – he [Savile] used the phrase that you don’t – it’s not so common nowadays, he talked about gamaroosh…

What is Really Happening at Leeds General Infirmary?

11 Mar 2015

Parents of children who died or were injured on operating tables at Leeds General Infirmary continue to seek answers about the state of the hospital’s child cardiac unit. Uncertainty persists and, two years on from the unit’s temporary closure, the messages about the fallout from the closure remain mixed.

Cardiac Surgery by Numbers

The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust website continues to list Nihal Weerasena as a consultant surgeon, despite his having apparently been suspended for almost three years. On its child cardiac consultant listings, the Trust also features Rafael Guerrero, who left the unit around two years ago; its consultant database also lists Kevin Watterson, another retired surgeon.

Kevin Watterson and Alistair Hall performed Jimmy Savile’s heart surgery
The operation took three hours, and was conducted by the surgeon Kevin Watterson who was assisted by Hall.
In Plain Sight: the Life and Lies of Jimmy Savile by Dan Davies

In the late 1980s, another member of hospital staff began to look after Savile’s correspondence and deal with enquiries for him

From 2005 until 2010, this member of staff was also a Trustee for the Jimmy Savile Charitable Trust. They were paid by the hospital until September 2007. After this date, they received an
honorarium from the Charitable Trust.


^Savile’s doctor friend Dr Roger Bodley was also a trustee of Savile’s trust

Truthseeker1‏ @thewakeupcall09:

Dr Roger Bodley put Savile in touch with the charity CX 999 AID Sir Jimmy inspires a mission to Romania

Transport of aid to Romania is handled by CX999AID which is a small group of dedicated people who co-ordinate, fundraise and transport humanitarian aid to Romania for three charities in the Chesterfield area.

Michel José Rosoor was ID’ed on videotape abusing boys at a Romanian orphanage.



Mavis Price and Jimmy Savile – at Barden Tower…

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His last appearance at the restaurant- a popular wedding venue set in dramatic Dales landscape


Heather Leathley – owner of The Priests House Barden Tower

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“He came to a gay wedding and got chatting… I worried that he might say the wrong thing and told him to go.


“But the two women wanted him to stay, and he ended up having a whisky with them.

Jimmy Savile with friends, Mavis Price and (Professor/cardiologist Mohan Sivananthan?)

May 24, 2009

Running over three pages of A4, the last will and testament of Sir James Wilson Vincent Savile lists 18 individuals he wanted remembered.

They include lifelong friends such as 85-year-old Joseph Barker, whom he met at St Anne’s primary school in Leeds, and Professor Mohan Sivananthan, a hospital cardiologist, whom he met through his charitable works.

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(Savile) invited her along to a photo call for the opening of the new offices for the Yorkshire Evening Post…The 22 yr old Prince Charles, who was the guest of honour, seemed to find the whole thing hilarious.

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Savile was invited to open new offices for the Yorkshire Evening Post and persuaded  Sue to go with him and pose  alongside him wearing a mini skirt and boots.

‘I think he even had his hand up my skirt,’ she says, laughing at the memory.

Hymns revealed that they would meet up in a café opposite Leeds General Infirmary or she’d stay with him in a cheap hotel in London when he was filming Top of the Pops .
On one occasion, he invited her along to a photocall for the opening of the new offices for the Yorkshire Evening Post .
Sue and a friend were persuaded to wear miniskirts and boots. ‘I think he even had his hand up my skirt,’ she admitted.
The 22-year-old Prince Charles, who was guest of honour, seemed to find the whole thing hilarious.
In Plain Sight: the Life and Lies of Jimmy Savile Dan Davies

23-year age gap



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Also there is Sue Hymns in his will

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Final embrace: Sir Jimmy Savile and Sue Hymns' last date at their favourite pizza restaurant, two months before his death at the age of 84

Final embrace: Sir Jimmy Savile and Sue Hymns’ last date at their favourite pizza restaurant, two months before his death at the age of 84

The first meeting between Sue Hymns and Jimmy Savile is recorded faithfully in her diary, dated September 23, 1968.

‘Saw Jimmy Savile at the hospital,’ the entry reads. ‘Met him again at 5.15pm and he gave me a lift to the bus stop in his taxi.’

Back then, Sue was a stunningly pretty 18-year-old on her way to a doctor’s appointment at Leeds General Infirmary, while Savile — thanks to his role as presenter of Top Of The Tops — was Britain’s most famous DJ.

But on the day in question, Savile was doing a shift as a volunteer porter at the city’s hospital

Photographs of her and Jim together over the years adorn the walls: a faded shot of them in a Leeds café, not long after they met; another dressed up together for a Lord Mayor’s banquet.

The final one, at their favourite restaurant, The Flying Pizza in Leeds, was taken just two months before he died.

‘He did his “now then, now then” routine — Jim never said hello — and I tried to think of something to say. I mentioned a friend called Ray whom I knew Jim had taught to DJ, and Jim replied: “Let’s not talk about Ray; let’s talk about you.”’
Ray Teret?
Proud friend: Professor Mohan Sivananthan


Professor Mohan Sivananthan, Leeds Teaching Hospitals consultant cardiologist who will lead the work to set up the new institute and was a friend of Sir Jimmy’s, said: ‘I feel very privileged to have got to know Sir Jimmy over the years and valued his friendship and support extremely highly.

I was absolutely delighted to hear that Sir Jimmy decided to remember us in his will

Claims: Former policeman Mick Starkey, left, was apparently close to Jimmy Savile and frequently visited his home
Former policeman Mick Starkey and Jimmy Savile at the Priests House
Claims: Former policeman Mick Starkey, left, was close to Jimmy Savile and frequently visited his home

Close: Starkey drove the DJ’s silver Rolls-Royce and was apparently known as his ‘bodyguard’

Businessman claims he overheard Jimmy Savile seek police officer’s help to avoid sex abuse probe

The company director said pervert Savile asked Mick Starkey to get in touch with Surrey Police but “never said what it was about”



Savile and his police ‘crony’: Former inspector ‘intervened in sex abuse investigation on DJ’s behalf and acted as his minder’

  • Mick Starkey, 61, drove Savile’s Rolls-Royce and attended the DJ’s ‘Friday Morning Club’
  • He apparently contacted Surrey Police before they interviewed star in 2009
  • IPCC has launched an investigation into the allegations against ex-officer

Did Jimmy Savile fix his interrogation?

Jimmy Savile’s close links with police are coming to light

During the interview, Savile, by then aged 82, stressed his social connections with senior officers in his hometown of Leeds, and indicated that he could call in “favours” from them.

There is some evidence that these were not the mere ramblings of an ageing celebrity. The 44-page report – by Surrey Police into its own failed investigation into sexual abuse at a children’s home in Staines – details how an unnamed inspector in West Yorkshire Police had telephoned Surrey on Savile’s behalf to arrange the interview.

It was a brazen breach of police protocol. Here was a suspected sex offender getting a senior officer to broker a meeting with detectives. It enabled Savile to dictate the terms of his interrogation. The meeting took place not at a police station, but in the altogether cosier surroundings of his home-from-home at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Buckinghamshire, where he also abused patients.


Jimmy Savile and Princess Alexandra

Police cover up Savile’s claims to be friends with Queen’s cousin: Paedophile ‘visited school at centre of abuse allegations with Princess Alexandra’


  • Paedophile Savile mentioned first trip to school at centre of abuse claims
  • He said he was with Princess Alexandra, a patron of the school
  • Made claims during police interview, the transcription of which was edited
  • Information was removed by Surrey Police but has now been unveiled



3.21 DC1 and DS6 interviewed Savile on tape under caution at his private office at Stoke Mandeville Hospital on 1st October 2009.

Present with Savile was a ‘friend’ who was a trustee of the Jimmy Savile Stoke Mandeville Charitable Trust.
It is not clear in what capacity this male was present as there is no indication that Savile required an appropriate adult and he was not acting as a legal representative.
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Frisk him’, barked Jimmy Savile…I was pinned to the wall and searched before Savile fianlly called them off.
He introduced the two men as Mick Starkey, a West Yorkshire Police inspector, and Jim, ‘The Pill’ Cardus, a retired pharmacist. ‘Meet the Friday Morning Club, ‘ he trumpeted
Savile part of an active ring of child sex offenders in West Riding of Yorkshire?
Convicted paedophile Roy Stobbs

Paedophile jailed again for child abuse images crimes


Perverted Roy Stobbs is behind bars again for child abuse images offences.


‘He had been subjected to a scam in America into which he had banked £190,000 into property’?

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Paedophile Neil Gilpin from Slaithwaite jailed for 10 years for sex offences against young boys 2016


Gavin Shaw ‘A predatory paedophile whose identity police once tried to keep a secret

May 2014

Predatory paedophile whose identity police once tried to keep secret is jailed again after he tricked his way into shop jobs so he could meet children



Gavin Shaw – Nelson/Blackpool/Morecambe

Peter Stafford-Simpson Ex-postman has been jailed for nine-and-a-half years for a string of “vile” sex crimes


At Barden Tower – Mavis, who is a retired manager of the post-graduate centre at LGI, also acted as his ‘chauffeur’, driving the Jim’ll Fix It star around in his white Bentley Continental convertible, and his £150,000 Rolls Royce Corniche.

N.B. Barden lends its name to the so called “Barden Triangle” an area of supposed supernatural activity which includes the magical Elbolton Hill near Thorpe and the nightmarish ravine that is Trollers Gill near Appletreewick.]


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The so-called “Barden Triangle” is defined as an area around the head of Lower Wharfedale which includes weird places having supposedly supernatural associations such as the reputedly haunted limestone gorge of Troller’s Gill, the strange conical knoll of Elbolton Hill (said to be the “Hill of the Fairies“) and the Dibble’s Bridge (which – along with several similar other old bridges in England – was allegedly built by the Devil).


Winter sunrise over the ruins of sunlit Barden Tower, in beautiful, misty, undulating, Dales countryside - North Stock Photo

The area of Barden (including Barden Tower and Barden Bridge) forms the southern apex of the triangle, with Cracoe and the Cracoe Reef Knolls and the top end of Troller’s Gill roughly defining the northern-most edges. [N.B. If you do visit, make sure to look out for this cheeky chappie; he’ll be looking out for you !]

Villages lying within the triangle include Appletreewick, Burnsall, Linton and Grassington.




The Priests HousePictures of Sir Jimmy adorn the walls


Debbie Leathley, landlady at his favourite pub and a close friend.

Pictures of Sir Jimmy adorn the walls, in his trademark round, pink-tinted glasses, adorn the walls at The Priests House, where he regularly ate roast beef and Yorkshire pudding.

It isn’t just sad for me – there’ll be customers who are going to miss him.”

Photographer Dave Cropper is the man behind many of the photos of Sir Jimmy.

He told Channel 4 News: “In my lifetime pop music has always played a big part, and I grew up with Jimmy on TV as presenter of Top of the Pops and Jim’ll Fix It.



Mavis, of Leeds, said: “Jimmy was a big and important part of my life. I will always treasure many happy memories of fun times we had while I was in his company.”

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Jake Timothy, consultant neurosurgeon, , said: “My first meeting with Jimmy Savile was in 1975, I used to ride my bicycle up Princess Avenue near his home and Jimmy was often riding his cycle too. At that time it was Top of the Pops and ‘Clunk-click every trip’ but he was always polite despite his celebrity status. “I didn’t really get to meet him until after my training in London and returning back to Leeds, when Mavis Price introduced me to him again as we were planning to have some surgeons come to LGI to learn about spinal surgery.

“He helped us with OPTIN (Overseas Partnering Training Initiative) currently run by Professor Anne Chamberlain, he was extremely active with LURE (Leeds Undergraduate Research Enterprise) run by Prof Shervanthi Homer-Vanniasinkam, where he donated a significant amount of money to have medical students mentored by consultant clinicians.

“Jim was very fond of Crayke, our little village near Easingwold. Jim lived at Crayke Castle for a while in his youth whilst working as a ‘Bevin Boy’ in the surrounding area

“He used to arrive in one of his Rolls Royce’s, with his friend Mavis Price acting as driver, and would spend several hours looking round the show, handing out trophies to the various winners.

Jim steps in for tsunami

Sir Jimmy Savile has paid for a Leeds medical team to fly out to the Asian tsunami disaster zone. Thanks to the 78-year-old former DJ, a surgeon and two nurses from the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust will visit Sri Lanka and Indonesia.
Surgeon Prof Shervanthi Homer-Vanniasinkam and the nurses will spend two weeks on a fact-finding mission and helping out with day-to-day surgery. The Leeds Teaching Hospital’s executive has given the team paid leave. Said Sir Jimmy: “What I didn’t want to do was send money to organisations which are already overrun with donations. “I wanted to do something directly. I got in touch with my people at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and they were already in touch with a hospital in Sri Lanka. “The team will be able to get stuck in with helping people injured in the tsunami.” Sir Jimmy has donated an initial 1,500 to the Trust’s OPTIN (Overseas Partnering and Training Initiative) charity.

Mr Jake Timothy, consultant neuro-surgeon and spinal surgeon atLeed General Infirmary’s Department of Neurosurgery said: “Professor Homer-Vanniasinkam, who is a consultant vascular surgeon for the Trust, originally hails from Sri Lanka. “She was contacted directly by doctors who are working in some extremely difficult circumstances. “Once the team returns we will have a much better idea of what the main health priorities will be and then direct any further funds appropriately.” OPTIN focuses on providing small projects in developing countries which result in sustained benefits. Contribute Mr Timothy added: “We know there will be a lot of future work necessary, not just in the tsunami-affected areas, but other areas around the world. “All our health staff in the Trust can contribute to sharing and teaching skills, and in return, we develop other skills that help us to be better professionals for our patients in Yorkshire.” The team is due to fly out early next month.




Stephen Fry, Alastair Campbell and Lord Melvyn Bragg  – Savile

Mental health charity Mind photocall

Paul Farmer, chief executive of Mind, said that the charity was horrified to have given “any sort of platform to such a despicable organisation as the Paedophile Information Exchange”.

He said:Mind does not associate with, condone or endorse any pro-paedophilia organisations or individuals.”



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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Sir Jimmy spent time at Crayke Castle, near York – which he was later reported to be interested in buying – after the Second World War as part the Lend A Hand On The Land scheme and retained his fondness for the area over the years.

Sir Jimmy’s close friend Saleem Akhtar, who owns the Jinnah restaurant group, welcomed Sir Jimmy to the opening of his restaurant in Cumberland Street, York, earlier this year and said: “I had known him for about 12 years because he lived opposite my restaurant in Roundhay, in Leeds, and I was gobsmacked when such a big name walked in.

“From there, we became good friends. He loved his chicken tikka and he would stay and chat for hours, and from then on, whenever we opened a restaurant, he would come along and entertain people. He rang me to say he was going into hospital, and when I went to see him he said he was fighting fit and would soon be back to normal. I spoke to him a week before his death and he was still saying he wanted to open our new restaurant in Wakefield. I was planning to see him this week, so I am absolutely shocked by his death.

“He was a fantastic person – a true Yorkshireman and a true gentleman. He would never take any money for opening our restaurants and would tell us to give whatever we would have paid him to somebody who needed it. I cannot believe he has gone, and myself and my family will remember him for the rest of our lives.”


The £4 million unit the Bexley Wing at St James’s Hospital includes two CT scanners devoted to research and the use of radiotherapy and is one of the largest cancer centres in Europe. At the opening of the unit a year ago, Sir Jimmy presented a personal donation of £50,000 to Leeds Teaching Hospitals. He said: “I hope it makes a lot of people a lot happier and a lot safer.”

Sir Jimmy Savile and Dr Robin Prestwich with one of the scanners at the Bexley Wing at St James's Hospital. PIC: Mark Bickerdike

Sir Jimmy Savile and Dr Robin Prestwich with one of the scanners at the Bexley Wing at St James’s Hospital


This money has been used to fund equipment and the wage of Dr Robin Prestwich, who was appointed to the inaugural Savile Fellowship in April.




Members of the public have queued outside The Queen’s Hotel in Leeds to pay their respects to the veteran TV and radio star, who died on 29 October aged 84.

“I would say [he would think] the more people there, the bigger the crowds, the better,” said Debbie Leathley, landlady at his favourite pub and a close friend.

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Sir Jimmy Savile in the garden of The Priests House near Bolton Abbey, North Yorkshire

The Priests House Home Page

Pictures of Sir Jimmy, in his trademark round, pink-tinted glasses, adorn the walls at The Priests House, where he regularly ate roast beef and Yorkshire pudding.


Historic venue for wedding receptions and private functions on the Duke of Devonshire’s Bolton Abbey Estate in the Yorkshire Dales.



11th DUKE OF DEVONSHIRE (Rt Hon Sir Andrew Robert Buxton Cavendish) Hereditary Peer British Landowner with Left: JIMMY SAVILE – sharing a special handshake 1978

Andrew’s father, the 10th Duke of Devonshire – the Grand Master English Lodge of Freemasons 1947 


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Deborah Vivien Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, DCVO and husband Andrew

Alastair John Morrison, 3rd Baron Margadale married their daughter

Margadale married Lady Sophia Cavendish,

daughter of Andrew Cavendish, 11th Duke of Devonshire and The Honourable “Debo” Deborah Mitford, on 19 July 1988.

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The Honourable “Debo” Deborah Mitford and Andrew Cavendish, 11th Duke of Devonshire

From Jimmy Savile’s auction..

A collection of Christmas greetings cards, including from members of the Royal Household, four from Princess Alexandra (1936- ) The Honourable Lady Ogilvy and Sir Angus Ogilvy (1928-2004); and two handwritten postcards from Deborah (1920- ) Duchess of Devonshire, signed ‘Debo’ (approx. 30)

Provenance: From the estate of Sir Jimmy Savile. OBE, KCSG, LLD (1926-2011)


more on the Cavendish, Morrison, Mitford families



Unity Mitford:

Unity Mitford staged Nazi orgies as a gift of love to Hitler: She lost her virginity to Oswald Mosley on a billiard table… Then she targeted the Fuhrer

  • Unity Mitford’s scandalous liaisons are unveiled in a new biography
  • Aristocratic family tried to paint relationship with Hitler as youthful fancy


Morrison family homes – Fonthill House, near Tisbury in Wiltshire.

They also own the 80,000-acre Isle of Islay, off the west coast of Scotland

Fonthill House – previous owner was the notorious paedophile William Beckford

1978: PIE raids, William Blake and Lord Margadale’s estate at Fonthill Wiltshire

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Holidaying with the Morrisons – Islay – Thatchers, Leon Brittain, and noted pederast Sir Peter Morrison

1998 Police last week confirmed that the late MP Peter Morrison had been picked up twice and never brought to trial. There appeared to be no trace of either incident in official records.

The Guardian (London, Greater London, England)

02 Jun 1998

Major John Morrison was a close friend of Thatcher’s as well.

Sir Jimmy Savile – another holiday companion of Thatcher’s

The Guardian

London, Greater London, England

Wednesday, December 29, 1982 – 11


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Noted pederast Sir Peter Morrison – his father, the Tory “kingmaker” Lord Margadale


James Ian Morrison was born on July 17 1930. His father, the 1st Lord Margadale, was, as John Morrison, the Conservative MP for Salisbury from 1942 to 1964. John Morrison was one of the most influential backbench Tory MPs of his time, as well as one of the most prescient: in 1972 (three years before Mrs Thatcher took over from Edward Heath) he predicted to one of his sons: “Mark my words, Margaret Thatcher will be the next leader of the party.”

John Morrison remained in the House of Commons until 1964, when he was created the 1st Lord Margadale –

it was the last hereditary peerage to be created, until Mrs Thatcher revived the practice in 1983 with viscountcies for George Thomas, the former Speaker, and William Whitelaw (alleged satanist).


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William Whitelaw

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George Thomas was in charge when MP Dickens compiled missing paedophile dossier




National Children’s Home Viscount Tonypandy, Chairman of the National Children’s Home, presided at a ‘Children in Danger’ luncheon held yesterday at the Travellers’ Club and received a gift from Mr John O’Connell. The guests included Lord Romsey, Mr Harold Haywood , Mr Derek Nimmo, Mr O. E. A. J. Makower and Mr Brian Macarthur.


Cassandra Cogno
Harold Haywood alterations on paedophile document

Friends: Lord Greville Janner (left) ,when he was an MP, and George Thomas, Speaker of the House, middle, with a party of schoolboys at the House of Commons in 1976

Friends: Lord Greville Janner (left) ,when he was an MP, and George Thomas, Speaker of the House, middle, with a party of schoolboys at the House of Commons in 1976

Tory grandees Edward Heath, Lord Leon Brittan and Willie Whitelaw

‘Willie Whitelaw ordered police to scrap inquiry into VIP child sex abuse ring’: Police launch probe into sensational new cover-up claims

Detectives investigating claim that Whitelaw ordered police to drop inquiry
He allegedly told a senior Met Police boss to quash year-long investigation
It came following revelation CPS prosecutor was considering 350 offences
The revelation provides new line of inquiry for investigation into VIP gang


Thatcher lobbied for Savile knighthood despite warnings

Savile said getting knighthood was ‘a relief because it got me off the hook‘  … folder contained a handwritten letter from Angus Ogilvy

“The folder encloses the letter from the Prime Minister offering him a knighthood, the envelope it came in, some bumf about keeping it secret till the proper date and then – proudest of all – telegrams from Charles and Diana, from Prince Philip, a handwritten letter from Angus Ogilvy and a homemade card with a stuck-on snapshot of Princess Bea, from the Duchess of York.


She was the youngest and last of the nazi-linked Mitford sisters and a favourite of Prince Charles and Jimmy Savile

In June 1937, Deborah Mitford visited Munich where she took tea with Adolf Hitler. ‘I went with my sister Unity and our mother to his flat

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Debo’s funeral:
The Prince, pictured with the Duchess of Cornwall and Canon Dave Perkins, followed the Dowager's son, Stoker, 70, the current Duke, in scattering earth on the coffin

The Prince, pictured with the Duchess of Cornwall and Canon Dave Perkins, followed the Dowager’s son, Stoker, 70, the current Duke, in scattering earth on the coffin


Debo Cavendish – friend of Jimmy Savile:

From the Jimmy Savile auction..

A collection of Christmas greetings cards, including from members of the Royal Household,

four from Princess Alexandra The Honourable Lady Ogilvy and Sir Angus Ogilvy

and two handwritten postcards from Deborah Duchess of Devonshire, signed ‘Debo

Provenance: From the estate of Sir Jimmy Savile. OBE, KCSG, LLD (1926-2011)



Ms Leathley of Priests House Restaurant told Channel 4 News: “I spoke with him (Savile) a week before he died and we talked about a lot that day. I knew there was something different.”

Yet even the story of his last appearance at the restaurant, a popular wedding venue set in dramatic Dales landscape, is a humorous one.

“He came to a gay wedding and got chatting… I worried that he might say the wrong thing and told him to go.

“But the two women wanted him to stay, and he ended up having a whisky with them.”

Sandra Kirkham told Channel 4 News.

She runs Coxwold Tearooms in North Yorkshire, another favourite haunt for Sir Jimmy, who for many years was a marathon runner who trained around the area.



Alistair Hall, professor of cardiology, who became a friend after he had operated on Savile. The result was the Leeds University Research Enterprise (Lure) scheme, which gives a handful of promising medical students each year the opportunity to develop as medical researchers, working with leading professors on a range of research projects. This week’s donation will pay for the scheme over the next five years, alongside funding from Heart Research UK for two scholars.

Hall says: “Jimmy is seen to be eccentric, but so is research



Just over 2 weeks after Savile emerged from his heart operation, Princess Diana was killed.



Sir Jimmy Savile resumes charity work after heart op

Savile’s whereabouts on August 31st 1997 – the Sunday when Princess Diana died.

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Cardiologist Alistair Hall (behind Savile) was among those Sir Jimmy beat.

Sir Jimmy, who underwent a quadruple heart by-pass operation less than three weeks ago, spoke after leading home a group of about 60 walkers in Roundhay Park, Leeds.

“It’s a good warm up for the Great North Run in about four weeks time,” he said.

Cardiologist Alistair Hall was among those Sir Jimmy beat.

Dr Hall said: “He’s making good progress and is ahead of schedule, we couldn’t keep up with him. It’s possible he could take part in the run.”



Monday 01 September 1997

Sir Jimmy Savile is hoping to take part in a half marathon, just weeks after undergoing heart surgery. The 71-year-old said he felt “terrific” yesterday, after taking part in a charity walk.

Patients and staff from 60 hospitals joined in the first Sir Jimmy Savile Big Mile Walk, in support of the Royal College of Radiologists’s X-appeal at 42 locations across the country.

Sir Jimmy, who underwent a quadruple heart by-pass operation less than three weeks ago, spoke after leading home a group of about 60 walkers in Roundhay Park, Leeds.

Sir Jimmy paid tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales.

“I have known her for 15 years, she was a close friend. “It’s a dreadful thing to happen.” he said.



A few thoughts on this…

If he was involved in “fixing” Diana’s death, it makes total sense for him to be seen in public, miles away from the scene.
He’d organised for 42 groups of people in different locations across the country, to walk at exactly the same time – on the day one of the most-loved women in the world died. It smacks of dancing on her grave, if he had prior knowledge of the date her death was planned for.

Did he really have a quadruple heart bypass less than three weeks earlier?… Or was he out of the public eye because he was tending to “business”? I don’t believe anything he ever said. He had a penchant for baring his chest, either completely naked or through string vests, for years after 1997. Has anyone ever noticed any scarring?

Finally, his tribute to Diana. It’s odd. It’s more than tad blase: “A dreadful thing to happen”??? That is understatement.


1999 – Savile – 2 years after his quadruple bypass -no scar

Jimmy Savile and Wagim El Masry Director of the Centre of Spinal Studies and chairman Richard Burbidge at the Oswestry Orthopaedic Hospital for the unveiling of the plaque in 1999


Jimmy Savile and Wagim El Masry Director of the Centre of Spinal Studies and chairman Richard Burbidge at the Oswestry Orthopaedic Hospital for the unveiling of the plaque in 1999

Bosses will also conduct a review of the use of mobile phones.

They want to ensure photographs are not taken within clinical areas.

The action was agreed after Oswestry Orthopaedic, which Savile visited in 1999 to launch the start of work on its spinal injuries unit, was among all hospitals in England contacted by NHS chief executive Sir David Nicholson.

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Savile’s death on the morning of October 29, 2011, was certified by Prof Alistair Hall, his cardiologist, who had been called to his flat by the concerned caretaker and family members.

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Professor Alistair Hall, the award-winning Leeds cardiologist and Jimmy’s close friend, was one of the last to see Jimmy alive.

The senior cardiologist, who carried out Sir Jimmy’s quadruple heart bypass operation a decade ago, said the broadcaster and sportsman was an amazing person who fully deserved to be honoured publically

Professor Alistair Hall, senior consultant cardiologist at Leeds General Infirmary and St James’s Hospital, said: “I am 100 per cent in agreement that the wonderful Sir Jimmy should be made Freeman of the City.





“The thing about me is I get things done and I work deep cover,” Sir Jimmy, 81, tells Esquire. “I’ve known the Royal Family for a million years.”


Stoke Mandeville Charity

Sexual Abuse Scandal Sir Jimmy Savile, OBE pictured outside a Sex Clinic in Mumbai, India in 1992. While other passengers Stock Photo


Sir Jimmy Savile, OBE pictured outside a Sex Clinic in Mumbai, India in 1992. While other passengers visited the tourist sights, Savile made a macabre excursion to a Hindu crematorium and the Towers of Silence, where members of the Zoroastrian sect leave their dead in the open to be devoured by vultures and other predatory birds.

The disc jockey and radio and TV personality was “Running around the world”, raising money for Stoke Mandeville and other charities

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Dr Roger Bodley –   first directorship on file was in 1991 at Stoke Mandeville Hospital Education Centre Limited.

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For 25 years until 2009, he was the senior radiologist at Stoke Mandeville Hospital

The Jimmy Savile Charitable Trust is primarily based in the Leeds area, although not all of its trustees – listed as Luke Lucas, Dr Roger Bodley and Lady Gabrielle Greenbury on the Charity Commission’s website – still live there.
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Roger Bodley, 65, is one of only three trustees of the charity. He bought a broad sword and ceremonial shield for a new charitable venture at Sir Jimmy’s Scottish cottage.A charity bought a sword and shield (left) for £700 to decorate a Scottish retreat for the disabled

He said: ‘We are hoping to put these items on the wall at his Glencoe cottage which we are going to convert into a kind of retreat for disabled people. It will be called Jimmy’s at Glencoe.’

About Dr Roger Nicholas Bodley of Stoke Mandeville
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Dr Roger Nicholas Bodley was born in 1947 and the first directorship we have on file was in 1991 at Stoke Mandeville Hospital Education Centre Limited. Them most recent directorship was with Stoke Mandeville Hospital Education Centre Limited where they held the position of “Radiologist”. This company has been around since 12 Apr 1972 .

Dr. Roger Bodley is an English medical graduate who came to Tasmania in 1976 and worked there for 6 years before returning to train as a radiologist. Worked in Oxford and Stoke Mandeville Hospital (which includes the National Spinal Injuries Centre, home of The Paralympics) and after retirement from the NHS returned part time to the beautiful NW Coast of Tasmania to work, teach and to build a home on Table Cape. Having come across Hempcrete at the London exhibition “Ecobuild” in 2008 I decided that my house was to be a showcase for this exciting material. The last few years have seen the slow realisation of that idea.

3.21 DC1 and DS6 interviewed Savile on tape under caution at his private office at Stoke Mandeville Hospital on 1st October 2009. Present with Savile was a ‘friend’ who was a trustee of the Jimmy Savile Stoke Mandeville Charitable Trust. It is not clear in what capacity this male was present as there is no indication that Savile required an appropriate adult and he was not acting as a legal representative.


The Trustees at that time were

James Collier CB We are lucky to have the experience of this
gentleman. A working life as a very senior civil servant,
starting off in the Treasury, worked for eleven Chancellors
before being transferred to the NHS as a financial trouble

Luke Lucas A self-made millionaire in the security industry
with several confidential contracts with the Home Office.

The youngest of the Trustees, spends regular days and nights at the
NSIC and is totally dedicated to its work. Hoping to retire from
business and looking forward to staying completely involved
with the Trust.

Sir Jimmy Savile OBE, KCSG Started it all and is still going

Dr Roger Bodley Is one of the world’s leading Radiologists,
lecturing as far a field as Australia, New Zealand and all the
Americas. He also holds a very senior position in Diagnostic
Radiology at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.


LazerLight‏ @Lazer_Light23

Is this the Luke Lucas who was trustee of Savile charity?


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Sabrewatch Ltd and directors fined £215,000

By Anthony Hildebrand
Security company Sabrewatch and its directors have been ordered to pay total fines in excess of £215,000 for deploying unlicensed security operatives, despite being well aware of the law.
Sabrewatch Limited was fined £140,000 at Southwark Crown Court on Friday after being found guilty on Monday last week on seven of nine sample counts. Many other guards were unlawfully deployed around the country, a statement from the SIA said.
Director and 94% per cent shareholder Luke Lucas, 61, of Charters Towers, Felcourt Road, East Grinstead (the company address), was fined £70,000.
Directors George Charalambous, 46, of South Lodge Drive, Oakwood, north London, and Anthony Hutchins, 46, of Stonehaven Drive, Woodley, Berkshire, were fined £3,500 and £2,450 respectively.
Willing law breakers
Lucas was well aware of his responsibility not to deploy unlicensed guards, had been advised by the SIA prior to the offence date that this would be unlawful, and yet was willing to break the law, presiding Judge Geoffrey Rivlin said.
While accepting that Charalambous and Hutchins did not have the same level of involvement, Judge Rivlin said they had responsibilities as company directors, but were prepared to take a chance and risk in breaking the law.
The SIA was awarded costs of £1 million at the previous hearing, during which the court also made a confiscation order of £100,000 under the Proceeds of Crime Act, which has been paid by Sabrewatch Ltd.
Reasoning obvious
Judge Rivlin said: “The reasons behind the legislation were obvious to all and were widely accepted within the profession.
“No one needs to be persuaded that those who are placed in positions of trust should receive basic training and testing to deal with situations and, most importantly, to ensure they are of good character.”
He told the defendants: “You found yourself in the position of telling highly valued and respected customers that guards would not be licensed; these included national names such as Marks and Spencer, Harvey Nichols, Cadbury Schweppes and GAP.
“All three of you levelled criticism at the SIA, and, whereas there were some difficulties with the licensing system, I do believe that as time went on and more witnesses were called, it became increasingly apparent that almost all of the criticisms were contrived and simply evaporated.”
SIA pleased
SIA chief executive Bill Butler said: “I am pleased with the outcome of this case. The SIA has successfully concluded this prosecution, despite several challenges to its right to do so. I commend those involved for their professionalism and hard work.
“This case confirms our right to prosecute those who commit offences under the Private Security Industry Act 2001, and the potential for the courts to issue confiscation orders under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
“Sabrewatch and its directors persisted in supplying unlicensed guards in spite of clear and repeated warnings as to the illegality of their actions and the likely consequences.
“They knowingly supplied their customers with unlicensed staff while leading those customers to believe, wrongly, that this was acceptable.
“The substantial fines and the judge’s comments reflect the seriousness of the offences.”


Sabrewatch has contracts with Marks and Spencer.

Former MS chairmen include:

Lord Myners. Financial Services Secretary (sometimes referred to as City Minister[1]) in HM Treasury, the UK’s finance ministry, during the Labour Government of Gordon Brown.[2] He held the position from October 2008 until May 2010, and was made a life peer in consequence of his appointment. He also served on the Prime Minister’s National Economic Council.

Sir Richard Greenbury. Greenbury was born in Carlisle and educated at Ealing County Grammar School in London. As a young man he claimed to have been, “The most caned boy in school”, an achievement that he suggested had taught him, “The importance of discipline.” (wiki)

Jimmy Savile known to vist MS head office. Maybe this was to see Gabrielle Greenbury wife of Richard.

The Jimmy Savile Charitable Trust is primarily based in the Leeds area, although not all of its trustees – listed as Luke Lucas, Dr Roger Bodley and Lady Gabrielle Greenbury on the Charity Commission’s website – still live there.

Luke Lucas and Gabrielle Greenbury are also members of the Alpine club org uk. They applied for membership at the same time in 2001.


Telephone & Fax (020) 7613 0755 55/56 CHARLOTTE RD
E-mail: sec@alpine-club.org.uk LONDON, EC2A 3QF
Newsletter 1/2001 January 2001
Welcomed as Aspirant Members are:
Lady Gabrielle Greenbury Toto Anne Gronlund Luke Lucas
Charters Towers, Felcourt Road 105 Green Road Charters Towers, Felcourt Road
East Grinstead, RH19 2JG Poole, Dorset BH15 1QT East Grinstead RH19 2JG
British. Company Director Danish. NHS Director British. Company Director
Proposer: Steve Jones Proposer: Jack Crewe, WMC Proposer: Steve Jones
Seconder: Pat Littlejohn Seconder: Alan Yeend Seconder: Pat Littlejohn

Gabrielle Greenbury was also director of Princedale company. Sir Harry Solomon formerly at food group Hillsdown was also directer at the same time.

Sir Harry Solomon is the co-founder and Vice Chairman of the Portland Trust.


Intelligence and the Making of Foreign Policy: A Personal Reflection
Efraim Halevy

Portland Fellow
Head of the Center for Strategic and Policy Studies, the Hebrew University
Head of the MOSSAD (19982002)

Monday 21 June, 2004

The Locarno Suite, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, King Charles Street, London, SW1A

Intelligence and the Making of Foreign Policy

It is both an honour and a privilege for me to have been invited to deliver the first Portland Trust annual lecture; for this I am indeed grateful to Sir Ronald Cohen, Sir Harry Solomon and to Ellis Goodman.

Sir Harry, founder of Hillsdown Holdings plc, has also been involved in Monitor Quest since 1999 and provides direction and strategic advice to the Board. He qualified and practised as a solicitor, and is currently a director of several companies both within the UK and abroad providing commercial expertise at the highest level.

(London, 15th March 2005) Quest is delighted to announce the appointment of the former Mossad Director, Efraim Halevy, as a Special Advisor to the Board. Quest is one of the UK’s leading security and intelligence consultancies.(chaired by Lord Stevens, former Commissioner London Metropolitan Police)

Mr Halevy has 40 years of experience in the Mossad, Israel’s secret intelligence service, including four years as its chief from 1998-2002. He recently stepped down as the Director of Israel’s National Security Council and as National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister. His diplomatic career included postings to both Washington and Paris as Political Counsellor at the Israeli Embassy. He was appointed Ambassador of Israel to the European Union in 1995.

Efraim Halevi also happens to be a member of the Clove Club, founded in 1848 with the motto, “God Grant Grace”:

The Clove Club is the organisation for anyone who attended Hackney Downs School (formerly The Grocers’ Company’s School), Downs Park Road, London, E.5.

Efraim Halevi is listed under “CLOVE MEMBERS AND CONTACTS as at 12.2.02.”

Mr.J, Halevy, B1945-1948, Mr.Efraim

Who happens to be listed right alongside another member of the Clove Club Old Boys Association:

The Lord, Levy, B1955-1962, Michael

Michael Levy, Baron Levy
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Michael Abraham Levy, Baron Levy (born 11 July 1944) is a British politician, a Labour member of the House of Lords and the major fundraiser for the UK Labour Party and several Jewish and Israeli charities. A long-standing friend of the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, Lord Levy is in the unique position of being an important pro-Israel lobbyist and Tony Blair’s special envoy to the Middle East since 2002. Levy was arrested and questioned in connection with the “Cash for Peerages” inquiry by the Metropolitan Police on 12 July 2006.[1] After six hours of questioning he was released on police bail. On 20 September 2006 he was questioned a second time, and again released on bail.[2] On 30 January 2007 Lord Levy was arrested on suspicion of conspiring to pervert the course of justice.[3]

Tony Blairs wife Cherie is also connected to Sir Harry Solomon through Norwood .

Norwood chief executive Norma Brier, Erica Marks; Cherie Blair, Norwood’s patron of children’s services; David Marks

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Norwood is a UK charity established in 1785 in the East End of London.

In 1996, it merged with Ravenswood, a Berkshire-based charity for people with learning disabilities, to create one of the largest welfare organisations within the United Kingdom Jewish community.

Norwood currently provides more than 120 services for people with learning disabilities, and children and families in need, within the Jewish and wider communities in London and the South East.

These specialist services benefit more than 7,000 people each year and are delivered by 1,200 staff and supported by around 800 volunteers.

Norwood’s Patron is HM The Queen and its Patron of Children’s Services is Cherie Blair.
Simon Cowell with a Norwood service user at the annual dinner 2010

The charity’s celebrity supporters include Simon Cowell, Elton John, David Furnish, Sir Philip Green, Bernie Ecclestone, Roger Daltrey, Theo Paphitis, Tom Conti and Piers Morgan.

Solomon holds a portfolio of non-executive and advisory positions at charities and companies including Norwood.

Norwood’s Patron is HM The Queen.

Norwood connections, since Chris Strickland said the Scorpio satanic cult was based around Norwood/ Crystal Palace. Norwood is in the London Borough of Lambeth.

This may be worth investigating further, as Norwood has links not only to Scorpio, but to Savile, The Rothschilds, Stella Rimington, police corruption, Care Home Abuse and a famous charity who’s patron is the Queen.

The clipping I posted above mentioned that at least two prominent senior politicians were members of the Scorpio cult. Which brings to mind the Lambeth coverup alleged by DCI Clive Driscoll, who was fired after trying to expose politicians involved in abuse at Brixton’s Angell Road children’s home and South Vale youth assessment centre in West Norwood :-

SOURCE :http://theneedleblog.wordpress.com/o…ssment-centre/

And here’s a picture of Jimmy Savile at the opening of a swimming pool for handicapped children at Thurlow Park School, West Norwood :-

SOURCE: http://www.rexfeatures.com/set/1974769

The prolific paedophile and Care Home boss John Darby abused a boy at a flat in Norwood according to this article :-


Also wondering if Norwood has occult/ritual connections. Found this quote on aangrifan’s blog in an article about the former head of MI5, Stella Rimington :-

“Stella Rimington was born Stella Whitehouse in South Norwood, in London.

Reportedly, her parents were Christian; she is not a Christian. (Interview: Stella Rimington, novelist and former head of MI5 )

In 1860 Barnett and Isabella Meyers presented the Jews’ Hospital with eight acres of land in West Norwood, and a building to accommodate 220 children was erected. Sir Anthony Rothschild laid the foundation stone in 1861.

SOURCE: http://aangirfan.blogspot.co.uk/2011…rimington.html

And according to Wikipedia, “The charity that operated the orphanage (the Jew’s Hospital) in West Norwood retains an echo of its previous location in its current name Norwood.”



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How come that Jo Summers, Solicitor for Jimmy Savile Charitable Trust, said in a BBC story on October 23 2012

‘……..the charity’s trustees had been left “personally shocked” by the sex abuse scandal, stressing they had absolutely no idea of the alleged crimes now coming to light. They knew Jimmy for many years, volunteered to be his charity trustees. They can’t recognise the person they are reading about in the papers,”


Which trustee was it, I wonder?



Dr Bodley qualified from Oxford in 1973 and shortly after came to Burnie as an RMO where he worked with Donough O’Brien, John Kille, Don McTaggart and Graham Standen amongst others.

He and his wife (Dr Palmer), joined the Wynyard GP practice as trainees and then associates.

It was a discussion with radiologist Paul Huang about a patient led to a curiosity about interventional radiology and his subsequent return to Radiology training in Oxford in 1981. For 25 years until 2009, he was the senior radiologist at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, an acute hospital for 500,000 population as well as the home of The National Spinal Injuries Centre.

His special interests include spinal and interventional radiology.

Northern Tasmania


Stoke Mandeville’s former director of nursing, Chris McFarlane, said Savile had “100% access” to all parts of the hospital.


A new independent report found Jimmy Savile abused 63 people connected to Stoke Mandeville Hospital, but one formal complaint was ignored.

It found Savile’s reputation as a “sex pest” was an “open secret” among some staff – but allegations probably did not reach managers. The formal complaint – made in 1977 by a victim’s father – should have been reported to police, it added.


Sylvia Nicol worked for 40 years at the Stoke Mandeville Hospital Trust, she was a trustee and worked for many years as a medical secretary in the spinal unit.

Mrs Nicol said knew Jimmy Savile from the early 1970s, liked him and ‘can’t change her mind’ about him:

“I’m not denying anything took place, it’s not my business to know, I can only know, what I know, can’t I. I can only know that I saw a man that put hours and hours and hours of work into rebuilding a spinal centre, into helping spinal people and other people throughout this country, and I can’t change my mind on that.”

“I can only say that I saw him do good. I can’t be a judge or jury on anything else, can I, and I don’t want to be,” Mrs Nicol added.


SN: Well I can only say that I saw him do good. I can’t be a judge or jury on anything else, can I? And I don’t want to be, because I had 40 years working there, a wonderful place to work. None of the sadness that seems to have been going on there was I aware of. I’m just so sad.
BBC: And have you talked to other people who worked at the hospital in those days.
SN: Hundred, dozens.
BBC: Who agree with you?
SN: They never saw anything. And it doesn’t mean to say they’re saying it didn’t happen. Neither am I, but if you don’t see it, if it’s not reported to you… I was in a position in there for two and a half years where anything like that would have been reported to me, but that doesn’t mean to say nothing happened.

BBC: And in all those times that you look back on with such affection and in that relationship that you enjoyed and that lots of other people in the hospital enjoyed with him, never, ever did anyone mention anything amiss?
SN: Absolutely not. Absolutely, categorically, they did not.


Sylvia Nicol a former trustee of the Jimmy Savile Stoke Mandeville Hospital Trust said Savile “was welcomed with open arms where ever he went … I never heard any rumours”.



Sylvia Nicol says she saw “no inappropriate behaviour ever” by Jimmy Savile, who she worked with raising funds for Stoke Mandeville Hospital

Ms Nicol knew the entertainer from the 1970s onwards, described her sadness at the stories of sexual abuse that have emerged.

“It takes away 40 years of very happy, very good memories”.


Sylvia Nicol: How can I come to terms when I never saw any sham. You can only know what you’ve seen. I never heard any rumours. I don’t know any one of the staff and patients that I know who heard or saw or it was reported to them that anything untoward happened to them.


Slater and Gordon, which represents 44 former staff and patients who say they were abused by Savile at Stoke Mandeville, said it “beggars belief” that senior staff failed to intervene.

Solicitor Liz Dux said: “The victims are hopeful the review will establish a much greater level of accountability than the previous one did.

Anything less will rightly be seen as a whitewash by those people still suffering from the awful crimes Savile committed all those years ago.”


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“One minute he’d (Savile) be talking by phone to The Boss (Prince Charles) and the next minute he’d be walking through the doors of the Flying Pizza on Street Lane, Leeds


Michael Barrymore used to work at the BBC with Larry Grayson.

Barrymore and Savile were reunited on Celebrity Big Brother in 2006.


From Dando obituary 1999

Jill Dando wrote to Savile when he was doing the Jim’ll Fix It show.

 link – The Guardian 27 April 1999

Jimmy Savile, Agnes Savile and fellow hospital porter Joe Tyrer


There has only ever been one woman in his life: his mother Agnes, nicknamed the Duchess, who died in 1973.
He lived with her for her last 16 years and has described the five days he spent alone with her body after her death as the best of his life.

He was first introduced to the Royal Family, he reveals, by Lord Mountbatten. In 1966, Jimmy became the first civilian to be awarded a Royal Marines’ green beret. Mountbatten was comm­and­ant general at the time and realised that Savile could be a useful contact.

Coming from Lord Louis, who was the favourite uncle of Prince Philip, that was quite something,” he says. “So obviously I hooked up with the Prince – what was good enough for Lord Louis was good enough for him.”

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Lord Louis Mountbatten former chauffeur Norman Nield exposed him

Meanwhile, in New Zealand, there have been such newspaper headlines as, “‘Uncle Dickie’ the Sex Pervert” (N.Z. Truth, Sept.  8, 1987), since Mountbatten’s former chauffeur, Norman Nield, started revealing details of the late Lord Mountbatten’s alleged sexual exploitation of boys.

Paedophile Lord Louis Mountbatten

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Edward Prince of Wales and his cousin Lord Louis Mountbatten “relax” in a canvas swimming pool on board H. M. S. Renown during their 1920 Empire Tour.

Lord Louis was a great grandson of Queen Victoria and the uncle of Prince Philip (consort of Queen Elizabeth II). Mountbatten was also a promiscuous bisexual who was famously rumored to have had an affair with Edward VIII (who was Prince of Wales at the time) when he accompanied him on his Empire tours (see photo above).


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The Queen. Like any human being, she is subject to the influence of those around her. While he lived, Lord Mountbatten was a persuasive counsellor, and he formulated the plan for Prince Charles’s unusually rigorous education.


English television presenter Jimmy Savile at the Dorchester Hotel in London, during a tribute luncheon in his honour, 19th June 1978.

