Simon Bailey, the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for child protection
A leading child protection officer has suggested paedophiles who view indecent images should not be given criminal sanctions unless they pose a physical threat to children, according to The Times.
Lower level offenders should be given counselling and rehabilitation and police should focus on the most dangerous paedophiles with access to children and those looking at the most serious images, Simon Bailey, the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for child protection, is reported to have said.
…alternatives needed to be looked at as increasing reports of sexual abuse have pushed the situation to “saturation point”.
The Times quoted Mr Bailey as acknowledging many people may be horrified at the stance…
MPs call for ‘immediate reassurance’ over child abuse image cases
07 Mar 2017
A group of influential MPs is “very alarmed” that Britain’s most senior child protection police officer should want to keep low-level offenders viewing abuse images out of the courts.
Home Affairs Select Committee (HASC) chair Yvette Cooper is calling for “immediate reassurance” after the National Police Chiefs’ Council child protection lead suggested only paedophiles who pose a “really significant” physical risk to children should face a criminal sentence.
While thousands of suspects are being arrested every year in conjunction with the National Crime Agency (NCA), Chief Constable Simon Bailey said alternatives needed to be looked at as increasing reports of sexual abuse have pushed the situation to “saturation point”.
Worried by the “changes in approach” if implemented straight away, Ms Cooper said comments that forces cannot cope with the “huge proportions” of child sex abuse offences – up 80 per cent in three years – are “clearly of great concern to us”.
She wrote to Mr Bailey: “As you will know, for many decades institutions have put children at risk because it was seen as too difficult, not a priority or resources were insufficient to keep them safe.
“I would not want to see the same happen over online child abuse.”
The children’s charity National Association for People Abused in Childhood’s chief executive officer, Gabrielle Shaw, expressed concerns that Mr Bailey’s views could mean that “paedophiles who want to view indecent images of children now have the green light to do so?”.
Ms Shaw added:” If they think they won’t be thrown in jail, what’s to stop them from searching out these images to satisfy their sick appetites?”
Arguing there is no-such thing as a “low-risk paedophile”, she went on: “I don’t want anyone to think for a second that looking at an indecent image of a child is a victimless crime.
“Just because someone downloaded it, maybe paid for it, they might think it’s OK as they didn’t go and hurt a child physically? Except they have.
“They have fed the demand for these images, which means more children will be robbed of their innocence in the worst way possible.
“Those children have to grow up knowing these images will circulate for years – every time someone new views them they are being abused all over again. It never stops.”
“Police priorities reflect society’s priorities. And if you want child protection to be a priority, then let’s all say so.”
Every paedophile needs to face full force of the law
THE suggestion from leading police officer Simon Bailey that paedophiles who look at indecent images online should not be charged with criminal offences unless they pose a direct threat to children is appalling.
His implication is that looking at “low-level images” is not a serious offence. This is completely wrong.
The paedophiles who view these images online may not have physically abused a child themselves but they are funding those who produce such content. They must bear at least some of the responsibility for the suffering of the children featured.
Moreover in some cases viewing images online is just the start. Often it is a precursor to paedophiles committing far worse crimes.
Treating the viewing of images as a minor crime does not provide a sufficient deterrent to further activity and fails to address their behaviour early enough.
Paedophilia is one of the very worst crimes that can be committed. It is shocking that anybody – let alone a senior police officer – could advocate relaxing the laws surrounding it.
April Jones’s mother hits out at senior police officer’s paedophile comments
March 1 2017
The mother of murdered April Jones has warned “anything can trigger” dangerous sexual predators amid suggestions viewing child abuse images should not always lead to prosecution.
A senior police officer provoked a storm of criticism this week by claiming lower-level offenders should instead be given counselling and rehabilitation for looking at child pornography.
Coral Jones, whose five-year-old daughter April was abducted and murdered by paedophile Mark Bridger in 2012, recalled how the killer had viewed grotesque pictures before his crime.
The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) also suggested the comments by the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for child protection, Simon Bailey, amounted to telling offenders: “This is a great day to be a paedophile.”
In comments released by the IWF, Mrs Jones hit back at the claim abuse images could be “low-level”, saying: “You don’t know what pictures Bridger was looking at before attacking my daughter.
“He was looking at images hours before he went after April. It doesn’t matter what images paedophiles look at. Anything can trigger them off.
“A child could have a photo taken of their abuse and they will have to live with that for the rest of their life. People can be cruel.”
Chief executive Susie Hargreaves told the Press Association: “I think absolutely we need to make sure we don’t give out the wrong message, we don’t want to be saying ‘this is a great day to be a paedophile because when you look at the images there might not be the ramifications you expected a week ago’.
“What we have to say is we have a zero-tolerance approach to anybody looking at child sexual abuse – it is wrong.
“These are children, these are real children who are abused and whether it’s a category C or a category A that is a real child suffering that abuse.”
“Resources is not a reason to let people get away with child sexual abuse.”
What am I missing about @CCNorfolkPolice proposals re non-custodial cautions & sex offender registrations? Is this not happening already?
I suppose tho’ receiving a caution & saving cost of trial (seem to read about a lot of suspended sentences) would mean no publicity for perp
Would it make the offence of drawings practically speaking null and void?
Steven Smith, last Chair of PIE was a very talented artist when it came to depicting child rape in pencilled detail & as we now know Graham Ovenden’s portraits of female children were painted as he abused them so he could capture an authentic sense of loss of innocence (the fall from Eden/Paradise as he liked to characterise it)
Brian Pead provided Simon Bailey with a copy of his book from Hillsborough to Lambeth which exposed child abuse in Lambeth Council and the Chief Constable failed to act, despite being the national police lead for child abuse.
Simon Bailey has been a police officer for 29 years, serving predominantly as a detective in King’s Lynn and Norwich.
In 1998, he was seconded to the National Crime Squad and as Detective Inspector he was responsible for managing covert operations at a national and international level targeting serious and organised crime gangs.
In 2000 he was further seconded to the Rosemary Nelson murder investigation based in Northern Ireland. He worked for three years on the investigation before he returned to Norfolk as a Detective Superintendent with responsibility for intelligence.
In December 2005 Simon Bailey was promoted to the rank of Detective Chief Superintendent and as Head of Crime he managed the force specialist crime and operations resources.
In 2007 he was appointed to lead the force modernisation programme and whilst successfully leading this programme he passed the Police National Assessment Centre and between October 2008 and February 2009 attended the Police National Strategic Command Course.
DCC Bailey was promoted to Deputy Chief Constable with responsibility for Legal Services, Human Resources, and Force Performance in September 2010, he was also lead for the Norfolk Policing model Review.
On 10th June 2013, Mr Bailey was temporarily promoted to the rank of Temporary Chief Constable and on the 19th September 2013 was appointed Chief Constable by the Police and Crime Panel.
In January 2014 Mr Bailey became the NPCC lead for Child Protection and Investigation.
He is married with two children and two grandchildren. Educated at Wymondham College and Norwich City College and has a Cambridge University Masters Degree in Criminology and Police Management.
In January 2016, he was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service.
She was murdered a week before the publication of a report into allegations that police officers had told her clients she’d soon be dead.
What no one had known, however, was that while the RUC itself was under scrutiny, special branch, MI5 and the security service had been spying on her. Between 1994-1998 security reports on Nelson’s private and public life accelerated until, in the summer of 1998, an application for a warrant to put a bugging device in her property went to Mo Mowlam, then Northern Ireland secretary. It troubled Mowlam, but she sanctioned it.
The evidence has stunned the three previous inquiries – costing millions of pounds – into alleged collusion in Nelson’s killing. They had all been told lies, that no intelligence file or files exist on Nelson.
“That was an untruth,” says a furious officer close to the murder investigation headed by Colin Port, now chief constable of Avon and Somerset police.
There has always been an eerie code of silence about Nelson’s death. Despite Port’s “outstanding” stings, said Phillips, the suspects had not spoken. But they had consistently uttered one mantra: “It was the government that did it.”
Rosemary Nelson (née Magee; 4 September 1958 – 15 March 1999) was a prominent Irish human rights solicitor who was assassinated by an Ulster loyalist paramilitary group in 1999. A bomb exploded under her car at her home in Lurgan, Northern Ireland; the Red Hand Defenders claimed responsibility. Allegations that the British state security forces were involved in her killing led to a public inquiry. It found no evidence that state forces directly facilitated her murder, but could not exclude the possibility that individual members had helped the perpetrators. It said that the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) failed to protect her and that she had been publicly threatened and assaulted by officers, which helped legitimize her as a target.
In September 2006 the British Security Service MI5 announced it would be represented at the inquiry. This move provoked criticism from Nelson’s family, who reportedly expressed concerns that MI5 would remove sensitive or classified information.
Loyalist McKeown: Police asked me to shoot Rosemary Nelson dead
Loyalist lifer Trevor McKeown could be called to the public inquiry into the murder of Catholic lawyer Rosemary Nelson.
Four years ago he claimed rogue RUC officers directed him to the spot where Rosemary Nelson parked her car and urged him to shoot her there — less than two years before she was eventually killed by a loyalist car bomb.
McKeown says two officers asked him to kill the human rights lawyer while he was being quizzed over the murder of 18-year-old Bernadette Martin — an allegation they strenusously denied.
Since her death there have been persistent allegations of security force collusion in the murder, which is now the subject of an inquiry headed by retired judge Sir Michael Morland.
Ironically, McKeown’s trial for murdering Bernadette Martin started the day mother-of-three Mrs Nelson was murdered on March 15, 1999.
Marie Collins, born in Dublin, Ireland, was a victim of sexual abuse as a child in the 1960’s which included photographic images being taken. She has campaigned for the protection of children and justice for survivorsfor many years. Marie has also campaigned for a better understanding ofthe effects of sexual abuse on children, particularly the taking of abusive images, speaking in many forums internationally to further this understanding.
She was a founding member of the Irish depression support group ‘Aware’ in 1985 setting up their voluntary Helpline which she ran for many years. Marie assisted the Archdiocese of Dublin in setting up their Child Protection Service in 2003 and also that year became a founding Trustee of the Advocacy and Counselling support group for abuse survivors, One in Four (Ireland). In 2010 Marie was the recipient of the Humber Summer School award for Courage. She is married with one son.
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Phil Gormley was in the top 10 highest earning chief officers in the country.
According to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk and Norfolk Constabulary, Mr Gormley’s successor, Simon Bailey, is in receipt of a total package of £165,318, including a salary of £136,092.
