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School children ‘given experimental drugs without their parents’ consent in 1960s Home Office-approved trial’

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‘We were human toys at the hands of a monster’: For 24 years Barbara was dismissed as a fantasist. Then she found the files PROVING her horrific story and that of possibly thousands of other children was true

  • For eight months in 1971, Barbara O’Hare was a patient at Aston Hall hospital
  • When Barbara published her autobiography, it made for implausible reading
  • But it was the real life account of her life under the ‘care’ of Dr Kenneth Milner

25 July 2018

Photos of her as a 12 year old (‘a particularly naive 12 year old,’ she points out) do exist, but they are not pictures any sane person would want to see.

‘They took some when they were doing whatever it was they did to me,’ she remembers.

‘I remember that vividly. I’d been drugged. The doctor had held the mask with the ether on it over my face, and I was drifting in and out of consciousness, but I remember the camera flashing over and over again. I was on my back at that point.

‘The hospital gown had been pulled up around my waist, exposing my private parts. I remember the light burning into my eyes, and not being able to scream or shout.

‘Even now I think about those pictures. Who saw them? Are they still out there? When I switch on the news and hear about paedophile rings and images being found, I think ‘were those pictures of me among them?’.

Or were the pictures taken just a part of some scientific experiment? Maybe it wasn’t sexual abuse in the classic sense. The truth is I just don’t know. That’s a terrible thing to have to live with.’

a grotesque world, one in which young girls are imprisoned in a mental institution, drugged on a daily basis and experimented on, perhaps even raped, by a doctor whose influence goes right to the top of society.

Twenty more allegations of abuse against Aston Hall doctor

The Dr Mengele figure in her story ties his victims down, injects them against their will and pumps them full of high-dose drugs, including a ‘truth serum’ used on soldiers during wartime, all the time telling them that he is doing so to correct their ‘deviant’ behaviour.

Some are sexually abused. All are terrified and stupefied, in equal measure. Electric shock treatment is a permanent threat. There are wild rumours of some children being killed when their ‘treatments’ go wrong.

When they aren’t being drugged and tortured, the children are put to work. ‘Toothbrush treatment’ involves them being forced to clean skirting boards with toothbrushes.

All this takes place in a NHS-funded hospital, under the direction of an eminent physician who works for the Home Office.

An army of adults – nurses, social workers, even the child’s own father – are impotent, unseeing, perhaps complicit in this shocking abuse.

And her account, disbelieved by so many for so long, yesterday gained credence when the long-awaited police report into his behaviour was released. Her account was mirrored by 142 other witness statements, all making similar claims.

‘Dr Milner played with our bodies and our minds,’ she says. ‘This is the validation that we were telling the truth. When you take account of how long he was there for, he abused thousands of people.

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JIMMY SAVILE ‘WAS A HOSPITAL GUEST’

Jimmy Savile, one of the country's most prolific paedophiles, was invited to the unit as a guest of Dr Kenneth Milner, one of his victims said

 

Jimmy Savile, one of the country’s most prolific paedophiles, was invited to the unit as a guest of Dr Kenneth Milner, one of his victims said

Jimmy Savile visited Aston Hall hospital, it has been claimed.

The disgraced DJ, one of the country’s most prolific paedophiles, was invited to the unit as a guest of Dr Kenneth Milner, one of his victims said.

Police said they found no evidence to support or disprove the claim but included it in their report, released yesterday.

It is not known if the two men knew each other but both were linked to a number of hospitals, albeit at different times.

Dr Milner was medical officer at high-security Broadmoor Hospital in Berkshire in the 1940s.

Savile later had unfettered access to the secure hospital for three decades from 1968 and even his own keys. He abused ten victims there, two repeatedly.

A report found ‘clear, repeated failure of safeguarding standards’ at Broadmoor at the time.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5992551/Barbara-OHare-opens-abuse-hands-Dr-Kenneth-Milner.html

Dr Milner Trent Vale Review April 1972

Mr Comrie third from left, handing over one of the trampolines to Dr Milner, fifth from right.

On Sunday, 27th February, a ceremony took place when members of the Long Eaton Round Table presented gifts to the Hospital.

Having given toys to the children at Christmas this was followed by the gift of two trampolines.

The presentation was made by Mr C. Comrie the Chairman and accepted on behalf of the Hospital by Dr. K. O. Milner, Physician Superintendent.

Mr Comrie and Mr. J. B. Pilgrim, Community Service Chairman, Long Eaton Round Table, together with members of staff and friends were then escorted round the Hospital…

http://nottinghamhospitalshistory.co.uk/05.%20Trent%20Vale%20Review%20April%201972.pdf

1972 Trent Vale Group  is comprised of the following hospitals

Aston Hall

Balderton

St Ann’s

St Francis

 Saxondale

The Coppice

Mapperly

Westdale

Trent Group conference  participants – Dr H Hunter of Balderton Jan1971

 

 

Was the doctor the only member of staff accused of assault?

No, he was not the only one.

Other staff members accused of physical abuse have either been eliminated from the inquiry, have died or were unable to be identified.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/6865802/aston-hall-psychiatric-hospital-derbyshire-kenneth-milner-rape/

Aston Hall: Dr Kenneth Milner ‘would have been quizzed’ for rape

25 July 2018

A doctor would have been interviewed by police for rape and child cruelty over allegations a “truth drug” was used to carry out abuse at a hospital.

The late Dr Kenneth Milner ran Aston Hall psychiatric hospital in Derbyshire from 1947 to the 1970s, which former patients described as “pure hell”.

A report by police found allegations children were drugged to a zombie-like state, stripped and abused.

Police said there would have been “sufficient evidence” to pursue a case.

The Derbyshire force, under the direction of the area’s safeguarding children’s board, started an investigation in February 2016 after concerns were raised about the hospital which closed in the 1990s.

Allegations first came to light in 2011 then 2014 and 2015. No allegations of sexual abuse were identified in 2011 by police.

Then in July 2014 an individual made an allegation of rape followed by another person alleging abuse at the hospital in September of that year.

In July 2015 another person came forward and said she was injected, gassed and woke up feeling sore between her legs while at the hospital.

Aston Hall was opened in the 1920s for those deemed to have mental health problems. It could cater for about 100 children of both sexes, but took adults as well.

Allegations centred on the use of sodium amytal as part of “narcoanalysis” – the uncovering of repressed traumatic memories.

But stories emerged, in part via social media, of children being isolated, stripped and abused sexually, physically and mentally.

Police collated 115 witness statements, recorded 77 crimes and heard from 65 alleged victims.

Dr Milner died in 1975 and police said no inference should be drawn from the report other than the doctor would be questioned if he were here today.

After trying to take his own life Jason Stubbings, from Cornwall, was sent to Aston Hall in the 1960s, aged 14, where he said he was injected with drugs and abused.

He said he remembers being injected with what he now knows is sodium amytal, also known as the truth drug, as well as another drug which is still unknown to him.

“Then (the doctor) placed a pad over my face and dropped ether underneath my nose,” he said.

Mr Stubbings added that he was then taken back to a memory where his brother was beating him with a garden cane and it felt like he was being hit at the time.

When he woke up, he found his hands had been tied and he had marks on his body.

Mr Stubbings also remembers looking out the window once and seeing “a guy in the exercise yard in a straightjacket screaming” and thinking he did not know if he was ever going to get out of there.

“It said on the administration form ‘a slight timid boy’, and they did that to me,” he added.

The report said there were consistent allegations of drugs being given to restrained children, with limited or no records being taken.

Current medical opinion was these methods were not acceptable, even by the standards of the day, it added.

But officers said the length of time since the alleged crimes had proven a major issue – to the extent they had been unable to find out whether some members of staff were still alive.

The report said: “Having regard to these difficulties and the scale of the alleged physical and sexual abuse that has emerged in the evidence; we do not consider that it would be either practicable or appropriate for us to attempt to reach firm conclusions on each specific allegation.

“There would have been sufficient evidence to justify interviewing Dr Milner under caution in relation to a number of potential offences.”

The report said the offences would have namely been “rape, indecent assault contrary to the Sexual Offences Act 1956, Child Cruelty and Assault contrary to Children and Young Persons Act 1933 and Offences Against the Person act 1861 respectively”.

While it noted children were sent to Aston Hall from a variety of homes, the report found no evidence of a conspiracy to supply children for abuse.

Barbara O’Hare, who claims she was abused by Dr Milner in the 1970s, told the BBC the report was positive.

“It gives recognition to what happened to me and others at the hospital and I’m very grateful to the police,” she said.

At least 30 former patients who have submitted a claim for compensation to the Department for Health through a solicitor. Other claims are also believed to have been submitted.

A spokesman for the department has said the matter was under investigation.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-derbyshire-44943056


 

Latest disclosure includes veterinary drugs administered to girls being sexually abused

Staff members speaks of abuse at Gravesend children’s home

06 November 2017

In an exclusive interview with the Messenger, the 62-year-old man, who asked to be referred to as L Simpson, said recalling his time at Kendall House brought back “terrible memories” which made him “feel sick”.

He worked there during the summer of 1975, between years of study at Kingston University, where he was working on a sociology dissertation. He was offered work there through his flatmate, whose father was a vicar with connections to Kendall House.

Mr Simpson, who was 20, soon realised it was not the placement he was expecting.

“I started on the same day as another chap called Ron. He had very little experience, and I had only done some volunteering at a short stay unit in Putney over Christmas,” he said. “We were asked to wait in the garden and this young guy came up to me and said, ‘I would ask to leave here. What goes on here isn’t right’.”

Last year’s report named Doris Law as the home’s superintendent and its chief psychiatrist was Dr Perinpanayagam.

But Mr Simpson said in his experience another woman seemed to be in charge.

He said: “The first thing she said to me was, ‘I will ask you to do things and I will only ask once’, so it felt almost like a prison camp.

“She was a very large lady, very overbearing physically, and the way she spoke was like one of those army marshals you seen in movies. It frightened the life out of me.

“There was an oppressive atmosphere. It reminded me of Clockwork Orange. But the feeling I got was that the behaviour had become so normalised. Any sense of child care was nonexistent and the atmosphere was of secrecy.”

Mr Simpson’s job was mostly to keep the girls in line from moment-to-moment, and it was obvious there was something wrong.

It was a rare instance when they were not reeling from the effects of drugs, but it had become so routine that they thought nothing of it.

Mr Simpson and Ron saw some of the girls’ files and secretly took notes on what was being administered, but nobody would acknowledge their concerns.

“I sent a letter to the Guardian and heard nothing,” said Mr Simpson.

“I went down to the National Council for Civil Liberties in Euston and spoke to this chap. He sympathised but said he had nothing to go on as hand-written notes wouldn’t get very far in court.

“From what I’d heard other people had reported it to the police in Gravesend but they were doing nothing, so I didn’t see the point.”

Mr Simpson said the girls’ records showed they were being given drugs at every meal. He also saw one girl kept in a cell for almost 24 hours for trying to run away.

Mr Simpson stayed in another property nearby and recalled neighbours complaining about screams coming from the home.

“It’s really upsetting that we tried to do something and got nowhere,” said Mr Simpson.

“Until the report came out I had tried to bury it. It brings back terrible memories and makes me feel sick.

“Not enough people wanted to say anything at the time and it makes me so angry.”

Mr Simpson still has the notes he took secretly of drugs administered to girls, listed under “breakfast, tea and supper” and some poured into cups of tea.

He noted oxytetrin, a veterinary product used to treat infections, thioridazine, used to treat schizophrenia and psychosis, and dalmane, which is for insomnia.

“Some of the girls had pretty troubled backgrounds but I didn’t see any behaviour that suggested they were any different or outlandish,” he added. “It’s an emotional time for young teenagers going through physical and emotional changes.

“Drugs are not the way to deal with these problems. These were young kids. It’s just awful.”

This year it also emerged that the priest overseeing Kent social services while Kendall House was open never reported staff to police.

In an interview recorded in 2006, and since uploaded to the British Library’s sound archive, the Rev Nicolas Stacey said that youngsters in care could be “incredibly manipulative” and make things up.

Mr Stacey was a director of social services from 1974 until 1985. Kendall House was shut down the following year.

Girls were injected with drugs, locked in an isolation room, kept in straitjackets, given electric shock treatment at a mental health hospital and raped.

Despite such crimes being reported by the children at the time, staff were told never to go to the police.

Dr Sue Proctor chaired the review into the home and described it as “the most troubling thing she had ever worked on”. She had previously chaired the investigation into disgraced DJ Jimmy Savile.

She tweeted that the interview was “appalling” and Mr Stacey had “failed” those at Kendall House.

A spokesman for Kent County Council said at the time the interview would be investigated.

Kendall House campaigner finds more links between Kent social services and notorious C of E children’s home

3 October 2017

A SURVIVOR of the Church of England-run children’s home Kendall House has called for a fresh inquiry into its links with Kent social services and the Anglican priest who ran the department.

Teresa Cooper, whose campaigning led to compensation payouts and eventually an independent review by the dioceses of Ro­­­chester and Canterbury, has unearthed docu­ments that demonstrate a new connection between the social-services department of Kent County Council (KCC) and the girls-only children’s home in Gravesend.

The Revd Nick Stacey, who died earlier this year (News, 12 May), was director of Kent social services from 1974 to 1985, at the same time as staff at Kendall House were drugging, straitjacketing, and physically and sexually abusing vulnerable girls (News, 15 July 2016).

Earlier this year, an interview with Mr Stacey emerged in which he said that his policy was to never report staff accused of abuse to the police because children in care routinely lied (News, 7 July).

In a letter to Mrs Cooper in August, KCC said that it knew of no “direct link or relation­ship” between Kendall House and the former director of social services.

Mrs Cooper has since obtained a copy of a letter from March 1976, however, which suggests that Mr Stacey was directly involved in arranging the adoption of a baby born to a 14-year-old girl living in Kendall House. In the document, Mr Stacey asks the girl’s GP whether there is any history of hereditary medical conditions in the girl’s family which the child could inherit.

Between 1976 and 1986, KCC placed six teenage girls, between the ages of 13 and 16, at Kendall House, which was jointly overseen by the dioceses of Rochester and Canterbury.

Other files obtained by Mrs Cooper reveal that the girl’s social worker told superiors at the Kent social services about his concerns about Kendall House: in particular, the highly negative approach of its staff, and their re­­liance on drugging the girls to ensure com­pli­ance.

“I have long doubted the effectiveness of Kendall House as a treatment option,” the social worker wrote. “Throughout 1975, I became increasingly concerned about the atti­tude among the staff at Kendall House to­­­wards the children in their care.”

The staff used a lot of “negative condition­ing”, which could be connected to their “reli­gious philosophy”, he said. Some of them re­­peatedly referred to the children as “animals”. “I cannot remember any of the staff making a positive comment about this child throughout the whole of 1975.”

The superintendent who ran the home, Doris Law, at one point told the social worker that the 14-year-old girl had disclosed that she had been sexually abused by her father when a young child.

“With [the girl] sitting on Miss Law’s lap, the child had been encouraged to demonstrate how, apparently, she had been penetrated by her father,” he wrote in his report. Miss Law then took the girl to an Anglican church for her to receive “absolution”, he said.

The social worker also questions the appro­priateness of the medication repeatedly given to the girl.

The documents reveal that, as soon as the Kendall House staff realised that she was pregnant, they stopped giving her drugs, some of which were noted as possibly causing med­ical problems for her unborn child.

“In view of [the girl]’s condition, and the drugs she was taking in very early pregnancy, this child may well be at risk physically,” one of the staff members had written.

“Because of [the girl]’s very poor physical condition, and her need for medication on her return to Kendall House at the beginning of last Sep­tember, prognosis for the baby is uncertain,” Miss Law wrote in the files.

This report, and its conclusions on Kendall House, were sent to the senior research officer at KCC’s social-services department, Dr Roger Morgan, but there is no evidence that it was acted on. The abuses at Kendall House were finally revealed by a TV documentary in 1980.

The C of E’s review of Kendall House, which published in detail the trauma suffered by girls who lived there, looked only at the running of the home itself, and the part played by the Church, and did not enquire into links with Kent’s other social services or Mr Stacey.

Mrs Cooper said that the only way forward now was to reopen the independent review of Kendall House. “I did have my concerns about adoptions in the first place, and the Church of England refused to include it in the terms of reference.

“The review should have picked up on [Mr Stacey’s involvement]; it shouldn’t have been me who found out all this information now.”

A spokeswoman for the dioceses said that, after his interview came to light, church officials had looked in vain to see whether Mr Stacey, who had permission to officiate in the diocese of Canterbury, had ever visited Kendall House or been implicated in the scandal.

“These documents appear to highlight pre­cisely what was made clear in the Kendall House review: that the level of care offered to residents was severely lacking,” a statement from the dioceses said.

A spokesman for KCC said: “We have every sympathy for Mrs Cooper because of the abuse she undoubtedly suffered at Kendall House. However, this was a Church of Eng­land, rather than KCC, establishment and Mrs Cooper was placed there by another local authority. …”

https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2017/13-october/news/uk/kendall-house-campaigner-finds-more-links#.WeA1PfNQ0uw.twitter

Community youth service campaign gets a rough reception

The Guardian, 14 May 1981

Nick Stacey, chairman of Youth Call and director of Kent’s Social Services departmentDavid Steel, Alf Morris, Anthony Steen, Cardinal Hume and Sir Peter Parker

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‘Men Who Are Attracted to 13-Year-Old Boys Make the Best Teachers’ – Director of Kent Social Services ’74-’85

The Confessions of Rev. Nicolas Stacey

 

Nicolas Stacey was Director of Social Services for Kent from 1974 to 1985.

In the archives of the British Library are five tapes which should be a cause of concern to us all. Much of the interview with Rev. Nicolas Stacey relives his action-packed adventures at war, his unlikely turn as an Olympic athlete, and his time in the Church of England. Some of the content of the tapes have caused victims of Kendall House sexual abuse to call for an immediate inquiry.

Nicolas Stacey was the Director of Social Services for Kent from 1974 until 1985. The position was relatively new and had only been created three years prior. Nick had made a sideways move from being Director of Social Services for Ealing from its inception in 1971. On the tapes, Stacey says “They started these social service departments, and I thought that this could be something that I could do. Although I was neither a social worker, nor local government officer.”

He goes on to explain, “I think the Chief Executive thought, ‘Look, I’m going to upstage Keith Joseph’ (the then Secretary of State for Social Services) by persuading the council to put up somebody who would be turned down again, because I was not, simply not, qual… ‘cause in general, almost all the people that were appointed had some social worker training.” Stacey was obviously unsuitable for the role but by 1974 he was in charge of six thousand staff across Kent, and responsible for over one hundred thousand potential service users.

If we rewind the tape at this point and go back to Nicolas Stacey talking about his school days, we can begin to see why he was so inappropriate for the role.

Billy Williamson

I was amazed to hear Rev. Stacey talk of his old Deputy Headmaster at Wellesley House Pre-Prep School, Broadstairs, Kent. I had already heard of the fiendish Billy Williamson whilst investigating Ashdown House Prep School, the Sussex boarding school where Boris Johnson was a student. After his time as Stacey’s deputy head in Broadstairs, William Glynn Williamson became the headmaster of Ashdown House and his reign of terror was unforgettable to the students whom he ruled. He was known for bare-bottom flogging of teenage boys, harsh corporal punishment, and a short fuse. William Glynn Williamson had married the mother of a Wellesley house pupil, Laura Violet Morton, and used her fortune to acquire Ashdown House boarding school for boys.

In Alex Renton’s book, Stiff Upper Lip: Secrets, Crimes, and the Schooling of a Ruling Class, we can see examples of Billy Williamson and his behaviour towards children. Renton writes, “Billy Williamson had taken over Ashdown shortly after the Second World War. One of his pupils in the early 1940s, when he taught at a school called Wellesley House, was publisher Anthony Blond. In a memoir, he described Williamson as a ‘magic man,’ a brilliant teacher. Blond says Williamson was ‘in love, as teachers have to be (without being practising pederasts) if they are to stay sane, with the concept of ‘boy’ – and some specimens more than others’.” Williamson was a keen flogger of their “bare bottoms,” but the pupils liked their master no less.

Rev. Stacey was good friends with Anthony Blond, who also published his autobiography Who Cares? in 1971. Nick Stacey describes on the tapes how Blond was a “very colourful man” and goes on to say, “He married and then I think he got divorced, and he lived with the most ‘beautiful boy’ in London, called Andrew McCall, and that split up. And then he married a very upper class girl. And much younger than him. And I said to Anthony when he got engaged to her, what do her parents think about this and he said, ‘They think I’m an elderly bisexual Jew.’”

Nick Stacey would also describe Billy Williamson in a peculiar manner on the recordings. “Willie Williamson, who went on to be headmaster at Ashdown Forest where Princess Margaret sent her son, was a genius with bright, attractive 13-year-old boys… and absolutely never did anything that was the least bit improper — but I mean he was really an example of [how] people who are attracted to boys of that age are the most brilliant teachers.”

Williamson would also employ Martin Haigh, the teacher who in 2017 was convicted of sexually abusing four boys during his time teaching at Ashdown House. Billy Williamson’s brutal abuse of young boys would continue unabated until he stepped down as headmaster of Ashdown in 1975.

Rev. Nicolas Stacey frequently used terms like “bright attractive 13-year-old boys,” “beautiful boys,” and made statements like “people who are attracted to boys of that age are the most brilliant teachers.” If those statements were to be made in an interview for the Director of Social Services for Kent today, what would happen? I would suggest the result should be a public inquiry.

Stacey’s Blanket Silencing

The third and fourth tapes contain damning evidence of neglect, cover ups, and a systematic culture of ignoring children that went right to the top of Kent Social Services. Stacey became relaxed speaking to the interviewer, Louise Brodie. After hours of stating his early triumphs, Nick begins to speak of his tenure as the Director of Kent Social Services. At times, he makes more statements that cause concern.

“It’s terribly sad when you’re sexually orientated towards children,” he said, while defending a Canadian child sex offender who was a church organist. Stacey describes how he frightened the other Directors of Social Services because he was “a different beast.” But his tone becomes almost sinister when talking of rules he set down with his six thousand member staff about dealing with accusations of abuse. “Nobody was to go to the police about accusations against staff without my approval. And it is incredible the way times have changed. I could never begin to do that now. But children, especially children in care, are incredibly manipulative.” Nicolas Stacey should never have been director of Kent social services.

Children were physically pinned down in Kendall House, drugged with excessive doses of controversial medications, beaten regularly, mentally abused, sexually abused, and in some cases raped. Nicolas Stacey states, “I never once went to the police. This was because I never felt that we had a serious case and never in the eleven years I was there did a scandal occur. I mean no scandal that I know of, or none that got out in the public.” Louise Brodie cuts in on the recording and asks Stacey, “No scandal about your staff?” Stacey replies, “About my staff. Now what I did do, I said ‘Look, I’m afraid I’m going to ask you to resign. I am going to have you put on the register of “at risk”.’” A clear admission by Rev. Nick Stacey that he had covered up abuse whilst head of the Kent Social Services. This was Stacey’s “Frost-Nixon” moment. “I would try and get them to go to counselling, had it emerged, you know, that… rampant abuse of kids had occurred, you know.”

Nick Stacey openly admitted on tape that there were cases of abuse, but that he had not informed the police, and instead offered voluntary counselling to the abuser. No mention of the abused at all. But the shock confessions don’t stop there. Stacey went on to say, “A member of staff once hit a child very hard and we had to go to the police. But I went into the dock. I got one of the best QCs. In fact, he was a son of Canon John Collins, you would know from your South African experience. And I went to court and spoke. I said you’ve got no idea how these children wind care staff up. You know, we sit comfortably at our home, we expect care staff with small pay to look after some of the most admittedly tragically deprived. It’s not their fault that they wind people up, and they’re aggressive. Once somebody loses their cool and they do hit somebody then, you know, you say they should be locked up. And I got them off.” Stacey seemed to be very focused on his staff and never on the service users in his care. How many other cases of abuse did he cover-up?

The Survivors

For Stacey it was always about winning, but for the former residents of Kendall House during his term as Director of Social Services for Kent, life had been about loss. The tapes, which were recorded in 2006, were discovered by one of the survivors. Teresa Cooper had once been locked in a room for over a hundred and sixty days in Kendall House. That was one of the many various illegal punishments that the teenage girls living in the care home endured.

My initial thought whilst listening to the Nicolas Stacey tapes was of the various survivors of Kendall House during his tenure as director. I spoke with Teresa Cooper and I asked how it felt when she first discovered the tapes. “I was shocked,” Mrs. Cooper told me, “and then I cried because I didn’t know who to tell as no one listens to me.” I could only imagine the range of emotions that Teresa Cooper experienced. She went on to tell me “I can’t describe how shocked I was. Mortified is an understatement because when you listen to the recordings you realise what you are up against.”

What’s clear from listening to the seven hours of interviews, is that Nicolas Stacey was very much a part of the establishment. Rev. Stacey admitted to hiding cases of abuse while he was responsible for the safety of the children in care homes around Kent. This admission should be enough to deserve a public inquiry into Kent Social Services during his reign as well as the Kent Police force’s response to the recorded confessions. Nick Stacey is a perfect example of the culture that existed in the United Kingdom during the 70s and 80s, where the cries of victims were ignored. Instead, Stacey routinely protected sexual predators and child abusers in general. It is important for all of us to understand what went wrong during that period of systematic child sexual abuse. Kent Police and Kent Social Services refuse to take any responsibility for their inaction even after the facts have surfaced.

There are still hundreds of people who suffered abuse, whilst in Kent care homes, who remain unrepresented. Their extreme experiences and ongoing related sufferings have been ignored by the current Kent establishment. And yet, before Nicolas Stacey’s death in May 2017, he was honoured as a speaker at the Kent Legend’s Association dinner. His various obituaries in the major British newspapers praised him as a man who helped revolutionise the care industry. His sympathy for and aid to paedophiles has been completely ignored.

Teresa Cooper talks about her experience of abuse at Kendall House.

https://criminal.media/men-who-are-attracted-to-13-year-old-boys-make-the-best-teachers-director-of-kent-social-services-74-85

Dame Alun Roberts‏ @ciabaudo:

He was also involved in L&Q, the housing association

He was a saint and an angel! Puke!

Nick Stacey, a Director of Social Services, instructed his staff not to report alleged paedophiles within Kent Social Service

Stacey was very close to Peter Righton. Stacey, formerly a vicar, was based in Maidstone, where Righton also lived for a time.

In 1979, Righton sat on a steering committee to establish a course for training staff to work with disturbed young people, together with John Rea Price, director of Islington Social Services, 1972-92, subsequently the Director of the National Children’s Bureau. Other’s on the committee included G Godfrey Isaacs, chairman of Peper Harow, Mary Joynsons, director of child care for Barnardos, Janet Mattinson, Tavistock Centre, and Nick Stacey (see Social Work Today, April 3rd, 1979 (see links above), and the advert below, from The Guardian, March 28th, 1979).

https://ianpace.wordpress.com/tag/gaveston-hall/

Peter Righton and Nicholas Stacey – steering Committee

28 March 1979 Guardian

Others on the steering Committee – Janet Matlinson

Janet Matlinson was recruited by Barbara Kahan to Oxfordshire children’s department

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2011/jun/07/janet-mattinson-obituary

Dame Alun Roberts‏ @ciabaudo

Nick Stacey, a man of God, plays a central role in the protection of paedophiles. Later a Director of Social Services, he instructed his staff not to report alleged paedophiles within Kent Social Services.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-40547383

Justin Has the #CofE refused full review into Kendall House drugging/rapes at #IICSA *because of Mr Stacey’s ‘connections’ to


Mr Pickles?

David Drew@NHSwhistleblowr
 Sadly corporate approach in general. Avoid any inquiry until unavoidable. Then set TORs to minimise the damage
 

Mary Joynson (Director of Child Care of Dr Barnado’s

G Godfrey Isaacs, chairman of Peper Harow

 

Peper Harowa rehabilitation centre for children, it suffered extensive damage when one of the children set fire to it and never re-opened.

http://shackleford.org/hamlets/peper-harow/

Childhood First charity

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Over 40 years ago, the director Melvyn Rose and the charity’s trustees recognized that the young people coming for help invariably brought with them histories of family dysfunction, resulting in neglect, abuse and other … Our first therapeutic community for young people was founded at Peper Harow in Surrey in 1970.

Patrons include The Rt Hon the Baroness Butler-Sloss GBE P

http://childhoodfirst.org.uk/about-us/our-people/

(Rt Hon Dame Ann Elizabeth Oldfield Butler-Sloss)
A Lord Justice of Appeal

Launching Peper Harow Organisation’s “Phoenix” Appeal for the care of abused and deprived children

20.05.1992

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6 Sept 1989

Peper Harow, Mulberry Bush School and New Barnes School (Righton and Alston PIE members) Brian Roycroft

2 Nov 1988

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The role of Rev. Nicholas Stacey and his associates (incl. Claire Jervis) should be subjected to greater scrutiny.

Nick Stacey, a man of God, plays a central role in the protection of paedophiles. Later a Director of Social Services, he instructed his staff not to report alleged paedophiles within Kent Social Services.

Righton and Stacey

Stacey, formerly a vicar, was very close to Peter Righton, and was based in Maidstone, where Righton also lived for a time. They cemented their friendship via Social Work Today and were on a steering committee together, training those working with disturbed young people.

Just to show how close Righton and Stacey were, here they are on the same committee. Note also: John Rea Price of Islington

Also in this group were John Rea Price, Director of Islington for 19 years while every one of its kids’ homes was run by paedophiles. When Liz Davies blew the whistle on Islington, the coward Rea Price quickly legged it to become CEO of NCB, also based in Islington.

Nicholas Stacey and Claire Jervis: What is it about Islington?

https://scepticpeg.wordpress.com/2017/10/01/islington-the-connections-leading-to-pie/

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Claire Jervis

The role of Rev. Nicholas Stacey and his associates (incl. Claire Jervis) should be subjected to greater scrutiny.

http://www.kentonline.co.uk/gravesend/news/inmates-were-given-drugs-with-134688/

Also close to Righton and Stacey was Chris Andrews, Chair of BASW and another force within SWT alongside Margaret Claire Jervis.

 

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Read here how Andrews rushed to the defence of paedophile Peter Righton:

Chris Andrews, of BASW, described Righton at the time of his arrest as follows: He [Righton] is a highly respected figure within the residential field, particularly working with highly disturbed children. He is very much concerned with therapeutic work in child care’ (cited in Burden and Rose, ‘Porn Squad quiz Child Care Expert’).

When Righton was arrested in 1992, Chris Andrews, who spoke for BASW, was one of the first to jump to Righton’s defence.

Complimentary tickets to PIE (Paedophile Information Exchange)  event from convicted paedo Tom O’Carroll to Chris Andrews of BASW, colleague of Hewson friend Claire Jervis.


What a twosome! Claire ‘Cleveland’ Jervis and Barbara ‘Ginny’ Hewson exchanging info on  Nick

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Barbara Hewson – cousin of Jonathan Denby (friend of Harvey Proctor)


More than 100 victims now in Derbyshire’s biggest child abuse scandal

May 29 2017

More than 100 alleged victims of horrific experiments and abuse at a Derbyshire hospital have now come forward – making it the county’s biggest-ever probe into crimes against children.

Police are investigating the actions of controversial medic Dr Kenneth Milner at Aston Hall Hospital in the 1960s and 70s, where he is accused of pumping vulnerable youngsters with drugs to correct “deviant” behaviour.

Dianne Collins, of Nelsons Solicitors in Lodge Lane, Derby, represents around 30 people.

She said: “I have never come across a case like this before, it’s the biggest we’ve ever done or are aware of in terms of people coming forward.

And I think this is just the tip of the iceberg, there will be a lot of other people out there who have not come forward or who might have died which is very sad because they will not be able to get justice.

One hundred and five is a very high number and I suspect the national coverage this story has received would have meant more people coming forward.”

Richard Scorer, who has been described as one of Britain’s leading specialists in the field of abuse law, said the Aston Hall case was “major”.