In June 1978, Bob Brooksby chauffeured Jimmy Savile to the Dorchester Hotel where members of the royal family and stars of show business rose to give a standing ovation as he walked into the banqueting hall for a special Variety Club luncheon.
Angus Ogilvy, husband of Princess Alexandra and president of the National Association of Youth Clubs, which Jimmy Savile had raised funds for, was the first to get up to speak: ‘He has done more than perhaps anyone else to make the lives of unfortunate people happier than they might ever have been,’  said Ogilvy.
Savile talked of how he had felt ‘great friendship from the off’ with Ogilvy and his wife, socialising with them at the NAYC headquarters on Devonshire Street in London and at any number of gala events. Princess Alexandra was a patron of a hostel for girls in care: ‘At this place I’m a cross between a term-time boyfriend and a fixer of special trips out,’ he added.  It sounds uncannily like the role he created for himself at Duncroft, where their paths certainly crossed at a garden party in May 1974.
The Queen’s cousin was a patron of the mental health charity MIND, and on that occasion she greeted Jimmy Savile with a level of enthusiasm and familiarity that is said to have shocked the school’s main governor, Lady Montagu Norman.
Bill Cotton, by then controller of BBC1, was the next to pay tribute in the Dorchester’s banqueting hall: ‘Jim Callaghan might be Prime Minister and Jimmy Carter President of the United States, but when you say Jim’ll Fix It everybody knows who you mean.’ 3 Jimmy Savile nodded and waved, drinking in the acclaim.
He was seated between Lord Louis Mountbatten and Sir Billy Butlin, two men representative of the social poles he now spanned.
In Plain Sight: the Life and Lies of Jimmy Savile Dan Davies
Bob Brooksby


Bob Brooksby … who worked for an advertising agency called the london press exchange. He was a kind of Mr Fix it for Jim…in 1973…..Pip Burley, Headley, Surrey

Jimmy Payne & Friends Live at Broadmoor Hospital 1976
Special thanks to Jimmy Savile, Bob Brooksby, The Tea Council…

Sexual Abuse Scandal Sir Jimmy Savile, OBE pictured outside a Sex Clinic in Mumbai, India in 1992. While other passengers Stock Photo


Sir Jimmy Savile, OBE pictured outside a Sex Clinic in Mumbai, India in 1992. While other passengers visited the tourist sights, Savile made a macabre excursion to a Hindu crematorium and the Towers of Silence, where members of the Zoroastrian sect leave their dead in the open to be devoured by vultures and other predatory birds.

The disc jockey and radio and TV personality was “Running around the world”, raising money for Stoke Mandeville and other charities


We can reveal a British man told Scotland Yard in 2004 he was making trips to Goa in India to have sex with children.

The witnesss said Savile went to villages to pick up girls. But police said they needed more evidence.


Witnesses said he enjoyed interfering with dead bodies and abused them

Revealed: The glass eye Jimmy Savile stole from a corpse and made into a necklace that he wore on final Top of the Pops – where he also groped a child

Auction: This necklace belonging to Jimmy Savile with a glass eye at its centre was sold for £75 at a charity auction shortly after his deathAuction: This necklace belonging to Jimmy Savile with a glass eye at its centre was sold for £75 at a charity auction shortly after his death

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Seasons past: Christmas card from Prince Charles and Camilla Duchess of Cornwall

Jimmy – With kindest regards, Charles and Camilla

Sir Jimmy’s amazing collection of memorabilia reveals warm friendships with Prince Charles, Princess Diana and other Royals including Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson over the years.

A host of Christmas cards signed by Prince Charles and Princess Diana are set to go under the hammer estimated at £300 to £500 each alongside some fascinating personal gifts from Charles.

The Prince, who hailed Sir Jimmy as ‘a national treasure,’ presented him with a pair of Asprey and Garrard silver and blue enamel cufflinks with his fleur de lys crest for his 80th birthday, which are expected to sell for £300 to £500.

Ominous: Christmas card with picture of Prince William, Prince Charles and Prince Harry from Prince Charles to Sir Jimmy in which Prince Charles writes 'give my love to your ladies'

Ominous: Christmas card with picture of Prince William, Prince Charles and Prince Harry from Prince Charles to Sir Jimmy in which Prince Charles writes ‘give my love to your ladies’

 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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The first Ripper victim’s body was found in Prince Phillip Playing Fields, Leeds.

In 1952 – Prince Philip allegedly initiated into Freemasonry, Navy Lodge, No. 2612 UGLE


Detectives ‘had a cast made of Savile’s teeth’ to check against bite-marks left on bodies of Yorkshire Ripper victims

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‘Mates’: Peter Sutcliffe named Jimmy Savile in police interviews, left one of his victims’ bodies near the DJ’s home and was regularly visited by him while in Broadmoor

Close: The BBC star's home is very near to where Sutcliffe dumped one of his victims - as the Ripper mentioned in a police interview

Close: Jimmy Savile’s home is very near to where Sutcliffe dumped one of his victims – as the Ripper mentioned in a police interview

Savile, seen at Broadmoor in 1991, as Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe meets boxer Frank Bruno, who was on a visit to open a new gym
‘Child perverts soon become child killers,’ he added.

The detective’s shocking revelation came as the killer, Peter Sutcliffe said that Savile regularly visited him in custody and the pair became friends.



16 Nov 1982 State Intelligence Deputy Lieutenant Commissions

Commissions signed by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for the County of West Yorkshire

Lt Col. Sir Richard Denby, L.L.B.

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In 1980, as Jimmy Savile was being feted by the prime minister and calling in favours from the Duke of Edinburgh, he was summoned by West Yorkshire Police to provide a cast of his teeth.

North Yorkshire Police and Savile

Jimmy Savile hosted ‘Cop Idol’ talent show for police

Feb 16, 2014

POLICE invited Jimmy Savile to host a “Cop Idol” talent show for teenagers despite his name being linked to two child sex inquiries, an investigation has revealed.

The pervert was chauffeured by officers to the X Factor-style event at a church where the chief constable was on the judging panel.

The disgraced DJ was chosen to hand out prizes to the starstruck youngsters, even though his name had already come up in abuse investigations by Surrey and Sussex Police.

The VIP treatment was provided by police in North Yorkshire where the Leeds-based presenter had a second home in Scarborough.

The force had already assured Surrey and Sussex Police that Savile had a clean record as far as North Yorkshire was concerned. The contest took place at Selby Abbey in September 2008. Scotland Yard was told about the event in interviews with residents of Whitby, near Scarborough, while collecting evidence for their dossier on Savile, who died in 2011.

Surrey Police, who began an inquiry into Savile in 2007, have said requests to every force for information relating to him drew a blank. Sussex Police conducted a similar check in April 2008.


Sex offender’s hard drive in police commissioner’s safe for 14 years

12 March 2020

A hard drive belonging to a sex offender couldn’t be used as evidence against him because it was kept in a police chief’s safe for 14 years.

The storage device containing indecent images of children which belonged to ex-Lord Mayor of Leeds Neil Taggart.

But the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner’s (PCC) office did not disclose its existence until after Taggart admitted child sex offences.

PCC Mark Burns-Williamson said he was unaware the images existed until then.

He apologised for the “embarrassing” mistake but added: “There’s been no intentional cover-up with this.”

An employee at the PCC’s office, who had previously been employed by the West Yorkshire Police Authority, remembered the storage device on 6 June 2017.

Taggart, who was a former police authority chairman, was jailed in July 2017 for making and distributing indecent photographs of children.

When officers had searched his home in September 2016 they discovered 36,003 indecent images and videos of children on his computer equipment.

A police whistleblower flagged up the hard drive’s existence to the BBC in September 2017.

The BBC has learned that when Taggart left the police authority in May 2003 his hard drive was “retained and stored”.

Mr Burns-Williamson, who became the authority’s chairman a month later, said: “I think it was within a secure safe within the police authority.

“That transferred over to the Police and Crime Commissioner’s office but, certainly, I was not aware that it existed.

“Subsequently some images have been found on there, much later on, of course, and I can only assume he [Taggart] knew full well that was the case, and that’s why he asked for it to be stored.

“Of course, I’m sorry and I absolutely regret the fact that this hard drive existed and wasn’t discovered until 2017.”

‘Seems suspicious’

The whistleblower said: “I can’t think of any reason why they would have kept the hard drive. It was expensive equipment.

“On a high-profile investigation for very serious offences of child sexual imagery, why have they not brought it forward?

“I don’t know if he [Mr Burns-Williamson] withheld evidence, but given that it took so long to disclose this evidence, it does seem suspicious.”

Mr Burns-Williamson said: “As soon as the member of staff recalled that something had been stored, West Yorkshire Police were immediately notified.

“I was notified on the same day, and I was as shocked as anyone that that was the case.

“It’s embarrassing, yes. There have been errors made, so, yes, I absolutely do apologise for that.”

The former Chief Crown Prosecutor for the North West of England and former Association of Police and Crime Commissioners chief executive, Nazir Afzal, said it was “staggering” the PCC did not know the hard drive was in a safe in his office.

“This particular individual [Taggart] was extraordinarily high profile. He was the head of the [police] authority.

“They had that material apparently in the office from 2003, going back 14 years, before the sentencing hearing. Why suddenly did they think it was relevant to bring it forward two days after he pleaded guilty?

“We’re talking about serious criminal material. The abuse of children, digital or video, is the abuse of children.

“It’s not an image. It’s a child being abused in real time.

“If that material is sat somewhere for the best part of 14 years questions need to be asked.”

Following a Freedom of Information request to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), the BBC has learned the CPS was made aware of the existence of Taggart’s hard drive on 13 June 2017.

The CPS said it did not form part of the evidence in Taggart’s case because he had pleaded guilty a week earlier to the existing indictment and was awaiting sentence.

The hard drive was examined by the police and was found to contain six images – four unique images and two duplicates.

The CPS decided on 28 September 2018 not to charge Taggart with any offences relating to the four indecent images.

A spokesperson said: “These images were of a level of serious

The former chief executive of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, Jim Gamble, called for an independent review of the case.

“There needs to be a fundamentally independent review of… the circumstances surrounding the retention of this hard drive in the first instance, the issues around the delay in it being provided to the police, and ultimately the approach the police took in the investigation of the hard drive – what steps they took to identify, locate and safeguard who may have been in them, or young adults who are now suffering.”

West Yorkshire Police said the four images had been investigated by its Victim Identification Officer but there was insufficient information to identify the children.

Taggart died in December 2019.

Mr Burns-Williamson said he would stand for re-election as West Yorkshire PCC when polling takes place in May.

The role of West Yorkshire PCC could be phased out in the next few years.

In Wednesday’s Budget, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a devolution deal for West Yorkshire, part of which could see policing powers transferred to a West Yorkshire mayor from 2024.

How the BBC researched the story

Between October 2017 and January 2018, the BBC submitted three Freedom of Information (FoI) requests to the PCC requesting information about the hard drive.

Those requests were refused on the grounds that a West Yorkshire Police investigation into the matter was ongoing.

The BBC challenged that decision but it was upheld by the Information Commissioner and then the First-Tier Tribunal, the body that hears appeals regarding FoI legislation.

The tribunal judge said: “In our view this strong public interest in protecting law enforcement outweighs any other interests in disclosure.”

Mr Burns-Williamson said he had followed “due process”.

“There was an ongoing investigation, and reporting restrictions imposed by the judge,” he said.

“The CPS had further time to look at that and all the decisions that I’ve made in relation to that have been upheld by the Information Commissioner’s office and the First-tier Tribunal. So at the earliest opportunity, once those processes are out the way I’ve clearly given a fuller explanation.”

The CPS closed the case on 28 September 2018, at which point the PCC could have disclosed the relevant information.

In October 2019, the BBC submitted a fourth FoI request and the PCC provided detailed information to the BBC in December.



Former chairman of the West Yorkshire Police Authority had a ‘library of child abuse images’

Neil Taggart – who is also former Lord Mayor of Leeds – has been sent to prison for 32 months

4 July 2017

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Former chairman of West Yorkshire Police Authority Neil Taggart jailed for having child sex abuse photos

Neil Taggart, 65, a city councillor for more than 30 years and also former Lord Mayor of Leeds was also chairman of the West Yorkshire Police Authority between 1998 and 2003.

Leeds Crown Court heard officers executed a search warrant at his home in Garforth, Leeds on September 23 last year while he and his family were abroad on holiday.

They seized a desktop computer, five hard drives and two USB memory sticks on which more than 35,000 indecent images had been downloaded.

Files recovered also showed he had shared some of the images with other perverts and chatted online and in phone calls with some of them.

aggart admitted three charges of making indecent images of children, three of distributing indecent images, one charge of possessing prohibited images and one of possessing extreme pornography.

Anthony Dunne, prosecuting, said 5,488 images including 856 movies were found at Category A, the most serious involving adults and children as young as four and one involving a baby aged eight to 12 months.

There were also 4,580 still and moving images at category B and 25,935 at Category C. Also found were 30 images involving adults and animals classified as extreme pornography and 431 indecent computer images, some dating back to 2010. Deleted data suggested it might have gone back to 2007.

Jailing Taggart, Judge Robin Mairs said his offending had gone on for a prolonged period.

He said: “Behind those arithmetical totals the reality was this, they were children, pre-pubescent children, one was a baby eight to 12 months,…Girls described as aged four to six years of age.”

He said some of the children were shown in pain, in distress, restrained or gagged.

Taggart acknowledge his “deviant sexual interest” in looking at images.Taggart became Lord Mayor of Leeds in 2003.


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13 July  2017
A senior councillor has called for an independent inquiry into the case of a former Leeds Lord Mayor following his conviction and jailing on child pornography offences. The leader of Leeds City Council’s opposition Conservative group Andrew Carter wants “heightened scrutiny” of the “conduct and history” of Neil Taggart, who was jailed for 32 months last month for crimes related to indecent images of children.

He served as a councillor for 34 years and was also chair of the West Yorkshire Police Authority. At yesterday’s full council meeting, Coun Carter asked council leader Judith Blake for reassurances about an internal audit inquiry, and suggested the fact that its findings were being reviewed by an Independent Safeguarding Board was “insufficient”. “We are all horrified by the Neil Taggart saga, but what seems to have been overlooked is that for a number of years this person was the chair of the West Yorkshire Police Authority,” he said. “I don’t know whether his illegal activities went back as far as this, but there needs to be a proper investigation that is independent, and can give reassurances, and closure if possible. “The Local Authority cannot reputationally allow there to be any suggestion of a cover-up. “I want the leader of Council to provide assurances that a thorough external investigation will leave no stone unturned.” Responding to Coun Carter’s question, Coun Blake said revelations about Taggart had caused “shock and revulsion” to all his former colleagues. “We felt we had to take this exceptionally seriously and for that reason the chief executive immediately ordered an internal audit,” she said. “We thought very carefully about how to take this forward, and what we have decided is we want the internal audit to be as far reaching as it can be, and I understand it’s very close to completion. “We believe the appropriate next step is to send the findings to the Independent Safeguarding chair and ask for his advice.” Coun Carter stressed there were “additional concerns that an internal audit inquiry is unlikely to find anything” because of the sheer length of time involved. “We should be looking further,” he said, Coun Blake said that as far as was currently understood, none of the charges against Taggart had related to his time in office. She acknowledged there was a need to be “as open and transparent about this as we possibly can be and do what we can do in regards to his time as councillor here.”

Former West Yorkshire police detective’s child abuse images shame
Andrew McCaren/Ross Parry'Retired police officer Michael Vause at Huddersfield Mags Court.''Michael Vause a former West Yorkshire detective who continued to work for the force as a civilian investigator has pleaded guilty to a string of child pornography offences.''Michael Vause, who was working for West Yorkshire's professional standards department at the time of his arrest, admitted 11 counts of making indecent images of children. He has since resigned his position with the force.
Retired police officer Michael Vause at Huddersfield Mags Court.
July 6 2012

Michael Vause a former West Yorkshire detective who continued to work for the force as a civilian investigator has pleaded guilty to a string of child pornography offences.”Michael Vause, who was working for West Yorkshire’s professional standards department at the time of his arrest, admitted 11 counts of making indecent images of children. He has since resigned his position with the force. Andrew McCaren/Ross Parry’Retired police officer Michael Vause at Huddersfield Mags Court.”Michael Vause a former West Yorkshire detective who continued to work for the force as a civilian investigator has pleaded guilty to a string of child pornography offences.”Michael Vause, who was working for West Yorkshire’s professional standards department at the time of his arrest, admitted 11 counts of making indecent images of children. He has since resigned his position with the force.


How far did police go to protect Jimmy Savile?

Evidence is mounting that the DJ wielded worrying influence over West Yorkshire Police


The Flying Pizza and his nearby penthouse apartment overlooking Roundhay Park were, until his death two years ago, the centre of Savile’s Leeds empire. He would swan in at least once every few weeks, boasting to regulars of his celebrity status. It was like he had the “keys to the city”, one recalls. What seemed at the time like mere celebrity bragging is now known to be much, much worse.

…the extent to which the police appeared to have enabled Savile to claim he was untouchable. A retired Leeds policeman has claimed that “there wasn’t a copper in the city who didn’t know Savile was a pervert”.

The ex-Leeds City Police officer, speaking under the alias Paul Leonard, said that in 1965 he had come across Savile’s Rolls-Royce parked in a secluded lay-by near Roundhay Golf Club. The then DJ and fledgling television presenter reportedly warned: “I’m waiting for midnight when she turns 16… so p–s off if you want to keep your job.” After reporting the incident to a sergeant, Leonard says he was told: “Shut up, son. He’s got friends in high places.”

The serial paedophile told detectives he had not done anything wrong in 83 years and boasted of “senior police persons” who came to visit him every week at his flat in Leeds in what was known as the “Friday morning club”.

The influence Savile claimed to wield over the police is shocking, but was no secret at the Flying Pizza, where the TV presenter would talk of his “hotline” to officers. “He used to come in here on his own and talk about the Friday meetings,” says Francis, a 63-year-old retired doorman who knew Savile well from the late Sixties onwards.

At least eight West Yorkshire Police officers are thought to have attended Savile’s Friday morning clubs, which ran for almost 20 years. Inspector Starkey and Matthew Appleyard, a sergeant serving in Wetherby police station, were previously named as members by Savile’s biographer. Neither could be reached for comment yesterday. West Yorkshire Police will not release the names or ranks of the other officers who are known to have attended.


Speaking for the first time, he says: “He used to take great delight in telling people that if he had any problems, his friends at Millgarth [the former city centre West Yorkshire Police headquarters] would sort it out. He would say: ‘If I think I’ve got a problem, all I’ve got to do is make a phone call.’ ”

Francis’s friend Steve, who was also a doorman, recalls: “He would say it specifically to us because he knew what we did for our jobs. Basically, he had the keys to the city.”

It is known that Savile made a number of financial contributions to charities linked to West Yorkshire Police.

At one point the force invited him to be the voice of a new anti-burglary campaign.

Savile’s behaviour were mishandled a number of times, including in 1998 when West Yorkshire police failed to properly record an anonymous letter that made sexual abuse allegations about the late Top of the Pops host.

The letter was forwarded by a Metropolitan police officer from its clubs and vice unit, who told Operation Newgreen that it was “common knowledge within the team in the late 1980s and early 1990s that Savile was a paedophile”.

On one occasion in 1983, Savile attended a monthly official lunch at Millgarth with six senior officers and guests who included judges, barristers and business leaders. He tried to dominate the conversation and “hold court”

The incident is mentioned in an internal report compiled by West Yorkshire Police into Savile’s relationship with the force, which is currently being assessed by the IPCC.

“This would have been approximately 1983. These lunches
were held monthly at Millgarth police station in Leeds, with a cooked lunch being served to a group consisting of six senior officers and six invited high profile local people.

He stated that his guests included the Bishop of Leeds, the regional head of British Telecom, Judges, barristers, local heads of business, and on one occasion Jimmy Savile. The retired officer stated that Savile `held court` and dominated conversations.”

4.4 In the past, members of the WYP Officers Mess6 would arrange dinner events that were funded by current and retired officers and often invite an external guest speaker to provide a personal view on issues linked to policing.

In March 1998, Savile was invited to attend one of the evenings and he gave a speech on his business interests in Northern Ireland and his upbringing in Leeds. He also spoke about how he felt policing had changed since his youth.

He did not receive any payment for attending the evening but he was provided with transport home by one of the Assistant Chief Constables (now retired).

4.5 Savile made financial contributions to a number of charitable causes linked to WYP, an example being the fund started after the tragic murder of PC Ian Broadhurst in 2003 to which he donated approximately £10007.

4.6 Due to the location of Savile’s home in Roundhay Park and the elevated view from the balcony across the grounds, Savile offered WYP the opportunity to use it when policing major events in the park. An example of this was the Robbie Williams concert in 2006 which was attended by approximately 90,000 people. This offer was not taken up by the police on this or any other occasion.

4.7 In 2008 Savile attended an ‘open day’ at the Force’s Operational Support Service Department (OSSD)8. This event was organised for the families of police officers and staff to gain an understanding of the work undertaken by OSSD. Savile did not attend in any official capacity but was invited as a friend of a serving police officer and did not fulfil any official role.

7.42 During the course of their review, officers from Operation Newgreen visited a storage facility which holds some of Savile`s personal possessions.

Within the collection were items of memorabilia and photographs. Prior to WYP attending, officers from Operation Yewtree had also carried out this task and seized a number of personal diaries written by Savile. Nothing additional was found amongst these possessions that was relevant to any investigation or review into Savile.
7.43 WYP has examined the diaries. The entries in the diaries consist of Savile’s experiences in his daily life and they are public knowledge as they are included in his autobiographies. Some of the stories relate to personal relationships or contact with Police officers. One of the entries refers to a retired Chief Superintendent in the Greater Manchester Police and a conversation they held about a club that Savile attended which potentially held illegal

Savile offering his services as an intermediary for the police, should the ‘Ripper’ wish to make contact.”

“The information held was his name, date of birth, home address and various reference numbers. It was not possible to establish the relevance of the reference numbers as a large proportion of the investigation paperwork had been destroyed in the 1980s.”


Jimmy Savile was asked to front West Yorkshire Police (WYP) crime prevention campaigns despite an awareness of sex abuse allegations and rumours among officers he was a “pervert”.

An internal report into West Yorkshire Police’s relationship with the former Jim’ll Fix It presenter showed that police were still asking him to promote campaigns in 2008 despite receiving warnings from Surrey Police that he could be a sex offender.

West Yorskhire still asked Savile to help front local crime prevention campaigns, including a ‘Hand in a Handler’ campaign and a Talking Signs campaign. A recording of Savile’s voice was broadcast through speakers attached to lamp posts which gave local students and residents crime prevention advice.

A retired officer from the Leeds Vice Squad also believed that the unit had conducted an investigation into allegations of indecent assault by Savile on two girls in the early 1980s. There is no evidence from WYP that this investigation took place, but the matter has been passed on to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.


About Neil  Taggart

Born in the Birmingham suburb of Tyseley, Neil Taggart gained a degree in Music from the University of Leeds, where he was elected as President of the University Union 1974-5.

He was a Labour member of Leeds City Council 1980-2014, winning ten elections out of ten, occupying leading roles on Race Equality, Environment, Highways & Transportation, Recreation Services and Planning. He was Lord Mayor of Leeds 2003-4.He served on West Yorkshire Police Authority 1985-2003 (also Chair 1997-2002) and the National Crime Squad Service Authority (1997-2002). He also served as Chair of West Yorkshire Joint Services 2009-13.

His hobbies include railways and railway history, theatre, film, music and indulging his grandchildren.


A police report into its relationship with Jimmy Savile has been branded a whitewash and condemned

The West Yorkshire Police (WYP) report examined the history of the DJ and TV presenter’s relationship with the force, including how officers attended his well-known Friday Morning Club at his Leeds flat.

It disclosed that the disgraced BBC star’s services was used in the force’s crime prevention campaign in 2007 despite allegations despite warnings from Surrey Police that he may be a sex offender.

However the inquiry, dubbed Operation Newgreen, concluded that there was no evidence he was shielded from arrest and protected from prosecution by his relationship with the force.


Yorkshire Ripper hoax tape Recording of a tape sent to George Oldfield of West Yorkshire Police in 06/79 by a man purporting to be the Yorkshire Ripper. (The tape was later discovered to be a hoax and the man identified as John Humble).


Originally broadcast by Pennine Radio.



Sir Richard Denby was uncle to paedo-apologist Barbara Hewson who has incessently insulted CSA victims since Savile surfaced.

Sir Richard Denby’s Radio Pennine was a paedo incubator. Surprising that his niece Hewson slags off CSA victims and nephew was Proctor mate?

Would the founding director of Radio Pennine, Richard Denby, have known Jimmy Savile, a man with strong links to several radio stations?

1977 Pennine Radio Director/Chairman Richard K Denby


Jimmy Savile is one of the famous and interesting to appear on Pennine Radio

Click to access IBA-Television-and-Radio-1977.pdf


Sir Richard Denby, uncle of Jonathan Denby and Barbara Hewson. Let’s have a closer look at some of his ties …

^ Sir Richard Denby was a director of Opera North

Another director at the opera was George Lascelles, the seventh Earl of Harewood, the Queen’s first cousin. Lascelles was close friends with Benjamin Britten who would be delivered scugnizzi from Naples to his house on Ischia by the convicted paedophile Colin Peters.

 George Lascelles became managing director of the Leeds-based Opera North from 1978-80

 Opera North, formerly known as ENON, English National Opera.

 ENON became fully independent and changed its name to Opera North in 1981.

Richard Denby was a director of Opera North, formerly ENON, a role shared by a whole host of illustrious names including Paul Boateng, David Mellor, Shaun Woodward and Ffon Llewellyn Hague.

 Enon directors include:

 David Mellor  1993-1995

Shaun Wooward 1994-2002

Paul Boateng 1992 – 1997

Fffon Llywellen Hague 2009 -2014



July 30 1986

 Opera North – allegations of misusing money, using funds on lavish parties, criticism of members’ behaviour on trip to West Germany…

 George Lascelles, the seventh Earl of Harewood, Queen’s first cousin

His cousin, Tommy Lascelles, was the Queen’s Private secretary

His father, a freemason: George Lascelles, 6th Earl of Harewood, who was Provincial Grand Master of Yorkshire, West Riding 1926–1942

George Lascelles:

…managing director of Sadler’s Wells Opera (1972-85), via its change of name in 1974 to English National Opera (ENO)

 English National Opera (ENO) – George Lascelles   chairman (1986-95)

Lascelles was friends with Benjamin Britten – Britten is godfather to his son

The Observer 18 Oct 1981:

Lascelles’ career coincided with the creation of a proper British operatic tradition by (paedo) Benjamin Britten, virtually single-handed and against all the odds. The peer’s patronage of the arts was not just decorative or social, but positively enabling.

Harewood’s first wife, the pianist Marion Stein, daughter of Britten’s publisher Erwin Stein, later married Jeremy Thorpe.

Marion Stein and Benjamin Britten

Marion Stein and Benjamin Britten

Thanks to his first wife, the pianist Marion Stein, daughter of Britten’s publisher Erwin Stein, Harewood enjoyed a close friendship with the composer, who was 10 years his senior, and his partner, Peter Pears.




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Jeremy Thorpe married Marion Stein, who had been married to the Queen’s first cousin, George Lascelles


Lord Harewood was on the general advisory council of the BBC from 1969-77 and was a governor from 1985-87 (would have known Jimmy Savile) and as the president of the British Board of Film Classification from 1985 to 1996.


Newly-released documents reveal the secrecy, political pressure and damaging splits over the BBC’s decision to screen a pioneering documentary about Northern Ireland

Rees-Mogg, deputy chairman, described the programme as “totally unacceptable”; Lady Faulkner said she had been “frightened” when viewing the film and thought its contents were “utterly horrifying”. Watson Peat, another governor, said he felt the “soft questioning” of McGuinness had enabled him to adopt a “Scargillite demeanour”. Lord Harewood, cousin of the Queen, branded the programme “smooth and odious … hateful”.


 His other interests included football: he served as president of Leeds United Football Club from 1961 until his death and was president of the Football Association from 1963 to 1972.

 George Lascelles, Lord Harewood, served as chancellor of the University of York from 1962 to 1967.


George Lascelles, the 7th Earl of Harewood, who died on 11 July 2011, was the first Chancellor of the University of York, from 1963 to 1967. Harvey Proctor, best mate of fellow student Jonathan Denby, was chairman of York University’s Conservative Association from 1967 until 1969.

 He played a key role in the early years of the University’s life and enjoyed a close working relationship with the first Vice-Chancellor, Lord James.

 After stepping down as Chancellor, Lord Harewood remained involved and interested in the life and work of the University.

 Lord Harewood devoted much of his life to opera, creating Opera North


York University was a hotbed of far-right activism, with many in a close circle of friends being paedophiles or connected with paedophiles:




Sir Richard Denby’s niece Barbara Hewson allegedly met up with Jimmy Savile’s niece Amanda McKenna (who was named in Jimmy Savile’s will.


who they are so when they try to write about JK they will have the same treatment I’ve had. Not hide behind false names. They call him ‘Sir’ Same as Savile. They had meeting up in Leeds. Amanda, Johnny, Hewson, rabbit don’t know about moor or jervis, can’t remember.

Very interesting that @AnnaRaccoon2017 is not retracting her claim that the Gin Goblin (Barbara Hewson) met with Amanda McKenna, Savile’s niece, in Leeds!

Equally interesting that the Gin Goblin has NOT denied that this meeting took place.

Jerry Sadowitz performance from 1987 where he describes Jimmy Savile as a danger to children…

‘There have been serious allegations of child abuse in Cleveland. To my mind there is only one way to find out whether this is true or not and that’s to . . . CALL IN JIMMY SAVILE! You can’t afford to f* about! Bring in an expert!* Am I right? A friend of mine reckons Jimmy Savile is a paedophile. Rubbish — he’s a child-bender! That’s why he does all the f**** charity work: it’s to gain public sympathy for when his f***** case comes up.’

That show was called Total Abuse. And it was. Unrepeatable jokes about Princess Diana, Terry Waite, Norman Tebbit, Nelson Mandela.

One presumes he had heard the rumours and was bold enough to put them out there. The point is, what about the rest of them?

If Sadowitz, a fringe comic with no connections to TV or radio at the time, had heard enough to joke about Savile in 1987, it is fair to presume his more famous contemporaries knew, too. This would include people who have done some serious moralising in the media of late.


A member of the Fabian Society

it was disclosed last year that he had not held a constituency surgery since 1997.


Anna Raccoon , Savile WAS at Cleveland

Anna Raccoon@AnnaRaccoon201738

Anna Raccoon Retweeted Anna Raccoon

See? I can taunt too. Can’t get you to swap places in this bed, pity. Used me, then turned on me. You’ll pay. @HOLLIEGREIGJUST good man!

Anna Raccoon added,


So the Gin Goblin (Hewson) met up with Savile’s (niece Amanda?) who has boxes of savile’s correspondence


 Hewson was meeting Savile’ s niece, Amanda? Why would she do that? What interest for an Irish barrister?
Dame Alun Roberts

Ah, got it! The Bin Goblin was never a close friend of after all! Don’t we know!


Gosh, and didn’t she only last month, travel up to Norfolk, with gifts and sit at her bedside? Lot of trouble for a ‘non friend’.


She was her biggest cheerleader by far. She must be frantically scared of what Anna knows and has passed onto others. Watch this space!

Why is Sir Richard Denby not listed as a past president. Only in office briefly? Just wondering!



President of Law Society from 1 July 1977 to July 1978

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Sir Richard Denby has been elected as president of Bradford and Bingley Building Society. He is senior partner of A. V. Hammond and Co., solicitors, Bradford, and is currently chairman of Parkland Textile (Holdings)



Richard Denby, LLB., D.L. at the Annual General Meeting of Bradford & Bingley Building Society

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1979/ Bradford & Bingley Building Society/President  Peter Knight Solicitor/Freemasons/Duke of Edinburgh





250th anniversary of the birth of John Hunter- Reception attended by Prince Charles….

The following night…

The Treasurer of Lincoln’s Inn ...In 1978 that Hall of Lincoln’s Inn was the scene of the Hunterian Anniversary Oration by the Rt Hon. the Lord Wolfenden CBE on ‘Hunter, Hippocrates, and Humanity’-a superb piece of oratory that was greatly appreciated by a distinguished audience representing the professions and other important elements in our national life, many of those present wearing full evening dress and decorations in readiness for the banquet that followed in the Great Hall of the College itself. The toast to the College was proposed at this occasion by the President of the Law Society, Mr Richard Denby, and the response was given by the President of the College.

The toast to the College was proposed at this occasion by the President of the Law Society, Mr Richard K Denby…

Click to access annrcse01488-0002.pdf


Richard Denby – member of Criminal Injuries Compensation Board died age 71


LazerLight‏ @Lazer_Light23

Ahh, so Richard Denby died whilst Jonathan Denby was on the run. He was only caught 25th April 1987. RD passed Dec 1986.

So are we to assume, as JD was still on the run, that he never attended the funeral or did he?

Crafty Muvva

Maj. (temp. 10/1/43) R. K. Denby, Green Howards 20/12/43



Brother of Herbert (Jonathan) and Kathleen (Hewson).


Sir Richard Denby was brother of Jonathan’s dad (Herbert) and Hewson’s mum (Kathleen).

Uncle to both.

Director and Chairman of Pennine Radio. Barbara Hewson’s uncle!

R.K. Denby

Broadmoor:  When asked whether the prime minister had a say in his appointment, Savile replied, ‘Shall we say, if she had been asked I am sure she would not have objected.’

In Plain Sight: the Life and Lies of Jimmy Savile Dan Davies

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In Plain Sight: the Life and Lies of Jimmy Savile

I was going to call it Apocalypse Now Then.

The implicit awareness was that it was going to be dark, because even in that first meeting there was a real, dark, underlying subtle menace to him.”


Myra Hindley exposed as a ‘practicing WITCH’ whose occult links lead to Jimmy Savile

30th July 2017

MOORS murderer Myra Hindley has been accused of being a practicing witch who worshipped the occult alongside Ian Brady while the duo carried out their evil crimes.

At Ian Brady’s side, monstrous Hindley was responsible for the murder and torture of at least five children in the 1960s.But now it has emerged that the evil pair were versed in the occult, and took their child victims to Saddleworth Moor to carry out sadistic rituals.Hindley has been accused of taking on the look of the witch while Brady behaved as the alchemist, according to Moors murder expert Erica Gregory.Speaking exclusively to Daily Star Online, she said: “Myra was given a high status by Brady from the start.“This was his way of manipulating her into doing exactly what he wanted.“Myra took the role of the persecuted women in history while Brady was taking on the role of alchemist – they even found books on witchcraft in their house when police arrested them.“We have found evidence they were doing rituals on the Moors – we’ve seen knotted ropes, hare and sheep bones with evidence of large fires lit up around oak trees.”

Gregory even believes that the the murders were meticulously planned for ritualistic purposes – with the evil duo choosing to kill their victims on dates important within the occult calendar.“The murders were separated by four months – I believe Brady chose dates and times for his rituals,” she said.“Tommy Rhattigan, for example, was taken in November 1963 – the same day Margaret Murray died – who was a famous witch.“I believe her death, and the fact it was the anniversary of the Battle of Sheriffmuir was a trigger for Tommy to be picked up.”

It is no secret that witchcraft and satanic worshipping were big in the 1960s – with several high-profile Hollywood films airing in the era.And the Moors murderers even had links to infamous Alex Sanders – who rose to notoriety for attempting to raise a dead body in Alderley Edge and was a known friend of Jimmy Savile.“Brady and Hindley sought out Sanders when he worked at the John Rylands Library in Manchester which held books on occultism.“Sanders went on to work on films with Sharon Tate and he was friends with Savile, too – so there’s a clear link.”

This comes after Daily Star Online exclusively revealed that Brady was accused of selling child pornography to the shamed former DJ.Hindley and Brady were given life sentences in 1966.Together, they killed Pauline Reade, John Kilbride, Keith Bennett, Lesley Ann Downey and Edward Evans between July 1963 and October 1965.At least four of them, including Bennett, were sexually assaulted.It comes after Daily Star Online exclusively revealed Ian Brady’s evil map that could cryptically lead to the location of Keith Bennett’s body – which has never been found.


Erica Gregory – who has devoted years of her life investigating the Moors murders – believes they even formed a twisted “paedophile ring”.

she said: “I believe they went to the BBC studio regularly to make a fuss and try to get in with Savile.

“Alongside David Smith, Brady was selling photographs of children to make money at this time – I believe Savile could have been one of his customers.

“It is well known that Savile visited them both inside. I believe they were in a ring of some sort.”

It doesn’t stop there, though.

In 2014, Dan Davies noted that Savile chillingly replied “I am the Myra Hindley story” when asked on his opinion of it.And Gregory believes that Savile continued to communicate with the killers after their incarceration – visiting them and using songs played on the radio to transmit coded messages.“Savile could have been using his radio for secret messages,” she said.“Brady used music in tapes and songs that he stated reminded him of the Moors.“And Savile knew that if he played a song at a certain time then those listening would get the message.”http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/624549/Moors-murders-Jimmy-Savile-Ian-Brady-Myra-Hindley-paedophile-child-killers-Saddleworth-BBCDavid Smith allegedly and conveniently committed suicide:

  • Judge closes case against Smith

Savile’s convicted paedophile BBC driver found dead on day he was due to stand trial for sex crimes uncovered in Yewtree probe

David Smith, 67, was chauffeur to Savile and other celebrities in 1980s

Apparent suicide on the eve of his court appearance


  • Officers found him dead at his home in Lewisham, south-east London
  • Smith had 22 previous convictions for sexual abuse against young boys
  • Judge closes case against Smith


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Kilimanjaro Supper at the Flying Pizza in Leeds raises £8,300!

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Sir Jimmy Savile enjoying the event

Two of the Kilimanjaro Team Members – John Grantham and Martin Pickles – held a Kilimanjaro Supper at the Flying Pizza in Leeds on Monday 7th September



Reception to Celebrate the Patronages of Princess Alexandra, Buckingham Palace, London, UK – 29 Nov 2016


Savile would have known the doctors (Hobbs and Wynne) involved with the Cleveland case as they worked at LGI, Leeds General infirmary


Jimmy Savile’s secretary Janet Rowe at 10:16 in the video is, showing Savile’s files… there is a personal letter from Prince Charles, as well as an annotated newspaper article about the Cleveland case – the headline reads

“Marietta Higgs at centre of new sex abuse scandal”

Cleveland Area


Cleveland: Unspeakable Truths

The headline summed it up: “Is this the film that should never have been made ?”.

Just as telling was that the article under it – in the TV Times – was the only national press coverage of the film. Ten years after the Cleveland Child Abuse Crisis not a single newspaper reported on a documentary which told – for the first time – the truth about what had happened to the children at the heart of a “scandal” which had gripped and divided the entire country. Not for nothing was the film called “Cleveland: Unspeakable Truths”.

For those too young to recall it – and for those who still do – it’s worth recalling the events as they unfolded.

In the spring of 1987, 121 children from the (then) county of Cleveland – an area of some 583 square km and including the economically depressed towns of Hartlepool, Redcar and Middlesbrough – were taken into temporary local authority care on suspicion of having been sexually abused. Many – in fact the majority – of the children were very young: most were pre-pubescent and in some cases so young (or developmentally delayed) as to be pre-verbal.

This was not just the biggest sexual abuse case Britain had then encountered but the very first involving multiple victims and multiple perpetrators. Others – Rochdale, Orkney, Broxtowe – would follow on in quick succession, but Cleveland was the first and it set the template.

Newspaper coverage that spring led readers to believe that the children had been “snatched” from their parents as the result of a new and untested physical diagnosis – Reflex Anal Dilatation. The press – led by the Daily Mail – reported that two paediatricians, Dr Marietta Higgs and Dr Geoffrey Wyatt, who had recently arrived at Middlesbrough General Hospital had begun using RAD to diagnose sexual abuse on children who had been brought to the hospital for petty and unrelated problems – “a child with a sore finger” became the familiar trope of these stories.

Worse, or so the papers claimed, RAD involved looking up inside children’s bottoms and was a new and “experimental” technique. Cleveland’s senior police surgeon – a local GP called Alistair Irvine, made a series of statements to the media in which he damned both RAD and Drs Higgs and Wyatt. He was backed by local MP Stuart Bell who gave a succession of highly inflammatory interviews to local television stations.

The media response was swift and overwhelming. Reporters from national newspapers, radio and television descended on Middlesbrough. The Daily Mail alone sent seven. And what were these journalists looking for ? One thing and one thing only – “innocent parents” wrongly parted from their children. And these parents – aided by Stuart Bell who had become their self-appointed champion – quickly told (and frequently sold) their stories. In a matter of weeks Cleveland went from being a small local story to a national “scandal”. All the papers and broadcasters repeated the parents claims and Stuart Bell’s allegations, and viciously attacked the paediatricians. They, along with Cleveland Council’s most senior child abuse advisor Sue Richardson, were ordered by their employers not to give any interviews or make any comment to the media.

The Tory government set up a judicial enquiry under Lord Justice (Elizabeth) Butler Sloss. The enquiry sat for a year, heard evidence from parents, social services, police, doctors, nurses and – without any apparent unease – from a champion of paedophile rights, Ralph Underwager. It cost £5 million.

But there was one very odd aspect to the enquiry. Its remit from Whitehall prohibited it from asking – let alone answering – the most important question of all: how many of the 121 children at the centre of the crisis had been abused ?

By the time the enquiry report was close to publication I had made a high-profile documentary (and written a book) about child pornography. I approached Marietta Higgs to ask if she would, on the day of publication, be interviewed by me for ITN News. After a week of negotiation it was agreed that she would do one television interview (with me), one radio interview for Woman’s Hour and speak to one newspaper (The Guardian).

I was freelance and arranged to do the interview at the studios of Tyne Tees, ITV’s franchise in the north-east. It would be quicker to feed the piece down to ITN from Newcastle than to film it and bike the tape down to London.

I read the Butler Sloss report from cover to cover. I was – given the prevailing public story – surprised to see that it did not suggest anywhere that Drs Higgs and Wyatt had wrongly diagnosed the 121 children, nor that RAD had been the sole medical evidence in most cases. The report also made clear that no child was recorded as a suspected victim of sexual abuse on medical evidence alone: Butler-Sloss had heard a wealth of testimony from social services indicating that in the vast majority of cases, there were serious concerns about the children’s welfare long before they were seen at Middlesbrough General Hospital.

The report did criticise the doctors for the problems their diagnoses caused at the hospital which had been overwhelmed. It placed restrictions on them working on child abuse cases. But it reserved its most serious and stinging criticism for Stuart Bell MP, who it found had made false ad inflammatory statements about the parents, the children and the doctors – and refused to correct them even when presented with the evidence. It also strongly criticised Alastair Irvine, the police surgeon who had been instrumental in sparking the crisis.

The headlines that afternoon (and the next morning) were extraordinary: they bore no resemblance to the findings of the report. “Sack Her” [Marietta Higgs] was one of the more moderate. I interviewed Dr Higgs – calmly and politely for half an hour. I put to her all the criticism in the report and the complaints made by the parents. She answered honestly and frankly.

While the tape was being fed to London, I was approached by Tyne Tees news journalists and by the news anchor. The former screamed at me that I had “let Higgs off the hook”; the anchor threatened to beat me up. ITN ran the interview that evening.

Eight years later I was working at Yorkshire Television’s documentaries department – the best place in the world to make serious and important films. I had produced one such film two years earlier about a major child sexual abuse network in the United States [Conspiracy of Silence – there are references on this site to this] which had been pulled by its funder, The Discovery Channel. Perhaps that should have warned me.

I happened to meet Sue Richardson at a child abuse conference during the summer of 1996. In passing she mentioned that she was very concerned about what had happened to the Cleveland children. For the next six months I quietly spoke to as many people involved in the crisis as I could. A picture quickly emerged: many – probably most – of the 121 children had been returned to their parents, even where there was clear evidence of sexual abuse. In an alarming number of cases there was a convicted sex offender living in the house – one of the trigger factors for Sue Richardson’s initial concerns. The court system had broken down under the weight of hostile news reporting: one judge refused to allow evidence “relating to children’s bottoms” in his court room. Children had been sent back to parents about whom there was a lengthy history of concern. And then there was RAD itself.

It turned out that this was not some new and experimental technique, as alleged by the police surgeon and Stuart Bell, but was more than 100 years old and was formally included in the Association of Police Surgeons’ own manual as a diagnostic tool raising suspicions of sexual abuse and requiring further enquiries if it was observed.

Late in 1997, with the wholehearted agreement of Yorkshire Television’s Head of Documentaries, I pitched the idea for a documentary about Cleveland to Channel 4. It agreed to commission the film and we went into production: Channel 4 was to pay to Yorkshire TV the sum of £150,00 to produce it and a first instalment was transferred to the company’s coffers.

My colleagues and I spent nearly three months researching and investigating. We met and informally interviewed everyone who would speak to us. Stuart Bell MP and Alastair Irvine refused point blank.

We also advertised for parents who had been caught up in the crisis. Only two came forward: a mother whose children had been sexually abused by their father (he was convicted of the abuse) and ho had tried – in vain – to get her story heard by reporters back in 1987, and a couple whose children had been among the first to be taken into care. We were also contacted by a young woman from the area who had been sexually abused by her father at the time but who was not part of the 121 taken into care.

At some point a large brown parcel arrived for us at Yorkshire TV’s studios. Anonymously-sent, it contained all the social service evidence relating to the 121 children which had been presented in camera to Butler-Sloss. This posed a dilemma: although the children’s identities had been hidden by code letters in these documents, simply by receiving them – let alone broadcasting their contents -we were committing a serious offence. Yet the evidence in the documents clearly answered the question Butler-Sloss had been forced to duck: had these children been abused ? The papers showed that the children had long histories of involvement with social services and painstakingly documented injuries. In many cases a convicted paedophile was living in their houses, and many had made very convincing disclosures of sexual activity with adults. In the end, and with Yorkshire TV’s backing, we decided they were too important to throw away.

We drove to Northallerton on a Wednesday evening, ready to begin filming the following day. At 6pm I was phoned by Yorkshire Television’s Head of Documentaries: the company’s Director of Programmes – essentially his direct boss – had issued an instruction that we were to abandon all filming and that I was to tell Channel 4 that Yorkshire TV would not make the documentary. It turned out that Stuart Bell MP had leaned on the Director of Programmes. It was a surreal – and deeply disturbing – moment. When I spoke to Channel 4 its commissioning editor couldn’t believe his ears.

Happily, Chanel 4 was then a far more serious broadcaster than it is now. Within days it had brokered a deal whereby my own production company would make the film; I would take leave of absence from Yorkshire TV to do so, and – under pain of having its lucrative daytime Countdown quiz-programme terminated by Channel 4 – Yorkshire TV would then take me back on a longer contract. The row even made the front page of the industry’s trade magazine.

But our troubles were nothing compared to those of Drs Higgs and Wyatt or Sue Richardson. The health authorities for whom the paediatricians worked refused them permission to be interviewed, and Sue Richardson was informed by her then employer – a child welfare charity – that if she appeared in it she would be dismissed. She resigned instead – and her interview was vital in conveying the truth about Cleveland.

Two telling sections of the film summed up the entire crisis. The first was a section which showed file footage of one of the Cleveland parents making an emotional appeal on a breakfast television programme: in it – and egged on by host Anne Diamond – he said he had never abused his children and demanded they be allowed home. Yet the truth was that he had been convicted of buggering his children – sometimes in front of his wife: apparently that truth was ignored by Ms Diamond and her team.