Row as Police Scotland blocks release of chief constable Phil Gormley‘s financial interests
6 Aug 2016
Police Scotland Chief Constable Phil Gormley
POLICE Scotland is embroiled in a secrecy row after it blacked out the details of the chief constable’s financial interests.
The force’s decision means it is impossible to know if Phil Gormley has any business ties outside of policing.
John Finnie, a Scottish Greens MSP and a former policeman, called on the decision to be reconsidered.
Submitting a register of interests that is available for inspection is a basic element of public sector transparency.
MSPs, MPs, MEPs and councillors are required to produce a detailed list, as are board members of quangos and public agencies.
A key part of this ethics check is financial openness, such as declaring directorships and shareholdings.
The Police Scotland Executive – whose members include police chiefs – also have to submit an internal declaration on public appointments, political activity, gifts and hospitality and potential conflicts of interest.
However, although the force has released a copy of Gormley’s register, the “financial” section has been redacted.
“The public have a right to know of any potential conflicts of interests that senior public figures or elected politicians may have and it is for that reasons we all complete a register of interests.
Myles Bradbury: CEOP ‘failed to alert abuse doctor to police’
Phil Gormley involved in this case.
CEOP received information from Toronto Police, via Interpol, of up to 2,345 UK individuals, including Bradbury, in July 2012.
This was part of the Canadian force’s Project Spade investigating child pornography across the world.
The NCA said the material provided to CEOP included “details” of online purchasers of potentially harmful DVDs and videos.
In November 2013, a few weeks after the agency took over CEOP, the NCA said its deputy director general Phil Gormley became aware the material had not been disseminated to UK police forces and did then share it…
the data on Myles Bradbury was shared with Suffolk Police a few days later on 27 November, which, by coincidence, was the same day a grandparent of a victim at the hospital made a complaint about the doctor.
Queen Elizabeth and Phil Gormley – sharing a special handshake
Norfolk chief constable – on meeting the Queen – hobnobbing with royalty.
11 July 2011
He was once the real Morse, and meets the royals as part of his job, but the Chief Constable of Norfolk was surprised to find himself something of a local celebrity too.
Phil Gormley has been in the job for just over a year, but is still getting used to invitations as diverse as church with the Queen, cricket with a general, or late night knock on his front door to ask him to look into rumours of a village crime.
“The post of the chief constable is one that has a much higher profile in Norfolk than it has in other places I have worked,” he said.
A life-long football fan, he has attended several Norwich City matches since moving to the county – and not all of them as a spectator.
“I’ve been out and policed a couple of matches, and I go out on patrol…”
Philip Michael Christopher “Phil” Gormley (born 1963, Surrey) is a high ranking police officer who became Chief Constable of Police Scotland in January 2016. Prior to this he was Deputy Director of the National Crime Agency.
Gormley has been married twice and has one daughter. His second wife, who he married in 1998, is Claire Louise Stevens, a police officer with Thames Valley Police where she rose to rank of Det. Superintendent in 2009; since 2011 she has been Det. Superintendent with HM Inspectorate of Constabulary..
Of note is that the Deputy Chief Constable of Norfolk was Ian Learmonth, who was one of the senior police officers responsible for policing around the 2005 G8 Summit, then Assistant Chief Constable for Operations at Strathclyde Police.
As with the SDS under his heading of Special Branch, Gormley’s time here is at a crucial period in the history of the spycop unit National Public Order Intelligence Unit, as will be detailed below. While Gormley was overseeing it, this Unit ran notorious undercovers such as Mark Kennedy, Lynn Watson and Marco Jacobs at this time. All three were in attendance in the counter-mobilisation and protests against the 2005 G8 Summit in Scotland. The G8 is a significant period as it was one of great activity by NPOIU, and Mark Kennedy claimed that he’d been told his reports were going direct to the desk of Prime Minister Tony Blair
New chief constable Phil Gormley linked to Met undercover police ‘sex spy’ unit
POLICE Scotland’s new chief constable led the Metropolitan police branch that controlled a notorious undercover unit whose officers had sex with their female targets.
Phil Gormley was in charge of the Met’s Special Branch, which had responsibility for the disgraced Special Demonstration Squad (SDS).
The SDS’s activities are now central to a judge-led inquiry into undercover policing in England and Wales.
MSP Graeme Pearson, former Director General of the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency, called on the police chief to provide answers on any links he had to the SDS.
Gormley, the former deputy director of the National Crime Agency, came out of retirement to secure the top job in Scottish policing and starts this week.
He succeeds Sir Stephen House, whose term was marked by controversies on stop and search, armed policing, call-handling and unlawful spying.
However, as Gormley prepares to take over, the spotlight is on his career at the Met, where he was a commander for four years from 2003.
The SDS was formed in 1968 – as the Special Operations Squad – in response to mass protests against the Vietnam War.
Over the next 40 years, SDS officers would be embedded undercover into protest and environmental groups with a view to keeping tabs on their activities.
The Unit was based inside the Met’s Special Branch – which focuses on national security.
However, the SDS has become discredited over the tactics used by its undercover officers over the decades.
A number of the plants formed sexual relationships with female activists and one ex-officer, Bob Lambert, even fathered a child with a protestor in the 1980s.
In November, it was announced that seven woman received compensation for what the Met described as “totally unacceptable” behaviour of some of its officers.
The compensation was linked to behaviour by former officers for the SDS and the separate National Public Order Intelligence Unit.
Officers also assumed fake identities by taking the names of dead babies and gave evidence in court using the false names.
The SDS also stands accused of spying in the 1990s on the family of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence – an allegation that led to Home Secretary Theresa May to announce the Pitchford Inquiry. The SDS was eventually wound up in 2008.
According to his online Police Scotland biography, Gormley became a Met commander in 2003: “Initially responsible for firearms and aviation security, then for special branch and counter terrorism.”
His NCA biography provides more details of this stint: “From 2005 Phil led the modernisation of Specialist Operations and took command of MPS Special Branch, driving forward the merger of Special Branch and the Anti Terrorist Branch to form the new Counter Terrorism Command.”
In 2005, when Gormley took command of Special Branch, the SDS – now called the Special Duties Squad – was still in existence.
In an official inquiry into SDS, carried out by Derbyshire chief constable Mick Creedon, the two most senior officers in the SDS pecking order were “Commander Special Branch” and a Detective Chief Superintendent.
MSP John Finnie, a former police officer, said: “I would be keen to understand what the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) knew about Mr Gormley’s policing background and what enquiries, if any, they made about his role with Special Branch and the SDS.
“If the SPA were unaware of this hugely significant matter, then, once again, it would bring into question their competence.
“The public will rightly question how someone who was in charge of Special Branch, which controlled the notorious SDS, is now our chief constable.”
Mr Winnick asked him: “Sudan has a notorious record of outright brutality… Isn’t there a contradiction of this country [the UK] upholding certain principles, human rights and the rest and an organisation like yours having contracts with governments that are totally in the opposite direction?”
Police Scotland has provided training on child protection and crash investigation to officers in the UAE’s police force.
There are widespread concerns the NCA is being run more like a Whitehall department than a law enforcement agency, with too many managers making it difficult for swift action to be taken. Its annual report, published last week, reveals huge turnover in its 17-strong management board. Director-general Mr Bristow is leaving before his contract ends in late 2016, although the Home Office claimed this did not mean he was leaving early.
Deputy director-general Phil Gormley announced in March that he would retire in the coming year.
He became deputy director general of the National Crime Agency in 2013.
NCA… had suddenly been given a lead role in tackling child abuse.
The Home Secretary said last night: ‘Keith Bristow has been an inspirational first director-general.
‘Under his leadership, and alongside Phil Gormley and Trevor Pearce, the NCA re-shaped the UK’s response to serious and organised crime and is a highly effective organisation.’
Norfolk deputy chief constable Simon Bailey, at the “give an hour, help a hero” launch with Help for Heros teddy bears wearing the prototype police uniform designed in Norfolk which will be available countrywide.
Norfolk Police launches Help for Heroes fundraiser – News – Eastern Daily Press
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Celtic Boys’ Club sex predator Jim Torbett given second chance to abuse young players
11 APR 2017
BBC documentary says Torbett was allowed to return to the Boys’ Club after initial allegations while also revealing how former Rangers and Hibs coach Gordon Neely abused kids.
A bombshell TV documentary last night revealed how sex predator Jim Torbett was allowed to return to Celtic Boys’ Club – only a few years after he was kicked out for abusing youth players.
The BBC Scotland programme spoke to more than 20 victims of sex abuse in football and shed light on how big clubs and police missed opportunities to stop known offenders.
The programme, Football Abuse: The Ugly Side of the Beautiful Game, exposed the blatant methods of serial abusers like Celtic Boys’ Club founder Torbett, who was brought to justice after an award-winning Daily Record investigation in the 80s.
It also reveals graphic accounts of abuse by former Rangers and Hibs coach Gordon Neely, from his time at both clubs and with youth club Hutchison Vale.
Alleged victims told the programme that Torbett was able to return to Celtic – even though he as known to be an abuser – which enabled him to attack more victims.
Torbett was only ever convicted for crimes committed up to 1974.
But alleged survivor Kenny Campbell claims he was abused after legendary manager Jock Stein – who booted Torbett out of the boys’ club over child abuse claims – had left Celtic.
Torbett was welcomed back in 1980.
Kenny, of Uddingston, Lanarkshire, moved to Celtic’s reserves in 1989 after three years with Celtic Boys’ Club.
He said: “I feel aggrieved at that if they had never let him back in it would have never happened in the first place, I could have had a normal life, normal people round about me.
“If Celtic had done their due diligence, as they always say, it wouldn’t have happened to me.”
Kenny has fought to get his life back on track after the abuse resulted in drink and drug problems.
He said that after he joined Celtic Boys’ Club at 13, Torbett won the trust of his parents, even spending a Christmas Day with them.
But he added that the abuse soon started and escalated to the point where Torbett was giving him cash – sometimes up to £530 on one day.
Kenny also claimed, in graphic detail, how up to three boys were abused at the same time in his flat.
Another victim who spoke to the BBC said Torbett abused him dozens of times over three years from 1990.
Torbett was jailed for two years in 1998 for sexually abusing three young players between 1967 and 1974.
Ex-Scotland international Alan Brazil was among those to testify against his former coach.
The BBC programme said they had spoken to three other former Celtic Boys’ Club officials – who were employed at the time in question – who also say they were told Torbett was sacked by Stein after complaints Torbett had abused boys. But police were never called.
The show also alleged that Torbett’s departure from Celtic Boys Club was described in club magazine The Celtic View as a business decision – amounting to a “massive cover-up.”