Mr Scorer, who works at legal firm Slater and Gordon, said: “This is highly serious and one of the biggest abuse scandals in a mental health institution. It’s is very substantial.

“It looks like Dr Milner had a complete liberty to abuse and it appears there were no safeguarding procedures in place to stop that happening. I have represented 168 alleged victims of Jimmy Savile but that was across various institutions but this is just one.

“Somebody like this would have had a lot of power over very vulnerable victims, especially because this was in a mental health setting. They could not leave and anything they said against him would not be believed.”

http://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/lawyers-say-this-is-the-biggest-child-abuse-scandal-they-have-come-across-in-derbyshire/story-30355797-detail/story.html#lSqtF4uusExoZOcJ.99

Aston Hall: 58 crimes recorded at former Derbyshire mental hospital

 April 13, 2017

THE SECRETS OF ASTON HALL, DERBYSHIRE

ASTON HALL HOSPITAL, DERBYSHIRE

PROLIFIC ABUSE & EXPERIMENTATION ON CHILDREN

 

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Aston Hall is a former stately home which was turned in to an auxiliary hospital during the First World War, before then being sold by the owners and becoming a state secure psychiatric hospital.  It housed adults but, unbeknownst to many local residents, also contained a childen’s wing.

In 2016 it was announced that a number of former patients had come forward to allege the most appalling systematic abuse as well as claims of being used as ‘guinea pigs’ for medical experiments by the head physician.  Many of them were just children at the time.

In 2016, DI Simon Tunnicliffe of Derbyshire Police confirmed that a number of allegations had been made and that the police were “working with partners to assess the nature of the allegations“.

Deputy Director at NHS England (Midlands and East), Sylvia Knight, issued a statement:

NHS England is aware that historic abuse allegations have been made in relation to residents of the former NHS learning disabilities facility at Aston Hall, Derby.

A complex enquiry process has been established by the Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Board in line with its published procedure.

It is important that anyone who feels they have been a victim receives support and we are talking with Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to ensure that it and other organisations provide all necessary help and support.

Nottingham’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Paddy Tipping, confirmed that Aston Hall was featuring within two ongoing police probes.

2017: It is confirmed that an investigation is ongoing in to allegations of abuse at Aston Hall, and that former patients would also be giving evidence to the National Child Abuse Inquiry (IICSA).

 

The Hospital:

I happened to stumble across a book on Amazon written by Barbara O’Hare, entitled ‘The Hospital: How I survived the secret child experiments of Aston Hall’ (available in both paperback and on Kindle).  When I began reading Barbara’s appalling recollections of her experience (and many other girls) being transferred from The Cedars Children’s Home to Aston Hall and being systematically abused and experimented on, I was appalled.  I’d never heard of Aston Hall and the only other experimentation I’d heard about was Kendall House, where Dr Marenthiran Perinpanayagam (referred to by some as the British Dr Mengele) was routinely drugging girls, who were then being abused.

At the age of 12, Barbara was sent from The Cedars home to Aston Hall, where she was immediately drugged into a vegetative state before swiftly experiencing something that was known as ‘the treatment’.  It involved Dr Kenneth Milner – the head physician, a sedative type drug, abuse and a photographer.

The book itself is an eyeopener.  It is obviously very difficult to read given the subject matter, but it is well written and engrossing.  I read it within 24 hours and felt compelled to look into it and put together this blog post.  It’s yet another example of the state’s secret and shameful treatment of the most vulnerable in our society.

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Dr Kenneth Milner:

Dr Milner had a long and distinguished career.  Working for the Home Office, he was a former medical officer at Dartmoor Prison and worked at both Broadmoor and Rampton, as well as spending 30 years at Aston Hall from 1947-1975, despite having had no training as a child psychiatrist.  As a member of the Education Standing Committee for the Royal Medico Psychological Association (with William Sargant) from 1953–54, he also contributed to debates on ‘mental deficiency‘. He died in 1976.

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Sodium Amytal:

Sodium Amytal is a drug commonly known as ‘truth serum’.  It is a psychoactive drug that was used in psychiatric treatment in an effort to obtain information from subjects who are unable or unwilling to provide it otherwise.  It is now widely banned.

Ether:

Once patients had been injected with Sodium Amytal, a mask was placed over their face and drops of ether were put on a pad under their noses.

Cases:

1959: A mother held a protest against issues surrounding her sons death at Aston Hall.  Barry Wright was 24 years old when he drowned after absconded from Aston Hall.  His mother, Gertrude Wright, claimed that she and her husband were not told of their son’s death until two weeks later and had also been buried in an unmarked grave 30 miles away from his home.  An open verdict was recorded.

1972: A board of inquiry was held into allegations by Thomas Brindley of ill-treatment towards his son, Robert, who was aged 37.  He claimed his son had been ill-treated and injured.

2002: Nurse, Donna Roulston, aged 27, was struck off after being found guilty of assaulting patients within Aston Hall.

Media:

What Happened at Aston Hall Hospital? – BBC Radio 4 podcast from July 2016.  A full transcript is available at the bottom of this blog post.

Jason Stubbings injected and abused – BBC interview from February 2017, with a former patient who was just 14 when he was placed in Aston Hall.

Further reading:

https://scepticpeg.wordpress.com/2017/07/24/the-secrets-of-aston-hall-derbyshire/


Dr Kenneth Milner, right, is accused of abusing patients at Aston Hall.

Dr Kenneth Milner, right, is accused of abusing patients at Aston Hall.

Police investigate 58 allegations of abuse against doctor at a former mental hospital where child patients were drugged and thrown into padded cells

  • Doctor who died 41 years ago is being investigated on child abuse allegations
  • Kenneth Milner ran Aston Hall Children’s Hospital in Derbyshire for 28 years
  • He is accused of injecting children with truth serum before assaulting them
  • Police have confirmed they are looking into 58 allegations of abuse against him 

Police are investigating 58 allegations of abuse against a late doctor at a former mental hospital where child patients were drugged and thrown into padded cells.

Police are investigating 58 allegations of child abuse against Dr Kenneth Milner, pictured, who died 41 years ago

Police are investigating 58 allegations of child abuse against Dr Kenneth Milner, pictured, who died 41 years ago

A string of allegations have been made against Dr Kenneth Milner, who died 41 years ago, about his conduct at Aston Hall Children’s Hospital near Derby, of which he was in charge.

The psychiatrist and hospital chief superintendent is alleged to have injected children with the truth serum sodium amytal before sexually abusing them.

Dozens have said Milner, who had previously worked at Broadmoor and Rampton hospitals was trying to ‘normalise’ naughty children.

He died in 1976 just one year after he left the institution, having worked there between 1947 and 1975.

Police launched Operation Hydrant with health and social workers to investigate the abuse claims.

Yesterday officers confirmed they were investing 58 allegations of abuse against Milner with more potential victims coming forward.

Writing a letter to the alleged victims, Derbyshire Police said they have recorded ’58 crimes regarding various offences involving the actions of Dr Milner and treatment at Aston Hall’.

It reads: ‘I am satisfied that all former residents who have indicated they wish to be contacted by the police have been identified and approached, in addition to this we are continuing to see further individuals coming forward.

David Martin,  alleges Dr Milner ‘injected him with something’ and then gave him ether to ‘make him go to sleep’, leaving him unable to remember what happened to him

‘This is currently being reviewed I will then make a decision as to which staff members will be approached by the investigations team.

‘We are now in possession of a report regarding the practices at Aston Hall. Based on this, we are currently in the process of recording various crime types in relation to accounts given by former residents.

‘Once we are satisfied all accounts have been obtained, we will prepare a report for consideration of the Crown Prosecution Service.

‘I would like to take this opportunity to re-emphasise that, although this work is extremely time consuming, the investigation team remain focused and committed to establishing the facts as to what took place.’

David Martin, 55, claims he was abused twice by Dr Milner at Aston Hall while aged 12 and 13, including on his first day at the hospital.

The father-of-five said: ‘I was kicking and screaming on my way to Aston Hall. I remember being with some people from social services.

‘When I was there, I was grabbed and put in a cell. That night Dr Milner and two nurses came into the cell.

Dr Milner worked at Aston Hall, pictured, for 28 years and several patients have come forward with allegations against him

Dr Milner worked at Aston Hall, pictured, for 28 years and several patients have come forward with allegations against him

‘He gave me an injection and put a mask on me when I was tied down. He then gave me ether. But after that I don’t remember what happened. It made me go to sleep.

‘I was experimented on while I was asleep. It happened to me twice and it was wrong.

‘Once you’re in a place like that and things happen, it’s sick. It stays on your mind and people have wrongly labelled me in life because I stayed there.’

He claimed the abuse has caused him to ‘struggle with relationships and trusting people’.

He added: ‘They made me feel mentally ill by being there but there was nothing wrong with me.

‘I was never perfect and I did get in trouble. But there was nothing wrong with me.’

Mr Martin said he was relieved the police were investigating Mr Milner over the allegations.

Mr Martin said he was 'relieved' police had launched the investigation

Mr Martin said he was ‘relieved’ police had launched the investigation

He said: ‘It’s a very good feeling because finally someone has listened to what we said.

‘Finally, we can say for certain that what happened to us was wrong.

‘It should never have happened. What we went through was terrible. I’m very pleased with the police investigation.

‘They have been thorough and expert. It’s been complex for them and us.

‘Now I know many victims want to continue to push and get a conclusion to this.’

Another alleged victim, Trevor Bell, 62, claims he was forced to take drugs when he was 13 after Milner labelled him an ‘uncontrollable child’.

Mr Bell, who now lives in Sydney, had been in and out of care homes since the age of two.

He said: ‘When I first went in I thought it was going to be just another home but it wasn’t.

‘I couldn’t run away from this one. I met Dr Milner on my second day and he explained about my treatment.

‘He called it narco analysis but it was sodium amytal. They stripped me, put me in a padded room, everything was white.

‘They gave me an injection, then put a pad over my face, covering everything except my nose. And then he poured ether on my face.

‘They said they wanted to find out where things had gone wrong when I was a kid, why I was misbehaving. I was 13 years old. I didn’t understand a thing.’

Police say they are now in possession of a report regarding the 'practices' at the hospital, pictured, under Dr Milner's charge

Police say they are now in possession of a report regarding the ‘practices’ at the hospital, pictured, under Dr Milner’s charge

Mr Bell is now working with a lawyer to get his medical records.

Sodium amytal is a strong barbiturate described as a ‘truth serum’ because it makes the recipient lose all inhibitions.

Mr Bell added: ‘According to Dr Milner we were out of control kids. We were an experiment.

‘We had no rights, no love, nothing. Just a piece of meat for someone to play with.’

Amanda Solloway, MP for Derby North, who raised the issue in Parliament, said: ‘I think it’s very important that this has come in the public domain and the update from the police shows that anybody who was ever abused at any point in their life should feel confident to come forward because it will be taken seriously.

‘Crimes have been identified and that is positive. I want to thank the police as well. This is an ongoing investigation that has been detailed and shows they are taking this seriously.’


 

Teresa Cooper, abused at Kendall House in Gravesend, lodges complaint against Kent police

In 2009 Kent Police carried out an investigation into the way it had handled allegations of abuse at the home, but found insufficient evidence to pursue charges against those responsible.

After the full extent of the abuse at the Pelham Road home was finally revealed by an independent review last year, the force received a Freedom of Information request for the disclosure of their 2009 report.

Ms Cooper claims the police report clearly identifies her and has begun the process of complaining to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) for what she views as a breach of data protection.

She said: “I do not think it is appropriate for police to send out confidential information that survivors of abuse have given to them in confidence, even if they have put their life in the public domain.

“There’s a lot of information that I never put in the public domain that was in that report.

“The police had no right to send out that kind of information, whether it’s me or anyone else.”

A police spokesman confirmed the force had received a complaint regarding the disclosure of the 2009 review, but said it would not be recorded.

They said: “The review had been redacted to remove any personal or identifying features.

“The elements of the complaint were considered but it was decided the complaint should not be recorded as such.

“The complainant was provided with details of how to appeal to the Independent Police Complaints Commission should they not agree with the decision.”

Kent Police was criticised in last year’s independent review, which was commissioned by the Bishop of Rochester, the Rt Rev James Langstaff, in January 2015, after years of campaigning by Ms Cooper.

Meanwhile, Ms Cooper has stopped pursuing legal action against the church over birth defects suffered by the children and grandchildren of former residents due to costs.


Update:

‘I was tied up, drugged and abused at the age of 12 – by a doctor’

Liverpool woman Barbara O’Hare has written a book about how she survived secret medical experiments

3 FEB 2017

“I didn’t understand what sexual abuse was because I was a 12-year-old kid – a very naive 12-year-old kid. And I was in a hospital where I thought I would be safe.”

Barbara O’Hare, now 58, is sitting in her Liverpool home and painfully reliving the trauma of her childhood.

She has lived here since escaping the hell she documents in shocking detail in her book The Hospital: How I Survived The Secret Child Experiments At Aston Hall (to be published on February 9 by Blink, £7.99).

 

Dr Kenneth Milner

More than 50 alleged victims have claimed Dr Milner tied them down, injected them and pumped them with high-dose drugs before questioning them about their experiences as a child. Others claim they were sexually abused by Dr Milner, who died in 1976.

http://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/aston-hall/story-30115144-detail/story.html

 

The former Aston Hall Hospital was in Derbyshire and the activities of the late Dr Kenneth Milner, who was Aston Hall’s head physician from 1947 to 1975 and died in 1976, are currently the subject of a major police and NHS investigation.

Barbara says: “Milner left me confused, traumatised and very, very frightened – and he destroyed my mind, body and soul.”

Brought up in the Midlands, Barbara had an extremely unstable and fragmented childhood – spending much of it with foster parents and in children’s homes. She did know her dad, but for many years didn’t know if her mum was alive or dead, saying: “I don’t know if dad was trying to protect me or spite her.”

Eventually she ended up at Aston Hall Hospital which, before 1948, was known as the Nottingham Corporation Home for Mental Deficients.

Barbara explains: “I was apparently sent there because I had behavioural problems, but I wasn’t the problem – the adults were always the problem.”

Of her nightmare time at Aston Hall, Barbara says sodium amytal, a barbiturate derivative with sedative-hypnotic properties, was used by Milner, supposedly aimed at correcting bad behaviour.

She says: “I would be tied up and injected by a nurse as I lay on a mattress in a padded room and left feeling like a piece of stone, with every muscle frozen.

“Then Milner came in and put three cushions next to the mattress and lay down on them. I never saw the mask he put on my face coming, but I remember it hurt my skin – and ether was then dripped on it which made me go unconscious.

“Along with many others, I was sexually abused and experimented on. But I actually think the worst thing he did was label us. He was happy to label us ‘mental defectives’ in a bid to justify his sick experiments.

“It is my feeling he was knocking us out on order for paedophiles. I have no photographs of myself as a child and it kills me to say this and makes me feel sick to the stomach, but in my heart I believe the only pictures of me that will exist could be in the possession of paedophiles – I am sure pictures were taken as I was lying in that room.”

“Milner was at the hospital from 1947 until 1975 – who knows how many more people like me there could be? My Facebook group (Survivors of Aston Hall) currently has between 30 and 45 active members, depending on how they are coping at any given time, but I think my book will open the floodgates.”

Since leaving the hospital, Barbara’s life has often been troubled and traumatic – it has included spells of being homeless and living on the streets of London, while she spent years hitting brick walls and being wrapped up in red tape as she tried to make sense of what happened to her as a vulnerable 12- -year-old and get hold of her medical files.

She was also diagnosed with cervical cancer and credits Liverpool Women’s Hospital and Clatterbridge Hospital with saving her life.

And today she says: “I want closure. I want to know the full truth of what happened. I can’t see there ever being a conviction. Milner is the person who should have been convicted but that can’t happen. I would have liked to have seen him treated like we were – locked in a dark room and feeling terrified.

“I want an apology but I don’t think the powers-that-be know how to say sorry. It would be a fake apology if it comes.”

A spokesman for Derbyshire Police confirmed investigations were ongoing.

And a spokesman for Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust said: “The allegations of historical abuse in the 1960s and 1970s at… Aston Hall Hospital are very serious. These allegations are being investigated by a partnership of agencies, including health and the police through the Derbyshire safeguarding children board.

“It would be inappropriate to comment further while these investigations are underway.”

Stephen Edwards, a solicitor from Liverpool-based Armstrongs Solicitors, is representing Barbara and other alleged victims of Dr Milner, and has previously said: “We represent a number of individuals in respect of civil claims for damages arising out of the subject matter. Our aim as solicitors is to support our clients during this difficult and upsetting process, but further to ensure that they are compensated for the atrocities in which they have sadly been involved.

“We would prefer not to comment further as to any specifics of the cases, save to say that we are satisfied that our clients have strong cases.”

http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/i-tied-up-drugged-abused-12554171

Home channelled girls to ‘truth serum’ hospital

  • 5 February 2017

Girls in local authority care may have faced experimental drug treatment after being channelled via a remand home.

Breadsall Remand Home in Derby took girls from the Midlands and Yorkshire and sent many to Aston Hall Hospital.

The hospital has been accused of using a discredited “truth serum” therapy on patients as young as 11.

An ex-patient said the revelation made her “disgusted to the pit of my stomach”.

 
Dr Kenneth Milner, Aston Hall’s medical head, is accused of carrying out traumatic “therapies” on children

Aston Hall in Derbyshire was opened in the 1920s for those deemed to have mental health problems. It could cater for about 100 children of both sexes, but took adults as well.

It closed in the 1990s but comments on a website about derelict buildings brought its grim history to light.

Former patients began to swap experiences, describing Aston Hall as “pure hell” and “a horrendous place”.

This put the focus on Dr Kenneth Milner, who took over the centre in 1947.

 
Sodium amytal, a so-called truth serum, was originally used on traumatised soldiers

A treatment run by Dr Milner saw patients, including a number of children, being isolated, stripped and drugged, according to claims.

Records show he was using sodium amytal and may have been employing “narcoanalysis” – a military method for treating servicemen with repressed traumatic experiences, which was largely abandoned after World War Two.

This evidence, combined with a lack of published research and few medical records, have led to Dr Milner’s methods being called into question.

Many former patients have spoken of the trauma of the process, with some claiming to have had false memories of abuse suggested to them and even been sexually abused by Dr Milner.

But new research has shown there was a system for bringing children, particularly girls, to Aston Hall.

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 Inspection reports revealed doubts about Dr Milner’s treatments in the 1960s

The National Archives show a single remand home may have made hundreds of girls available to Dr Milner, despite the doubts of regulators.

These documents show Dr Milner was available to provide psychiatric reports for those admitted to the Breadsall Remand Home for Girls as far back as 1964.

The home, which held about 20 children at any one time, mostly served the Derby and Nottingham areas, but took girls from at least 11 other local authorities, including Sheffield, Leicester, Coventry and Stoke.

The same year, the home’s committee asked the regional board to consider the appointment of a children’s psychiatrist, rather than Dr Milner and Aston Hall, as “more appropriate” to its work.

 Former patient Barbara O’Hare finds it hard to even look at the Breadsall home – now a private building

But a 1966 report shows Dr Milner was still examining girls at the home, and a year later councils were recorded as using it “as a means of bringing very disturbed girls to the attention of Dr Milner”.

An inspection in February 1971 said “Dr Milner continues to be associated with this remand home through… the superintendent. He sees cases at her discretion.”

The superintendent, recorded as Miss IP Brookes, is believed by police to have died. Dr Milner retired in 1975 and died shortly after.

 

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Barbara O’Hare was 12 when sent from Coventry to Breadsall, where she said she was visited by Dr Milner.

“He came in and said ‘poor girl’ and stroked my hand.

“He said: ‘Would you like to come to hospital?’ and I thought it would be an escape. I was expecting grapes and comics.”

Ms O’Hare, who had always been confused by how she came to be in Derby, has waived her right to anonymity to publicise what happened at Breadsall and Aston.

At the hospital she said she was taken to a bare room, given sodium amytal and subjected to “terrifying” questioning.

She said about the latest revelations: “I am disgusted to the pit of my stomach and I am shocked. Everything has gone together like a jigsaw.

“Everything that I’ve been trying to prove and say for years is there now. This proves a lot of people stories.”

Ms O’Hare is among 30 former patients who have submitted a claim for compensation to the Department for Health through a solicitor. Other claims are also believed to have been submitted.

A spokesman for the department said the matter was under investigation.

Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Board, a multi-agency body including police, health and social services, says it is working to ensure the allegations are thoroughly investigated and the appropriate support is in place for people who need it.

Det Insp Gemma Booth from Derbyshire Police said: “The scale and nature of this inquiry naturally means that this is protracted and complex.

“The investigation team have focused on meeting former residents of Aston Hall Hospital as well as identifying and tracing other witnesses who can offer their recollections, including previous staff members.

“A large part of the inquiry involves reviewing records and the investigation team is working closely with archivists in both social care and the NHS to trace, locate and review these.”

Derbyshire County Council, which was ultimately responsible for the Breadsall home, said it could not comment while investigations were under way.

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Kendall House: Church faces massive payout to abuse victims

Jan 14 2017

Former residents of Kendall House in Pelham Road, Gravesend have been seeking out solicitors since the results of an independent investigation into its “harrowing” regime were published in a review last summer.

The results of a further review were released just before Christmas and “gratitude” payouts of £1,000 have already been made to the more than 20 women who gave evidence, but many of them are still suing the church for what happened to them.

Samantha Robson, of Robsonshaw Solicitors, has been bringing claims against the church over Kendall House since 2011, with six more victims coming forward since the review was published.

“Closure is very important to these women who finally want recognition for their mistreatment when they were vulnerable children,” she said.

“Some of these victims have suffered significant health issues as a consequence of their treatment at Kendall House. Often claimants will need to be examined by a specialist psychiatrist to provide evidence on mental health issues.

“In other instances, claimants have suffered conditions such as fibromyalgia (a long-term condition causing pain all over the body), which may have been affected by the drugs administered at the children’s home.”

The church is insured for such cases and has already settled a number of them, with Mrs Robson securing a five-figure award of compensation for a woman who lived at Kendall House in the 1980s.

Mrs Robson, who has been specialising in sexual abuse claims for 16 years, said the church was taking a “positive” approach to the cases and did not want to prolong the victims’ suffering.

She added that the church would likely end up paying out hundreds of thousands of pounds in damages and legal fees.

Campaigner Teresa Cooper, who last month described the £1,000 gratitude payments as “an insult”, is one of those pursuing action over birth defects suffered by the children and grandchildren of former Kendall House residents.

Ms Cooper’s daughter Sarah was born with a cleft palate and her two sons and grandchild also have serious health issues, which Ms Cooper believes are as a result of the drugs she was given at the Gravesend home.

Her solicitor, Madeline Seibert, of Attwaters Jameson Hill, said last year: “The women residents of Kendall House need closure and justice in relation to these tragic events.”

Back in 2010, the church agreed an out-of-court settlement with Ms Cooper to the tune of £50,000 but did not accept liability for the abuse until the review was published last summer.

She contributed to the second review and the panel, chaired by Dr Sue Proctor, who led the investigation into disgraced DJ Jimmy Savile, thanked her for her efforts.

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Update: Kendall House: Church payments to drugged girls an ‘insult’

22 December 2016

Teresa Cooper said: “They made my life a walking, living, breathing hell. We were pumped full of drugs over and over again by force.”

She said she had been left suicidal and unemployable, and lives in constant pain.

She said the £1,000 payment she received failed to atone for the illnesses she had suffered since being at the home.

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Unilever &

pizzagate

Unilever, Acumen, and the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership announce USD $10 million Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action to support smallholder farmers

Sir Malcolm Rifkin another executive with ties to pedophilia and this massacre at a school where kid were getting abused, so it sounds like it was planned. He stepped down in 2015 from Unilever board for play for cash. He earned more with Unilever than as a foreign minister in the UK
Unilever ties to save the children

There’s no way Unilever could be linked to $-billion enterprises like global child sex trafficking and child pornography rings; the global arms trade; narcotics production and trafficking operations; or industrial-scale money laundering (for example).

I mean, the fact that Unilever’s chief executive, Paul Polman, partners with the Lynn Forester de Rothschild to write business articles?

Such collaboration (friendship too?) can only prove that Unilever has a moral and ethical leader. Because, after all, the Rothschilds – as is well known – gave away their staggering, blood-money fortune in order to alleviate global poverty. (I may be wrong about that last bit),

Touchingly, Lynn Forester was introduced to her husband, Sir Evelyn de Rothschild, by Henry Kissinger at the 1998 Bilderberg Group conference.

And I’m certain that the “family investment company” Lynn and Sir Evelyn established in 2003 – “E.L. Rothchild” – is not connected to any of the aforementioned wicked global trades or money laundering, either.

http://www.ilsole24ore.com/art/economia/2014-05-23/the-capitalist-threat-to-capitalism-183715_PRN.shtml

http://knowledge.ckgsb.edu.cn/2013/06/26/china/el-rothschilds-investments/

“One of the rare items concerning the TAVISTOCK INSTITUTE appears in Business Week, Oct. 26, 1963, with a photograph of its building in the most expensive medical offices area of London. The story mentions ‘the Freudian bias’ of the Institute, and comments that it is amply financed by British blue-chip corporations, *** INCLUDING UNILEVER *** …”

http://www.whale.to/b/tavistock_q.html

“Harold Bridger, the last surviving founder member of the TAVISTOCK INSTITUTE OF HUMAN RELATIONS, has died at the age of 95 … Bridger worked intensively with a wide range of client companies, including Philips, Shell and UNILEVER; his work with Unilever, in particular, spanned many decades…”

https://www.ispso.org/news:bridger-obituary

“‘In the Sports Palace we were Hitler’s personal guests of honour and were shown onto a podium next to Goebbels and Göring’, writes Paul Rijkens, UNILEVER’S Senior Director in the years leading up to the war…

“Unilever’s close relationship with Hitler continued when, in 1932, the German Government suspended the Gold Standard and imposed control on the export of money from Germany. In order to trade and make profits Unilever needed concessions from the German Government and ultimately from Hitler.

“Rijkens wrote: ‘We would not only try to get a business agreement but would try to get on friendly relations with the Nazis.’”

http://newint.org/features/1987/06/05/keynote/

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Unilever logos for ice cream

 

GlaxoSmithKline –

Sex tape started GlaxoSmithKline bribery inquiry in China

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Kendall House Addendum to Main Report

Kendall House Review Report

Update December 2016:

Following the publication of the Kendall House Review report earlier this year, the Dioceses of Rochester and Canterbury wanted to ensure that any former residents who had not contributed to it, were given an opportunity to record their experiences. The Kendall House Review Addendum is the result of those conversations with the Review Panel and should be read alongside the original report.

Kendall House Review Report
Kendall House Addendum to Main Report, November 2016
Statement from the Review Panel

http://www.rochester.anglican.org/kendall-house-review-report.php


Dec  16 2016

Main Report can be accessed HERE
Click images below to expand, or click HERE to view PDF report.

What can I say? The report  begins well and gives due credit to Teresa Cooper for the 30 years of her tireless struggle to achieve recognition for the maltreatment meted out to her and other residents.

And there it ends. One might ask, given the unprecedented access that Dr Sue Proctor had to Kendall House and Church of England records, why there is no reference to any official documents that might corroborate the testimony of the former residents that participated. One might further ask why the only reference to any official documentation in this report is to note its absence when particularly damning allegations are made by former residents – including the legally sensitive (for the Church of England) subject of organised drug experimentation on children at Kendall House.

Doesn’t that seem odd to you? No documented corroboration of witness testimony – but the noting of the absence of corroborative documentation when it suits?

If I were a conspiracy theorist I’d have a field day with this report – as I’m not, I’ll just say that this report falls far below what I’d expect from an independent report undertaken by professionals.

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Update: Dec  13 2016

Kendall House: More harrowing accounts of historic abuse at Church of England children’s home in Gravesend

Harrowing accounts of historical child abuse have been revealed by a further review into a Church of England home for young girls.

More than three decades of cruelty at Kendall House in Gravesend was first exposed by the findings of an expert panel in June, with residents found to have been drugged, sexually assaulted, locked in an isolation room and kept in straitjackets.

The 137-page report, compiled by Dr Sue Proctor, part-time judge Samantha Cohen and former police detective superintendent Ray Galloway, described Kendall House as “a frightening, violent and unpredictable place to live”.

Dr Proctor, who chaired the investigation into disgraced DJ Jimmy Savile, said the abuse at Kendall House was the most troubling thing she had worked on.

So many other former residents came forward after its publication that the Rt Rev James Langstaff, Bishop of Rochester, agreed to an extended review, which has resulted in testimonies from one woman who was just nine when she was sent to Kendall House.

She had never been in a children’s home previously and it remains unclear why she was sent there, with other girls sent there by the Dioceses of Rochester and Canterbury ranging from 11 to 16-years-old.

She arrived in the mid-1970s and was quickly introduced to the superintendent Doris Law, who oversaw what went on at the home.

Another of the girls interviewed for the extension was 15 when she arrived at Kendall House in the early 1970s and recalls barred windows on the outside.

She was also introduced to Miss Law soon after her arrival, who is said to have pulled her by the hair and handed her over to two other women.

First impressions of the building in Pelham Road, which opened in 1947, were said to demonstrate a “nasty, horrible atmosphere”, with new arrivals left scared and confused by what was happening to them.

One woman recalled: “An injection would happen if you’d had an argument with somebody, if they felt you were being rude or disrespectful. Anything you stepped out of line for, in their eyes, then you got sedated, basically.

“This injection would literally just knock you out completely, out cold, and I would just remember the next day, the next morning. I’d be in bed and I’d be like I can’t remember how I got there.”

Girls were also administered tablets, which staff told them were simply vitamins and would sometimes hand them out at meal time. If they refused to take them, staff would threaten them.

Psychiatrist Dr Marenthiran Perinpanayagam would oversee much of the drugging and a failure to properly hold him to account was identified as one of the Dioceses’ major failings in the original report.

Staff were also said to take blood and urine samples from those they drugged, and Miss Law and other senior diocesan officers were said to downplay such practices in meetings with social services.

Girls staying at Kendall House were regularly threatened for misbehaviour with being sent to the psychiatric hospital Stone House, which shut in 2007. One girl who was taken there was given electric shock treatment.

Such issues were reported to Kent Police, but officers have been accused of not taking the concerns of the girls seriously.

The report states that no further investigations took place despite the serious nature of the allegations and many of the girls were driven to self-harm.

Sexual assault accusations have also been raised with police since the home shut in 1986, but these also haven’t been followed up. One of the women interviewed said that police had told her the abuse was “in her head”.

Campaigner Teresa Cooper

One of the four former residents to contribute to this week’s report was Teresa Cooper, who has spent the last three decades fighting for a full investigation into Kendall House.

Ms Cooper did not take part in the original review due to a dispute over the terms of reference, but the panel felt she should be included in the extension.

The panel acknowledge that many of the complaints made about Kendall House in the years since its closure were made by Ms Cooper.

If Kent Police had done something about it at the time, they would have found the same things that the review did,” she said.

The police were not trying to help me, they were trying to help themselves. They didn’t deal with my allegations properly. Rather than try to deal with it they have actually gone out of their way to discredit me.

“Kent Police didn’t think for a minute that a review would come out. They owe me a huge apology. They screwed up and they need to accept that they screwed up.”

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EXPERIMENTAL drug trials on school children were approved by Home Office doctors in the 1960s, it has been revealed.

Disruptive boys were given an anticonvulsant drug to see if it would help to control their behaviour while a proposal to give girls a powerful sedative was also considered.

In the disturbing revelations, exposed in National Archive files, parents were not consulted with consent left to managers.

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Richmond Hill Approved School

The anticonvulsant drug trial was performed at the Richmond Hill Approved School in North Yorkshire, which housed male students aged 15-17 years-old.

The school for boys was established at a Victorian building on the site in 1961 after The Green Howards moved from its regimental headquarters and continued until 1973, when approved schools were replaced by community homes.