The second was the discovery that in the wake of the Butler-Sloss enquiry, the Department of Health ordered all records of all the children as a group to be destroyed. When we asked for an explanation, the Department refused to comment.

Just what was Cleveland really about ? For me it was clear: it was about the plight of children – some just toddlers – who were abused and – briefly – rescued; then re-abused by a child protection system which could not bear the pressure from politicians and press. The truth of what happened to those children was too difficult to hear. Which is why we called the film Cleveland: Unspeakable Truths.

by Tim Tate – Producer/Director of Cleveland: Unspeakable Truths



Stuart Bell was at Dolphin Square


And her husband, a judge in KENYA

News of the World 17 July 1988

“The News of the World carried an article about Butler-Sloss’s husband.

Under the front-page headlines “Cleveland Judge Sex Scandal” and “Dame’s randy spouse frolics with vice girls” was an article reporting that he was a judge in Kenya and was ‘associating’ with prostitutes.”


Asked who instigated the Cleveland inquiry in 2003 Lady Butler-Sloss replied: “I think it was my brother actually as Lord Chancellor.”

A recently discovered article from Capital Gay magazine reveals how libel threats were used to silence newspapers who reported on the Elm Guest House paedophile ring. The Attorney General, Sir Michael Havers, would personally investigate complaints from lawyers representing Elm Guest House.

Sir Michael Havers

Sir Michael Havers

Sir Michael Havers played a leading role in the Sir Peter Hayman cover-up, and told Geoffrey Dickens not to name the paedophile diplomat in Parliament. Havers argued that Hayman should have retained his anonymity, and didn’t think the British public needed to know that powerful Establishment figures abused children.

Scotland Yard denied the allegations made by the Daily Express that the guest house’s visitor list included three MPs and a member of Buckingham Palace staff. A spokesman for Elm Guest House told Capital Gay “these were professional business people. We are talking about barristers, doctors, a couple of priests and a vicar”.

We now know that these “professional people” were almost certainly all child abusers. One of the barristers who visited Elm Guest House was Colin Peters QC, who was later jailed for his part in “Britain’s biggest child sex ring” which had over 150 victims. One of the priests who visited the guest house was Father Tony McSweeney, who was arrested by Operation Fernbridge in January.

It’s clear that Scotland Yard, Sir Michael Havers, and the Elm Guest House lawyers were all following the same script. It’s easy to blame the press for their part in the cover-up, but they were up against the most senior police and law officers in the country.

The most striking thing about the article is the strenuous denial of any link to the murder/disappearance of Vishal Mehrotra and Martin Allen, both of whom disappeared not far from Rocks Lane bewtween 1979 and 1981. Vishal Mehrotra went missing on the night of the Royal Wedding in 1981, when the Elm Guest House paedophiles were having a ‘Kings and Queens party’.

Scotland Yard had earlier confirmed to the Express that they were investigating connections between the missing boys and Elm Guest House. “Scotland Yard is expected to reopen files on the murder of one boy and he disappearance of another in their investigation into a VIP homosexual vice network in London.” Full article

Just a couple of months later these connections were “absolute rubbish”…



Martin Walkerdine‏ @mwalkerdine


The Yorkshire Ripper and the unsolved Swedish murders

The email gave details of the murder of Gertie Jensen on 12 August and of Teresa Thorling on 30 August 1980.

It went on to explain that the West Yorkshire Police had found a telex which had been sent to its office by the international crime organisation, Interpol, in the 1980s.

This indicated that Sutcliffe may have travelled with a lorry on board a car ferry between the port of Limhawn (which Lundqvist understood to be a mis-spelling of Limhamn) in Sweden and Dradoer (a mis-spelling of Dragor) in Denmark. The email then quoted two dates: 30 August 1980 and 1 September 1980 – coinciding with the date Teresa was killed.

Dame Alun Roberts‏ @ciabaudo

Who were the Ripper’s defence team, Martin?

Martin Walkerdine‏ @mwalkerdine

James Chadwin QC was Sutcliffe’s Counsel.

Micheal Havers was prosecution.

Chadwin also defended Arkwright.


Olof Palme Suspected Of Paedophilia






The scandal in essence is that there is reason to believe that two Swedish Prime ministers during the 1970s, the internationally known Olof Palme, and Thorbjörn Fälldin, were customers at a network of prostitutes which involved underage girls. In other words, should the allegations be true, these men were paedophiles.

And not only them. The investigation – hushed down as it is – involves a long list of top politicians and celebrities of the time. Some 70 names have been mentioned.

The girls, around 14 at the time, have now grown up, and yesterday, they held a press conference where two of them are demanding compensation fron the Swedish state.

But it doesn’t end there. As I have mentioned, there has never been a proper investigation of these matters.

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Swedish Prime minister Olof Palme with the BBC journalist David Frost

Olof Palme lied to the entire Swedish people when he denied that the then head of the Swedish police, Carl Persson, had written to him to inform him that his Minister of Justice, Lennart Geijer, was frequenting prostitutes and could therefore be subject to blackmail – especially since some of the prostitutes were from the Communist bloc. Mr Persson’s note was disclosed in the daily Dagens Nyheter in 1977, but Olof Palme could see from the way the article was written that the paper did not have access to the note itself. Olof Palme very aggressively denied that the note had ever existed and called the whole thing rumours and worse, but in 1991, the note was declassified and confirmed that Mr Geijer was in fact buying sex.

Why Olof Palme put his entire career at stake to lie so blatantly – about something he likely knew was true – remains an enigma; he was murdered in 1986 and took his secrets to his grave. But the fact is that the former prostitutes yesterday repeated that he would hve beneone of their customers. Did he lie in order to protect himself?

Worse still, his Minister of Justice – Mr Geijer – was trying at the time to decriminalise paedophilia (yes, it’s true). Thank God he was stopped, but that further adds to the sleaziness of it all.

Meanwhile, the girls – several of whom have identified top politicians as customers, independently of one another – descended into personal problems and drug abuse, frustrated about the massive cover-up form the establishment. They have never budged one inch from their story; they insist to this day that what they allege is true.

The whole thing has resurfaced from time to time in Sweden, but has just as regularly vanished from the headlines again and led to no repercusisons at all. Only one person has ever been tried and found guilty, Sigvard Hammar, a marginal figure who was a TV journalist as well as a paraplegic and thus less into the circles of power, who also openly admitted abusing underage girls. But he was sentenced for procuring, not for abusing minors.

There is much more to say about this disgusting, nauseating, stomach-turning, sinister, evil, deprave, vicious mess. How Dagens Nyheter’s source, criminologist Leif G W Persson who worked for Carl Persson at the time, found not only his desk but his entire room emptied the day after Dagens Nyheter broke the story. How the cover-up in 1977 was orchestrated by people involving the then Chief Constable of Stockholm, Hans Holmér, the same police officer who later made a complete mess of the murder investigation of Olof Palme – for whatever reason. How Thorbjörn Fälldin before the Swedish Parliament in 1977 stated that the entire list of suspects must have been false simply because his own name was on it – and how the Swedish nation chose to believe him.

And how an unknown number of young girls had their lives ruined by the men in power that were supposed to provide their ultimate security.

So, will there be a proper investigation this time? At present, it doesn’t seem likely. The story has already been moved to the back pages, and it seems that the whole thing will once again be ground down into the bureaucratic machinery.



Lennart Geijer

People linked to Cleveland ..Leon Brittan  (MP for Cleveland & Whitby),  Butler Sloss, her brother Michael Havers, Jimmy Savile, Jaconelli, Wilf Proudfoot

Leon Brittan

Member of Parliament
for Cleveland and Whitby
In office
28 February 1974 – 9 June 1983

Baroness Sloss was appointed to Cleveland abuse inquiry by brother Michael Havers

The retired judge leading the Westminster abuse probe has revealed she was appointed to run a previous sex abuse inquiry by her late brother, Lord Havers, when he was Lord Chancellor.

Baroness Butler-Sloss has been under scrutiny over her suitability to investigate claims of a child-sex ring at Westminster because of a potential conflict of interest over her Establishment connections.

Yesterday, it was claimed she had kept allegations about a bishop out of a report on a paedophile scandal because she “cared about the church”.

Now, she faces fresh criticism over her admission of the key role of Lord Havers in the Cleveland child sex abuse inquiry in 1987 which she led.

Asked who instigated the Cleveland inquiry in 2003 Lady Butler-Sloss replied: “I think it was my brother actually as Lord Chancellor.”

Tory child abuse whistleblower: ‘Margaret Thatcher knew all about underage sex ring among ministers’

Former activist Anthony Gilberthorpe says he sent Thatcher a 40-page dossier in 1989 accusing Cabinet members of abusing underage boys

Anthony Gilberthorpe says he sent her a 40-page dossier in 1989 accusing Cabinet members of abusing underage boys at drug-fuelled conference parties.

Mr Gilberthorpe, who claims he was ordered to recruit boys for the ministers, says he posted the “graphic” allegations to Mrs Thatcher after befriending her.

Mr Gilberthorpe, who was a young Tory hopeful when he was asked to recruit for the parties, said: “I outlined exactly what I had witnessed and informed her I intended to expose it.

“I had met Mrs Thatcher on several occasions and even presented her with a birthday cake in 1983. I believed she had to know.”

He said that being overlooked for the safe Tory seat of Gloucester in April 1986 made up his mind to shop the ministers. “I believe I was stitched up and it gave me an insight into the treacherous nature of the party,” he added.

“It was one of the reasons I decided reveal what I’d witnessed. I made it very clear to Mrs Thatcher most trusted ministers had been at these parties with boys who were between 15 and 16.

“I also told her of the amount of illegal drugs like cocaine that were consumed.

Anthony Gilberthorpe and Mrs Thatcher in 2003
And again: Anthony Gilberthorpe and Mrs Thatcher in 2003 (Image: Sunday Mirror)

“I underlined the names of Keith Joseph, Rhodes Boyson and one MP still serving today. I also said I had seen Michael Havers at a party in Blackpool held at the hotel pool in 1983.”


Former Attorney General Sir Michael Havers is today accused of passing on state secrets to a rent boy in the aftermath of a sordid sex party in Westminster.



Michael Havers, brother of child abuse inquiry judge Elizabeth Butler-Sloss was accused of ‘cover up’


Late brother of Baroness Butler-Sloss, judge in charge of Westminster child abuse inquiry, was attorney general who refused to prosecute paedophile spy Sir Peter Hayman

Sir Peter Hayman, left, and former attorney general Sir Michael Havers
Paedophile diplomat Sir Peter Hayman, left, and former attorney general Sir Michael Havers

Stuart Bell listed on Elm Guest House list


The name “Stuart Bell” appears on the Elm House documents, though it is not clear if it refers to the late MP for Middlesbrough.

He chose to resign his post after the Cleveland child abuse scandal which occupied two years of his life, after making unsubstantiated accusations of ‘clinical error’ against local paediatricians and child sexual abuse specialists.


He then played a pivotal role in the passage of the Children Act which, he said, replaced “confusing, unfair” laws. Sir Stuart helped draft the new law and was instrumental in its passage.

he was appointed Second Church Estates Commissioner to handle relations between church and state.


Neil Kinnock brought Bell on to the front bench as a Northern Ireland spokesman.

By his mid-30s miner’s son Stuart Bell, , was a millionaire international lawyer and a Name at Lloyd’s with homes and offices in Paris and London, and had written his first novel. The book was a raunchy semi-autobiographical story of little literary merit…

Intent on becoming “a writer” he relocated to Paris, where he worked as a clerk in a law firm among whose clients was the European office of Walt Disney.

With such a prestigious client he quickly found others, including Hewlett Packard and General Motors, and started to specialise in the lucrative area of European trade and international tariffs. His success was speedy and he expanded to offices in the exclusive Avenue Montaigne, premises that had been the wartime headquarters of American Forces (complete with an “Oval Office”).

Although he had borrowed a house in the constituency from his Daily Mirror friend while contesting Hexham, and as a city councillor in Newcastle upon Tyne (1981-83), his jet-setting pursuit of politics soon started to eat into his fortune. First he had to sacrifice his magnificent country home (swimming pool, tennis court) in Chantilly, outside Paris, then his young mistress, and finally his senior partnership in a firm that employed more than a dozen lawyers, and along with it his apartment (Eiffel Tower view) in Avenue Montaigne. Until his election, when he became entitled to an MP’s salary of £15,308, he was reduced to seeking work as a barrister on the Northern Circuit.


Malcolm Bell, son of Middlesbrough MP Stuart Bell, stole blank cheques from the office of George Galloway MP while working for his father as a House of Commons researcher.


Wilf Proudfoot was Member of Parliament for Cleveland, his secretary, Christine Holman (the future Christine Hamilton)

Radio 270 was also attacked in Parliament. Mr Proudfoot had previously been a Conservative MP and, as someone with an interest in politics, offered late night airtime on his station to various politicians. Harvey Proctor, a student at the University of York and Chairman of the University Conservative Association, was invited to produce a number of half-hour political programmes for Radio 270.


Right-wing Tory MP Patrick Wall took part in one show during which he spoke in favour of recognising the illegal Smith regime in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). Government MPs were incensed but Mr Proudfoot defended his actions by saying that Labour representatives had been offered equal time, but had turned it down. The political broadcasts continued. Harvey Proctor later became an MP himself, representing Basildon from 1979 to 1983 and Billericay from 1983 to 1987, before a sex scandal ended his Parliamentary career.

Heath’s  autobio covers the fact that he used Young Conservatives for ‘information gathering and propoganda’ assistance.


Radio 270’s office was run by Maggie Lucas (now Maggie White) and, DJ Noel Miller’s then wife, Carole. Maggie casts her mind back:

Maggie Lucas.
“I had previously worked for (Managing Director) Wilf Proudfoot when he was Member of Parliament for Cleveland and this was how I came to work for 270 some months after it went to air. In the interest of economy the office had moved into the large family room at the Proudfoots’ Scarborough home, adjacent to the purpose-built offices of the Proudfoot Supermarkets.

Savile and Cleveland – Saltburn

Saltburn fixed it for Jimmy.

Sir Jimmy replied and said: Saltburn, Teddy’s Nook and the Kellys was my first taste of the grand life. Such space inside and out, such views.


The Cottage, Teddys Nook, Marine Parade, Saltburn-by-the-sea, Cleveland

It was JS’ cousins (the Kelly family) who rented ‘The Cottage’ in Saltburn – and he was a frequent visitor apparently. It is actually a mini-mansion in spite of its modest name. The Cottage is nick-named ‘Teddy Nook’ because in the 1870s Lillie Langtry entertained the future Edward VII there.


Lillie Langtry

She was also known for her relationships with noblemen, including the Prince of Wales, the Earl of Shrewsbury, andPrince Louis of Battenberg

Prince Louis Alexander of Battenberg, was a British naval officer and German prince related to members of the British Royal Family.

He married a granddaughter of Queen Victoria, and was the father of Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, who also served as First Sea Lord from 1954 to 1959. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, consort of Queen Elizabeth II, is his grandson.

In April 1879, Langtry had a short affair with Prince Louis of Battenberg

Lillie Langtry allegedly bore him an illegitimate daughter, Jeanne Marie

In June 1880, she became pregnant. Her husband was not the father; she led Prince Louis to believe that he was.

Prince Louis’ son, Earl Mountbatten of Burma, had always maintained that his father was the father of Jeanne Marie.[23]

Langtry’s father was Rector and Dean of Jersey he nevertheless earned an unsavoury reputation as a ‘ladies man’ fathering illegitimate children by various of his parishioners


Langtry was a regular in high society- and counted Oscar Wilde and Arthur Conan Doyle as close friends

Langtry became an American citizen in 1897 and died in Monte Carlo in 1929 aged 75.

She is rumoured to have been the inspiration for the character of Irene Adler in Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes tale A Scandal In Bohemia.

AMONG the women who were to succeed Lillie as the antidote to Bertie’s boredom was the voluptuous Mrs Alice Keppel, daughter of a baronet, whose husband’s forbearance was rewarded by membership of the Royal Victorian Order.

Our own Prince of Wales, Bertie’s great-great grandson, is not a serial philanderer – for would not the tabloids tell us? – but it is a neat symmetry that Mrs Camilla Parker Bowles, cited by Princess Diana as the third person in her unhappy marriage, should be Alice Keppel’s great-granddaughter


A house on Saltburn Road, Saltburn
A house on Saltburn Road, Saltburn
In its original form this property may have been the ‘lodge’ of a larger house which is nearby, known as Teddy’s Nook.

Teddy Nook


Sir Jimmy Savile, who died in October aged 84, had a strong link to Saltburn, in particular to the large villa overlooking the pier known as Teddy’s Nook. He praised his friendship with the family who owned the house to his success in his career. It was owned in the 1930s by Bill Kelly, of Middlesbrough stockbrokers Stancliffe’s, and his wife was Jimmy’s aunt Meg. Jimmy, who then lived in a workaday part of Leeds, used to visit Teddy’s Nook and enjoyed holidays with his cousins, as the Kelly’s had a large family. Mike Morrissey, of Saltburn, discovered the link when Jimmy replied to a letter he wrote to him via St James’s Hospital, Leeds, where Jimmy worked as a volunteer.Saltburn, Teddy’s Nook and the Kelly’s was my first taste of the grand life. Such space, inside and out, such views,” wrote the larger-than-life celebrity, charity fund-raiser, and marathon runner. “Auntie Meg was my mother’s sister. By a fluke she married someone called Kelly, the same as her maiden name. “Coming from a low-income family (in those days were were called `poor’) the Kelly household had a great effect on me. “One of my first pre-teen feelings was `If it’s possible for them, surely it must be possible for me.’ “And so it proved, but my bit of success would have been impossible had I not seen it at Saltburn first. All my cousins were quite super and all in all it was a magic experience in a magic place.” The PS to his letter was: “I often sneak into town disguised as Robert de Niro.” Mike wrote to Sir Jimmy because he was researching Teddy’s Nook for a talk he gave to Saltburn and District Retired Men’s Forum in about 1995. “I’ve always felt his memory of the Kelly family and its effect on his career was remarkable,” said Mike. “His letter was written on the other side of my note to him. He signed it with a smily face in the loop of the “J” in his signature. Great!”


Jimmy Savile wearing a Robert De Niro name badge.

Who would play you in the film of your life?

Savile: Robert De Niro or Al Pacino.

Savile: “I often sneak into town disguised as Robert de Niro.”

Robert de Niro Linked to Child Sex Trafficking Ring According to Court Records

15 November 1998

The case uncovers the brutal methods used to snare young women – some as young as 15 – into a call-girl agency specialising in wealthy, high- profile clients. It also exposes attempts by the French government machine to block an investigation which might embarrass senior politicians and damage French interests abroad.

Six people are charged with the running of an international prostitution ring, whose call-girls entertained the actor Robert de Niro, the former tennis player, Wojtek Fibak, two senior (but unnamed) French politicians and several Gulf princes. The agency specialised in tricking, or trapping, star-struck teenage girls into selling their bodies with the promise of careers as models or actresses.

At one point, according to the report of the investigating judge, the agency became a kind of approved dealer in girls, operating with the connivance, if not the blessing, of the French foreign ministry and French secret services. By steering Middle East arms clients towards girls from a known, and closely watched, agency, there was thought to be a reduced risk of blackmail, or the leaking of secret negotiation

The files of clients’ names seized by the police are said to include many well-known members of the sports and show-business jet-set on both sides of the Atlantic. The only names to emerge so far are De Niro, Fibak and the French film producer, Alain Sarde.



Peter Nygard with Robert De Niro

Look who Peter Nygard the fashion mogul accused of sex trafficking and raping children hangs out with in his spare time. I wonder just how many pedophile friends Robert De Niro actually has.

Teddy’s Nook – It was also the family home of Audrey Collins MBE, who served as Mayor of Saltburn and chair of the South Tees Health Authority. Middlesbrough’s James Cook University Hospital has named a teaching unit in her honour.


Audrey Collins leading patron of The Free From Pain Charity since 1987


Audrey Collins MBE lived at the nook from 1960-87


Audrey Collins who lived in the same house that Savile visited, and who was fond of Leon Brittan

What do they know – Cleveland

Day 3 – 13.8.1987: Christopher Payne (Cleveland Constabulary); Audrey Collins, Regina Shakespeare and Ian Donaldson …

The Cleveland Report:by Judge Elizabeth Butler-Sloss

The parents generally praised the South Tees Health Authority

Audrey Collins pg 56 –

She was a keen supporter of Leon Brittan…”a wonderful MP for Saltburn”

Cleveland police refused to investigate signs of anal abuse and publicly condemned doctors and social services for intervening. The Government (Butler Sloss’ brother Michael Havers) called in a judge, Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, to sort it out.

Contrary to myth, her report did not dispute doctors’ clinical findings of anal abuse.

In Cumbria, as in Cleveland, the police not only did nothing, they did it with determination – they ignored the abuse alarm raised by the forensic pathologist and resisted a mandatory Serious Case Review.


Cleveland – Savile was there. Who sent him? Ha! Your little chum told me fuckers! ‘False allegations’ my left foot! Lost the passwords, Liar

Dame Alun Roberts‏ @ciabaudo

We know BigEars wrote to Bishop Ball and BishBall wrote to Enoch. But did BigEars write to Savile about Cleveland?

Hobbs and Wynn – csa experts



Northern Regional Health Authority barred Dr Higgs from child abuse work in their region. She has never apologised. “I reached my clinical diagnosis after very careful thought and I would do the same today,” is what she said then. Although this week she refused to comment further, Dr Higgs made it clear she has not changed her views.

The  Anal Dilation Theory practised by as not her idea however, she just became the most infamous practioner.…the Daily Mail  report about a girl called Jodie .

The girl was referred to the community paediatrics department at the city’s St James’s University Hospital on the following Thursday… The hospital has a busy child protection team, overseen by the paediatric consultant Dr Christopher Hobbs. Significantly, he is an original pioneer of the RAD technique in this country.

In June 1986, just a year before the Cleveland controversy broke, Dr Hobbs and his colleague Jane Wynne introduced young Marietta Higgs to this new way of diagnosing child molestation during a Leeds’ medical conference.


A paper written in Leeds by the two premier experts (Hobbs & Wyatt)  contains no mention of Jimmy Savile

…the doctors evidently being privy to all the police information from the years 1985-1987, when a “Paedophile Ring” was declared to exist in South Leeds – a claim made by experts in the field and backed up by the police at the time.

(yet) there was no mention by anyone of  Leeds native, (Jimmy Savile) known by sight to one and all – especially all those folks who worked in the hospitals he worked in, like Dr. Hobbs, and Dr Wynne.


Leon Brittan and the Leeds child abuse dossier

Leon Brittan and the Leeds child abuse dossier

In February 1985, the Yorkshire Evening Post revealed that ‘a horrifying dossier on child prostitution in Leeds – involving girls as young as nine – has been compiled by shocked social services chiefs‘.

As many as 60 under-age girls are known to have been involved in illegal sex activities…in the south Leeds area

Eight of the girls involved had been taken into the care of the local authority at some stage and six of them were still in care today

Councillor Bernard Atha, the chairman of the city’s social services committee, said he was ‘horrified by the magnitude of the problem’, which he believed was the largest case of its kind in the country.

The MP for Leeds South, Merlyn Rees, obviously agreed with Councillor Atha’s assessment of the scale of the problem, as four days later the Yorkshire Evening Post reported that he was to write to the Home Secretary, Leon Brittan.

Mr Rees said “It is very worrying and obviously something needs to be done. This could be just the tip of the iceberg and I want the Home Secretary to investigate“.

So, what did Leon Brittan do about it?

There were no statements read by him in Parliament, and unless a government initiative to crack down on child abuse was launched in secret, it seems Mr. Brittan did nothing.

A news report from June 1985 said that “three new cases of paid sex involving under-age children were being investigated” – so the problem obviously hadn’t been solved. 120 girls had been questioned, but there’s nothing in the report about the ringleaders who were sexually exploiting children being arrested.

Perhaps Bernard Atha, who is still a Leeds councillor, can shed some light on this?

Yorkshire Evening Post, 14th February 1985


So Leon Brittan lied about British Aerospace, didn’t remember the Dickens’ dossier and did not act on information regarding these poor girls in South Leeds.


YEP14285Yorkshire Evening Post, 18th February 1985

Daily Express, 24th June 1985



This was clearly a national problem, as the following year Geoffrey Dickens exposed a ‘child brothel’ involving up to 40 children that was being run on a North London council estate. This was swiftly covered up and Dickens was told he must apologise to the residents that he had insulted. More

In November 1983, Geoffrey Dickens gave the Home Secretary, Leon Brittan, a dossier on the Paedophile Information Exchange, who wanted the age of consent reduced to 4 years old, and allegations of child sexual abuse by Buckingham Palace staff. In January 1984, Dickens gave Brittan a second dossier detailing sexual abuse at a children’s home, and naming prominent paedophiles including a television executive. More

It appears that Brittan failed to act on the contents of both dossiers. Nothing was done to help the children who were being abused, and nothing was done to bring the abusers to justice. Tom Watson MP tabled a written PMQ to the current Home Secretary, Theresa May, on 25th February 2013, asking for the whereabouts of the dossiers. Nearly 5 months have passed and there’s still no reply from Theresa May… More

This is what Labour Cllr Atha had to say about Savile, his friend over several decades, a week after his death:  “A number of us (Councillors) will consider what we ought to do to commemorate a person who was an outstanding personality, a very nice, decent person who had an enormous impact on our cultural life, including the world of pop music. He was quite exceptional, yet he was a local Leeds lad and always insisted on that.” uPSD can trace no outcome of Cllr Atha’s enquiries into the paedophile ring and neither have West Yorkshire Police. It is also worth noting that Cllr Les Carter, also of Leeds and a 40 year colleague of Mr Atha, was Vice Chair, and then Chair, of a West Yorkshire Police Authority that was in total denial about police paedophilia within its ranks. Cllr Carter was also the Chair of the Safer Leeds Board that engaged Savile to promote the Talking Signs campaign referred to above.



The Yorkshire Post made one thing clear, when Dr. Wynne died a few years ago. She was an expert:

THE paediatrician Jane Wynne, who has died aged 64, was an internationally known authority on child abuse, working in Leeds with her contemporary Christopher Hobbs. The lives of both were for a time blighted by the notorious Cleveland child abuse scandal of 1987, but it was perceptions of guilt by association rather than any direct involvement of theirs which accounted for it.


Jane became a council member of the NSPCC and joined its Board of Trustees; she also worked in the British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. With others, she and Christopher Hobbs were instrumental in establishing the Child Protection Special Interest Group and the British Association for Community Child Health. The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health eventually accepted that dealing with child abuse was a matter for all paediatricians, who needed to be aware of correct management and practice. For her work with abused children, in 1994 Jane received an honorary doctorate from Leeds Metropolitan University and in 2003 she was made an honorary trustee


So Jimmy Savile would have known these doctors, Hobbs and Wynne who trained Dr Marietta Higgs – all involved in the Cleveland case via Leeds General Infirmary

Wynne, Leeds pioneer in the field of child abuse….

THE paediatrician Jane Wynne, who has died aged 64, was an internationally known authority on child abuse, working in Leeds with her contemporary Christopher Hobbs. The lives of both were for a time blighted by the notorious Cleveland child abuse scandal of 1987, but it was perceptions of guilt by association rather than any direct involvement of theirs which accounted for it. The Cleveland case centred on a paediatrician who diagnosed 121 cases of suspected child abuse on Teesside. Eventually 96 of them were dismissed by the courts. The affair resulted in a public inquiry conducted by Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss which found Jane and Christopher Hobbs blameless.


After marrying Dr Simon Currie in 1976, she moved back to Leeds as lecturer in the university’s department of paediatrics. There she ran clinics for handicapped children and joined Michael Buchanan, senior lecturer, in the field of child abuse in which he had been a pioneer.

Dr Jane Wynne

In 1984, she was appointed a consultant community paediatrician attached to Leeds General Infirmary, but also attending St James’s Hospital.


Savile was involved with Leeds General Infirmary for decades 

Professor Alistair Hall, senior consultant cardiologist at Leeds General Infirmary and St James’s Hospital, said: “I am 100 per cent in agreement that the wonderful Sir Jimmy should be made Freeman of the City.

“Despite his fame he still volunteers at the hospital and the list of good work and fundraising he has done is too long to list. “He has supported a lot of cardiology research and helped with The Family Heart Study and toured on the big red bus across the UK. He has helped us to fundraise to buy a special scanner and only recently donated a large amount of money to fund scholarships for junior doctors.” The senior cardiologist, who carried out Sir Jimmy’s quadruple heart bypass operation a decade ago, said the broadcaster and sportsman was an amazing person who fully deserved to be honoured publicall



BN 68 – Ministry of Health and successors: Inquiry into Child Abuse in Cleveland 1987: Report and Papers

BN 68/87 1987 Jan 01-1987 Dec 31 Day 69 – 10.12.1987: Eric Bryan [Brian] Roycroft (Newcastle Social Services); Peter Newell (Children’s Legal Centre)

Day 70 – 14.12.1987: Dr Ralph Underwager (Institute for Psychological Therapies, Minneapolis); Susan Amphlett (Parents Against Injustice)



The Butler-Sloss inquiry into the Cleveland case heard evidence from an American ‘child abuse expert’ called Ralph Underwager. He spoke out on behalf of the ‘falsely accused’ parents and many of his recommendations made their way into the Butler-Sloss report. The Butler-Sloss report, as Frank Cook pointed out, went on to influence both Children’s Act and also the subsequent handling of countless child abuse inquiries.


Underwager_RalphA few years later, Ralph Underwager was exposed by an interview he gave to a European paedophile magazine called Paidika, in which he said child sexual abuse was “God’s Will”.

Here are some extracts from the interview, which can be found here:

Underwager: Paedophiles can boldly and courageously affirm what they choose. They can say that what they want is to find the best way to love….Paedophiles can make the assertion that the pursuit of intimacy and love is what they choose. With boldness they can say, “I believe this is in fact part of God’s will




The Cleveland Scandal  – The Inquiry lasted 74 days, from mid-August 1987 until the end of January 1988


…hundreds of children being identified as having been sexually abused by their parents and then taken into care, overwhelming the system and causing a breakdown of relationships between everyone involved and a subsequent political row, would provide an excellent smokescreen in the event of people asking difficult questions about the conduct of local authorities.

The scale of Cleveland suggests that someone somewhere was very worried about something indeed. Like perhaps a social worker personally telling a Prime Minister that she had witnessed child abuse in a region where it was later admitted that one of the aides of that Prime Minister who was known to be a paedophile – Sir Peter Morrison – was visiting children’s homes in that region?


Also in Jimmy Savile’s files (from Exposure video

(around 10:22) –


a letter re: Suzy Lamplugh Trust

background on Suzy Lamplugh

July 1986, in broad daylight and in the middle of a working day, Suzy Lamplugh, a 25 year old, disappeared during the course of her work as an estate agent while showing a client round a house in Fulham.



Suzy Lamplugh – Did Jimmy Savile kill Suzy Lamplugh?




We now know that Jimmy Savile was a murderous VIP pimp as well as a paedophile.

He had very close links to the royals, Intel agencies and the UK and Israeli governments.

Savile famously threatened anybody who crossed his path and boasted that his contacts in the IRA and criminal underworld could be called on to assault or murder his enemies.

Some claim he was the real Yorkshire Ripper and the girls who were murdered knew about his child-raping ways and had to be silenced.

He spent a lot of time aboard the QE2, and was once kicked off the ship after allegations that he had attacked a 12-year old girl.

According to the Mirror:

“We may never know the full scale of his abuse, but there are several rumours emerging about his conduct on board cruise ships.” Cunard has now axed a planned sail-by of Savile’s burial site in Scarborough, along with several other commemorations”.

Many staff members, and possibly other passengers, on ship may have been witness to Savile’s paedophilic ways.

On one of Savile’s cruises, a fellow passenger mysteriously fell over board:

” A WOMAN disappeared from the luxury liner QE2 while passengers partied during a pounds 2,000-a-head New Year cruise.


Some voices claim that children and adults have been murdered on cruise ships and then thrown overboard.

By a strange coincidence, Cliff Richard also enjoys cruising.

It’s a little known fact that holier than thou Reverend Cliff Richard loves to cruise.

A couple of years after the tragic death of Jill Dando, Reverend Cliff kindly organised a big cruising holiday for his closest chums to celebrate his 60th birthday.

He even managed to act as matchmaker and find a new love for Jill’s fiancé, Alan Farthing.

According to the Mail:

” Jill Dando’s former fiance Alan Farthing last night revealed he is taking the first tentative steps of a new romance with a beautiful actress.

Handsome gynaecologist Alan is dating 35-year-old Helen Hobson.

The couple met eight months ago on a cruise to celebrate Sir Cliff Richard’s 60th birthday”.

Some voices claim that Jill Dando was aware of Jimmy Savile and the paedophile ring operating at the BBC and was going to publish her findings and was shot in the head to silence her and warn other journalists to keep their mouths shut.

Strangely, Cliff Richard was one of the last people to speak to Jill and was questioned by police at the time of her murder.

Barry George was found innocent of all involvement in Jill’s death and was obviously a fall-guy for the Met.

Despite being wrongly jailed for 8 years he was cruelly denied compensation in a vile miscarriage of justice.

In 2006, Steve Wright was found guilty of the murders of 5 prostitutes in Ipswich, Suffolk.

Wright has always maintained his innocence of the crimes.

Were these girls also murdered to silence them and if so who was the real murderer?

The disappearance of estate agent, Suzy Lamplugh, has, to this day, never been fully solved. Several theories have been put forward including one claiming that she was killed by notorious serial killer Fred West.

She went missing after going to a property in Fulham to meet a mystery client named ‘Mr Kipper’.

Jill Dando lived in Fulham and at the time of Jill’s death, the Met linked Suzy’s disappearance to the murder.

According to the BBC:

” The policeman in charge of the Suzy Lamplugh inquiry, Detective Chief Superintendent Brian Edwards, is appointed as the investigating officer in overall charge of the Jill Dando murder case.”

In 2011, Mohamed Al-Fayed claimed that the Royals were involved in the death of Princess Diana. For some unknown reason, he likened Prince Philip to Fred West.

Some voices claim that Savile procured victims for the Royals to ‘sacrifice’ during Satanic rituals. Others claim that Fred West was a major player in the procurement operation.

On the comments section of a blog the following claims were made:

Jimmy Savile was a satanist,along with Tony Hardman, Ken Bailey, Stephen Paul Merrfield, David Adams and others.  The satanic circle involved people inside and outside the world of entertainment. David Adams murdered Clare Stagg during the 1980s and Sandra Court was murdered after she recognised some well known faces at the Steppes nightclub in Bournemouth.”

The murder of Sandra Court in 1986 was also linked to that of Suzy Lamplugh but was not pursued by police.

By a strange twist, it emerged during the trial of Steve Wright, that he was once a close work colleague of Suzy Lamplugh.

They had both worked together in the 1980′s aboard a cruise ship.

That cruise ship was the QE2.

Is there more to Savile, the QE2,  the Royals, mysterious murders and innocent patsies than meets the eye?

We haven’t got a bloody clue.

Have you?



Are Fred West’s first victims buried in a Glasgow allotment? Hollywood producer urges police to reopen case amid claims the killer’s murder spree began in Scotland in the early 1960s

  • Paul Pender, a Hollywood producer, wants to reopen the Fred West murder file
  • He is urging police to search a Glasgow allotment for bodies from the 1960s 
  • Police Scotland said they will look at all evidence regardless of the time passed

Fred West may have murdered many more innocent people and buried them in an allotment in Glasgow, it has been claimed.

The serial killer and his deranged wife Rose murdered, raped and dismembered young women, including two of their own daughters.

But Fred, who killed himself before being brought to trial on twelve murder charges, is now believed to have killed many more.

Hollywood producer Paul Pender was tipped off about more victims at a family funeral by a man who worked with West’s first wife Rena who Fred later killed.

The former abattoir employee told Mr Pender to investigate further.


Serial killer Fred West killed himself before he could be brought to justice. It is now believed he may have had many more victims in Glasgow 

 Fred West is known to have killed at least 12 women and ran over a young boy in Glasgow before moving to Gloucester

 Serial killer couple Rose West (left) and Fred West (right) killed girls in their home. a Hollywood producer named Paul Pender believes more victims are buried in Glasgow 

 Serial killer couple Rose West (left) and Fred West (right) killed girls in their home. A Hollywood producer named Paul Pender believes more victims are buried in Glasgow

As a result the screenwriter believes there are more bodies buried in an allotment which West used in the early 1960s.

He said there is an ‘inarguable’ case to crack open the West file once more because we ‘owe it to the victims’.

 Paul Pender is calling on police to re-open the Fred West file and investigate an old allotment site in Glasgow

Mr Pender believes high tech scanning equipment could be used on the ground.

Fred and Rose were finally arrested in 1994 and nine bodies were found at the house of horrors in Gloucester.

The rapes and horrifying killings took place between 1967 and 1987. Rose West was jailed for life for ten murders while Fred killed himself before court where he was charged 12 counts of murder.

Pender is also calling for officers to look into the death of Henry Feeney, a three-year-old in Glasgow’s Castlemilk district.

West ran him over in an ice-cream truck and at the time it was said to be an accident.

Murderer Fred West with his wife Rose and daughter Ann Marie pictured at Ann Marie's wedding, in 1986. Anne Marie survived her murderous parents but attempted suicide later

Murderer Fred West with his wife Rose and daughter Ann Marie pictured at Ann Marie’s wedding, in 1986. Anne Marie survived her murderous parents but attempted suicide later

But it is now believed West lured him to a quiet spot and ran him over on purpose by telling him to retrieve a ball from bushes, before reversing into him and killing him.

Fred West and Rena Costello, later Rena West, moved to Gloucester but after difficulties in the marriage Rena fled back to Scotland.

When she returned to Gloucester to find her daughter – who was not Fred’s child – she was killed by West who had already killed the girl named Charmaine.

Police Scotland said: ‘We will investigate all reports regardless of what time has passed and would encourage anyone who has information to come forward.’


Although Fred West was convicted of killing 12 women and Rose 10, the pair are thought to have killed up to 20 more.

One victim who was almost certainly killed by West was his former girlfriend Anne McFall who like the others, was found in a shallow grave with body parts missing. West denied it.

The waped pair used whips to torture their victims as well as their own children. 

Fred West committed suicide by hanging himself in a prison cell in January 1995 — before he could stand trial for the murders.

Rose West is still a prisoner at HMP Low Newton in Durham, having been handed a rare ‘whole life tariff’ for her part in the killings. 

Confirmed victims include:

Charmaine West, eight: Fred West’s stepdaughter from his first marriage, Charmaine was murdered by Rose in 1971 while Fred was in prison.

Rena Costello, 27: Charmaine’s mother Rena, Fred’s first wife, was murdered when she arrived to pick up her daughter Charmaine in August 1971. With Charmaine already dead, it is thought Fred killed her to avoid an investigation.

Lynda Gough, 20: Miss Gough was a lodger in the West’s home and was killed in April 1973. Rose told her mother she had moved to Weston-super-Mare.

Carol Ann Cooper, 15: The teenager disappeared while walking home from the cinema to her Worcester children’s home in November 1973. Her remains were found buried in the Wests’ garden.

Lucy Partington, 21: After spending Christmas with her family in Cheltenham, Miss Partington disappeared after leaving to catch a bus. The student was the cousin of novelist Martin Amis and the sister of author Marian Partington.

Lucy went missing in 1973 after visiting friends in Cheltenham. She was killed by the Wests 

Lucy went missing in 1973 after visiting friends in Cheltenham. She was killed by the Wests

Therese Siegenthaler, 22: The South London student was killed in April 1974 after disappearing while attempting to hitch-hike to Ireland.

Shirley Hubbard, 15: One of the Wests’ youngest victims, she disappeared on her way home from college in Droitwich. When her body was discovered, her head was completely covered in tape with a rubber tube placed in her mouth to allow her to breathe.

Juanita Mott, 18: Miss Mott, a former lodger at 25 Cromwell Street, was living in Newent when she vanished.

Shirley Robinson, 19: Another lodger, Miss Robinson was killed in 1978 after becoming pregnant with West’s child.

Alison Chambers, 17: The teenager disappeared in August 1979 and her remains were later found beneath the patio at 25, Cromwell Street.

Heather West, 17: Repeatedly raped by her father, Heather complained to friends about the abuse and was murdered by her parents in a bid to keep her quiet.


Grant Forde says:

Tony Hardman and Ken Bailey were party of the satanic network. Both were Bournemouth based and Hardman who originated from Manchester was a bit part actor and male prostitute, involved with a number of charities. He was a former stage manager and he was known as ‘the puppet master’ of Portarlington Road, where he moved from Bournemouth Road.
Tony Hardman ran Ivanhoe Leisure and was a former publicity manager at Bournemouth International Centre and Poole Arts Centre. He also ran a lucrative drug network hiding drugs in his collection of puppets.
Bailey had been a sportsman in his younger days and was very much involved with young people.
He used to fly to a number of sex parties, by light aircraft piloted by Stanley L Horobin who was born in North Wales and who lived at Verwood near Bournemouth, where Horobin was a director of a Bournemouth Radio Station and having a long term affair with a well known radio presenter, known as F*****g Fanny, who later found some positions at the BBC, including Wogan’s sidekick and she now does voice overs for commercials. Fran used to read the news on the BBC, but she passed on some unwelcome conditions to some gentleman, who had to seek medical treatment which did not endear her to the BBC Bosses, who drew the line at such carelessness.
She’s also anorexic and makes some lovely holy recordings about God !




Vicount Ian Kerr CGC‏@IanKerr

Alan Farthing. Jill Dando’s former fiancé. Jill was investigating child abuse. Nine years after her murder he becomes a Royal gynecologist. Funny old world.

Signed by Alan Farthing, former fiancé of Jill Dando, Farthing became gynecologist to the monarch in 2008, nine years after Crimewatch presenter Jill was killed. She was investigating something.

Tributes as friend of the stars Tony Hardman dies aged 73

Mr Hardman, who was 73, lived on Bournemouth’s West Cliff and the walls of his home were adorned with pictures of famous people he had met, including Sir Cliff Richard and snooker star Alex Higgins.

Bournemouth Echo:

Cliff Richard and Tony Hardman

Tony managed to get Jimmy Tarbuck to open our swimming pool – he knew a lot of people.


He bought himself a Lord of the Manor title and used to call himself Lord Hardman. He was in a satanists’ covern along with Ken Bailey who lived in Bournemouth, Jimmy Savile who also lived there, Chris Denning a D.J. who lived in Bpournemouth and is now in prison for paedophilia.
Sandra Court’s murder involved a number of people in the cover up.
She found out information which led to her death, because of what she knew.


Hardman’s  friend Ken Bailey

Ken Bailey died many years ago. He was a well known nonce and was a very rich and powerful paedophile. Charged and prosecuted, but managed to get away with it. Known as Mr England and a Bournemouth Councillor as well as on Dorset Council.


More pix from Jimmy Savile’s files with Tony and Cherie Blair
Jimmy Savile with then Prime Minister Tony Blair in 1998.


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Jimmy Savile invited to a dinner party held by Tony Blair

Savile with Prince Charles 1998



TrustNews – AUGUST 2007 Number 70
Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS


Jim fixed it for Alex
JUNIOR doctor Alex Wycherley from Calderdale Royal Hospital is the first winner of the Jimmy Savile trophy.The trophy is awarded to the best medical presentation from a junior doctor at The West Yorkshire Foundation school, which oversees the training of doctors on hospital wards

Yorkshire Post – 30 August 2008
LGI medic wins Sir Jimmy Savile award

MARVELLOUS medic Saran Shantikumar is ‘top of the docs’.

The junior doctor from Leeds General Infirmary was presented with the Sir Jimmy Savile Trophy by the 81-year-old himself at the second Foundation Doctor Presentation Day.

Vincent Savile and the Earl of Lisburne – Radio Glamorgan

Click to access On_Air_Issue_121.pdf

The earl, John David Malet Vaughan,

in 1982, on the suggestion of his friend, Sir Cennydd Traherne, that his major contribution to Welsh life began when he took on the chairmanship of the Council of Social Services for Wales (later the Wales Council for Voluntary Action).


Savile in Wales
Jimmy with brother Vince, sister-in-law Sadie and Vivian in Cymmer 1964 (pic)

As a former coal miner, Savile adored the Rhondda and its people.
Following the sad death of the 84-year-old last week, Savile’s Rhondda-raised nephew, Vivian Savile, paid tribute to his uncle.

Vivian recalls one of “Uncle Jim’s” visits to Porth in September 1964 when he was mobbed by hundreds of adoring fans.

But his visit made the front page of the Porth Gazette on September 19, 1964, which reported: “Nothing like it had ever been seen in Porth before.

On another occasion Vivian, 68, recalls Savile had ended up serving fish and chips at a local fish and chip shop.

“He went into Preece’s in Trebanog because he wanted some fish and chips,” he said.


In 1969 I was a patient at East Glamorgan Hospital Church Village where Vincent Savile was a DJ. Vincent appeared on the ward dressed as a Red Indian Chief with war paint and headdress asking for request for the hospital radio station. Very funny guy.

I’ve not seen much comment, nor mention on BBC that for few years Vince Savile was quite a high profile presenter on BBC Radio Wales.
Did he leave under a cloud or something?

Other visits
A woman has described how she was “grabbed” by Jimmy Savile in the street when he was in Cardiff training for a half marathon 27 years ago.

The 47-year-old charity worker, who asked to be known only by her middle name, Josephine, said she was 19 when the Jim’ll Fix It star grabbed her “roughly” outside Cardiff castle.

She said she finally chose to speak out after reading about two sexual offences reported to South Wales Police in the city, including one in which Savile indecently assaulted a 21-year-old woman in the city in 1964.

The other involves a boy and a girl – both under 16 – being sexually assaulted by the star in the city in the early 1970s.
At 5ft 1in and weighing eight stone, Josephine was a petite and “young-looking” 19-year-old in September 1985 when she was assaulted by the TV presenter on the city’s Duke Street.
At the time, Savile was a familiar sight in the city, training regularly in the Bute Park area for that year’s Cardiff half marathon.

One of the oldest hospital broadcasting stations in South Wales – Radio Glamorgan – is celebrating its 40th birthday. (30 Mar 2007)
One of the founding members of the station was former BBC Wales employee Vince Savile, brother of TV legend Jimmy.

Back then, the station was based at Cardiff Royal Infirmary before moving to the basement of the UHW in 1974.

Its initial patrons included the Earl of Lisburne and the then Lord Lieutenant of South Glamorgan Sir Hugo Boothby. With the help of Rupert Moon, who is now President of Radio Glamorgan, the station was able to secure lottery funding to transfer to a new studio in 1999.


Apparently he was a regular visitor to the Rhonnda as mentioned .

Savile and Ynyshir

Vince Savile and naval recruitment office South Wales…acc to this he was a CPO there


lots of info here


I think this is Vince mentioned re Radio Wales


The earl was a close friend of Peter Cadbury,


Savile director at tunneling company

Savile director at Routes  Below Ground LTD Leeds- tunneling company

co-directors Malcolm Budd, David Addison, Mike Hollingworth ex-head of Leeds Union Services






Union News 2 May 1969

Jimmy Savile talks to Ken Hind

Click to access LUA-PUB-002-UN-284_000.pdf







UK Football Child Sex Abuse – Massive Rabbit Hole

Ex-football coach Barry Bennell pleads guilty to nine sexual offences

31 July 2020

Former Crewe coach is serving 30-year jail term after being convicted of 50 child sexual offences in 2018

Bennell is serving his fourth jail term having previously been sentenced for similar offences involving 16 other victims. The latest charges were brought by the CPS after it reviewed a file of evidence from Cheshire police relating to allegations of non-recent child sexual abuse.