The programme also features a photograph of Stein, the Boys’ Club honorary president, presenting an award to Torbett for services to the club three years after kicking him out.
The documentary claimed directors at Celtic would have known that Torbett had been accused of abuse prior to having him back at Celtic Boys’ Club in 1980, where he stayed until 1996.
Torbett was out of the country when the BBC tried to approach him but he denies the new allegations of abuse.
BBC investigator Mark Daly also spoke to alleged survivors of notorious Gordon Neely, who abused young players for decades.
Survivors provided harrowing accounts of how they were targeted while Neely was a coach at Hibs and later at Rangers, who were not tipped off about the predator.
Rangers claim that when they discovered Neely was a dangerous pervert, they informed police – but the BBC could find no trace of such a complaint.
Neely, who died of cancer three years ago, later abused young footballers on residential courses at Dalguise House, Dunkeld, Perthshire.
Victim Jon Cleland, from Dunfermline, was abused by Neely from the age of 11 while a player for Hutchison Vale in 1982 and later while training with Hibs.
He added: “I can’t be a hundred percent sure but it was at least eight to 10 times over the space of 18 months.”
Another survivor gave details of being attacked by Neely at Hibs in his office at the club in 1984.
Hibs failed to report the coach to the police, enabling him to progress to Rangers with his reputation intact, under the management of Graeme Souness and Walter Smith in 1986.
The abuse allegedly continued at Ibrox. Rangers fired him in 1990 after an accusation of inappropriate behavior.
One former Rangers youth player, referred to as George in the programme, said: “He had his own office inside Ibrox and he’d call you in and he’d make you close the door… I was only about 13.”
After Rangers got rid of Neely, he ran football courses at Dalguise House, where more abuse took place.
One survivor, referred to as Paul, played for Edinburgh clubs between 1995 and 1998.
Paul’s alleged abuse took place around a decade after complaints about Neely were made to Hibs – and more than five years after a complaint was made at Rangers.
Survivors also told of being abused by a major scout, who is still alive but who can’t be named for legal reasons.
Hibs failed to report Gordon Neely to police and he eventually joined Rangers
A spokesman for Celtic told BBC Scotland the Boys’ Club was a “separate and distinct” organisation from Celtic Football Club but asked anyone with concerns to contact them.
They added: “It was vital that justice was served at that time, due to the extremely serious nature of this issue.
In a statement to the BBC, Hibs said they were “saddened to be told” that personnel at the club at the time were “allegedly made aware of concerns” about Neely and allegedly did not contact the police with the concerns.
They said “current policies and practices” would “prevent this from happening today.”
Rangers told us they were aware of an alleged incident more than 25 years ago. They said: “It is understood” the individual was “dismissed immediately” and that the “police were informed”.
Police Scotland told the BBC they could not confirm whether Rangers made a complaint or not. No trace of a police report being sent to the procurator fiscal could be found.
More than 80 men involved in football are being investigated by police across the UK.
Among them are John Hart, former physiotherapist at Partick Thistle, Jim McCafferty, ex-youth coach and kitman at Celtic, Hibs and Falkirk, and Hugh Stevenson, who was a youth coach and referee.
Police have received more than 130 claims of child sex abuse within Scottish football since November.
SFA appeals for child abuse victims to come forward after shocking BBC investigation
Apr 11 2017
The Scottish Football Association have appealed for any abuse victims to contact them as fresh allegations of sexual offences in youth football came to light.
A BBC documentary heard from alleged victims of a Celtic Boys Club coach and revealed new claims about former youth coach Gordon Neely, who died in 2014.
Two players at the boys club, which was a separate entity from Celtic Football Club, told the programme Football Abuse: The Ugly Side Of The Beautiful Game they were abused for three and four years respectively in the 1980s and 90s.
The sport has been rocked by claims from former players across the UK that they were abused by people in positions of authority, and Police Scotland launched a major inquiry into non-recent child abuse in football at the end of last year.
In February, the force said it had received 140 reports of alleged abuse.
A number of professional clubs have started internal investigations, while the SFA has set up an independent review into allegations across the game in Scotland.
Detective Chief Inspector Sarah Taylor, from the National Child Abuse Investigation Unit, said: “Child abuse is incredibly difficult for people to revisit and to talk about.
“Our officers are highly specialist and are trained to deal with all reports sensitively. We would ask anyone who has been the victim of abuse, or has information about potential abuse, to contact us.
“We will listen and we will investigate and our first priority will be to ensure that there are no children at risk now.
“If you have suffered sexual abuse, or if you can assist this investigation or you know anyone who may have been a victim, then please call Police Scotland on 101. Or you can call the NSPCC helpline on 0800 023 2642.”
SFA chief executive Stewart Regan said: “The independent review into allegations of historic child sexual abuse in Scottish football is currently under way and we await its findings.
“The latest allegations are a matter for the investigatory authority, Police Scotland.
“We would urge anyone who has suffered abuse to come forward using the dedicated, confidential NSPCC 24-hour helpline 0800 023 2642, directly to the police on 101 or via email to the Scottish FA at email@example.com.”
Matt Forde, national head for NSPCC Scotland, said: “The latest allegations about abuse in football are concerning.
“It’s clear that for far too long, hundreds of people suffered abuse as children in football and elsewhere without feeling able to speak up and seek help.
“But it is encouraging that so many are finally finding their voice in a new climate where they know they will be listened to and supported. Their bravery in coming forward should be commended.”
Damning update on UK Football scandal: The lack of co-operation from a number of high-ranking Football Association officials /”rampant Freemasonry”…
The football child abuse scandal just keeps on growing
As fresh cases of abuse continue to emerge, so do examples of official complacency, such as the obstruction and termination in 2003 of an FA review of child protection policies
Apr 2 2017
Operation Hydrant has received reports of child abuse for every year from 2005 – the year the FA’s inquiry cuts off – through to 2016
After everything that has emerged about football’s sexual-abuse scandal – including some extraordinary new details that can be reported today about the lack of co-operation from a number of high-ranking Football Association officials – it can come as a jolt to realise that the problem is not just restricted to what used to be known as the good old days.
Until now, it has widely been thought of as the property of another age. Words such as “historical” or “non-recent” have been applied and the FA certainly seemed to think as much. When the governing body announced in early-December it had commissioned an inquiry into the scandal the terms of reference made it clear it had a cut-off point “up until around 2005”.
That suddenly does not seem so clever, judging by the figures obtained by this newspaper that show 46 of the incidents reported to Operation Hydrant since November, when Andy Woodward’s interview with the Guardian set off what the FA chairman, Greg Clarke, has described as a “tidal wave,” relate to the period from 2005 to 2016. There is not one blank year and, though it can never be an exact science, it would be a mistake to believe this could not involve the sport at its highest level. The specialist police unit in charge of the investigation calculates that 23% of all the referrals (1,016 at the last count) relate to clubs from England’s top four divisions.
These are the numbers, in other words, that dismantle the theory everything goes back to the era – the 1970s and 1980s, predominantly – relating to the majority of the victims, now in their 40s and 50s, who have felt emboldened enough to talk publicly about their ordeals.
Instead, it turns out there have been 187 reported incidents of sexual assaults on junior footballers from the 20-year period beginning in 1996. Twenty-three relate to the years from 2011 onwards and, as if that is not alarming enough, it is also worth keeping in mind the true figure will be considerably higher.
For starters, this data actually goes back 10 weeks to 13 January and therefore covers only the first two months since the scandal erupted. The updated figures will be released by the National Police Chiefs’ Council later this month and it is worth getting the take of Dino Nocivelli, a specialist child-abuse lawyer, on the number of reported incidents – 83 – from 2000 onwards.
Nocivelli has worked on cases involving the Roman Catholic church, the Scout Association and various local authorities and knows from experience that it is often not until victims are in their late 30s or early 40s that they speak out. He is now representing a number of football child-abuse survivors and hopes that the age range will come down on the back of the latest scandal. Nonetheless, he says the figures since the millennium “are very likely the tip of the iceberg”.
For now, all that can really be said with certainty is that it was naive to think this scandal should be talked about only in the past tense and it leaves some awkward questions for the FA bearing in mind its decision, in 2003, to withdraw all funding from a major review of its child-protection policies.
Would football have been a safer place if that five-year research programme had not been abandoned three years early? Would it be too much of a stretch to think a completed project might even have prevented some of the more recent cases? Nocivelli, for one, thinks it is legitimate to link the two. “Questions remain as to why the FA decided to drop the review into safeguarding and whether or not children were subjected to abuse as a result of this decision.”
At the same time, it would certainly be useful to know why so many people at the FA, as well as the sport in general, were openly hostile and obstructive to the team of academics, led by Celia Brackenridge of Brunel University, who conducted the study.
An internal report, seen by this correspondent, states that only four of the 14 FA staff who were asked for interviews bothered to respond. Others, it claims, were “prevented/bullied” from not talking, in keeping with the “wall of silence” the researchers encountered from other areas of the game. “The football community was, in the main, helpful and cooperative about the research but there were also occasions where our fieldworkers faced rudeness, including from people in paid positions and/or in positions of significant authority within the FA,” Brackenridge writes in her notes. “One club official threw the researcher’s ID card back across the table at her; another refused to return numerous telephone calls and even pretended to be someone else on the telephone to avoid being interviewed.”
So, what was it that football objected to so much? And why were there people inside the FA who appear to have been as uncooperative as possible until the organisation’s then head of ethics and sports equity, Tony Pickerin, concluded in one letter – again, seen by this newspaper – that its child-protection budget for 2003 had to be “substantially reduced and the consequence of this will be a much lower level of research activity”? And is it purely just a coincidence that the FA was simultaneously trying to find the money to fund the huge costs of building the new Wembley?
Brackenridge has since made the point that the scale of progress since the 1990s has not been sufficiently acknowledged, saying some FA staff had been “exemplary” and pointing out that the research project, interviewing 189 children and a large number of coaches and administrators, had brought demonstrable improvement.
Yet her experiences at the time “left me asking myself whether some of the senior officers in the game might be simply using CP [child protection] as a kind of ethical fig leaf to cover their embarrassment at the many other problems facing the game – doping, crowd control, bungs and fixes, among others. The more the FA could trumpet their work for children, the better they could deflect attention from the uglier side of the game.”