One of the documents was dated late 1967 and signed off by Dr JR Hawkings. He wanted to give some of them a drug called Beclamide

The proposal at the girls school had been considered for all students at the Springhead Park Approved School in Rothwell, which cared for 14 and 15-year-olds.

The drug that would have been trialled was Haloperidol, which is a powerful sedative now used as an anti-psychotic.

All three doctors involved in the drug trial plans are now deceased.

Home Office psychiatrist Dr Pamela Mason approved of the drug trials, saying she recommended “maximum support” for the project.

As the Richmond Hill trial got under way, a second trial was proposed, again by a school psychiatrist, at Springhead Park Approved School for girls in Rothwell near Leeds.

This was a sister school to the better known Duncroft in Surrey, a small institution for girls of higher intelligence.

In November 1968, Dr Joyce Galbraith wrote to Dr Mason at the Home Office “in strict confidence”.

She suggested giving Haloperidol to every girl in the school, for 18 weeks.

Again, Dr Mason supported the plan.

The files also show that Shelagh Sunner, headmistress of the school between 1966 and 1982, did not support the trial.

Bob Hammal, a teacher at Richmond Hill between 1968 and 1972, said he did not know about the trial at the time and is appalled.

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http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-37149029http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-37149029

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/1652873/home-office-docs-agreed-seedy-secret-drug-trials-on-restless-borstal-boys-in-60s-files-reveal/


 



There are loads of names from the past mentioned in this document, one of which was Dr Pamela Mason’s. Mason is described as being the Director of the Mental Health Division in the DHSS. Things were certainly not going well in the Mental Health Division. Not only was Pamela presiding over the chaos and criminality in the north Wales mental health service, but this Bulletin reminded me of a few other problems from that time.

 

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Chris and Lavender Patten

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Peter and Virginia Bottomley

Within a year of entering Parliament in 1984, Virginia Bottmley became a parliamentary private secretary to Chris Patten, and then to Geoffrey Howe. By 1988 she was a junior minister at the Department of Environment; by 1989 she was a health minister under William Waldegrave.

MICHAEL HOWARD; LOUISE PATTEN; CAROLINE CHICHESTER-CLARK, Literary charity First Story fundraising dinner. Cafe Anglais. London. 10 May 2010.

Louise Patten  – charity supporter of First Story charity

https://www.firststory.org.uk/who-we-are/

First Story charity:

Patron Camila

William Waldegrave

Katie Waldegrave, Co-Founder

and other Waldegraves

Chris Patten

Chris Patten is Katie Waldegraves gdfather

https://www.ft.com/content/850405a4-1fe1-11de-a1df-00144feabdc0

http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/markets/article-1632705/Louise-Patten-at-the-eye-of-BB-storm.html

Katie Waldegrave is Director of Now Teach. She is the founder of First Story, the literacy charity, which she ran from 2007 to 2015, by which time it had helped thousands of children learn to write. Katie studied history at Oxford, after which she trained to teach with Teach First. She went on to be Head of History at Cranford Community College and has also taught at Ashoka University in Delhi. She has a PhD in creative writing.

 

March 22 , 2009

Double wedding

When Katie Waldegrave gets back from India later this week, she will be able to focus once more on running a remarkable charity, First Story, where she is executive director.

Her job is to get well known authors to visit schools and conduct writing workshops in an effort to foster “creativity, literacy and talent” in deprived children.

This seems to be an idea worth introducing in India as well. The dream would be to get slum children, for instance, to write their own film scripts.

Katie, 28, has been in Jaipur for the Indian part of her wedding to Indrojit Banerji. The couple met at Oxford where Katie read history, Indrojit politics, philosophy and economics. Wedding part II will take place near her parents’ home in Somerset.

Katie’s father, Lord (William) Waldegrave, just appointed Provost at Eton College, was a cabinet minister under Margaret Thatcher and John Major. Indrojit works for Gordon Brown’s policy “delivery unit” at 10, Downing Street.

Katie’s mother, Caroline Waldegrave, is a well known cookery writer and managing director of Leith’s School of Food and Wine. Should there ever be a tiff between the new bride and groom, it could trigger the first recorded instance in history of a Bengali boy running not to his mother but his mother-in-law.

https://www.telegraphindia.com/1090322/jsp/7days/story_10705882.jsp

First Story is also the name that my goddaughter has chosen for the charity she launched two years ago. When Katie Waldegrave (daughter of former cabinet minister William Waldegrave and food writer Caroline Waldegrave) finished her degree at Oxford, she went to work in the “Teach First” programme, which gives young graduates the chance to teach for a couple of years at comprehensives. Based on this experience, she launched First Story in September 2007 with the aim of placing writers in state schools across the country. The first was William Fiennes. By this autumn there should be 20 of these writers-in-residence, who encourage creative reading and writing among students. It has been a great success and deserves more help and encouragement, not least from publishers. Our schools minister, Mr Balls, might like to give it a pat on the back too.

https://www.ft.com/content/850405a4-1fe1-11de-a1df-00144feabdc0

Louise Patten: at the eye of B&B storm

In 2003 she was nicknamed “Queen of the Sheds” and described “the most powerful woman in property” due to this role.

http://www.williammurdoch.net/articles_18_Patten_steering_error.html

Theresa May: the highest achiever of all in the starry, Oxford University geography class of ’74

 

(Clockwise from top left) Denise Patterson, Dame Louise Patten, Alicia Collinson and Lady Hood

(Clockwise from top left) Denise Patterson, Lady Louise Patten, Alicia Collinson and Lady Emma Hood)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/16/theresa-may-the-highest-achiever-of-all-in-the-starry-oxford-uni/

 


P.O.I.

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Dr Joyce Galbraith, a psychiatrist working at Springhead Park (Dr Joyce Galbraith, the archivist of the York Medical Society)

Dr JR Hawkings, a psychiatrist working at Richmond Hill

Dr Pamela G Mason Home Office psychiatrist

^ In cahoots  with Henry Hunter of Balderton Hospital?  

 

 

 

and Dr Kenneth Milner of Aston Hall Hospital

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“In Nottinghamshire, there were a series of lunatic asylums used to house wayward children. Those that refused to conform to schooling or the structure of family life. Doctors that thought nothing wrong in testing new anti-psychotic drugs and new treatment methods on the inmates…”

“This work was led, from what I can gather, by Dr Henry Hunter of Balderton Hospital in Newark, Notts. Funded by the Sheffield Health Authority, he accessed patients from numerous asylums around the region.

In turn, the doctors from these asylums trawled the children’s homes and secure units, looking for viable subjects for upcoming research or drug trials.”

“Over the years, Dr Hunter, Superintendent of Balderton saw fit to “borrow” patients from other facilities in the area.
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Nottingham County and Borough Lunatic Asylum
Harmston Hall Hospital
Glenfrith Hospital
Aston Hall

Treatments included Chloropromazine, Trifluoperazine, Sodium Amytal, Ether, sensory deprivation.”


Trent Vale – Dr H. Hunter part of seminar in Jan 1971

http://nottinghamhospitalshistory.co.uk/05.%20Trent%20Vale%20Review%20April%201972.pdf


Police launch investigation into historic abuse claims at Derbyshire children’s hospital Aston Hall

FORMER child patients at a hospital at the centre of abuse allegations have told how they were drugged and thrown into padded rooms “to find out why they were misbehaving”.

“They said they wanted to find out where things had gone wrong when I was a kid, treatments at night time, at eight or nine o’clock. When we saw the car pulling up, we were petrified. We would scream. We were normal healthy children. There was nothing wrong with us. I don’t know why we were there.”

Det Insp Simon Tunnicliffe, head of Operation Hydrant, said: “A number of people have contacted the police wanting to talk about their experiences at Aston Hall.


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The psychiatrist and hospital chief superintendent Dr Kenneth Milner (right), is alleged to have injected children with the truth serum sodium amytal before sexually abusing them. 

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Kenneth Oswald Milner was born on June 26, 1909, and educated at Wakefield Grammar School and Leeds University, graduating with honours in 1933 and gained his medical doctorate at the university in 1939.

It said he served as a medical officer in HM Prison Service at Broadmoor Hospital and later as deputy medical superintendent at Rampton Hospital.

Aston Hall

This was before being appointed physician superintendent at Aston Hall Hospital in 1947, where he remained until 1975.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/652148/police-investigating-abuse-allegations-Aston-Hall-Derby-Operation-Hydrant-truth-serum

http://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/just-troubled-teenager-ended-aston-hall-forget/story-28810446-detail/story.html


Establishment Physician – Dr Pamela Mason

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 1984-87 Pamela Mason  Queen’s Honorary Physician

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Pamela Georgina Walsh Mason married first to David Paltenghi and

then to Director/Producer Jan Darnley-Smith in 1965

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MASON Pamela Georgina Walsh, Medical Officer; Psychiatrist, m. (1) David Paltenghi. 1949, dec. 1961, 2 sons, (2) Jan Darnley-Smith, 1 965. Education: Christ’s Hospital School, Royal Free School of Medicine. University of London; MRCS.

 

 

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Career

Dr Pamela Mason Senior Principal Medical Officer at the Department of Health and Social Security

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Visiting Psychiatrist, Holloway Prison, 1962-67 (When Myra Hindley was there)

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1987

MASON, Pamela Georgina Walsh 34 Goodwood Ct., Devonshire St., London W1N ILSMB BS Lond. … Late: Hon. Phys. HM the Queen; Sen Pnncip. Med. Off. DHSS; Cons. Psychiat. Childr Dept. Home Office

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Adviser to Church of England Children’s Society 1962-1967

Pamela Mason MB, BS, DPM Consultant Psychiatrist to the Home Office Children’s Department and Visiting Psychiatrist to Duncroft Approved School.

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Social Work Today – Volume 1 – Page 21

https://books.google.com/books?id=h1VFAQAAIAAJ
1970 – ‎Snippet view

Peter Righton of the National Institute for Social Work Training spoke on the relationship between residential and community-based … Dr Pamela Mason, who is psychiatric adviser to the Home Office children’s department, speaking about …

https://www.google.com/search?tbm=bks&hl=en&q=dr+pamela+mason+and+righton



 

All of this was government run and controlled.


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Jimmy Savile visited Duncroft Approved School for Girls in the 1970s, pictured here, in 1974, with staff members and students

 

Dr Pamela Mason 

Consultant Psychiatrist to the Home Office Children’s Department

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Visiting Psychiatrist to Duncroft Approved School.

Pamela Mason, who supported the drugging of these children in Richmond Hill Approved School and in Springhead Park Approved School, without parental consent, was the Home Office visiting psychiatrist at Duncroft Approved School where  Jimmy Savile visited and had his own room.

Duncroft, a ‘paedophile sweet shop’…

Savile abused 23 girls at a school for emotionally disturbed teenagers where he was given ‘unrestricted and largely unsupervised’ access to youngsters, a report revealed.

The paedophile DJ carried out at least 46 sexual offences Duncroft School.

He was even allowed to stay overnight and abused girls across the property and in vehicles parked outside, including his Rolls-Royce.

The abuse even took place in the principal’s office

He is also recorded to have twice stayed at Norman Lodge, a hostel in the grounds used as a place of transition for girls who had gained employment, and also visited the intensive care unit twice.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3060559/Jimmy-Savile-abused-23-youngsters-Duncroft-School-emotionally-disturbed-teenage-girls.html

James Robertson Justice, a bosom pal of Prince Philip

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1319004/Molly-Parkin-I-abused-father-I-affair-man-30-years-older.html

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Former pupils recall that other visitors included the popular character actor James Robertson Justice and  the Conservative politician, Home Secretary (1957–62)  Rab Butler.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2220802/Meirion-Jones-BBC-war-astonishing-claims-reporter-aunt-saw-Savile-abuse-school.html

https://www.thefreelibrary.com/My+seven+years+of+three+in+a+bed+love%3b+BY+THE+STREET’S+ALMA.-a092591040

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Dan Davies writes about the Duncroft home in his book about Savile:

“Many of the 25 or so girls in its care at any one time came from comfortable backgrounds and included the daughters of ambassadors and BBC producers. As a Home Office-approved school, funding came from Social Services.

Regular guests at their parties included the actor James Robertson Justice, who was one of Britain’s leading film stars in the 1940s and 1950s and reportedly a close friend of the Duke of Edinburgh. Princesses Marina and Alexandra are said to have attended.

Among the former Duncroft girls to have come forward, one has said she was put in the isolation unit for ‘two or three days’ after loudly protesting when Savile groped her in a caravan on the school grounds. ‘For years we tried to report him,’ another confided to me. ‘We even had a mass breakout to Staines police station.’

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

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Angus Ogilvy and wife Princess Alexandra

  • Paedophile Jimmy Savile mentioned first trip to Duncroft  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

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Sir Angus Ogilvy, Princess Alexandra’s husband (left) with Jimmy Savile. All mention of the former DJ’s claims to friendship with the royal was initially omitted from police transcripts

In his 1974 life story Savile wrote: “Princess Alex is 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.”

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Jimmy Savile was a frequent guest at garden parties at Duncroft Approved School for Girls  and had his own room there

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The Daily Star Sunday has asked the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) to investigate the redactions and consider the arguments any outside bodies made.

As we revealed in May, Government papers showing links between Savile and Prince Charles were redacted.

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/346148/Royal-cover-up-Police-censor-Jimmy-Savile-interview-transcript


Duncroft – Closed Records for 85 years

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Duncroft  – 01/01/1963 – 31/12/1975  

Reports of visits by Home Office inspectors

This record is closed

Closed For 85 years
Opening date: 01 January 2061

http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C6099703


 

The Walton Hop was situated only five miles from Jimmy Savile’s haunt the infamous Duncroft Approved School.

 Girls were also  allowed to attend the Walton Hop which was within walking distance and were sometimes provided with ‘escorts’

Walton Hop was  the hunting ground for convicted abusers such as Chris Denning, Jonathan King and Tom Paton – the latter of Bay City Rollers infamy.

The management must have been aware of this, permissions granted and ‘escorts’ arranged?

How was it that  the underage patients knew about the abuses, as did other visitors and yet, according to the statement Mind has issued, it would appear that staff and indeed Mind has no knowledge of this?

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1968, Dr Joyce Galbraith suggested giving Haloperidol to every girl in the school, for 18 weeks.

Background on Springhead Park School for Girls

A major aspect of the cost of maintaining Springhead Park, Sheffield, and of many other CHEs, was that of the employment of large numbers of staff. This raised the weekly fees to a level that deterred many local authorities from using the service.

In Springhead Park, a CHE for 30 girls, there were a Principal, two Deputies, a Head of Education, three full-time teachers, two Group Leaders and a team of residential social workers, a field social worker, a bursar, two office staff, a cook, a handyman, a gardener and domestic staff. It is hardly surprising that at the time of its closure in 1986 the weekly charge was £423 per week per girl. Part of the explanation for the policy of providing a high child/ staff ratio was the belief that change in the child could be best achieved through effective interpersonal relationships.

http://www.thetcj.org/child-care-history-policy/the-reality-of-closure

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Springhead Park School for Girls age 14-16yrs – provided domestic training and instruction in gardening. 

The establishment also had facilities for the treatment of venereal disease!

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http://www.childrenshomes.org.uk/RothwellAS/

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 1965 Jan 01-1966 Dec 31 Springhead Park Approved School, Rothwell, near Leeds, Yorkshire: opening of the school by Her Royal Highness Princess Marina and speech by the minister of state

Springhead Park Approved School, Rothwell, near Leeds, Yorkshire: reports of visits

1965 Jan 01-1974 Dec 31

This record is closed

Closed For 78 years
Opening date: 01 January 2053

http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C11133104

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1975 MIND’s Springhead Park School for Girls  was being considered  for take-over by Barnardos
http://mandatenow.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Operation-Outreach-29-4-2015-11186-link.pdf 

Richmond Hill School, Richmond:

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1950 Jan 01-1965 Dec 31

Richmond Hill Approved School, Richmond, Yorkshire: complaint of irregular punishment

http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/browse/r/h/C11133102

Richmond Hill Approved School, Richmond, Yorkshire: complaint of indecency

This record is closed

1965 Jan 01-1968 Dec 31

Closed For 93 years
Opening date: 01 January 2062

http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C11133103

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Kendall House

Kendall House home in Kent (above), where Teresa was brought as a teenager, has been closed

 Kendall House was a private children’s home for girls based in Gravesend, Kent.

Until 1986,it was run and funded by the Church of England, overseen by the Joint Council for Social Responsibility for the Dioceses of Rochester and Canterbury. Girls who were placed there were aged between 11 and 16 years.

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Young girls at a Church of England children’s home were drugged, sexually abused and bullied for two decades, a shocking report revealed.

An independent review laid bare the horrors of the now-defunct Kendall House between 1967 and 1986 where girls as young as 11 were left “broken”.

What happened in Kendall House…

Consider this line from the inquiry: “We have found that every former resident…was in fact the victim of abuse.”

And: Concerns about the medication regime at Kendall House were raised in the 1970s and 1980s. All were either ignored, rebuked or belittled.”

Long-term institutional abuse on young vulnerable girls was perpetuated by staff and tolerated by the Church of England.

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Rt Revd James Langstaff aka Bishop James

 

1980 London Boroughs Children’s Regional Planning Committee

Meeting to discuss Kendall House

Apologies were received from Dr Peri.

The drugging of children in care documentary and Kendall House 1980


Teresa Cooper in her three years at Kendall House in the early 1980s, she was drugged with tranquillisers 1,248 times despite having no history of violent behaviour. 

Wandsworth Council in London had first referred her to the home.

She was raped on several occasions. Fellow residents of the home have suffered severe ill health following their time there.

More frighteningly, she and more than 90 per cent of the Kendall House residents who have so far come forward had children with birth defects, which the church has privately acknowledged are a result of the drugs that were forced upon them.

The drugs were prescribed by consultant psychiatrist Dr Marenthiran Perinpanayagam, who referred to himself as ‘Psychotherapist to the Home Office,’ on his notepaper.

In 1980, his methods caused a sensation after being exposed in a TV documentary, yet somehow Kendall House was allowed to continue operating its shameful regime. Teresa left at 16 in 1984, traumatised and barely able to read or write. Two years later the home was closed down following a Government report that expressed ‘extreme concern’ at the ‘administration of psychotropic drugs’ and said girls were ‘stripped of basic human rights’.

Dr Perinpanayagam died in 1988. He was never prosecuted.


Kendall House: Girls drugged and abused at Church of England-run home

13 July 2016

Girls at a church-run children’s home were routinely drugged, locked up and physically, emotionally and sexually abused, a review has found.

Hundreds of girls were sent to Kendall house in Gravesend in the 1960s, 70s and 80s, before it closed in 1986.

It found girls were heavily sedated and placed in straitjackets.

The review found girls as young as 11 were “routinely and often without any initial medical assessment, given antidepressants, sedatives and anti-psychotic medication”.

Drugs were administered in dosages exceeding usual prescribed adult levels to control girls’ behaviour, placing them in a constant stupor, and restricting their ability to communicate, the report said.

The review found: “The effects of the drugs also increased their vulnerability to emotional, physical and in a smaller number of cases, sexual abuse”.

Concerns about the medication regime at Kendall House were raised in the 1970s and 80s by residents, their parents, by some social workers and some employees. “All were either ignored, rebuked, ridiculed or belittled by those in the position of authority in the home,” the report said.

Many of the women, including Teresa Cooper, say they were also sexually abused at the home, sometimes while they were unconscious from the drugs.

Two former residents reported being raped on the premises in the late 70s inside the “locked isolation room”, one allegedly by a male visitor to the home when sedated, the other, allegedly, by several male visitors on different occasions.

“I woke up to people abusing me more than once and I think it’s possible I was abused by men from outside the home as well as staff,” she said.

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The Home Office consultant psychiatrist in charge, Dr Marenthiran Perinpanayagam, has said in the past that the drugs used by the staff at the home were safe and did not have side effects.

Girls in his care were given pills designed for schizophrenics, psychotics and Parkinson’s sufferers…without having been diagnosed with any of these conditions and often held down and forced to take them.

Nearly 30 years later, the children of girls in his care have learning difficulties, cleft palates, water on the brain and brain growths.

One of the women, Teresa Cooper, 41, said: “They turned us into zombies with those drugs. But we’re only just starting to find out that it may have affected our children as well.”

During 15 years as consultant psychiatrist to Kendall House – run for girls with problems by the Church of England’s Council for Social Responsibility in Gravesend, Kent – Dr Perinpanayagam wrongly prescribed girls drugs.

Valium was given at four times the recommended dose for an adult male. When his methods were exposed on TV it caused outrage although it seems no action was taken.


About 2.5 billion pounds of the Church’s portfolio is invested in shares listed in Britain or overseas, including in drug companies GlaxoSmithKline (GSK.L) and AstraZeneca (AZN.L)


BLM Abuse conference – London, 24 Nov 2016

Those who are accused of abuse seek anonymity and fairness of process, arguing that they should not be named until charged or at the end of a trial. That debate is one currently voiced in the media in particular by those whose names are well known but it is as important an issue for anyone irrespective of fame or fortune.

Does limitation have a future? A draft bill in Scotland seeks to remove limitation as a defence in sexual abuse claims. What are the implications of that proposal?

All of these issues and topics will be considered and debated at the annual BLM conference. This year we are delighted to be co-hosting this event with 39 Essex Chambers. Speakers will include eminent guests as well as those from 39 Essex Chambers and BLM, including:

Harvey Proctor, former Member of Parliament for Basildon and Billericay
• Peter Skelton QC, Crown Office Row – counsel to the Accountability & Reparations
Investigation
• Anne Tiivas, Director, Child Protection in Sport Unit, NSPCC
Samantha Cohen, 9 Bedford Row chambers
David Greenwood, Director & Solicitor, Head of Child Abuse Department, Switalskis Solicitors
• Richard Scorer, Principal Lawyer, Head of Practice Improvement, Slater and Gordon Lawyers
• Jonathan Wheeler, Partner, Bolt Burdon Kemp
• Neil Block QC, William Norris QC and Bernard Doherty, 39 Essex Chambers
• Fintan Canavan, Frank Hughes, Paula Jefferson and Michael Pether, BLM

This conference is for anyone already or potentially involved in the Inquiry or facing or managing claims for compensation as a result of abusive behaviour.
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Delegates will learn about:

• Unfounded allegations/anonymity: ‘trial by media’ (panel debate)
• The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA)
• Consent (debate)
• Abuse claims update
• Supporting victims and survivors

 

 

Colette L Annesley‏ @ColetteAnnesley

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Cassandra Cogno @CassandraCogno

Follow for deeper understanding of Church of England corporate defence structures, investments & where the profits go

Joe @seaofcomplicity

Thanks Cassandra. Hope to lift the veil a little. Not much awareness amongst CSA survivors of the corporate structures. Hope to change this.

Incidentally, part of the Church of England insurance group is main sponsor of the National Festival of Hunting.


  Gilo‏ @seaofcomplicity

£100million to CofE from insurer nexus in 6 years. Legally seperated but morally affiliated.

 


Church of England’s links with insurer undermines justice for survivors of clergy abuse

26 Jul 201

Anglican abuse victims believe the Church’s close links with its insurer results in lower settlements to victims. NSS executive director Keith Porteous Wood thinks they’ve got a point, and offers solutions to put things right.

An insurance company connected with the Church of England has been accused by abuse survivors of having unreasonably resisted financial settlements because it has too close an association with the Church itself.

Teresa Cooper and Gilo (surname withheld at his request) made the case powerfully on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme on Friday 21 July (recording starts 14 minutes in).

The painstaking and revealing research carried out by these survivors demonstrates why the close relationship between the CofE and Ecclesiastical Insurance Group (EIG) will tend to suppress the level of settlements and makes the already difficult process of obtaining compensation for victims even harder. The Church of England founded EIG and remains affiliated to it.

The Anglican Church receives massive grants – a dividend in all but name – from EIG through the charity Allchurches Trust. For the period 2014-2020 this is likely to amount to around £100 million, according to the research of these survivors.

Another concern is the numerous bishops and cathedral deans and head teachers of schools with abuse problems that have been directors on EIG’s board. They sit in a non-executive capacity despite being experts neither on insurance nor, as far as we are aware, on any other corporate area. The question is: why are they there and what effect does their presence have on payouts to abuse victims?

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http://www.secularism.org.uk/blog/2017/07/church-of-englands-links-with-insurer-undermines-justice-for-survivors-of-clergy-abuse

 

 


http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-40668079


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merkava_bob wrote:
I’ll repost what I commented this morning because obviously someone’s delicate sensibilities were offended (Wouldn’t be from KCC Social Services by any chance?)

Psychiatrist Dr Marenthiran Perinpanayagam was a complete and utter quack and charlatan. I had a client (I was involved in advocacy so don’t want give names) who was a patient of his. He’s field was supposedly adolescent psychiatry. My client had been very badly bullied at school and at this stage was temporarily in care at Glebelands Home in Maidstone (now closed)

Despite having supportive independent evidence of the bullying. This clown used a very primitive skin galvanometer Lie Detector test on a vulnerable client without taking any form of consent from legal guardian (obviously sceptical because any teenager in the 1970’s in care was seen as troublesome and lying delinquent!) Like a lot of Psychiatrists of that era he thought he was God (or maybe even the creator of God?)

He was also very liberal with the dosages of major tranquillizers (anti-psychotics, regardless of whether a client was psychotic or not) His favourite “liquid cosh” was largactl (chlorpromasine) in way above the recommended daily doseage.

I would also be very interested to know if another psychiatrist, Dr Glaisher and child psychologist Mrs Absolom were involved. They were then based at the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Team in Wrotham Road.

The social work team at that time were also extremely suspect. It’s no wonder that these poor young women were not believed because one of the social workers on the team at that time was Nicholas Rabbet. Rabbet it turned out later was a superintendent of care homes in Islington and was also a prolific child abuser (Subsequently struck off by his own professional body) This is documented as was the inquiry in London as was police involvement. He also had connections I believe with the infamous Haut de la Garenne care home on Jersey that was also visited by Jimmy Saville.

Fortunately Rabbet will not be abusing anymore young boys (that was his speciality) He was subsequently arrested in Thailand and charged with numerous child sex offences. He committed suicide whilst in custody.

My heart goes out to these young women and to those brave enough to speak out.

The Kent Messenger or other journalists ought to do some further investigations especially with regards to Mr Rabbets murky presence as KCC social worker. I personally think that Kendall House in Gravesend is the tip of a very nasty iceberg concerning care homes in Kent.


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From 1966 to 1972 there was an unknown number of disabled child deaths, in Islington and Hackney care, at the Beeches Ixworth Suffolk. This is a village close to the Henniker estate (Later home of abusive Islington Suffolk project)

I have just asked Suffolk Police to report the Beeches and Ipswich Family Psychiatric Centre to Op Hydrant to seek an overview to include Aston Hall and Kendall House. Aston Hall and Ipswich Family Psychiatric Centre research activity has a common factor of Royal Medico Psychological Assn which also links to William Sargent at St Thomas. The Kendall House psychodabblers seem to link back to Aubrey Lewis and Maudsley whose influence was behind RMPA and Cambridge Uni research asset Fulbourn Mental Hospital Cambridge.

The head of psychiatric research at Medical Research Council was IIRC Dr Peter Elliot. Whether Stowe old boy attorney general Nicholas Lyell took this into account when he applied various secret public interest custodianship cover up early 90s also extended to protecting from police inquiry Old Stowe boys Leonard Cheshire, Lord Henniker and Hayman ???

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http://pb.rcpsych.org/content/pbrcpsych/9/12/247.full.pdfd Hill

https://books.google.com/books?id=h1VFAQAAIAAJ&dq=Home+Office+Pamela+Mason&focus=searchwithinvolume&q=+Mason

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Sir Charles Cunningham 1957–1966

He became Permanent Under-Secretary of State at the Home Office (1957-66) during which time he encountered

the likes of R A Butler (Duncroft visitor) and

Roy Jenkins, now Lord Jenkins of Hillhead, with whom he is said to have had a colourful relationship.

(“PIE was so deeply rooted in the realm of the social elite and the political establishment that it had extensive influence. To have these links fully examined now would lead to the exposure of many highly influential individuals as being either practising paedophiles or the promoters of paedophilia.

Roy Jenkins with convicted child abuser Frank Beck  ( Janner)

It has to be remembered that Roy Jenkins (Home Secretary & the “Architect of the permissive society”) expressed support for PIE. The organisation also came close to having a private members bill to have the age of consent reduced to just five years of age introduced into Parliament. PIE was also linked to the security services. Some speculate that the security services used PIE to entrap, for the purposes of blackmail, people of influence. I believe that there is now sufficient circumstantial evidence in the public domain to support this assertion.”

https://nationalinquiry.wordpress.com/2015/04/15/open-letter-to-justicegoddard-re-pie-savile-and-nationalinquiry-paedobritain-corruption-csa/)

Sir Charles Cunnigham went on to become chairman of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (1966-71), chairman of the Uganda Resettlement Board (1972-73), and was a director of Securicor Ltd from 1971-81.

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Sir Philip Allen Home Office 1966–1972Chairman of the charity Mencap from 1982 to 1988

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/1570841/Lord-Allen-of-Abbeydale.html

He was also a member of the Diplock security commission for 18 years (1973-91), investigating, among other things, the salacious circumstances which brought about the resignation of Lords Jellicoe and Lambton in 1973 and the spy scandals inside MI5.

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Springhead Park Approved School, Rothwell, near Leeds, Yorkshire: reports of visits

1965 Jan 01-1974 Dec 31

Access conditions: Closed For 78 years Record opening date: 01 January 2053

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Operation Outreach Report – Surrey Police by Detective Superintendent Jon Savell MIND home, Springhead Park School for Girls was being considered for take-over by Barnardos


1970  Responsibility for Springhead Park School –  NAMH

1970  Responsibility for Richmond Hill – Local Committee

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Abuse at Aston Hall

Barbara O’Hare was a vulnerable 12-year-old when she was sent to Aston Hall hospital in Derbyshire. More than 40 years on she has uncovered a shocking legacy of illicit drug therapy and sexual abuse at the hands of the psychiatrist who was supposed to help her

Aston Hall in Derbyshire is an imposing white mansion, grade II listed, that’s been turned into high-end flats. Until recently, there were other buildings on this site too, less imposing, redbrick. Photographs taken before they were demolished reveal eerie abandoned corridors and derelict washrooms. It’s like the setting for a horror film. There are a few signs visible, such as “Drug Cupboard. Do Not Switch Off” – a clue to Aston Hall’s grim and now deeply questionable past as a psychiatric hospital for vulnerable, lost, so-called “mentally defective” children.

Back in the Fifties, Sixties and Seventies, troubled young children and teenagers, many from children’s homes all over the country and a great deal from the local remand home for girls, the Cedars, would be brought up Aston Hall’s drive, past the mansion, clueless to what was about to happen to them.

The cars that delivered them to the door were so often driven by their social workers. The “mentally defective children” – many of whom were simply badly behaved as a result of their early lives – were now under the care of the hospital’s medical superintendent, Dr Kenneth Milner, a psychiatrist who had worked at Broadmoor and Rampton hospitals, but who in 1947 transferred to Aston Hall, employed by the government. He had no history of treating minors.

Milner’s view was clear. Here, at Aston Hall, it was thought that all the troubles of the children’s pasts – their parents’ neglect, for instance, or their parents’ alcoholism, often their presumed sexual abuse – could be “cured”.

But evidence now being gathered by the Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Board and Derbyshire Constabulary, under the auspices of the nationwide Operation Hydrant, has revealed that if these children entered Aston Hall damaged and lost, they often emerged months later even worse – more confused and more broken down in even more profound ways. And this is because the very man – Kenneth Milner, now long since dead – who was supposed to help them had subjected the children to drug experimentation instead.

Barbara O’Hare, now 58 and a mother of 4 living in Liverpool, was admitted to Aston Hall in January 1971 and left 8 months later.

In a book published this month, The Hospital, the story she tells of what happened during this period is profoundly shocking: abuse, both medical and sexual, at the hands of a man who was supposed to protect her. It makes for grim and depressing reading.