Paedophile priest forged links with Celtic Boys Club

May 02 2020

An English-based paedophile had connections with Celtic Boys Club it has emerged, strengthening claims of collusion between a network of abusers.

Father Michael Spencer, a priest, teacher and football coach, used his position at Preston Catholic College, Lancashire, to abuse dozens of adolescent boys in the 1970s.

Now evidence has emerged which shows that Spencer, who died in 2000, forged a relationship with Celtic FC’s feeder club and brought young players to Glasgow. Four men who held senior roles with Celtic Boys Club have been convicted of sexual abuse, spanning four decades, in recent years.

Police Scotland is investigating claims that known abusers worked together to molest young footballers.

It came after an independent review — commissioned by the Scottish FA — received “substantive” new evidence of an organised abuse ring operated by paedophile coaches in Scotland and England.

Celtic View, Celtic FC’s official magazine, carried an article praising Spencer in August, 1975. It said he had been invited to Glasgow for a “friendly” match between Celtic Boys Club and his Preston Schoolboys under 15 team.

In 2012 Patrick Raggett, a former lawyer, was awarded £55,000 in damages for the years of abuse Spencer inflicted on him during his schooldays.

Lady Justice Swift at the High Court in London ruled Mr Raggett had been the victim of “insidious” abuse, stating: “Father Spencer took every opportunity to observe naked young boys and film them. He exploited his position to touch and fondle the boys for his own sexual satisfaction.”

Mr Raggett told The Times: “It seems inconceivable to me that Spencer and those responsible for abuse at Celtic Boys Club weren’t in collusion.”

His abuser filmed and photographed him naked on numerous occasions as well as taking shots of him in his football kit and swimming trunks.

Mr Ragget said: “Spencer was a Celtic fanatic and had an obsession with photography and filming. He used to wear a black tracksuit with a Celtic badge and would show cine footage of the Celtic Boys Club playing, which would bore us rigid. I also believe he was sharing naked footage of me with others.”

In 2004 John Cullen, who worked as the official photographer for Celtic View for almost 30 years, admitted taking indecent photographs of boys as young as 10. Cleaners found a black bag containing bundles of black and white images of naked and semi-naked boys in a store room at Celtic Park.

Glasgow sheriff court heard the cache had been hidden there for almost 20 years before the management was alerted, called in the police and sacked Cullen, who was given three years probation.

In 1976 Spencer’s conduct was deemed to be “unsatisfactory”, but he remained at the college until it closed in 1978 before being sent to Orkney.

The review into abuse in Scottish football, due to be published within weeks, is expected to name Gordon Neely, a former Rangers and Hibernian youth coach, as a prolific abuser who worked with other paedophiles in northwest England. Neely died of cancer in 2014.

Celtic FC has said that it is sorry that abuse took place but continues to insist that it was a separate entity to its feeder club.


Sixth Celtic Boys’ Club coach accused in new child sex claim

The Record has seen a ­statement – given under oath – by a man describing how he was repeatedly abused by a coach in the early 70s.

24 FEB 2020

sixth Celtic Boys’ Club coach is at the centre of child sexual abuse claims.

The Record has seen a ­statement – given under oath – by a man now in his late 50s describing how he was repeatedly abused by the man in the early 70s.

He has since visually identified the perpetrator through a Celtic Boys Club (CBC) photo.

This newspaper knows the accused’s identity and cannot name him for legal reasons. But when we approached him at an address in Glasgow, he denied the accusations.

It comes after four men associated with Celtic or CBC – including Jim Torbett and Frank Cairney – were convicted of historical sex abuse against children, while a fifth alleged ­perpetrator is yet to face justice.

In his sworn statement, the man says he was abused at Barrowfield, the then training ground of Celtic FC.

He said: “The sexual abuse occurred during midweek training. The abuse occurred in the changing rooms at Barrowfield. I can recall this ­occurring on many occasions.”

The statement claims that other boys were being abused in the same way at the same time.

It says: “The pretext for telling one of the boys to remain with him in the changing rooms was to put oil on the boys’ legs to protect them from the cold.

The latest accused is in the same picture taken at Celtic Park with Jim Torbett (circled left) and Frank Cairney (circled right)

His comments to us suggest claims of abuse involving Torbett were known as far back as 1973.

He said: “I first heard about ­allegations like this involving Torbett when a meeting was called in 1973 at the boys’ club. They explained to us what had been done, it would be 1972 or 1973.

“Torbett was off the scene for a while but then came back. I never thought that sort of thing was going on. I loved being with the CBC. But now it is the worst thing that’s ever happened to me. I only used ­wintergreen on the boys if they had muscle tightness.”

The Record ­understands the ­criminal case against him has not proceeded because of a “lack of corroboration”.

The complainer told lawyers he was abused repeatedly and that other boys were attacked by the same man.

A photo from 1973, obtained by the Record, shows the coach posing with boys at a cinema night out.

It was taken at the Studio Cinema in Glasgow and shows an outing which was part of the Cine Club at CBC, a club set up by Torbett, who is now serving six years in jail.

It is suspected the Cine Club was a way of allowing further contact with boys.

Another image of the coach, from the 80s, shows him alongside Torbett and Cairney in a team shot.

The Record has also obtained a letter to Celtic FC’s lawyers from Thompson’s Solicitors – who are representing the man – detailing the claims of abuse and seeking damages.

In May, we revealed that Celtic FC investigated and cleared boys’ club leaders in 1986, describing claims against them as “scurrilous”.

This is at odds with Celtic FC’s previous contention that the two were entirely separate entities and that concerns over the boys’ club leaders only arose in the 90s.

Celtic FC then revealed they had been carrying out a new two-year ­investigation into the abuse claims.

Torbett, 71, the founder of CBC, CBC coach McCafferty, 73, and Cairney, 83, were jailed last year.

Gerald King, 66, a former CBC chairman, was convicted of abusing four boys and a girl but avoided jail.

Last year, the club said they were conducting their own investigation.

In letters to two MSPs, chief ­executive Peter Lawwell said the club’s insurers had appointed a “wholly independent and experienced lawyer” to investigate.


Paedophiles in football ‘co-operated as a network’

January 18 2020

An investigation has been opened into claims that some of the country’s most notorious predators worked together in a paedophile network that preyed on young footballers.

A review commissioned by the Scottish FA will hear evidence next week that Barry Bennell, a former scout with Manchester City and Crewe Alexandra, and Jim McCafferty, a former Celtic kitman and boys’ club coach, were part of an organised cross-border abuse ring.

Bennell, 66, is serving a 30-year sentence for abusing boys on what was described as an “industrial scale”. McCafferty was jailed last year for molesting youngsters over a period of 24 years.

One survivor has presented fresh evidence, claiming he was abused separately by McCafferty and Bennell after being introduced to them by Bill Kelly, a…

Harry Dunn, the former Rangers and Liverpool youth scout died before he could stand trial over abuse charges in 2017.


Celtic Boys’ Club beast Jim Torbett to face new allegation of sexually abusing boy in toy shop

It is claimed Torbett preyed on the youngster in a toy shop in Glasgow and abused him at a flat in the city.

15 JAN 2020



Ex-Celtic Boys Club manager Frank Cairney faces abuse charges

January 14 2020

A former senior figure at Celtic FC’s feeder club is facing charges of sexual abuse, The Times can disclose.

Frank Cairney, 84, served as manager of Celtic Boys Club from 1974 until 1991. A Crown Office spokeswoman confirmed Mr Cairney has been charged and is involved in a “live solemn case”.

The Times understands that the charges relate to the alleged sexual abuse of young people. It is expected that Mr Cairney, of Uddingston, South Lanarkshire, will appear in court within months. A source said: “A court date hasn’t been set


Three men associated with Celtic Boys Club have been found guilty of abusing young kids, prompting claims of a paedophile ring.

The Parkhead side has expressed “regret and sorrow” for the victims but insist they are not legally responsible as the boys club was a separate organisation.

Former Celtic Boys Club coaches Jim McCafferty, 73, and Jim Torbett, 71, were caged for sexually abusing starlets.

Ex-club chairman Gerald King, 66, dodged prison last year despite being found guilty of targeting five kids.


Fifth coach accused of child sex abuse at Celtic Boys Club

Dec 23, 2019

A fifth coach at Celtic FC’s feeder club has been accused of child sex abuse, The Times can disclose.

Four senior figures at Celtic Boys Club have been convicted of molesting dozens of young players over four decades.

Now Lyness Malley, a former coach and official with the boys’ club, has been accused of repeatedly abusing a young player at Barrowfield, a Glasgow training ground owned by the senior club.

Mr Malley, 81, strongly denies the claims, insisting that they are malicious and motivated by a desire for revenge after he dropped his accuser from his team. He accepted that he had regularly massaged the thighs of his players with oil but said there was no sexual motivation behind it. He said that he had never touched boys inappropriately.

Civil action is being prepared against Celtic FC over its alleged failure to protect the boy from abuse, said to have taken place in 1969 and 1970.

A number of further court summonses are due to be served against Celtic FC by Thompsons solicitors, which is representing about 20 abuse survivors, early next year.

Mr Malley, who served over decades as a coach, treasurer and minutes secretary with the boys’ club, was interviewed by police in connection with the allegations but the case did not proceed because of a lack of corroboration — an essential requirement in Scots law.

Thompsons alleges that Celtic FC failed to carry out “suitable and sufficient checks” on youth coaches and did not monitor them appropriately.

While expressing “regret and sorrow” for the victims, Celtic FC has refused to accept responsibility for abuse, where found, within the boys’ club — insisting it was an entirely separate organisation.

Mr Malley said he had always acted appropriately with the children. “I’m not that type of person,” he told The Times. “I have done nothing wrong.”

Mr Malley, who also held a senior position with the Scottish Youth Club Association, added that he had no memory of his accuser.

In February Frank Cairney, 83, former manager of the boys’ club, was convicted of sexually abusing young footballers and was jailed. He had his sentence reduced last month.

In May Jim McCafferty, 73, a former Celtic FC kit man and boys’ club coach, admitted 12 child sexual abuse charges and was jailed for six years.

Last year Gerald King, 66, one-time chairman of the boys’ club was convicted of abusing four boys and a girl. Jim Torbett, 71, who helped to found it, was jailed for six years.

Mr Malley, who was involved with the feeder club from 1969 until the late 1980s, said he had no inkling that systematic abuse had been taking place.

Thompsons solicitors urged abuse victims to come forward. Celtic FC did not respond to a request for comment.



Former Celtic Boys Club coach Frank Cairney probed by US cops over ‘sex attack’ on player during trip

CELTIC Boys Club paedophile Frank Cairney is being probed by US cops over an alleged sex attack.

Detectives in New Jersey are looking into an assault said to have taken place during a summer tour.

Cairney led Boys Club trip to US in 1991

The investigation comes as former Celtic chairman Jack McGinn claimed he urged boys club officials to alert police after being told Cairney, now 84, abused a teen during the 1991 trip — 30 years before he was brought to justice

US police chief George King said: “The Kearny Police Department detective bureau is reviewing this information and is in consultation with the Hudson County prosecutors office.”

Cairney, of Viewpark, Lanarkshire, led a party of 20 teenagers and five adults who were based in the town during a visit to mark the 25th anniversary of the boys club.

Ex-club official Jim McNally reportedly contacted Celtic at the time after learning of the alleged abuse in the States.

Celtic ‘haven’t contacted Boys Club abuse victims since launching 2-year probe’

He then went to Celtic Park where he claimed Mr McGinn showed him a copy of Cairney’s resignation letter.

The document was said to have suggested that a promotion at Cairney’s day job had left him unable to sufficiently carry out his duties as boys club coach.

Asked last week if that was an accurate account of the meeting, ex-Hoops chairman Mr McGinn said: “It could be, or it could be vaguely different.”
It is understood cops in Scotland were never told of the alleged US incident.

Shamed Cairney was jailed for four years in February for preying on eight young players at St Columba’s Boys Guild in Viewpark and Celtic Boys Club’s under-16 team.

We revealed claims of a “paedophile ring” at the boys club after fellow former coaches Jim McCafferty, 73, and Jim Torbett, 71, were also caged for sexually abusing starlets.


Ex-club chairman Gerald King, 66, dodged prison in January despite being found guilty of targeting five kids.
Celtic has expressed “regret and sorrow” for the victims but insist the Parkhead side is not legally responsible as the boys club was a separate organisation.


Last week, Cairney’s second bid for freedom was rejected


Celtic inquiry ‘has failed to contact victims’

20 July 2019

Celtic FC has failed to contact survivors of systemic sexual abuse at its feeder club despite launching its own investigation into the scandal two years ago, a senior lawyer has claimed.

Last month Peter Lawwell, the club’s chief executive, announced club insurers had appointed a “wholly independent and experienced lawyer” to delve into the evidence of child abuse at Celtic Boys Club that has led to four former coaches being jailed.

In a statement he said: “We respect any claimants’ rights and out advisers will communicate with them and their representatives directly in the proper manner, respecting their rights to confidentiality.”

more here:


Football coach Bob Higgins jailed for 24 years for abusing trainees

12 June 2019

A former youth football coach has been jailed for 24 years and three months for abusing young players.

Bob Higgins sexually touched and groped 24 victims, most of them trainees at Southampton FC and Peterborough United.

In May, Higgins, 66, was found guilty at a retrial of 45 counts of indecent assault between 1971 and 1996. He was convicted of another count last year.

Judge Peter Crabtree called Higgins a “predatory, cunning” serial sex abuser who “carefully groomed” the teenagers.

Higgins’ victims told Winchester Crown Court of suicidal thoughts and relationship problems later in life.

An emotional statement, read by Dean Radford on behalf of the victims on the steps of the court, said Higgins’ “arrogance was his downfall”.

“You can call us brave, you can call us courageous – we were not – we were the unlucky ones for falling into the entrapment of Higgins’s manipulative, deceitful and sexual behaviour,” it said.

During Higgins’ trial, prosecutors told the court he was “idolised” by trainees, who viewed him as a mentor and father figure.

Victims said they were abused during post-exercise soapy massages, in Higgins’ car while he played love songs on the stereo and at his home where he cuddled with boys on his sofa.

‘Severe psychological harm’

Judge Crabtree said Higgins had shown “not one jot of remorse”.

“They believed you held the key to their futures,” he told the defendant.

“You normalised cuddling and stroking, which paved the way for more intimate abuse.

“For many the impact extended to their performance on the field or to turning their backs on a football career. Some of them suffered severe psychological harm.”

Higgins made no reaction as the sentence was passed.

The allegations arose after the NSPCC set up a dedicated helpline for people who had encountered childhood abuse within football.

It was launched after a number of former footballers, including Billy Seymour, spoke on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme in November 2016.

Higgins stood trial last year, but a retrial was ordered after jurors failed to reach verdicts on 48 counts of indecent assault.

Mr Seymour, a Southampton youth player who went on to play for Coventry City and Millwall, had waived his right to anonymity to speak publicly.

He gave evidence at last year’s trial but was killed in a car crash in January before Higgins’ retrial.

On Tuesday, his mother Jean read his victim impact statement, written before his death, to the court.

Addressed to Higgins, it said: “I am sick to my stomach of giving you any more thought. I have been a broken man. You have debilitated my whole life.

“The mist is clearing. I can see some light at the end of the tunnel.

“I will beat the hating of you in my soul. This is closure. Goodbye, Bob Higgins.”

Mr Radford had given evidence as a character witness because Higgins was found not guilty of abusing him at a separate trial in the early 1990s.

Reading the victims’ statement, he said: “There were so many warning signs out there but no-one would listen – that let this monster walk free and carry on abusing.

“We believe that many people must have known what was going on, the truth will come out in the end.

“Today is not just about us complainants and witnesses who have suffered through this nightmare, it’s the wives, girlfriends, sons and daughters who have suffered with us.”

He also paid tribute to their “dear friend” Billy Seymour.

“We did it Billy – just like you said we would, you can now rest in peace.”

‘Further allegations’

Det Ch Insp David Brown, of Hampshire Constabulary, said the conviction was “testament to the bravery of those who came forward to give evidence”.

“There can be no understanding of the damage that individual has caused to the lives of the people who stood with us through the criminal trial”.

He said the force was “assessing a number of reports” of further allegations against Higgins.

Southampton FC offered an “unreserved apology” to his victims last week.

In a statement, the club said it recognised boys under its care “suffered exposure to abuse when they should have received protection from any form of harm”.

During his time as a coach, Bob Higgins worked with young footballers who would go on to become national heroes and household names.

But others were not so fortunate.

Some were haunted by their ordeals, and gave up on football entirely.

Such was Higgins’s hold over those he abused, many felt unable to say anything, even to close family members, for up to 30 years.


Former Celtic chairman claims ‘no knowledge’ of his business links to Boys’ Club sex beast Jim Torbett

Kevin Kelly denies he was a director of the Trophy Centre which was the firm run by convicted paedophile Torbett..

10 JUN 2019

Former Celtic chairman Kevin Kelly has claimed ignorance of his business links with Celtic Boys’ Club beast Jim Torbett.

And Kelly, who was vice-chairman of the club when it investigated and then cleared boys’ club “leaders” of any wrongdoing – and was also president of the boys’ club – has told the Daily Record he has “no knowledge of the past”.

Speaking for the first time since the abuse scandal emerged, he said he had no idea that beasts Torbett and Frank Cairney were preying on children over decades on his watch.

The Daily Record revealed last month details of a 1986 probe by the Celtic FC board into allegations of boys being taken to weekend tournaments that did not exist, boys being taken out socially and boys being late home from training.

It appeared to be at odds with Celtic’s claim that the boys’ club was “entirely separate” from Celtic FC and that the club had first learned of allegations against boys’ club predators in the 1990s.

Four paedophiles linked to the boys’ club have been convicted of preying on children in recent months.

At the time of the 1986 probe Kelly, now 81, was vice-chairman of Celtic FC, president of Celtic Boys’ Club and worked for Torbett at his Trophy Centre business.

When we visited Kelly at his home, he was reluctant to discuss the abuse scandal. Asked about the 1986 probe, he said: “I’ve nothing to say about that.

“The club are looking into all these things, so I’m quite happy about that.

“No, sorry about that. As I say I’m quite happy with what’s gone to the police and everything.”

We put it to Kelly the 1986 probe by Celtic FC had cleared Torbett and Cairney of any wrongdoing and that Celtic FC had then endorsed the pair by branding the claims as “scurrilous” and saying they should be “buried once and for all”.

Many of Torbett’s victims were abused after he had been cleared by Celtic FC. Kelly said: “I’m quite happy for the club to do whatever they have to do. Those who committed crimes are in jail and that’s where they should be. That’s all I’ve got to say.”

When we asked about his directorship of the Trophy Centre – Torbett’s company – he said: “I wasn’t a director.”

We put it to him that he has a legal listing as a director of the company.

He said: “Look, I’ve no knowledge of the past, I’m sorry about that.”

Asked if he had knowledge at the time of what was going on, Kelly said: “Not at all, I’d never have joined it if I knew that.

“A lot of it is conjecture and it’s taken the police a long time, and I’ve been told by the police to stick by my statement and not to talk to anyone else until it is all resolved.”

Records show Kelly became a director of the Trophy Centre in October 1989. Torbett was first convicted of sexually abusing three boys in 1998 and jailed for two years.

But Kelly remained a director of the Trophy Centre until 2005.

Boys’ club founder Torbett was jailed in November for six years, former general manager Cairney was jailed in January for four years, fellow boys’ club coach and Celtic FC man Jim McCafferty, 73, was jailed for six years and nine months, while former chairman Gerald King was convicted of preying on children at a Glasgow school, but avoided jail.

Records also show that Kelly and Torbett were the sole directors of a now dissolved company – Panrole Ltd – set up in April 1991.

Helene Gray, 71, who’s son Andrew was a victim of Torbett at Celtic Boys’ Club, said: “There are many who held authority who continue to deny and deflect from what my son and many other young boys suffered whilst in their care at Celtic Boys Club. Their silence and denial is sickening.”

Andrew died after an accident on holiday aged 41. His testimony helped convict Torbett.


Celtic confirm sex abuse probe and deny ‘doing nothing’

1 June 2019

Celtic FC has been conducting its own two-year investigation into historical child sex abuse, according to its chief executive.

In letters to two MSPs, Peter Lawwell hit back at “misconceptions” the football club had been “doing nothing”.

He said the club’s insurers had appointed a “wholly independent and experienced lawyer” to investigate.

Last month the club expressed “regret and sorrow” 10 days after an ex-youth coach was jailed for child sex abuse.

Jim McCafferty, 73, was the fourth man connected to either Celtic or Celtic Boys Club to be convicted of child sex offences in the past year.

The club’s response to the crimes involving the former boys club coaches was last week criticised by two MSPs.

And both have issued fresh criticism after receiving a letter from Mr Lawwell.

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwel

James Dornan, the SNP MSP for Glasgow Cathcart, told BBC Scotland he wants more clarity on what the investigation has involved.

He said: “If nobody has spoken to victims about their experiences and what they would like to see to overcome those experiences and how those experiences came about then that’s not an investigation.

“If what the investigation is about is how they can legally prove that Celtic Boys Club and Celtic Football Club are separate entities then that’s a sham.”

‘More than a club’

Asked about his reaction to the scandal as a fan of the club, Mr Dornan said: “I would much rather be here having this conversation about any other club in the world than having it about Celtic.

“I grew up to believe that Celtic was more than a football club, and I like to believe it still is, but this and the way the board have handled this.

“In one way, I’m glad that my dad is not here to see that Celtic are behaving in this way on what is probably the most important issue that club has ever faced.”

Conservative MSP Mr Tomkins tweeted his reaction to the letter.

He wrote: “I know of no reason why legal investigation into what Celtic FC knew about the abuse at the boys club (and when they knew it) needs to be in secret.

“Nothing in Celtic’s letter to me undermines my belief that these matters require to be ‘independently’ investigated and that, if necessary, Celtic will have to establish and administer a compensation scheme for victims of abuse.

“Finally, having an unnamed lawyer secretly investigating a matter does nothing to help, guide or support the victims and their families. It is their rights and interests that no one should overlook in this matter.”

Mr Lawwell has written to both MSPs, saying it is “important that we clarify a number of issues which appear to be misconceptions at present”.

And he told Mr Dornan: “We believe that your criticisms, which suggested that we were not a caring club and that we were not taking our responsibilities seriously was both unfair and misguided”.

In the letters released to the Press Association, Mr Lawwell stated: “The first misconception is that the club is doing nothing and abdicating responsibility. That is simply not true.”

Instead he claimed legal processes meant the club was “constrained” in what it could say publicly, describing it as being “highly frustrating for all”.

‘Proper manner’

But he also insisted it was not appropriate to discuss sensitive legal matters “through newspapers or on social media”.

The Celtic chief executive said: “Some time ago our insurers appointed a wholly independent and experienced lawyer who is investigating and dealing with this matter on behalf of the club.

He added: “We respect any claimants’ rights and out advisers will communicate with them and their representatives directly in the proper manner, respecting their rights to confidentiality.”

Celtic will “ensure that we continue to meet all our obligations”, Mr Lawwell stressed.

The chief executive also claimed that in the “very delicate and of course tragic set of circumstances” Mr Dornan’s letter had “appeared to disregard the importance of the due process of law”.

Sympathy for victims

He added: “Unfortunately legal processes are slow, and are also generally confidential. We have had to balance all of these factors in how was have addressed the issues to date.

“While we recognise that this issue is in the public domain we do not consider that means that we should deal with the matter through the media, but rather through the legal system.

“We would stress that we regret that the incidents took place and reiterate our sympathy for all victims who suffered abuse. We are following legal advice and respecting an ongoing process.

“The matter continues to receive our full attention and that we take all our obligations, including legal, very seriously.”

But solicitor Patrick McGuire, who represents survivors of abuse, again accused the club of “too little, too late”.

He said: “If Celtic have been carrying out a covert investigation why did it take the intervention of two MSPs to bring it to light?

“Why did they not set the record straight when survivors and campaigners started demanding answers and actions more than a year ago?”

He also asked why such an investigation was needed given the outcome of the court cases.

Last November Celtic Boys Club founder Jim Torbett was jailed for six years for sexually abusing three boys over eight years.

After his conviction Celtic took two days to issue a statement, which expressed “deep regret”.

Earlier this year, the boys club’s former chairman, Gerald King, was given a three-year probation order for sexually abusing four boys and a girl in the 1980s.

And in February Frank Cairney, a former manager of the boys club, was jailed for four years after being convicted of nine charges of sexually abusing young footballers.

Last month McCafferty admitted 12 charges related to child sex abuse against 10 teenage boys between 1972 and 1996.

He was sentenced to six years and nine months in prison.


Jimmy Savile was a guest of Celtic in 1987 and was hailed as a “staunch supporter”, only months after a club dismissed allegations of widespread abuse as “scurrilous”.


My office has received several letters from constituents calling for a public inquiry into Celtic boys club. We are looking at the matter very carefully. This story would appear to strengthen the case for a full inquiry

Cross-border ‘paedo ring’ between Celtic Boys Club and Barry Bennell being investigated by SFA and FA

Vile McCafferty admitted preying on ten teenage boys between 1972 and 1996 — including one attack carried out at Celtic Park

23rd May 2019

AN ALLEGED paedophile ring between Celtic Boys Club pervs and Barry Bennell is to be “investigated by the Scottish and English FAs”.

It’s reported that the footie authorities are probing a “partnership” between Jim McCafferty and the monster.

 McCafferty has been caged
McCafferty has been caged

McCafferty admitted preying on ten teenage boys between 1972 and 1996 — including one attack carried out at Celtic Park.

Meanwhile pervert Bennell was convicted of 50 abuse charges relating to 12 lads under his wing at Crewe Alexandria and Manchester City from 1979 and 1991.

A source close to the Independent Review of Sexual Abuse in Scottish Football told The Times: “The partnership between McCafferty and Bennell is included in the investigation.

“There will be full disclosure.”

A final report from the review was delayed last year to avoid prejudicing criminal proceedings.

 Bennell was also caged
Bennell was also caged

It’s understood that it’s set to contain evidence that McCafferty took youngsters from Glasgow to tournaments in the northwest of England where they were introduced to Bennell.

And according to the Times, the information has been shared with the English FA.

Lawyers are convinced that McCafferty was part of a network of abuse – which also involved boys club founder Jim Torbett and Bennell.

Patrick McGuire, a partner with Thompsons Solicitors, said: “It was our survivor clients who were able to present the evidence of links between McCafferty and Bennell, and McCafferty and Torbett.

“There is clear evidence of trips being organised in both directions: Bennell bringing boys up to Scotland and McCafferty taking boys’ clubs on trips to the Greater Manchester area.

Celtic Boys Club player targeted by paedo Jim McCafferty says trips to play evil Barry Bennell’s teams ‘no accident’

“I’m glad the SFA have finally taken account of the evidence that we have been putting forward.”

We told you earlier this month how a former Celtic Boys Club player targeted by McCafferty reckons it’s “no coincidence” he took young players to a tournament attended by predator Bennell.

The ex-starlet told how he travelled south to play against teams run by disgraced former coach Bennell, 65, who was caged for 31 years in 2018.

Bennell was said to be a “pied piper” who told boys he’d make their footie dreams come true.

A judge described him as the “devil incarnate”.

The victim — who was also molested by Frank Cairney, 83, while at Celtic Boys Club — said: “The fact McCafferty was taking teams to England and playing tournaments that Barry Bennell was involved in is not a coincidence.


Gerry Mccann was Celtic club physio from 1990s +. Celtic boys club had AT LEAST 4serial connected paedos +links to Bennell.

Why hasn’t the Celtic Paedo link been chased?  

Was McCann blackmailed over the Celtic boys abuse? Did he piece together comments?

Was the “holiday” arranged through ‘friends’ that.. included links to the Paedo-in-place?? 

Was Maddie drugged?

The “its OK dear she won’t know she’ll be asleep” “they just want photos” excuse? … But it went wrong.

Was Gerry McCann’s/Celtic’s medicine chest the source of any drugs possibly used to dope kids groomed&raped by the boysclub paedo ring.?? Especially on ‘trips’.

Football coach Bob Higgins guilty of 45 counts of indecent assault

Former Southampton and Peterborough coach convicted of offences against 23 boys

23 May 2019

A former football coach who helped launch the careers of a string of household names has been found guilty of sexually abusing schoolboy players.

Bob Higgins, who worked with hundreds of youth players, was found guilty of 45 charges of indecent assault against teenage boys at Bournemouth crown court.

The jury found him not guilty of five counts of indecent assault and were unable to reach a verdict on the final count. He showed no emotion as the verdicts were read out and he was convicted of offences against 23 victims.

He was convicted at an earlier trial of an offence against one other victim. The judge, Peter Crabtree, discharged the jury and thanked them for their service. Higgins will be sentenced at a later date at Winchester crown court.

Higgins, who coached at Southampton FC and Peterborough United, was a predatory paedophile who used his reputation as a star-maker to abuse vulnerable boys.

He indecently assaulted them at training camps, at home when his wife and son were under the same roof, in his car, and during “soapy” massages after training.

Higgins, 66, denied the offences, claiming the allegations were false memories or lies. His mask slipped once when, while giving evidence, he conceded he may have become sexually aroused while massaging boys.

Complaints about Higgins were first made 30 years ago but, even though the police and football authorities knew of the serious concerns about him, he continued to work in the game until the Guardian exposed widespread football abuse in 2016.

It can now be revealed that:

More than 100 former schoolboy players have said they were abused by Higgins. The most serious allegations involving boys as young as 11, and involving 24 youngsters, were put before the jury at Bournemouth crown court.

Police believe there may be more victims who have not contacted them. They are still keen to hear from anyone else who was indecently assaulted by Higgins.

Higgins kept letters, pictures and witness statements in his attic as “trophies” from boys he had abused.

Detectives believe Higgins committed offences in Sweden during a youth football competition but he cannot be prosecuted there because of legal restrictions.

Higgins had close links with another coach accused of sexual abuse against children, Kit Carson, who worked with Higgins at Peterborough. Carson died in a car crash on the morning his trial was due to begin in January.

Famous names that came up in Higgins’s trial included the England internationals Alan Shearer and Dennis Wise. There is no suggestion they were victims.

An independent review into child sexual abuse in football is looking at what the Football Association and clubs knew about Higgins.

A spokesperson said: “Following the conviction of Bob Higgins … it will now be possible for investigations into what the clubs and the FA did or did not know about Higgins to be concluded.”

The senior investigating officer, DCI Dave Brown, of Hampshire police, said: “Higgins was a great coach. The boys would do anything for him and he exploited that position. He identified vulnerabilities of the boys he coached and used his position to groom them so he could fulfil his own sexual needs. Boys worshipped Higgins as a father figure. He was clever and manipulative, a typical predatory paedophile.”

Asked why Higgins had been able to carry on working with children after complaints were made, he said: “You have to look at what the DBS [disclosure and barring service] and checking processes were at that time. There are very different safeguarding processes now. The fact he would be a risk would be identified and it would be highly unlikely he would find himself in a position where he could continue to offend against young people.”

He described the victims as incredibly brave. “I hope it gives others who may be victims the confidence to come forward. We will treat them with dignity and respect. I’m sure there are more that haven’t come forward,” he said.

Many of the victims described Higgins as god-like, their mentor and their father figure. Several spoke of their inability to make a complaint against him earlier because they feared it would be the end of their dreams of a career in football.

The court heard Higgins was acquitted at a trial in the early 1990s of a series of indecent assaults, including against the former professional Dean Radford who waived his right to anonymity to give evidence as a witness in the current proceedings.

The public gallery was charged with emotion as the chairman of the jury announced Higgins was guilty of six charges in relation to the former Southampton trainee Billy Seymour who died in a car crash earlier this year. His evidence against Higgins was presented to the jury through videos he had given to police.

In a joint statement issued through the police, the victims in the Bournemouth case said: “When Bob Higgins returned to court eight weeks ago, he gave a clear message to us all with his continued refusal to accept responsibility for what he did to us as children. However, that message made us all stronger and more determined.

“The verdicts from the jury after hearing all of the evidence mean that Mr Higgins’ arrogance and lies have finally caught up with him. At last, after all these years, we can finally get a sense of closure and try to move on from this nightmare.

“On behalf of everybody who’s taken part in the trials, we would like to thank everyone involved in the case for having faith and belief in us.

“We would particularly like to thank the prosecution and investigation team who must have spent hundreds, if not thousands, of hours putting this jigsaw puzzle together.

“But, most of all, we must thank our loved ones, wives, girlfriends, sons, daughters, mums, dads, brothers, sisters and close friends who have supported us right through to the end. It must have been difficult for them also.”

Referring to Seymour, they concluded: “We did it Billy, love you our good friend and brother xxx”.

Claire Booth, of the Crown Prosecution Service, said: “Many young boys dream of becoming a footballer and training for a prestigious team.

“Bob Higgins preyed on and abused young boys – some of who adored him – and in doing so tainted and shattered the dreams of many.

“Being scouted by such a talented, renowned coach was something no boy would have turned down. Sadly it meant growing up with this terrible secret, which for some was all-consuming.” ​


Paedophile Celtic Boys’ Club coaches Gerry King (far left), Jim Torbett (centre) and Frank Cairney (far right) and former kitman Jim McCafferty, front right, and the statement in the Celtic View in 1986 saying the abuse claims were scurrilous

Celtic FC cleared Boys’ Club bosses over ‘scurrilous’ abuse claims in 1986

Victims, families and lawyers call for action after Daily Record reveals statement printed in The Celtic View after a club investigation.

17 MAY 2019

Celtic FC investigated and cleared Celtic Boys’ Club “leaders” of wrongdoing after complaints in the 80s, the Record can reveal.

The club’s probe described abuse claims as “scurrilous” and said those “placed under a cloud” would go to court if necessary to make sure the stories “are buried once and for all”.

Concerns were voiced in the 80s about boys being taken out socially when no matches were scheduled, arriving home late, and being taken away to tournaments that did not exist.

But the club’s probe described abuse claims as “scurrilous” and said that those who had been “placed under a cloud” would go to court if necessary to make sure the stories “are buried once and for all”.

The Record can reveal Celtic FC were aware of claims surrounding the boys’ club as far back as 1986.

The Celtic View article confirms that the Celtic FC board thoroughly investigated claims of inappropriate behaviour at the Celtic Boys’ Club

On Tuesday, a former kitman for Celtic, Hibs and Falkirk was jailed for six years and nine months for sexually abusing young footballers over two decades.

Youth coach Jim McCafferty was revealed as a serial abuser more than two years ago following a confession when confronted by the Record.

McCafferty’s imprisonment comes in the wake of Celtic Boys’ Club predatory paedophiles Jim Torbett and Frank Cairney being jailed for sexual offences on boys spanning more than 20 years.

Torbett, 71, was jailed for six years in November for the systematic sexual abuse of boys from 1986 to 1994.

A third CBC official, Gerald King, 66, was convicted of a string of sexual offences against children at a school in Glasgow.

Earlier this year he was given a three-year probation order.

The revelation of the club’s 80s investigation appears to be at odds with Celtic FC’s present stance that the boys’ club is a totally separate organisation, and that it was first made aware of allegations of improper behaviour in the mid-90s.

Helene Gray, 70, the mum of Torbett victim Andrew Gray, said of the development: “This is horrendous and shocking.”

On Tuesday, a former kitman for Celtic, Hibs and Falkirk was jailed for six years and nine months for sexually abusing young footballers over two decades.

Youth coach Jim McCafferty was revealed as a serial abuser more than two years ago following a confession when confronted by the Record.

McCafferty’s imprisonment comes in the wake of Celtic Boys’ Club predatory paedophiles Jim Torbett and Frank Cairney being jailed for sexual offences on boys spanning more than 20 years.

Torbett, 71, was jailed for six years in November for the systematic sexual abuse of boys from 1986 to 1994.

A third CBC official, Gerald King, 66, was convicted of a string of sexual offences against children at a school in Glasgow.

Earlier this year he was given a three-year probation order.

The revelation of the club’s 80s investigation appears to be at odds with Celtic FC’s present stance that the boys’ club is a totally separate organisation, and that it was first made aware of allegations of improper behaviour in the mid-90s.

Helene Gray, 70, the mum of Torbett victim Andrew Gray, said of the development: “This is horrendous and shocking.”

Convicted paedophile Jim Torbett at a Celtic Boys’ Club event

Andrew bravely gave a statement before his tragic death aged 41 in an accident in Australia. The information helped convict the pervert in November.

Patrick McGuire, a partner with Thompsons Solicitors, who are representing the victims, said: “These new revelations uncovered by the Record go further than ever before in disproving the ridiculous assertion that the boys’ club and Celtic were separate organisations.

“The former directors of Celtic have got to be clear about what they thought they were investigating back in the mid-80s.

“The survivors my team represent deserve answers from the club about these investigations and they continue to be shocked and insulted that the board maintain that the boys’ club and Celtic FC are separate organisations.

“The survivors must receive an official apology from the club and be properly compensated for the terrible things that happened to them when, as children, they were under Celtic’s care.

“This is the morally right and decent thing to do but if Celtic continue to ignore us, as I have said before, we will see them in court.”

Kenny Campbell, another of Torbett’s victims – who waived his right to anonymity – said of our probe: “This makes me sick to the pit my stomach. It is a stunning development.”

Boys’ club general manager Frank Cairney, 83, was convicted in December last year and jailed for four years after sexually abusing eight boys.

He wrote in the Celtic View in December 1986 of his gratitude for the “tremendous support” he received from Celtic Park during the “recent difficult times”.

At the time of the 1986 investigation by the Celtic FC board, their then vice-chairman Kevin Kelly was also president of Celtic Boys’ Club.

He was also an employee of Torbett at his trophy business in Glasgow’s Shawlands.

At the boys’ club AGM in 1987 – just months after the allegations came to light – Kelly said that because of the way “true friends” had rallied round, the “criticism” of the boys’ club had made it stronger.

Torbett was previously jailed for two years in 1998 for abusing three former Celtic Boys’ Club players, including former Scotland international Alan Brazil, between 1967 and 1974.

At that trial, former Celtic photographer and boys’ club chairman Hugh Birt claimed Torbett was fired in 1974 after child abuse allegations arose.

But Torbett returned to the fold in the 80s.

Celtic FC’s investigation into the conduct of Celtic Boys’ Club “leaders” came after parents raised their fears.

The then boys’ club chairman Birt, who passed away five years ago, resigned because he believed the issue was not being dealt with properly.

The statement Celtic FC issued in Celtic View

Here is the statement Celtic FC issued in its own newspaper, the Celtic View, in December 1986, in response to claims in our sister paper the Sunday Mail.

The statement was reproduced the following month in the Celtic Boys’ Club magazine.

“A Sunday newspaper recently carried a story which cast a shadow over the Celtic Boys’ Club in general, and some of the leaders in particular.

“It also included a clear inference that the Celtic Football Club had not taken appropriate action with regard to the allegations contained in the article.

“In actual fact, the Celtic Board investigated the rumours and interviewed the men concerned in depth and could find nothing to substantiate the stories that were being circulated.

“During the course of the last 10 days, Celtic Football Club and the boys’ club have been in receipt of hundreds of letters and phone calls from boys and their parents, past and present, stating their complete support and backing of all involved with the boys’ club.

“It must be clearly emphasised that apart from this newspaper article, inspired by the former chairman of the boys’ club, not one single complaint has been received by any other person with a Celtic connection.

“The boys’ club leaders who have been placed under a cloud as a result of these rumours have instructed their lawyers to take the appropriate course of action and, if necessary, to go to a court of law to make sure these scurrilous stories are buried once and for all.”

In 1986, he said: “It appears the Celtic board want to look in the other direction in the hope the troubles will go away.”

But in an article published in the club magazine, the Celtic View, in December of that year, Celtic FC rubbished a story in the Record’s sister paper, the Sunday Mail, about the abuse.

It had listed complaints from parents about boys being kept out late, taken out socially when there was no game, and going to non-existent tournaments.

But the Celtic View stated: “In actual fact, the Celtic Board investigated the rumours and interviewed the men concerned in depth and could find nothing to substantiate the stories that were being circulated.

“The boys’ club leaders who have been placed under a cloud as a result of these rumours have instructed their lawyers to take the appropriate course of action, and if necessary to go to a court of law to make sure these scurrilous stories are buried once and for all.”

On the Celtic board at the time were chairman Jack McGinn, vice-chairman Kelly, Chris White, Tom Grant and Jimmy Farrell.

Helene revealed yesterday that the complaints in the 80s matched Torbett’s pattern of abuse when he preyed on Andrew.

She said : “This was exactly what Torbett did to Andrew. It is the first we have heard of Celtic holding an investigation as far back as that. To think it made Torbett’s position stronger is sickening.”

Kenny added: “I love Celtic. But people need to know the truth. For Celtic FC to claim they are separate from the boys’ club is total nonsense and this information uncovered by the Record shows that.”

Last night, Celtic FC made no comment on our revelations.

Following Torbett’s conviction last November, the club again claimed the boys’ club was not part of Celtic FC and did not refer to the investigation in the 80s.

It said: “Allegations regarding abuse at Celtic Boys’ Club first emerged in the 1990s. Although Celtic Football Club is an entirely separate organisation, we have always taken these allegations extremely seriously because of our historic contacts with Celtic Boys’ Club.”

A club source said yesterday: “It is not true to say that the investigation in 1986 is at odds with our statement released in November.

“That statement referred to the specific allegations against Torbett which led to his conviction in court. These allegations first emerged in the 1990s.”


Former Celtic kitman Jim McCafferty jailed after pleading guilty to sex offences

Police officer says McCafferty ‘used football to prey upon’ his victims

14 May 2019

Pervert youth football coach and kitman Jim McCafferty was sentenced to six years and nine months today after pleading guilty to a string of child sex offences stretching back 25 years.

McCafferty, 73, was involved in football in Scotland and Northern Ireland from the 1980s.

A total of 27 men who were coached by him took a claim against the former kitman and 10 claimants appeared on the lengthy indictment.

His crimes were all sexual and he was described as “physically intimidating” and overbearing.

Lord Beckett told Edinburgh High Court McCafferty that his actions had been “manipulative” and his offending had had a detrimental effect on his many victims.

McCafferty was initially arrested in Belfast


FA ‘covered up sex abuse of boys by coaches’

An alleged victim’s father claims football’s governing body has suppressed evidence of a paedophile ring

March 24 2019,


Crewe claim they did not arrange for boys to stay with Barry Bennell

19 Mar 2019

Crewe bring in lawyers used by Catholic church in abuse case
Club say victims’ long silence means case should be thrown out


Ex-Celtic Boys Club coach jailed over abuse

Feb 7 2019

Frank Cairney

Frank Cairney is the third former Celtic Boys Club coach to be convicted

A former manager of Celtic Boys Club has been jailed for four years after being convicted of nine charges of sexually abusing young footballers.

Sentencing Frank Cairney, the sheriff told the 83-year-old former coach he was a “wolf in sheep’s clothing”.

During his trial the court heard that Cairney’s victims had suffered badly from the abuse, which dated back to the 1980s.

Sheriff Daniel Kelly praised the “courage” of the victims.

Cairney was acquitted of similar charges 20 years ago.

Following his conviction in December, a man who accused Cairney of abusing him in the early 1970s, said justice had finally caught up with the “evil paedophile”.

Jim Torbett with Frank Cairney
Both Jim Torbett (left) and Frank Cairney (right) have been convicted of abusing children at Celtic Boys Club

The man, whose identity is protected under the law, said Cairney had used his standing at Celtic FC to gain access to innocent young boys and abuse them in the most horrible way.

Some of the abuse took place in the dressing room at Celtic Park.

After sentencing he told BBC Scotland, Cairney had been given four years but his victims got a life sentence and they would take their experiences to the grave.

“When I saw him in court in December, he looked evil. I haven’t been able to get that image of him out of my head,” he said.

The man, who is in his late 50s, said he would wanted the authorities to ask if sentences handed down to men like Cairney were sufficient.

“The sentences have to be stricter so that we can protect our vulnerable,” he said.

‘Great respect’

Cairney is the third former Celtic Boys Club coach to be convicted of child sex abuse in recent months.

In November, Boys Club founder Jim Torbett was jailed for six years, while another coach, teacher Gerald King, was also convicted of abusing boys at a school.

After the conviction of Torbett, Celtic expressed “deep regret” for the victims but stressed the boys club was a separate entity.

The club made a similar statement on Thursday following the conviction of Cairney.

“Although Celtic Football Club is an entirely separate organisation to Celtic Boys’ Club, we wish to express our deep regret that these incidents took place, as well as our sympathy for the victims who suffered abuse,” it said.

“We are grateful for the courage of those who have come forward to report abuse and to give evidence after such a long period of time. We have great respect for them and their families as they continue to cope with the distressing effects of the abuse they suffered”.

The victim of Cairney the BBC spoke to had previously said that when he played for the Boys Club, they were regular visitors to Celtic Park and used to sweep the terraces there.

He said: “Celtic FC have been in denial of the association with the Boys Club. It’s appalling; please stop it.”



Dead football coach Michael ‘Kit’ Carson was ‘paedophile ringleader’

January 13 2019

Carson faced 12 counts of indecent assault

An Irish football coach who died last week on the day his trial for sex abuse was due to begin was at the centre of a paedophile ring and may have abused hundreds of young boys during a 30-year career, according to one of his victims.

Michael “Kit” Carson, 75, was due in Peterborough Crown Court on Monday to face 12 counts of indecent assault and one of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, but was killed when his car hit a tree between Cambridge and Newmarket in an act that may have been deliberate. The car was heading away from Peterborough.



David Lean 💜 ‏ @DavidLeanLeano

Is the reason police DID NOT act on the names of Victims that Barry Bennell they already given them in 1998 when I came forward in 2013 because they knew the true scale of this & left the cork firmly in the bottle ? My case was then dropped Maybe they thought I would go away ?

Barry Bennell: Police missed chance to snare paedophile after admitting abuse in 1998

EXCLUSIVE: The footie coach owned up in a jail interview to the crimes against nine boys – but officers failed to contact the victims

12 Jan 2019

Paedophile football coach Barry Bennell was allowed to walk free after police failed to contact nine boys he admitted ­abusing in a 1998 jail interview.

The fiend is expected to die behind bars after getting 30 years last February for a sickening catalogue of crimes.

But evidence that victim David Lean gave the Sunday People suggests he should have got a lengthy term sooner.

UK Police began probing Bennell, 65, in 1994 after he was jailed for child sex crimes in the US.

Detectives given the names of nine alleged victims in 1997 said they traced those they could but none wanted to make complaints.

Bennell was jailed again in 1998 for abusing six lads.

After requesting an interview in jail the same year, he ­confessed to attacks on the other nine.

But police have admitted they did not “revisit” the victims.

And when the case was sent to the CPS without checking if any would be willing to testify, it was decided no further action be taken.

Bennell was ­released six years later and remained free until 2015, when he was jailed for abusing former Preston North End defender David.

David, 12 when he suffered his ordeal, said: “It’s sickening. Now I’m left ­wondering if he could have got a much longer sentence much earlier.