The sport as a whole can seem hard-faced, to say the least, when it also transpires that the research team – collating information, let’s not forget, to safeguard children – encountered verbal attacks and felt like they were “seen as the police” by some of the people they contacted. One interviewee spoke of “rampant Freemasonry” within the sport.Brackenridge’s notes allude to “organisational inertia” inside the FA and, referring to a year-long delay to sign off the project, concludes that the governing body “did not know what right and left hand were doing”. At the end of the project she says she had to bring in lawyers to force the FA to settle its bills. “On the day we were due to go to court to sue them the money finally came through.” The whole thing sounds a mess.
Perhaps we will get some clarity when Clive Sheldon QC produces what the FA insists ought to be classified as an independent inquiry. Sheldon was appointed at the start of December to judge, among other things, if there had been a cover-up and whether the governing body had been guilty of institutional failures. Yet that, in turn, raises its own questions.However revered Sheldon is in his particular field, how can any inquiry truly be independent when the organisation that is being investigated is also footing the bill?
At least the FA is going through the system – no matter whether you or I agree with the exact processes – whereas it does seem strange that the Football Association of Wales, contrary to its counterparts in England and Scotland, has not thought it necessary when three out of the four police forces in Wales confirmed as long ago as December they were part of the investigation.
Almost four months in, it is perplexing, however, that Sheldon and his research team do not appear to have started interviewing the players who have attracted so much publicity about the events that shaped their lives. It was never going to be a quick process but, after all this time, it probably doesn’t come as a surprise to learn that some of the key witnesses, understandably put out, have started ringing ahead to find out, put bluntly, what the hell is going on.
On a similar theme, can you believe that Crewe Alexandra, even with their consistently unimpressive responses, do not appear to have arranged interviews with any of the relevant former players who have featured in the news during the last four months?
This, more than anything, demonstrates everything that is wrong with the process. It was 26 November – 122 days ago, to be precise – when Crewe announced they would be holding an independent review, declaring they were “determined that a thorough investigation takes place at the earliest opportunity”. Since then, Crewe have refused to say who, if anyone, is leading the inquiry.
On Saturday, when pressed, a spokesperson for Crewe said: “Clubs have been advised not to investigate historical allegations at this stage,” and declined to comment further. They have not supplied a terms of reference and the extensive list of former players you might have thought would be high‑priority calls could probably be forgiven for wondering when, if ever, they will be required to help.
After all this time, their collective suspicion says a lot for what they think of the regime at Gresty Road – the consensus being, as one put it, they “gave up a long time ago”.
In carrying out the Review, Clive Sheldon QC will be assisted by a team of counsel from 11KBW Chambers: David Bedenham, Katherine Eddy, Zoe Gannon and Leo Davidson. Clive Sheldon QC will also receive expert advice on child protection in sport from Dr Mike Hartill, Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Sport at Edge Hill University.
Background on Clive Sheldon QC – Establishment man
In August 2012, Clive has just represented the Chief Constable of Wiltshire in a judicial review challenge to a misconduct decision made by the Police Appeals Tribunal
Perhaps we will get some clarity when Clive Sheldon QC produces what the FA insists ought to be classified as an independent inquiry.
Sheldon was appointed at the start of December to judge, among other things, if there had been a cover-up and whether the governing body had been guilty of institutional failures.
Yet that, in turn, raises its own questions.However revered Sheldon is in his particular field, how can any inquiry truly be independent when the organisation that is being investigated is also footing the bill?…
Clive Sheldon was appointed Queen’s Counsel in April 2011, and is recognised by Chambers and Partners as a Leading Silk in the fields of Employment Law, Education Law and Local Government Law. Before taking Silk, Clive was for many years a member of the Attorney-General’s ‘A’ Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown.
In his employment practice, Clive specialises in high profile discrimination claims for employers and employees, and disputes involving senior executives and high ranking public office holders. Clive is currently representing the Metropolitan Police Authority defending a series of discrimination claims brought by former Commander Ali Dizaei. Clive is representing the Secretary of State for Justice in a series of claims brought by foreign language interpreters arising from the change to the procurement arrangements for court interpreters.
In his public law work, Clive has particular expertise in matters relating to the police, education, health, local authorities and human rights. Recently, Clive successfully defended the decision of the Secretary of State for Education to convert Downhills School into an Academy. Clive is currently Leading Counsel for a coalition of local authorities, professional associations, schools and students, challenging the GCSE English awards in August 2012. Clive has just represented the Chief Constable of Wiltshire in a judicial review challenge to a misconduct decision made by the Police Appeals Tribunal. Clive regularly advises the Association of Council Secretaries & Solicitors (ACSeS), and local authorities, on standards issues under the Localism Act 2011.
Clive practised for two years as an Attorney with a leading Wall Street firm, where he specialised in commercial litigation, and continues to be a member of the New York State Bar. Clive is also a CEDR trained mediator, and a member of the Professional Complaints Committee of the Bar Standards Board. Clive writes chapters for Tolley’s Employment Law Service and Tolley’s Employment Handbook and Clive speaks regularly on employment and public law issues, including a recent address to the Administrative Law Bar Association on ‘Consultation’.
Ex-footie starlet claims former Rangers coach Harry Dunn got him drunk and tried to rape him at Edinburgh flat
18th February 2017
Former Ibrox youth player Darren Mixon claims he looked at Dunn as an ‘Uncle’ when he was pinned down on a bed by 25-stone scout for the sex attack
Dunn, 84, worked for Gers, Liverpool and Chelsea after being introduced to scouting by his pal, former Ibrox manager Jock Wallace, who he later followed to Leicester City.
Hibs boss Neil Lennon revealed in his autobiography that when he was 13, Dunn took him and his dad to Ibrox where they had a tour and met Wallace.
Darren has made three statements to police about his assault claims.
He said he kept quiet about it at the time as he felt “humiliated” — but told a pal in 1992 when he learned Dunn was still scouting and escorting young boys around the country.
Friend Tam Smith, formerly a cop and now a social worker, persuaded him to report the attack at St Leonard’s police station in Edinburgh. But Darren didn’t hear back from Lothian and Borders cops and decided not to talk about it again until now.
Police Scotland could not explain why the Lothian and Borders force took no action but confirmed they are investigating Darren’s claims about Dunn.
Police investigating historic child abuse quiz man over ‘incidents linked to Southampton FC’
Mar 16 2017
POLICE investigating allegations of historic sex abuse in football have questioned a man in Hampshire, it has been revealed.
The 64-year-old was questioned by officers from Hampshire Police carrying out an investigation into allegations of non-recent child abuse within the football community – Operation Quantum.
The man has been questioned by officers in a police custody suite, the force has confirmed.
The investigation is believed to be linked to claims of incidents at Southampton Football Club in the 1980s.
A police spokesman said: “This remains an active, significant, and complex investigation undertaken by specialist officers from Hampshire Constabulary’s Major Crime Team.”
The Daily Echo previously reported how the football club had contacted police over allegations of historical child abuse within football in December.
It came about after two ex-Saints youngsters said they were both victims of sexual abuse they suffered in the 1980s.
Last November, a number of police forces from across the UK launched investigations into allegations of abuse
So far, ten suspects have been identified as the scandal continues to grow.
The Echo previously reported that Greater Manchester Police had said it was investigating reports from 35 people, with its inquiry growing on a “daily basis”.
The National Police Chiefs’ Council also confirmed around 350 people across the country had reported abuse allegations.
In a statement released in December by Southampton FC, the club said: “Hampshire Police and Southampton Football Club are committed to working together to investigate any historical allegations that may be brought to light in the Hampshire area.
“The club has informed Hampshire Police that we will offer our full support to any investigation they undertake, for as long as it takes, and with our full focus.
“The club works closely and tirelessly with the Premier League to promote the safeguarding of children and young people who are under our care or using our facilities, and their well-being is paramount to all staff.”
wants a reduction in penalties for child abuse offenders
All FIVE London Premier League clubs are caught up in historic child abuse allegations
Police today said they are now investigating 255 allegations involving 77 clubs
Five teams in the Premier League are involved, as well as three in Championship
Scandal came to light when ex-Crewe Alexandra player opened up on the abuse
Former Chelsea player Keith Weller and scout Eddie Heath also being probe
Jan 30 2017
Keith Weller, a former Chelsea player, had allegations made against him by two women who claimed he indecently assaulted them
In what is quickly becoming the biggest scandal in the history of British football, 77 clubs from the top flight to non-league are now being investigated by police.
There have now been 255 allegations made since former Crewe Alexandra player Andy Woodward lifted the lid on the murky world of abuse in football by opening up about being abused by ex-coach Barry Bennell.
It is understood that Arsenal, Chelsea, West Ham, Tottenham and Crystal Palace are being investigated by the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command.
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: ‘The allegations are connected with individuals at 77 named clubs or teams.
‘The breakdown for those clubs is five in the Premiership, three against Championship clubs, three against clubs in Leagues One and Two and there have also been 66 other named clubs which would include non-league or non-professional or amateur teams.’
Earlier this month, the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC), which is co-ordinating the nationwide police investigation Operation Hydrant, said more than 500 complainants and 184 potential suspects had been identified.
The inquiry involves up to 248 football clubs, spanning all tiers of the game from the Premier League down to amateur level.
Latest figures show the total number of potential victims standing at 526, with 97 per cent identified as male. Their ages span from 20 to four.
Chelsea have been openly dragged into the scandal, with former player Gary Johnson admitting he was abused as a trainee in the 1970s
A spokesman for Crystal Palace said today: ‘We have had no contact from the Metropolitan Police so we have no idea whether these allegations relate to Crystal Palace FC. Clearly, should we be contacted, we will co-operate fully with any inquiry and give every possible assistance to the police in their investigations.
‘We urge anyone aware of any instances of abuse that have ever taken place at the club, or who has been a victim, to report it to the police or contact the FA’s NSPCC helpline.’
Other clubs are not thought to have commented on the investigations yet.
Chelsea have been openly dragged into the scandal, with former player Gary Johnson admitting he was abused as a trainee in the 1970s by the club’s chief scout Eddie Heath, who is now dead.
The club apologised to Johnson for the abuse he suffered after he waived the confidentiality clause in the £50,000 agreement they made with him in 2015.
Johnson was a member of Chelsea’s first team from 1978 to 1981, but joined the club as an 11-year-old in 1970 and claimed he had been groomed from the age of 13.
Speaking of the impact of the abuse, he said: ‘I felt shame, I felt my childhood had been taken away. I spent my late teens in turmoil, absolute turmoil.’
Two women have also claimed they were indecently assaulted by Keith Weller, who played for Tottenham, Millwall, Chelsea and Leicester and was capped four times by England during a glittering career.
The accusations were first made in 2002 when a number of women told the Metropolitan Police that Weller had molested them as children in the mid-1960s and early 1980s.