Every night, she recalls, Milner would sweep up the drive in his car. The children, a mixture of girls and boys, would stand at the window waiting and then flee in terror. Each evening, a new name was read out for “treatment”.

With the help of some of the nursing staff, he “treated” the young children and teens by ordering them to be stripped naked bar a thick brown gown, binding their hands and feet, and making them lie on a mattress on the floor of a small room. Their faces were covered with a wire mask and a cloth soaked in ether. He would then lie down beside them. All this took place in a small, locked side room, and countless medical records reveal they would be injected with an exceptionally high dose of an irregular drug called sodium amytal, a so-called “truth serum” dating back to the early Twenties. This drug turned them into a “statue”, as O’Hare recalls, and was intended – on a sympathetic reading – to make them speak openly about the buried traumas of their past. While a recognised form of therapy called narcoanalysis, even by the standards of the Sixties and Seventies it was already outdated – and wholly inappropriate for children.

Today, the rigours of Barbara O’Hare’s hard life are etched on her face: alcoholism, family tragedy, mental breakdown. The pattern of how a broken, unloved childhood can shape adult life is a familiar one.

From the story O’Hare tells of her neglected childhood (a mother who left when her daughter was 11 months old; negligent father, though they’ve since reconciled; brutal foster mother; terrifying care home at 12), she was set on a terrible path from birth. But it is her memories of what happened at Aston Hall that are the most disturbing – and it is these, she says, that brought her down in adult life.

For years, O’Hare could not make sense of her patchy but distinct recollections of what had gone on inside that treatment room. Was she remembering it properly? Was she the only one? Was she crazy? Wrists tied? Metal muzzle on her mouth? When she tried to tell people, one said, “Crazy Barbara. You’ve always been crazy.” And at low points, she believed it.

She left Aston Hall after eight months and was transferred to a children’s home in Liverpool. She ran away to London and, after a spell living on the streets, got a job in a hotel. Her life, she says, has never had any sustaining relationships in it, aside from the love she feels for her four children.

For years, she chugged along, never seeking redress or thinking she had any rights. “When you’ve lived a life like mine, you learn to get on with it. You’ve got no option. What are you going to do? Sit down and cry? You’ve just got to get on. I wish I’d been adopted.”

But in 1995, her time at Aston Hall caught up with her. Triggered in part by the brickwork of her local fire station in Liverpool and in part by a police investigation into abuse at another care home for which she was a witness, she had a paralysing flashback to her time in the hospital. “Milner’s breath was here, right here above my head,” she says. “It was as if I could feel it again. I knew then it had been sexual, too.”

After “treatment”, which often saw an Aston Hall child, boys and girls, disappear for days, she remembered how he or she would finally return whimpering and broken. She remembered, aged 12, bleeding after seeing Milner, despite not having started her periods. But she couldn’t recall much else, except the flash of a camera going off. She remembered being bundled into the back of a van, too.

Now in possession of her full medical notes after a two-decade long attempt to make sense of it all, she recalls, for example, that on March 3, 1971, when Milner’s car screeched to a halt below where the girls watched at the windows, dreading his nightly visits, “The nurse appeared inside the door and called out a name. ‘Barbara O’Hare,’ she said, holding a clipboard.”

O’Hare was taken to a bathroom and made to sit down in a tepid bath, then given the thick gown and bound. When she became distressed, begging not to be bound at the ankles, the nurse smirked and said, “You know and I know your dad doesn’t care. If he did, you wouldn’t be in here. He can come and get you any time he wants, but he doesn’t care because he doesn’t want you … Just like your mother.”

When she finally came round, as she recalls, she was “swollen and wet … Someone had put something inside me to leave me so sore down below … Fluid continued to trickle out along the top of my legs.”

Questions only started to be asked about the events at Aston Hall last year. Today – despite O’Hare dealing with alcoholism, depression, family suicide, cancer and, at one stage, her own suicidal impulses – it is largely as a result of her persistence that Aston Hall has been brought under the remit of Operation Hydrant.

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The story of what happened to the children at Aston Hall at the hands of Kenneth Milner finally broke on February 24, 2016, after Isaac Crowson, a crime reporter at the Derby Telegraph, got a tip-off that allegations had been made.

For years, nobody had believed Barbara O’Hare’s memories. It sounded too far-fetched, too sci-fi. And, crucially, she had no evidence.

After that 1995 flashback, two different GPs didn’t believe her because she had no proof. More family tragedy hit (the deaths of two nephews, the collapse of her marriage); a spell of depression then left her suicidal. But the flashbacks to Aston Hall and the nightmares got worse and more frequent. “I remember going to my doctor and her saying, ‘Why are you going on the internet looking for it? As long as you carry on doing that, you are going to have flashbacks.’ ”

But in the run-up to her meeting Isaac Crowson – she was the first victim he spoke to – and that initial story, it was the internet that helped her. On a website called Project Mayhem, she saw pictures of a derelict Aston Hall, which for years she’d mistakenly thought was “Ashton Hall”. There was a comment below the story from a woman recalling her horrific “treatment” there.

“I couldn’t sleep,” O’Hare explains. “I put a comment under hers and thought, ‘Oh God, I hope she finds me.’ The next day she got in touch on Facebook and said she’d already got another lady in a different part of the country. Suddenly, there were three of us after all those years. I set up a Facebook support group for us, mostly so we could communicate. But I also felt that, if there were 3 of us, there could be 303. There was a real sense of, ‘I’ve got to do something.’ ”

O’Hare spoke to Crowson about Milner and his so-called truth serum, about the coma-like state he induced in the terrified children, about the abuse and the nudity and being made to lie down on a mattress.

Isaac Crowson, after “a lot of digging”, decided to run with the story of alleged abuse and drug experimentation. “Very quickly, we knew we had a very big story on our hands,” he remembers.

Within 24 hours of publication, 12 other victims contacted the paper. The following month, Amanda Solloway, the MP for Derby North, raised the alleged abuse in parliament. David Cameron shared her concerns. “It is vital the full facts are considered,” he replied.

By March 7, 35 people had been in touch with the Derby Telegraph. By the beginning of August, it was 50. “We had legal firms contacting us saying they were representing victims,” says Crowson, “and we managed to obtain a letter from the NHS which victims had been sent, saying, ‘We have no reason to doubt the allegations.’ ”

Derbyshire Constabulary is investigating (“We are seeking specialist experts,” runs the official police statement, “who can focus on the medical treatment at the time and cross-reference this with the accounts provided”), while Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Board, the body that co-ordinates all child welfare agencies, is working to ensure all the allegations are fully examined. The majority involve drug experimentation. The victims, however, feel in limbo. “It’s like the abuse all over again,” says Barbara O’Hare.

There are now 31 survivors in her own support group, independent from the Derby Telegraph’s 50. “A lot of them are very vulnerable,” she says. One man has tried to commit suicide.

Barbara’s lawyer, Stephen Edwards, is representing the 31 in her support group (other victims have different legal teams) in a civil case for compensation relating to the drug abuse, and has presented the claims to Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary.

“Some survivors are saying they were [sexually abused],” says Edwards, “some are saying they haven’t been, some are saying it’s more likely than not.

“There is a clear ring of truth,” he goes on, “because time and time again the victims coming forward are saying the same thing [about Milner’s treatment]. These are people from all walks of life who were at Aston Hall at different times, different years and are now scattered all over the country.”

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Sodium amytal (first synthesised in 1923) and narcoanalysis had been used as a possible treatment for shellshock in the Second World War and features in a 1946 documentary, Let There Be Light, about American soldiers who are suffering from emotional trauma and depression, directed by John Huston.

It had something of a revival in the US and elsewhere as part of recovered memory therapy – which, in at least one case of the mid-Nineties, involving Holly Ramona and her father, Gary, had devastating consequences. After being sued by his own daughter, at the time in her early twenties, for allegedly raping her between the ages of 5 and 16, Gary Ramona retaliated by suing the therapists who had planted false memories in her using the drug. In May 1994, he was awarded $500,000 damages against the two therapists.

In 1953, while working at Aston Hall, Milner gave a speech entitled Psychotherapy with high-grade mental defectives, in which he said, “One of the most difficult things to elicit was a history of cruelty in childhood. It was of vital importance to elicit such histories, however, for they often gave a clue to what was to come. If a patient gave a history of gross cruelty by alcoholic parents, it was very likely to be coupled with sexual degradation at an early age.”

Even were Milner using sodium amytal in some sort of groundbreaking experimental way, you’d expect to find plenty of research to back it up. But his “treatments” resulted in no publication of medical papers or trials in The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. Nor is there any trace of such research at the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

In the mid-Nineties Ramona case, the administration of sodium amytal was linked with false memory syndrome. At Aston Hall, it is alleged that, in some cases at least, the false memories of sexual abuse that Milner created in the children allowed him to become their abuser.

Last year, a few months after Barbara O’Hare made her allegations (implanting false memories is not one of them), Radio 4’s File on 4 took up the mantle. One survivor told the programme how Milner implanted memories of sexual abuse, taking her back to when she was 11, the age when she started going off the rails. She recalled him saying, “ ‘Whatever we talk about, you will be reliving it as though it’s happening again … Did your father touch you?’ And I felt as if I were being touched where I shouldn’t be touched, and he’s saying, ‘What’s he doing? What’s he doing?’ He’s touching me. I don’t like it. I don’t like it.”

Finally, after nine or ten sessions, she remembers Milner bringing her in to see him and saying, “We’ve got to the bottom of it. You were a hard nut to crack! I’ll tell you now what happened. Your dad was sexually abusing you.”

In the case of this survivor, the allegation is that while using sodium amytal to plant a false memory of parental sexual abuse in her, Milner himself was able to carry out sexual abuse. This survivor believed what Milner had told her. “I’ve tried so hard to visualise it,” she told the programme. “But I can only remember and visualise it from the treatment, and for 51 years I have been accusing my father of maybe doing something he did not do. And the worst part about it, I’ve got … If it didn’t happen, I’ve got to live the rest of my life knowing that I’ve told people he’s done this and accused him of doing it … I believe it was Dr Milner doing the abuse while I was under treatment.”

Milner died in 1976, so these allegations were never put to him. His family refute them and have pointed to a former patient whose life was helped by such treatment in the Fifties. This female patient continues to describe Milner as “wonderful” and says that he made her life “worth living”.

“Even though this is very shocking and horrendous,” says Barbara O’Hare, “you could even say unbelievable, we know the truth. We have our memories and we can’t all be having the same one. One member of my group dates back to 1957.”

A key voice in the campaign emerged last year when John Bull, the pioneer of community-centred children’s care in the Seventies, came forward to say that as a student nurse at Aston Hall back in the Sixties, he’d received training on the treatment but wasn’t involved in giving it. “I’ve seen the room,” he told File on 4. “From the outside when you were walking past the ward you would hear sometimes kids crying … He was the only person I know that gave the treatment.”

Isaac Crowson at the Derby Telegraph also interviewed an anonymous former staff member who remembered “how the staff regarded Milner as the expert and never once questioned him”.

Breakthroughs such as these have had a massive impact on Barbara O’Hare and her fellow survivors. “I don’t feel I’ve got anything to prove any more, which I always did feel. I remember passing my driving test more than 30 years ago and it breaking my heart. I never felt adequate; I never felt as good as anybody else.

“From the age of 12, I’ve carried a big black balloon of depression, of anger, of confusion, of hurt in my chest. For years, I’ve been trying to make sense of it.

“The decision to write this book was the best thing ever, because it deflated the balloon. It made some sense to me of what had actually gone on. It has given me the energy now that I need to help some weak and troubled survivors in my group, but the amazing thing is less than half of 1 per cent of us has a drug or drink addiction now. There are down days and days when we have mainly flashbacks or nightmares, but we are keeping each other strong.”

Aside from financial compensation, Barbara O’Hare has a clear view of what she wants to come out of any public acknowledgement of the abuse of and experimentation on the children of Aston Hall.

“I want every doctor in this country to have to carry his own portfolio, so that when you take your child to them, you can see what they have done. Dr Milner had had no experience working with children. There should be much more protection of children, and in particular more protection of children in care. I want social workers and foster parents to read this and learn from it. We messed up years ago. Don’t let us make the same mistakes for a new generation.”

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/abuse-at-aston-hall-d5gkn80xj?shareToken=869d2260c8e9da9084cb1b7d514b657a




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LENNOX CASTLE: Disabled children given grotesque drug tests. #Scotland

DISABLED primary school-age children were subjected to “grotesque” drug testing in a Scots mental hospital

Sun Mar 20 2016

Such medical experimentation will form part of the SNP’s child abuse inquiry, with chair Susan O’Brien QC to launch the call for evidence in Glasgow this week.

The group of nine boys and three girls were subjected to testing while in the care of the state at Lennox Castle Hospital, near Lennoxtown, Stirlingshire in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

They were given droperidol, a tranquiliser which was banned as an antipsychotic in Britain and America in 2001 after being linked to heart problems and a number of deaths.

It is still licenced for use in hospitals to prevent nausea in post-operative patients, although the maximum dose for under-18s is 1.25mg.

The youngsters in Lennox Castle were given up to 60mg a day for up to 19 months, with the average dose 20mg a day.

Each patient was also given a cocktail of other drugs

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Kendall House abuse

An interview with Stacey discovered in 2017 revealed a culture that enabled child abuse in the 1970s and ‘80s. In it, Stacey explained how he never reported staff who had been accused of abuse to the police, because he believed that children could be “incredibly manipulative” and that there was never a “serious case” worth reporting.

But in reality, during the time Stacey was head of Kent social services, staff at Kendall House, Gravesend, a Church of England-run children’s home in Kent, were drugging, straitjacketing, and physically and sexually abusing vulnerable girls.

The ordeals of dozens of young women came to light in 2016 after an independent report found that Kendall House had “normalised” cruelty and abuse. The recording was discovered in British Library archives by former Kendall House resident and well known campaigner, Teresa Cooper.

Cooper herself was drugged over 1200 times in 32 months at the institution, and went on to give birth to three children with birth defects. Cooper’s persistence across three decades led to the Kendall House review, which finally brought the full story of abuse to daylight.[4][5][6]

The Rev Nicolas Stacey obituary

Clergyman who became a social services director – director of social services for Kent from 1974 to 1985

14 May 2017

In 1971, Nick found his second vocation. Without any previous experience, he was appointed director of social services for Ealing

While at Kent, Nick attempted to revert to a former passion by applying for and getting chairmanship of the Sports Council, only to suffer the public humiliation of his appointment being blocked by Denis Howell, the sports minister. Nick left Kent in 1985 to run a project providing housing and sports facilities on the Isle of Dogs, east London, which was then abandoned when its sponsor withdrew. For a year he ran the small and now defunct Aids Policy Unit (he helped to found the National Aids Trust). But generally the post-Kent years were ones of voluntary work: he worked in various capacities for the church and as a voluntary prison chaplain to 200 sex offenders and chaired the East Thames Housing Group (1993-98).

Nick’s showmanship – he gave parties for his staff, one of which was attended by the singer Marianne Faithfull

Nicolas David Stacey, clergyman and social services director, born 27 November 1927; died 8 May 2017

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/may/14/the-rev-nicolas-stacey-obituary

Gilo‏ @seaofcomplicity

Important piece of the jigsaw of cultural complicity. Stacey cared alright … but it was for staff and reputation.

 

And listen to his comment on rape :-/ Director of Kent social services throughout KH abuse.

Cassandra Cogno‏ @CassandraCogno

#KendallHouseGrotesque dangerous assumptions for children in Kent’s care – Rev Nick Stacey – Kent Director of Social Services for 11 years


 

https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2017/11-august/comment/letters-t


Don Brand, Director General Social Care Council (GSCC) Deve Project, funded Joseph Rowntree Foundation at National Institute for Social work


Interview with the Revd Nick Stacey sheds light on era of Kendall House abuse

7 July 2017

AN INTERVIEW with the Anglican priest who ran Kent Social Services at the time of the Kendall House children’s-home scandal shines a light on the culture that allowed children to be mistreated and abused in the 1970s and ‘80s.

The priest, the Revd Nick Stacey, who died earlier this year (News, 12 May), was the director of Kent County Council’s social services from 1974 to 1985.

At that time, staff at Kendall House, Gravesend, a Church of England-run children’s home in Kent, were drugging, straitjacketing, and physically and sexually abusing vulnerable girls. The ordeals of dozens of young women came to light last year after an independent report found that Kendall House had “normalised” cruelty (News, 15 July 2016).

A recorded interview that Mr Stacey gave for an oral-history project in 2006 is now held by the British Library. In it, he explains how his policy was never to report staff who had been accused of abuse to the police, because he believed that children could be “incredibly manipulative” and make such stories up.

In the course of a wide-ranging discussion, he describes his approach to managing social services.

“The other thing that I had was that nobody was to go to the police about accusations against staff without my approval,” he says. “And it is incredible the way times have changed. I could never begin to do that now, but children, especially children in care, are incredibly manipulative.”

Many accusations of abuse from children in care were invented to make trouble for care-home staff, he believed. “[Children] come back [late] at six or seven o’clock, probably either having sex in the churchyard with somebody or stealing at Marks & Spencer’s or both. And [the staff] would say, ‘You’re to go to bed without supper.’

“The kids would go into supper, the child would creep down and telephone Childline, saying, ‘I’m being abused.’”

Mr Stacey tells the interviewer with pride that he “never once” went to the police, because there was never a “serious case” worth reporting.

In reality, while he was responsible for all social services in Kent, girls at Kendall House were “caught in a regime that, in many ways, sought to rob them of their individuality, of hope, and in some cases of their liberty”, the independent report says.

Girls as young as 11 were routinely, and sometimes without any medical assessment, given antidepressants, sedatives, and anti-psychotic medication, and others were put in straitjackets or sent to a local adult mental hospital. There were at least two incidents of rape while girls were put in isolation as a punishment, as well as several pregnancies and cases of self-harming.

Those whose task was to oversee the Kendall House girls’ well-being “demonstrated little curiosity, challenge or questioning”, the report alleges.

Despite noting with pride that there were no “scandals” in Kent under his watch, Mr Stacey admits during the 2006 interview that he did on occasion force some care-home workers to resign and put their names on an “at risk” register.

“I would try and get them to go to counselling,” he said. “I actually fundamentally think that to put these people . . . Terribly sad if you’re sexually orientated towards children, you know, and it is a . . . So that was one thing.”

However, if “rampant abuse” on the scale of some Roman Catholic scandals had emerged, he would have gone to the police, Mr Stacey says.

He also recounts the story of how one care home worker hit a child “very hard” and was reported to the police. Mr Stacey ensured that the man got a high-flying QC to defend him and personally gave evidence in court in his defence.

“I went to court and I said ‘You’ve got no idea how these children wind care staff up. We expect care staff with small pay to look after some of the most . . . — admittedly tragically deprived, it’s not their fault that they wind people up — and they’re aggressive and somebody loses their cool and they do hit somebody once.’ I got [him] off.”

Mr Stacey became well-known as the Rector of Woolwich in the 1960s after writing in the press about the “failure” of strenuous efforts to attract working-class people into his congregation. He later left stipendiary parish ministry, and was deputy director of Oxfam before moving into social work, first in Ealing, and then in Kent.

Among the much copied innovations he made in the county were professional fostering for troubled teenagers, and care in the community for the elderly, instead of putting them in homes.

https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2017/7-july/news/uk/interview-with-the-revd-nick-stacey-sheds-light-on-era-of-kendall-house-abuse


 

 

Cassandra Cogno‏ @CassandraCogno

Rev Nick Stacey was in Ealing Social Services for 3 years

 

The Times, June 11, 1971 Controversy over Ealing post for Nicolas Stacey

Cassandra Cogno‏ @CassandraCogno

Nick Stacey on writing the obituary for Michael de la Noy, one-time Albany Trust director

Together with a whistle-blown House of Bishops document published last year, the image is of a church that pretends a ‘robust’ response whilst consciously operating a mirage. Instructions from the CofE’s legal head advised diocesan bishops to use “careful drafting” to “effectively apologise” without enabling victims to get compensation. The Church and insurer have in effect ran an ‘affiliated corporate hand-wash’ with both parts washing hands of responsibility for actions of the other. They maintain the pretence of separation. The Church wants to quietly have its cake and eat it.

Headmasters on EIG board of directors

In addition to senior CofE figures, three headmasters have also been on the board of the insurer. Ecclesiastical’s website states that it insures over 40% of independent schools. These three headmasters, across more than three decades, are listed on Companies House as having been directors (governors) of other prep schools in addition to headship of their own schools. More than half these have had abuse cases and media reports. One example is Caldicott. All three headmasters had governance of this school at different times – a school with a complex abuse history spanning decades and centred around its own headmaster. But many of the other schools too have been subject of abuse allegations:

Abingdon, Ashdown, Ashfold, Cothill Trust, Loretto, Millfield, Mount House, Radley College, Repton, Stoke Brunswick, Summerfields, Wellington College

Does the presence of headmasters, presumably representing the interest of all these schools, on EIG raise similar ethical questions? Have survivors from these schools been informed that heads/governors of their schools were part of the insurer possibly handling claims? Those I’ve asked had no idea and were shocked to discover these potential conflicts of interest. One Caldicott survivor told me that one of these had praised Peter Wright as the “finest prep school headmaster of his generation” at Wright’s retirement speechday. There’s no grounds for suspecting any of the three had prior idea that Wright had been subject of rumours from the late 1960’s onwards and across the decades. But these links between the worlds of private school, church and insurer are bound to raise questions for survivors. Has EIG insured all these schools? I asked a few. They were reluctant to say.

Tim Brinton MP – contemporary of Rev Nick Stacey

Member of Kent County Council since 1974.
Brinton was a Kent County Councillor from 1974 to 1981 and Member of Parliament (MP) for the marginal seat of Gravesend from 1979 (gaining the seat from Labour) to 1983, and, following boundary changes, for the new Gravesham constituency from 1983 until he stood down in 1987. In 2003, he became a member of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP).[4]
Tim Brinton, a former newsreader, was Conservative MP for Gravesham during the Thatcher years between 1975 and 1987.
He joined the BBC as a radio announcer in 1951
During his time as MP he drew on his professional background in the media to help establish a scheme for media training at Conservative central office and also chaired the Conservatives’ backbench media committee.
Brinton’s television career was varied: he presented documentary features, ITV sport, Come Dancing, interviewed the Shah of Iran and became the first nude newscaster having appeared in a programme about Turkish baths.
He flirted briefly in the mid-Nineties with Sir James Goldsmith’s Referendum Party, which sought a referendum on Britain’s role in the European Union, but returned to the Tory fold in 1996.

Thatcher says no evidence on Rothschild

The Prime Minister said last night no evidence existed to suggest Lord Rothschild, former head of the Downing Street “think tank,” had ever been a Soviet agent.

Her brief statement came just 24 hours after she had stunned MPs by refusing to immediately clear the peer of allegations that he was the “fifth man” after his personal appeal.

Mrs Thatcher said: “I have now considered more fully Lord Rothschild ‘s letter in The Daily Telegraph yesterday, in which he referred to innuendoes that he had been a Soviet agent.

“I consider it important to maintain the practice of successive governments of not commenting on security matters. But I am willing to make an exception on the matter raised in Lord Rothschild ‘s letter.

“I am advised that we have no evidence that he was ever a Soviet agent.”

Lord Rothschild, who was a wartime M15 officer, was informed by Downing Street of the Prime Minister’s announcement shortly before it was made at 5pm.

Mr Tim Brinton, Conservative MP for Gravesham, who invited the Prime Minister on Thursday to protect Lord Rothschild ‘s reputation against false innuendoes and smears, said: “It was quite clear from her answer then that she needed time so that various people could consider the matter, rather than make a spot decision off the top of her head.”

1979 Speech to Conservatives in Gravesend

Thatcher:
So all of this people know, all of this we have to get across to them, and I believe, as Reg Prentice has done, that a large number of people who’ve never supported us before will be prepared to do so this time if we make contact with them. And I must say, they’ll have a jolly good Member in Tim Brinton when he’s returned to the House of Commons
MT Engagement Diary 1982
1915   Drinks for MPs [Robert Adley, Jonathan Aitken, Michael Ancram, Robert Atkins, Anthony Beaumont-Dart, Peter Bottomley, Tim Brinton, John Brown,
Kenneth Carlisle, The Hon. Alan Clark, Sir William Clark, Den Dover, Bob Dunn, Tim Eggar, Sir Peter Emery, Harry Greenway, John Hannam, John Heddle,
Sir Anthony Kershaw, Ivan Lawrence, John Lee, John Major, Dr. Brian Mawhinney, Robin Maxwell-Hyslop, Robert McCrindle, Fergus Montgomery,
Michael Neubert, Jim Pawsey, Tim Renton, Peter Rost, The Lord Sandys, Michael Shersby, John Stradling-Thomas, Anthony Steen, Ivor Stanbrook,
Teddy Taylor, Peter Temple-Morris, John Townend, John Ward, Ian Gow: THCR 2-6-2-99 f84]

Dined H/C IG [Ian Gow] and Chairman [Cecil Parkinson]
A service of thanksgiving for the life of Tim Brinton was held on Wednesday, July 15, at St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street.
Among others present were…
Mr Peter Bottomley, MP, Mr Roger Ordish,

‘We were human toys at the hands of a monster’: For 24 years Barbara was dismissed as a fantasist. Then she found the files PROVING her horrific story and that of possibly thousands of other children was true

For eight months in 1971, Barbara O’Hare was a patient at Aston Hall hospital
When Barbara published her autobiography, it made for implausible reading
But it was the real life account of her life under the ‘care’ of Dr Kenneth Milner

Published: 25 July 2018

Barbara O’Hare has no pictures of herself as a child, which pains her immensely. ‘When you are in children’s homes and the like, no-one takes them,’ she explains. ‘No-one wants pictures of you.’ Except in her case, she believes that someone did.

Photos of her as a 12 year old (‘a particularly naive 12 year old,’ she points out) do exist, but they are not pictures any sane person would want to see.

‘They took some when they were doing whatever it was they did to me,’ she remembers.

‘I remember that vividly. I’d been drugged. The doctor had held the mask with the ether on it over my face, and I was drifting in and out of consciousness, but I remember the camera flashing over and over again. I was on my back at that point.

‘The hospital gown had been pulled up around my waist, exposing my private parts. I remember the light burning into my eyes, and not being able to scream or shout.

‘Even now I think about those pictures. Who saw them? Are they still out there? When I switch on the news and hear about paedophile rings and images being found, I think ‘were those pictures of me among them?’.

Or were the pictures taken just a part of some scientific experiment? Maybe it wasn’t sexual abuse in the classic sense. The truth is I just don’t know. That’s a terrible thing to have to live with.’

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Barbara O’Hare was a patient at Aston Hall hospital in Derbyshire for eight months in 1971
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Barbara O’Hare was a patient at Aston Hall hospital in Derbyshire for eight months in 1971

When Barbara, a 59-year-old grandmother who lives in Liverpool, published her autobiography last year, it made for difficult – and highly implausible – reading.

Not even Stephen King could create such a grotesque world, one in which young girls are imprisoned in a mental institution, drugged on a daily basis and experimented on, perhaps even raped, by a doctor whose influence goes right to the top of society.

The Dr Mengele figure in her story ties his victims down, injects them against their will and pumps them full of high-dose drugs, including a ‘truth serum’ used on soldiers during wartime, all the time telling them that he is doing so to correct their ‘deviant’ behaviour.

Some are sexually abused. All are terrified and stupefied, in equal measure. Electric shock treatment is a permanent threat. There are wild rumours of some children being killed when their ‘treatments’ go wrong.

When they aren’t being drugged and tortured, the children are put to work. ‘Toothbrush treatment’ involves them being forced to clean skirting boards with toothbrushes.

All this takes place in a NHS-funded hospital, under the direction of an eminent physician who works for the Home Office.

An army of adults – nurses, social workers, even the child’s own father – are impotent, unseeing, perhaps complicit in this shocking abuse.
What went on at Aston Hospital (pictured) during the 50s, 60s and 70s has long been a matter of speculation
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What went on at Aston Hospital (pictured) during the 50s, 60s and 70s has long been a matter of speculation

Is the heroine of the story a reliable narrator? How can she be when she herself says she lived during this time in an almost permanent zombie state?

Yet it was not a work of fiction. It was the real life account of Barbara’s life under the ‘care’ of Dr Kenneth Milner, a certified Home Office doctor.

And her account, disbelieved by so many for so long, yesterday gained credence when the long-awaited police report into his behaviour was released. Her account was mirrored by 142 other witness statements, all making similar claims.

‘Dr Milner played with our bodies and our minds,’ she says. ‘This is the validation that we were telling the truth. When you take account of how long he was there for, he abused thousands of people.

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‘It is so outlandish. No one would believe us. Even my dad told me ‘you are a liar’. There was no-one to tell. No-one was going to listen to us.’

Barbara was one of the first former patients of Dr Milner to claim he was responsible for the most hideous abuse.

For eight months in 1971, Barbara – a troubled child whose traveller mother had abandoned her, and whose father willingly handed her over to care system when he failed to cope – was a patient in the Laburnum Ward at Aston Hall in Derbyshire, a psychiatric hospital.

Dr Milner was Aston Hall’s chief physician from 1947 to 1975. He died in 1976, decades before the first lurid accusations about the place emerged.

What went on at Aston Hospital during the 50s, 60s and 70s has long been a matter of speculation. Murmurings about sinister goings-on started to be heard several years ago, and the local paper in Derbyshire first reported the incredible claims.
Dr Milner played with our bodies and our minds. This is the validation that we were telling the truth

Questions were eventually asked in Parliament, and then prime minister David Cameron agreed that there must be an investigation.

It was Barbara who started the ball rolling.

‘People thought I was nuts,’ she reveals. ‘My solicitor has since told me that at first he thought I was a crank. The minute you say ‘mental institution’, people do.

‘That’s how Dr Milner got away with it for so long. He used to use the phrase ‘mental defectives’ to describe us, as a cover for his evil.

‘The truth is we were human toys. We were a piece of meat for someone to play with, behind closed doors. And this man – this monster – was supposed to be protecting us.’

Barbara’s isn’t a sole voice. As soon as she started tentatively speaking out, she was approached by other former patients of Aston Hall. She still believes many more victims could come forward.

‘I think what we are talking about here is the tip of the iceberg. We are not talking a handful of cases, we are talking systematic abuse in the 50s, 60s, 70s. We are potentially talking of hundreds of children, being drugged without consent and abused.’

Barbara’s awful story began when she was abandoned by her mother when she was just 11 months old and ‘still in nappies’.
Barbara was one of the first former patients of Dr Kenneth Milner  to claim he was responsible for the most hideous abuse

Barbara was one of the first former patients of Dr Kenneth Milner  to claim he was responsible for the most hideous abuse

‘I won’t condemn my father for what happened next,’ she says, with reference to her entering the care system. ‘I blame my mother for everything. She was the one who left. My father tried his best but he just couldn’t cope.’

Her first foster mother, a woman called Edna, was cruel and abusive, and when she tried to run away from her, aged nine, she was placed in a Children’s Home.

When she ran from there too (‘I was obsessed with finding my mother. I kept going looking for her’), she was deemed disruptive and difficult. By the age of 11, she had been sent to The Cedars, a remand centre for troubled children.

There, she was told that a ‘very important person’ was coming to see her. Thus she found herself having an audience with a bespectacled, grey-haired man in a tweed jacket ‘who looked more like a geography teacher than a doctor’.

Dr Milner took Barbara’s hands in his as he introduced himself, then did something odd.

‘He started to stroke them,’ she says. ‘I remember feeling embarrassed because it was odd, quite intimate.’

He seemed particularly concerned about the state of her nails saying ‘you poor child’, commenting on how she must be ‘very nervous’ because she clearly bit her fingernails. She was confused (‘I didn’t, and I never had’), but was cheered by the idea that this man was going to help her ‘get better’.