“How do we know he didn’t attack more kids after he was released?”

Bennell victim Ian Ackley, 50, who spoke out in 1997, said of the police admission: “It’s a huge injustice and an insult to the victims. These boys could and should have been approached and given the opportunity to pursue this.

“Are you telling me if a murderer confessed to another murder, police wouldn’t follow it up? It’s their job.

When David went to police in 2013, he was originally told Bennell would not be charged as he was the only new victim and he had ­already been jailed for similar crimes.

He ­challenged the decision and Bennell was finally charged.

But he only learned of the 1998 confession after the 2018 trial.

Cheshire Police apologised last year after admitting contacting the boys would have helped his case.

David said: “I was stunned and angry. I went through two years of hell trying to get the police to charge Bennell.

“I could have been spared this if they’d just spoken to the boys.”

David, of Preston, Lancs, met Bennell in 1979 at Butlin’s in Pwlleli, North Wales.

He said: “I was ­besotted with football. He told me I was a star of the future and he had links to Man City.”

Parents Margaret and Martin let him stay with Bennell for a football course in Macclesfield, Cheshire, that year.

David, a dad of two, said: “Bennell didn’t leave me alone. He was pulling me into him, making me massage his groin. Then we went to bed and it got really weird.”

Bennell was eventually convicted of four attacks over two nights.

At the time David was left feeling it was his fault – especially when Bennell turned up unannounced at his home.

He said: “My mum told me to take him upstairs and show him my trophies. He wasn’t aggressive.

“He said, ‘Don’t worry, I won’t tell what you did to me.’ I blamed myself and thought I was gay. I didn’t think I could tell ­anyone. He’d been my hero.”

David didn’t tell of his abuse, even when a 1997 documentary unmasked Bennell.

He said: “Mum ­confronted me after the ­programme and I told her nothing happened.

“She said, ‘Thank God, I’m not sure I’d have been able to cope.’ I promised myself I wouldn’t disclose while she was alive. I have to live with the fact almost all of Bennell’s victims were abused after me. There may be over 100 I could have stopped.”

When Margaret died of cancer in 2013 David went to police without even telling his wife Teresa. He said: “Telling officers was emotional but it was when I got back to my car it hit me. I sobbed.”

He then confided in his family but was dismayed to get a letter saying it was not in the public interest to ­prosecute.

His complaint sparked a case that changed guidance on historic child sex crimes.

A panel suggested ­prosecutors reconsider and Bennell was charged in 2014, pleading guilty the day of his Chester crown court trial in May 2015.

He got two years and the football abuse scandal erupted the next year .

Stars speaking out on their ordeals included ex-Crewe Alexandra player Andy Woodward.

David was given this certificate from Bennell at a Butlins soccer coaching scheme

Other players, including Manchester City youth star Gary Cliffe, had read about David’s case and told police their stories. Bennell was convicted of abusing 12 victims last February.

Gary, 48, got in touch with David to hail him as an “inspiration”.

David, who works for amateur side AFC Fylde, contacted police after last year’s trial and was finally told of the confession.

When he demanded ­answers, officers confirmed a ­decision was made not to contact the boys.

David was told: “Those who were ‘admitted’ to had not been revisited after that ­interview… whether or not to do so was an individual senior ­investigating officer decision.”

The interview transcript was stored but an officer probing David’s case “did not appreciate its relevance”.

Cheshire Police accepted “this material was in its possession and these boys could and should have been contacted in 2013”.

David, training as a counsellor to help other abuse victims, said: “I fear there are a lot of people who have been abused by Bennell who will not get justice. And I can’t help but ­wonder if he could have got a 30-year sentence much earlier.

“Instead, he was free while people like me lived with the hell of what he did to us.”


Kit Carson pictured arriving at Cambridge magistrates court in April 2018

Kit Carson, ex-football coach accused of abuse, dies in traffic collision

Seventy-five-year-old due to stand trial accused of sexual abuse of 11 boys over 30 years

Jan 8 2019

A youth football coach and scout credited with helping launch the careers of several professional players has died in a car crash on the first day of his trial for sexual offences against 11 boys.

Kit Carson, 75, had been due to stand trial at Peterborough crown court in Cambridgeshire on 12 counts of indecent assault and one of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity. The offences were alleged to have happened between 1978, when Carson was 35, and 2009.

Carson’s trial was due to begin on Monday morning but the prosecution asked for proceedings to be adjourned for 24 hours.

On Tuesday, Jeremy Benson, prosecuting, told the court Carson had died on Monday morning at 9.44am – 16 minutes before the case was listed to begin.

Benson said no other vehicle was involved in the incident and an investigation was being carried out. The prosecutor said Carson’s wife, Pauline, identified her husband’s body on Monday afternoon. The case was formally discontinued.

Police said the crash took place at Bottisham, near Cambridge, which is about 40 miles from the court building.

Carson, whose full name was Michael Sean Carson, was arrested in Cambridge in January 2017 and charged in March 2018.

One theory police were investigating to explain why he was so far from court was that he was confused over the start date of his trial.

A Cambridgeshire police spokesman said: “Police have identified a man who died following a single-vehicle crash on the A1303 at Bottisham yesterday morning (7 January).

“Michael Carson, 75, of Cambridge, was driving his red Mazda 3 at about 9.45am when it left the road and crashed into a tree. Emergency services attempted to save Mr Carson’s life but he was declared dead at the scene a short time later.

“No other vehicle or person was involved in the collision. Mr Carson was due to stand trial at Peterborough crown court, beginning yesterday, on multiple sexual assault charges. The victims have been informed and efforts are being made to contact all the witnesses.

“Anyone who saw the collision or has dash cam footage should call 101, quoting incident 100 of 7 January.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

Carson had denied the offences.

Bail conditions had included Carson being barred from coaching children in the UK or travelling abroad to coach young people, and from involvement in scouting under-18s.


Gerald King

Gerald King: Ex-Celtic Boys’ chairman spared jail after being found guilty of child sex abuse

Jan 7 2019

A FORMER Celtic Boys’ Club chairman convicted of sexually abusing four boys and a girl while he was employed as a teacher has been spared jail.

Gerald King, 66, taught and coached football at a primary school in the north of Glasgow during the 1980s.

One man, now 43, told how King exposed himself to him when he was getting changed before a football game and told prosecutor Adele Macdonald: “I was really embarrassed and uncomfortable”.

He told the jury: “I felt as though it was something I couldn’t escape from.”

King’s conviction last month came only weeks after Celtic Boys’ Club founder Jim Torbett was jailed for a second time for abusing three boys.

A former manager of the boys’ club, Frank Cairney, 83, was found guilty the following week at Hamilton Sheriff Court of abusing teenagers between 1965 and 1986.

After his trial at Glasgow Sheriff Court, King was convicted of five charges of using lewd and libidinous practises towards the five victims between August 1984 and April 1989.

He was also found guilty of taking indecent pictures of children in February 1987.

Today, shamed King – who was also a coach at Celtic Boys’ Club – was given a three-year probation order.

He will be supervised throughout his time on the order and must carry out 240 hours unpaid work. King will also be on the sex offenders’ register for five years.

King’s victims were between nine and 13-years-old at the time.

In evidence, he admitted taking two pictures, one of four boys in a shower with no clothes on which was later printed in the school magazine with ‘censored’ over their private parts.

He also said he took a second picture of one of the boys with no clothes on, but claimed both were entirely innocent.

Sick King denied all of the charges he faced.


Former Norwich City youth coach to stand trial over child sex abuse charges

02 January 2019

Former youth football coach and scout Michael

Former youth football coach and scout Michael “Kit” Carson at Cambridge Magistrates’ Court. PIC: Joe Giddens/PA Images

A former Norwich City youth coach is to go on trial this month having been charged with the sexual abuse of 11 boys under the age of 16.

The trial of Michael “Kit” Carson, 75, is due to begin on Monday (January 7) at Peterborough Crown Court.

He has been charged with 12 counts of indecent assault and one of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

The offences are alleged to have happened between 1978 and 2009 and involve 11 victims, all boys under the age of 16.

Carson, of St Bartholomew’s Court, Riverside, Cambridge, has denied all charges.

The former coach was arrested as part of the investigation into historical child sex abuse in football.

He worked at Norwich as a youth coach between 1983 and 1993, before moving to Peterborough to run their youth academy until 2001.

He then spent five years at Cambridge as their head of talent development but more recently worked at non-league Histon in Cambridgeshire.



Frank Cairney branded ‘evil paedophile’ by victim who says he was abused in Celtic Park dressing room

Cairney, 83, was today convicted of sexually abusing a string of youngsters

14 dec 2018

FRANK Cairney has been branded an “evil paedophile” by one of his victims who says he was abused by the beast in a dressing room at Celtic Park.

Cairney, 83, was today convicted of sexually abusing a string of youngsters

The former coach was found guilty of abusing eight boys while running St Columba’s Boys Guild in Viewpark, Lanarkshire, and the under-16s team at Celtic Boys Club.

Cairney denied nine charges of historic sexual abuse between 1965 and 1986, branding the allegations “ludicrous”.

But a jury took under two hours to convict him of all charges at Hamilton Sheriff Court.

Late Celtic hero John Doyle ‘reported abuse claims about Frank Cairney’

After the verdict, one abuse survivor said: “Finally justice has caught up with Frank Cairney who as everyone now knows is an evil paedophile.

“He used his high standing at Celtic FC though his work with the boys clubs to gain access to innocent young boys like myself and abuse them in the most horrible way.

“Some of this abuse was carried out within the Celtic Park dressing room as well as in his car. I’m glad Cairney will now pay for his crimes and this brings a small amount of closure to myself and other victims.”

Cairney was coach at Celtic Boys Club

The Scottish Sun understands the abuse relates to Frank Cairney forcing boys to strip naked in the dressing rooms of Celtic Park before whipping them with heavy, wet towels leaving their bodies marked.

It’s also understood he submerged naked boys in ice cold metal baths while he stood leering over them.

Cairney joined Celtic Boys Club in 1971 after he was approached to run the side by Hoops legend Jock Stein.

But he used the role to prey on and molest young players, including incidents in a church hall and at Celtic’s Barrowfield training ground.


Former Celtic Boys Club boss found guilty of sex abuse

5 December 2018

Gerald King

Gerald King coached football at a primary school in the north of Glasgow during the 1980s

A former Celtic Boys Club chairman has been convicted of sexually abusing four boys and a girl in the 1980s.

Gerald King, 66, was coaching football at a primary school in the north of Glasgow when he carried out the crimes.

King was convicted of five charges of using lewd and libidinous practises towards the five victims between August 1984 and April 1989.

The case comes just weeks after Celtic Boys Club founder Jim Torbett was jailed for abusing three boys.

After his trial at Glasgow Sheriff Court, King was told by sheriff Johanna Johnston QC: “You have been convicted of serious sexual offences against pupils when you were in a position of trust as a teacher and football coach.”

One victim, now a 43-year-old man, told how King exposed himself to him when he was getting changed before a football game.

He told prosecutor Adele Macdonald: “I was really embarrassed and uncomfortable”.

He told the jury: “I felt as though it was something I couldn’t escape from. ”

Indecent pictures

He was also found guilty of taking indecent pictures of children in February 1987.

King’s victims were between nine and 13 years old at the time.

In evidence he admitted taking two pictures, one of four boys in a shower with no clothes on which was later printed in the school magazine with ‘censored’ over their private parts.

He also said he took a second picture of one of the boys with no clothes on, but claimed both were entirely innocent.

King had denied the charges.

Another victim, now 41, described King stripping off in front of him before a football game.

Miss Macdonald asked: “How did you feel when you were standing there and he was in front of you in the same room naked?”

He answered: “Embarrassed.”

Deferred sentence

Sheriff Johnston deferred sentence until next year and continued King’s bail.

Defence counsel Gavin Anderson will give defence mitigation then.

King had worked at Torbett’s company, the Trophy Centre, but previously denied being close to him.

During his trial, Torbett named King as one of the coaches at the boys club.

Torbett was first put behind bars for two years in 1998 for abusing three former players.

Torbett was said to have been sacked from the club in 1974 when allegations surfaced against him, but was later welcomed back in 1980 until 1996.


Jim Torbett victims’ lawyer has ‘evidence’ Celtic knew about child abuse before the 90s

Patrick McGuire who is representing 10 former Celtic Boys’ Club players has questioned Celtic’s claims.

9 NOV 2018

A lawyer representing victims of pervert Celtic Boys’ Club Jim Torbett says he has evidence officials knew about the abuse before the 90s.

Patrick McGuire, whose Glasgow firm are representing 10 former Celtic Boys’ Club players, questioned Celtic FC’s claims about when they learned of the allegations.

He said: “When was it that Celtic Football Club knew, or ought to have known, about what was going on and when should that club have taken action? Was it in the 90s? I have evidence to the contrary.”

Torbett was jailed for six years on Monday for sexually abusing three boys over an eight-year period.

He was previously jailed for abusing boys in 1998.

The 71-year-old was said to have been booted out of the boys’ club in 1974 by then Celtic boss Jock Stein.

But he was allowed back after Stein left in 1980.

They expressed “deep regret” over Torbett’s crimes but have repeatedly insisted the club is a separate entity from the boys’ club.

But McGuire added: “We are asking Celtic, in their own right, for their own past wrongs, to do the right thing.”

An abuse victim’s sister said the club were trying to dodge responsibility over Torbett.

Andrew Gray gave a statement to police about his ordeal at the hands of Torbett but tragically died last year in a swimming pool accident in Australia, aged 41.

Andrew Gray who was abused by Jim Torbett when he played for Celtic Boys’ Club

His sibling Michelle, 43, said: “We have yet to receive as much as a message of condolence in respect of Andrew’s death, never mind the abuse he suffered. To say that they were two separate clubs is nonsense.

“If that was the case, then why did Andrew play at Parkhead and have the contact that he did with the board and the first team players?”

The club said they had taken steps to develop a new code of conduct and procedures to protect young people.


Jim Torbett

Celtic Boys Club founder Jim Torbett guilty of abusing boys

5 Nov 2018

Celtic Boys Club founder Jim Torbett has been jailed for six years after being convicted of sexually abusing three boys over an eight-year period.

Torbett, 71, was found guilty after a trial at the High Court in Glasgow. He had denied the charges.

Two victims had been in his under-14s football teams, while the third was abused by Torbett at the age of five.

Lord Beckett told Torbett: “Yours is some of the most corrupting behaviour I have ever heard of in these courts.”

He added: “Your depraved conduct towards innocent children has blighted their lives.”

The judge told Torbett that Celtic Boys Club had given opportunities to hundreds of aspiring young footballers.

But he added: “You used the club as a front for child sexual abuse.”

There were tears in the public gallery as the verdict was announced, and emotional scenes in the foyer of the court as those affected by the case embraced each other.

Jurors had heard that Torbett, of Kelvindale, Glasgow, targeted the schoolboys between August 1986 and August 1994.

His victims included youth players Kenny Campbell and Andrew Gray, who had waived their right to anonymity.

Mr Gray died last year, but statements he gave to police before his death were read out during the trial.

The third victim said he had been abused as a five-year-old when he visited the Trophy Centre in Glasgow, which was owned by Torbett.


Ex-football coach Jim Torbett on trial accused of historic sex abuse of four young boys in Glasgow

Torbett, 71, denies a total of nine offences of sexually abuse allegedly committed between August 1985 and August 1994

22 Oct 2018

A MAN went on trial today accused of historic sexual abuse of four young boys.

James Torbett, 71, from Glasgow, denies a total of nine offences of sexually abuse allegedly committed between August 1985 and August 1994.

Defence QC Tony Graham lodged a special defence of alibi in relation to a charge alleged to have taken place between June 1985 and June 1986.

Torbett is alleged to have first sexually abused the boys when they were aged four, 12, 12, and 13.

The offences are alleged to have taken place in a number of locations including Barrowfield Football Ground in Glasgow’s London Road, at Torbett’s home, a dormitory in France as well as training facilities in Glasgow’s west end and factory premises at The Trophy Centre in Pollokshaws, Glasgow.

Prosecutor Sheena Fraser said: “The trial is set down for 10 days, but it may be less than that.”

No evidence has been heard yet.

The trial before judge Lord Beckett continues.


FA sex abuse inquiry: Delay in independent review

26 Sept 2108

The independent review into child sex abuse allegations in football has been delayed indefinitely because of a pending retrial and further allegations in the Barry Bennell case.

The scandal has been described as one of the biggest crises in the history of the Football Association.

“Due to the ongoing criminal investigations and prosecutions it has not been possible for all those who want to speak to the review to be able to do so,” said Clive Sheldon QC, who is leading the investigation.

“Whilst I had hoped and expected to complete my review this autumn, I believe this extension will ensure many more individuals who want to engage with the review will be able to do so.

“It is essential that the review is as comprehensive as possible.”

It is not known how long the delay will be as it is dependent on the criminal matters being resolved.

In February, Bennell was sentenced to 31 years in prison for abusing 12 boys, seven of whom were linked to Crewe Alexandra.

Another coach, Bob Higgins, was found guilty in July of indecently assaulting a young trainee.

He was found not guilty of another count of the same offence. The jury in his case did not reach verdicts on 48 other counts of the same charge and was dismissed.

The prosecution said it would seek a retrial. Higgins denied all the charges involving 24 complainants, most of whom were Southampton and Peterborough trainees.

Sheldon was asked by the FA in 2016 to look into historical sexual abuse in the sport following a series of allegations by former players.

The review is looking into what the FA and clubs knew and did about allegations of child sexual abuse between 1970 and 2005.

Sheldon has been in “close and constant co-operation” with Operation Hydrant – the police operation looking into the issue – and had hoped to submit his final report at the end of September.

“However, the retrial of Bob Higgins, and the fact that there is an ongoing investigation into allegations against Barry Bennell, has required Mr Sheldon QC to review this position,” police said.

A statement added that Sheldon had “decided that he should not finalise his review until he has had the opportunity to speak to more individuals associated with the re-trial of Bob Higgins and the outcome into the police investigation into allegations against Barry Bennell, and to receive and analyse any other information about abuse in football that may emerge over the coming months”.


Jailed football coach Barry Bennell may face further abuse charges

6 Sept 2018

  • Police get go-ahead to put together a case for CPS
  • Trial judge questioned merits of more criminal proceedings

Barry Bennell, the former football coach who is serving a 30-year prison sentence as an “industrial-scale child molester”, is facing the possibility of more criminal proceedings for the sexual abuse of players from the junior set-ups of Manchester City and Crewe Alexandra.

Detectives investigating Bennell’s crimes are putting together a case for the Crown Prosecution Service with a view to imposing charges relating to some of the alleged victims who are still waiting to hear whether their complaints will go to court. As of January, 86 cases were outstanding, with at least 97 people – though possibly more now – reporting Bennell on the back of the interview Andy Woodward, the former Crewe footballer, gave to the Guardian in November 2016, detailing the years of abuse he suffered in the club’s youth system.


There’s no doubt a paedophile ring was operating at Celtic at this time. The cover up from the media has been shameful.

When’s the rest of the ring up.


Ex Celtic youth coach Jim McCafferty, 72, jailed for three years and nine months after pleading guilty to eight counts of sexual assault

13 Aug 2018

McCafferty, formerly of Raby Street in Belfast, will serve half the sentence in custody and the remaining half on licence

A former Celtic Football Club youth coach has been jailed for three years and nine months after admitting eight counts of sexual assault.

Jim McCafferty, 72, initially pleaded not guilty to a series of sexual offences against the same boy over a three-year period before December 2015, but changed his plea to guilty on the morning his trial began at Belfast Crown Court in May 2018.

During sentencing, Judge Patricia Smyth told McCafferty that what he had considered “a bit of fun” had had a significant impact on his victim.

McCafferty, formerly of Raby Street in Belfast, will serve half of the sentence in custody and the remaining half on licence.

The offences took place over a three-year period from December 2012 to December 2015 when McCafferty was aged from 66 to 68 and his victim was aged between 14 and 16.

Judge Smyth said: “You abused trust placed in you by his family… assaulting him in your home and his home. The impact on your victim and his family has been significant.

“There are other factors in the victim’s life that had rendered him vulnerable.”

Judge Smyth also told the court that McCafferty had only apologised to his victim because he had been advised to and said he continued to regard his behaviour as having been “a bit of fun for the victim”.

McCafferty, who lived in Glasgow before moving to Northern Ireland in recent years, will remain on the sexual offenders register for an “indefinite period” and has been banned from working with children in any capacity.


FA sex abuse inquiry finds no evidence of conspiracy or cover-up

26 July 2018

The man leading an investigation into historical sex abuse for the

Football Association has found no evidence of an institutionalised conspiracy, the BBC understands.

Clive Sheldon QC began his independent inquiry in 2016 following a series of allegations by former players.

He hopes to submit his final report at the end of September, and it is now unlikely he will conclude there was organised abuse or a cover-up of the kind alleged in other institutions like the Church of England.

However, Sheldon is still expected to find that there were failings by both individuals and clubs, and next month he will write to those he intends to comment on, giving them a chance to defend themselves.

The legal process of giving criticised witnesses the right to respond – known as ‘Maxwellisation’ – is expected to last around a month.

An inquiry spokesman said: “Over the summer the review team will be writing to institutions and individuals to provide them with an opportunity to respond to comments Clive Sheldon QC may make about them in his final report to the FA board.

“The review team are expecting to send those letters out shortly and will expect to hear back within weeks.”

It is thought around 12 clubs will form the basis of Sheldon’s findings, likely to include the likes of Crewe Alexandra, Manchester City, Chelsea and Aston Villa.

All the clubs from whom he requested a ‘structured report’ into how they handled allegations of abuse have now cooperated with the inquiry.

In March, Crewe said they would scrap plans for their own independent review into abuse by former coach Barry Bennell.

In February, Bennell was sentenced to 31 years in prison for abusing 12 boys, seven of whom were linked to the Cheshire club.

So far Sheldon has met 35 victims, and reviewed the testimony of more than 100 individuals.

Investigators have sifted through 13,000 documents in the FA archives – adding up to 1.3 million pages – as part of their search for data relating to safeguarding procedures and child protection cases.

Some 500 case management files – not all relating to child abuse – are thought to contain relevant information.

The inquiry team has also had access to documents held in the archives of the Premier League and the English Football League.

On Thursday the chief executive of the Scottish FA apologised for the abuse young players suffered in the past.

Ian Maxwell was responding to an 18-month investigation which found child protection policies are “not fit for purpose” and must change to prevent future cases of abuse.

The most recent police figures from March showed 849 alleged victims had come forward since former Crewe player Andy Woodward first spoke to the Guardian newspaper and the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme about the abuse he suffered.

Operation Hydrant, the specialist police unit in charge of the operation, has identified 300 suspects and a number of court cases involving professional clubs are under way.


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FA sex abuse inquiry finds no evidence of conspiracy or cover-up ( Do people believe this ? )

Ex-football coach faces retrial over indecent assault charges

23 July 2018

Former football coach Bob Higgins is to face a retrial after a jury found him guilty of one count of indecent assault and not guilty of another but failed to reach verdicts on the remaining 48 charges.

The 65-year-old, from Southampton, Hampshire, was convicted of the single charge by the jurors following an eight-week trial at Winchester Crown Court.

Higgins was found guilty of indecently assaulting complainant M, one of 24 alleged victims, in his car. He was cleared of an alleged assault on complainant G during a training session.

Judge Jonathan Fuller QC thanked the jurors for their service and told them: “I am going to discharge you from giving verdicts on the remaining counts.

“Thank you very much for the efforts and hard work you have put into this case over the last eight weeks.”

Adam Feest QC, prosecuting, told the court that a retrial is likely to be held on the remaining counts in February 2019.

Higgins, who ran the schoolboy coaching programmes for Southampton Football Club and Peterborough United, was accused during the trial of 50 counts of indecent assault against 24 complainants dating between 1971 and 1996.

The defendant was released on conditional bail.



 Bob Higgins trial: Coach denies using gifts to groom boys

10 July 2018

Bob Higgins

A former football coach has denied using gifts and threats to “manipulate and groom” trainees in order to sexually abuse them.

Bob Higgins, 65, told a jury he was never alone with any youth player at Southampton or Peterborough United over the course of nearly two decades.

Under cross-examination, he denied putting trainees “under his spell”.

At Winchester Crown Court, Mr Higgins denies 50 counts of indecent assault against boys between 1971 and 1996.

Most of the 24 alleged victims are former youth players at the two clubs.

Prosecutor Adam Feest QC told the court the defendant was a “manipulative person as far as… trainees are concerned”.

‘Second dad’

He threatened one alleged victim with the police and gave another a piece of football kit to gain his affection, Mr Feest said.

The defendant denied the suggestions.

He accepted though his relationship with boys could be “intense, in a football way”.

“You would know which boy’s father was away, which boy came from a troubled background,” Mr Feest said.

Mr Higgins said some called him “second dad” because “that was how they felt”, but he denied selecting boys to abuse.

Mr Feest suggested the ex-coach had “supreme influence” over “teenagers desperate to be professionals” through his power to recommend them for contracts.

Asked about soap-water massages given to trainees, Mr Higgins said he learned the technique from a TV programme about former England and Leeds United manager Don Revie.

‘Lot of soap’

“Did you ever stop to think, ‘Is it appropriate for me to be massaging a young naked boy in this way?’,” Mr Feest asked.

“No,” Mr Higgins replied.

“You accept there was a risk of touching a boy in an intimate place?” the prosecutor continued.

“I might have brushed them. There was a lot of soap on the player,” Mr Higgins said.

The trial continues.


Youth coach George Ormond guilty of sexually abusing boys

3 July 2018

A youth football coach who went on to work for Newcastle United has been convicted of a string of sex abuse offences spanning 25 years.

George Ormond “used his position of power” to abuse 18 boys and young men between 1973 and 1998, Newcastle Crown Court heard.

The 62-year-old had denied all charges but was convicted of 35 charges of indecent assault and one of indecency.

At the end of the six-week trial, he was cleared of two further charges.

Ormond will be sentenced on Wednesday.


James Torbett: Glasgow pensioner on trial accused of sexually abusing boys at football ground

26 June 2018

A pensioner has gone on trial accused of sexually abusing boys at a football ground and training facility.

James Torbett, known as Jim, faces 12 charges of abusing six boys, aged from four to 17 on the dates in question, one of whom has since died.

The alleged abuse spans from 1970 to 1994 and is said to have taken place at various locations including Barrowfield Football Ground in London Road and Scotstoun Football Training Facility, both Glasgow.

Abuse is also alleged to have occured at a a further football training facility in Bristol, school premises in Scotland, at a dormitories in France and Belgium, at factory premises in Shawbridge Street in Glasgow, at locations in Blackpool and London and in motor vehicles.

The 71-year-old from Glasgow denies all the charges against him, which include inducing boys to perform sexual acts and placing money in the mouth of one alleged victim.

Torbett is also accused of grabbing hold of the private parts of a boy aged between four and six and threatening him, and on another occasion making him perform oral sex.

He is further accused of removing the clothes and underwear of a boy aged 11 or 12 at Barrowfield Football Ground and watching him and two other boys enter the showers.

He has lodged a defence of abili for one charge, of sexually abusing the same boy in a vehicle on the M8 motorway in Glasgow between dates in 1985 and 1986, claiming to have been in New York on that occasion.

The trial at the High Court in Glasgow heard agreed evidence that the police seized mobile phones from Torbett and one alleged victim in May last year, which have now been forensically examined.

The court also heard the alleged victim who has since died provided six statements to the police.

The trial, before Judge Tom Hughes, continues today.


Barry Bennell survivors welcome rejection of appeal against jail term

High court judges turn down appeal by former football coach who abused young players

20 June 2018




 Convicted paedophile James ‘Jim’ Torbett is at the Glasgow High Court on Monday 25th of June 2018 – Dedicated Floating Trial

‘Trusted’ Newcastle United football coach abused 19 children over 24 years – enforcing ‘no pants’ rule on young players and telling one boy ‘you want to play football, this is what happens’, court hears

George Ormond(pictured outside Newcastle Magistrates Court) 61, is accused of 29 historic child sex offences and abusing his position of power between 1973 and 1998

  • George Ormond accused of 29 child sexual offences between 1973 and 1998

A ‘trusted’ youth football coach at Newcastle United is accused of abusing 19 children over a 24-year-period, enforcing a ‘no underpants’ rule at training and telling the youngsters they wouldn’t be believed if they told anyone.

George Ormond, 61, is accused of 29 historic child sex offences and abusing his position of power between 1973 and 1998.

He denies the charges and faces trial by jury at Newcastle Crown Court.

The court heard he told young players: ‘You want to play football, you want to play for me, this is what happens. Tell anybody, they won’t believe you, I am trusted more than you.’

Ormond denies sexually assaulting young boys throughout the 70s, 80s and 90s, , with 19 former youngsters under his care making accusations against him in a trial that will last six weeks.

The court heard Ormond helped to run a successful boys’ team in the Newcastle area and progressed to Newcastle United’s youth set-up in the 1990s.

Murdering paedophile Brian Beattie – protected:


Kitman Jim McCafferty’s sordid sex abuse allegations go back 20 years

The coach and kitman has been linked to sex abuse as far back as two decades ago andwas a potential suspect in the brutal murder of a teenager footballer.

7 DEC 2016

Jim McCafferty was considered by police as potential Lawrence Haggart murder suspect

Jim McCafferty has never been convicted for his crimes against boys.

But the coach and kitman was linked to sex abuse as far back as 20 years ago.

In 1996, the Record revealed he quit his role as kitman at Celtic over mysterious “allegations”.

Then in 2005, police papers revealed he’d been considered a potential suspect in the hammer murder of Hoops starlet Lawrence Haggart.

Jim McCafferty leaves Celtic in 1996

McCafferty worked at a number of youth football clubs and junior sides before he began scouting for Celtic in the late 80s.

During that time, he acquired a number of talented young players from Northern Ireland for the Hoops.

He later became the club’s kitman in 1994 and was involved in their youth side in 1995-6.


But allegations into teen sex abuse led to his resignation from the club and flight to Ireland. It came in the wake of the Celtic Boys Club scandal when former player Alan Brazil lifted the lid on sex abuse decades earlier.

Weeks after the 1996 story about McCafferty emerged, Celtic youth star Lawrence, 14, was murdered and set alight in his own home. Convicted paedophile Brian Beattie was later convicted of the crime.

Jim McCafferty quits Falkirk job in 2005

McCafferty eventually returned from Ireland and joined Hibs as kitman. He later joined Falkirk in the same role.

But sister paper the Sunday Mail revealed McCafferty quit the Bairns after the claims caught up with him.

Secret police documents also showed he was once a potential suspect in Lawrence’s murder.

The report said McCafferty was a regular visitor to the Haggart home in Larbert, Stirlingshire, and had phoned the house on the day of the murder.

But police were criticised for their mishandling of the case.



COPS FRAME SHAME; Secret police report slams murder squad officers who tried to fit up 12-year-old for the death of his brother.

A SENIOR police officer has claimed detectives faked diaries and planted evidence in a bid to frame a 12-year-old for the murder of his older brother.

A secret police report released last week brands the murder squad who investigated the death of 14-year-old Lawrence Haggart criminal and incompetent.

The report by James Mackay, the then assistant chief constable of Tayside Police, shows officers became so obsessed with nailing Lawrence’s young brother Dennis for the crime that they ignored the true killer – serial paedophile Brian Beattie.

Lawrence was battered in his own home as he lay sleeping on the sofa and then set on fire by Beattie.

The report says detectives found a hammer and petrol in Beattie’s van – but accepted his alibi that he had been out cruising for gay sex in Edinburgh.

The Mackay report reveals how police# Faked entries in an official diary of the murder inquiry at a later date.

  •  Failed to carry out basic searches of paedophile killer Brian Beattie’s criminal record.
  •  Contaminated the crime scene and destroyed evidence.
  •  ‘Discovered’ a hammer sitting in the Haggart family’s kitchen – after their home had already been searched NINE times.
  •  Did not even consider a sexual motive for the murder.
  •  Lost a possible murder weapon and ignored another in the killer’s car.

The shocking report was ordered after claims police attempted to frame Lawrence’s brother Dennis for the killing It has remained secret for seven years but was released last week to Lawrence’s dad Larry under new Freedom of Information rules.

Lawrence was battered by killer Brian Beattie who had simply walked in to the family home in Larbert, Stirlingshire.

But police wrongly suspected Lawrence’s brother Dennis.

In his report Mackay includes the damning statement: ‘Clearly there were matters of a disciplinary nature and also aspects of the murder investigation which may have been considered criminal.’

The Mackay report reveals a catalogue of astonishing incompetence by the murder team led by Detective Superintendent Jim Winning and Inspector John Bunyan.

They spent almost 18 months trying to pin the murder on Dennis and his older brother John, then 16. They did question Beattie – but ignored his track record for attacking boys in their homes.

A new team, led by Superintendent Joe Holden, was appointed and they nailed Beattie who is now serving a minimum of 15 years. Winning retired through ill-health while Bunyan had his knuckles rapped.

The report suggests police planted a potential murder weapon – a hammer – in the Haggart house to fit in with their theory that the killer was his brother.

The report says: ‘On 22 March 1996, two officers recover a hammer. This apparently significant find came after the house had already been searched nine times. They found a hammer with a head hair adhering to it. At the time this was a potential murder weapon and a significant find.

‘The officers who searched the kitchen on 18 March were confident the hammer was not there during their search.’

One detective sergeant who made the bizarre ‘find’, Bob Beveridge, was disciplined with colleague Alan Stewart and later booted out of CID.

Mackay also reveals how detectives faked entries in their own diary of the murder inquiry. They blundered by referring to Lawrence as ‘the deceased’ before his death.

Mackay states: ‘There are four references to the ‘deceased’ Lawrence Haggart purporting to be made on 16 March 1996 but he did not die until the following day.

‘Retrospective entries had been made which further compromises its contents and integrity.’

Mackay reveals how officers lost a piece of green metal which may have been used to murder the teenager.

Officers claimed they had logged it with a production room at Falkirk police office but staff there denied it.

Mackay also slates the decision to name Dennis as the person responsible for the murder in a report to the fiscal.

He said: ‘Police information against Dennis Haggart was devoid of any evidence.’

The team did not even consider the likelihood the killing was sexually motivated. Mackay states: ‘A pair of pants was the only article being worn by Lawrence Haggart at the time of his discovery.

‘This article was never sent for examination.

‘This was a significant oversight particularly when these pants yielded a number of hairs when examined during the review inquiry.’

The document also reveals how Beattie, finally convicted of the murder, was a walking timebomb.

He was jailed in 1994 for breaking into a house in Stenhousemuir and indecently assaulting and abducting a young man. While in jail, Beattie ‘spoke of ‘wishing he had killed the young man afterwards so that he wouldn’t get caught In June 1994 social workers warned Beattie was ‘considered a very high risk of reoffending’.

Officers knew of his history of sex attacks on male youths and fire-raising.

Mackay says: ‘No checks were carried out on Beattie during the murder inquiry.

‘It was not until January 1997 that Beattie’s criminal record was accessed.’ Beattie was quizzed by police and two officers searched his car and caravan but ignored a petrol container and a hammer.

The officers then went to Lawrence’s home where they took samples and risked contaminating the scene.

Fire officers were in the living room for 90 minutes after the blaze – destroying fingerprint and footprint evidence.

Police photographs of the scene showed a glass bottle in the kitchen.

Mackay says: ‘Beattie is known to have struck a previous victim over the head with such a bottle yet this fact appears to have been overlooked.’

The force has made a public apology and paid pounds 20,000 compensation to Dennis and John.

But they refuse to release sections of the report dealing with the criminal probe against murder squad officers.

Last week Larry Haggart appealed against the decision to keep secret the final pieces of the Mackay report

The Mackay report:

The secret police report condemns the way murder squad officers investigated the death of Lawrence Haggart. Assistant chief constable James Mackay revealed how they#Faked entries in official diary of the murder inquiry at a later date.

# Failed to carry out basic searches of paedophile killer Brian Beattie’s criminal record.

# Contaminated the crime scene and destroyed evidence # ‘Discovered’ a hammer in the Haggart family’s kitchen – after their home had already been searched NINE times. #Did not even consider a sexual motive for the murder.

# Lost a potential murder weapon and ignored another in the boot of the killer’s car


Police fury as retiral saves chief from action

THERE was anger last night after it was revealed that the police officer who led the original, discredited inquiry into the murder of young footballer Lawrence Haggart is to escape punishment.


30 “Lifers” get early release from prison each year

May 13, 2012

But families of victims are furious about the early release policy.

The father of Lawrence Haggart spoke out after it was revealed his son’s killer was released after just 15 years, despite having been handed a life sentence.

Larry Haggart said it would be his “worst nightmare” if he ever came in contact with paedophile Brian Beattie, who killed Lawrence in their family home in Stirlingshire, 1996.


Helping Larry Haggart’s  family led to trial, claims cleared man. A TYCOON cleared of rape claims he had to undergo the ordeal of a High Court trial as payback for helping a murder victim s family.


Ex-Celtic coach Jim McCafferty pleads guilty to child sex abuse

May 21 2018

A former Celtic Football Club kit man who was accused of abusing a boy admitted the charges against him – just as his trial was due to start.

Jim McCafferty, 72, had previously pleaded “not guilty” but changed his plea at Laganside Courts in Belfast.

He was accused of a series of sexual offences against the same boy over a three-year period before December 2015.

Defence barrister Patrick Taylor asked the court this morning to put the eight charges to him again.

McCafferty replied, “Guilty, your honour” to the first charge and accepted the seven other charges.

Worked at Hibernian


McCafferty, whose address was listed as Raby Street in south Belfast, was arrested in December 2016.

He previously lived in Glasgow and worked at Celtic more than 20 years ago.

He also worked at a number of other Scottish clubs, including Hibernian, before moving to Northern Ireland in recent years.

He is not believed to have worked in football in Belfast in any capacity.

He is due to be sentenced next month.


Chelsea issue secret payout to alleged sexual abuse victim of former scout

Victim was allegedly abused by ex-chief scout Eddie Heath
Club reached out-of-court settlement and details not disclosed
17 May 2018

Chelsea have become the first club to issue a payout to an alleged victim since the full extent of football’s sex abuse scandal was exposed but risk drawing criticism for not making the compensation deal public.

The club have reached an out-of-court settlement with a junior player who was allegedly abused by Chelsea’s former chief scout Eddie Heath but declined to comment on the specifics of the deal. They have previously been condemned for paying £50,000 to another former player, Gary Johnson, in effect to buy his silence.

Chelsea would not disclose how much money was paid to the alleged victim, who claimed Heath sexually abused him at the club’s old training ground in Mitcham, south London. The payment was made by the club’s insurers rather than directly by Chelsea. Heath died in the mid-1980s but former Chelsea players have since come forward to allege he abused them in the showers after training sessions and games.

He was said to have cynically targeted boys with single mothers and offered to give them a lift to and from the training ground to allow himself the opportunity to carry out the abuse. He became known as the “man in the van” because he would drive young players around on such a regular basis.

Chelsea will be keen to avoid appearing like they are attempting to conceal any compensation payments after they were widely denounced for making Johnson sign a confidentiality clause. Johnson, who went on to play for the club’s first team, said he was abused by Heath hundreds of times in the 1970s. He approached Chelsea in 2015 looking for compensation and alleged the club attempted to sweep the incident under the carpet. They offered him £50,000 and made him sign a confidentiality clause, in effect paying for his silence.

Legal experts have predicted the final cost of compensation for abuse victims across British football could reach more than £100m. As of 31 December 2017, the number of football sex abuse victims was 839 with 294 alleged suspects and 334 clubs impacted. Those figures are according to Operation Hydrant, the police investigation into allegations of non-recent child sex abuse.

In February the former football coach Barry Bennell was jailed for 30 years after being found guilty of subjecting junior players from Manchester City and Crewe Alexandra to hundreds of sexual offences. The trial cost £750,000 but Manchester City have already spent over £1m on their own inquiry. They have received claims from a number of Bennell’s former players and hired two of Manchester’s biggest legal firms. Gary Cliffe, who waived his right to anonymity, is one of the people taking legal action against the club.

City also had a representative for their own legal team inside Liverpool crown court observing during every day of the Bennell trial. Bennell has appealed against the sentence and a date for an appeal hearing is being fixed. City have also been in contact with the family of Mark Hazeldine. Hazeldine, who had been a youth star at City and was previously coached by Bennell, took his own life in 2006. His family and friends have said that they fear he was abused when Bennell took him alone to Spain aged 12.

The Football Association is conducting its own internal review concurrently, led by Clive Sheldon QC. The aim is to find out what officials and clubs knew about potential abuse and when, looking at documents from 1970 to 2005. It is reviewing 6,000 files flagged as relevant during an initial review of more than 3,000 boxes from the FA’s archive. The governing body has also taken the accounts of more than 100 survivors of football-related abuse and received contributions from over 50 other relevant people. Chelsea declined to comment when contacted by the Guardian.



Rangers abuse claim victim told to contact liquidators for compensation

16 May 2018

A former youth footballer who says he was sexually abused by a Rangers coach has been told by the club he should pursue his complaint with liquidators.

The man claims he was abused within the Ibrox stadium by Gordon Neely who was head of youth development in the 1980s.

But the alleged victim has been told by lawyers for Rangers that the duty of care is not with the current owners.

They said that when the abuse took place Rangers were owned by a different company which was now in liquidation.

The man, who is in his 40s, was offered help in accessing counselling services, but no apology was made in correspondence from the club’s lawyers.

Alleged abuser now dead

An email sent to the solicitors of David – not his real name – explained: “You will understand that there have been many changes affecting Rangers over the last several years.

“The company which owned Rangers Football Club…. which you refer to as owing duties of care to your client will have been the company then called The Rangers Football Club PLC and now called RFC 2012 Limited.

“That company is currently in liquidation but we do have the liquidators’ contact details and can provide that information if it will assist.”

Last year the BBC revealed a catalogue of alleged abuse by Neely at various clubs, but he died in 2014 before facing justice.

He was in youth development at Hibs in 1983 and then moved to a similar role at Rangers in 1986.

Gordon Neely

That is where he came into contact with 11-year-old David.

He spoke to the BBC about his boyhood dream of playing at Ibrox: “I came from a working class family to be invited in your full Rangers tracksuit and shown about the stadium, walking up the marble stair case. It was a huge, huge event for me and my family.”

David trained at the club for three years, but he said his encounter with Neely in his youth would have a terrible and lasting impact on his life.

‘My life basically fell apart’

He explained: “[An] injury I was carrying was having a detrimental effect on my game and I was basically summoned to Gordon Neely’s room, within the confines of Ibrox.

“He asked me to lay up on top of like a blue medical table, sort of dark, dark blue and he started rubbing my thigh, even though my injury was my hamstring.

“That happened for a minute or two, discussing the in and outs of why I wasn’t playing so well. He then asked me to stand up and bend over the medical table and take my shorts down.”

David says he was then sexually assaulted by Neely.

He added: “I’ve racked my brain for years and years to think ‘was this a normal thing to do?’ Obviously I know now that it’s not.

“My life basically fell apart that night. Everything changed, everything changed that night. The heart went out of me for playing football, academically I stopped doing so well at school.”

Almost two years ago, David, who is a season ticket holder at Ibrox, spoke to a solicitor about the alleged abuse and was advised to make a claim against Rangers.

Rangers’ lawyers said the club offered its “deepest concern”, however, it made it clear that any compensation claim would be for the liquidators of the company which had previously owned the club.

David told the BBC: “My issue’s always been that they may be a …different legal entity, but they’re still the same club. And although they don’t have the same maybe liability legally, certainly morally they’re still the same club.”

A statement from Rangers Football Club said they would “co-operate fully” with all those who had a “genuine interest” in seeking to protect children and “addressing the wrongs” of what had happened in the past.

‘Cheap and nasty attacks’

It said that both the Scottish FA and Police Scotland had been informed of the matter.

The statement added: “It is vital matters are dealt with sensitively and with proper care and regard for those involved.

“We will not respond to questions that seek to turn allegations of desperate and deplorable conduct from three or more decades ago into cheap and nasty attacks on Rangers Football Club, and those of its employees who now have to attend to such difficult matters.”

I’d like them [Rangers] to realise the impact that it’s had and get an apology off them face-to-face. That’s my real goal.”

David, who says he was abused aged 11

Pat Mair from Scottish charity Talk Now which counsels victims of sexual abuse has worked with adults who suffered in childhood.

She said: “The survivors are looking for acknowledgment, they’re looking for communication with the football clubs where they were abused.

“The abuse happened at Rangers Football Club but they are not taking any responsibility and it’s as if they’re not accountable for it.”

David said he wanted “someone from Rangers” to contact him so he could tell them his story.

He went on: “And I’d like them to sit there and listen to me and realise the impact that it’s had and get an apology off them face-to-face. That’s my real goal.”



Former football coach denies historical sex abuse charges

15 May 2018

A former youth football coach has denied a string of historical child sex abuse charges

Kit Carson

Kit Carson, who’s 74 and used to be youth manager at Norwich, appeared at Cambridge Crown Court to deny all 13 charges.

The offences are alleged to have happened between 1978 and 2009.

Carson also worked for Peterborough United and Cambridge United.

A date for his trial has yet to be set.


Graham Rix

Martin Henry – The head of the footie inquiry, The church & the paedophile ring. – part 1

Former Southampton youth football coach, 64, faces 50 charges of historic sexual abuse of 24 victims

  • Bob Higgins, 64, denies historic sexual offences against boys under the age of 17
  • Southampton Magistrates’ Court heard alleged offences date from 1970 to 1996 
  • Alleged offences are against boys he came into contact with through football



Former Southampton youth football coach Bob Higgins will face 50 counts of historic sexual offences against 24 victims, a court heard today.

The 64-year-old denies all the offences, relating to his time as a coach at Southampton and Peterborough United spread over 30 years.

Higgins is alleged to have committed the offences, which include indecent assaults and attempted indecent assaults, against boys who he mainly came in to contact with through football.

Today at Salisbury Crown Court, Wilts, it was heard the former coach will face 50 counts of historic sexual offences against boys under the age of 17.

All the alleged offences are said to have taken place over a 26 year period between 1970 and 1996.

Higgins, of Southampton, Hants, was not required to attend the pre-trial review hearing today.

Prosecutor Adam Feest QC said Higgins’ defence team would be making an application to split the case in to three parts before the trial began.

He said: ‘We understand the defence will make an application of severence.

‘This will be an application to split the trial into three.’

Judge Jonathan Fuller QC said he would hear the application from Charles Gabb, defending, and any arguments against this from Mr Feest on May 24 at Bournemouth Crown Court, Dorset.

Several police forces in the UK launched wide-ranging investigations into sexual abuse in football in November and a dedicated NSPCC helpline for football received 860 calls in its first week.

Southampton FC has cooperated with Hampshire Police as part of Operation Quantum since a ‘significant and complex investigation’ began in December, when several players came forward to allege they were abused.

It is not known whether these allegations of abuse were related to Higgins.

In a statement released in December, the club said: ‘Hampshire Police and Southampton Football Club are committed to working together to investigate any historical allegations that may be brought to light in the Hampshire area.

‘The club has informed Hampshire Police that we will offer our full support to any investigation they undertake, for as long as it takes, and with our full focus.

‘The club works closely and tirelessly with the Premier League to promote the safeguarding of children and young people who are under our care or using our facilities, and their well-being is paramount to all staff.’