Critics said the force’s original handling of the Weller case is an indictment of how child sex-abuse allegations were treated before the Jimmy Savile scandal.
But after an inquiry spanning several months the Crown Prosecution Service ruled no charges should be brought.
Former Crewe player Andy Woodward waived his right of anonymity to reveal that he suffered years of abuse at the hands of the former youth coach Barry Bennell.
In court proceedings it emerged that Bennell had abused one child on Crewe’s training pitches and another at the home of former manager Dario Gradi, who did not know about it.
Bennell also did work for Manchester City and Stoke City before moving to the United States.
He was jailed for nine years in 1998 for sexual offences against children after admitting 23 specimen charges of sexual offences against six boys, aged nine to 15.
Aston Villa FC accused of not reporting paedophile scout to police
Jan 30 2017
One victim said that seniors at the club pressured him not to go public with the abuse.
Birmingham-based football club, Aston Villa, have been accused of not reporting a scout who was sexually abusing boys to the police after they terminated his services because of the alleged offences.
The scout, Ted Langford, was convicted in 2007 of a number of abuses which took place around the time he worked at the club. He was sentenced to three years in prison in 2007 for the sexual abuse of four young players in the 1970s and 1980s..
One victim, waiving his right to anonymity, told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show that he had felt pressured by senior club officials not to go public with the abuse. Tony Brien said he was abused by Langford numerous times while he was a player at Dunlop Terriers.
Assistant-manager at the time, Dave Richardson, said he did not pressure Brien from following up the abuse and that he went to other senior officials who launched an internal investigation.
Richardson added that after speaking to the parents of two young boys who claimed that they were abused, the parents said they did not want the matter reported to the police. There was and still is no legal requirement for either Richardson or Aston Villa to report such concerns to the authorities, the BBC notes.
Brien said that he had had conversations with Richardson and another senior figure who asked whether he would be able to “put up with the obscenities from the terraces” if he went forward. Richardson said in a statement through a law firm that he could not recall any such conversation, but speaking to the BBC earlier, he had appeared to acknowledge the conversations.
Brien said that while on trips abroad with Langford, he would “have a different boy in his bed with him every single night” and that boys would turn up with “love bites”.
Langford was sacked by Aston Villa in 1988. He was then convicted of a range of offences that took place between 1976 and 1989, a year after he left the club. Langford died in 2012.
More sex abuse victims come forward claiming to have been abused by paedophile athletics coaches
It is now feared paedophiles could have targeted youngsters at athletics clubs in cases similar to the football abuse scandal
29th January 2017
PAEDOPHILE athletics coaches are feared to have preyed on youngsters at UK clubs.
At least two women claim to have been targeted.
It has raised concerns of a sex abuse scandal similar to that which swept football last year.
The latest revelation comes after we told how a woman was suing UK Athletics for failing to protect her from a paedophile coach.
The Sun on Sunday has been told at least one other woman has contacted lawyers over alleged abuse by another coach.
A legal source said: “There is at least one other ongoing case — and probably more.
“People are starting to wonder if there will be a lot more people coming forward.”
We revealed in November how a woman claims coach Darrell Bunn, who trained Olympic gold medallists Jessica Ennis-Hill and Denise Lewis, abused her when she was 16.
Coach arrested as part of football paedophile scandal had links to England supremo
27 January 2017
A former coach and colleague of one of the men responsible for appointing the England manager was arrested on Friday as part of the paedophile scandal to rock the game.
Kit Carson, full name Michael Sean Carson, was detained by police on suspicion of indecency with children and indecent assault.
The alleged offences relate to the 74-year-old’s time coaching at Peterborough United and Cambridge United, where he worked with Dan Ashworth, the Football Association’s director of elite development, who was instrumental in the appointment of both Sam Allardyce and Gareth Southgate as England manager.
Prince William held private talks at Kensington Palace with Sam Allardyce,
Past controversies — such as the 2006 BBC Panorama documentary in which Allardyce and his son, Craig, were accused by the BBC documentary of taking ‘bungs’, or bribes — will have been overlooked. The Allardyces vehemently denied the claims and have never been charged.
Ashworth, whose relationship with Carson dates back to when the latter brought him to Norwich City as a 12-year-old player, is among several high-profile figures listed as providing testimonials on his former coach and colleague’s website. Others include retired England defender Danny Mills and ex-Wales striker Craig Bellamy.
27th September 2016,
DODGY-dealing Sam Allardyce was axed as England manager.
The apparent testimonial from Ashworth, who joined the FA from West Bromwich Albion in 2012, reads: “Having worked with you both as a player at Norwich City and as your assistant academy director at Peterborough United and Cambridge United I have no doubts that boys working under you can progress into the world of football. I was delighted that Kit Carson players were signed at West Bromwich Albion.”
There is no suggestion Ashworth or anyone named as having provided testimonials for Carson has any knowledge of the alleged offences for which he was arrested, which were said to date from the 1970s to the mid-2000s.
Jan 27 2017
Ex-Norwich coach ‘Kit’ Carson held in historical football abuse probe
A former football coach and scout has been arrested as part of an investigation into allegations of abuse in the sport.
Michael Sean Carson, known as “Kit”, from Cambridge, has been detained on suspicion of indecency with children and indecent assault.
He has worked for clubs including Peterborough United, Cambridge United and Norwich City.
Cambridgeshire Police said a man in his 70s remains in custody.
Officers are working with the Football Association, local children’s safeguarding boards and councils as part of their county-wide investigations.
He worked at Norwich as a youth coach between 1983 and 1993, before moving to Peterborough to run their youth academy until 2001. He then spent five years at Cambridge as their head of talent development.
More recently, Carson has worked at non-league Histon in Cambridgeshire and been a football scout in Finland. According to his LinkedIn page, Carson has also written two coaching manuals.
This is basically a football web site by an Irish citizen who has spent his whole life in England and his working life in the world of youth development in professional football.
My early school life was based in Kent and Hertfordshire before gaining an economics degree and a Graduate Certificate of Education at the University of Hull in Yorkshire. It was at Hull that I gained my first coaching badges.
After a short teaching career, mainly at a brilliant school in Bedford called Pilgrim School, I formed my own football school which at the time was a first in England. This grew and on the way I met many interesting people who I may well talk about on this site at various times. When I teamed up with Gary Johnson we joined the PGL group of companies and our football schools really took off.
From here Gary went on to a very successful career in professional football coaching and management and I went into professional football as a youth developer and had successful times at Norwich City Football Club, Peterborough United Football Club. Cambridge United Football Club and Histon Football Club.
My skill seems to have been in spotting talent and playing a part in the development of that talent. There are many players and coaches in the professional game who say that I played a major role in their road to success and I am very proud of that.
Throughout my life I have been an ardent supporter and follower of the Republic of Ireland national team and got great satisfaction in locating and developing boys of Irish ancestry born and raised in England.
Two arrests made as police examine 130 reports of child abuse in football
Police Scotland are investigating 130 reports of child sexual abuse in football, with two arrests made.
The sport has been rocked by claims from former players across the UK that they were abused by people in positions of authority and Police Scotland launched a major inquiry into non-recent child abuse in football at the end of last year.
Officers have now received 130 reports but believe there will be more to come.
Ex-football coach Barry Bennell denies sex assault charges
Former football coach Barry Bennell has pleaded not guilty to eight charges of sexual assault against a boy under 16.
The former youth coach at Crewe Alexandra denied the eight counts when he appeared at Chester Crown Court.
The charges all relate to allegations of abuse between 1981 and 1986.
Mr Bennell, 63, wearing a blue polo neck shirt and appearing via videolink from HMP Woodhill, in Milton Keynes, answered “not guilty” to all the charges as they were put to him.
The ex-coach, who also worked at Manchester City, Stoke City and junior teams in north-west England and the Midlands, was remanded into custody until 20 March.
Owen Edwards, prosecuting, told the court the alleged victim “preserves his anonymity”.
Former Chelsea youth team referee Allan McGrath accused of child abuse
Jan 14 2017
Four separate witnesses have claimed they were abused by Allan McGrath, who worked as a referee for Chelsea’s youth-team games
Chelsea Football Club is today facing new scrutiny over child abuse in the 1970s, after an investigation by The Independent revealed a second man who worked for the club sexually assaulted boys in their youth set-up.
Four separate witnesses have claimed they were abused by Allan McGrath, who worked as a referee for Chelsea’s youth-team games.
Two of the witnesses have described being driven to McGrath’s home when in the Chelsea youth set-up and sexually assaulted there. Both had been promised lifts home from youth matches when they ended up at the house McGrath – who is now dead – shared with his elderly mother in Ashford, Middlesex.
Johnson was subsequently paid £50,000 compensation by Chelsea for the abuse he suffered, in an arrangement which included a non-disclosure clause.
Chelsea have said they cannot comment on specific cases and urged any further alleged victims to speak to them or to the Metropolitan Police. The Football Association also declined to comment on whether they knew of McGrath or whether he was registered with them. But with the known number of Heath’s alleged victims already six, Chelsea are already facing a possible multi-million-pound claim for damages.
It is unclear whether McGrath was employed full-time by Chelsea. He is remembered by two witnesses for standing in as a referee during summer matches. The Independent has spoken to more than 20 witnesses in Ashford who knew McGrath and who described him as having a number of jobs over a period of 20 years, including as a chauffeur, a school-coach driver and a warden at the HM Prison Feltham Young Offender Institution.
A further two witnesses, one of whom has waived his anonymity to speak to The Independent, described being abused by McGrath, who was then working as coach at Staines United FC, in Middlesex.
Steve Hearn, 58, who lives in Ashford, was eventually spotted by a Chelsea scout and was on the fringes of the squad, as a contemporary of Ray Wilkins, Steve Finnieston and Clive Walker.
But it was while a 12-year-old playing for Staines United under-15s that he encountered McGrath, who was then in his late 20s. “
Another witness, who is now in his late 50s and declined to be named, alleged that McGrath tried to sexually assault him at Ashford Juniors FC in the 1970swhile working there as a referee.Ashford Juniors has since been dissolved and has no links with current clubs in the town.
Staines United has also been dissolved and has no link to Staines Town FC. The Metropolitan Police said it would not discuss individual cases but said its investigation is continuing.
2 chairmen of Chelsea FC both die in helicopter crashes and another seems to be a business associate with a Colin Peters.