‘He said I would be taken care of. Even though I didn’t understand what I needed to get better from, I loved the idea of being a patient. If I was a patient, I’d get to wear fluffy slippers and eat bunches of grapes, instead of sitting inside a locked remand centre.
JIMMY SAVILE ‘WAS A HOSPITAL GUEST’
Jimmy Savile, one of the country’s most prolific paedophiles, was invited to the unit as a guest of Dr Kenneth Milner, one of his victims said

Jimmy Savile, one of the country’s most prolific paedophiles, was invited to the unit as a guest of Dr Kenneth Milner, one of his victims said

Jimmy Savile visited Aston Hall hospital, it has been claimed.

The disgraced DJ, one of the country’s most prolific paedophiles, was invited to the unit as a guest of Dr Kenneth Milner, one of his victims said.

Police said they found no evidence to support or disprove the claim but included it in their report, released yesterday.

It is not known if the two men knew each other but both were linked to a number of hospitals, albeit at different times.

Dr Milner was medical officer at high-security Broadmoor Hospital in Berkshire in the 1940s.

Savile later had unfettered access to the secure hospital for three decades from 1968 and even his own keys. He abused ten victims there, two repeatedly.

A report found ‘clear, repeated failure of safeguarding standards’ at Broadmoor at the time.

‘I thought hospital would mean freedom. I thought Dr Milner was going to save me. But instead he became my gaoler.’

In January of 1971, Barbara – carrying just the clothes she was wearing, and a pair of pyjamas – was driven to Aston Hall, horrified to see a sign declaring it a ‘mental institution’.

‘They assured me that I wasn’t going to that part of the hospital. I was going to a different part.’ She had already been taking medication – to calm her down, she thinks – at The Cedars.

Here, right from the start, there were additional drugs. As part of her first ‘treatment’ – which she, naively, thought was about her nail biting – she was forced to drink ‘thick brown syrup’ and, already feeling drowsy, made to bathe, then weighed.

Her recall of the detail is quite extraordinary, considering. She talks of seeing a ‘kidney-shaped dish containing a long needle, a roll of greying bandage and various white packets’.

She was ushered into a room where there was a small rubber mattress on the floor. She was asked to lie down and her arms were bound with bandages.

She says she begged the nurse not to tie her hands. ‘I don’t bite my nails, I promise,’ she said. ‘You don’t need to do this.’ An injection was administered (‘my first ever. I’d never had a single injection before’), and she was suddenly aware of Dr Milner being in the room.

‘He pressed something across my mouth. It felt hard and sharp, like a mask made of wire. There was a strange sensation of something being dripped against it. My mouth felt wet and my skin cold’.
He pressed something across my mouth. It felt hard and sharp, like a mask made of wire. There was a strange sensation of something being dripped against it

She still remembers the stench of the foul-smelling liquid. ‘It was ether. I know that now. It’s on my records. I’d never heard of it then. Years later, when someone gave me a one of those Fishermen Friends sweets I nearly gagged. They used to contain ether.’

Dr Milner asked her a series of baffling questions (‘How old is your brother?’ ‘Do you like him?’), then photographs were taken. Then she thinks she slipped out of consciousness. When she came round, she was in her bed back in the dormitory.

‘My body ached as if it had been kicked all over. My wrists were sore. There was a pain searing up my body from between my legs. I felt damp below, as if I’d wet myself. Later I realised that I was bleeding from there.’

It was her first ‘treatment’, yet it came to be routine. Every day (‘except for Sunday. Maybe he went to church on Sundays,’ she says), she alleges Dr Milner would pick a different girl to have her treatment.

She was the youngest in the hospital. ‘I found out later that I shouldn’t even have been there. At 12 I was too young. There were certainly no consent forms signed. But you could do anything in those days. No-one questioned it.’

All the girls hated their ‘treatments’; all the nurses reassured them that what they were experiencing was perfectly normal, and for their own good. ‘I remember once, one saying ‘you have been a very bad girl, but Dr Milner is going to cure you of your badness’.’ Although it was a hostile environment (‘there were always fights’), there was a certain solidarity too.

‘I remember some of the older girls would tell me that I should pretend to have my period and then the ‘treatment’ wouldn’t happen. I hadn’t even started my periods.

‘I didn’t even know what they were. But I’d still get hold of a used sanitary towel and wear it myself, to try to fool them.’ She gets upset, understandably so. ‘I was such a naïve child. I had no idea. Afterwards, the nurses would make us marmalade sandwiches.’

What on earth was Dr Milner doing? Barbara’s nightmares now feature the doctor on top of her, raping her. She says she can remember his breath on hers.

Her book certainly details her ‘feeling him pressing against me’. But she admits herself that actual memories are hazy, and confused. She has clearly tortured herself with the idea that there was a paedophile ring involved.

‘Was it him? Were there others. I know that on at least one occasion I was taken to the main house. Why would that happen?
Barbara was also administered huge doses of sodium amytal, a barbiturate derivative with sedative and hypnotic properties

Barbara was also administered huge doses of sodium amytal, a barbiturate derivative with sedative and hypnotic properties

‘But the more I hear from others, the more I am convinced that something evil was going on in that place. Other ex-patients have told me that they were given pregnancy tests. One girl says she was tested for syphilis. We weren’t allowed out of that place. Why on earth would those things be happening?’

What she now knows – after years of fighting to get hold of the medical records she was once told didn’t exist – is that she was also administered huge doses of sodium amytal, a barbiturate derivative with sedative and hypnotic properties.

The drug, commonly known as a ‘truth serum’, had been used experimentally on soldiers during the war. It should never be used on children. ‘I found out that maximum dose for an adult is one gram, as it is so addictive and can be lethal. I’d been injected, on different occasions, with 120g.’

Why subject a child to this? Was Dr Milner experimenting too? ‘Or was it just to make us comply? These are the questions we need answering.’

Although they sound outlandish, these claims of children being drugged while within the care system have been made before – and substantiated without doubt.

The Kendall House scandal remains one of the most horrific in modern history. At this Kent children’s home, vulnerable youngsters were subjected to similar forced drug treatment.

Survivors – most notably the whistleblower Teresa Cooper – have fought a two-decade campaign to hold the local authority, and the Church of England, who were responsible for the home, to account.

Cooper received a substantial out of court settlement after claiming that her children suffered birth defects because of the illicit drug treatments she was subjected to as a child.

Now Barbara is raising similar questions about Aston Hall. ‘I have always had cluster headaches,’ she says. ‘Is that something to do with the drugs I was given? Some of the members of our group are worried about birth defects too.’
When I first told my GP he obviously thought I was crazy

Barbara is clearly a determined women, but one whose whole life has been tainted by what she went through as a child. She did marry and went on to have children (she asks that we are not specific about how many, or name them, ‘for their own protection’), but her marriage faltered in 1998.

Her relationship with her father – whom she saw sporadically during her time in care – has been troubled. ‘At several points I did tell him I was being drugged, but he called me a liar,’ she says.

‘He kept saying he had never signed any consent forms, so I was talking rubbish. I don’t think he could bring himself to believe it either.’

Barbara did eventually escape the clutches of Dr Milner when, during a visit home to her father, she confided in his girlfriend, who was horrified. Her father refused to let her return to the hospital.

Her mother did come back into her life, briefly, when she was 13, but this was not, ultimately, a happy event. ‘I’d say to people now that if you go looking for a parent who abandoned you, be careful what you wish for. My mother was not a nice person.’ And she clearly never forgave her.

At first no-one would believe Barbara’s outlandish claims. ‘When I first told my GP he obviously thought I was crazy. He went through my notes and said ‘but there is no record of you ever having been at that hospital’. He then sent her home with anti-depressants.

It wasn’t until she survived cervical cancer in the late 90s that she started to look into the background of Aston Hall in any seriousness – then hit a brick wall.

‘I’d ask about records and people would say ‘oh there was a flood’ or ‘they were in a fire’. She even wondered if her own mind was playing tricks on her.

In June 2015, however, she Googled images of the hospital – and ‘felt like I was kicked in the stomach’. ‘I brought up picture after picture, and every one was familiar. It was exactly as I’d remembered it.’
David Martin alleges Dr Milner ‘injected him with something’ and then gave him ether to ‘make him go to sleep’ before being abused

She started doing internet searches and came across a website where someone had posted a message about abuse there. She posted a message herself.

‘That was the start of it. A lady messaged me over Facebook and said the same had happened to her and – and I nearly fell over at this – she said she was in touch with another woman too. It was the first time I thought ‘oh my God. I’m not alone here’.’

Her big breakthrough came when she managed – after several attempts – to get hold of photocopies of her medical files. ‘The writing was faint, and the notes had been taken from microfilm but they proved that a, I had been a patient there and, b, I’d been given drugs.

‘Finally, I had something that people had to listen to.’

Critics have argued that the drug sodium amytal can leave patients with false memory syndrome. But she asks, ‘How can so many different people have the same false memory – that they were drugged and abused by the same doctor?’

Now, her feelings about the doctor who promised to ‘make her better’ are complicated. When she first heard Dr Milner was dead, she says, she ‘went driving round every graveyard I could find, looking for his grave. I don’t know what I would have done if I’d found it, but it’s safe to say I wouldn’t have laid flowers’.

Thousands of children may have been sexually abused by a psychiatrist after being given a ‘truth serum’ that left them unable to move.

Yesterday police revealed there was enough evidence to arrest Dr Kenneth Milner over allegations of rape and child cruelty against children as young as ten had he been alive today.

Derbyshire Police said it had so far identified 65 victims and recorded 73 crimes – 43 of which were of a sexual nature – that had taken place at Aston Hall Hospital.

Officers said they had also identified other potential suspects who worked at the hospital, but no action would be taken as they were either dead or could not be traced. It means no one will face justice over the scandal.

Dr Milner, who died 43 years ago, presided over Aston Hall for three decades, prompting fears there could be many more victims. One solicitor representing survivors said it was just the ‘tip of the iceberg’.

The psychiatrist was allowed to continue ‘unmonitored and unchallenged’ between 1947 and 1975 because of the power he held over staff and patients, a report found. The victims – who were sent to the hospital from children’s homes, courts and troubled families – told how they were given drugs that left them in a zombie-like state. They were stripped and abused.
Dr Milner, who died 43 years ago, presided over Aston Hall (pictured) for three decades, prompting fears there could be many more victims

Dr Milner, who died 43 years ago, presided over Aston Hall (pictured) for three decades, prompting fears there could be many more victims

Others said they were restrained and experimented on under the guise of correcting bad behaviour. Those who resisted were physically abused. Many believed cooperating with Dr Milner was their only way out of the hospital, described as something out of a horror film.

The first complaint was passed to Derbyshire police in 2011. Officers investigated but found no allegations of sexual abuse.

Further allegations followed but it was only in February 2016 that the probe was formally passed to Derbyshire’s Public Protection Major Investigation Team. Chief Superintendent Kem Mehmet said: ‘The investigation has concluded that had Dr Milner been alive today he would have been interviewed as a suspect under caution.’

Police said they could justify interviewing Dr Milner over rape, indecent assault, child cruelty and assault. However the force said no inference could be drawn as to his guilt.

Aston Hall opened as a hospital for people with learning difficulties in 1925. It later became a treatment centre for children with mental health issues and youngsters from across the country were placed there by more than 50 local authorities.

Dr Milner, who previously worked at Broadmoor and Rampton psychiatric hospitals, carried out ‘Narco Analysis’, which involved interviewing patients in a drug-induced state ‘in order to recall and disclose thoughts and feelings they would normally conceal’.

Patients were injected with sodium amytal, a barbiturate derivative with sedative-hypnotic properties. The procedure was never acceptable medical practice and the use of the drug was ‘highly unusual’ and not a recognised treatment.

One law firm, Bond Turner, said it was representing 47 victims who would be seeking compensation from the Health Secretary. Solicitor Stephen Edwards said: ‘It is all consuming because they were not believed for so many years.’

‘They were going to a place where they should feel protected … but the opposite has happened. I think this is the tip of the iceberg … you could be looking at thousands here.’

The NSPCC said: ‘Today’s report makes truly harrowing reading and shines a light on the decades of sickening abuse that vulnerable victims suffered at the hands of professionals who exploited their positions.’

David Martin told the Derby Telegraph that he was abused by Dr Milner on a number of occasions at Aston Hall when he was 12 or 13.

‘There’s a long way to go but this is confirmation that we were abused and it was horrific,’ he said of the police report.

‘It ruined my life. For years after I was not believed and it was like I was in a different world to other people.

‘These reports say we have told the truth. We feel believed. The whole saga has been very shocking – part of me thought this was just me it happened to.’

www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5992551/Barbara-OHare-opens-abuse-hands-Dr-Kenneth-Milner.html

,,,the Cambridge Uni research asset “Ipswich Family Psychiatric Centre” run by J G Howells is a historical institution before the IICSA. Of course they never told their unwitting Suffolk family patients they were contracted to the uni to research four days a week.

Then as Winter Key was warming to their task they were told that J G Howells who ran the Suffolk secret psycho research was a colleague at Royal Medico Psychological Soc of Dr Kenneth Milner of Aston Hall and Wiliam Sargent of St Thomas.

Naturally it was mentioned that Ipswich Hospital in 1998 destroyed all consultant records without audit trail for the psycho and steroid researching mengeles. And the research trawl asset “Ipswich Vocational Training Initiative for GPs” was mentioned to Winter Key along with the name of a Stowmarket GP who was in it. A GP now known to destroy his own records and mislead on remaining records what he actually prescribed.

http://www.drsallybaker.com/uncategorized/they-planned-to-put-acid-in-all-the-reservoirs/

Dear Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust,

In 1936 a research cartel of pharmaceutical companies set up to monopolise research especially into corticosteroids. The Dutch company prominent in this cartel was owned by Van Zwanenberg family.

Please disclose if Ipswich consultant 1960s 70s Van Zwanenberg was or was not from this family.

Concerrning Ipswich Hospital widespread destruction of research consultants records you may note that J G Howells was a colleague at Royal Medico Psychological Society of Dr Kenneth Milner of Aston Hall Derby. The police inquiry into the late Dr Milner has identified 58 offences for report to CPS. There is no doubt Howells at Ipswich was contracted to Cambridge University to conduct research on Suffolk families (without their knowledge or informed consent the same as Paulley with steroids). Paulley was also a colleague of Royal Medico Dr Rees at psychosomatics research assn. Paulley also had interest in adolescence in school and industry. I am not surprised you destroyed the records without audit trail. Or were the records stolen by the consultants like their colleague Milner at Aston Hall and their colleague Sargent at St Thomas ?

Simple FOI was your consultant from the same Van Zwanenberg family of the European Hormones cartel ?

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/european_hormone_cartel_and_ster

It was Independent Inquiry Child Sexual Abuse who classified the former Ipswich Family Psychiatric Centre as an abusive institution. Although families were unaware of it the centre was contracted to Cambridge University to conduct research. The director of the centre was also an academic at the uni. He was a colleague at Royal Medico Psychological Society of the now notorious Dr Kenneth Milner of Aston Hall Derby. Another colleague was the infamous William Sargent of Royal Waterloo. Another research asset of Cambridge Uni alongside Fulbourn was the Ida Darwin Hospital. Within its cerebral palsy outreach research catchment was the child care home Beeches Ixworth. 43 cerebral palsy children in Hackney and Islington care died at Beeches between 1954 and 1972. In spite of recording a crime complaint about IFPC Suffolk Police are determinedly not investigating. The IFPC and Ipswich “Educationalist” steroid and life event secret researcher John Paulley both involved in GP “Training” schemes thus gathering catchments of GPs for outreach research. A question with Operation Winter Key is who was “Darrens” GP at Stowmarket. Darren who made the Henniker Estate allegations. And why with over 2 million quid spent on Op Midland etc police never pursued this as a line of inquiry.

http://www.sudburymercury.co.uk/news/compensation-to-three-more-victims-of-paedophile-doctor-1-5555029

 

Matron S. A. Moore

 

Chief male nurse J. E Rogers

Dr Milner had been associated with Ted Rogers since 1947. The house in which Dr Milner lived was at one time a hostel for patients and Mr Rogers had also lived there.

 

League of Friends – The famous name of Lord Baden-Powell is associated with the League as a founder member and Colonel G.A. Wharton, MBE is the President

http://www.nottinghamhospitalshistory.co.uk/03.%20Trent%20Vale%20Review%20January%201972.pdf


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NSPCC and Childline – Whom Do They Protect?

Mike Wall appears to be trying to set up a dubious-sounding organisation called ChildLine offering telephone counselling to run-away young people.
And Roger Cook did a sensible public service…to the series – in warning listeners.

The Guardian

London, Greater London, England

Saturday, February 9, 1980 – 13

Esther Rantzen letter to Jimmy Savile

Foreword by Princess Diana, introduction by John Major, and a very strange contribution from JS. About 300 words about sleeping through Christmas Day and not realising it.


Also a contribution from Alan Freeman about how he devised “Youth Club Call” for his radio show.

Man tells of agony at the hands of BBC paedo ring involving DJ Alan Freeman and evil pal Jimmy Savile


 


Vicount Ian Kerr CGC‏ @IanKerr

BBC’s Esther Rantzen…….. ”a series of functions”


Truthseeker1‏ @thewakeupcall09

I never shielded sex pervert, says Esther

Daily Express 29-11-91

Not Jimmy Savile, Nicholas Fairbairn – another one… Alex Standish

ESTHER AND THE PERVERT SHE DIDN’T EXPOSE

ESTHER AND THE SEX PERVERT TEACHER

Alex Standish

Charity slur hurt Diana says Esther Daily Express 30-11-91



Convicted paedophile teacher Mark Standish aka Alex Standish


Truthseeker1‏ @thewakeupcall09

Mark Standish aka Alex Standish was a producer for BBC’s Panorama

Synopsis – That’s Life – The Scandal of Crookham Court 13-01-91

genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/76293fe187924a


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Esther Rantzen A Secret Life
The main character Lucy Strong is self-obsessed and has no empathy with any of the other characters, only considers her own feelings. She also moans about being a ‘celebrity’ but then happily uses her ‘celebrity’ to further her own career.
.a sub-plot of abuse…about a pedo ring that reaches into the media..government..shipping boys out to pedo parties from a boys school

More recently …In 2007 a paedophile was fundraiser of the year at the Pride of Andover awards where he was congratulated by Esther Rantzen.
Update 5 Mar 2017

5 Mar 2017

 THE founder of an Andover children’s charity – caged for a string of horrific child sex crimes – has had his sentence slashed by top judges in London.

As previously reported by the Advertiser, Ronald Nicholson Bennett, 73, of Launcelot Close, was jailed for 16 years in October for five crimes against two girls.

The offences took place more than three decades ago and caused “life-changing devastation” to the victims.

But after an appeal on Tuesday, three senior judges in London cut the “excessive ” term to 14 years.

Bennett founded the now-disbanded Brave Hearts children’s charity and had refused to go into the witness box to defend himself during his trial.

In 2007 he was fundraiser of the year at the Pride of Andover awards where he was congratulated by Esther Rantzen.

http://www.andoveradvertiser.co.uk/news/15129650.Andover_rapist_jail_term_cut_by_judges/?ref=twtrec

Lord Justice Sir Peregrine Simon

Justice Simon – William Goad

Andover rapist, Ronald Bennett, jail term cut by judges

He had gone on to serve the community for over two decades with charity work, he told

Lord Justice Simon,

Mr Justice Soole and

Mr Justice Blake.

Justice Blake.

Judges hand-picked for special cases where establishment links need to be covered-up…

5 Mar 2017

Lord Justice Simon, Mr Justice Soole and Mr Justice Blake cut paedophile’s jail term.

THE founder of an Andover children’s charity – caged for a string of horrific child sex crimes – has had his sentence slashed by top judges in London.

As previously reported by the Advertiser, Ronald Nicholson Bennett, 73, of Launcelot Close, was jailed for 16 years in October for five crimes against two girls.

The offences took place more than three decades ago and caused “life-changing devastation” to the victims.

But after an appeal on Tuesday, three senior judges in London cut the “excessive ” term to 14 years.

Bennett founded the now-disbanded Brave Hearts children’s charity and had refused to go into the witness box to defend himself during his trial.

In 2007 he was fundraiser of the year at the Pride of Andover awards where he was congratulated by Esther Rantzen.

http://www.andoveradvertiser.co.uk/news/15129650.Andover_rapist_jail_term_cut_by_judges/?ref=twtrec

The idea that we keep the political and judicial systems apart in this country is sound. No one would want a crooked government being able to lean on the courts to make sure decisions always went the “right” way. But when you study this week’s decision to cut 10 years from the sentence handed down to Roy Whiting, the killer of Sarah Payne, you might come round to see the justice in my idea for a radical overhaul of our legal system.

To highlight the legal lunacy of the decision made in the High Court by Mr Justice Sir Peregrine (Simon)

Simon, unfortunately it is necessary to remind you of the continued depravity exhibited by the predatory paedophile whose case he has seen fit to support….

…what was going on in Mr Justice Simon’s head when he made that shocking decision to uphold the rights of a child murderer.

The judge “has form” in puzzling verdicts though; five years ago he took two years off the sentences of three Real IRA terrorists jailed for a bomb plot and refused a bid to increase the minimum tariff for William Goad.

Now aged 60, he was dubbed Britain’s vilest paedophile having abused hundreds of boys. As a consequence, he

http://www.express.co.uk/comment/expresscomment/180658/Who-would-vote-to-let-paedophiles-be-set-free-early

Paedophile Army sergeant who raped a young girl has jail term cut by top judges

February 22, 2017

A paedophile army sergeant who raped one young girl and committed sex attacks on another has had his jail term cut by top judges.

Alan McCurry, 67, who served in the 4th Battalion Mercian Regiment, based in Farnborough, abused the victims during the 1970’s and 1980’s.

McCurry lived in South Cerney, Gloucestershire, after leaving the Mercians in 1982. And he later served as a chef in a Territorial Army division of the Merseyside-based King’s Regiment.

He was arrested after one of the victims plucked up the courage to go to the police in 2010.

The sick ex-soldier was jailed for 15 years in July 2015 at Colchester Military Courts Centre.

He was convicted of two counts of rape, four of indecent assault and one of indecency with a child.

 

Lord Justice Simon, at London’s Criminal Appeal Court, cut his sentence by a year.

Justice Michael Soole

Justice Holroyde / Sir Timothy Victor Holroyde

The judge, sitting with Mr Justice Holroyde and Mr Justice Soole, also heard McCurry’s bid to get his convictions overturned.

Lord Justice Simon commented:

“These were very serious offences with a devastating impact on the lives of the victims,” he added.

But aspects of the 15-year sentence were “unlawful” and the overall term had to be cut by a year.

http://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/paedophile-army-sergeant-who-raped-a-young-girl-jas-had-his-jail-term-cut-by-top-judges/story-30155484-detail/story.html

Adam Rickwood was the youngest person in modern times to take his own life whilst in custody, at the age of just 14 in Hassockfield Secure Training Centre.

The notorious Medomsley run by the Home Office where much child sexual abuse had occurred had been knocked down. [HT @RandolphTrent]

It was replaced by the Hassockfield Secure Training Centre
It was a custodial centre run by SERCO Home Affairs Ltd, and the monitoring and enforcement of the contract and placement of children was performed by the Youth Justice Board.

Before: The Hon. Mr Justice Blake

Between R(On the Application of Carol Pounder)

v.

HM Coroner for the North and South Districts of Durham and Darlington

Youth Justice Board

Serco Home Affairs Limited

Lancashire County Council

https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2017/02/14/adam-rickwood-1-r-v-hm-coroner-and-others-22-jan-2009-high-court-of-justice/

 Justice Holroyde

British court refuses to extradite suspected American paedophile

UK judges say Roger Giese, a fugitive from FBI since 2007, can only be sent to US after assurances his human rights will not be breached

The two judges at the high court in London made it clear that if no assurance was given, they would refuse to hand over Roger Giese, 40, to stand trial in California, where he is charged with sexually abusing a boy under the age of 14 from 1998 until 2002.

The former choirmaster has been living in a village in Hampshire under a different name and working for a PR company.

Giese is wanted in Orange County, California, for allegedly committing “lewd acts” with a child. He is alleged to have befriended the boy in 1998, when he was working as a voice coach for the All-American Boys Chorus. He fled the US eight years ago just as he was about to stand trial.

An extradition request from the US was certified by the Home Office in May 2014, and Giese was arrested on 4 June last year. But magistrates court district judge Margot Coleman refused the request last April.

Lord Justice Aikens and Mr Justice Holroyde stated in a joint written judgment that Coleman was right to conclude that extradition would be “inconsistent” with Giese’s ECHR rights. The judges said that if no assurance was given “in due time”, the US government appeal for the right to extradite must be dismissed.

According to a Daily Mirror investigation, Giese set up home with a new partner in the Hampshire countryside. There was no suggestion she knew about his past. Together, the pair built a PR company with clients including the travel firm (Savile-linked)Thomas Cook.

 

https://www.theguardian.com/law/2015/oct/07/british-court-refuses-to-extradite-suspected-american-paedophile

(Lord Alistair McAlpine involved)

US alleged paedophile Roger Giese set for extradition

  • 14 August 2017
  • From the section Hampshire & Isle of Wight

An alleged paedophile who was on the FBI’s most wanted list can be extradited to the USA, a judge has ruled.

US national Roger Giese, 42, is wanted for trial in California, charged with sexually abusing a boy under the age of 14 between 1998 and 2002.

His counsel had argued conditions in US prisons and an extended custody threat meant he should not be sent back.

The Secretary of State will now make a final decision on the case.

District judge Margot Coleman said she had thought a “great deal” about the case before ruling against Mr Giese at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.

Mr Giese emptied his bank account and fled to the UK on the eve of his trial in 2007, leaving his family behind.

He is wanted in Orange County after allegedly befriending the child when working as a voice coach for the All-American Boys Chorus in 1998.

As well as child sex offences, US Federal authorities also issued a warrant for Mr Giese’s arrest on a charge of “unlawful flight to avoid prosecution”.

The married former choirmaster was eventually traced to a Hampshire village where he was living under a different name, working for a PR company, and cohabiting with a woman who knew nothing of his true identity.

Since 2014, a series of extradition battles have been fought after the Home Office certified a request from the US.

Mr Giese’s removal was previously blocked by High Court judges on human rights grounds.

He now has 14 days to appeal against the decision.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-40927609

ChildLine/Hillary Clinton speech Stock Photo
13th May 1999
America’s First Lady, Hillary Clinton at the New Connaught Rooms in London, to address the ChildLine conference, a major international conference on children and the law hosted by ChildLine, the UK children’s charity.

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Clinton & Cherie/Rantzen Stock Photo

13th May 1999


30 Years of ChildLine: Reflections from a Witness Seminar

2016

Speakers elaborated the nature of voluntary action, and the motivations and contexts that facilitate or disable the establishment of a service such as ChildLine.  Many paid tribute to Rantzen’s role in pushing through the introduction of ChildLine, including in her work at the BBC and forging links with BT. Rantzen was also instrumental in persuading parliamentarians to provide funding to the untested charity.  Panellists also talked about the role of chance in the establishment and success of a charity.

ChildLine/Clinton & Blair laugh Stock Photo

MacLeod recalled Rantzen meeting Cherie Booth at the hairdresser in 1992, and was able to persuade her to get Hilary Clinton to speak at a ChildLine conference on children and the courts.

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hillary-lolita-express

Report: Bill Clinton Wasn’t Only One to Go to ‘Sex Slave Island,’ Hillary Went with Him–‘Six Times’

The source for this claim is Erik Prince, the founder of the security firm Blackwater (yes, that one.) In an exclusive interview at Breitbart News, Prince first states that the NYPD is “ready to make arrests in Weiner case.”

Prince pivots from the Weiner laptop investigation to claiming that Hillary Clinton accompanied Bill Clinton and billionaire convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein to “sex island” (aka “sex slave island”).

“They found State Department emails. They found a lot of other really damning criminal information, including money laundering, including the fact that Hillary went to this sex island with convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. Bill Clinton went there more than 20 times. Hillary Clinton went there at least six times.”

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Mr. Clinton flew on the billionaire’s convicted paedophile, Jeffrey Epstein’s infamous jet more than a dozen times — sometimes with a woman whom federal prosecutors suspect of procuring underage sex victims for Mr. Epstein. Fox News reported Friday that records show Mr. Clinton declined Secret Service protection on at least five flights.

The network’s investigation reveals Mr. Clinton flew on the Boeing 727 “Lolita Express” 26 times, more than doubling the previously reported 11 trips.

Bill Clinton … associated with a man like Jeffrey Epstein, who everyone in New York, certainly within his inner circles, knew was a pedophile.

Why would a former president associate with a man like that?” said Conchita Sarnoff of the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Alliance to Rescue Victims of Trafficking, Fox reported. Ms. Sarnoff also authored a book on Mr. Epstein titled “TrafficKing.”

Mr. Epstein was arrested in 2005 and signed a plea agreement in 2007 with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, accepting a single charge of soliciting prostitution. He agreed to a 30-month sentence, registered as a “Tier 1” sex offender with the U.S. Virgin Islands and paid dozens of young girls

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Jeffrey Epstein News Articles

Excerpts of Key Jeffrey Epstein News Articles in Media

Below are highly revealing excerpts of important Jeffrey Epstein news articles from the major media suggesting a cover-up. Links are provided to the full news articles for verification. If any link fails to function, read this webpage. These Jeffrey Epstein news articles are listed by order of importance. You can also explore the articles listed by order of the date of the news article or by the date posted. By choosing to educate ourselves and to spread the word, we can and will build a brighter future.

https://www.wanttoknow.info/jeffrey-epsteinnewsarticles

A MAN who sexually assaulted a girl of five in a swimming pool at Esther Rantzen’s country home was jailed for 18 months yesterday.


Update:

5 November 2016

 

NSPCC rejects plan for ‘mandatory reporting’ of suspected child abuse

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Rita Pink,  Ralph Bonner Pink’s wife, was the local chairperson for the NSPCC in 1960s

 

janellabooks‏ @janellabooks

Peter Ball was protected by the royal family, his friend Charles did so , by giving glowing comments, fact is, Ball is just a paedo.

Paedophiles in westminster, oh yes, I met them, three abused me, but I have been targeted by Police. Portsmouth Police.

Savile, Hancock, Bonner Pink. Emery Wallis, connected friends , also Ted Heath, and more. add Peter Ball into this mix, you have a flaming disgusting group, and Peter Prosser, another Paedo!

Mike Hancock

janellabooks‏ @janellabooks

Did you know ex MP Hancock worked for childrens TV at BBC, on same corridor as Savile. Hancock and Savile also friends, and Bonner Pink!

(From left) Drag queen Miss Jason, late Lib Dim Councillor & convicted paedophile Peter Hawksworth and Mike Hancock MP

MP & COUNCILLOR Mike Hancock used to keep quite esteemed company in the 1990’s, it would seem, as this picture shows him alongside late Lib Dem Portsmouth City Cllr Peter Hawksworth who was convicted in 2001 of sex attacks on “two vulnerable boys”,

janellabooks‏ @janellabooks
I am the “girl,” mentioned in report. he abused I was nine years old!

In Hampshire bent Judges , bent Police, who will make up crimes,and a CPS who will charge you, farce trials, whistleblowers beware!
they ignored that abuse, my fathers abuse Savil”s abuse on me, no one cared.
my late father also friends with Mike Hancock ex MP Portsmouth South the same man who used Portsmouth Police to try to shut me up!!!
Ralph Bonner Pink pictured with his wife
If you read “MY Father abused me, then put me in Broadmoor, from Sunday Mail you will see connections to other westminster paedos.
There are 4 examples of Mike Hancock getting Police to shut up his political opponents and whistleblowers, in just a few years.
Mine, Mr Packer”s, Mark Austin, Mr Cummings, Jez Baker”s.
My Interview on Sky, 2013, I was then charged with a crime, stopped from going on facebook, anything to shut me up now!
more here:

PEDO RING; ADOPTED GIRL; HAMPSHIRE; SAVILE; MI6

Update:

Oct 23 2016

Founder of a children’s charity who received a prize from campaigner Esther Rantzen has been jailed for 16 years for child sex offences

Ronald Bennett, 72, was convicted of five counts of historic sexual abuse in the 1980s

  • Ronald Bennett, 72, was convicted of five counts of historic sexual abuse 
  • Founded Brave Hearts charity in 1991 and got award from Rantzen in 2007
  • Victims, in the 1980s, range in age from 14-16, and he was arrested in 2013

Founder of the disbanded Brave Hearts Children’s Charity Association, based in Andover, Hampshire, Bennett preyed on young girls and targeted vulnerable families.