Football coach Kit Carson pleads not guilty to child sexual offences

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Barry Bennell appeals against 30-year prison sentence for sexual offences

Former football coach seeks lighter punishment
64-year-old faces complaints from around 90 former players

19 Apr 2018


Deborah Davies‏ @DDaviesAJ

Truthseeker‏ @thewakeupcall09

Just the tip of a very large iceberg

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

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

6 Apr 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bail for Torbett was continued meantime.


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


Truthseeker‏ @thewakeupcall09 

Whilst Gerry McCann was the Celtic doctor in the mid 90’s, Celtic youth player Lawrence Haggart was murdered / died on the 17th March 1996. Tommy Burns was Celtic manager from 1994 until 1997. Jim McCafferty was the Celtic scout / youth coach / kitman from 1990 until (May) 1996.



Crewe excluded from regional awards for handling of Barry Bennell scandal

League Two club to be barred from Northwest Football Awards
Crewe council prepares to pass motion against Alexandra

Mar 10 2018


David Lean‏ @DavidLeanLeano Mar 15

Is it ok to let the Countries biggest paedophile within sport, to strut around Butlins grooming & sexually abusing boys in the late 70s & 80s & not hold any type of inquiry into a Butlins Holiday Camp? He was at certain stages of this period there resident coach !

Michael "Kit" Sean Carson

Michael ‘Kit’ Carson: Ex-football coach charged with abuse of 11 boys

2 March 2018

Michael “Kit” Carson has worked as a coach and scout for a number of clubs

A former youth football coach and scout has been charged with indecently assaulting 11 children.

Michael “Kit” Carson, 74, was charged in connection with a football abuse probe in Cambridgeshire.

He is accused of 11 counts of indecent assault and one of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, all involving boys under 16.

The alleged offences happened from 1978 to 2009. He will appear at Cambridge Magistrates’ Court on 17 April.

Mr Carson, of St Bartholomew’s Court, Riverside, Cambridge, was initially arrested in January 2017.

He has been released on conditional bail.

Mr Carson has worked for clubs including Peterborough United, Cambridge United and Norwich City.

He joined the Canaries as youth manager in 1983, working with children aged nine to 16, before joining Peterborough as an academy director 10 years later.

In 2001, he moved to Cambridge United as head of youth development, a post he retained until 2006, when he left to join Histon FC.

Mr Carson has also worked extensively in Finland – where he began coaching youth teams in 2012 – and took UK youth teams on competitive tours of the country.


Crewe ‘burying heads in sand’ after reneging on promise to conduct independent inquiry into Barry Bennell’s crimes

Crewe Alexandra have abandoned plans to launch an independent inquiry into serial child sex abuse perpetrated by the club’s former youth coach Barry Bennell

Victims of Barry Bennell have accused Crewe Alexandra of “burying their heads in the sand” after the club reneged on their promise to conduct an independent inquiry into child sexual abuse by its jailed youth football coach.

The League Two club issued a 925-word statement on Friday afternoon in which they said they would no longer be launching a planned internal review after claiming there was no need to “duplicate the thorough inquiries” of Cheshire Police, whom they said had found no evidence that anyone at Crewe knew about Bennell’s offending.

Crewe also appeared to question the veracity of claims by the club’s former managing director, Hamilton Smith, that he had reported a complaint of abuse by Bennell in the late 1980s by saying nobody at the club, including current chairman John Bowler and director of football Dario Gradi, had any recollections of Smith ever raising the matter.

In a further move to discredit Smith, the club also questioned why he waited until 2016 to report his concerns to the police, and 2001 to the Football Association, by which time Bennell had already been convicted of offences.

The former Crewe and Manchester City coach was described as a “child molester on an industrial scale” and “the devil incarnate” when sentenced last month to 30 years in prison after being found guilty of 43 charges of child sexual abuse throughout the 1980s. Another 86 people have since come forward to make complaints of abuse against him.

It was alleged this week that Bennell was fired by Crewe in January 1992 shortly after he was confronted by parents about his behaviour, rumours of which were claimed to be widespread at the time.

But Crewe said the police investigation “concluded that there was no suggestion that Bennell was dismissed by the club for anything other than football-related reasons” and added that an “extremely thorough” investigation by Cheshire Police had persuaded them to pull the plug on the independent review they promised in November 2016. By contrast, Manchester City are more than a year into their own internal review.

One of Bennell’s victims, Andy Woodward, whose interview with The Guardian at that time gave others the strength to come forward and triggered a wave of allegations that culminated in the coach’s trial at Liverpool Crown Court, reacted furiously to Crewe’s statement and accused the club of hiding behind the police. The statement also made no comments on allegations by the BBC this week that a Crewe employee was asked to remove pornography from the home computer of then manager Gradi in 2001. Gradi has always denied any wrongdoing.

“This statement speaks for itself,” Woodward said. “Once again the victims come last, after the reputation of the club. What has happened has ruined mine, my family and many, many others that played for the club as vulnerable children. I’m bitterly disappointed with their response, but I’d rather focus my energy on driving change, so no club can let this happen again, than dwell on the past.

“Crewe had a moral responsibility to investigate their own failings. Instead they seem to want to bury their heads in the sand and, if nothing else, at least people can now see the way the club operate.

“As far as I know, they have not asked to speak to any of the former players from this harrowing court case to learn about how this scandal happened and what could have been done to prevent it. A police investigation, looking for possible crimes, is entirely different to an independent inquiry being set up to investigate what went wrong and make sure it never happens again. For the many victims, this is just another kick in the teeth but, as shocking as it is, nothing should really surprise us about Crewe any more.”

Woodward’s sentiments were echoed in a statement by The Offside Trust, the charity set up by some of Bennell’s victims to support survivors of child sexual abuse in sport. “We believe that these clubs have a moral responsibility to open their doors to a truly independent investigation,” the trust said. “If clubs having nothing to hide, they should not shirk from this duty.

“The healing process for survivors will not be easy. But it is made more difficult when individuals and institutions refuse to properly address the past and fail to demonstrate any empathy and remorse. We sincerely hope that clubs will acknowledge this and agree to appropriate independent scrutiny.”


Dario Gradi: Ex-employee claims Crewe asked him to wipe pornography from then-manager’s computer

Dario Gradi
Dario Gradi took charge of Crewe in 1983

A former Crewe Alexandra employee claims that in 2001 he was asked by a senior official at the club to help wipe pornography off the home computer of then-manager Dario Gradi, the BBC has learned.

According to a statement given to the NSPCC in 2011, the man – who does not want to be identified – was told that Gradi had been hosting a group of young Irish Under-13 players at his house and they had been viewing the material on his computer.

He says he was “amazed” that Gradi was allowed to host boys “in this manner”, especially after Crewe’s former youth coach Barry Bennell had been convicted of child sex crimes in 1994 – and again in 1998.

The man told the NSPCC “it all seemed odd” and he raised his concerns with the club’s chairman John Bowler, but he dismissed the behaviour as “quirky and nothing more”.

In 2011 the former employee reported his “concerns” about the alleged incident – which occurred in July 2001 – to the NSPCC and also spoke to Cheshire police.

In November 2016 after fresh allegations were made about Bennell, the former employee contacted the NSPCC for a second time, and again spoke to the police.

In a statement, Cheshire Police told the BBC: “In December 2012 Cheshire Police received reports regarding concerns about material on a computer.

“Following enquiries, it was established that no criminal activity had taken place. The person who made the report was updated at the time.”

When approached by the BBC and asked to confirm what steps to safeguard young players had been taken after Bennell’s 1994 and 1998 convictions, Crewe declined to comment.

Earlier this month, former Manchester City and Crewe coach Bennell was found guilty of 50 counts of historical child sexual abuse and sentenced to 31 years in prison.

Gradi – now director of football – was suspended by the FA in late 2016.

He and Crewe have always maintained they did not know about any abuse by Bennell until allegations surfaced in 1994, and did not receive a complaint of sexual abuse by him.

The informant – who is now aged 47 and no longer works in football – has now approached the FA’s independent Sheldon Inquiry into allegations of child sex abuse in football.

In a statement, the NSPCC said: “We would not confirm details of whether a specific contact was made to our helpline, because the service enables adults to report in confidence any concerns or worries they have about a child.

“However, we refer any contacts that indicate a child is at risk or in danger to local authorities such as police or social services, as we did with almost three quarters of the 66,218 calls our helpline received last year.”


Alex Carlile QC, in the 1998 Barry Bennell case


David Lean‏ @DavidLeanLean

Why in the Barry Bennell case of 98 did the CPS prosecuting office now LORD Carlile allow Bennell to plead guilty to just 23 specimen charges. Around just 50% of the Charges! Even though he was already a convicted Paedophile? As such serve just 6 years of 9 !!!

So many questions that need answers ! FA, CPS, POLICE, BUTLINS, TAXAL EDGE, CLUBS !!

more on Lord Carlile here

Former Celtic kit man appears in court on child sex abuse charges

Jim McCafferty pleaded not guilty to three charges after being reprimanded in custody for over a year.

24 FEB 2018

Former Celtic kit man Jim McCafferty has pleaded not guilty to three charges of child sex abuse in court.

The 72-year-old appeared in the dock in Belfast after spending 444 days on remand in HMP Maghaberry in Co Antrim, Northern Ireland.

McCafftery used a walking aid to get into court 11 at Laganside courts, and wearing a brown v-neck jumper and gray sweat pants, he sat with his head bowed occasionally with a female guard at his side.

He pleaded not guilty to three charges of sexual assault on a boy.

The first charge was intentionally touching a male under the age of 16 without consent at some time between December 6, 2012 and December 8, 2013.

Additional medical reports have been ordered and a date for trial was set for May 21.

McCafferty, who is from Motherwell but has been living in South Belfast in recent years, will remain on remand in Maghaberry Jail until trial.

McCafferty was arrested after walking into a Belfast police station in December 2016 following a series of revelations in the Daily Record.

McCafferty worked at Celtic more than 20 years ago.

He was a kit man for other Scottish clubs, including Falkirk and Hibs, before moving to Northern Ireland.

McCafferty also coached at youth clubs in West Lothian.


Paedophile football coach Barry Bennell jailed for 30 years as judge tells him he ‘appeared as God…but was devil incarnate’

Bennell, 64, was convicted of 50 child sexual offences at Liverpool Crown Court, but it is believed he may have more than 100 victims in total

Feb 19 2018

Bennell has already served three jail terms – one in the United States – since 1995 for similar offences involving 16 separate victims.


How can the same regime still be in charge at Crewe after Barry Bennell made it into football’s house of horrors? For sake of the abused and their families, for the good of his club, Dario Gradi should have quit long ago

  • Barry Bennell found guilty of 43 sex offences and will be sentenced on Thursday
  • It is clear the fight for justice to be served will not end with Bennell’s sentencing 
  • Hard questions need to be asked of Crewe and how they approached the scandal

Before Barry Bennell is sentenced tomorrow at Liverpool Crown Court, it would be fitting and just if some of the survivors of his abuse were allowed to address him one last time in the way some of the survivors of the actions of Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastic team doctor, stood up to eviscerate him in a US federal court this month.

Bennell is scum. He is human trash. I hope the judge hands him a sentence that ensures he lives the rest of his life in captivity for the way he used football as a cover to ruin so many young lives, crush so many dreams and tear apart so many families.

Boys became men and lived with the horrors of what he had done, unable to share their secrets because of feelings of shame and guilt. Some — we will never know how many — killed themselves because of this monster in football’s midst.

Our legal system does not make provision for it but how right it would seem to see courageous men such as Andy Woodward and Steve Walters, whose bravery in coming forward and waiving their anonymity did so much to bring Bennell to justice, confronting him with the reality of what he had done. It was an ordeal for Nassar to hear the wrenching testimony of those he had betrayed. It would be the same for Bennell.

I understand that those instincts to see Bennell suffer just a slice of the humiliation he inflicted upon so many others should quickly be superseded by a determination to make sure the conditions that enabled him to roam free at Manchester City and Crewe Alexandra must never be recreated in the modern-day game.

But it is also clear that the fight for justice to be served properly will not end with Bennell’s sentencing. This is just the start. As soon as he is sent down, many, many hard questions need to be asked of Crewe, in particular, and the way they have approached the scandal that has befallen them. Their response, from start to finish, has been less than impressive. In fact, it has been pathetic.

Questions need to be asked of City, too, and it is already clear that their actions at the time of the abuse in the Eighties left much to be desired. The regime that was in place at the time failed in its duty of care to players. Some of the most distressing, disturbing testimony of recent days suggests that Bennell even abused young players as they lay sunbathing on the pitch at Maine Road.

But even though City have different owners now and an entirely different hierarchy, they have accepted their responsibilities. They have instituted a QC-led inquiry into themselves, investigators have already devoted 4,000 hours and £1million to it and they have uncovered another alleged paedophile with whom they have ‘potential historic connections’.

So far, at least, they have done their best to shine a light on the darkness of the past. Their manager, Pep Guardiola, also spoke movingly on Friday of ‘the terrible history’ that had unfolded and the horror he felt about what had happened.

Crewe’s situation is different. Dario Gradi, the man who was instrumental in bringing Bennell to the club in 1985, is still the director of football. It was left to the Football Association to suspend him in December 2016 after a new wave of revelations about Bennell’s activities while he was a youth coach at Gresty Road emerged.

More than that, John Bowler, who has been a director at Crewe since 1980, is now the club chairman. He has been the club chairman since 1987. Crewe said in November 2016 that they would hold an independent review ‘at the earliest opportunity’ but, 15 months on, it appears that it has still not begun.

Only last week, the Daily Mail revealed that Gradi wrote a glowing character reference for Bennell even after he had been arrested for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy in Florida in 1994. There is no suggestion he knew Bennell was abusing children but he knew that children stayed at Bennell’s house. Bennell was even paid expenses to take boys home during his seven years with the club.

Crewe Alexandra director of football Dario Gradi (right) faces questions about why he provided a character reference for serial paedophile Barry Bennell (left)

Crewe Alexandra director of football Dario Gradi (right) faces questions about why he provided a character reference for serial paedophile Barry Bennell (left)

And Hamilton Smith, a Crewe board member from 1986 to early 1990, said in November 2016 that he was so concerned about Bennell that he had arranged two management meetings in the late Eighties to discuss an allegation against him. The second of these, he said, was in Gradi’s office and was attended by Gradi.

Common sense dictates, surely, that these facts alone and the innuendo surrounding Bennell’s activity that was widespread in the game ought to have tempered Gradi’s and the club’s support for Bennell in the face of such serious charges. It did not.

‘We suffered because of a disgusting predator,’ said Walters last week. ‘But we also suffered sometimes because the sport we loved decided that the reputation of a coach, club or a sport was put above the protection of children. Our abuse is punctuated by the failure of adults to protect innocent children, the failure of adults to act when abuse was reported, the failure to be vigilant and brave.’

So many of Bennell’s crimes happened when Gradi and Bowler had prominent roles in the running of the club and the management of the club’s youth system and yet somehow both men are still in their posts at Crewe. That fact, alone, beggars belief. They may not have known what Bennell was doing but they still bear a heavy responsibility for the lives that were ruined. Unwittingly, Gradi and Bowler empowered Bennell. Parents trusted the club with their boys and the club let them down. It let them down spectacularly.

For the good of the club, for their own dignity, for the sake of the parents who are still coming to terms with what happened to their boys at Crewe, for the sake of those who were abused, Gradi and Bowler should have resigned by now, like any decent men would have.

At the very least they showed an appalling lack of judgment by allowing Bennell to work at the club. Even on Friday, as Guardiola was talking about the horror of what had happened in front of the world’s press, Bowler was sticking to a frosty no comment when Channel 4’s Keme Nzerem spoke to him on his doorstep. The club’s lack of public regret for what happened has been grotesque.

Even the official statement Crewe put on the club website made no apology for what happened. Instead, it featured a long, rambling attempt to try to cover themselves for what had happened and, bizarrely, a boast that Woodward had been unsuccessful in an attempt to sue the club for compensation 16 years ago.

Once more, that was insensitive at best and unfeeling, inappropriate, uncaring, brutal and stupid at worst. There will be plenty of time for the club to look out for themselves but the day when crimes against so many children once in the club’s care were proved was most definitively not that time. They do not understand the gravity of what has happened.

It is time Crewe Alexandra got real. Gradi presided over the most successful time in the club’s history. That is true. But it is also true that while he was in charge, Crewe played host to one of the most prolific paedophiles in English legal history. That is what will be remembered. Not the fact that the club won a few promotions.

And in the future, when we look back at reports of Gradi’s ‘much-vaunted youth system’, we will do so with a sick feeling in our stomachs and the grim knowledge that, behind the facade, Crewe was English football’s equivalent of a house of horrors.

When we look back at reports of Gradi’s ‘much-vaunted youth system’, we will do so with a sick feeling in our stomachs 

When we look back at reports of Gradi’s ‘much-vaunted youth system’, we will do so with a sick feeling in our stomachs


David Lean‏ @DavidLeanLeano

I can save the Government millions ‘re an inquiry into Bennell……. Were FA warned & aware ? Yes ! Were Clubs warned & aware ? Yes ! Did CPS get it wrong in some many ways from 97 onwards ? Yes ! So Wonder where this will go now ?

Manchester City ‘ignored warnings’ and kept Barry Bennell in youth set-up

Feb 15 2018

Bennell continued scouting and coaching for City, abusing countless boys
City youth coach Steve Fleet urged club in 1970s to keep away from Bennell
Bennell convicted of a total of 50 offences against 12 boys

Manchester City, one of the clubs most seriously implicated in the Barry Bennell sexual abuse scandal, have been accused of putting hundreds of boys in danger after it emerged they were warned by one of their own coaches in the late-1970s it was “general knowledge” he was a risk to children.

Bennell, who is facing complaints from another 86 former footballers, continued scouting and coaching for City’s junior teams, raping and molesting countless boys in seven years connected to the club, even though high-ranking officials had been warned to keep away from a man who now faces the rest of his life in prison and has been described as having “almost an insatiable appetite” for young boys.

The revelations leave City facing a number of questions now Bennell has been convicted of 50 counts of sexual abuse against 12 victims. Bennell, 64, will be sentenced on Monday after admitting seven of the charges, with the jury returning guilty verdicts for the other 43 offences.

Cries of “yes” came from the public gallery at Liverpool crown court where six complainants sat with family members as the final verdicts were read out on Thursday and some were in tears. Bennell sat muttering to himself and shaking his head.

The first victim to initiate these proceedings, Gary Cliffe, has waived his anonymity to speak exclusively to the Guardian about the hundreds of occasions when he was abused, aged 11 to 15, in City’s set-up.

Police documents from the 1990s question whether City were later involved in a cover-up, with one of the detectives investigating the case suggesting the club’s priority was to avoid damaging publicity, and the Guardian has seen a written admission from another former employee in which he acknowledges that “suspicions about him [Bennell] were aired on many an occasion.”

An investigation by this newspaper has also led to a taped interview in which Bennell states he had to leave his coaching role at Crewe Alexandra, the club he joined after City, because a complaint had been made against him, raising further questions about why he was not reported at the time. Crewe provided references for his next job and have been the subject of a police investigation as well as being a major focus of the Football Association’s independent inquiry.

However, it can now be revealed that Bennell was identified as a risk long before joining Crewe and that one member of City’s staff, the youth-team coach Steve Fleet, put his own job on the line when the club’s directors wanted to give the man they called “the star-maker” a full-time role as youth development officer.

Bennell was not given the job but, despite those warnings, he remained in City’s set-up, coaching at their old training ground and even abusing boys while sunbathing on the pitch at Maine Road, the club’s former ground, before moving to Crewe in 1985. He is now being identified as potentially the worst paedophile, in terms of the number of boys affected, there has ever been in sport, having preyed on young footballers for almost a quarter of a century before he was arrested on a club tour to Florida in 1994. A second trial is now likely as the police go through the complaints from other former players, mostly from Manchester City and Crewe.

Len Davies, who spent many years working for City as a youth-team scout, has admitted one of England’s major football clubs was “beguiled and hoodwinked” and police documents recall a number of senior staff, including the chief scout Ken Barnes, being “quite evasive” and not prepared to explain why Bennell had left the club, other than citing “irregularities”.

Cliffe, now 47, is convinced City ought to have reported Bennell and removed him from the club’s junior system if there were any concerns about his relationship with young boys. “If those in positions of responsibility had challenged Bennell, hundreds of wrecked lives could have been saved,” he said. “They buried their heads. They had a duty of care and they failed dramatically.”

City are holding a QC-led inquiry and have identified another alleged paedophile – now deceased – with whom they have “potential historic connections”. They named him on Thursday night as John Broome, a part-time scout. They said they believed he was not connected to Bennell and were investigating his alleged offences. The club are facing the possibility of large-scale legal action. Fleet’s evidence shows Bennell continued to work in football for around 15 years after they were warned to avoid him.

“I was an FA coach at the time and at all the coaches’ meetings, at Everton, the Cliff [Manchester United’s old training ground], City and lots of places, whenever the talk got round to Barry Bennell it was never good,” Fleet said. “People would say he was ‘dodgy’ and if his name was brought up everyone would just shake their heads. It was general knowledge and I could see it with my own eyes. He nauseated me. I just knew – instant intuition – that the rumours were sound, that he wasn’t right and that he wouldn’t be good for the club.

“When Ken Barnes and other people at the club tried to fetch him in I told them I didn’t want anything to do with it. ‘He’s a star-maker,’ Ken said, ‘and he finds good lads,’ and that was true because Bennell was a very good scout. But I also knew he was a risk. In football, like any sport where there’s young people, there are perverts and I wouldn’t even let him into our coaches’ room. I felt so strongly about it I put my job on the line.

Barnes died in 2010 and his daughter, Karen, says it would be wrong to suggest he did not take the matter seriously enough. “I can unequivocally state that my father was absolutely and utterly appalled to hear about the abuse suffered. He also complained bitterly that much of what he said when interviewed for Dispatches had been edited. My father was a considerate and honest man, to which any of the footballers who knew him will attest.”

According to police files, the detectives investigating the 1994 case found Barnes “very cagey” and “played his cards close to his chest”. Muir said he had heard rumours about an incident involving Bennell and volunteered a boy’s name. Barnes, however, would not give a proper explanation about the “irregularities” that meant Bennell leaving for Crewe.

“He [Barnes] wasn’t really prepared to go into them at all,” Detective Sergeant Geoffrey Elvey of Crewe CID says in evidence provided to the Florida police. “We found they were quite evasive at the club. It was quite a lengthy interview. Obviously we were probing to try to find out why he [Bennell] left the club and basically I got the impression that Mr Barnes didn’t want or Mr Farrell really didn’t want to tell us. Bear in mind they are quite a prominent professional club and possibly wouldn’t want any sort of media attention drawn to the club.” Farrell declined to comment to the Guardian.

Davies, who died seven years ago, admits in a 2000 book that whereas Fleet “did not ever accept him [Bennell] as a person or coach” other people at City, including himself and Barnes, drastically misjudged the situation.

“Most of us at Manchester City, including those responsible for the enhancement of junior football, were held in awe at the coaching ability of Barry Bennell. I think the majority of us … were taken in and let down. Hundreds of people, and all the kids who played for him, trusted him. I only hope that the boys and their parents who suffered will forgive us in that we, too, were beguiled and hoodwinked by this terrible person.” Davies adds that “inquiries about his behaviour never revealed his paedophiliac mentality until it was too late”.

Crewe are also under intense scrutiny and a number of victims have called for the longstanding chairman, John Bowler, and the director of football, Dario Gradi, a figurehead at the club for more than 30 years, to resign since Andy Woodward and another former player, Steve Walters, told this newspaper what happened to them, instigating what the FA chairman, Greg Clarke, has described as the biggest crisis he can remember in the sport. Gradi has been suspended by the FA, though no official reason has been given.

Crewe said in November 2016 they would hold an independent review “at the earliest opportunity” but, 15 months on, have still not started it, claiming an unnamed authority told them to hold off until the criminal case was over. City, in stark contrast, say they received no such advice.

Both clubs have been asked by the Guardian if they want to comment about the new revelations and Crewe will also have to explain why Bennell was allowed to continue in his job when their former managing director, Hamilton Smith, has turned whistle-blower to reveal he instigated top-level talks, involving Bowler and Gradi, in the late-1980s because of an allegation against a man who has since described himself as a “monster.

Bennell was even paid expenses to take boys home during his seven years with the club and Gradi, the Guardian can reveal, was one of the people who supplied character references – his written on Crewe letter headed paper – when his colleague and friend was awaiting his 1994 court case in Florida.

In a statement, City offered “heartfelt sympathy to all victims for the unimaginably traumatic experiences they have endured. No one can remove their suffering or that of others who suffered sexual abuse as children as a result of their involvement with football. All victims were entitled to expect full protection from the kind of harm they endured.”

In a statement following the verdict, Crewe Alexandra said the club wanted “to reiterate that it was not aware of any sexual abuse by Mr Bennell, nor did it receive any complaint about sexual abuse by him, either before or during his employment with the club”.

It said that the club cooperated fully with the police in relation to Bennell’s prosecution in 1997 and with the recent investigation. “As a result of their investigations, the police found no evidence to corroborate that the club was aware of Mr Bennell’s offending,” said the statement.

It added: “The club wishes to make it absolutely clear that had it had any suspicion or belief that Mr Bennell was committing acts of abuse, either before, during or after he left the club’s employment, the club would have informed the police immediately


Barry Bennell found guilty of sexually abusing youth footballers

Ex-Manchester City and Crewe Alexandra coach convicted on charges covering 1979 to 1990

The former football coach Barry Bennell has been found guilty of multiple sexual offences against boys whom he targeted in the youth football set-ups of Manchester City and Crewe Alexandra.

Bennell, 64, was convicted of 36 charges at Liverpool crown court and the jury has asked for more time to consider further counts. He was found not guilty of three charges.

He had denied the allegations, which relate to 11 boys, who were aged eight to 14, from between 1979 and 1990, when he was renowned as one of football’s more successful youth team coaches and talent spotters.

Bennell, who appeared in the court via video-link, had already pleaded guilty to seven charges involving three boys and has previously served three prison sentences in England and the US.

He was described by the prosecution as a “devious paedophile” who had “pretty much unfettered access” to young footballers, but his defence had argued that the alleged victims made up the claims for attention and possible compensation.


Gary Speed ‘one of four men coached by Bennell who went on to take own lives

Ex-Wales manager Gary Speed was one of four men who went on to take their own lives after being coached by Barry Bennell, a court has heard.

A victim – who Bennell admitted abusing in 1998 – said he had tried to contact the parents of Speed to tell them about the abuse after reading that they had struggled to get closure because they had no explanation for his death.

Speed died by apparent suicide in 2011, aged 42.

“Four people from teams I have played with, with Bennell, have taken their own lives,” he told Liverpool Crown Court.

“Whether they have taken their lives due to Barry solely I don’t know but all I know is how it’s had an impact on me and how it could impact on other people.”

The victim was speaking at the trial of Bennell who denies 48 offences of child sexual abuse against 11 complainants between 1979 and 1990.

Speaking about contacting other alleged victims of Bennell, the victim said: “When people are breaking down on the phone, on the verge of suicide, when you hear of people who have taken their own lives”.

He told the court that he knew of other former youth players who had been left “destitute” and with alcohol problems.

Barry Bennell Trial, day four: Trial continues after Bennell called alleged victim’s allegations ‘impossible’
January 11, 2018

The sex abuse trial of former football coach Barry Bennell enters its fourth day today, after the first alleged victim gave evidence yesterday.

The testimony, provided via video, said that Benell, a scout for Manchester City at the time, was “touchy” with the alleged victim when he first met the coach at the age of about 11.

The complainant said Bennell had a set of bunk beds next to his own bed in the room above the video shop he ran, adding that “he always put music on in the bedroom. It was panpipe music.”

Following a break for lunch the alleged victim was cross-examined while sitting behind a screen, with talkRADIO reporter Alex Dibble saying there was some “definite tension” between him and the defence.

The court also saw a recreaction of a police interview with Barry Bennell, in which the defendant said his first alleged victim was “the one that got away with it” by not being groomed.

Bennell also called some of the claims against him “ridiculous” and said he’d never do some of the things alleged while there were other boys in the bed at the same time.

The defendant even described some of the testimony of the first alleged victim as “impossible”, saying he “would never do something like that”.

Bennell has already admitted seven sexual abuse charges, but denies a further 48, relating to 11 complainants.


Former football coach Barry Bennell pleads guilty to child sex offences

Former football coach Barry Bennell has pleaded guilty to seven child sex offences at Liverpool Crown Court.

The 63-year, ex-Crewe Alexander coach admitted six offences on the first day of his trial, which is expected to last eight weeks.

A reporting restriction on a guilty plea to a charge of indecent assault entered by Bennell at an earlier hearing was lifted by Recorder of Liverpool Judge Clement Goldstone QC.

Bennell, who was charged under the name Richard Jones, is still due to stand trial for 48 offences including 35 counts of indecent assault, 11 counts of buggery and two counts of attempted buggery.

The charges he will stand trial on relate to 11 complainants and allegedly took place in the 1970s and 1980s, when the alleged victims were boys aged between eight and 15.

Bennell entered the pleas when he appeared via videolink in court wearing a grey jumper.

A jury is expected to be sworn in for his trial on the outstanding charges later on Monday.




From the spidercat web blog:




James Rennie 38, lived in Marionville Road, Meadowbank studied physics at Heriot-Watt University, Became LGBT group worker in 1997, LGBT (Tollcross area of Edinburgh) chief exec by 2003.  It was within the offices of LGBT Youth Scotland that Rennie accessed the Hotmail account “kplover” he used to view & distribute vile images of children. Rennie also sat on the board of YouthLink Scotland “Lothian and Borders Police have been clear that their investigations concerned James Rennie personally

Neil Strachan 41, jailed for 3 yrs in 1997 for repeatedly molesting a boy. former Celtic Boys Club official started preying on the boy when he was only five, after befriending his parents. Strachan quit as secretary of Celtic East Boys Club after he was caught. The abuse had gone on for two years, shared a flat with partner Colin Slaven

Colin Slaven 23,  Duff Street, Dalry

Ross Webber 27, bank worker, Gilbert Avenue, North Berwick,
Craig Boath 24, insurance claims adjuster, of Gourdie Street, Dundee
Neil Campbell 46, married manager of cake business. Lived in Glendareul Avenue & he was a Jordanhill Parish Church Elder & was part of the handbell-ringing club, was in the choir and helped in the Sunday School. He also cared for youngsters at the Jordanhill Out of School club. http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/12829053.Church_left_stunned_as_elder_guilty_of_child_porn/    https://archive.is/8Ch7v

John Milligan a civil servant, of Wanlock Street, Govan

John Murphy a trained teacher working part-time as a DJ in a gay bar & receptionist in gay sauna, lived Westmoreland StreetGovanhill. In 1995, Murphy, then assistant principal drama teacher at  Claremont High School, East Kilbride

https://www.scotsman.com/news/horror-upon-horror-that-unfolded-in-worst-ever-abuse-trial-1-1037439   https://archive.is/dpkid


Nov 2011 Abuse ringleader James Rennie has minimum sentence cut

One of the ringleaders of Scotland’s biggest paedophile network has had his minimum prison sentence cut by four-and-a-half years by appeal judges.  Rennie was ordered to serve a minimum of 13 years in jail. Appeal judges {Lord Clarke & Lord Philip} have reduced that to a minimum of eight-and-a-half years before he can apply for parole.


https://twitter.com/calamiTcat/status/915727225265250304 https://archive.is/JdAAh




http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15067434.Former_police_child_protection_head_leads_Scottish_football_s_abuse_investigation/   https://archive.is/LxgW0
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-scotland-38976269/concern-over-child-abuse-review-chairman   https://archive.is/RbMSs


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I am sure that colleagues will want to join me in welcoming to the public gallery a number of visitors from LGBT Youth Scotland, including Jamie Rennie, the chief executive, and Martin Henry, the convener of its board. I want to give a particularly warm welcome to Sarah Rowlinson, who is one of the Philip Lawrence awardees. She is also a member of the Scottish Youth Parliament and was recently appointed as the vice convener of the LGBT Youth Scotland board. I am certain that the members who attended the LGBT Youth Scotland reception that I hosted in the Parliament last year will recall the exceptional speech that Sarah Rowlinson made on that occasion. I welcome and congratulate our visitors. https://uk.linkedin.com/in/martin-henry-83955273   https://archive.is/ucxtP

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Rev Brian Gowans https://sigbi.org/kirkcaldy/2017/03/21/father-brian-gowans/ https://archive.is/dI3tM
President Rev Brian Gowans ICCPPC {International Commission of Catholic Prison Pastoral Care} http://iccppc.org/executive-board/

Meeting of the Parliament 18 March 2010


Report from Sr. Anna Tommasi from Malawi on her visit to Scotland as a result of chaplain Miss Patricia Roberts spending some time in Malawi.
A visit to Scotland was completely out of my dreams, but God’s plans are full of surprises, sometimes pleasant to our human taste, sometimes hard to accept. It was a great joy to meet Fr. Brian Gowans, Vice President of ICCPPC, in his own country. Together we went to the Scottish Parliament and after a guided visit we had lunch with two Scottish Members of Parliament whom I had accompanied in a visit to Zomba Maximum Security Prison and Chichiri Prison here in Malawi. Mr Michael Mathieson and Mrs Maureen Watt welcomed us to have lunch with them although it was a very busy and important day in Parliament.

With Fr Brian I also visited two very special prisons: Polmont Young Offenders, where he was chaplain for some years, and Castle Huntly Open Estate, where he is working at present.

External Affairs Minster announced the successful applicants for £7m of funding of projects in Malawi including grants to Christian Aid and Tearfund. In a subsequent Chamber debate Michael Matheson highlighted the work of Father Brian Gowans, a prison chaplain with SPS and expressed a desire to see work moving forward between the SPS and the Malawian Prison

I qualified in Social Work in 1974 and in 1993 was awarded the degree of Master of Philosophy (Child Protection Studies) at Dundee University. My professional career has been spent in child and public protection both in the local authority and until early 2008 with Lothian and Borders Police as Executive Officer of Edinburgh, Lothian and Borders Child Protection Office. I am currently National Manager of Stop it Now! Scotland – the national programme for the prevention of child sexual abuse.
I serve on a wide range of national and Government Working Parties on Child and Public Protection including as Chair of the National Steering Group for Safeguarding in Sport; Vice Convenor of the Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group on Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse; Chair of the Safeguarding Commission of the Conference of Religious in Scotland; member of the Police Scotland Offender Management Strategy Group; member of the National Investigative Interviewing Strategic Oversight Group and Chair of the Joint Investigative Interviewing Practice and Development Group. Until April 2013 I was also Safeguarding Adviser to the Catholic Archiocese of St Andrew’s and Edinburgh and Chair of the Archdiocesan Risk Management Group. In 2011 I was a member of a small delegation of safeguarding experts which met with His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI to discuss safeguarding in the Catholic Church.
I have been a visiting lecturer/consultant at the Scottish Police College for over 20 years, a training provider to the Jusicial Institute and am a member of the Scottish Executive Committee of the National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers.
I have delivered training programmes to law enforcement and other agencies across Eastern Europe and Scandinavia and tom conferences and events in Europe and the USA.

Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh 
The Ordination to the Diaconate of Jamie McMorrin, 3 May 2015, Scots College, Rome.

With Deacon Jamie and Archbishop Cushley are the priests of the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh present at today’s Mass in Rome: Fr Nicky Welsh, Fr Brian Gowans, Fr Scott Deeley, Fr Michael John Galbraith, Fr Daniel Doherty, Fr Kevin Douglas and Fr Andrew Garden.

Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh

Archbishop Leo Cushley Emeritus Bishops Keith O’Brien,


Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh

Martin Henry May 26th, 2015 at 11:42 am

It really is remarkable on so many levels how deeply ignorance runs in the
Catholic Church. Commenting on any lesbian and gay issues is not a matter of
“sexual morality” since being gay or lesbian isn’t a thing a person DOES but
what a person IS. It is an identity not an activity. Every time the clergy
open their mouths on these matters they effectively condemn PEOPLE not actions
and it is this that has been their downfall…their complete inability to
understand this simple fact. But even if the discussion was about gay sex (with which the church appears to be preoccupied) the doctrinal position that all sexual activity outside
heterosexual intercourse within marriage and capable of conception is of course so utterly absurd, so unnatural, that it really beggars belief. Sexual behaviour that is predicated on consent, care, growth, reciprocity and authenticity is a dynamic of Creation – whether or not it is capable of be getting children. If it is part of Creation it is part of God. …. or at least the vernacular of God. And this leads to the stupidest stumbling block of them all….the Church’s utterly unfounded and ridiculous notion that
homosexuality is a choice. This idea seems to have been plucked out of nowhere and is so remote from any scientific or human reality that it is the modern equivalent of believing the world is flat. No wonder even older Catholics are turning away. The Church continually fails to connect with ALL our lives … not just young people. In a world where the Good News is so desperately needed the Church instead gives nothing but bad news in spade loads. Sounding more like a bitter doctrine of hate the Church’s teachings, as well as many who espouse them, have become toxic. The words of bishops are often now like vinegar to the wounds of Christ….spiteful, vindictive, and cruel. I am taking a long rest from my faith and it is doing me a power of good…..the less rubbish I have to listen to the more God’s voice is audible. So the Irish people have done the right thing…..not for their gay citizens but for everyone….they have asserted a new freedom….the ability to think, and choose, and act for themselves.

Martin Henry. Edinburgh

  • Martin Henry is connected closely with James Rennie head of a large paedophile network and is convenor of his Board
  • He went on to run Stop it Now having access to young paedophiles
  • He contacted Ilene asking for contacts with young men for a BBC programme that doesn’t exist
  • He is actively involved in the archdiocese in Edinburgh – Cardinal O’Brien
  • He was able to become actively involved with the police (LOTHIAN & BORDERS)
  • Friends with Father Brian Gowans also connected to Archdiocese in Edinburgh
  • Father Brian Gowans worked in St Frances Xavier possible 1985
  • John abuse case choirboys St Francis Xavier
  • Brian Gowans close to the justice minister



It has been claimed that a witness stated “it’s still going on” (it meaning the paedophile ring) & that Martin Henry (man in the shiny suit at parliament film on you tube) is the top man. THE ringleader


Martin Henry runs STOP IT NOW which is a “course” thingy for YOUNG PAEDOPHILES!

Stuart Allardyce, is the National Manager of Stop it Now! in Scotland & oh look, Lothian & Borders police AGAIN  




Martin Henry is pals with Father Gowans… Gowans works in Polmont  & is pals wi Father O’Brien

(left pic) Father Denis O’Connell thumbing a lift in the PRIVATE PLANE of HIBS OWNER & one of Scotland’s Richest men, Sir Tom Farmer

Farmer owned 90% of Hibernian, He invested nearly £3 million to rescue the club from receivership and he continued to fund developments of Easter Road

Farmer was made a Knight Commander with Star of the Order of St. Gregory the Great, a high honour that the Catholic Church can bestow on a layman. He was also knighted by Lizzy in 1997.


He’s a supports charity Mary’s meals  https://www.marysmeals.org.uk

Funnily enough, Mary’s Meals popped up here too… (see right pic above) http://www.parliament.scot/gd/newsandmediacentre/17330.aspx


In 2006, Farmer donated £100,000 to the SNP to help fund their campaign for the 2007 Scottish Parliament general election. Farmer commented at the time that it was not an indication of his political allegiance but that he wanted the SNP to be able to compete financially with their better-funded political opponents. Farmer repeated his endorsement for the SNP in the 2011 election.


Talking SNP, apparently Alex Salmond was “SADDENED” at O’Briens resignation

Which I must admit, I find a tad odd.

The bloke ADMITTED he’s a paedo!! Surely Salmond should been pleased O’Brien was no longer in such a powerful position? But he obviously wasn’t as he couldn’t wait to sing his praises, even going so far as to pay tribute to Cardinal Keith O’Brien following his resignation

Oooh, & going back to the Hibs subject for a second, what about Hibernian Chairman Rod Petries? What does he know about O’Brien being a CHILD RAPIST? Cause he was SO PALLY wi Keith O’Brien (who was a regular at Easter Road) that they christened Hibernian “O’Briens 11”



He loves his Footie & his First Ministers doesn’t he?? Coincidentally, football & politics are the two places that PAEDO ARE FREE TO RUN RIOT RAPING KIDS!


Father Denis O’Connell was bestest friends with Savile who he originally got to know through mummy Savile. Jimmy was a frequent visitor to the Parish of St Patrick’s in Kilsyth during the period when he had a hit TV show ‘Jim’ll Fix It’ or was in between presenting ‘Top of the Pops’ or hosting a show on Radio 1 . You could always tell when he was in Kilsyth as his white jaguar car was parked outside the Parish House. Denis O’Connell fairly got about, working in Edinburgh, Kilsyth, Lennoxtown, Aberdeen & Methil in Fife. He also worked for the BBC in London! (BBC?! NUFF SAID!)

Kilsyth Chronicle 1972

The website I got a lot of the pictures from has unfortunately removed a lot of the Savile ones. BUT the didn’t remove the description!! Which I screen-shotted & archived








As stated at the start we have one of the paedo ring NEIL STRACHAN 41,

“Jailed for 3 yrs in 1997 for repeatedly molesting a boy. former Celtic Boys Club official started preying on the boy when he was only five, after befriending his parents. Strachan quit as secretary of Celtic East Boys Club after he was caught. The abuse had gone on for two years, shared a flat with partner Colin Slaven”

https://www.scotsman.com/news/horror-upon-horror-that-unfolded-in-worst-ever-abuse-trial-1-1037439  https://archive.is/dpkid



Strachan, oddly enough, just like Rennie, ALSO had his original sentence slashed http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-13458501    https://archive.is/FNReX




We also have


14.04.17  Ex Celtic Boys Club Coach & Chairman GERARD KING suspended from job as PRIMARY SCOOL TEACHER amid child abuse charges https://spidercatweb.blog/2017/04/14/celtic-school-teacher-csa-paedo/


King was at Celtic Boys Club with JIM TORBETT, who got two years’ jail in 1998 for abusing three former players, including future Scotland striker Alan Brazil, between 1967 and 1974.

Torbett was said to have been sacked from the club in 1974 when allegations surfaced against him. But this week, fresh claims were made that he abused more youngsters after returning to Celtic Boys Club for a spell in the 1980s and 90s. He denies the new allegations.

King also worked at Torbett’s company, the Trophy Centre, but denies being close to him.

He said: “Everybody has got different teams. I worked there for about a year but only on a Saturday afternoon.”

About his time as chairman of the boys’ club, he said: “That was about eight years ago. We left that to the younger ones – we did our stint.”

King’s association with Celtic Boys Club dates back to the early 1980s. In 1982-83, he helped run the under-12 team which won an invitational event in Rotterdam, Holland.

05.05.17 PAEDO JIM TORBET ARRESTED & DETAINED https://spidercatweb.blog/2017/05/05/paedophile-former-youth-coach-jim-torbett-kicked-out-of-america/



& we also have JIM MCCAFFERTY (above left) who confessed to committing sexual acts with several young footballers in the 80s & 90s https://spidercatweb.blog/2016/12/07/jim-mccafferty-admits-footballpaedo/


And HUGH STEVENSON (above right)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-38208329  https://archive.is/N15r7


20.09.17  The Child protection chief at one of Scotland’s top boys’ football clubs has resigned amid claims that bullying was ignored by bosses.

Jim Stewart quit Celtic Boys Club after recommending sanctions against a coach, which he claims were ignored. https://spidercatweb.blog/2017/09/20/child-protection-chief-at-one-of-scotlands-top-boys-football-clubs-has-resigned/   https://archive.is/SPW6H


So, to summarise CELTIC PAEDO


we have KEVIN KELLY & JOCK STEIN BOTH reported to have KNOWN & done nothing & BOTH of whom were pals wi SAVILE. We also have GERARD KING, JIM TORBETT, JIM MCCAFFERTY, HUGH STEVENSON & NEIL STRACHAN





















Going back to Stop It Now for a sec, (remembering Martin Henry runs STOP IT NOW which is a “course” thingy for YOUNG PAEDOPHILES!)


Founder was Lucy FAITHFULL Lucy Faithfull Foundation  more about lucy faithfull


Is she, as I believe, a relative of Marianne Faithfull? I can’t find/haven’t found any details of her family other than she was born in S.Africa in 1910 to a nurse and an army officer. Reason i wonder if they are related is because the Faithfull’s are a BIZARRE family, & when I say bizarre, I mean it in an utter bastards kinda way!!

Marianne’s maternal grandfather had aristocratic roots, in the Habsburg Dynasty, & her maternal grandmother was Jewish.

Marianne’s great great uncle was Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, the 19th century Austrian nobleman whose erotic novel, Venus in Furs, spawned the word masochism!!

Her grandfather invented a sexual device called a Frigidity Machine that was designed to give women orgasms. He tried it out on her mother, Eva, Baroness Erisso, a dancer and actress descended from the Sacher-Masoch long line of Austro-Hungarian aristocrats.

Marianne’s father was Major Robert Glynn Faithfull

Marianne’s father was also an MI6 agent and he just so happened to be the “interrogation officer” in charge of Himmler after Himmler had given himself up to my Grandad!! Himmler was alive & well for HOURS with my Grandad, but he was dead VERY quickly as soon as RG Faithfull & co got hold of him!! Isn’t it amazing that whilst RG & Himmler were inside the SPECIALLY PREPARED HOUSE, the cyanide capsule that WAS NOT in Himmlers mouth, not only managed to kill him but also broke his nose too?!!

You can read more about Himmler’s death here  & more about Marianne & co here

Even more Marianne (she crops up ALL THE TIME!) Marianne Faithfull: I haven’t forgiven UK for Redlands & MICK JAGGER: PAEDO – SATANIST?

Savile & Fort Augustus Abbey {Catholic Boarding School}


Sins of our fathers https://youtu.be/DgAag_p4PCs

 Disgraced Cardinal Keith O’Brien, a good friend of Savile’s, was also a regular visitor at the school.



http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/jimmy-savile-regular-visitor-catholic-2111397   https://archive.is/cFqfm




Victim claims abuse on Manchester United trip

10 November 2017

A 61-year-old man from Glasgow has told the BBC he was sexually abused on a football trip to Manchester United in the late 1960s.

James, who wants to keep his anonymity, believes he was “trafficked” to English football clubs by the Marist Brothers, a Catholic order which ran his school.

He said he was repeatedly abused by the brothers at his primary school.

In a statement, Manchester United said it had found no information relating to the Marist Brothers in its review.

The Old Trafford club looked into historical abuse as part of the English FA’s inquiry, led by barrister Clive Sheldon QC.

It is looking at the way clubs or the FA dealt with concerns over child sex abuse between 1970 and 2005.

Initiation ceremony

However, James said he thought his abuse happened on a trip in 1969, when he was 12 or 13.

James told the BBC he was in a group of “elite” young footballers who were selected by his school to take part in a tournament in Manchester.

The boys were taken to Old Trafford and the club’s training ground, where they played matches and toured the stadium, the boot room and directors’ offices.

James said he had visions of becoming a Manchester United player like his heroes George Best and Bobby Charlton but he said he was taken from the hostel where the boys were staying and sexually abused.

He said he did not know who abused him but he was taken outside as part of an “initiation ceremony”.