Vile paedophile Eddie Heath
FA discovers file documenting football paedophile Eddie Heath’s ‘trail of terror’ between clubs
Jan 14 2017
Ex-Charlton Athletic youth player Russell Davy, who has told of his abuse at the hands of Heath, says an FA safeguarding officer told him they have ‘recovered a personal file’
The latest development in the football scandal emerged as ex- Charlton Athletic youth player Russell Davy flew from his home in Lanzarote to give evidence to police.
The ex-goalie, now 50, told the Sunday Mirror last month how he had warned the FA of Heath’s attacks on him more than 30 years ago. Now he reveals his lawyers sent a “letter of claim” to Charlton when the scandal broke, documenting abuse.
But he has heard nothing from the League One club. “I want to know why I was left alone with him for so long so he could abuse me,” said Mr Davy. “They haven’t even contacted me. It’s disgusting.”
He also claims the FA has so far failed to recover a letter he sent to them about the abuse in 1986. He never got a reply and his life spiralled into a nightmare of drink, crime and drugs, at one point fighting a £600-a-week cocaine addition.
Accusations by more than 350 alleged victims are being investigated by police, with 155 suspects identified, involving 148 clubs.
Last night a Charlton spokesman said the club had “launched an internal investigation” into Mr Davy’s allegations, adding: “The club has contacted police.”
It is understood his teenage son was also on board and died at the scene along with the aircraft’s pilot Stephen Holdich, 49, and Jonathan Waller, a friend of Mr Carter’s.
Mr Carter, a lifelong Chelsea fan, was a close friend of Matthew Harding, the club’s former vice-chairman and major benefactor, who also died in a helicopter crash 11 years ago in similar circumstances.Both Mr Carter and Mr Harding were travelling in twin-engined Squirrel helicopters
Nick Scheele, who was chairman of Jaguar at the time, Duncan Sutherland, the former city council’s development director, and PR guru John Clarke got together to raise funds for a new NSPCC centre in Coventry.
The committee which kickstarted the campaign included more than 20 of the leading figures in the city at the time time including MPs, trade unionists, business and industrial leaders.
Nick Scheele stressed at the inaugural meeting in the Jaguar Browns Lane board-room that the objective of the NSPCC Coventry Kids Appeal was to raise over #400,000 to fund an NSPCC centre in Whitefriars Street, on land opposite the existing cramped NSPCC offices situated above a wine bar – and the aim was to do it in just three years.
The appeal committee not only met that target but topped it thanks to a generous #50,000 cheque from former Chelsea FC vice-chairman Matthew Harding, just months before his premature death in a helicopter crash on the way back from a soccer match in Lancashire.
The NSPCC centre was built on time and opened by Princess Margaret, the NSPCC president, in 1996
The source for this claim is Erik Prince, the founder of the security firm Blackwater (yes, that one.) In an exclusive interview at Breitbart News, Prince first states that the NYPD is “ready to make arrests in Weiner case.”
Prince pivots from the Weiner laptop investigation to claiming that Hillary Clinton accompanied Bill Clinton and billionaire convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein to “sex island” (aka “sex slave island”).
“They found State Department emails. They found a lot of other really damning criminal information, including money laundering, including the fact that Hillary went to this sex island with convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. Bill Clinton went there more than 20 times. Hillary Clinton went there at least six times.”
Mr. Clinton flew on the billionaire’s convicted paedophile, Jeffrey Epstein’s infamous jet more than a dozen times — sometimes with a woman whom federal prosecutors suspect of procuring underage sex victims forMr. Epstein. Fox News reported Friday that records show Mr. Clinton declined Secret Service protection on at least five flights.
The network’s investigation reveals Mr. Clinton flew on the Boeing 727 “Lolita Express” 26 times, more than doubling the previously reported 11 trips.
“Bill Clinton … associated with a man like Jeffrey Epstein, who everyone in New York, certainly within his inner circles, knew was a pedophile.
Why would a former president associate with a man like that?” said Conchita Sarnoff of the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Alliance to Rescue Victims of Trafficking, Fox reported. Ms. Sarnoff also authored a book on Mr. Epstein titled “TrafficKing.”
Mr. Epstein was arrested in 2005 and signed a plea agreement in 2007 with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, accepting a single charge of soliciting prostitution. He agreed to a 30-month sentence, registered as a “Tier 1” sex offender with the U.S. Virgin Islands and paid dozens of young girls
‘Only after Matthew died did I find he had a second mistress and another love child’
THE WIFE OF TRAGIC CHELSEA TYCOON REVEALS HOW HIS DEATH IN A HELICOPTER CRASH WAS JUST THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF TERRIBLE SHOCKS SHE FACED
Matthew started as teaboy in an insurance office and made his fortune in the reinsurance markets. He also had a pounds 50 million stake in Chelsea Football Club, where he was vice-chairman.
When he was killed in a helicopter crash in October, 1996 he was worth more than pounds 125million and was the 89th wealthiest man in Britain. He and Ruth owned a large estate in Sussex with a tennis court, swimming pool and wonderful views over the South Downs.
Ruth lived there all the time but Matthew came home only at weekends. During the week he lived in London with his Ecuadorian mistress Vicky Jaramillo and their daughter Ella, now five. After his death, it was discovered that his PA had also had his baby.
“There are two illegitimate children,” says Ruth. “So it’s a complicated situation. Only after he died did I know about the second child. There’s just a few months between them. Incredible, isn’t it?”
Ruth knew from the beginning about her husband’s affair with Vicky Jaramillo. She had to tolerate pictures of Matthew and his mistress in the papers when they attended social events together.
Matthew Harding and Ken Bates
Matthew Harding’s great friend, Tory MP Francis Maude, gave the funeral address
Francis Maude was PPS to noted pederast Sir Peter Morrison. Maude then became an assistant government whip (1985–87)
Leon Brittan ‘attended paedophile parties in notorious brothel’
FORMER Home Secretary Leon Brittan was one of a number of high-profile people who attended paedophile parties in a notorious brothel, it was claimed last night.
Brittan is said to have abused children at Elm Guest House, a boarding house in Barnes, west London, which was run as a brothel in the 1970s and 1980s, according to the Daily Star Sunday.
Among the shocking accusations are claims that one of Brittan’s victims was a 10-year-old primary school boy.
Other details that were reported include how a social worker described in testimony details seeing photos, taken in the 1970s, of Brittan dressed in kinky outfits with naked boys sitting on his lap.
Over the years, Brittan had been plagued with rumours surrounding his private life and supposed failure to act over an alleged cover-up of a missing dossier containing allegations of Establishment sex abuse.
Matthew Harding’s wife: Two of her great friends are the ex-wives of David Mellor and Glenn Hoddle. The sweet-natured Anne Hoddle is now radiantly happy with a 28-year-old.
Her new husband Richard Gist, 37, works with sexually abused children and when they met he was an area manager for the NSPCC in Coventry.
Matthew had donated pounds 50,000 to the NSPCC centre for abused boys and after he died, Richard invited Ruth to see the work that was being done.
Initially, the vital NSPCC work drew them together. “I went to Coventry and Richard showed me round. Richard is an Arsenal supporter so we obviously got talking about football.
After her husband’s death, Ruth was asked to become patron at Chelsea Football Club. This gave her an enormous amount of pleasure but Matthew and the club’s chairman, Ken Bates, had had many vicious disagreements. In what seemed like an act of spite, Ken Bates told Ruth that he no longer wanted her as patron.
“It’s very sad,” she says. “He didn’t give any reason.” Ruth still goes to games at Chelsea but she remains angry with coach Graham Rix, who was convicted of having unlawful sex with an under-age girl. He has served his jail sentence and has now been reinstated.
“He’s not a close friend of mine but his wife and four children are,” she says. “They are now separated and my heart goes out to the children because they’ve got to live with what their father’s done. When this dreadful situation happened at Chelsea, I was the only one who said, ‘Graham Rix is guilty’. Now society has turned on the girl and said, ‘It was her fault, she shouldn’t have worn short skirts, she shouldn’t be drinking, shouldn’t be smoking’.
“I think Graham does a great job at football, but the sadness is that he’s probably wrecked that girl’s life.”
Ruth is now involved in the NSPCC’s campaign to raise money for the millennium in aid of the most desperate children in Britain. “Until I met Richard, I knew nothing about sexually abused children. A vast number of people have been abused as a child but because people don’t talk about it, it festers away inside them.”
Colin Peters has already been acknowledged as Elm Guest House visitor:
While the Metropolitan Police told The Independent that the boys’ disappearances were not being re-investigated, the predatory nature of some of those who stayed at the Elm Guest House will raise concerns that they could have been targeted.
Anthony Milsom, a paedophile from Hull, who is alleged to have stayed at the property, later moved to Newtown, Powys, where he was convicted of a string of sex offences dating back to the 1990s, including 21 counts of making indecent photographs of children and five counts of indecent assault on a girl when she was aged between 4 and eight. He was jailed indefinitely at Mold Crown Court in March 2011, but six months later appeal court judges reduced his sentence to three-and-a-half years. Another alleged visitor was Colin Peters, a Foreign Office barrister, who was jailed in 1989 for being part of a network which molested hundreds of boys. Reports at the time said the ring “was used by highly placed civil servants and well-known public officials”.
The most infamous alleged visitor to Elm Guest House was Warwick Spinks, a violent paedophile who in 1995 was jailed for a series of sexual offences on boys, including buggery, taking a child without lawful authority and taking indecent images of children. Lewes Crown Court heard that he had he drugged a 14-year-old boy and “sold him” to a gay brothel in Amsterdam
According to documents kept by a former children’s worker, visitors to the property included the Soviet spy Sir Anthony Blunt and the late Liberal MP Cyril Smith, who is now thought by Manchester police to have assaulted teenage boys.
Another was Sir Peter Hayman, Britain’s former High Commissioner in Canada.
Brittan has ‘no recollection’ of dossier
A senior minister in Margaret Thatcher’s Cabinet handed a dossier containing allegations of paedophilia in Buckingham Palace and the diplomatic and civil services says he cannot remember receiving the file.
In November 1983 Sir Leon Brittan, the Home Secretary, was given the dossier by the late Geoffrey Dickens, as part of his campaign against the Paedophile Information Exchange.
Asked by The Independent this week what the dossier alleged and what action, if any, he took, Sir Leon, a QC and later European Commissioner, replied by email: “I have no recollection of these matters. Sorry!”
CLARE MAINPRICE a litigation partner at VAT specialist Mainprice & Co, has just joined accountancy firm Baker Tilly. And before you fall asleep, I should add that Ms Mainprice is a founder member of the Groucho Club.
Ms Mainprice also harbours a dark family secret.Her father Hugh was one of the triumvirate which drew up the UK’s VAT legislation in the early Seventies, making her a second-generation VAT supremo.
Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers – a case on whether the institute was a “professional association” and therefore making exempt supplies
Institute of Chartered Foresters – a case on simple or multiple supplies
Institute of Biomedical Science – a partial exemption decision
Grange Farm – a case on the apportionment of input tax deductible by the owner of a premier division football club
Kingscrest Residential Care Homes – whether a care home operated on a for profit basis was entitled to standard rate its supplies (a subsequent decision, Kingscrest No. 2, was referred to the European Court of Justice)
Bissell Homecare (Overseas) Inc – a decision on whether the then three year cap on repayments by Customs was applicable
He set up as a sole practitioner advising on VAT in 2004.
? – obtains an honours degree in Modern History at Oxford University
? – works as Secretary General of the British Chamber of Commerce in Casablance.
1974 – Returns allegedly to Uk from Casablance to study law and later specialises
in indirect tax.
1977 -Colin Peters alleges he begins specialising in the law and practice of VAT.
1979 – 1986 he works in Customs’ Solicitor’s Office as a Senior Legal Assistant in their
VAT tribunal division, conducting more than 100 appeals in the tribunal.
1986/7 – Colin Peters is already by now, according to the documents, remarkably, a QC.
1986 – Colin Peters allegedly leaves the Solicitor’s Office of Customs and Excise,
now HM Revenue & Customs, joins private practice Hugh Mainprice as a partner in Mainprice
and Co, a firm dealing exclusively with VAT. Begins advising on VAT. http://vatattack.co.uk/
1987, December – Colin Peters, Alan Delaney, Ernest Whittington, Victor Burnett remanded. Also charged with the 4 are John Williams, a builder, Patrick Joseph Morris (and his son, 18, dont know if a victim),
Bryan Peter Howard – Edmunds of Harlesden. 5 yrs abuse going back to 1982. 140 boys interviewed.
Also charged was Kenneth Martin (64, market trader). Another man from Hastings *un-named-64 yr old clerk?)
also charged for committing offences with Martin. So 7 men in total charged. 22 men originally arrested.
Victims aged 10-15.
1988- (10th?) November – Colin peters and co trial commences. A 22 year old man was the first ever adult victim of sex abuse to be allowed to give evidence on video. Women’s groups outraged that the first to be allowed is male. Peters, Burnett, Whittington and Delaney in the dock, plus the two Norris half brothers (both aged 18). Charges previously dropped against the father of the boys Patrick Joseph Norris.
So charges dropped for the father and added for the other son. The two Norris boys were found in bed at Colin Peters home when police went to arrest Peters.
Judge Henry Pownall and DCI in charge Roger Gaspar.
1989, February 3rd-Colin Peters and co sentenced at Old Bailey.
The two 18 year olds presumably were acquitted or case dropped against them during the trial.
2004 – Colin Peters allegedly starts VAT consultancy called VATATTACK.
One of the boys he allegedly abused was Peter Hatton-Bornshin, a Grafton Close care-home resident, who later killed himself.
Another said: “He was a regular and was named by two, possibly three, boys as a man who abused them. Peters used camera equipment and hired a conference room at the guesthouse. There was only one reason to do that and that was to make porn films of the boys. There was a sauna attached to the room, which was also used.
From docs; About the guest house:- “Among those using it was Louis Minster, Director of Social Services, Richmond, Colin Peters QC, Donald Naismith, Director of Education Wandsworth & number of police. Boys supplied by Neil Keir OIC (Officer in Charge) Grafton Lodge Childrens Home.” Note dated 17/7/89
“Colin Peters QC one of Haddons clients for porn & sex, knows of our interest – do not know how.
Alerting his friends to ‘take care of us’. Warned to be very careful of this guy.”
Following lengthy research I suspect I may have identified someone who is mentioned within the Elm Guest House paperwork. The person concerned was mentioned in connection with Neil Keir and David Hamilton – Grant and this ‘chart’ of how the different depraved cogs joined together to make one nasty machine also makes mention of him at the top. The person in question is named ‘Barsby’ (incorrectly transcribed in this picture).
David Hamilton-Grant: Video Nasties:
Moral Panic, Censorship, and Videotape
Named as David Hamilton-Grant in the documentary
Named as David Grant in the documentary
Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship, and Videotape.
PIE paedophile, member of the establishment, Peter Righton received porn videos from Holland
I believe that Barsby was, in fact, ‘Uncle George’ George Barsby – a local man who lived within a stone’s throw of Grafton Close children’s home. Barsby was a 56 year old supermarket manager, who also referred to himself as a ‘voluntary social worker’ when he made numerous appearances at Richmond Magistrates Court on 16 charges of child sexual abuse in 1978 (which tallies with the note at the top of the graph).
After 11 appearances at Richmond, his trial was eventually transferred to the Old Bailey and on 23 March 1979 he was sentenced to five years imprisonment. Interestingly, one of the allegations against him included making pornographic photographs of children (which also tallies with the note at the top of the graph). He was referred to as a counsellor who targeted single mothers and their children. His solicitor argued that Barsby had previous good character but following his social work, he had “fallen for tempation”. He was also found guilty of theft from his employers, Sainsburys, and of false stocktaking figures.
1980 ‘Amsterdam Connection’
A year later, a trial took place at Kingston Crown Court which was described as the ‘Amsterdam Connection’ in which a man named Alfred Hart from Twickenham was found guilty of dealing in child abuse images along with his partner, Michael Dennison from Blackwater, Camberley. Hart was described as “one of the ringleaders” which leads me to believe this was a much bigger case involving more than just the two who appeared in court.
Alan Delaney & the Colin Peters Paedophile Ring
Then 8 years later Operation Hedgerow reaches it’s conclusion and the Colin Peters paedophile ring (including Alan Delaney) appears in court charged with child sexual abuse offences.
As well as procuring boys from the West End of London, Delaney had also lured boys through his Twickenham cleaning business and running a local youth football team.
Delaney lived in Hounslow – on the Twickenham borders – and the reason I have included these trials in one post is down to the proximity of the abusers in relations to Grafton Close childrens’ home.
Here are the addresses mapped so you can see the close proximity of these repugnant individuals.
There were more depraved individuals living within the vicinity at that time and I will add them in due course.
As there are several documents coming to light on Colin Peters, and Sceptic Peg has just published a post on Peters, I am releasing this work in progress that I have not worked on for several months, so that other researchers may make use of it.
It was intended for another use so the Oxendon House parts may not be relevant
I have not archived any btw
1980 Boy from Scotland to Piccadilly  Colin Peters
 1989 Feb 4 Daily Express John Twomey Four faces of evilhttp://spotlightonabuse.wordpress.com/2013/05/12/the-four-faces-of-evil-4-2-89/ Judge Henry Pownall sentenced Peters to 8 years for buggers, conspiracy to commit buggery and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice . victims in special boarding schools for educationally subnormal. Peters 43 Chepstow Rd, Bayswater . House of lords offficla and link to elm guest house
 1989 Feb 17 EIR Mark Burdman Pedophiles arrested more powerful than mafia. https://webbrain.com/brainpage/brain/0FE31538-2121-8495-33A5-86073BE95DE1/thought/918#-2901 The most prominent figure in the ring, Colin Peters, was trained at Oxford, and was formerly a senior adviser in the British Foreign Office. Following his Foreign Office work, he prosecuted cases for the British Customs and Excise.
Investigators working on the case had interrogated at least one senior member of the House of Lords , one vicar in West London, and officials in Whitehall , “but the police did not have sufficient evidence or manpower to pursue their suspicions ,” the Telegraph reported. * Colin Peters was told: “On your own admission, you found boys to satisfy your lust. You were prepared to encourage them to drugs or to lace their drinks and you have made matters worse by trying to get witnesses not to attend court. You did that to save your own skin. That was disgraceful. You of all people should have known that. ”
‘A permanent conspiracy’ British deputy police superintendent John Lewis , who oversaw the investigations, is calling on Scotland Yard to create a special squad to deal with pedophile rings. Lewis declared Feb. 2 that “these people are as organized and sophisticated as any other criminals, and are involved in a permanent conspiracy which is renewed daily as they hunt for new boys. They need to be targeted like bank robbers. It is important that we should not feel complacent. Positive policing should be continued.”
British police investigators were reportedly angered by the light sentence meted out to Peters In an editorial entitled, “Is This Justice?” the Express Feb. 4 called the sentences “woefully inadequate . . . weighed against the enormity of their crimes and the emotional and physical damage they did to their victims , some of whom were only nine years old. ”
Although the file is currently closed to the public, you may wish to be aware that the full contents of the file have been made available, unredacted, to the police. The staff working
for the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA, or the “Goddard Inquiry”) have also been informed of the file and told that they too can have access to it without any redactions as soon as they request it.
Paedophile Richard Alston (brother of diplomat Robert Alston)
I am much indebted to Richard Alston without whose dedicated editorial assistance I should have found it difficult to see this revised edition through the press. [….] and to Peter Righton for correcting proofs.
On June 2, 1967, Her Majesty opened the new concert hall at Snape Maltings, the brainchild of Suffolk composer Benjamin Britten, who’d felt a larger venue was needed for the Aldeburgh Festival of the Arts. The festival leased and converted one of the main buildings. Almost exactly two years later, after the opening night of the 22nd Aldeburgh Festival, fire ripped through the concert hall.
It was rebuilt in time for the 1970 festival, and the Queen returned to Snape to perform another opening ceremony.
The re-opening of Snape Maltings concert hall in June, 1970, following a fire and rebuilding. The Queen talks to Benjamin Britten while Prince Philip chats to Peter Pears
In May 2009, the Daily Telegraph revealed Lidington had claimed nearly £1,300 for his dry cleaning and had also claimed for toothpaste, shower gel, body spray and vitamin supplements on his second home allowance.
In July 2016, Lidington was appointed as Leader of the House of Commons by new PMTheresa May)
(we stayed with Jack and Alan, who were looking after 4 children, because their mother had been seriously injured in …
Was John, Alan John Brent aka John Alan Spicer, Andrew Spicer and or Alan Delaney ?
‘more powerful than the Mafia
by Mark Burdman
On Feb. 2 , in London’ s Old Bailey court, four men were convicted for running a ring of pedophiles-adults who sex usually use children-which had recruited at least 150 young boys , some as young as nine, for repeated sodomic abuse.
It is the biggest ring of pedophiles yet uncovered in Britain.