In 2007 he was named fundraiser of the year at the Pride of Andover awards where he was congratulated by presenter Esther Rantzen

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Pride of Andover: The winners and highly commended from the first awards ceremony.
Ron Bennett, Fundraiser of the Year;

18 Oct 2007

BROADCASTER and journalist Esther Rantzen presented the prizes at the first ever Pride of Andover Awards during a very special evening at The Lights

Pride of Andover awards

Inspired by journalist Dick Bellringer of the Andover Advertiser and with the help of numerous local businesses and media partners, so far we have awarded a Pride of Andover Award to more than 100 local people!

Since 2007 we have been honoured to have the founder of ChildLine and The Silver Line, Dame Esther Rantzen present the awards.

The journalist and TV presenter has commented about the community spirit of Andover and the extraordinary people she has met over the years.

You should know you have a town to be proud of with outstanding citizens who really do care for each other,” Esther told a packed audience at The Lights in 2012.

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The Duchess of Cornwall attends a reception to mark her 70th birthday at Clarence House in London. Picture: Tim P Whitby/PA Wire

Silver Star

THE Duchess of Cornwall has been named patron of a national charity that offers help to elderly people.

To coincide with her 70th birthday, she will take on the role at the Silver Line Helpline, a charity launched by Dame Esther Rantzen in November 2013.

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Dame Esther said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have Her Royal Highness’s support for our work and we would like to wish her a very happy 70th Birthday.

The Silver Line has already received nearly one and a half million calls from older people around the country.

Sophie Andrews, CEO, said: “To have the support of The Duchess of Cornwall for our crucial work will assist us enormously to spread awareness of the charity’s services, so that we can reach out to all the vulnerable older people who need us.”

http://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/15417291.Duchess_of_Cornwall_is_new_patron_of_Silver_Line_Helpline/

The original charges relate to offences which allegedly took place in Hampshire and East Anglia between 1983 and 1997.

The recent allegations are said to have taken place in Hampshire between 1981 and 1987.

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Andover rapist, Ronald Bennett, jail term cut by judges

THE founder of an Andover children’s charity – caged for a string of horrific child sex crimes – has had his sentence slashed by top judges in London.

As previously reported by the Advertiser, Ronald Nicholson Bennett, 73, of Launcelot Close, was jailed for 16 years in October for five crimes against two girls.

The offences took place more than three decades ago and caused “life-changing devastation” to the victims.

But after an appeal on Tuesday, three senior judges in London cut the “excessive ” term to 14 years.

The court heard Bennett had taken advantage of two girls, satisfying his perverted sexual urges with a series of attacks.

However, it was only decades later that the offences came to light and he was prosecuted.

He was convicted at Winchester Crown Court last year of rape, indecency with a child and three indecent assaults.

But his barrister, Andrew Horsell, argued that the 16-year term – with an additional year of extended licence conditions after release – was too tough.

He had gone on to serve the community for over two decades with charity work, he told Lord Justice Simon, Mr Justice Soole and Mr Justice Blake.

Bennett founded the now-disbanded Brave Hearts children’s charity and had refused to go into the witness box to defend himself during his trial.

“There’s no suggestion his work in charity can make amends for what he has done,” said the barrister.

“But it is our submission that this court could use that as mitigation.

“We are dealing with a man who is 73, who is infirm. The sentence is arguably a whole life sentence. Even if he emerges from prison alive, his life is going to be indelibly affected.”

Giving judgment, Mr Justice Soole highlighted the devastating impact of Bennett’s offences.

“The reality is that sexual abuse is a life-changing event, and so it was here,” he said.

“However, when standing back and assessing the totality of the custodial term, we consider the total sentence was too long.

“We conclude that a total sentence of 14 – not 16 – years, plus the licence extension, was appropriate.”

Bennett’s sentence is now 14 years, plus one year of extended licence conditions.

The former security officer set up the Brave Hearts Children’s Charity Association in 1991 to raise money to help youngsters needing special assistance.

In 2007 he was fundraiser of the year at the Pride of Andover awards where he was congratulated by Esther Rantzen.

http://www.andoveradvertiser.co.uk/news/15129650.Andover_rapist_jail_term_cut_by_judges/

Ronald Nicholson Bennett
Ronald Nicholson Bennett
THE shamed founder of a Hampshire children’s charity has been jailed for 16 years for historic child sex offences – including rape – after refusing to go into the witness box to defend himself.
When Adrienne Knight, mitigating, opened the case for the defence Bennett chose not to take the witness stand to defend himself having given no comment interviews following both arrests in 2013 and 2015 but his wife and son were called to give evidence in his favour.
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Brave Hearts’ Children’s Charity Association was formed in the Andover Chantry Centre  in 1991, by myself – Ron Bennett, I was a security officer at the time.

Much needed local support has come from the editor of the Andover Advertiser, who  “has given such a lot of support” by publishing letters and photographs and helping raise awareness of  Brave Hearts child appeals since the charity began.

…support children under sixteen, resident in Hampshire, Andover, Salisbury, and the Wiltshire district, who need help due to distress, financial hardship, family crisis, physical or mental handicap, or infirmity

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24 May 2007

THIS week the Andover Advertiser is proud to launch the first Pride of Andover Awards, presented by TV broadcaster and journalist Esther Rantzen.

Sponsored by HSA and Stannah, and part of Andover Vision, with backing from Testway Housing, Test Valley Community Services and Test Valley Borough Council, the aim is to honour individuals who give up their time to help others or improve the community – or those who excel in their chosen activity.

Ron, a retired security officer at the Chantry Centre shopping precinct in Andover, had eight volunteers working for him, from a planning engineer to teenagers, as well as the unstinting help of his wife Sue and Joe Scicluna, the editor of the Andover Advertiser

The money is drawn from direct donations as well as fundraising activities, such as holding duck races, and working as car park attendants and security assistants for special occasions at Highclere Castle and events such as the lawnmower races.


The NSPCC, a charitable organisation whose purpose is to protect children (ostensibly), is sponsoring a debate about non-recent (read vip) child abuse investigations being witch hunts

From the NSPCC

Tomorrow at NSPCC @DAaronovitch & Peter Spindler debate “Have non-recent child abuse investigations become witch hunts?” #DaretoDebate


“I told Esther Rantzen about paedo Jimmy Savile 18 years ago”

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Some of the gang: Wanless, Amaechi and Rantzen

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John Amaechi NSPCC Ambassador

Formerly Amaechi was involved in convicted paedophile Jerry Sandusky’s charity, The Second Mile

In November 2011, when the Sandusky scandal broke, Pennsylvania radio host Mark Madden predicted: “I will use the only language I can—that Jerry Sandusky and Second Mile were pimping out young boys to rich [Second Mile] donors.”

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Peter Wanless, NSPCC Chief Executive

Wanless review ‘fails to find Dickens’ dossier

That information was said to contain the names of MPs and police officers who were suspected of being child abusers.

And yet… lo and behold…”File linked to child abuse surfaced the day after Leon Brittan died”

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Gerald Ronson, the vice-pres of the NSPCC is related to Leon Brittan

Even though Leon Brittan has not been cleared, Peter Wanless tweeted this:

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Dame Alun Roberts ‏@ciabaudo

In the light of the NSPCC giving David Aaronovitch a platform, was this really just a slip-up by Peter Wanless?

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and then there’s …Sir Rodney Walker who was a guiding light of the NSPCC’s Full Stop campaign,

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Sir Rodney Walker bought Jimmy Savile’s Scarborough apartment to use as a holiday home for his family

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Jimmy Savile helped the Midland Bank to fix it for twelve of our best known charities with the launch of its care card. ..including NSPCC, Save the Children, and The Spastics Society

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NSPCC promoter Prince Andrew – friend of convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein

Duke of York faces questions over sex scandal friend’s flights to Sandringham


The Duke of York is facing renewed questions about his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein after it emerged that the convicted paedophile landed his private jet at an RAF fighter base during a visit to Sandringham.

Prime Minister Tony Blair, celebrity Cilla Black and the Duke of York, at the launch of the NSPCC’s (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) Full Stop campaign at the Theatre Royal in London.

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ChildLine Founder Esther Rantzen CBE

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Rantzen hooked up with Nicholas Fairbairn – member of establishment paedophile ring

Fairbairn has been subject to several accusations that he sexually abused a number of children

Fairbairn has also been linked to a paedophile ring involving former MPs Cyril Smith and Sir Peter Morrison

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Rantzen hired Val Howarth to run Childline.

Val Howarth was a social worker in Lambeth, of all places

Throughout the 80s and early 90s, both Islington and Lambeth borough councils ran children’s homes that had been infiltrated by paedophiles.

Islington had paedophiles, pimps, or child pornographers in all 11 of its homes. Lambeth had a paedophile ring operating in up to 25 of its homes, and over 200 children were believed to have been victims of sexual abuse.”

Esther Rantzen’s sister Priscilla Taylor, was also a social worker in Lambeth and was trained by Val Howarth. Howarth was blamed for a child’s horrific murder. (Jasmine Beckford)

She was social services director in Brent at the time.

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Article below written by Esther Rantzen:

…in 1984, another little child died, in Brent. It was such a horrific murder that it led to an enquiry …. heartbreaking details of the torture she suffered throughout the few short years of her life

The director of social services, Valerie Howarth, was immediately blamed by Brent council and punished. Until then Ms Howarth had been regarded as a high-flyer in the world of social work, but she left Brent, and lost the prestigious job she had been lined up for as head of Cambridgeshire’s social services. By 1986 she was unemployed.

That was the year I launched ChildLine. As chairman of a fledgling charity I knew I needed to find a skilled chief executive …

My sister Priscilla Taylor is a social worker and I asked her advice. Valerie Howarth had trained Priscilla when they both worked in the London Borough of Lambeth. My sister reminded me that in spite of her notoriety Valerie was a skilled and experienced social worker. Would she be prepared…to go back into…child protection, …? I met Valerie and asked her. She thought about it, and agreed.

At the last moment a colleague came to me and begged me not to make the appointment: “It will destroy ChildLine” she predicted. When the appointment was announced, one tabloid newspaper ran an attacking headline accusing ChildLine of stupid callousness, in employing “the Beckford director”. I rang the editor who agreed to run an interview with Valerie, to talk about her hopes for ChildLine. … In the event the interview was favourable.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/baby-p/10424062/Sharon-Shoesmith-villain-Victim-Or-someone-who-got-it-wrong.html

Brent Council:  Led by Valerie Howarth


 

Kendall house in Gravesend

 Kendall House was a private children’s home for girls based in Gravesend, Kent.

Until 1986,it was run and funded by the Church of England, overseen by the Joint Council for Social Responsibility for the Dioceses of Rochester and Canterbury. Girls who were placed there were aged between 11 and 16 years.

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Young girls at a Church of England children’s home were drugged, sexually abused and bullied for two decades, a shocking report revealed.

An independent review laid bare the horrors of the now-defunct Kendall House between 1967 and 1986 where girls as young as 11 were left “broken”.

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About 2.5 billion pounds of the Church’s portfolio is invested in shares listed in Britain or overseas, including in drug companies GlaxoSmithKline (GSK.L) and AstraZeneca (AZN.L)

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Valerie, now Baroness Howarth of Breckland…one of Tony Blair’s “people’s peers. Her
assistant director (family services), Dennis Simpson, went on to become social services director in Southwark and headed the 1999 Joint Review of Haringey social services, published three months before Victoria’s death.

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ChildLine’s Chief Executive Valerie Howarth OBE knew paedophile Peter Righton:

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Righton of P.I.E. was well known to Valerie Howarth, the Director of Childline – “He’s an adviser to all sorts of organisations. He was Director of Education at the National Institute of Social Work, …pretty much a national figure in child care”

Dame Alun Roberts ‏@ciabaudo

Peter Righton and his mate Napier lead straight to the heart of government as V Bottomley and Whittingdale know:
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Esther Rantzen’s cousin, Sarah Caplin, with whom she started Childline, is married to Nick Ross – Nick Ross admits he would ‘probably’ watch child pornography

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Protectors of children???

No longer a slave‏ @C70214921
I wondered if childline was a way to filter out those who were reporting celebs and Govt or am I being cynical?
Perfect ruse. Kids frightened to tell parents, phone Rancid, they filter out and never goes to court, or even as far as the police.

Copies of Correspondence between Childline and NSPCC and copies of letters from abused children to Childline were shared with Office of Chief Rabbi

Chief Rabbi – is friends with Greville Janner/Prince Charles/Margaret Thatcher etc

Gerald Ronson – exec of NSPCC

Gerald Ronson & wife Gail are close with chief rabbis the rabbi visits Ronson in jail

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Sir Nicholas. Fairbairn –  Her lover and paedophile.
Stuart Smith‏ @StuartBenSmith
And the more you hear the more likely Dunblane was definitely a cover up for the police and court officials, sheriffs and MP’s.
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ALL MEMBERS O SPEC SOCIETY.. *ALL* LINKED 2 DUNBLANE
 

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Lord and Lady Louis Mountbatten with one of their daughter Patricia Mountbatten later Knatchbull

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Patricia Knatchbull presents check to NSPCC charity 1980

She is the third cousin of Queen Elizabeth II and first cousin to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and is a godmother to Prince Charles, Prince of Wales.

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Truthseeker1‏ @thewakeupcall09:

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.

http://www.nytimes.com/1981/07/26/magazine/an-informal-look-at-the-royal-family.html?pagewanted=all

Grandson of Lord and Lady Mountbatten on his family’s long relationship with India

 

Christmas 1968, outside the front door of Broadlands, the last Viceroy of India’s home in Hampshire

Christmas 1968, outside the front door of Broadlands, the last Viceroy of India’s home in Hampshire

Ashley Hicks, son of Lady Pamela Hicks and grandson of Lord and Lady Mountbatten, on his family’s relationship with India: From his grandfather holidaying there with the Prince of Wales to his grandmother’s platonic love affair with the former Prime Minister of India… And the new film, Viceroy’s House, about his grandparents, starring Hugh Bonneville

This was Christmas 1968, outside the front door of Broadlands, my grandparents’ home in Hampshire, where we spent every Christmas until my grandfather died. I am the five-year-old boy who is not looking at the camera but instead admiring his cousin Philip Knatchbull, who because he was older, was my great hero.

In the picture are a mixture of relatives and staff. Next to me is my sister, Edwina, and in the centre of the group under the doorway  is my grandfather, Louis Mountbatten. My mother, Lady Pamela Hicks, is at the very end on the left. (My dad had been standing next to her but took this photograph, hence the gap.)

My mother had  a conventional early childhood, but then her parents took her out of school and said, ‘We need you to come to India. You’ll be able to help us to win over the young people, and it will be a marvellous experience for you.’

My family has a long relationship with India and when my grandfather went there in 1921 with the Prince of Wales, my grandmother Edwina (who was dead by the time this photo was taken) bought herself a ticket to Delhi, aged 20, which is fairly brave.

The Prince of Wales even lent them his room to have a drink in so my grandfather could propose.

They returned to India in March 1947, when Mountbatten became Viceroy. It was the great dramatic event of my mother’s life and she was unique among any Viceroy’s children in that she saw some Indian culture.

Lady Pamela Hicks with her daughters India and Edwina in 2007

They had Indian food in the Viceroy’s house for the first time and my grandmother insisted on at least half the guests at meals being Indian.

Jawaharlal Nehru (third from left), leader of the Indian independence movement and later the first Prime Minister of India

Prime Minister Nehru was my grandmother’s great friend – they had a platonic love affair. Nehru’s sister told me that it was impossible that he and my grandmother could have had sex because  he was impotent – and had been for years.

I think that is probably true, but they had  this intense, romantic feeling for each other.

Last year we had dinner with Hugh Bonneville, who is playing my grandfather in the film Viceroy’s House.

The first thing Hugh said was, ‘Lady Pamela, I have to apologise because your father looked like a movie star and I’m afraid I don’t.’

After lunch, my mum said to him, ‘Now Hugh,  just salute, will you?’  So he saluted, and she said, ‘Oh no, a little bit quicker, a bit nearer the forehead…’   She was trying to get him to do a proper naval officer’s salute, the way that my grandfather would have done – it was the only thing she was really concerned about.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/films/2017/02/17/lady-mountbattens-grandson-prime-minister-nehru-had-platonic/

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31 May 1990

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher points to an instructional board used in the training of telephone counsellors at the London headquarters of Childline, the free national helpline for children in trouble or danger. With the Prime Minister during today’s tour was Childline chairwoman and TV personality Esther Rantzen (background, on right).

Lord Mandelson of children’s charity NSPCC & in convicted paedophile’s Jeffrey Epstein’s phone book

Peter Mandelson lobbied Tony Blair for alleged paedophile Lord Janner to receive a peerage, it has been claimed.Janner, 86, was elevated to the House of Lords six years after being publicly accused of child sex abuse in a high-profile court case.The Labour grandee, who escaped historic child sex abuse charges last month because he has dementia, has also boasted how his ‘friend’ Gordon Brown helped him get into the Lords.Considering it would be ‘splendid’ to be made a peer, he consulted his ‘valued friend’ Lord Mandelson, who told him: ‘

You’ll have to talk to Tony. I’ll ask him.’Janner made an appointment to see the then-Labour leader in his Commons office a week later.Lord Mandelson emerged as he was going in and smilingly said to him: ‘I’ve just been reminding Tony of the reason for your visit.’Mr Blair reportedly told Janner during the meeting: ‘I shall do my best to get you there [the Lords]. It’s not just that I’m fond of you, which I am. It’s not just that you’ve helped me a lot, which you have. It’s because you deserve it. But I can’t give you any guarantees. If we win the election, there should not be a problem.’

On the day Labour won the May 1997 general election, Cherie Blair hugged Janner and offered words of condolence over his wife’s recent death. However, he heard nothing more about his longed-for peerage so spoke again to Lord Mandelson, who said he would ‘keep an eye on it’.

He said he also raised the subject with his ‘old friend’ Mr Brown, who had just become chancellor.Janner claimed that Mr Brown replied: ‘Hasn’t Tony said that he’s going to do it? I’ll have a word with him about it … I have a special relationship with Tony and can talk to him about anything.’ His name appeared ‘soon after’ on the first list of new peers appointed by the Labour Government.


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Mark and Charlotte Pelling with Pat and Martin McMillan

Chairman Martin McMillan OBE

Martin McMillan is a Cheshire entrepreneur who lives in Sutton near Macclesfield, Cheshire. He built his own business in Publishing and Advertising sales. He sold the Company in 2005. Martin enjoys shooting and playing golf. He is a long established fund raiser, formerly NSPCC Chairman of the North West Full Stop Appeal, currently Deputy Chairman of Halle Concerts Society. In 2011 he became a trustee of the Cheshire Community Foundation. Martin is married to Pat McMillan, Chair of the Cheshire Ladies Philanthropy Club and Deputy Chairman of Lyme Green Settlement.

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HRH meets NGS representatives

Before leaving, Her Royal Highness addressed the guests and signed the visitors’ book, and was presented with a rambling rose bush by Mr & Mrs Robinson.

Martin McMillan, Chairman of the National Gardens Scheme, said “It is a privilege to have Her Royal Highness visit one of the beautiful gardens in our scheme. Many thousands of people visit our gardens every year, and it must be one of the most enjoyable ways of raising money for nursing and caring charities and supporting those who need our help. We are delighted to be able to increase our support for Carers Trust this year.”

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Children’s charity boss who praised shamed Stuart Hall quits

NSPCC branch chair resigns after supporting Hall during his child-abuse trial

19 JUN 2013

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Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan wrote a reference in support of Hall's charity workHall was jailed for 15 months

NSPCC volunteer and Wigan football club chairman give glowing character references for former BBC star Stuart Hall, 83, as he is jailed for abusing girls as young as nine

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Rolf Harris trial: Esther Rantzen ‘I am profoundly shocked’

30 June 2014

Veteran entertainer Rolf Harris has been found guilty of 12 counts of indecently assaulting four girls in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

One of the victims was a childhood friend of his daughter, while another was aged seven or eight.

Broadcaster and founder of ChildLine Esther Rantzen told the BBC that she was “profoundly shocked”.

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@darren_dazmav

 If you want to get filthy rich, get into charity.
The CEO of Save the Children is Helle Thorning-Schmidt. She earns approx £230000 per year. She is married to Stephen Kinnock! Says it all!!
And she’s Denmark’s former PM. Remember her at Mandela funeral-took selfies with Cameron & Obama.
Charities have now become a way of freeloaders to receive huge wages & pensions
Sadly Most charities are run as a business & the people at the top take MASSIVE Annual Wage Packets & of course Lots are Friends of Friends
David Miliband earns £425,000-a-year as head of refugee charity International Rescue via

if you don’t mind, “is paid”. Earns? I doubt it.

 
 https://youtu.be/8VF04Xds_c0
 Ye and that’s what’s happening at Grenfel now

 https://twitter.com/westham_pete/status/887325889289220097


Dame Alun Roberts‏ @ciabaudo

Read how Alex Standish grassed on other paedophile teachers at his school to save his own skin – and Rantzen’s role!

 

Esther Rantzen is a patron of the National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC) and who is best known for presenting the BBC television series That’s Life!, she too is founder of the child protection charity ChildLine but it seems that Rantzen knew more about children being sexually abused than she let on. And in most cases, never spoke out, allowing the abusers to continue to their vile acts.

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Here we look at several key moments in Rantzens career that bring several questions about not only her conduct but also her knowledge of and seemingly closeness to children being abused.

Sections on this page include :

1: Firstly lets have a look at her association with Jimmy (so-vile) Savile. Rantzen DID know of rumours and did nothing

2: Here we look at a “incident” at Rantzen’s country home – Child abused, pervert jailed

3: Mark Standish – Was he protected ? Rantzen knew that Alex Standish, a School Teacher was a paedophile. She did a investigation into his school. She just didnt pass the evidence on

4: Ben Fellows which includes Rantzen ignorance – Ben refers to a party in a house in the New Forest attended by the founder of a child protection charity (Esther Rantzen). At the party  Ben was given drugs, alcohol and was propositioned by men and women all night. Ben ended up passed out in the garden. Ben was aged just 15 at this time and Rantzen knew 

Firstly lets have a look at her association with Jimmy (so-vile) Savile

Rantzen said, “I heard the rumours almost immediately. It was always said that he behaved inappropriately with children, but rumours are not evidence.“

But Rantzen was told of percific abuse carried out by Savile, but not only did she do nothing, but she also now denies the very conversation. So Rantzen’s integrity was called into question because she chose not to pursue the rumours she heard, of acts of unacceptable sexual behaviour by Savile, particularly during her time at the BBC. 

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Esther Rantzen with Jimmy Savile, pictured in 1988. She has since said she found him ‘creepy’ and ‘odd’

Rantzen has denied hearing specific allegations, and expressed her concern that public criticism of her role could threaten her work as the patron of charities concerned with child abuse. So, it seems Rantzen was more worried about self preservation than child molesters abusing children. Yet in October 2012, Rantzen reiterated her belief that television star Jimmy Savile was guilty of sexual abuse.

Speaking at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, she told a hushed audience ‘it seemed to me to be absolutely clear’ that the late television presenter abused children. 

Does it not seem strange that Rantzen who presented That’s Life!, a show that boasted of doing investigations and exposing corrupt members of society, knew about Savile “rumours” but did not think of looking into any of them ?, and further more In 1968 Rantzen started an affair with Desmond Wilcox, who was the head of her department and was married at the time to her friend Patsy who also worked at the BBC. After several years they decided to live together, and informed BBC management of their relationship. Management’s solution was to move the entire production team of That’s Life! out of Wilcox’s department. The new arrangement meant that Rantzen and Patsy were now working in the same department, causing both women concern. Patsy Wilcox had always refused to divorce her husband, but agreed when Rantzen became pregnant. After Rantzen and Wilcox married in December 1977, BBC management moved her back into General Features department run by him. So if Rantzen did have concerns about Savile, her husband and boss would surely not of stopped her from investigating the beast.

Here we look at a “incident” at Rantzen’s country home

July 1994

Man jailed for pool sex assault on girl

A MAN who sexually assaulted a girl of five in a swimming pool at Esther Rantzen’s country home was jailed for 18 months yesterday.

Robert Gillings, 63, of Addlestone, Surrey, was earlier convicted on two counts of indecently assaulting the girl, after a trial at Guildford Crown Court.

Ms Rantzen, television presenter and ChildLine campaigner, was not present at her house in the New Forest, Hampshire, at the time of the assault last August but had lent it to friends. Gillings, a former British Airways engineer, and his wife were invited by the girl’s parents to visit them there.

The victim had told the court Gillings repeatedly assaulted her before the New Forest visit. ‘He had said that if I told mummy he would kill her,’ she said.

Judge John Bull said the incident at Ms Rantzen’s home was the culmination of a year of repeated assaults. Because both charges against Gillings were of a sexual nature against a five-year- old entrusted to him

Mark Standish – Was he protected ? The below article had been sourced from another website courtesy of Chris Spivey We hope not to offend anyone by the language used but we wanted to copy and paste the whole article 

Well, well, well. What have we here then?

It seems that Esther Rantzen wasn’t covering up for another paedophile – despite what the Sunday People would have you believe. I say that because Rantzen sued the Mirror Group and the Sunday Peoples Editor, Richard Stott for claiming she did.

Course, there was no denying that Rantzen knew that Alex Standish, a School Teacher was a paedophile. She just didn’t tell anyone about it… She was leaving that to the Police since they also knew… And also did nothing. Hmmm.

The following Express article is a report on the subsequent libel trial, dated Friday, November the 29th, 1991. Rantzen got a result and was initially awarded £250,000 damages, later reduced to £110,000 on appeal.  

So, lets recap.

Esther Rantzen admitted to knowing about Jimmy Savile being a raving monster loony sex case nonce… But did fuck all about it.

The former child actor Ben Fellows alleges that Rantzen was also at a perv’s party where he was plied with drink, drugs and chatted up by paedophiles. Ben further alleges that despite Rantzen knowing that he was only 15 years old at the time, the goofy bitch never intervened.

In 1994 a 5yr old girl was molested by an old fella in Rantzens swimming pool…  But that was fuck all to do with her either.

And now we have her being accused of  shielding another sex monster. Hmmm… Never far away from the thick of it is she… Just saying.

Below the article there is a copy of the court ruling, which has all the relevant facts. Had this court case taken place today, I doubt that she would have been so lucky. 

Libel trials have been known to get it wrong, don’t cha know. Just ask Bruce Grobbelaar, Lord Boothby, Jeffery Archer, Lance Armstrong and John Major, to name but a few.

Mark Standish was eventually convicted in March 2012. Click here for his conviction. Mark Standish, 48, was a tutor at a notorious boarding school in the late 1980s which came to national prominence when three of its teachers were jailed for 10 years for grave sexual offences against its pupils. Standish gave evidence for the prosecution against Crookham Court School headmaster Michael Gold and two other teachers at the original trial in 1991

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Esther: I don’t lie to Editors.

TELEVISION personality Esther Rantzen angrily denied that she was a liar.

Trembling with emotion, she said in the High Court: “It is not my habit to lie to newspaper Editors for whatever purpose.”

The outburst from Miss Rantzen, 51, presenter of that’s Life and founder of Childline, came during the third day of her libel action against The People. She/is suing over articles which said she kept quiet about an alleged child abuser because she owed him a favour.

Charles Gray, the paper’s QC, accused her of making false claims to Richard Stott, then editor of The People, to stop him publishing the story linking her to suspected pervert Alex Standish.

Miss Rantzen demanded: “You are saying I lied?”.

Mr Gray replied: “I am saying you made statements that were false…”

Miss Rantzen answered angrily: “You are saying I lied to Mr Stott”. “It is inconceivable I would ring up Mr Stott as editor of The People and lie to stop him publishing an expose about Alex Standish.”

She insisted she phoned because she believed a police investigation into Standish would be “blown out of the water” if The People printed its stoiy.

She said the Department of Education and Science, also investigating teacher Standish, had asked if the That’s Life team could do anything to stop The People running the story on February 3.

Miss Rantzen said she was always concerned about Standish who in her view was not fit to be in charge of boys aged 7-16.

”I thought he could have been a very dangerous man,” she said. “It was absolutely crucial that the police be allowed to discover whether that was the case.”

A recording of the conversation between Miss Rantzen and Mr Stott was played to the court.

Miss Rantzen, who said she had not known the call was being taped, complained that Mr Stott had shouted at her and was belligerent.

She said she would have preferred to sit down and discuss the matter properly rather than have a quick phone call in a stressed 15-minute break from rehearsals.

She said: “If I had realised I was going to become the major target of his newspaper, I would have asked him if we could do that.”

The trial continues.

Rantzen v Mirror Group Newspapers (1986) Ltd. [1993] EWCA Civ 16 (31 March 1993)

Cite as: [1993] EWCA Civ 16, [1993] 4 All ER 975

This judgment is cited by the following judgments:

  • De Rossa v. Independent Newspapers [1999] IESC 63; [1999] 4 IR 432 (30th July, 1999)
  • O’Brien v. Mirror Group Newspapers Ltd. [2000] IESC 70 (25th October, 2000)

This judgment cites the following other judgments:

  • [1972] AC 1027
  • [1987] 1 WLR 1248
  • [1990] 1 AC 109
  • [1991] 1 QB 1
  • [1991] 1 AC 696

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 The royal courts of justice

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    Neutral Citation Number: [1993] EWCA Civ 16
    Case No:

IN THE SUPREME COURT OF JUDICATURE
COURT OF APPEAL (CIVIL DIVISION)
ON APPEAL FROM THE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE
QUEEN’S BENCH DIVISION
(Mr. Justice Otton)

    Royal Courts of Justice
    31st March 1993

 

B e f o r e :LORD JUSTICE NEILL
LORD JUSTICE STAUGHTON
and
LORD JUSTICE ROCH

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  ESTHER LOUISE RANTZEN
Respondent (Plaintiff)
  and
 
  (1) MIRROR GROUP NEWSPAPERS (1986) LTD.
 
  (2) BRIAN RADFORD
 
  (3) RICHARD STOTT
 
  (4) MIRROR GROUP NEWSPAPERS PLC
Appellants (Defendants)

____________________(Transcript of the Shorthand Notes of the Association of Official Shorthandwriters Limited,
2 New Square, Lincoln’s Inn, London WC2).____________________MR. RICHARD HARTLEY QC and MR. GEOFFREY SHAW QC
(instructed by Messrs Herbert Smith) appeared on behalf of the Respondent (Plaintiff).
MR. CHARLES GRAY QC and MISS HEATHER ROGERS
(instructed by Mr. Cruddace Esq., Solicitor to Mirror Group Newspapers) appeared on behalf of the Appellants (Defendants). 

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JUDGMENT (Approved)

LORD JUSTICE NEILL: This is the judgment of the Court.
On 16 December 1991 after a trial in the Queen’s Bench Division before Mr. Justice Otton and a jury Miss Esther Rantzen was awarded the sum of £250,000 as damages for libel in respect of articles published in The People newspaper on Sunday 3rd February 1991. It will be seen that the action came on for trial with commendable speed.
The Defendants in the action were the publishers of the newspaper, Mr. Richard Stott, the editor of The People, and Mr. Brian Radford, a journalist who wrote the two main articles complained of.
The articles of which Miss Rantzen complained were

(a) An article written by Mr. Radford which was published on the front page of The People under the headline “ESTHER AND THE SEX PERVERT TEACHER” “A People Investigation”.

(b) An article by Mr. Radford published on pages 4 and 5 of The People under the headline “ESTHER AND THE PERVERT SHE DIDN’T EXPOSE”.

(c) An article by another journalist published on page 5 of The People under the headline “Her Hot Line to save kids from sex abuse”.