“It was non-consensual sex,” he said.

“Adult and a child.”

James said he did not know if other young footballers were also abused.

“None of us ever spoke about it,” he said.

According to James, he was not aware at the time that it was abuse.

It was portrayed as part of the “football journey” of going down to the club and possibly becoming a professional footballer.

He said: “I believe I was forced to do it because of my previous experience. I thought there was no escape, I had to take the action.”

His previous abuse was at the hands of the Marist Brothers who ran his primary school, the Sacred Heart Primary School in the east end of Glasgow.

James said he was regularly beaten around the lower body by branches with thorns, belts or by hand for not knowing the answers to questions about the Mass.

He told the BBC he would soil himself when he was beaten and his sister would be sent for to take him out of class.

Grooming process

“That then led to an increase in the abuse which began by befriending you, telling you that you weren’t a bad person, you were a good person,” he said.

“All part of the grooming process, then on to sitting on the knee,.

“Then, after the beatings, removing the clothing to make sure there were no marks.

“And then other sexual activity.”

The beatings stopped when James moved to high School.

But a more sinister form of abuse began, he said.

Fort Augustus School

James said he was sent to the former Fort Augustus Abbey Roman Catholic boarding school

James said he was sent for a “holiday” to Fort Augustus school in the Highlands where BBC Scotland has uncovered evidence that widespread abuse took place.

He was also sent to Pluscarden Abbey. Both were run by the Benedictine order.

He said he was abused by monks there.

James said he was also abused when his football team were sent to English football clubs.

“I realise now I was trafficked,” he said.

“I didn’t realise that at the time.

“But there is a link between the abuse in the primary school – the Marist Brothers.

“A link to the Marist Brothers sending me to Fort Augustus and Pluscarden to the Benedictines and the Marist Brothers then sending me to the football clubs.”

He said: “My understanding was these clubs were more or less looking at us for potentially signing for the clubs.

“The type of player I was playing football with went on to be professional football players, to be professional football managers and professional coaches at the highest level in the Scottish Football Association.”

Internal investigation

Manchester United said: “We have no knowledge or records of any allegations of this nature.

“However, If we are provided with further details and they allege involvement of anyone connected with the club, we will of course investigate further and involve all appropriate authorities.”

The Marist Brothers no longer run schools in Scotland but they maintain a house in Glasgow.

In a statement the order’s lawyers said it took all allegations against it seriously, and referred them to police and an internal investigation.

It said: “The allegations in question were investigated by the police, and the Scottish Catholic Safeguarding Service confirmed our clients have done all that is possible regarding the allegations made.”

“James wants the public to know about the scandal of the historic trafficking of children round the UK.

“He wants more survivors of sexual abuse to come forward so that the perpetrators of this abuse and the institutions that protected them are held to account and we will continue to support him as he campaigns to achieve this.”


Another Fort Augustus paedophile priest:

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

14 March 2018


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

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

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

One of his victims was just five years old.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Moore being shown the cheque by Mark Daly

Moore being shown the cheque by Mark Daly

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nowadays that crime would have been classed as rape.

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

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

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

Soon after this he made his confession to the bishop.

Bishop Taylor

Bishop Taylor was told of the abuse in 1996

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

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

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

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




All that does make me wonder,



Above is a conversation between myself & a VERY reliable source & I believe him 100%. view tweet 11:21 PM – Oct 19, 2016  https://archive.is/tM54W


Walton Hop, Tam Paton, Chris Denning & Jonathan King

  1. https://spidercatweb.blog/2016/07/18/80-articles-paton-rollers-walton-hop/
  2. https://spidercatweb.blog/2016/07/08/tam-paton/
  3. https://spidercatweb.blog/2016/10/07/chris-denning-ex-radio-1-dj-jailed-for-13-years/
  4. https://spidercatweb.blog/2016/10/17/bay-city-rollers-paton-denning-drugs-paedo-money/
  5. There is heaps of articles etc under #TamPaedoPaton


Now that is definitely a ring!!! & from what i have found so far, it goes several ways from there






  1. SIR Nikki Fairbairn & Robert Ewart Henderson QC 



http://mooglemeow.blogspot.com.br/2014/08/revealed-full-horrifying-truth-about.html   https://archive.is/0hBqC 

  1. http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/13174992.Former_judge_s_shock_over_QC_paedophile_ring_allegations/https://archive.is/iKHlh
  2. Circles & Rings: Major, Minor & Magic 


  1. Prestigious boarding school at centre of abuse probe. FETTES
  2. Tony blair, Knox Cunningham, Fettes & Kincora
  3. ‘Magic circle’ judge asked to resign for allowing homosexual activities to be conducted in public way


  1. Fairbairn Elm Guesthttp://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2698634/Esther-Rantzen-My-shock-MP-lovers-links-Elm-House-paedophile-ring.html https://archive.is/KKv3p 
  2. Kitty, Savile & Elm Guest/ grafton closehttps://youtu.be/gqtPxpa_Q-c




NICOLA, NICHOLAS & ESTHER  https://vidoepress.com/v/hReer2RQ


SCOTTISH CHILD ABUSE & MURDER DOT 2 DOT https://youtu.be/INkGlmrpvYs


Convicted paedo Jefferey Epstein’s wee black book has Fairbairn’s daughter Charlotte listed.


.DOT JOINING: Scottish VIP Paedophile ring 




  • Paul Ferris & The Krays


  • Glasgow Gangsters Part 2: Ferris


  • KING RAT: The Godfather, The Krays, Massey, Domenyk & Paedo




  • Glasgow’s gangsters: Arthur Thompson – the Godfather 


Robin Cook, Gordon Brown, Ian Dunn & P.I.E





esther’s links to paedo


  1. FAIRBAIRN  –  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2698634/Esther-Rantzen-My-shock-MP-lovers-links-Elm-House-paedophile-ring.html
  2. TOLD ESTHER https://www.thesun.co.uk/archives/news/984731/abuse-campaigner-i-told-esther-rantzen-about-paedo-jimmy-savile-18-years-ago/
  3. SAVILE & THE BBC / SAVILE REPORT “Esther Rantzen heard that Savile was sexually interested in young girls. She first heard about him in the 1970s from a researcher who had come from the BBC from a job in Fleet Street. She heard that the people making a programme about Savile in the ITV series This is Your life had wished to include the parents of a young girl with heart problems for whom Savile had provided financial help. The parents refused to allow that and she said the implication was there was another side to it, which was a darker side. But, she said, this rumour was one of many which ‘swirled around’ at the time in respect of all sorts of famous people.” https://spidercatweb.blog/2016/01/30/bbcs-10m-whitewash-of-savile-scandal-report-clears-tv-chiefs/
  4. ESTHER’S POOL PAEDO http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/man-convicted-of-sex-assault-on-girl-5-in-swimming-pool-guest-at-holiday-home-of-child-abuse-1414750.html

https://twitter.com/thewakeupcall09/status/850285577526272000   https://archive.is/r6CD2

  1. BEN FELLOWS  https://youtu.be/CMC_QLaoqMo
  2. MUST READ! Ken Clarke, Esther, Kray Twins & Jewish Underground

http://aangirfan.blogspot.com.br/2012/10/ken-clarke-esther-rantzen-kray-twins.html  https://archive.is/ARHGk


READ MORE https://spidercatweb.blog/2016/10/29/esther-rantzen-here-to-help-scottish-kids/

Moira Anderson, Gallogley, Gartshore, Willie McRae & The Untouchables 



Brady, Hindley, Glasgow Godfather, Savile, Krays, Robert Black & More 




  1. ROBERT BLACK: What happened to innocent until PROVEN guilty? https://spidercatweb.blog/2016/06/05/robert-black/
  2. Could Robert Black Be Innocent Of Murder? https://spidercatweb.blog/2016/05/30/could-robert-black-be-innocent-of-murder/









Tommy Tague  https://www.linkedin.com/in/tommy-tague-571aa671/    

  1. Tague Manson Consultancy Ltd. Scotland. Jan 2015 – Present. International. International training, investigations and consultancy
  2. Project Coordinator Stop it Now Scotland. Dec 2013 – Present. Edinburgh. Breaking the Links – group work programme targeting males convicted or arrested for sexual offences involving children.
  3. Safeguarder Children Ist. Aug 2013 – Present.Central Scotland. Independent Safeguarder Childrens Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011
  4. Trainer AECT UAE Aug 2014 – Sep 2014 United Arab Emirates. Delivery of National Intelligence Model to the the five Northern Emirates(Ajman, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah and Umm Al Quwain).
  5. Detective Superintendent SCDEA (SICU) Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency. Dec 2009 – Dec 2012.  Livingston/ Paisley
  6. Head of the Scottish Intelligence Coordination Unit– SOCG Mapping, Human Trafficking, Prison Intelligence Unit, Scottish Tasking and Coordination Group. Member of SCDEA Senior Management Team, Authorising Officer and OIC SCDEA Intelligence Development Unit.
  7. Chief Inspector Lothian and Borders Police 2008 – 2009  Livingston Operational leadership in critical incidents including high risk missing persons,firearms incidents and murders. Head of Community Teams including funded officers from West Lothian Council.
  8. Detective Chief Inspector Lothian and Borders Police2006 – 2008. Fettes HQ. Deputy Head of Special Branch Force HQ, including Edinburgh Airport.
  9. Detective Chief Inspector Lothian and borders Police 2004 – 2006. Head of Crime Investigations City of Edinburgh.
  10. Detective Inspector Lothian and Borders Police 2002 – 2004  Edinburgh/West Lothian

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Bob Higgins: Ex-Southampton coach denies child abuse charges

Jan 4 2018Bob Higgins

Ex-Saints youth coach Bob Higgins is accused of multiple counts of indecent assault against boys

A former Southampton Football Club youth coach has pleaded not guilty to 50 counts of child abuse.

Bob Higgins, 64, is accused of carrying out indecent assaults on 24 boys between 1970 and 1996.

Mr Higgins, from Southampton, was the youth development officer at Southampton in the 1980s.

He was granted unconditional bail by a judge at Bournemouth Crown Court and is due to appear for trial at Salisbury Crown Court on 29 May.




Former Crewe Alexandra football coach Paul McCann leaves South Cheshire Magistrates Court

Former Crewe coach charged with indecently assaulting boy

3 Jan 2018

A former Crewe Alexandra football coach has appeared in court charged with six counts of indecent assault.

Paul McCann, 57, appeared at South Cheshire Magistrates’ Court in Crewe to face the charges relating to a boy under 16 and a boy over 16.

All the allegations relate to one victim and are alleged to have taken place between 1987 and 1990.

Mr McCann, of Great Sutton, Cheshire, spoke only to confirm his name, age and address during the brief hearing.

He was granted bail to appear before Chester Crown Court on 31 January.




Former Crewe youth coach suspended by Football Association

Suspension follows that of Crewe director of football Dario Gradi
Paul McCann worked for Crewe in the 1980s and 90s
Paul McCann

Another former coach from Crewe Alexandra, described as a “long-standing club stalwart” because of his work with their youth-team players, has been suspended by the Football Association.

Paul McCann worked for Crewe in the 1980s and 90s and at one stage was the assistant coach in charge of the club’s youth team.

Dario Gradi, Crewe’s former manager and currently director of football, has already been suspended and the FA has now informed McCann that he is not allowed to work in the sport in any capacity until he receives further notification.

McCann was involved at Crewe during Gradi’s time as manager, working with the reserve team, the youth setup and sometimes refereeing matches involving the younger children.

He left his voluntary role in December 1991 because he was working as a human resources director for Shell UK and had been given a new post in the Netherlands. McCann spent four years in that role and in two decades at Shell he also had a three-year spell in Australia. He has since had similar roles for Centrica and ISG and lives near Chester, with another base in London.

McCann said: “I have not done anything wrong. This process is in place to help the investigation take its due course. I am collateral damage.” Speaking at his home in Great Sutton, Cheshire, earlier he said he had worked for Crewe only as a voluntary coach and never received any payment. He is not coaching currently. The FA has not confirmed the suspension or the reason for it.

McCann is not thought to have worked for another professional football club in England but was involved at Crewe during the years when they were building their reputation for having one of the best production lines of young footballers in the country. One book chronicling Gradi’s long association with the club describes McCann as a “talented coach”, a “long-standing club stalwart” and “one of the key men behind reserve and youth-team football at Crewe”.

Gradi, 75, has held a number of senior positions at Crewe since 1983 but was notified by the FA on 25 November that he was being suspended with immediate effect. It is understood that relates to issues involving Crewe rather than, as initially reported, allegations that he visited the parents of a Chelsea youth-team player to “smooth over” a complaint of sexual assault against Eddie Heath, the chief scout who has been identified as a repeat offender in the 1970s.

Gradi, then in his early 30s, was assistant manager at Chelsea at the time and is said to have told the 15-year-old victim’s family that he knew Heath was “closer” to boys than he should have been. Chelsea never took any action against Heath and the FA’s independent inquiry intends to interview Gradi about what the club knew, and his own particular role.

Gradi has not commented on his suspension but he has always said he did not know of anything untoward at Crewe and the allegations involving Heath were put to him two weeks ago.

“Aside from denying any wrongdoing, it would be inappropriate and unfair on all parties to comment piecemeal through the media at this time in connection with historic allegations,” he said in a statement at the time. “Suffice to say, I will do everything within my power to assist all investigatory authorities into what is becoming a wide-ranging and important enquiry into historic sexual abuse.”

Another former Crewe coach, Barry Bennell, is due to appear at Chester Crown Court next Wednesday to face eight charges of sexual offences against a boy, aged under 15, from another club, from 1981 to 1985.

The FA inquiry will be led by the QC Clive Sheldon and a backup team of investigators to go through what has been described as a “tidal wave” of people coming forward since Andy Woodward’s interview in the Guardian on 16 November, followed by that of another former Crewe player Steve Walters, instigated what the FA’s chairman, Greg Clarke, has described as the worst crisis he can remember in the sport.

At the last count, from figures released on 21 December, 155 potential suspects had been identified in connection with possible attacks throughout the sport on 429 people. Of those, some of the victims were as young as four, and 148 clubs from professional and amateur level have been named.

The allegations being investigated by police span more than five decades and a national sexual abuse investigation called Operation Hydrant is coordinating to avoid duplication and ensure that information about potential offenders and victims is shared across the 43 forces in England and Wales. Police say they have received a 819 referrals, with 605 coming from a hotline set up by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children in tandem with the FA.


Former academy director’s file handed to CPS in football sexual abuse inquiry

Kit Carson was academy director at Peterborough from 1993 to 2001
Carson, who also worked at Cambridge and Norwich, was arrested in January

Kit Carson worked with players at Peterborough who went on to have careers in the Premier League. Photograph: Peterborough Telegraph

Police have submitted a file to the Crown Prosecution Service following the arrest of a hugely respected youth football coach on suspicion of child sexual offences.

“Kit” Carson, 74, whose real name is Michael Sean Carson, was arrested in Cambridge in January and questioned on suspicion of indecency with children and indecent assault.

Police had been working with two of Carson’s former clubs, Peterborough United and Cambridge United, since the football abuse scandal was broken by the Guardian last year.

Carson was academy director at Peterborough from 1993 to 2001. Players he worked with there went on to have careers in the Premier League. Carson left to become head of talent development at Cambridge United between 2001 and 2005.

Before Peterborough he was at Norwich City from 1983 until 1993. On his LinkedIn page, he described himself as a football consultant and scout for a Finnish club.

Police have not named Carson, referring to him only as a man in his 70s. But the force confirmed to the Guardian that a file had been sent to the CPS on the man.


One year after football’s child abuse scandal broke, stories are yet to be told

Last November, Andy Woodward bravely shared his story and 12 months on, the full horror is still emerging with 748 victims coming forward

11 November 2017


It wasn’t easy at first to understand the numbers that were potentially involved. It still isn’t, to be honest, when the latest police figures are so mind-boggling – on average, five new victims coming forward every two days – but particularly so at the start, when Andy Woodward was preparing to go public and telling me he was certain there would be many others, hundreds even, who had experienced the same kind of childhood horrors.

What has happened since started as a trickle but quickly turned into what the Football Association chairman, Greg Clarke, has described as a tidal wave. At the time, however, I can remember going to Andy, on the day before publication, to make absolutely sure he was happy to put the numbers so high. His response was that it might even be higher. The story went out. “Difficult knowing how to introduce this one,” I wrote on Twitter. “He’s a brave man and, as of today, he is free of his secret.” And then we waited.

The first six came forward inside five days. By the end of the week it was 11. And on and on. This week brings up a year since Andy became the first former footballer to speak about the sexual abuse he had suffered and the latest police figures, 748 victims, make it easy to understand why at least one force has advertised for retired detectives to help the process of taking statements.

To put it in some kind of context, more football coaches and people connected with the sport, 285, have now been accused of molesting boys than the number of priests and brothers from the Boston archdiocese, 249, who were identified as part of the scandal unearthed by the Boston Globe’s Spotlight team.

The victims come from all levels of football and, at the last count, 331 clubs had been “impacted”, meaning they had been named without necessarily being under investigation. Of the victims, 96% are male, the youngest being four years old, and the vast majority of cases happened in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, though some as far back as 1950. Operation Hydrant has had 2,028 referrals and all but 27 relate to football – the others involving basketball, rugby, gymnastics, martial arts, tennis, wrestling, golf, sailing, athletics, cricket and swimming.

It is a lot to take in and, as if all that was not shocking enough, the real number of victims will actually be significantly higher when the figures have not been updated since 28 September and there are so many others who have suffered the same kind of ordeals but chosen not to report what happened.

Many do not think it is worthwhile now their abusers – paedophiles such as Frank Roper, a coach in Blackpool’s junior system, and Eddie Heath, formerly the chief scout at Chelsea – are dead. Others have now reached an age where they have their own children and have elderly parents and, understandably, want to protect their families. Many don’t feel they have the strength to deal with the tortuous, often torturous, process of going through the courts when it can feel sometimes as if there are glaciers that move quicker than the British judicial system.

After a year on this story, I have spoken to almost as many victims who have chosen not to go to the police as those who have. The numbers, again, are frightening and some of the stories that are waiting to be told leave huge questions about what the clubs knew, and what they did about it.

A lot of those stories will have to be held back for now because of the cases being sub judice but suffice to say there is startling evidence of cover-ups, and warnings being ignored, at a number of clubs.

The negligence also appears to be related to money in some cases. One recurring theme is that the people in charge were often reluctant to rock the boat if the person under suspicion was good at his job, potentially making those clubs money. Of everything we have heard over the last year, that perhaps is the most galling part when you stop to think about the number of children it put at risk. Some big football clubs and well-known individuals are going to find it a hard stain to wash out.

Aston Villa certainly need to explain what precisely happened after they were notified about the crimes of Ted Langford, a part-time scout for the club, during the late 1980s and maybe we will also hear from Dario Gradi at some point about his own judgment over the years. Gradi was suspended from all football activities by the FA last November after claims that in his coaching days at Chelsea he visited the house of a 15-year-old youth-team player to “smooth over” a complaint of sexual assault against Heath. Gradi has always denied any wrongdoing but the suspension remains in place, almost a year on, and it is clear the FA wants to distance itself from a man who was once revered for his work in junior football. Gradi was given a lifetime contribution award in 2014 and inducted into the FA Licensed Coaches’ Club Hall of Fame. His photograph has been taken down from the walls of St George’s Park and his name has been removed from the relevant wall display.

Hopefully we will get some more answers when the FA’s independent inquiry, led by Clive Sheldon QC, is published and perhaps, in time, there will also be an explanation from Gordon Taylor, chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association, about why his organisation did not do more after the 1997 Dispatches documentary Soccer’s Foul Play made it clear there was a serious problem inside the sport.

Everybody within the game, the media included, needs to look at how this scandal was ignored for so long. Yet the PFA, in particular, has much to answer for when, unlike the FA, it has had very little regime change at the highest level. Taylor has been there since 1981.

Sheldon’s report should be delivered at Easter and you might have seen the story recently about him seeing a counsellor, paid for by the FA, to look after his own mental health when he is being exposed to so many harrowing stories. Fair enough, but it is just a pity, perhaps, that the FA has not been so generous when it comes to the players whose lives have been shaped by the abuse. Many have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and still suffer from anxiety, depression, insomnia and panic attacks. They do at least have support groups such as the Offside Trust and SAVE but many have experienced what a hard-faced organisation the FA can be.

Equally, it might have been an idea if the FA had gone to any real effort to help the victims, or anyone else who might have vital information, to understand how to go about the process of speaking to the inquiry. That, after all, is surely the first starting point of any such investigation: to hear from as many people as possible. Yet if you were to click on the FA’s website – the place, you might imagine, where the process might be explained – there is nothing about it all.

Instead, the FA, acting independently of the barrister, has set up a convoluted and hard-to-locate system whereby the only way anyone can submit evidence is by clicking on the website for Sport Resolutions and going through a link named “Football Review”. Even then, it still doesn’t make it absolutely clear what it is. There isn’t even a helpline, just an email address for “written submissions” and no clues whatsoever why the FA should presume anyone would know this was how it worked.

It all feels so dreadfully typical of the FA and helps to explain why, by mid-October, Sheldon had interviewed no more than 15 victims. Clarke, who has described it as the biggest crisis in the history of the FA, claimed during his calamitous appearance before the House of Commons digital, culture, media and sport select committee recently that he had spent 22 hours a day working on the case when the story broke. Perhaps he needed a rest if this was the best he could come up with.


Former football coach Barry Bennell has appeared in court ahead of his trial next year over a string of child sex allegations.

The 63-year-old appeared at Liverpool Crown Court via video link in a preliminary hearing ahead of his eight-week trial on January 8 next year.

He is charged with 55 offences, including 42 counts of indecent assault, 11 counts of buggery and two counts of attempted buggery said to have been committed on various dates between 1979 and 1991.

The allegations against the ex-Crewe Alexandra coach relate to 12 complainants.

During Friday’s hearing the court heard the defendant had previously changed his name to Richard Jones.

Honorary Recorder of Liverpool, Judge Clement Goldstone QC, said the defendant would now be referred to in the proceedings as Mr Jones.

A further pre-trial hearing will take place on November 24.



Six County FAs fail to respond to questions on football sex abuse

The failure by some to cooperate with the independent review into the game’s child sexual abuse scandal was laid bare again on Monday night after it emerged six County Football Associations had not responded to requests for information five months after being asked to do so.

Following the revelation in May that eight professional clubs had missed two deadlines over four months to tell investigators what they knew, it transpired that six of the 46 County FAs had also ignored more than one attempt to contact them, putting them at risk of disciplinary action.

The inquiry team, led by Clive Sheldon QC, was forced last week to contact the Football Association itself to ask it to act over what one source branded “inertia” on the part of several counties, something that as of last night had the desired effect on only two out of the six in question.

They had originally been written to on May 11 and given a deadline of June 1 to respond, with those which failed to meet that contacted again on June 21.

The six outstanding counties were also sent reminders more recently to provide information which could be vital to an inquiry which is investigating what FA chairman Greg Clarke has admitted is the biggest crisis he could recall the game facing.

The probe will examine how it dealt with the alleged abuse of schoolboy players between 1970 and 2005, whether there was any cover-up, and even whether a paedophile ring operated in the game.

It also transpired that the final report by Sheldon had been delayed until at least Easter after the process of examining up to five million documents in an FA archive proved more arduous than anticipated.

Sheldon and his team, who had originally planned to report early next year, had also managed to interview only 15 survivors of abuse – there are 741 potential victims according to the most recent police figures – and 35 other persons of interest.

Alleged victims spoken to include former internationals, although sources refused to confirm whether Matt Le Tissier, David White and Paul Stewart – all of whom had gone public – had been among them.

Survivors’ stories were said to have been “harrowing”, with Sheldon and his team – as well as victims – requiring counselling as a result.

Meetings were planned yesterday with a further 20-30 survivors, as well as with other persons of interest, with the inquiry restricted in who it could talk to due to ongoing criminal investigations and the upcoming trials of former Crewe Alexandra coach Barry Bennell and ex-Southampton youth coach Bob Higgins.

Sources close to the investigation confirmed suspended Crewe director of football Dario Gradi – who denies covering up abuse claims – had been on a list of intended interviewees but refused to reveal whether he had been spoken to yet.

Former Aston Villa assistant manager Dave Richardson is also a person of interest after the inquiry was told by one victim, Tony Brien, that former England boss Graham Taylor was involved in a cover-up while at the club.

No one approached so far has openly refused to co-operate with the inquiry.

The Bennell and Higgins trials early next year could also limit either what Sheldon says about allegations against each of them in his report or what the FA is able to publish of his findings.

His report is likely to focus on case studies of 10-12 clubs to paint a picture of the game’s handling of claims of child abuse during the years covered by the inquiry, amid the impossibility of speaking to every potential victim and witness.



Police now investigating over 2,000 child abuse referrals in football

Specialist unit looking into complaints involving more than 330 clubs
Referrals relating to sports other than football reach a total of 27

The specialist police unit investigating child abuse in football has received 142 new referrals since publishing its last updated figures in June and is currently investigating complaints involving more than 330 clubs.

The figures released on Tuesday reveal that information forwarded by police forces to Operation Hydrant up to 28 September amount to 2,028 referrals, an increase of 142 on the previous figure at the end of June.

A total of 688 referrals came from the NSPCC with 1,340 from the police forces that were contacted. The statistics provided from Operation Hydrant reveal that a total of 331 clubs have been impacted since Andy Woodward’s interview in November sparked the now countrywide investigation.

The vast majority of referrals relate to football. However, a number of other sports have also been the subject of 27 referrals. These referrals include basketball, rugby, gymnastics, martial arts, tennis, wrestling, golf, sailing, athletics, cricket, and swimming.



Trial of ex-Celtic kit man on child sex abuse charges is delayed over medical report

September 16 2017


Late England boss Graham Taylor covered up claims of sexual abuse by a paedophile, inquiry told

Abuse victim Tony Brien says he told Taylor – who was Aston Villa manager at the time – about offense committed by a club scout

13 Sep 2017

Former England manager Graham Taylor covered-up the sexual abuse of young boys by a paedophile, it has been claimed.

The inquiry into child abuse in football has been told he discouraged at least two teenage players from making complaints.

Taylor, who died in January aged 72, was Aston Villa boss when he was told club scout Ted Langford was a paedophile.

Tony Brien, who was abused by Langford, said Taylor ignored warnings that youngsters were at risk.

Instead he claims the former Three Lions manager told him to “move on” in a phone call in 1987.

Brien, then aged 18, also said Taylor warned he would be taunted by fans if the sexual abuse became public knowledge.

The independent inquiry was told Langford abused boys at Villa after Taylor was warned about the dangers.

In 2002 Taylor was awarded the OBE, which was presented to him by the Prince of Wales, Prince Charles, at Buckingham Palace.

A second player said Graham aylor visited him at home and discouraged him from taking a complaint against the scout further.

Langford worked for Villa until 1989, when he was sacked in the wake of other abuse allegations.

He was finally convicted of abusing boys in 2007, aged 66, and jailed for three years. He died in 2012.

Brien, now 48, played for Leicester, Chesterfield, Rotherham United, West Bromwich Albion and Hull City.

A statement he gave to police last December was passed onto the Football Association.

In it he claimed Langford abused him from the age of 12 in his Ford Granada at a Midlands golf course.

He said when he reported the abuse, Taylor and assistant manager Dave Richardson told him to keep quiet.

“They discouraged me from going forward and never offered me a chance to go to the police or anything like that,” he said.

The inquiry is investigating whether Villa failed to alert authorities about the child sexual abuse.

Watford was allegedly told that young boys were at risk

So far 741 alleged victims had come forward and 276 suspects had been identified as part of Operation Hydrant.

Aston Villa said they have “co-operated fully” with the ongoing FA investigation into historical abuse.

Richardson said he could not recall any conversation with Brien about alleged abuse.

He claims to have launched an investigation which resulted in Langford’s sacking after being told of “alarming allegations” in 1987.

Taylor went on to manage Watford under owner Elton John

Sir Elton John led the tributes to Taylor after his death from a suspected heart attack in January.

He led England to the 1992 European Championships and also managed Watford, Villa, Wolves and Lincoln.


Taylor was a supporter of Sense-National Deafblind and Rubella Association and a Patron of DebRa. He was a Celebrity Ambassador for the Sense Enterprise Board in Birmingham, and worked to raise both funds and awareness, including running the London Marathon in 2004.[74] He regularly hosted moderated “online coaching seminars” on the DALnet channel. He also supported the Royal British Legion and cycled from London to Paris in 2010 to raise funds for the RBL’s Poppy appeal.[75]


Debra charity


Graham Taylor charity work – Sense

1989 HRH The Princess Royal becomes Sense’s patron.

Celebrity Ambassadors include

Amitabh Bachchan (charity colleague of Keith Vaz)

Jay Rayner – son of Claire Rayner

Celebrity Supporters

Maureen Lipman (Champneys)



Other charities that Graham Taylor supported:

Watford Football Club’s Community Sports and Education Trust’s patron, Graham Taylor OBE,

Football Foundation, Kit Aid and Peace Hospice, to name just a few.



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


Football Foundation


Graham Taylor OBE


Board of Trustees – inc

Richard Caborn


Kit Aid

Finding a home for your unwanted football kit in Africa and beyond KitAid is a charity set up by, Derrick Williams MBE, who visited Tanzania on a WaterAid supporters’ trip in 1998. Derrick, being a mad footie fan, was amazed at the reception he received from children and adults in remote villages just because he wearing his favourite football shirt (Watford, Chesham Utd, Liverpool FC to name a few).

After two weeks in Tanzania, a flame was lit in Derrick’s heart and he was on a mission to provide kit and equipment to the bare-footed children playing with footballs made of tied string and plastic bags. Fifteen years on, KitAid has Graham Taylor OBE as its Patron, lots of volunteers and to date we’ve sent out 200,000 kits to children and adults in 40 different countries across the world.

Pictured: Derrick Williams MBE presenting Graham Taylor OBE with a commemorative shirt at KitAid’s 15th year anniversary event.


Peace Hospice

Her Royal Highness, Princess Michael of Kent is our Royal President


Late England boss Graham Taylor covered up claims of sexual abuse by a paedophile, inquiry told

Abuse victim Tony Brien says he told Taylor – who was Aston Villa manager at the time – about offense committed by a club scout

13 Sep 2017

Former England manager Graham Taylor covered-up the sexual abuse of young boys by a paedophile, it has been claimed.

The inquiry into child abuse in football has been told he discouraged at least two teenage players from making complaints.

Taylor, who died in January aged 72, was Aston Villa boss when he was told club scout Ted Langford was a paedophile.

Tony Brien, who was abused by Langford, said Taylor ignored warnings that youngsters were at risk.

Instead he claims the former Three Lions manager told him to “move on” in a phone call in 1987.

Brien, then aged 18, also said Taylor warned he would be taunted by fans if the sexual abuse became public knowledge.

The independent inquiry was told Langford abused boys at Villa after Taylor was warned about the dangers.

In 2002 Taylor was awarded the OBE, which was presented to him by the Prince of Wales, Prince Charles, at Buckingham Palace.

A second player said Graham aylor visited him at home and discouraged him from taking a complaint against the scout further.

Langford worked for Villa until 1989, when he was sacked in the wake of other abuse allegations.

He was finally convicted of abusing boys in 2007, aged 66, and jailed for three years. He died in 2012.

Brien, now 48, played for Leicester, Chesterfield, Rotherham United, West Bromwich Albion and Hull City.

A statement he gave to police last December was passed onto the Football Association.

In it he claimed Langford abused him from the age of 12 in his Ford Granada at a Midlands golf course.

He said when he reported the abuse, Taylor and assistant manager Dave Richardson told him to keep quiet.

“They discouraged me from going forward and never offered me a chance to go to the police or anything like that,” he said.

The inquiry is investigating whether Villa failed to alert authorities about the child sexual abuse.

Watford was allegedly told that young boys were at risk

So far 741 alleged victims had come forward and 276 suspects had been identified as part of Operation Hydrant.

Aston Villa said they have “co-operated fully” with the ongoing FA investigation into historical abuse.

Richardson said he could not recall any conversation with Brien about alleged abuse.

He claims to have launched an investigation which resulted in Langford’s sacking after being told of “alarming allegations” in 1987.

Taylor went on to manage Watford under owner Elton John

Sir Elton John led the tributes to Taylor after his death from a suspected heart attack in January.

He led England to the 1992 European Championships and also managed Watford, Villa, Wolves and Lincoln.


Taylor was a supporter of Sense-National Deafblind and Rubella Association and a Patron of DebRa. He was a Celebrity Ambassador for the Sense Enterprise Board in Birmingham, and worked to raise both funds and awareness, including running the London Marathon in 2004.[74] He regularly hosted moderated “online coaching seminars” on the DALnet channel. He also supported the Royal British Legion and cycled from London to Paris in 2010 to raise funds for the RBL’s Poppy appeal.[75]


Debra charity


Late England boss Graham Taylor covered up claims of sexual abuse by a paedophile, inquiry told

Abuse victim Tony Brien says he told Taylor – who was Aston Villa manager at the time – about offense committed by a club scout

13 Sep 2017

Former England manager Graham Taylor covered-up the sexual abuse of young boys by a paedophile, it has been claimed.

The inquiry into child abuse in football has been told he discouraged at least two teenage players from making complaints.

Taylor, who died in January aged 72, was Aston Villa boss when he was told club scout Ted Langford was a paedophile.

Tony Brien, who was abused by Langford, said Taylor ignored warnings that youngsters were at risk.

Instead he claims the former Three Lions manager told him to “move on” in a phone call in 1987.

Brien, then aged 18, also said Taylor warned he would be taunted by fans if the sexual abuse became public knowledge.

The independent inquiry was told Langford abused boys at Villa after Taylor was warned about the dangers.

In 2002 Taylor was awarded the OBE, which was presented to him by the Prince of Wales, Prince Charles, at Buckingham Palace.

A second player said Graham aylor visited him at home and discouraged him from taking a complaint against the scout further.

Langford worked for Villa until 1989, when he was sacked in the wake of other abuse allegations.

He was finally convicted of abusing boys in 2007, aged 66, and jailed for three years. He died in 2012.

Brien, now 48, played for Leicester, Chesterfield, Rotherham United, West Bromwich Albion and Hull City.

A statement he gave to police last December was passed onto the Football Association.

In it he claimed Langford abused him from the age of 12 in his Ford Granada at a Midlands golf course.

He said when he reported the abuse, Taylor and assistant manager Dave Richardson told him to keep quiet.

“They discouraged me from going forward and never offered me a chance to go to the police or anything like that,” he said.

The inquiry is investigating whether Villa failed to alert authorities about the child sexual abuse.

Watford was allegedly told that young boys were at risk

So far 741 alleged victims had come forward and 276 suspects had been identified as part of Operation Hydrant.

Aston Villa said they have “co-operated fully” with the ongoing FA investigation into historical abuse.

Richardson said he could not recall any conversation with Brien about alleged abuse.

He claims to have launched an investigation which resulted in Langford’s sacking after being told of “alarming allegations” in 1987.

Taylor went on to manage Watford under owner Elton John

Sir Elton John led the tributes to Taylor after his death from a suspected heart attack in January.

He led England to the 1992 European Championships and also managed Watford, Villa, Wolves and Lincoln.


Taylor was a supporter of Sense-National Deafblind and Rubella Association and a Patron of DebRa. He was a Celebrity Ambassador for the Sense Enterprise Board in Birmingham, and worked to raise both funds and awareness, including running the London Marathon in 2004.[74] He regularly hosted moderated “online coaching seminars” on the DALnet channel. He also supported the Royal British Legion and cycled from London to Paris in 2010 to raise funds for the RBL’s Poppy appeal.[75]


Debra charity




Watford Football Club’s Community Sports and Education Trust’s patron, Graham Taylor OBE,

Former Cambridge United star in court this morning over a child sex charge

Bryan Boggis has been accused of a sexual offence involving a 12-year-old boy

A legendary former Cambridge United and Aston Villa player who has been accused of gross indecency with a 12-year-old boy will appear in court today (September 5).

Bryan Boggis, 75, is due in Cambridge Crown Court for a plea hearing concerning the alleged sexual offence.

The alleged crime is said to have taken place in Cambridge between July 1, 1968, and June 30, 1970.

On August 8, Boggis pleaded not guilty to a charge of gross indecency with a boy under the age of 14 years old at Cambridge Magistrates Court.

Boggis, of Suffield Road, Gorleston, played for the U’s in the 1960s and is named in a book listing the club’s ‘100 Greats’.

Brian Boggis when he played for Cambridge United

The case forms part of an investigation into non-recent allegations related to football in Cambridgeshire.

A biography of Boggis in 100 Greats Cambridge United Football Club says: “In the early 1960s, the first name put on every team sheet was that of the defender Brian (sic) Boggis.


“He was Mr Consistency and as well as appearing near the top of the list of Southern League appearances for Cambridge United, he also figured in the top twenty appearances for the club since the war.”



Bob Higgins: Ex-Saints coach child abuse charges trial date set

16 August 2017

A date has been set for the trial of a former Southampton Football Club youth coach who faces child abuse charges.

Bob Higgins, 64, of Litchfield Road, Southampton, appeared at Winchester Crown Court earlier charged with 65 counts of indecent assault against 23 boys, all aged under 17.

The alleged offences took place between 1970 and 1996.

Mr Higgins, whose first name is Robert, did not enter a plea but a provisional trial date has been set for 9 April.


Former youth coach Frank Roper accused of abusing 31 young players

  • A Freedom of Information request revealed 31 people have filed 35 accusations
  • Several alleged victims have begun legal proceedings against Blackpool
  • Ex-England player Paul Stewart says he was abused on daily basis for four years

Thirty-one former footballers including England international Paul Stewart have accused former youth coach Frank Roper of historical sexual abuse.

Several alleged victims have also begun legal proceedings against Blackpool, with whom Roper was closely associated in the 1980s.

Stewart, 52, has claimed that Roper, who died in Stockport in 1995, abused him on a daily basis for four years from the age of 11.


Frank Roper (right) has been accused of abusing 31 former footballers

A Freedom of Information request revealed that 31 individuals have filed 35 accusations against Roper, a former football coach in the North West.

Sportsmail exposed Roper as a serial sexual predator last November. He exploited his power at renowned Manchester youth club Nova and enjoyed strong links with Blackpool.

Stewart, the former Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester City striker, said: ‘It’s sad that so many came forward because it meant so many suffered.

‘People will see now how prolific he was, and hopefully the people who suffered will not feel as I have, that the police are only interested in the victims of others.

The former youth coach was closely associated with Blackpool in the 1980s

‘I’m not bothered that he won’t face justice, I never came forward for that. But I’m gutted for those who have reported him and will not see him face justice.’

Roper warned Stewart, who started his career at Blackpool, never to tell anyone of the horrific ordeal or risk his family being killed.

Witnesses revealed how Roper abused children on expensive trips to the Far East, New Zealand and America.

Dino Nocivelli of Bolt Burdon Kemp Solicitors, representing several survivors, said: ‘The number of children who allegedly suffered sexual abuse at the hands of Frank Roper indicates he was a substantial threat to children.

‘What is even more worrying is that this is very likely to only be the tip of the iceberg — Frank Roper was associated with Blackpool for over a decade, he was granted frequent access to children as a result of this and the abuse is alleged to have taken place not just in England but also in Thailand and New Zealand.

‘I have been instructed by a number of survivors to pursue claims against Blackpool Football Club. A letter before claim has been sent on behalf of one of my clients to Blackpool setting out the abuse that my client suffered at the hands of Roper.

‘Blackpool have confirmed receipt of these papers and I am awaiting their response as to whether or not they admit responsibility for the acts of Roper.’

A Greater Manchester Police spokesperson said: ‘We will continue to support any victims of non-recent sexual abuse and we are working with charities and partner organisations to help provide them with specialist support.

‘GMP will continue to inform victims of any updates regarding their complaints.

‘We understand that reporting such traumatic events is extremely difficult and we will continue to assist any victims in any way that we can.’

Blackpool were approached but declined to comment.


Barry Bennell is to stand trial over child sex offences in January

21 July 2017

Former football coach Barry Bennell is to stand trial next January over child sex offences.

The 63-year-old appeared at Liverpool Crown Court on Friday via video-link, charged with 55 offences, including 42 counts of indecent assault, 11 counts of buggery and two counts of attempted buggery.

The trial is expected to last eight weeks.

The charges relate to 12 complainants and the offences allegedly happened between 1979 and 1991, when the victims were aged between eight and 15.

The former coach wore a black T-shirt and appeared clean-shaven.

Honorary Recorder of Liverpool Judge Clement Goldstone said a pre-trial hearing would be held on October 27 ahead of the trial on January 8 next year.


Bob Higgins

Bob Higgins, former Southampton youth coach, denies child sexual abuse charges

  • Higgins faces 65 counts of non-recent sexual abuse against 23 boys
  • Case to be tried at Winchester crown court

20 July 2017

The former Southampton youth coach Bob Higgins has appeared before magistrates charged with 65 sexual offences against boys as young as 12.

Higgins, 64, was accused of 63 indecent assaults and two attempted indecent assaults between 1970 and 1996. The court was told the alleged offences relate to 23 boys.

The clerk told the court he faced 63 charges of indecent assault between 1970 and 1996 against boys aged under 17 and two attempted indecent assaults against a boy aged under 16 between 1979 and 1983.

He indicated during a three-minute hearing before Southampton magistrates that he would be pleading not guilty to the charges. He will next appear at Winchester crown court on 16 August.

Higgins was a coach in Southampton’s junior system in the 1980s and worked as Peterborough United’s youth-team manager from May 1995 to April 1996 as well as running his own soccer school. He was still involved in football, working with adults at Fleet Town, when the police investigation began last year.


10 July 2017

Police arrest 11 as part of football sex abuse inquiry

More than 150 people have made allegations of child sexual abuse in football, with 11 arrests made.

Police Scotland said officers have been contacted by 162 people since a major inquiry into abuse in football was launched at the end of last year.

It was sparked by claims from former players across the UK – including Andy Woodward – that they were abused by people in positions of authority.

The Scottish Football Association (SFA) has set up an independent review into reports of historic child abuse in the sport.


June 28 2017

Barry Bennell: Ex-football coach in court on 14 further abuse charges

Ex-football coach Barry Bennell has appeared in court charged with a further 14 counts of sexual abuse.

The charges, which include indecent assault and serious sexual assault, involve four boys who were aged between 11 and 14 at the time.

The former Crewe Alexandra youth coach now faces a total of 55 charges, relating to alleged offences between 1979 and 1991.

The 63-year-old denied all accusations during previous court appearances.

He appeared via video link for the hearing at South Cheshire Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, speaking only to confirm his name, age and that he understood the charges.

He was remanded in custody and will appear at Liverpool Crown Court on 17 July.

Mr Bennell coached a number of junior teams in north-west England and the Midlands, some with associations to Manchester City and Stoke City.


Latest charges bought against former Crewe/Man City coach Barry Bennell

Barry Bennell has been charged with 14 more counts of non-recent sexual abuse on boys aged 11 to 14. Court date set for June 28.


20 June 2017

Former football coach Barry Bennell faces a further 14 child sex offence charges

Barry Bennell
Barry Bennell is facing 55 charges in total 

Former football coach Barry Bennell is facing a further 14 counts of non-recent sexual assault on boys aged between 11 and 14.

According to the Crown Prosecution Service the new charges relate to 10 counts of indecent assault and four counts of buggery which were alleged to have taken place between 1983 and 1990.

It follows a string of previous allegations made against the 63-year-old.

A CPS spokesperson said: “Today, 20 June, former professional football coach Barry Bennell, 63, was informed that he has been charged with 14 counts of non-recent child sexual abuse against boys aged 11 to 14 years.”

The former Crewe Alexandra coach will appear via video link at South Cheshire Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday June 28 in relation to these charges.

In total he is facing charges of 55 offences between 1979 and 1991 against young boys.

He has previously denied accusations made against him during a succession of court appearances.


Former football coach appears in court charged with sexual abuse of boys

John Marshall charged with offences of indecent assault against three victims
Former coach of junior club in Newcastle area denies all eight charges

14 June 2017

The former football coach John Marshall arrives at court on Wednesday.

John Marshall

A former coach of a junior football club in the Newcastle area in the 1980s has appeared in court charged with sexual abuse of young boys.

John Marshall, 69, from Longbenton, in north Tyneside, has been charged with eight offences of indecent assault against three complainants. The offences are alleged to have been carried out between 1980-85, on victims who were aged 14 or under.

The first hearing took place at North Tyneside magistrates court. The charges against Marshall follow an investigation by Northumbria police into allegations of historical child sexual abuse at football clubs in their locality, Operation Tide.

One of the alleged victims was 12 and 13 at the time Marshall is accused of indecently assaulting him, another of the boys was 13 and the other was 14.

Marshall denied all the charges and was granted unconditional bail. He is due to appear next at Newcastle crown court on 12 July.


Former Newcastle United coach appears in court charged with 29 sex offences against boys and men dating back more than 40 years

  • George Ormond, faces 29 charges charges relating to 17 complainants
  • Incidents involving Ormond said to have occured between 1973 and 1988
  • He did not enter pleas to the charges at North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court

George Ormond has appeared in court charged with 29 historic sexual offences

A former Newcastle United coach has been charged with 29 historic sexual offences dating back more than 40 years.

George Ormond, 61, from Newton Abbot, Devon, appeared via videolink for a five minute hearing at North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court today.

Wearing black-rimmed glasses, the bearded defendant identified himself in a clear voice.

He did not enter pleas to the 29 charges which relate to 17 complainants, and which were said to have occurred between 1973 and 1998.

He is charged with one count of buggery of a boy of 15, 10 counts of indecent assault on boys under 14, eight on boys under 16 and 10 on males over 16.

He was granted unconditional bail and told he must appear at Newcastle Crown Court on July 7.

Ex-Celtic youth coach to face child sex charge this week

Ex-Celtic youth coach to face child sex charge this weekJun 5 2017

THE case against a former Celtic youth coach and kit man charged with a child sex offence will be heard this week in a Belfast court.

Jim McCafferty, 71, who now lives in Northern Ireland, was charged with engaging in sexual activity with a child aged 13 to 16 between December 2011 and December 2014.

The case will be heard in Laganside Magistrate’s Court, Belfast, this Thursday.

McCafferty – who also worked at Hibernian, Falkirk and with youth teams – handed himself in at a Belfast police station where he allegedly made a confession.

Since last December he has been in protective custody in prison in Northern Ireland Police Scotland launched an investigation into claims he abused young players in Scotland, and evidence was handed over to Northern Ireland’s prosecution service.


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Was Lawrence Haggart really murdered by ex-Celtic youth coach Jim McCafferty ?


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The FA told us they would be “completely transparent” about sex-abuse scandal. Why didn’t they keep to it?

FA clearly falling short on transparency in sexual abuse scandal

The refusal to name the eight clubs who missed two deadlines to pass on whatever information they had in the sexual abuse inquiry is baffling


Child sex abuse: Eight remaining football clubs respond to abuse inquiry

May 21 2017

Eight professional clubs have responded after initially missing an inquiry’s deadline for giving information about historical child sex abuse in football.

The inquiry, led by barrister Clive Sheldon QC, was started by the Football Association in December after allegations from former players.

Sheldon wrote to every club in England and Wales in January.

The EFL said in a statement it was “very disappointed” to learn eight clubs had missed the 15 March deadline.