(d) The leading article published on page 6 of The People under the heading “VOICE OF THE PEOPLE” “The wrong line, Esther.”

For the purposes of this judgment it is not necessary to set out the text of all four articles. It is sufficient to reproduce the text of the article on the front page and the leading article.
The article on the front page contained a further heading “She knew horrifying secret but didn’t tell his school.” The article then continued:

“A teacher who helped T.V.’s Esther Rantzen to expose child abuse at a boys’ school hid a horrifying secret. He was a pervert himself.

Esther knew the truth about depraved religious studies master Alex Standish.

But the That’s Life star, who set up ChildLine to protect victims from abuse, didn’t tell the school where Standish taught about the danger he posed to pupils. Nor did she warn any of the parents.

Esther wasn’t the only one to keep quiet. She and the police had known about Standish for two years. The Department of Education also knew. But nothing was done to stop Standish teaching.

When Esther spoke to The People, she said that Supt. Mike Hames, Head of Scotland Yard’s Obscene Publications Squad, had asked her: Please leave it to me.’ She was angry at our decision to publish our investigation and suggested it would jeopardise police enquiries into Standish.

But yesterday Mr. Hames backed The People. He told us: ‘I’m totally behind what you are doing.’”

On the left hand side of the article on the front page was published a photograph of Miss Rantzen with the words “ANGRY: Esther objected to our report, saying it could endanger police enquiries.”
On the right hand side of the article was published a photograph of Mr. Alex Standish with the words “TEACHER: Depraved religious studies master Standish enjoyed wearing uniforms.”
Underneath the article the following words were published:
“THIS MAN SHOULDN’T BE ALLOWED NEAR KIDS – Pages 4 & 5.”
The leading article on page 6 was in these terms:

“When Esther Rantzen set up ChildLine, she did so to protect children from adult abuse.

Assaulting children is the nastiest of crimes. Thanks to ChildLine hundreds, perhaps even thousands, have been spared the ongoing agony of ill-treatment.

Many others at risk can take comfort in knowing that help is only a phone call away and for that Esther and ChildLine deserve our praise and our gratitude.

That was why we were astonished to discover Esther’s attitude to the sordid secrets of teacher Alex Standish. Standish helped Esther and her ‘That’s Life’ team to expose the goings-on at Crookham Court boys’ school and bring the guilty men to justice. Yet, as we reveal today, Standish is a pervert himself, a sadistic fantasist, who is unfit to have any child in his care. And Esther knew it.

But when he got another job at a boys’ school in Orpington, Kent, neither Esther nor the Thames Valley Police, who also knew about him, felt they should tell the school authorities.

The police argue that because there was no evidence of a criminal offence they were not in a position to warn Standish’s present employers of his sick taste in amateur pornography.

Esther has no such excuse. And what she did, or rather failed to do, was a gross error of judgment. Her defence was that she and the police were waiting for worse to happen. Whether it did or didn’t is immaterial.

ChildLine is there to look after children. Not to use them as bait for a paedophile.

What The People publishes today will ensure that Standish never teaches children again.

The last question put to Esther by the Editor was what would SHE say to parents, if, as a result of her inaction, a child had been abused?

Three times she was asked. Three times she wouldn’t answer.

WHY? BECAUSE SHE COULDN’T.

NO HIDING PLACE FOR VILLAINS.

Just over a year ago, we branded two policemen as cowards for failing to help three colleagues from being beaten up by a drunken mob. The two P.C.’s sued us for libel.

Last week a High Court jury decided we were right and they were liars.

The People is proud of its motto to be frank, fearless and free and we will continue to expose public servants who fail in their duty.

CON-MEN, LIARS, HUMBUGS AND HYPOCRITES – YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.”

In the pleadings served on behalf of Miss Rantzen it was alleged that the articles by Mr. Radford on the front page and on pages 4 and 5 of The People bore the following meanings:

(a) That the plaintiff, knowing that Alex Standish was guilty of sexually abusing children, protected Standish by keeping that fact a secret because of his past services to her as confidential assistant in preparing a programme about the sexual abuse of children at Crookham Court School, thereby abandoning all her moral standards and in particular her publicly professed concern for abused children;

(b) That the plaintiff, knowing that Alex Standish was guilty of sexually abusing children, and notwithstanding her position as founder of the ChildLine Service for sexually abused children, took no action at all in respect of what she knew.

(c) That the plaintiff knowing since 1988 that Alex Standish was guilty of sexually abusing children at Crookham Court School and knowing since early 1989 that he was teaching at Cannock School, took no action in respect of the risk thus arising at Cannock School.

(d) That the plaintiff’s public statements and activities on behalf of sexually abused children, given her misconduct and culpable admissions as set out above, were insincere and hypocritical.

(e) That the plaintiff untruthfully told the Editor of The People that publication of a story about Alex Standish would blow Superintendent Hames’ inquiry into Alex Standish out of the water, when, she well knew, the truth was that Superintendent Hames would welcome such a story; and that she told this lie in an attempt to avoid publication of the facts of her misconduct and culpable admissions as set out above.

The Defendants served a Defence setting out pleas of justification and fair comment. In addition the Defendants strongly disputed the assertion that the article meant that Miss Rantzen had protected Mr. Standish as a reward for his help. The judge, however, and later the Court of Appeal on an interlocutory appeal, upheld the submission advanced on behalf of Miss Rantzen that this was a possible meaning which should be left to the jury. In the Defence the Defendants pleaded justification of the following meanings:

“(a) That the plaintiff knowing that Alex Standish was sexually depraved and perverted failed to warn Cannock School, Orpington, Kent, the Headmaster of the school, parents of the children at the school and the public thereof.

(b) The plaintiff deprived Cannock School, the Headmaster and parents of children at the school of the opportunity of taking preventative steps to ensure that children at the school were not left in the custody of Alex Standish and exposed to the risk of homosexual abuse or depravity.

(c) The plaintiff by her actions, in good faith but mistakenly, exercised a judgement which risked children at Cannock School remaining in the custody of Alex Standish and, being at risk to homosexual abuse or depravity instead of seeking to ensure that they were forthwith removed from his custody.

(d) That the plaintiff sought to persuade the defendants that they should not publish a story about Alex Standish by making statements to them which were (as the plaintiff must have known) false and/or thereby compounded the plaintiff’s own error of judgement in depriving Cannock School, the Headmaster and parents of children at the school of [the opportunity of] taking preventative steps to ensure that the children at the school were not left in the custody of Alex Standish and so exposed to the risk of homosexual abuse or depravity.”

The meanings set out in (d) above were added by way of an amendment made a month before the trial.
In support of the plea of fair comment the defendants pleaded that the articles were fair comment on a matter of public interest “namely the plaintiff’s judgement in failing to alert Cannock School, the Headmaster of the school, parents of children at the school and the public as to her knowledge in relation to Alex Standish.”
In answer to the plea of fair comment Miss Rantzen served a Reply alleging that the defendants had been actuated by express malice. She relied on, inter alia, an article about her published in the issue of The People on the following Sunday, 10 February 1991.
THE BACKGROUND TO THE ARTICLES.
Miss Rantzen is the presenter of the B.B.C. Television programme “That’s Life”. In addition she is the founder and chairman of the ChildLine charitable service for sexually abused children. The ChildLine service was established in October 1986. In her evidence at the trial Miss Rantzen explained that in the following five years about 190,000 children had been counselled and helped by making use of the ChildLine service, though she added that the service received about 10,000 attempted calls every day. In addition she told the court that she had set up the ChildLine Educational Trust to try to help children who had been abused and needed further counselling.
In February 1989 Miss Rantzen’s attention was drawn to Crookham Court School, a private preparatory school near Newbury in Berkshire. A former pupil wrote to her to say that he had been abused while at the school. As a result of receiving this letter Miss Rantzen together with Mr. Richard Woolfe, a senior producer on the “That’s Life” programme, made enquiries which involved interviewing former pupils at the school and some members and ex-members of the school staff. One of those interviewed was Mr. Standish.
Mr. Standish told Miss Rantzen and Mr. Woolfe that he had been a teacher at the school, that it was a very unsatisfactory school which had a “feeling of a culture of abuse”, and that he believed that some of the teachers had abused children at the school. The meeting with Mr. Standish took place at the B.B.C. offices at Lime Grove on 20 April 1989. He had resigned as a teacher at Crookham Court in February 1989.
Following the interviews with former pupils at Crookham Court and with members of the staff including Mr. Standish, Mr. Woolfe began to assemble material for a television programme about the school to be broadcast at the end of May 1989.
On 14 May 1989 Mr. Woolfe met Mr. Ian Mucklejohn, who was then a part time teacher at Crookham Court. Mr. Mucklejohn handed Mr. Woolfe copies of some pornographic documents which he said he had been told had been found in the possession of Mr. Standish. As a result Mr. Woolfe spoke to Mr. Standish about the pornographic material which had been found in his possession but Mr. Standish denied that he was the author of it. Meanwhile Miss Rantzen showed copies of it to Mr. Hereward Harrison, Childlines’ Director of counselling. The suspicions about Mr. Standish remained, however, and it was arranged that the three boys who were living with him as his wards should visit London to meet Miss Rantzen, Mr. Woolfe and Mr. Harrison. When interviewed none of the boys made any complaint about Standish. Meanwhile Mr. Woolfe gave copies of the pornographic material to the police at Newbury.
On 28 May and 4 June 1989 programmes exposing sexual abuse at Crookham Court School by three members of the staff were broadcast on the “That’s Life” programme on television. These programmes were based on information provided by pupils and former pupils at the school. On 22 June 1989 Crookham Court School closed.
On 26 June 1989 Mr. Standish was interviewed by the Newbury police. Following the interview Detective Constable Parsons spoke to Mr. Woolfe, informing him that though Mr. Standish admitted that he was the author of the pornographic material the police accepted his explanation. At that time Detective Chief Inspector Morey was in charge of the enquiry into Mr. Standish’s conduct. Mr. Parsons told Mr. Woolfe that the “That’s Life” programme should leave Mr. Standish alone.
In about January 1990 Mr. Standish obtained a teaching post at Cannock School in Kent. It was not, however, until 16 July 1990 that Mr. Woolfe was informed by Mr. Michael Gold, a former headmaster of Crookham Court School, that Mr. Standish was teaching at Cannock. At that time Miss Rantzen was in Australia.
On 30 July 1990 Mr. Woolfe spoke to Detective Superintendent Hames, the head of the Obscene Publications Department at Scotland Yard. On 31 July Mr. Woolfe sent copies of the pornographic material to Mr. Hames who then instructed two of his officers to discuss the matter with the Thames Valley Police. Also in July 1990 (on 21 July) Mr. Woolfe had a long talk with JS a former pupil at Crookham Court, who told Mr. Woolfe that Standish had not sexually abused him in any way.
In September 1990 Mr. Woolfe told Miss Rantzen about what had happened in the previous July. On 26 November 1990 Miss Rantzen and Mr. Woolfe met Mr. Michael Fallon MP at the Department of Education. Mr. Fallon was told about the pornographic material and on 4 December 1990 copies of this material were sent to the Department.
On 30 December 1990 JS wrote to Mr. Mucklejohn. In this letter JS alleged for the first time that Mr. Standish had abused him. Copies of this letter were sent to Mr. Woolfe and also to Mr. Barker at the Department of Education, who was responsible for the administration of the regulations under which the Secretary of State can ban individuals from teaching. On 17 January 1991 Mr. Woolfe gave a copy of the letter from JS to Detective Superintendent Hames. JS had been one of the three boys who had visited London on 29 May 1989 and he had also been seen by Mr. Woolfe on 21 July 1990. On neither of these previous occasions, however, had JS made any allegations against Mr. Standish.
In this summary of the background to the case we have not attempted to deal in detail with all the matters which arose in the course of the evidence. In general terms the case for Miss Rantzen was that she had done all she could to bring her anxieties about Mr. Standish to the attention of the authorities and that she believed that the police were keeping a careful watch on Mr. Standish. It was in these circumstances that she urged the editor of The People not to publish the article because it might interfere with the enquiries which were being carried on.
The case for the defendants on the other hand was that the pornographic material was of such a revolting nature that it could only have been written by someone who was likely to abuse children sexually and that steps should have been taken by Miss Rantzen to alert Cannock School to the fact that Mr. Standish had been responsible for writing it. The Case for the Defendants in support of the Appeal.
It was accepted by counsel on behalf of the appellants that for the purposes of the appeal it was necessary to concede that the jury had been persuaded that the articles bore the meanings which Miss Rantzen sought to put upon them. Accordingly it was inevitable that a substantial award of damages would be made if Miss Rantzen succeeded on the issue of liability. Nevertheless it was submitted that on a number of grounds the award of £250,000 could not be supported. It will be convenient to consider these grounds under three main headings:

(A) Alleged misdirections by the Judge.

(B) The argument that the sum awarded by the jury was excessive.

(C) Whether the Court of Appeal should interfere and substitute another award.

(A) Alleged Misdirections by the Judge.
It was submitted on behalf the appellants that they were entitled to a new trial on the ground of mis-direction. It was recognized by counsel that RSC Order 59 r.11 (4) did not apply to an application for a new trial on the ground of misdirection. It was also accepted that the court had to take into account the provisions of Order 59 r.11 (2):

“The Court of Appeal shall not be bound to order a new trial on the ground of misdirection ….. unless in the opinion of the Court of Appeal some substantial wrong or miscarriage has been thereby occasioned.”

The first complaint of misdirection put forward was that the judge had failed to give sufficient guidance to the jury about the financial implications of their award in accordance with the guidelines set out inSutcliffe v. Pressdram Ltd. [1991] 1 QB 153. At page 178 G Lord Donaldson MR said:

“In the instant case I cannot believe that the jury appreciated the true size of the award which they were making. This is understandable. Despite the inflation which has occurred in the post-war years, sums of money of £100,000 or more, and in many cases less, still lack the reality of the £1 coin or the £5 note. In the lives of ordinary people they are unlikely ever to intrude except in form of the nominal sale or purchase price of a house. I say ‘nominal’ because in such transactions the only sense in which these sums are real is in the effect which they have in determining the amount of the mortgage payments and the size of the relatively small sum which the purchaser has to pay in cash. Even to the vendor, they do not usually spell wealth, but only the means of reducing the amount of the mortgage payments on his new home.

What is, I think, required, is some guidance to juries in terms which will assist them to appreciate the real value of large sums. It is, and must remain, a jury’s duty to award lump sums by way of damages, but there is no reason why they should not be invited notionally to ‘weigh any sum which they have in mind to award’.

Whether the jury did so, and how it did so, would be a matter for them, but the judge could, I think, properly invite them to consider what the result would be in terms of weekly, monthly or annual income if the money were invested in a building society deposit account without touching the capital sum awarded or, if they have in mind smaller sums, to consider what they could buy with it.”

In addition we were referred to the judgment of Russell L.J. in the same case at page 190.
In the present case the judge quite correctly followed the current practice of explaining to the jury that the law does not allow either the judge or counsel to indicate what damages would be appropriate. He told them, again quite correctly, that he was not permitted to tell them by way of comparison what awards are received by a plaintiff who has been totally or partially paralysed as a result of an accident or who has lost a limb. He explained the purpose of compensatory damages and then continued (86E):

“The figure you come up with, if you get to that point, must be a fair and reasonable one. It must not be miserly otherwise the suspicion will linger. On the other hand, the figure must not be wildly excessive. Be reasonable. Keep your feet on the ground. In so arriving at a figure you are entitled to take into account the value of money, what it can buy – a house, a car or a holiday. The question of costs might cross your mind. They are totally irrelevant to the question of damages. The question of costs is for me to determine depending on your verdict. You will arrive at a reasonable figure having balanced out the factors which you think may aggravate and so increase the figure or mitigate and so reduce the figure.”

It is true that in this passage the judge did not direct the jury’s attention to the fact that a large sum of money could produce an income which could be enjoyed while the principal sum was left intact. In our judgement, however, the judge gave sufficient guidance to the jury by telling them to take into account the value of money and to relate it to its purchasing power by reference to a house, a car or holiday. He might have gone further but we are satisfied that this suggestion of misdirection is not made out.
Counsel’s second complaint of misdirection was that the judge had failed to give the jury any direction on the lines adumbrated in Pamplin v. Express Newspapers Ltd. [1988] 1 WLR 116. In that case Neill L.J. pointed out that although a defence of partial justification may not prevent the plaintiff from succeeding on the issue of liability the facts proved by the defendant may be of great importance on the issue of damages.
Here again we consider that the judge gave the jury sufficient guidance on the facts of this case. At page 88 of his summing up he said:

“You are entitled to bear in mind that the defendants have sought to justify and say that what they wrote in part was true in substance and in fact. Here of course you must be careful. You may well find that they have justified part of what they wrote against her in substance and in fact and that it was true, and insofar as they have succeeded obviously she is not entitled to any award at all. But where they have sought to justify and they have failed she is entitled to compensation and the fact that it has taken your verdict to nail the lie and prove their justification plea was mis-founded. Your award can reflect that fact.”

The judge might have explained the matter in greater detail, but he drew the jury’s attention to the fact that damages should not be awarded for that part of the words complained of which had been proved to be true. It is also necessary to bear in mind that by their verdict the jury clearly rejected the suggestion that the articles meant no more than that Miss Rantzen had been guilty of errors of judgement. They were satisfied that she had been the victim of a very serious libel. Pamplin’s was quite different. In that case Mr. Pamplin admitted that his conduct could be described as slippery and indeed unscrupulous and that he did not really object to being called a liar. His objection was to being called a “spiv”. As the judge explained at the trial in Mr. Pamplin’s case the damages were to be as compensation for what had been described as the “over the top” element of calling the plaintiff a “spiv”. We turn therefore to the next matter of complaint.
Counsel submitted that the judge misdirected the jury by inviting them to take into account in assessing damages the fact that the defendants had not apologized to the plaintiff. It was said that a failure to apologize can only aggravate damages where a plea of justification or fair comment is not an honest plea.
Mr. Gray drew our attention to a passage in the speech of Lord Guest in Morgan v. Odhams Press Ltd. [1971] 1 WLR 1239 at 1262D:

“There was another misdirection when the learned judge told the jury that they might, in considering the amount of damages, take into consideration the fact that the respondents had never apologized…. In my view, this direction by the judge does not represent the law. Failure to apologize is not evidence of malice…. By parity of reasoning it cannot increase the damages.”

We were also reminded that in the same case at 1247A Lord Reid left open the question whether mere failure to make an apology can ever justify aggravation of damages, though he doubted whether it could. In addition we were shown a passage in the judgment of Toohey J in Coyne v. Citizen Finance Ltd. (1991) 172 CLR 211 at 237 where he said:

“Mere persistence, or even vigorous persistence, in a bona fide defence, in the absence of improper or unjustifiable conduct, cannot be used to aggravate compensatory damages.”

In our judgment the relevance of the absence of an apology depends upon the facts of the case. InMorgan (supra) the defence was that the words did not refer to the plaintiff and could not be understood to refer to him. The absence of an apology was therefore explicable. In other cases, though the absence of an apology may be no proof of malice, it can increase the injury to the plaintiff’s feelings.
Lord Hailsham’s speech in Broome v. Cassell [1972] AC 1027 is strong support for the proposition that the absence of an apology can be taken into account in aggravation of damages. At 1071 E he said:

“Quite obviously, the award must include factors for injury to the feelings, the anxiety and uncertainty undergone in the litigation, the absence of an apology, or the reaffirmation of the truth of the matters complained of, or the malice of the defendant.”

To the same effect is the following passage in the judgment of Nourse L.J. in Sutcliffe (supra) at 184 D:

“The conduct of a defendant which may often be regarded as aggravating the injury to the plaintiff’s feelings, so as to support a claim for ‘aggravated’ damages, includes a failure to make any or any sufficient apology and withdrawal; ….”

In the present case the judge told the jury (87 G) that they were entitled to take into account the fact that there had been “no apology throughout”. In the context of the present case we do not regard that as a misdirection.
Next, counsel submitted that the judge erred in directing the jury that they could take account of the fact that the defendants had persisted in a plea of justification.
It has often been said that the fact that a defendant persists in a plea of justification or fair comment is no evidence whatever of malice unless the plea has been put forward mala fide. It has also been said that the persistence in such a plea should not be taken into account in aggravation of damages. It may merely show that the defendant, though mistaken, has a firm and honest belief in the strength of his case. On the other hand, if one looks at the matter not from the point of view of the state of mind of the defendant but for the purpose of assessing the injury to the plaintiff’s feelings, it is easy to see that a contest which involves justification or fair comment may increase the injury and add greatly to the anxiety caused by the proceedings which the plaintiff has had to bring to clear his name. in Broome v. Cassell (supra) at 1125 Lord Diplock discussed the difficulty of allocating compensatory damages between ordinary damages and aggravated damages. He continued:

“The harm caused to the plaintiff by the publication of the libel upon him often lies more in his own feelings, what he thinks other people are thinking of him, than in any actual change made manifest in their attitude towards him. A solatium for injured feelings, however innocent the publication by the defendant may have been, forms a large element in the damages under head (1) itself [ordinary damages] even in cases in which there are no grounds for ‘aggravated damages’ under head (2). Again the harm done by the publication for which damages are recoverable under head (1) does not come to an end when the publication is made. As Lord Atkin said in Lev v. Hamilton: ‘It is impossible to track the scandal, to know what quarters the poison may reach.’ So long as its withdrawal is not communicated to all those it has reached it may continue to spread. I venture to think that this is the rationale of the undoubted rule that persistence by the defendant in a plea of justification or repetition of the original libel by him at the trial can increase the damages. By doing so he prolongs the period in which the damage from the original publication continues to spread and by giving it further publicity at the trial …. extends the quarters that the poison reaches.”

The final suggestion of misdirection was based on the complaint that the judge had given insufficient prominence to the factors which tended to mitigate the damages. In addition the judge was at fault, it was said, in referring to the mitigating factors as though they were merely comments of counsel rather than points which could properly be taken into account to reduce the jury’s award.
We see nothing in this complaint. The judge listed the matters which Mr. Gray had stressed in a passage at the conclusion of his summing up. He thereby gave them what we regard as entirely satisfactory prominence.
In our judgment there was no misdirection of any significance in this case. In any event, even if one assumes that there may be some merit in some of the individual complaints, we are quite satisfied that there is no possibility that any misdirections led to the risk of injustice or any substantial wrong or miscarriage”.
(B) The argument that the sum awarded by the Jury was excessive.
The second main ground of appeal was that the sum of £250,000 was excessive and unreasonable. It was so large as to indicate that the jury must have applied a wrong measure of damages and furthermore amounted to a restriction or penalty on the right to freedom of expression. The argument under this heading was developed on the following lines:(1) That the Court of Appeal has power to order a new trial on the ground that the damages awarded by the jury were excessive. This power has been given statutory recognition in section 8(1) of theCourts and Legal Services Act 1990 (the 1990 Act).

(2) That in the past this power has only been exercised in a small minority of cases where the damages have been regarded as so excessive as to be “divorced from reality” (McCarey v. Associated Newspapers Ltd. [1965] 2 QB 86, 111 per Willmer L.J.). The barrier against the grant of a new trial has been set very high.

(3) That the exercise of the power to order a new trial requires to be re-examined in the light of

(a) the fact that section 8(1) of the 1990 Act refers to “excessive” damages and contains no indication that the power can only be exercised where the damages are, for example, “grossly excessive” or “excessive and wholly unreasonable”.

(b) the fact that the Court of Appeal is now empowered under section 8(2) of the 1990 Act and RSC Order 59 r.11(4), in place of ordering a new trial, to substitute for the sum awarded by the jury “such sum as appears to the court to be proper”.

(c) the fact that it has been established by recent authorities that the common law is consistent with Article 10 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (the Convention).

(4) That in any event, even if one applied the old test which had to be satisfied for the grant of a new trial, the damages were excessive and the court should exercise its powers under section 8(2) of the 1990 Act and Order 59 r.11(4).

In order to examine these submissions it is necessary to start by setting out the text of section 8 of the 1990 Act, of Order 59 r.11(4) and of Articles 10 and 13 of the Convention. Section 8 of the 1990 Act, as far as is material provides:

“(1) In this section ‘case’ means any case where the Court of Appeal has power to order a new trial on the ground that damages awarded by a jury are excessive or inadequate.

(2) Rules of Court may provide for the Court of Appeal, in such classes of case as may be specified in the rules, to have power, in place of ordering a new trial, to substitute for the sum awarded by the jury such sum as appears to the court to be proper.

Order 59 r.11(4), which applies to appeals set down after 31 January 1991, is in these terms:

“in any case where the Court of Appeal has power to order a new trial on the ground that damages awarded by a jury are excesssive or inadequate, the court may, instead of ordering a new trial, substitute for the sum awarded by the jury such sum as appears to the court to be proper;…”

Article 10 of the Convention provides:

“1. Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers. This article shall not prevent States from requiring the licensing of broadcasting, television or cinema enterprises.

2. The exercise of these freedoms, since it carries with it duties and responsibilities, may be subject to such formalities, conditions, restrictions or penalties as are prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society, in the interests of national security, territorial integrity or public safety, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, for the protection of the reputation or rights of others, for preventing the disclosure of information received in confidence, or for maintaining the authority and impartiality of the judiciary.”

In addition our attention was drawn to Article 13:

“Everyone whose rights and freedoms as set forth in this Convention are violated shall have an effective remedy before a national authority notwithstanding that the violation has been committed by persons acting in an official capacity.

It was common ground that in the past appellate courts have been very reluctant to interfere with an award of damages made by a jury. The barrier to be surmounted was a high one. The question for consideration in the present appeal is whether this barrier needs to be re-assessed in the light of pronouncements made by the House of Lords in the context of the right of freedom of expression.
Counsel for Miss Rantzen submitted that there was no reason to depart from the former practice which had been reaffirmed by the Court of Appeal not only in Sutcliffe v. Pressdram (supra) but also more recently in Gorman v. Mudd (unreported) (15 October 1992). In Sutcliffe Lord Donaldson collected together some of the formulations which had been used to identify the test which had to be satisfied before the Court of Appeal could grant a new trial. These formulations included:

“(1) ‘The damages are so excessive that no twelve men could reasonably have given them’: Praed v. Graham (1889) 24 QBD 53, 55 per Lord Esher MR.

(2) ‘There must be some reasonable relation between the wrong done and the solatium applied’:Greenlands Ltd. v. Wilmshurst [1913] 3 KB 507, 532 per Hamilton L.J.

(3) The damages are ‘out of all proportion to the circumstances of the case’: Scott v. Musial [1959] 2 QB 429, 437 per Morris L.J.

(4) ‘It is out of all proportion to the facts or such that twelve reasonable men could not have made such an award’: Lewis v. Daily Telegraph Ltd [1963] 1 QB 340, 380 per Holroyd Pearce L.J.

(5) The jury’s award was ‘divorced from reality’: McCarev v. Associated Newspapers Ltd [1965] 2 QB 86, 111 per Willmer L.J.”

In the reports there are many other passages to the same effect. Counsel for Miss Rantzen submitted that these tests remained unaffected by any recent changes in the law.
On behalf of the defendant, however, it was submitted that section 8 of the 1990 Act now empowers the court to intervene more readily and to apply a less stringent test. Counsel contended that section 8 was enacted to address the concern which was widely felt that awards of damages in libel actions had become unreasonable. The new power conferred by section 8 of the 1990 Act, and by the Rule made under it, was clearly designed to be exercisable whenever an award of damages was considered by the Court of Appeal to be “excessive.” It was no longer necessary or appropriate to use the barrier against interference which the earlier formulations had erected.
At the invitation of the parties and in order to resolve a possible ambiguity as to the meaning of the word “excessive” in section 8(1) of the 1990 Act the court consulted the passage in Hansard for 20 February 1990 when the Lord Chancellor introduced the clause in the House of Lords. At that stage the Lord Chancellor was moving an amendment to introduce a new clause 7A to the Courts and Legal Services Bill. In his speech the Lord Chancellor said this (col. 170 – 171):

“The power is a useful addition to the powers available to the Court of Appeal. I do not believe that I can be accused of coming forward with the amendment too soon, seeing that it was first suggested in 1948. That suggestion was reinforced in 1975. Both those committees [the Porter Committee and the Faulks Committee] suggested a rather wider formulation than this rule. It is within the recommendation but it does not go quite so far. On the other hand, it may be wise to allow the juries to fix damages in the first place. The difficulty of the previous formulations was to see on what grounds it would be right to allow the Court of Appeal to interfere in a jury’s verdict. That is not being touched by the amendment. It deals only with the consequences of the Court of Appeal coming to that conclusion. I believe that it is a useful although not a major change in the law.”

Counsel for Miss Rantzen submitted that this passage made it plain that the change in the law was not introduced to lower or otherwise interfere with the barrier which had to be surmounted before the Court of Appeal could exercise a power to order a new trial. The amendment was introduced merely to give the court the opportunity of substituting a different award once it had been established that the power to order a new trial could be exercised.
We agree that this passage in the Lord Chancellor’s speech does not by itself lend any support to the propositions advanced on behalf of the appellants. As we explain later, however, it is necessary to examine the powers of the court to order a new trial and to substitute a fresh award in accordance with section 8 (2) of the 1990 Act and Order 59 r.11(4) in the light of the guidance recently given by the House of Lords as to the relationship between the common law and Article 10 and also in the light of the guidance as to the proper scope of Article 10 given by the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg (the court in Strasbourg).
It was accepted by counsel on behalf of the appellants that article 10 cannot be applied directly because the Convention has not been formally adopted by Parliament so as to have become part of English Law. It was also accepted that, by reason of paragraph 2 of Article 10, the “right to freedom of expression” enshrined in paragraph 1 had to be considered subject to such conditions and restrictions as are contained in domestic law. It was submitted, however, that these conditions and restrictions had to be interpreted so as to take account of the decisions of the Court in Strasbourg.
It was therefore submitted:
(a) That any relevant conditions or restrictions had to be “prescribed by law”. There was no statutory basis for the practice whereby a jury was free to award a sum of damages without any clear instruction by the court as to the principles to be applied or the precedents to be followed.
In this context counsel referred us to paragraph 49 of the decision of the Court in Strasbourg in The Sunday Times v. The United Kingdom [1980] 2 EHRR 245 at 271:

“In the courts’ opinion, the following are two of the requirements that flow from the expression ‘prescribed by law’. First, the law must be adequately accessible: a citizen must be able to have an indication that is adequate in the circumstances of the legal rules applicable to a given case. Secondly, a norm cannot be regarded as a ‘law’ unless it is formulated with sufficient precision to enable a citizen to regulate his conduct: he must be able – if need be with appropriate advice – to foresee, to a degree that is reasonable in the circumstances, the consequences which a given action may entail. Those consequences need not be foreseeable with absolute certainty: our experience shows this to be unattainable. Again, whilst certainty is highly desirable, it may bring in its train excessive rigidity and the law must be able to keep pace with changing circumstances. Accordingly, many laws are inevitably couched in terms which, to or a greater or lesser extent, are vague and whose interpretation and application are questions of practice.”

It was recognised that it would never be possible in advance to calculate damages with precision, but under the present practice no one, and certainly not a newspaper, had any means whereby, even with appropriate advice, he could foresee the consequences of the exercise by him of his right to freedom of expression.
(b) An award of £250,000 on the facts of the present case was not “necessary in a democratic society … for the protection of the reputation or rights” of Miss Rantzen. Miss Rantzen had not suffered any financial loss or any social damage. She continued to be an extremely successful television presenter. Counsel referred us to the general principles set out in the judgment of the Court in Strasbourg in The Sunday Times v. The United Kingdom (No.2) (26 November 1991). I should refer to paragraph 50 of the judgment:

“Argument before the court was concentrated on the question whether the interference complained of could be regarded as ‘necessary in a democratic society’. In this connection, the court’s judgments relating to Article 10 … enounce the following major principles.

(a) freedom of expression constitutes one of the essential foundations of a democratic society; subject to paragraph 2 of Article 10, it is applicable not only to ‘information’ or ‘ideas’ that are favourably received or regarded as inoffensive or as a matter of indifference, but also to those that offend, shock or disturb. Freedom of expression, as enshrined in Article 10, is subject to a number of exceptions which, however, must be narrowly interpreted and the necessity for any restrictions must be convincingly established

(b) these principles are of particular importance as far as the press is concerned. Whilst it must not overstep the bounds set, inter alia, ‘in the interests of national security’ or for ‘maintaining the authority of the judiciary’, it is nevertheless incumbent on it to impart information and ideas on matters of public interest. Not only does the press have the task of imparting such information and ideas: the public also has a right to receive them. Were it otherwise, the press would be unable to play its vital role of ‘public watchdog’.

(c) the adjective ‘necessary’, within the meaning of Article 10, paragraph 2, implies the existence of a ‘pressing social need’. The Contracting States have a certain margin of appreciation in assessing whether such a need exists, but it goes hand in hand with a European supervision, embracing both the law and the decisions applying it, even those given by independent courts. The Court is therefore empowered to give the final ruling on whether a ‘restriction’ is reconcilable with freedom of expression as protected by Article 10.

(d) The Court’s task, in exercising its supervisory jurisdiction, is not to take the place of the competent national authorities but rather to review under Article 10 the decisions they delivered pursuant to their power of appreciation. This does not mean that the supervision is limited to ascertaining whether the respondent State exercised its jurisdiction reasonably, carefully and in good faith; what the court has to do is to look at the interference complained of in the light of the case as a whole and determine whether it was ‘proportionate to the legitimate aim pursued’ and whether the reasons adduced by the national authorities to justify it are ‘relevant and sufficient’.”

Counsel submitted that it was apparent from this passage in the judgment that the Court in Strasbourg considered not only the rules of law which the domestic courts applied but also the results in practice of the application of those rules. Accordingly, in a case such as the present the Court in Strasbourg would be likely to scrutinize not only the unguided nature of the jury’s deliberations but also the result of those deliberations which had led to an award of £250,000. Such an award lay a long way outside the confines of the “margin of appreciation” accorded to national courts. In addition counsel referred us to the decision of the Court in Strasbourg in Lingens v. Austria (1986) 8 EHRR 407. In that case the publisher of a magazine in Vienna had been convicted of criminal defamation and had been fined as the result of the publication of two articles critical of the Austrian Chancellor. At page 418 the Court emphasised that it had to determine whether the action taken by the National Court was “proportionate to the legitimate aim Pursued”.
(c) That in considering whether the court could and should interfere with the jury’s award it was relevant to take account of the concerns expressed by the U.S. Supreme Court in New York Times Co- v. Sullivan (1964) 376 US 254; Curtis Publishing Co. v. Butts (1967) 388 US 130; Gertz v. Robert Welch Inc. (1974) 418 US 323 and Philadelphia Newspapers v. Hepps 475 US 767. By this series of decisions it was now established that where a newspaper article is on a matter of public concern it is for the plaintiff, whether he is a public official or a public figure or only an ordinary private citizen, to prove not only falsity but also fault before he can recover damages.

In this context we were referred to a passage in the speech of Lord Keith in Derbyshire County Council v. Times Newspapers [1993] 2 WLR 449 where it was held that it would be contrary to the public interest for institutions of central or local government to have any right at common law to maintain an action for damages for defamation. At page 456 Lord Keith referred to the decision of the Supreme Court of Illinois in City of Chicago v. Tribune Co. (1923) 139 NE 86 and to Sullivan’s case (supra). At page 457 he continued:

“While these decisions were related most directly to the provisions of the American constitution concerned with the freedom of speech, the public interest considerations which underlied them are no less valid in this country. What has been described as the chilling effect’ induced by the threat of civil actions for libel is very important.”

It was submitted that the public interest in the freedom of expression required a re-examination of the level of awards in defamation proceedings tried with a jury and of the present rules of practice which prevent or at any rate inhibit a judge from providing any adequate assistance to the jury as to the basis on which the damages should be awarded.
(d) That the present practice whereby damages can be awarded as a vindication of the plaintiff” was contrary to the principle of compensation because it had the effect of allowing the jury, even where exemplary damages were not claimed, to express their indignation.
On behalf of Miss Rantzen on the other hand Mr. Geoffrey Shaw Q.C. advanced very powerful arguments to counter each of these submissions put forward in support of the appeal. He reminded us quite rightly that Article 10 of the Convention is not part of English law and he drew our attention to the speech of Lord Bridge in R. v. Secretary of State for the Home Department, ex parte Brind [1991] 1 AC 696 for an exposition of some of the limited circumstances in which the court can have regard to the Convention. In addition he argued:

(a) That even if Article 10 were to be applied the award of damages fell clearly within paragraph 2 of Article 10. The jury was the tribunal “prescribed by law” to assess the damages.

(b) That a margin of appreciation was accorded to the national courts. No tribunal could be better than a jury to assess what was “necessary in a democratic society” to protect the reputation and rights of Miss Rantzen. In English law the jury were regarded as “the lamp by which freedom lives”.

We would like to pay tribute to the quality of the arguments on this aspect of the case.
(C) Whether the Court of Appeal should intervene and substitute another award.
It is always to be remembered that the Convention is not part of English domestic law and therefore the courts have no power to enforce Convention rights directly. Nevertheless, as Lord Bridge explained in Brind [1991] 1 AC 696 at 747 the United Kingdom is obliged “to secure to everyone within its jurisdiction the rights which the Convention defines including both the right to freedom of expression under Article 10 and the right under Article 13 to ‘an effective remedy before a national authority’ for any violation of the other rights secured by the Convention.

It is therefore clear that the Convention may be deployed for the purpose of the resolution of an ambiguity in English primary or subordinate legislation (see Brind at 760 per Lord Ackner), and that where there is an amibiguity the courts will presume that Parliament intended to legislate in conformity with the Convention, not in conflict with it (see Brind at 747 per Lord Bridge). It is also clear that Article 10 may be used when the court is contemplating how a discretion is to be exercised. Thus in Attorney General v. Guardian Newspapers Ltd. [1987] 1 WLR 1248 Lord Templeman at 1296 referred to Article 10 when considering whether the interference with the freedom of expression which the grant of an interlocutory injunction would entail was “necessary in a democratic society” for any of the purposes specified in paragraph 2 of Article 10.
Where freedom of expression is at stake, however, recent authorities lend support for the proposition that Article 10 has a wider role and can properly be regarded as an articulation of some of the principles underlying the common law. In Attorney General v. Guardian Newspapers (No.2) [1990] 1 AC 109 Lord Goff at 283 referred to the requirement that in order to restrain the disclosure of Government secrets it had to be shown that it was in the public interest that they should not be published. He continued:

“…I can see no inconsistency between English law on this subject and Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights. This is scarcely surprising, since we may pride ourselves on the fact that freedom of speech has existed in this country perhaps as long as, if not longer than, it has existed in any other country in the world. The only difference is that, whereas Article 10 of the Convention, in accordance with its avowed purpose proceeds to state a fundamental right and then to qualify it, we in this country (where everybody is free to do anything, subject only to the provisions of the law) proceed rather upon an assumption of freedom of speech, and turn to our law to discover the established exceptions to it. In any event I conceive it to be my duty, when I am free to do so, to interpret the law in accordance with the obligations of the Crown under this treaty. The exercise of the right to freedom of expression under Article 10 may be subject to restrictions (as are prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society) in relation to certain prescribed matters which include ‘the interests of national security’ and ‘preventing the disclosure of information received in confidence’. It is established in the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights that the word ‘necessary’ in this context implies the existence of a pressing social need, and that interference with freedom of expression should be no more than is proportionate to the legitimate aim pursued. I have no reason to believe that English law, as applied in the courts, leads to any different conclusion.”

In Derbyshire County Council v. Times Newspapers (supra), Lord Keith referred to this passage in Lord Goff’s speech and added these words, with which the other members of the House agreed, at 460G:

“I agree, and can only add that I find it satisfactory to be able to conclude that the common law of England is consistent with the obligations assumed by the Crown under the treaty in this particular field.”

There are other authorities which reflect a similar approach. For example in R. v. Well Street Stipendiary Magistrate, Ex parte Deakin [1980] AC 477 the House of Lords expressed the view that it would be a salutary reform in the law of defamation if no prosecution for criminal libel could be instituted without the leave of the Attorney General. Both Lord Diplock and Lord Keith added that if such a reform were introduced the Attorney General could then consider, in deciding whether to grant his consent in a particular case, whether the prosecution was necessary on any of the grounds specified in Article 10.2 of the Convention and that unless he was so satisfied he should refuse his consent.
How then should the Court of Appeal interpret its power to order a new trial on the ground that the damages awarded by the iury were excessive? How is the word “excessive” in Section 8 (1) of the 1990 Act to be interpreted?
After careful consideration we have come to the conclusion that we must interpret our power so as to give proper weight to the guidance given by the House of Lords and by the Court in Strasbourg. In particular we should take account of the following passage in Lord Goff’s speech in Attorney General v. Guardian Newspapers (No.2) (supra) at 283:

“The exercise of the right to freedom of expression under Article 10 may be subject to restrictions (as are prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society) in relation to certain prescribed matters which include the interests of national security’ and ‘preventing the disclosure of information received in confidence’. It is established in the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights that the word ‘necessary’ in this context implies the existence of a pressing social need, and that interference with freedom of expression should be no more than is proportionate to the legitimate aim pursued. I have no reason to believe that English law, as applied in the courts, leads to any different conclusion.”

If one applies these words it seems to us that the grant of an almost limitless discretion to a jury fails to provide a satisfactory measurement for deciding what is “necessary in a democratic society” or “justified by a pressing social need”. We consider therefore that the common law if properly understood requires the courts to subject large awards of damages to a more searching scrutiny than has been customary in the past. It follows that what has been regarded as the barrier against intervention should be lowered. The question becomes: Could a reasonable jury have thought that this award was necessary to compensate the plaintiff and to re-establish his reputation?
We must turn shortly to consider the award of damages in the Present case. Before doing so, however, we should express our conclusions as to what further guidance, if any, can be given to a jury by the judge in his summing up.
There is reason to suppose that the present absence of guidance is a source of concern to jurors themselves. At the conclusion of the trial in Savalas v. Associated Newspapers in 1976 the foreman of the jury wrote to The Times newspaper:

“It is no betrayal of the secrets of the jury room to confess, with the other jurors, I entered the Royal Courts of Justice on June 14th with not the remotest idea what compensation is paid for anything except perhaps a dented boot and wing; haloes are outside our normal terms of reference. Apparently that is why we were asked. If that is so, the court had the outcome it deserved from the appointed procedure.”

It is to be remembered that the present procedure is a matter of practice rather than of substantive law (see Sutcliffe (supra) at 178 C per Lord Donaldson MR), and that therefore the court is not bound by earlier precedents, though of course good reasons must be found before departing from an established practice. It is also to be remembered that even in the field of personal injuries references to awards in other cases is a comparatively recent development. Before the decision of the Court of Appeal in Bird v. Cocking & Sons Ltd. [1951] 2 TLR 1260 and the subsequent decision in Rushton v. National Coal Board [1953] 1 QB 495 it was not the practice for judges to allow awards in previous cases to be cited to them. It is also interesting to note that only thirty years later in Wright v. British Railways Board [1983] 2 AC 773 Lord Diplock was able to say at 784 that it was an important function of the Court of Appeal to lay down guidelines as to the quantum of damages appropriate to compensate for various types of commonly occurring injuries.
So far, however, the courts have declined to introduce similar guidelines either in cases where damages are assessed by jury or in cases of defamation. In Ward v. James [1966] 1 QB 273 a Court of Appeal of five judges presided over by Lord Denning MR emphatically rejected the submission that in cases of personal injury a jury should be referred to awards in comparable cases or even to any conventional figures.
Furthermore, in Sutcliffe’s case at 178 Lord Donaldson MR expressed the view that the reasoning inWard v. James was as valid today as it was then and applied “with far greater force to the assessment of damages in libel cases than it did to personal injury claims.”
It is for consideration whether this state of affairs should continue or whether the present practice conflicts with the principle

enshrined in the second paragraph of Article 10 that restrictions on the exercise of freedom of expression should be prescribed by law. As was said in The Sunday Timescase [1980] 2 EHRR 245, 271 “A norm cannot be regarded as a ‘law’ unless it is formulated with sufficient precision to enable the citizen to regulate his conduct” and to enable him to foresee, if need be with appropriate advice, the consequences which a given action may entail.
The matter can be approached in three stages:

(a) References to other jury awards in defamation cases.

(b) References to (what we may call) section 8 awards by the Court of Appeal in defamation cases.

(c) References to conventional awards in personal injury actions.

We are not persuaded that at the present time it would be right to allow references to be made to awards by juries in Previous cases. Until very recently it had not been the practice to give juries other than minimal guidance as to how they should approach their task of awarding damages and in these circumstances previous awards cannot be regarded as establishing a norm or standard to which reference can be made in the future.
Awards made by the Court of Appeal in the exercise of its powers under section 8 of the 1990 Act and 0.59 r.11(4) stand on a different footing. It seems to us that it must have been the intention of the framers of the 1990 Act that over a period of time the awards made by the Court of Appeal would provide a corpus to which reference could be made in subsequent cases. Any risk of over citation would have to be controlled by the trial judge, but to prevent reference to such awards would seem to us to conflict with the principle that restrictions on freedom of expression should be “prescribed by law”. The decisions of the Court of Appeal could be relied upon as establishing the prescribed norm.
We come therefore to the most difficult aspect of the matter, the possibility of references to awards in personal injury cases. One can start with the judgment of Diplock L.J. in McCarey v. Associated Newspapers [1965] 2 QB 86 where he said at 109:

“I am convinced that it is not just … that in equating incommensurables when a man’s reputation has been injured the scale of values to be applied bears no relation whatever to the scale of values to be applied when equating those other incommensurables, money and physical injuries. I do not believe that the law today is more jealous of a man’s reputation than of his life or limb. That is the scale of values of the duel. Of course, the injuries in the two kinds of case are very different, but each has as its main consequences pain or grief, annoyance or unhappiness, to the plaintiff.”

A little later he added:

“I do not accept that that higher scale of values in defamation cases is sanctioned by the law. It is, I think, legitimate as an aid to considering whether the award of damages by a jury is so large that no reasonable jury could have arrived at that figure if they had applied proper principles to bear in mind the kind of figures which are proper, and have been held to be proper, in cases of disabling physical injury.”

The approach of Diplock L.J. was echoed in the dissenting judgment of Mason C.J. and Deane J. in the High Court of Australia in Coyne v. Citizen Finance Ltd. (1991) 172 CLR 211 where they expressed the view at 221 that “it would be quite wrong for an appellate court, entrusted with hearing appeals in both defamation and personal injury cases, to be indifferent to the need to ensure that there was a rational relationship between the scale of values applied to the two classes of case”.
It has to be recognized, however, that the courts in England have rejected the notion that any satisfactory relationship between damages in defamation actions and damages in personal injury actions can be established. In Broome v. Cassell (supra) Lord Hailsham referred to the subjective element in damages for defamation at 1070:

“In almost all actions for breach of contract, and in many actions for tort, the principle of restitutio in integrum is an adequate and fairly easy guide to the estimation of damage, because the damage suffered can be estimated by relation to some material loss. It is true that where loss includes a pre-estimate of future losses, or an estimate of past losses which cannot in the nature of things be exactly computed, some subjective element must enter in. But the estimate is in things commensurable with one another, and convertible at least in principle to the English currency in which all sums of damages must ultimately be expressed.

In actions of defamation and in any other actions where damages for loss of reputation are involved, the principle of restitutio in integrum has necessarily an even more highly subjective element. Such actions involve a money award which may put the plaintiff in a purely financial sense in a much stronger position than he was before the wrong. Not merely can he recover the estimated sum of his past and future losses, but, in case the libel, driven underground, emerges from its lurking place at some future date, he must be able to point to a sum awarded by a jury sufficient to convince a bystander of the baselessness of the charge.

This is why it is not necessarily fair to compare awards of damages in this field with damages for personal injuries. Quite obviously, the award must include factors for injury to the feelings, the anxiety and uncertainty undergone in the litigation, the absence of apology, or the reaffirmation that the truth of the matters complained of, or the malice of the defendant. The bad conduct of the plaintiff himself may also enter into the matter, where he has provoked the libel, or where perhaps he has libelled the defendant in reply. What is awarded is thus a figure which cannot be arrived at by any purely objective computation. This is what is meant when the damages in defamation are described as being “at large””

We see the force of the criticism of the present practice whereby a plaintiff in an action for libel may recover a much larger sum by way of damages for an injury to his reputation, which may prove transient in its effect, than the damages awarded for pain and suffering to the victim of an industrial accident who has lost an eye or the use of one or more of his limbs. We have come to the conclusion, however, that there is no satisfactory way in which the conventional awards in actions for damages for personal injuries can be used to provide guidance for an award in an action for defamation. Despite Mr. Gray’s submissions to the contrary it seems to us that damages for defamation are intended at least in part as a vindication of the plaintiff to the public. This element of the damages was recognised by Windeyer J. in Uren v. John Fairfax & Sons Ltd [1966] 117 CLR 118, 150 and by Lord Hailsham inBroome v. Cassell (supra) at 1071. We therefore feel bound to reject the proposal that the jury should be referred to awards made in actions involving serious personal injuries.
It is to be hoped that in the course of time a series of decisions of the Court of Appeal will establish some standards to what are, in the terms of section 8 of the 1990 Act, “proper” awards. In the meantime the jury should be invited to consider the purchasing power of any award which they may make. In addition they should be asked to ensure that any award they make is proportionate to the damage which the plaintiff has suffered and is a sum which it is necessary to award him to provide adequate compensation and to re-establish his reputation.
We return to the facts of the present case.
A very substantial award was clearly justified for the reasons which Mr. Hartley explained. The jury were entitled to conclude that the publication of the article and its aftermath were a terrible ordeal for Miss Rantzen. But, as has been pointed out, Miss Rantzen still has an extremely successful career as a Television presenter. She is a distinguished and highly respected figure in the world of broadcasting. Her work in combating child abuse has achieved wide acclaim. We have therefore been driven to the conclusion that the court has power to, and should, intervene. Judged by any objective standards of reasonable compensation or necessity or proportionality the award of £250,000 was excessive.
We therefore propose to exercise our powers under section 8(2) of the 1990 Act and Order 59 r.11(4) and substitute the sum of £110,000.
Appeal allowed. Appellants to have one-third of their costs. Application of Respondent for leave to appeal to the House of Lords granted.

Finally, we look at Brave Ben Fellows (We have done a complete write-up on Fellows which includes Rantzen ignorance)

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Ben Fellows, is a actor who appeared in Eastenders, The Bill and Starlight Express before becoming an award-winning filmmaker

Ben was aged 13 when he arrived in London

He didn’t know it at the time but Ben was the newest member of a deeply sinister and secret club in which young and vulnerable innocents like him were passed around and abused like playthings. The leaders of this shameless parade in this plastic world were – indeed still are – household names.

Ben who did a newspaper interview in 2012, said. “I ran a gauntlet of pedophiles – both at the BBC and at other television production companies, and also in theatres, as well as on commercial photo shoots.”

Ben Fellows was contacted by Ruth Lewy from The Times newspaper on 16 October 2012. Senior Times journalist Jack Malvern interviewed Ben for an article that was to appear on 20 October 2012.

 

Malvern asked Ben to name the people who had abused him as a child.

 

1. Ben talked about cabinet minister Ken Clarke groping his penis in political lobbyist Ian Greer’s office. 

2. Aged 15, Ben was bedded by a lady at the BBC. Ben talked about a top female BBC producer who liked to have sex with teenagers including himself.

3. Ben listed the well known actors, casting directors, producers, directors, writers and executives who had  abused him sexually, or attempted to abuse him sexually, while he was a child actor.

4. Ben refers to a party in a house in the New Forest attended by the founder of a child protection charity (Esther Rantzen). At the party  Ben was given drugs, alcohol and was propositioned by men and women all night. Ben ended up passed out in the garden. The New Forest is close to a major base of MI6. Ben was aged just 15 at this time

5. Ben referred to a BBC person who is “a new star of SKY Television.” Rupert Murdoch is linked to Sky TV

6. He was propositioned by married actors and thespians with a penchant for boys and was almost raped in a grubby hotel room by one of the biggest TV stars of the Eighties.

Rupert Murdoch’s newspaper decided not to publish Ben’s story.

Full story here: My hell with Britain’s biggest stars says Ben Fellows

THE BBC EXECUTIVE AND A RIOTOUS HOUSE PARTY

One of the most shocking abuses of trust and power came at a house party thrown by BBC executives and attended by a raft of stars and their hangers on.

It was in Clapham in 1990 that a 15-year-old Ben, who was filming Model Millie for the corporation, claims that he was plied with alcohol and drugs, seduced and then shamelessly taken advantage of by a BBC employee who, incredibly, later worked in children’s entertainment.

As the music thumped, a host of high-profile BBC producers and directors waltzed in and out of the door to mix with a group of wide-eyed underage actors, almost all of whom were high on spirits and drugs.

Amid the chaotic scene Ben was introduced to one ambitious BBC employee, a female who was starting to make a name for herself in the world of children’s TV.

As the evening wore on and the house became littered with the prostrate bodies of those who succumbed to what was on offer the woman, who was 40, made a startling proposition.

She was fully aware Ben was a vulnerable teenager but the sex-hungry woman, who was at the party with her boss, was desperate to sleep with him.Ben recalls: “She offered to give me a lift back to her place and when we stopped she leant over and slowlykissed me before suggestively saying, ‘Do you want to come in for a coffee?’ Once we were inside her flat it wasn’t long before we were having sex. She knew how old I was. I was just 15 for goodness sake but it didn’t seem to matter. I’m sure it happened all the time.”WILD TIMES WITH A SHOWBIZ ICONThe now veteran darlings of light entertainment have made names for themselves with multiple primetime successes, loved by the BBC and always in demand.What people will be less familiar with are their insatiable appetites for cocaine.Another male comedy star who regularly appeared on prime time TV invited Ben to an end of production party at BBC Television Centre where anything went including, so it would appear, lines of cocaine.The culture of drug taking at the corporation during the late Eighties and early Nineties was so prevalent that this man had his drugs personally dispatched by motorcycle courier.And they were bought on expenses.Naturally Ben, who was still a young teenager at this time, was encouraged to take lines of the highly-addictive drug at these wild parties.He says: “I was only a boy of 14 but I thought I was an adult. It was a really heady time. When someone offers you coke at the BBC like this comic did it didn’t seem strange because it was happening all the time.“The end-of-run parties as they are called are riotous. Often someone would try and do something to you, a grope or similar, and if you didn’t respond they would move on to the next person.”Although he didn’t witness any horrific rape, sexual assault or molestation (the like of which has been well-documented in the sordid Savile scandal) he did see one doyen of light entertainment take a clutch of young girls back to his dressing room.On another occasion during a rehearsal for Model Millie Ben claims that he and his child co-stars were invited to a cocaine-fuelled party on BBC premises hosted by two of the BBC’s biggest stars of the time.“It got very late and I was very drunk. At that point (one of Britain’s best-loved stars) said to me, ‘Do you want to do some coke?’ so we slipped off to a dressing room. The problem was, I was just 15.“She was so drunk that later in the evening she was walking around with her breasts hanging out.”And Ben adds: “Prostitutes and escorts coming into the BBC was happening as standard.

“They would get you what you wanted as long as the ratings were being pulled in. The attitude was ‘nothing is going to get in the way of the BBC’.”

AN INDECENT PROPOSAL FROM A SUPERSTAR

The only time Ben says he feared for his life was when a Hollywood icon tried to rape him.

At the time the young actor was appearing in a West End play and as was the norm members of the cast and crew would regularly meet in late-night bars afterwards to relax.

The married British-born screen legend, who was one of the biggest names in the entertainment industry in the Eighties, approached Ben in a hotel bar and showered him with free drinks.

He later walked with Ben, who was a little worse for wear, to his hotel and helped him into his room before slamming the door shut.

Ben says: “He came up behind and then proceeded to force himself on me. I was feeling as if I wanted to be sick at any moment but couldn’t move.

“Amazingly, my friend was looking for me as I had disappeared from the bar suddenly and burst through the door as this star was on top of me.

“Then he punched me in the face to make it look as if it was all just a game and the rolling around was part and parcel of it. I thought I was in real danger.”

SEEDY SECRETS OF THE WEST END STAGE

As a child actor looking for bit-parts in stage musicals and repertory theatre Ben was mindful of being enthusiastic but there were limits as to what he was prepared to do to get a role.

One married icon of the industry groped Ben, he claims, in his office and tried to force his tongue down his throat after he was invited up for a “cosy chat”.

Naturally, in the bitchy world of professional theatre, Ben was discarded when this man’s advances were spurned.

However the incident also ruined his chances of appearing on stage as he was blanked whenever their paths crossed after that.

On another occasion a married, English-born actor stripped off completely naked in his dressing room before saying to Ben: “Tell every famous person you meet what you want to do and how hard you have trained.”

One of the most surprising names to be mentioned by Ben is that of a married, classically-trained stage and screen actor with a long list of credits to his name who preyed on Ben after he auditioned for a minor part in a major West End musical.

The actor, who will be known to millions for his appearance in an iconic movie during the Nineties, met the youngster after the matinee performance of the musical and invited him to come to his dressing room.

He was wearing only a dressing gown but he was fully exposed.

He circled Ben like a vulture as the teenager desperately tried to move from the window, to the door and back again, before he was able to make his excuses and leave.

The BBC was approached for comment but had not returned our calls before The Daily Express went to press.

https://theukdatabase.com/councillorspolitical-party-affiliated/jimmy-saville-witch-hunt-or-paedophile/jimmy-saviles-mysterious-payments-to-children-revealed-in-secret-dossier/esther-rantzen-was-she-ignorant-to-child-abuse/

 


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BBC Children in Need charity

Children in Need stashes sum away in investment portfolio

 

Oct 14, 2014 – BBC Children in Need has kept £87.7million stashed away in its …. The scandal emerged after auditors carried out an investigation into the

Children in Need investment holdings rise to £94 million

Nov 12, 2015 – The BBC’s Children in Need is sitting on investments worth £94 million

BBC Pudsey bear designer Joanna Ball aka Joanna Lane and Harvey Proctor

http://www.network54.com/Forum/506171/thread/1389304839/2/Children+In+Need+-+Jimmy+Savile+And+Other+Celebrities

Husband and wife BBC Tony Wadsworth and Julie Mayer

‘RICHARD AND JUDY OF RADIO’

 Tony Wadsworth and Julie Mayer – BBC presenters guilty of indecently assaulting underage boys in woodland

The pair, dubbed the Richard and Judy of local radio, denied all offences but a jury found them guilty after a trial

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/3111830/tony-wadsworth-julie-mayer-bbc-radio-sex-offences-trial/

 

Children and greed? Charity’s average salary hits £42,000

Oct 15, 2017 – Greg James (L) and Fearne Cotton support BBC Children in Need … of The Great Charity Scandal and founder of the Snouts In The Trough …

Evidence which suggests Save the Children censored criticism of energy firms, to avoid upsetting corporate partners….

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-25273024

Children In Need Insults Our Intelligence

Millions raised, billions slashed: just who should have donated this year?

Nov 21 2017

Peter Newell

Children’s rights activist Peter Newell jailed for abuse

Feb 16 2018

A children’s rights activist has been jailed for six years and eight months for sexually abusing a boy in the 1960s.

Peter Newell was the former co-ordinator of the Association for the Protection of All Children charity.

The 77-year-old from Wood Green, north London, was sentenced last month at Blackfriars Crown Court.

He admitted five indecent and serious sexual assaults on a child under 16.

The Association for the Protection of All Children, or Approach, says its objectives are to prevent cruelty and maltreatment of children and advance public knowledge in the UK and abroad.

It says its focus is on protecting children from “physical punishment and all other injurious… whether inside or outside the home”.

Approach operates through the Children Are Unbeatable! Alliance in the UK and the Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children.

There is no suggestion the south London-based charity knew about Newell’s behaviour, which occurred before he was employed there.

In 2015 Approach brought a complaint to Europe’s top human rights watchdog against France and six other EU countries over its failure to explicitly ban smacking children.

Newell was listed as Approach’s co-ordinator in its accounts on the Charity Commission website, although the most recent document says he stood down from the role in May 2016.

According to the accounts, for the five years from 2012 to 2016, Approach received hundreds of thousands of pounds in income from the NSPCC, Barnardo’s, Save the Children and Unicef, as well as other organisations abroad and a private donor.

The latest accounts for 2017 show Approach only received funding for its overseas activities, and the NSPCC and Barnardo’s were not listed as having made any contributions.

Beneficiaries not at risk

In a statement, the Metropolitan Police said Newell’s offences, which were first reported to it in March 2016, started when his victim was aged 12.

Police said they took place between 1965 and 1968 at a number of addresses and locations in south and east England, including London.

Newell pleaded guilty on 2 January to two charges of serious sexual assault between May 1966 and May 1968 and three charges of indecent assault committed between May 1965 and May 1968.

The Charity Commission said it was informed by Approach about the allegation against Newell in 2016.

It said: “We have been in correspondence with the charity on this matter since 2016 to ensure the charity’s safeguarding procedures are robust and that there are policies in place to protect its beneficiaries.

“The charity has confirmed that it has safeguarding policies and procedures in place which are being kept under review and that the charity and the trustees have very limited contact with children and that there is no suggestion that the charity’s beneficiaries were or are at risk.”

In 2007, Newell co-authored the Implementation Handbook for the Convention on the Rights of the Child for Unicef.

Unicef said it has “zero tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse”.

A spokesperson added: “We are deeply shocked to hear of the arrest of Peter Newell. We had no knowledge of this crime when he worked as a Unicef consultant 10 years ago. Unicef has since set in place strong procedures to vet staff and consultants.”

Barnardo’s said it was “one of over a 100 organisations that supported the Alliance”.

“We have no evidence that anyone at Barnardo’s was aware of these terrible charges and we no longer fund the Alliance,” a spokesman said.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-43075546

Paedophile Peter Newell involved with the Cleveland Report

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)

http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/browse/r/h/C10939116


 

Save the Children charity ‘spent £100,000 of donated funds to shut down media reporting of sexual harassment cases’

  • Sir Alan Parker told MPs legal fees had been needed to ‘protect’ its reputation
  • Former chairman stepped down from Save the Children amid sex abuse scandal 
  • The 61-year-old resigned, accused of cover-up of sexual harassment allegations 
  • Former chairman admitted charity failed to disclose details about Justin Forsyth

Who is Sir Alan Parker? The multi-millionaire PR guru who goes on beach holidays with the Camerons

But the PR guru has also holidayed with David Cameron. He and the former Tory leader were pictured hitting the beach together in South Africa. Samantha Cameron is an ambassador for Save the Children.

Sir Alan later lent one of his properties – a £16.8 million seven-bedroom townhouse in Holland Park – to Mr Cameron and his family after they left Downing Street.

Gordon Brown is godfather to Sir Alan’s son, William.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/680859/lord-kinnock-jo-cox

Save the Children ‘spent £100,000 to shut down sex story’

May 23 2018,

The Save the Children charity was accused yesterday of spending £100,000 on lawyers to try to “shut down” media reporting of sexual harassment cases involving senior staff.

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Brendan Cox and Justin Forsyth

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Alan Parker with Samantha Cameron and Justin Forsyth at the Save the Children’s Secret Winter Gala

Sir Alan Parker, the charity’s former chairman, was questioned by MPs on the international development select committee about the handling of investigations into claims against the former senior executives Justin Forsyth and Brendan Cox.

The Charity Commission is investigating the handling of cases in 2012 and 2015 and the organisation has stopped bidding for funds from the Department for International Development pending the outcome.

Sir Alan was asked why Save the Children had spent money donated by the public to hire the City law firm Harbottle & Lewis to send “aggressive” letters to media.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/a88e7cb8-5dc4-11e8-881d-a1499f0c9519


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