Those clubs, which have not been named, had been warned they could face sanctions.

“Having been made aware of the situation, the EFL immediately made contact with the relevant clubs and secured a response,” said the statement.

A final report is not expected to be published until 2018.


Ex-Newcastle youth coach George Ormond faces sex charges

May 19 2017

 George Ormond will appear in court next month

Former Newcastle United youth coach George Ormond has been charged with 29 sex offences, police have said.

The 61-year-old, of Newton Abbot, Devon, is alleged to have committed the offences between 1973 and 1998.

He is due to appear before Newcastle Magistrates’ Court on 9 June, Northumbria Police said.

The charges followed an investigation into “non-recent child sexual abuse in the sporting community”, the force added.

Ormond is the first person to be charged as part of Operation Tide, which was set up late last year to look into allegations of child sex abuse at football clubs in the North East.

In November, Newcastle United said it would co-operate fully with the investigation.

Assistant Chief Constable Darren Best said inquiries were continuing.

He added: “We urge anyone who may have been a victim of abuse or has any information about suspected abuse within any sporting community to come forward and report it to us.”



FA investigators seek evidence of paedophile ring

The review into English football’s child sexual abuse scandal is investigating whether a paedophile ring operated in the game, it can be disclosed.

The inquiry into how the Football Association and the country’s clubs dealt with the alleged abuse of schoolboy players between 1970 and 2005 – and whether there was any cover-up – is also examining girls’ football during that period.

Almost six months after it was launched on the back of an avalanche of harrowing allegations at the end of last year, details can be revealed about the scope and status of the review into what FA chairman Greg Clarke admitted was the biggest crisis he could recall the game facing.

As well as looking at whether there was a network of paedophiles abusing young players and investigating both boys’ and girls’ football, that review will:

  • Examine up to five million documents held in an FA archive.
  • Investigate the use of gag clauses by clubs paying off alleged victims.
  • Scrutinise the role of officials from affected teams who also held positions at the FA.
  • Make recommendations about the governing body’s current safeguarding processes if it identifies weaknesses.
  • Report any evidence of criminal activity to the police.
  • Aim to publish its final report early next year.

Led by Clive Sheldon QC, the review was commissioned by the FA after the potential scale of the game’s child sexual abuse scandal became clear.

Its impact was highlighted again on Sunday night when the BBC’s ‘Victoria Derbyshire’ programme won the TV Bafta for news coverage following its emotional interviews with lead whistleblower Andy Woodward and other survivors.

A hotline set up in the wake of the scandal continues to receive calls, while the latest figures from Operation Hydrant, the police investigation into non-recent allegations of sexual abuse, shows it has had 1,432 referrals and has identified 560 victims aged between four and 20, 96 per cent of whom are male.

It has also identified 252 suspects, with 311 football clubs impacted – including several in the Premier League.

More alarmingly still, 46 of 187 alleged attacks since 1996 are said to have occurred between 2005 and 2016, outside the scope of the review.

Sheldon, appointed by the FA after concerns were raised about the independence of its original choice of review head, Kate Gallafent QC, last month completed the first phase of his work.

That involved Sheldon and a team of four barristers laying the groundwork for interviewing witnesses and examining documents between now and the autumn.

Although he has no power to subpoena evidence, anyone who fails to co-operate with the review faces being sanctioned by the FA.

It emerged on Monday night that eight professional clubs were facing that fate after failing to meet two deadlines to respond to a letter from Sheldon requesting any information they have that might be relevant.

As part of his work, Sheldon will seek to establish whether perpetrators acted independently or were part of a local or national paedophile ring, something some victims suspect but others doubt.

Meetings with several individuals have already taken place, including with representatives of survivors’ group the Offside Trust – with one also scheduled with the former players who front it.

Two solicitors and two paralegals have been tasked with locating and examining documents, mainly from the FA’s own archive.

That is in a warehouse containing 9,000 boxes, each filled with up to 1,000 pages, and most of which are not adequately indexed.

That means approximately 5,000 of those boxes being opened and examined to establish whether they contain material pertinent to safeguarding.

The Premier League, EFL and county FAs have also been asked to provide any relevant documents they hold.

The review will seek to compare the game’s approach to safeguarding during the period in question both with that of other sports and other countries.

It will also examine the controversial use of gag clauses by clubs privately settling abuse claims, such as the one The Daily Telegraph exclusively revealed Chelsea had imposed on a victim of their former chief scout, Eddie Heath.

Although the inquiry will have taken more than a year by the time Sheldon reports, it is understood no constraints have been placed on the cost of it to the FA, which is also fully aware its findings could open the governing body and clubs up to legal action by victims.

Clarke said last year: “When the report comes out, there may well be legal consequences and all of us in the game have to deal with that. Compensation will be a consequence of the facts that emerge.”

Running in parallel with the review is an independent audit of the FA’s current safeguarding practices by the NSPCC’s Child Protection in Sport Unit.

That audit will not stop Sheldon making his own observations about the status quo if he identifies any weaknesses.

The QC who courts controversy and pushes peace

Interview: Clive Sheldon QC

Sheldon had represented the Health Secretary in the high court case that upheld the legality of their (junior doctors’) new contract.

Sheldon is tight-lipped as to his view on the junior doctors’ contract, but admits the case was fascinating, especially given Jeremy Hunt’s direct involvement.

In more than 20 years as a barrister representing public sector bodies, this was not the first case Sheldon has had that he couldn’t put on Facebook “because my friends wouldn’t be happy“. In other words, one that would clash with his other life as the child of Guardian-reading liberal Zionists, and as a former Habonim and BBYO member, who volunteered in Israel during his gap year and spent his student days campaigning for Soviet Jewry. Sheldon’s mother is a Holocaust survivor; “knowing about rights and morality and fighting for justice” has always been central to his endeavours.

Last year the father-of-three won a Government case on the so-called bedroom tax, involving a severely disabled boy living in a specially converted house whose family had been told they didn’t need the extra room.

An active member of New North London Synagogue who has represented Masorti on a number of inter-communal committees, including the JLC, and for the last two years has chaired human rights organisation New Israel Fund UK – his record of defending the “establishment” is perhaps surprising


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Background on Clive Sheldon QC – Establishment man

In August 2012, Clive has just represented the Chief Constable of Wiltshire in a judicial review challenge to a misconduct decision made by the Police Appeals Tribunal

Perhaps we will get some clarity when Clive Sheldon QC produces what the FA insists ought to be classified as an independent inquiry.

Sheldon was appointed at the start of December to judge, among other things, if there had been a cover-up and whether the governing body had been guilty of institutional failures.

Yet that, in turn, raises its own questions.However revered Sheldon is in his particular field, how can any inquiry truly be independent when the organisation that is being investigated is also footing the bill?…

Clive Sheldon was appointed Queen’s Counsel in April 2011, and is recognised by Chambers and Partners as a Leading Silk in the fields of Employment Law, Education Law and Local Government Law. Before taking Silk, Clive was for many years a member of the Attorney-General’s ‘A’ Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown.

In his employment practice, Clive specialises in high profile discrimination claims for employers and employees, and disputes involving senior executives and high ranking public office holders. Clive is currently representing the Metropolitan Police Authority defending a series of discrimination claims brought by former Commander Ali Dizaei. Clive is representing the Secretary of State for Justice in a series of claims brought by foreign language interpreters arising from the change to the procurement arrangements for court interpreters.

In his public law work, Clive has particular expertise in matters relating to the police, education, health, local authorities and human rights. Recently, Clive successfully defended the decision of the Secretary of State for Education to convert Downhills School into an Academy. Clive is currently Leading Counsel for a coalition of local authorities, professional associations, schools and students, challenging the GCSE English awards in August 2012. Clive has just represented the Chief Constable of Wiltshire in a judicial review challenge to a misconduct decision made by the Police Appeals Tribunal. Clive regularly advises the Association of Council Secretaries & Solicitors (ACSeS), and local authorities, on standards issues under the Localism Act 2011.

Clive practised for two years as an Attorney with a leading Wall Street firm, where he specialised in commercial litigation, and continues to be a member of the New York State Bar. Clive is also a CEDR trained mediator, and a member of the Professional Complaints Committee of the Bar Standards Board. Clive writes chapters for Tolley’s Employment Law Service and Tolley’s Employment Handbook and Clive speaks regularly on employment and public law issues, including a recent address to the Administrative Law Bar Association on ‘Consultation’.

Football abuse scandal: eight clubs could face sanctions after missing deadlines

Eight clubs have failed to respond to independent inquiry
Level of non-cooperation is ‘deeply concerning’, says specialist lawyer

Eight of the professional football clubs contacted by the independent inquiry into the game’s sexual-abuse scandal have failed to respond and now risk disciplinary action unless they tell the investigators what they know, the Guardian can reveal.

The Football Association is ready to step in and has the power to impose sanctions if it considers the clubs who have failed to comply – missing two separate deadlines over the past four months and displaying a level of non-cooperation described as “deeply concerning” by one specialist child-abuse lawyer – are threatening to undermine the investigation into what the organisation’s chairman, Greg Clarke, has described as the worst crisis he can remember in the sport.

The inquiry team, led by Clive Sheldon QC, wrote to every amateur and professional club in England and Wales on 11 January asking them to supply any information that could help relating to the period covered by the review, from 1970 to 2005, and requesting this was done by 15 March at the latest.

Sheldon and his colleagues consider that part of the process to be vital if they are to form an accurate picture of what happened in the past, whether there were institutional failures, who knew and what was done about it. However, the first phase of the investigation has been hindered by the difficulties they have encountered waiting for a number of clubs to cooperate.

The clubs who did not respond within the initial two-month period were contacted a second time and informed that a new deadline had been put in place of the end of April. Yet the fact eight clubs still failed to meet that six-week extension has led to the FA being notified and leaves questions about whether there are still people within the sport who are unwilling to cooperate at a time when Clarke has emphasised the importance of transparency.

“The fact that clubs continue to ignore the FA inquiry and fail to cooperate is deeply concerning,” Dino Nocivelli, a lawyer who is representing a number of the former footballers, told the Guardian. “It clearly shows their disregard for survivors of childhood sexual abuse within football and serious questions have to be asked as to the reasons why these clubs have decided not to engage.”

The last available figures, released by the National Police Chiefs’ Council on 18 April, showed 560 people had come forward citing abuse and 252 suspects had been named since the Guardian began its investigation in November. Around 23% of the reported incidents – with 311 clubs named – related to the sport at professional level and Operation Hydrant, the specialist police unit investigating the matter, had received 1,432 referrals, with almost a third, 457, coming from the north-west.

The inquiry, which will also look into girls’ football, will examine any evidence of a possible network between the offenders.

Sheldon was appointed in December and one part of his investigation will be to examine the reasons why, in 2003, the FA withdrew its funding from a review of child-protection policies, two years into what was supposed to be a five-year project led by Celia Brackenridge, a prominent campaigner and researcher from Brunel University.

Letters have also been sent to every club – a figure close to 20 – linked to the scandal in media coverage to establish if they are holding their own reviews and, if not, asking for the reasons why. Again, the relevant clubs – including Chelsea, Manchester City, Newcastle United, Southampton, Aston Villa, Blackpool and Crewe Alexandra – have been asked to submit their evidence to help Sheldon’s own fact-finding mission, with a view to submitting his report to the FA early next year. The terms of reference state the FA will make public as much as is legally possible.

Chelsea, the Guardian has established, have appointed a QC, Charles Geekie, a specialist in child abuse cases, to examine what happened at Stamford Bridge in the 1970s and the chain of events that led to the club paying one of their former players, Gary Johnson, £50,000 hush money in an attempt to prevent publicity about what happened to him in their youth team. Chelsea admitted in December they now considered that confidentiality agreement to be “inappropriate” and issued a public apology about the way the club had handled the allegations relating to Eddie Heath, formerly their chief scout.

Manchester City, facing the possibility of civil action from a number of their former junior players, have started their own investigation, using two of Manchester’s leading law firms as well as appointing Jane Mulcahy, a London-based QC who is on the national child safeguarding in sport panel and has been involved with the England and Wales Cricket Board’s appeals panel in child-protection cases.

The next stage of Sheldon’s inquiry will last several months and be devoted to interviewing the survivors and key witnesses. He and his team have received professional training to ensure the process is handled delicately and there will be the opportunity for people to speak anonymously, with an introductory link on the Sport Resolutions website.

Mike Hartill, a senior lecturer in sociology and sport at Edge Hill University who has previously been credited with improving child-protection policies in rugby league, is liaising with Sheldon and has produced a report for the inquiry to detail the measures that used to exist in football. The inquiry team has been interviewing various members of staff from previous FA regimes, as well as gathering evidence from a variety of other sources, but has also had to devote a significant amount of time to looking for relevant information from among the 5,000 boxes of FA archives.

As disappointing as it has been that almost one out of every 11 professional clubs has missed the various deadlines, that does not reflect the attitudes of the people who have been asked to take part in interviews. Everybody so far has agreed and it is hoped the FA’s involvement may influence the eight clubs who have let down the process so far.


12 May 2017



Celtic is a football club in Glasgow, in Scotland.

Jimmy Savile with Jock Stein, manager of Celtic football club.

There is a belief that Celtic football club is linked to a powerful child abuse ring that has operated among top people in Scotland and the USA.15-year-old Lawrence Haggart, a Celtic youth football player, was murdered on 16 march 1996, two days after the Dunblane school massacre.

Alleged abusers Jim McCafferty (left) and Jim Torbett (right)Anonymous writes:

“Lawrence Haggart’s father fears that the Celtic ‘kit man’ Jim McCafferty was abusing Lawrence.

“McCafferty used to visit the lads home, phoned him on the day he was murdered and took him to watch games.”

Jim Torbett (centre)Anonymous writes:

“Three other men currently awaiting trial were at Celtic at the same time –  JIM TORBETT, Frank Cairney, and Gerard King (Ex-Celtic Boys Club coach & chairman ).”Torbett was in business with celtic directors and was paid £1million from celtic after his conviction in the 90s.”Torbett was a director at Fairbridge, now part of the princes trust, with ex Metropolitan Police chief David McNee, Lord McAlpine’s brother William and Lord McCluskey amongst others.”Liam Brady agreed not to go to the police on an allegation of abuse when Cairney took the youths to New Jersey in 1991…”~~ MURDER MYSTERY – LAWRENCE HAGGART – PART ONE
Lawrence Haggart On 16 march 1996, two days after the Dunblane school massacre, Lawrence Haggart, aged 15, was savagely beaten with a blunt instrument and then thrown at the gas fire in his living room.Lawrence was found unconscious in the living room by his older brother John, aged17.The Murder of Lawrence Haggart, 1996 – The Celtic WikiIncidents, Events and Controversies | About Celtic
John Police were called to Lawrence’s house at 1:30am.Lawrence lived in Larbert, in Stirlingshire, not far from Dunblane.Lawrence died in hospital from his injuries.The Murder of Lawrence Haggart, 1996 – The Celtic WikiIncidents, Events and Controversies | About Celtic
LawrenceInitial reports suggested that Lawrence was attacked when he answered the door of his mother’s home late in the evening, or, in the early hours of the morning.Police found no sign of a weapon or forced entry.
DennisLawrence Haggart’s mother Janet was on a night out and brothers John, 17, and Dennis, 12, were reportedly ‘asleep’ upstairs.The Murder of Lawrence Haggart, 1996 – The Celtic WikiIncidents, Events and Controversies | About Celtic
Larry HaggartLawrence’s father Larry lives nearby in Denny.Lawrence had been returning from an evening out with friends at an under-18 nightclub knows as Ziggy’s at Denny.A friend had accompanied him in a taxi as far as Bonnybridge.Lawrence left the taxi at 10.20pm that night and reportedly got home at 11pm.Six months after Lawrence’s death, Lawrence’s father Larry Haggart said that he was planning a private investigation into the killing.Larry Haggart was furious at the lack of progress by police.Larry claimed the investigation into Lawrence’s murder suffered because it came two days after the Dunblane massacre, also in the Central Scotland Police area.A year after the killing, the police had still not found the murderers.
Thomas Hamilton – blamed for the Dunblane school shooting of 1996 – The Dunblane school massacre occurred in scotland on 13 March 1996. The official story is that, on 13 March 1996, a mad loner called Thomas Hamilton shot dead 16 children at a primary school in Dunblane in Scotland. The unofficial story is that Thomas Hamilton was supplying pornography, and young boys, to top people including policemen and politicians; and Thomas Hamilton may have been murdered, to shut him up.In October 1997, it was reported that the police were holding a known child abuser, Brian Beattie, suspected of murdering Lawrence Haggart.Reportedly, Brian Beattie followed Lawrence home.In 1991, Brian Beattie had been jailed for five years for assaults on adolescent boys.He lived just a few miles from the scene of the murder.BUT, initially the police seemed reluctant to pursue Beattie.

Lockerbie. Thanks to the Lockerbie Bombing trial, many people believe that the Scottish Criminal Justice System cannot be trusted.Police chief- Lockerbie evidence was faked – The Scotsman / NEW REPORT OF ‘FAKE’ EVIDENCE IN LOCKERBIE/ Police officer said that he planted the Lockerbie bomb …Reportedly, Brian Beattie made incriminating comments to a fellow inmate while in prison on remand.In November 1997, Brian Beattie, 33, of Stenhousemuir, appeared in court accused of murdering Lawrence by entering the Haggart house in Glenbervie Drive, Larbert, Stirlingshire, on 15 or 16 March 1996.

Lawrence Haggart was murdered at his home in March 1996In April 1998, Lawrence’s brother John told the High Court in Edinburgh how he dragged his brother from a flaming pyre in the living room of their home.John, said he found Lawrence after being awakened in his smoke-filled bedroom.John says his mother arrived home from a party within minutes

Brian Beattie lodged a special defence of incrimination, naming Lawrence Haggart’s 12-year-old brother Dennis as the killer.He also lodged a further defence of alibi claiming he was in Stenhousemuir, Edinburgh and later at his own caravan in Denny, Stirlingshire, on the night of the alleged murder.
Lawrence’s funeralIn court, Dennis said he had been proud, not envious, of Lawrence’s success in football.He denied “losing the place” and bludgeoning his brother but agreed that in the weeks after the attack, the police had thought he was the killer.Dennis told the jury that he and Lawrence had shared a bedroom and got on well.
Moira. 11-year-old Moira Anderson was last seen boarding a bus in Coatbridge, near Glasgow, Scotland. According to The Sunday Times (Pressure on police to release paedophile dossier), 23 April 2006, Strathclyde Police have a dossier listing members of a child-abuse ring. The dossier is said to implicate senior public figures, including senior police officers and members of the Crown Office and former Scottish Office.A fire officer told the court that two fires had been started deliberately in the room where Lawrence was found dying.Two seats of fire were discovered. One of those was on the living room carpet and the other was on the settee. Both seats of the blaze had been started deliberately.In court, pathologist Professor Busuttil was shown a piece of concrete slab – there had been a number lying outside the victim’s house – and agreed that it could have been used by the killer.Prof Busuttil said: “There were no defensive injuries and no evidence that he (the deceased) was involved in an altercation in which, for example, punches were exchanged. It is very likely he was taken completely unawares and that the incident was short-lived.”
Celtic Boys Club, Scotland. In 1996 former Celtic Boys Club player Alan Brazil revealed that when he was 13 years old he was sexually abused by the club manager, Jim Torbett.[2]The court heard that Brian Beattie, 33, was involved in a homosexual encounter in a gay meeting place on the night Lawrence was murdered.Brian Beattie, 33, was interviewed by police while Lawrence was still fighting for his life and told them he was positive he had not been near the victim’s house in Larbert, Stirlingshire, that night.The High Court in Edinburgh also heard how a detective had “stumbled across” a hammer in the kitchen of Lawrence’s house four days after a specialist team had searched the house for a possible weapon but found no hammer.Detective Constable Gordon McGown told the court that on March 16, 1996, he had gone to the Evergreen Trailer Park in Denny where Brian Beattie had a caravan.Brian Beattie agreed to go to Falkirk police station and they tried to establish his movements for the night in question.The court heard that on March 18 a team of police search experts were called into the Haggart family home and during a three-and-a-half hour investigation found a triangular piece of concrete slab on grass outside the house.However, scenes of crime pictures taken two days earlier showed no sign of a piece of concrete.The Murder of Lawrence Haggart, 1996 – The Celtic WikiIncidents, Events and Controversies | About CelticPC Jeffrey Adams told the court that he had been part of the search team and had spent 26 minutes searching the kitchen of Lawrence’s house on March 18. No hammer had been found and in his opinion they would have found a hammer had it been there.Detective Sergeant Robert Beveridge said he had called at the house four days later and come across the hammer in the kitchen.He could not recall who had instructed him to go to the house or what he was told to look for, but thought there might have been a problem with the electricity.The house had been sealed and the inquiry team had taken possession of it.He explained that he had “stumbled across” the hammer which was lying down the kitchen table.He said he was “absolutely positive” the hammer, with a hair attached to it, was there when he went into the kitchen.
Stephen Downing spent 27 years in prison for the murder of Wendy Sewell before his conviction was quashed. Coerced false confessionsNorth America2.2.1 Norfolk Four2.2.2 Brown v. Mississippi2.2.3 Central Park jogger2.2.4 Pizza Hut murder2.2.5 Corethian Bell2.2.6 Simon Marshall2.2.7 Jeffrey Mark Deskovic2.2.8 Michael Crowe2.2.9 Gary Gauger2.2.10 Kevin Fox2.2.11 West Memphis Three2.4 United Kingdom2.4.1 Stephen Downing2.4.2 Guildford Four2.4.3 Birmingham SixReportedly, Brian Beattie confessed to murdering Lawrence and allegedly said that the Dunblane massacre might have “triggered something in me”, the jury was told.Brian beattie said: “I keep remembering the fear in his face. I want to go to the grave to say sorry to him.”Detective Sergeant Gordon Munro, 41, said that Beattie was interviewed over a weekend.Beattie reportedly said he had gone in the front door of the Haggart house and, through the glass-paned living room door, saw Lawrence on a couch covered with a blanket or a quilt.”I opened the living room door and stepped in. He got up and said something . I hit him a I can remember his face, I will never forget it.”He fell back on the couch and I hit him again. I keep remembering the fear in his face.”I do not know how many times I hit him or what I hit him with. It’s a blank. I know I never took nothing in with me but my hands were not sore after it so I must have used something. The next thing I remember is running back down the street.”He allegedly said in the statement he had gone back to the caravan and had managed to fall asleep. He got up early the next morning and burned his clothes at a lay-by.Beattie continued: “It was just after Dunblane and I do not know if it was that that triggered something in me. We [Beattie and some of his family] went up there and took flowers.”
The UK police reportedly suffer from Third World levels of corruption. GANGSTERS RUN THE UKIn court, Detective Sergeant Gordon Munro denied that Beattie was beaten up in police custody, and maintained that he made a genuine confession to the killing.The court heard that videos featuring the abduction and torture of youths for sexual pleasure were found by police during a search of Beattie’s home.Detective Constable Forrest Sloan, 39, told the High Court in Edinburgh the pornographic material was in a chest of drawers at the home of Brian Beattie, 33, in Ewing Drive, Falkirk.The search of Beattie’s home was carried out on August 23, 1997, when two pornographic videos were found in a front bedroom.Mr Edgar Prais, QC, for Mr Beattie, said “Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the defence calls the police liars.”Of an alleged confession made by Mr Beattie, Mr Edgar Prais, QC, said it was strange that when it was supposedly made the police did not tape record it.Mr Edgar Prais, QC, said that forensic tests were carried out in Scotland and by the FBI Bureau in Washington on behalf of the defence.In all tests, Beattie was eliminated from any connection with the murder scene.In may 1998, Beattie was jailed for life.The Murder of Lawrence Haggart, 1996 – The Celtic WikiIncidents, Events and Controversies | About CelticIn 1984, Beattie had been sentenced to seven years for breaking into premises and for arson.In 1992, Beattie had appeared at the High Court in Edinburgh on a charge of abducting a 16-year-old boy from his bedroom.The 16-year-old victim woke at 3am to find Beattie, who had been released from jail four days earlier, standing over his bed.He covered the boy’s face with a blanket and, after warning him that he had a knife, tied his wrists with a shirt and wire.The half-dressed boy was forced from his home with a T-shirt over his head.Beattie fled after his victim managed to pull the shirt off and saw his attacker.Beattie was jailed but released ‘on licence’ in 1994.Beattie was brought up in Airth, Stirlingshire.He began his criminal life at the age of 11.He spent his early years in a succession of schools and institutions for difficult children.When his mother moved to Redcar, in Teesside, Brian Beattie broke into four homes belonging to elderly widows, stole valuables and set fire to their houses.While in custody, Beattie set fire to his prison cell and attempted suicide by setting fire to himself.After his release in 1988, Beattie moved back to Airth, in Stirlingshire, and in November that year carried out a series of attacks.Beattie would sneak into houses in the middle of the night, after watching for signs that boys lived there.His first victim was a 14-year-old Stenhousemuir boy, but he struggled free and Beattie ran off.In August 1990, a 17-year-old boy sleeping in his home at Falkirk woke to find Beattie holding a pair of scissors at his stomach.Beattie carried out a number of sexual assaults on the boy.The victim remembers Beattie as being “calm, controlled and relaxed”.Three weeks later, Beattie carried out a similar attack on 21-year-old Lawrence Kane while his parents and older brother slept in other rooms in their Stenhousemuir home.Lawrence said: “I can remember waking up and he had his hand over my privates and a knife in my belly. He said if I moved he would slash me.”I managed to push him off me and chased him out of the room…”Beattie struck again in October – with two attacks in five days.He sneaked into a house in Larbert and threatened to kill an 18-year- old boy with a screwdriver before sexually assaulting him.Then he struck at the home of a former Scotland football star and attacked his 14-year-old son.The victim said: “Basically he had a strict routine with all the attacks and the last time he went a step further and ended up killing this boy. I was one of the lucky ones.”Beattie was eventually arrested in connection with some of these incidents but was released on bail at Falkirk Sheriff Court.Six days later, he carried out an assault on a 20-year- old Falkirk man.In February 1991, he was sentenced at the High Court in Edinburgh to 18 months for the assaults but served only eight months.The Curious Case of the Clown Persecution Service, and the summary Quis Custodiet Custodes?, which sets out the bizarre and suspect behaviour of Strathclyde Police and their continuing refusal to act against a known serial rapist preying on children in the Glasgow area.~~


Lawrence HaggartThere is a suspicion that certain violent ‘child sexual abusers’ are given an easy time by the criminal justice system.Think of Jimmy Savile or Marc Dutroux, both of whom the authorities were reluctant to arrest, presumably because they had friends in high places.(The Who’s who of Satanic Child Abuse -)On 16 March 1996, 15 year old Lawrence Haggart was brutally attacked.On 17 March 1996, the frequently convicted paedophile and arsonist Brian Beattie, who lived nearby, was questioned by the police.

Strangely, there appear to be no pictures on the internet of Beattie.

Beattie had a long history of going into houses and sexually attacking boys, and a long history of using violence and setting things alight.

However, Beattie was released after claiming he had been in Edinburgh.

The police failed to check his uncorroborated alibi.

And the police switched their attention elsewhere.

The Murder of Lawrence Haggart, 1996 – The Celtic WikiIncidents, Events and Controversies | About Celtic

Lawrence’s funeral.

In May 1998, it was reported that an independent inquiry into the police handling of the Lawrence Haggart case was to be carried out by James Mackay, the assistant chief constable of Tayside Police.

Details of his report were not made public.

However, under the Freedom of Information Act, a copy of ‘much of the document’ was obtained.

The report refers to a catalogue of blunders made by investigating officers, including:

1. Faking entries in an official diary of the murder inquiry.

2. Contaminating the crime scene.

3. Destroying evidence.

4. Losing a possible murder weapon.

Sections of the report dealing with an alleged criminal probe against murder squad officers has not been released.

The Murder of Lawrence Haggart, 1996 – The Celtic WikiIncidents, Events and Controversies | About Celtic

Dennis Haggart

The suspects in the case were Dennis Haggart, the 12 year old brother of Lawrence, and Brian Beattie, a known child abuser who lived nearby.A report was sent to the Crown Office saying there was circumstantial evidence to link Dennis Haggart to the attack.

Detective Sgt Alan Stewart had said that he had evidence that Dennis committed the crime.

The initial police team was led by Det Supt Jim Winning, head of Central Scotland CID.

The team’s theory was that Dennis had bludgeoned his brother to death.

After many months, Dennis’s father complained about the lack of progress being made in the case.

At the end of 1996, Supt Joe Holden replaced Winning.

The change of police staff led to Brian Beattie becoming the central suspect.

The Murder of Lawrence Haggart, 1996 – The Celtic WikiIncidents, Events and Controversies | About Celtic

The police lacked evidence.

Both the scorched couch and the badly burned carpet, at the site of the crime, had been disposed of soon after the murder, with the agreement of the police.

They had not been subjected to any detailed forensic examination.

Supt Holden’s team was left with a series of photographs and a hair found in Lawrence Haggart’s underpants.

Forensic tests in Scotland and at the FBI laboratory in Washington showed that the hair came from Lawrence.

The police had no explanation from Beattie about Lawrence’s palms each of which bore the number 110 written in ink.

Photographs showed the same number ‘gouged’ in his shoulder, apparently using a mortice key.

Strangely, there appear to be no pictures on the internet of Beattie.

In 1992, Beattie appeared in court on a charge of abducting a 16-year-old boy from his bedroom.

The 16-year-old victim woke at 3am to find Beattie, who had been released from jail four days earlier, standing over his bed.

Beattie was jailed but released ‘on licence’ in 1994.

In May 1998, a court in Scotland found Brian Beattie guilty of the 1996 murder of 15 year old Lawrence Haggart.

The jury returned a majority guilty verdict.

The Curious Case of the Clown Persecution Service, and the summary Quis Custodiet Custodes?, which sets out the bizarre and suspect behaviour of Strathclyde Police and their continuing refusal to act against a known serial rapist preying on children in the Glasgow area.

Chief Inspector Jim Winning led the initial murder inquiry.

He retired on health grounds.

He was excused from giving evidence on medical grounds.

It was reported that Winning would escape possible disciplinary proceedings through early retirement on health grounds.

The Murder of Lawrence Haggart, 1996 – The Celtic WikiIncidents, Events and Controversies | About Celtic


THE KING RAT: The Godfather, The Krays, Massey, Domenyk & Child Abusers



Celtic youth player Lawrence Haggart was murdered in 1996 by paedophile William Beattie.

Jim McCafferty Celtic kitman at the time and currently remanded in prison in Belfast on sex abuse charges was a suspect as he had phoned the youth on the day of his murder.Gerry McCann was the club doctor at the time.

Lawrence Haggart died on 17th March 1996.

Paedo Brian (not William) Beattie was convicted of his murder.
Tommy Burns (again) was Celtic manager from 1994 until 1997.
Unclear as to exact dates GM (confusion is good”) worked at Celtic.


Truthseeker1‏ @thewakeupcall09

The dad of murdered Celtic starlet Lawrence Haggart pleaded last night: “Please end our nightmare.”

Tormented Larry Haggart is still praying and hoping for an answer to the mystery surrounding his son’s brutal slaying.

He even launched his own probe into the death, but said: “We are still waiting for news.

“So far there has been only silence.”

He added: “Christmas was very hard for the family. But there are two other boys here and we had to try to make it special for them.”

Lawrence was just 15 when he was viciously attacked in his own living room as his two older brothers slept upstairs at their home in Larbert, near Falkirk.

The night of the attack, March 15, is forever etched on his dad’s memory.

Lawrence died two days later in hospital. His killers had set his feet on fire.

The young soccer star had been tipped to go all the way at Celtic and players, along with manager Tommy Burns attended his funeral in Dennyloanhead, Stirlingshire.

Larry added: “We’re still trying to find anything that could give us a break in his case. I feel the investigation was hampered because of what happened shortly after at Dunblane.”


DUNBLANE – Dr Ian Oliver, Sir Craig Oliver & David Cameron


Truthseeker1‏ @thewakeupcall09

Probe coach quits Ex-suspect leaves youth job Sunday Mail 05-06-05

Ex-Celtic kit man to face child abuse trial Jim McCafferty

May 11 2017

A former Celtic Football Club kit man and youth coach is to stand trial for alleged child sex offences, a judge has ordered. Jim McCafferty, 71, appeared before Belfast Magistrates’ Court charged with eight counts of intentionally touching a boy under the age of 16. The alleged offences were committed in the city on dates between 2012 and 2015. McCafferty, a Scotsman with an address at Raby Street in south Belfast, has been on remand at Maghaberry Prison amid fears for his safety. He was escorted into the dock on a walking frame for the hearing to determine if he has a case to answer. Dressed in a white T-shirt and and grey tracksuit bottoms, the pensioner spoke to confirm he understood the allegations against him. He declined to give evidence or call witnesses at this stage. His solicitor, Stephen Tumelty, did not dispute submissions that a prima facie case has been established. Granting the prosecution application, District Judge Fiona Bagnall returned McCafferty for trial at Belfast Crown Court on a date to be fixed. He is expected to remain in custody until those proceedings get under way. “There is no application for bail,” Mr Tumelty confirmed. The accused was arrested last December after giving an interview to a national newspaper and then walking into a Belfast police station. McCafferty, who previously lived in the Glasgow area, worked at Celtic more than 20 years ago. He was also a kit man for other Scottish clubs, including Falkirk and Hibs, before moving to Northern Ireland around seven years ago




Ex-football coach Barry Bennell is charged with 21 further counts of sexual assault on boys as young as 14 in the 1980s

  • Charges relate to four complainants, alleged offences between 1983 and 1991
  • The former Crewe Alexandra coach, 63, has now been charged with 41 offences
  • Barry Bennell will appear at South Cheshire Magistrates’ Court on 17 May 

Ex-football coach Barry Bennell has been charged with 21 further counts of sexual assault on boys as young as 14.

The charges relate to four complainants with offences allegedly taking place between 1983 and 1991.

In total former Crewe Alexandra coach Bennell, 63, has now been charged with 41 offences relating to eight male complainants.

Ex-football coach Barry Bennell has been charged with 21 further counts of sexual assault on boys as young as 14 in the 1980s

Ex-football coach Barry Bennell has been charged with 21 further counts of sexual assault on boys as young as 14 in the 1980s

A CPS spokesman said: ‘Former professional football coach Barry Bennell, 63, was informed that he has been charged with 21 counts of non-recent sexual assault on boys aged between 14 and 16 years of age.

‘These are 18 counts of indecent assault, two counts of buggery and one count of attempted buggery.

‘He will appear via video link at South Cheshire Magistrates’ Court on the afternoon of Wednesday, 17 May in relation to these charges.’

Bennell was first charged with eight offences of non-recent child sexual abuse relating to one complainant on 29 November after the Crown Prosecution Service received a file of evidence from Cheshire Police.

On 7 March he was charged with eight more offences relating to two complainants and another four offences relating to one complainant on 9 March.

Bennell, now remanded in custody, worked as a coach for Manchester City, Stoke and junior teams in north-west England and the Midlands.


Ex-Celtic Boys Club coach charged over sex offences

Jim Torbett appeared in court on Friday over historic allegations.

The former Celtic Boys Club coach Jim Torbett has been charged with historic sex offences.

The 69-year-old was arrested earlier this week before appearing in Glasgow Sheriff Court on Friday.

He was charged with six common law sex offences during the hearing.

The allegations include three cases of indecent assault and three accusations of lewd, indecent and libidinous practices.

Torbett made no plea or declaration and his case was continued for further examination.

The former youth football coach, who worked at the Glasgow boys club in the 1970s and 80s, was released on bail.


Football Reaching Out For Africa

Lord Greville Janner, Michael Portillo, Cliff Richard & Uri Geller



Support for Africa is no ordinary charity – it was formed to help Africa find a solution in the fight against the spread of HIV/AIDS and Malaria through education and awareness with an emphasis on prevention. The President and founder of Support for Africa is singer/actress Patti Boulaye. Patrons are The Rt. Hon Sir John Major KG CH, H.E Dr Christopher Kolade (Nigeria) Lord Janner of Braunstone, The Rt. Hon.Charles Kennedy, The Rt. Hon. Michael Portillo, Fredrick Forsyth CBE and Shaquille O’Neal. Celebrity friends include actor Simon Callow CBE, Craig David, Jim Davidson OBE, psychic Uri Geller, footballers John Fashanu and Les Ferdinand to name a few.

Michael Jackson pledges support 14-06-2002

MJ at ExeterOn the invitation of her dear friend Uri Geller, Patti Boulaye travelled to Exeter City FC with Michael Jackson and members of her Golden Jubilee Gospel Choir.

True to form the fans screamed and rushed at Michael when he tried to board the train to Exeter at Paddington station.

Once at Exeter Michael gave a heartfelt address to an estimated ten thousand fans, in which he praised Patti Boulaye and her charity Support for Africa.

He also added that he had come to lend his support to the charity.
View some pictures

MJ meets the crowdMJ and members of the Gospel ChoirPatti Boulaye thrills the crowd
MJ at the House of Parliament




Exeter City’s new co-chairman Uri Geller (2002)

Lord Greville Janner, Uri Geller & The Magic Circle


Michael Jackson, Uri Geller, Ariel Sharon & Shmuley Boteach (back to camera)

What favour to did Lord Greville Janner owe Uri Geller ? Sun Weekend 15-06-02, p11

Uri Geller, Lord Greville Janner, Paul Daniels (Page removed now) 1/3

Uri Geller, Lord Greville Janner, Paul Daniels (Page removed now) 2/3

Uri Geller, Lord Greville Janner, Paul Daniels (Page removed now) 3/3

So Paul Daniels must of known Lord Greville Janner quite well to have been at a few of Janner’s parties.

Paul Daniels and Jimmy Savile
 Lord Irvine, Lord Boateng, Lord Janner, Sir Peter Bottomley & Michael Jackson

Jun 23, 2016

Michael Jackson Stockpiled Nude Images Of Children, According To Police Report

Authorities seized more than 80 video recordings and computer hard drives, as well as notes, diaries, documents, photographs and audiotapes.

Police discovered Michael Jackson had a large collection of pornography, which allegedly included images of children, animal torture and gore, reportedly used in his bid to seduce young boys. The collection was revealed in newly surfaced documents obtained by RadarOnline that detail a raid on Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch estate in 2003, carried out as part of an investigation into child molestation charges against the singer. 

According to previously unseen reports from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department, authorities seized more than 80 video recordings and computer hard drives, as well as notes, diaries, documents, photographs and audiotapes. 

Former Santa Barbara Senior Assistant District Attorney Ron Zonen, who helped prosecute Jackson’s case, told RadarOnline that many of the materials found were used to “desensitize” children. 

The police report describes several of the materials found at Jackson’s estate and notes that many of the books and images “can be used as part of a ‘grooming’ process by which people (those seeking to molest children) are able to lower the inhibitions of their intended victims and facilitate the molestation of said victims.” 


 World famous Uri Geller the co-chairman of Exeter City had organized the event to include his friends Michael Jackson the King of Pop, David Blaine (known for his headline-making daring and death-defying feats of physical and emotional endurance) and also singer Patti Boulaye . During the journey on the train sick children were invited into Uri and Michaels compartment for a private audience, they emerged smiling and clutching autographs from the stars a short time after their arrival in Exeter; the stars gave the football club its biggest crowd in years as filling the stadium.

Michael Jackson- who had asked for his dressing room to be filled with flowers and kept at a temperature of exactly 74 degrees – arrived in a classic Bentley. Leaping from the vehicle, he paraded down a line of disabled children, gently placing his palm on their foreheads.

He then took to the stage and with a burst of giggles told the ‘wonderful people of Exeter’ how delighted he was to be there. Dressed in a black embroidered jacket, he told the crowd from the stage: “We are here to support children with Aids, to help the youngest of them affected by HIV. “We will help them build a better future, all of us working together for them, a future without prejudice for these children and their families. “We must learn to live and love each other before it is too late.” Jackson was accompanied by his close friend Uri Geller who had organised the charitable event and also number of children on the stage. After his appeal for world peace, he accepted an Exeter City football shirt and said he had confidence in a win for England against Denmark. Michael then made a farewell tour of the stadium in the classic Bentley after his 10-minute appearance.



Patti Boulaye and Princess Anne


Patti Boulaye and friends

Patti Boulaye, born Patricia Ngozi Ebigwei on May 3, 1954

I was born in rural Nigeria in the Fifties, one of eight children.
We went from extreme poverty, where I had just rags for clothes, to wealth after my mother remarried a politician some years later.
I came to the UK when I was 16 and accidentally got into showbusiness.

Boulaye is the founder and President of the charity “Support for Africa”, which has built five clinics in rural Africa and a school with HRH Prince Harry’s Charity, “Sentebale”, in Lesotho.

Around 2000 I began raising money through pop concerts to build five healthcare clinics and a school in Africa via the charity Support for Africa.

I didn’t raise enough for all the work I wanted to do, and a donor came forward who lent me £15,000 but with a time limit on the loan. I had to build a clinic in Cameroon within two years.
The pressure I was put under to achieve that was uncomfortable. I’ve since learnt that some people think this kind of deal buys them an MBE or something like that.

Boulaye received her OBE in January 2016

I made Prince Charles blush when I was awarded an OBE last year for my charity work building hospitals in Africa. He said: ‘I wish there were more people like you – the world would be a better place.’ I replied: ‘Your Royal Highness, I wish we had two people like you – the world would be even better.’


Boulaye was appointed to the “Entertainment Steering Committee” for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee (2 June 2002)

Another of Edward Garnier’s  defamation cases – Patti Boulaye

Patti Boulaye –v- Guardian Newspapers 1999 (recovered substantial damages for British-Nigerian singer who was a Conservative candidate for the Greater London Assembly falsely accused of being a supporter of South African apartheid)

Edward Garnier

One of David Cameron’s former top legal advisers tried to stop a Labour MP “challenging” Lord Brittan of Spennithorne over child abuse allegations in the Houses of Parliament, it has been claimed.


Sir Edward Garnier from London is knighted by the Prince of Wales, Prince Charles,  at Buckingham Palace. 2012

He most recently served as Solicitor General for England and Wales[2] from the election of 2010 until the 2012 ministerial reshuffle.[3][4]

He represented Edwina Currie and Lord McAlpine at the High Court following allegations made on Twitter by Sally Bercow, wife of the Commons speaker.[10]

In November 2014 the Daily Telegraph reported allegations that Garnier requested that Simon Danczuk “think very carefully” about what he said to the Home Affairs select committee about Leon Brittan and the missing Westminster paedophile dossier. Danczuk said that Brittan was in poor health and Garnier, an old friend, had been asked to intervene by Brittan’s wife.[35]

In March 2015, he was appointed to the Privy Council of the United Kingdom and therefore granted the title The Right Honourable.[36]


Patti Boulaye is a  Lady Ratling [the Grand Order of Lady Ratlings is a showbusiness charitable organisation].


What was your best business decision?

Stephen Komlosy

Senior Partner City & Westminster Corporate Finance LLP

Marrying my husband, Stephen Komlosy, who had managed such acts as Lionel Bart and Mike Berry



I met Stephen in 1976 when I was in The Black Mikado at the Cambridge Theatre, London. We went to The Dorchester for tea and in the taxi back to the theatre, he proposed. I’d known him for two hours. I thought he was mad – but I said yes.



Over the years, Patti has worked for charities and served on the committees of eight British charities and she has been a patron of five, including Eastside Educational Trust, Barnardo’s, SOS and Women Into Business. Patti was also a Founder Member and Patron of (HRH Prince Michael of Kent) Enterprise Club for GENESIS, the facilitator organisation for the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the promotion of Small Business. She is also on the Advisory Board of The Iman-Foundation Worldwide, which promotes dialogue and challenges extremism to bring about change. Patti is a Patron of The Commonwealth Resound as well as The British Monarchist Society.

During a visit to Africa and by another twist of fate, Patti was introduced to 60 babies who were saved from being buried alive because they were HIV positive. On her return to England Patti was determined to do something about the affect and stigma of HIV on the lives of African villagers.



She formed a charity Support For Africa and asked the Rt. Hon Sir John Major KG CH and other prominent persons to be Patrons, all of whom agreed and her charity has built 5 clinics in Africa and helped to build a School in Lesotho with Prince Harry’s Charity Sentebale. Patti hired the Royal Albert Hall for a charity event, which she presented and organised. This was the first of her sell-out “Reaching Out For Africa” events, which she co-produced with Major Sir Michael Parker KCVO CBE at the Royal Albert Hall, starring Sir Cliff Richard, Gabrielle, Uri Geller, Patti herself and BONEY M, amongst others and featured 3,000 Gospel singers whom Patti put together herself.

The event was supported by The Rt. Hon Michael Portillo, Frederick Forsyth CBE, The Rt. Hon Iain Duncan Smith, The Rt. Hon Paul Boateng, The Rt. Hon. Lord Greville Janner QC and the new Miss World. Patti’s second sell out Royal Albert Hall charity event was Football Reaching Out For Africa (FROFA) and starred, among others, footballer Didier Drogba of Chelsea FC, Simon Callow, Boney M, Christopher Biggins, Greg Dyke, David James and The Rt. Hon. Charles Kennedy. Patti also produced ‘Scotland Reaching Out For Africa’ supported by Lord McConnell the then First Minister and Alex Salmond the current First Minister, Football manager Alex McLeish, Leo Sayer, Mazie Willams and Boney M.



Unite unites with Boulaye and digs in to African challenge

Patti Boulaye, actress, singer, motivational speaker, and her husband Stephen Komlosy, who recently invested in Aim-listed mining company Platinum Diversified, hosted a reception last week with Lord Janner at the House of Lords. It was designed to raise cash for her Africa charity.

During the evening, she extracted £25,000 from Bristol-based student housebuilder Unite to help build her next medical centre in Cameroon. It’s Unite’s first overseas project.

Patti has starred several times in “Music on Fire” the Fireworks Proms at Sandhurst. As a guest of Michael Jackson, Patti attended and sang at his 45th Birthday Celebrations in LA.


Her “network”

Stephen Komlosy, Keith Vaz MP, Moira Stuart and Patti Boulaye at the House of Parliamentvaz patti boulaye.GIF

Stephen Komlosy, Keith Vaz MP, Moira Stuart and Patti Boulaye at the House of Parliament

 ^ Boulaye is very good friends with Uri Geller

Boulaye and Hague
Applauding Peter Ainsworth at the Conservative Party conference in 2000
Applauding Peter Ainsworth at the Conservative Party conference in 2000

Peter Ainsworth

In 1994 Ainsworth became the Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Jonathan Aitken, and in 1995 became PPS to the Secretary of State for National Heritage, Virginia Bottomley. He was promoted by John Major in 1996 to the Whips’ Office. When the Major government fell the following year he remained a whip in opposition and was promoted to Deputy Chief Whip by William Hague.


At the Support Africa HIV, AIDS and Malaria charity event in London with the Princess of Yugoslavia in 2001 CREDIT: REX FEATURES

Boulaye and Camilla
The President and founder of Support for Africa is singer/actress
Patti Boulaye. Patrons are The Rt. Hon Sir John Major KG CH, H.E Dr Christopher Kolade (Nigeria) Lord Janner of Braunstone, The Rt. Hon.Charles Kennedy, The Rt. Hon. Michael Portillo, Fredrick Forsyth CBE and Shaquille O’Neal.