British newspapers Feb. 3 said it had been run as a “Mafia like conspiracy. ” One man arrested was too frightened to testify, declaring that the ring was “more powerful than the Mafia. “
According to experts on child abuse in Britain, this case is only the beginning. Interviewed on British television Feb. 3 , Dianne Core, head of the Childwatch organization, stated that “people in high places” were involved in pedophiliac activities , and that the whole matter would “explode” during the coming months.
The London Daily Telegraph’s crime correspondent reported Feb. 3 : “Despite the convictions , police believe there is still a flourishing pedophile network in Britain, with a sophistication said to resemble the Mafia. “
The most prominent figure in the ring, Colin Peters , was trained at Oxford, and was formerly a senior adviser in the British Foreign Office. Following his Foreign Office work, he prosecuted cases for the British Customs and Excise.
Investigators working on the case had interrogated at least one senior member of the House of Lords , one vicar in West London, and officials in Whitehall , “but the police did not have sufficient evidence or manpower to pursue their suspicions ,” the Telegraph reported.
Alan Delaney, the official head of the ring, is a cleaning company director. Delaney would procure young boys for pedophiles , by putting job advertisements in the press .
The ring would also procure boys who were members of a junior soccer team. Many of the youngsters had been at special boarding schools for educationally below-normal children.
Others were runaways , who were caught up by members of the Delaney-Peters ring, who would roam” the streets of London scouting for boys .
According to the Feb. 3 Telegraph account, the young boys were “passed around its members for sexual degradation and, when the attraction faded, abandoned to a life of prostitution, drugs , and petty crime . . . . The boys were tempted off the unfamiliar London streets with promises of food,
accommodation, money, and a sympathetic ear. Some were plied with drugs, including cocaine, and sexually assaulted while under their influence.”
When he was brought before presiding Judge Pownall for sentencing Feb. 3, Colin Peters was told: “On your own admission, you found boys to satisfy your lust. You were prepared to encourage them to drugs or to lace their drinks and you have made matters worse by trying to get witnesses not to attend court. You did that to save your own skin. That was disgraceful. You of all people should have known that. “
‘A permanent conspiracy’ British deputy police superintendent John Lewis , who oversaw the investigations , is calling on Scotland Yard to create a special squad to deal with pedophile rings. Lewis declared Feb. 2 that “these people are as organized and sophisticated as any other criminals, and are involved in a permanent conspiracy which is renewed daily as they hunt for new boys. They need to be targeted like bank robbers. It
is important that we should not feel complacent. Positive policing should be continued.”
British police investigators were reportedly angered by the light sentence meted out to Peters , Delaney, and their two collaborators. The four received, in total, only 34 years of sentences. Peters received only 8 years, for combined charges of conspiracy to commit buggery (sodomy), buggery and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. Delaney was jailed for 1 1 years , on conspiracy to commit buggery, indecent assault, taking indecent photographs , indecency with a child, and attempted buggery. One of the four was given only 6 years.
A senior British police officer told the Daily Express Feb.
4: “It should have been more. The damage these people have
done to young lives is very severe.”
In an editorial entitled, “Is This Justice?” the Express Feb. 4 called the sentences “woefully inadequate . . . weighed against the enormity of their crimes and the emotional and physical damage they did to their victims , some of whom were only nine years old. “
Moncini and the Satanist track
The London case has refocused attention on another recent case, in Trieste, Italy, involving one Alessandro Moncini, a businessman nabbed by law enforcement in the United States and convicted in 1988 for importing child pornography (although he received a paltry one-year sentence and was released “on good behavior” after serving less than three months in jail).
Investigators in Trieste working on the Moncini case have recently been to the United States, attempting to accumulate more information on what they believe to be a “most exclusive ring of international pedophiles.”
Informed sources in Britain believe that the Delaney Peters ring and the Moncini-linked networks are connected,
and that both are part of an international pedophile conspiracy.
U. S. law enforcement officials have in their possession tapes of Moncini attempting to procure a young girl, for Satanic-ritual abuse purposes.
Experts on ritual abuse stress that pedophile rings , as horrifying as they are in and of them selves , are actually fronts for, or extensions of, hard-core Satanist cults , for whom the pedophiles provide young boys.
In Britain, however, the Home Office has repeatedly indicated its opposition to allowing the matter of satanism to be pursued by police and in the courts.
Should this attitude continue, it will be impossible to crack the command-structure controlling powerful pedophile rings.
Experts in pedophilia and Satanism report to EIR, that
that the dossiers on previously publicized cases of European
based pedophile rings have never been fully closed, and may
now be reopened. These involve pedophile rings that were
either cracked or exposed in the 1 986-87 period. Three of
them are worth noting:
• On June 1 8, 1987, the head of the Belgian national office of UNICEF was arrested for involvement in a large scale child pornography and pedophilia ring. Ring leader Jozef Verbeeck had used his influential position in UNICEF to procure children, often from broken homes, some as young as eight months old, for some 400 wealthy clients across Europe. The basement of UNICEF in Brussels was used to store pornographic pictures of children.
• In spring-summer 1987 , Dutch authorities uncovered
one of the worst cases of collective child sex abuse in record
ed history. In a small town called Oode Pekala, during the
Easter holidays , a gang of pedophiles , dressed as clowns,
lured more than 70 children into taking part in pornographic
• On Aug. 3, 1986, the Sunday Times of London “Insight Team” exposed the activities of a secretive organization called the Spartacus Club, based near Amsterdam in Holland, which sent pedophile literature to 25 ,000 subscribers in Great Britain, and which specialized in procuring boys from the Philippines for pedophile activity. Headed by one John Stamford, the club was part of Spartacus International, which published homosexual literature and the Paedo Alert News, “a magazine about boy love. “
It’s noticeable how investigating football venues has become more acceptable than investigating Westminster.
AND the survivors of the football abusers are not being referred to as “the usual crop of fantasists, revenge-seekers and money-chasers” – quote from Ann Widdecombe referring to those making claims against former prime minister Sir Ted Heath.
Football child abuse scandal: Police identify 155 suspects
Dec 21 2016
The number of suspects in the UK-wide football child abuse scandal has reached 155, the National Police Chiefs’ Council has announced.
Police say there are now 429 potential victims, some as young as four at the time of the alleged offence, and 148 clubs are now involved.
Separate figures show the number of historical child abuse suspects across all walks of life stands at 3,469.
This is more than double the figure of 18 months earlier.
The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) set up Operation Hydrant to oversee investigations of “non-recent” child sex abuse within institutions or by people of public prominence.
Sussex police report sex abuse claims involving six football coaches THE historical sex abuse scandal unfolding in football continued to widen with a south coast police force becoming the latest to confirm it has received allegations
Dec 19, 2016
“None of the six reports relate to either of the two Sussex clubs in the Football League.”
Former youth footballer reveals links between sex abuse coaches
Dec 15 2016
Hugh Stevenson, a former youth coach and SFA assistant referee
The 62-year-old says he was molested byHugh Stevenson while playing for a club in Easterhouse.
A former youth footballer whose coach was convicted of abusing young players says he had links to other Scottish figures implicated in historic sex attacks.
Robert Smith is serving a two-year prison sentence for abusing three players at a club in Easterhouse, Glasgow, in the 1970s and 80s.
The 67-year-old had denied the offences but was found guilty after standing trial at Glasgow Sheriff Court earlier this year.
Following the nationwide revelations over historic sex abuse within British football, a former player who knew Smith in the 1960s talked to STV News and revealed his links to other Scottish coaches involved in the scandal.
The 62-year-old, known only as James, said his mother had warned him to stay away from Smith.
“He was always trying to kiss me, put his hand on me, but I ran away basically because I didn’t think this was right,” James said.
The former player said Smith was friends with Hugh Stevenson, a former youth coach and SFA assistant referee who died in 2004.
Earlier this month another former youth footballer accused Stevenson of subjecting him to repeated sexual abuse from 1979 to 1982. The abuse was reported to the police but Stevenson wasn’t prosecuted.
James says he was molested by Stevenson at Smith’s club in Easterhouse in the 1960s.
He said: “He came over and put his hand in my pockets and started to fumble about. I thought, ‘this is not right’. I came out of that dressing room sharpish.
“Robert Smith, Hugh Stevenson and another lad from Celtic Boys Club, Jim Torbett, all knew each other because we all played each other quite a lot.”
Jim Torbett was jailed in 1998 after being convicted of sex offences against young players.
At the end of Smith’s court case this summer, it emerged that he had been convicted of lewd and libidinous behaviour in 1968, ten years before he started abusing the three young players in Easterhouse.
Campaigners say the case adds weight to their calls for abuse in football to be examined by the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry.
On Tuesday, the SFA announced that it was to establish an independent review into reports of historic child abuse in the sport.
The Scottish Government has declined to extend the inquiry’s remit beyond abuse against children who were in care, wherever it occurred.
Keith Vaz offers to put up bail for jailed Leicester footballers – jailed on rape charges
6 March 2004
Keith Vaz, the MP for Leicester East and a former government minister, yesterday offered to act as a guarantor for the release on bail of three Leicester City footballers held this weekend in a Spanish jail on rape charges.
Mr Vaz, a season ticket holder, said yesterday that the players were internationally known and could not disappear, so should be granted bail.
Chris Gieler – Queens Park Rangers FC FOOTBALL’S SHAME
The interesting part of this most recent Daily Mail scoop is that they spend their time attempting to discredit anyone who discloses abuse against the elite, famous or powerful. I believe that Chris Gieler being independently named as part of this probe, when he was also named within the Elm Guest House paperwork leaves the Fail in an uncomfortable position.
I believe the paperwork isn’t an absolute oracle on abuse, but this revelation does vindicate those who originally produced them (Fay & Moss) proving that some of those mentioned are done so correctly.
It’s good news for those coming forward to disclose abuse, but it’s time the paperwork was given the credit it’s due and some of those named (especially the big names) are properly investigated.
There’s another name alongside Gieler’s within the documents – William Field, St Albans. I know nothing about him or his position.
The party was on the first floor of the South Africa Road stand with many of those present under the age of 18, when Gieler turned off the disco lights, which every works Christmas party presumably had as standard in the 1980s, and instead projected images from a pornographic film onto a wall.
David quickly progressed through the ranks of the Northern Ireland age group teams, and the under-17 team that he played in included some interesting QPR connections. Stephen Lynch and John Murray (both at QPR), Steve Morrow (later of Arsenal and QPR) and David McCallan (then at Carrick Rangers) were all part of that squad.
Queens Park Rangers dragged into sex abuse storm with former chief scout Chris Geiler to be named in allegations
6th December 2016
QPR’s former chief scout Chris Geiler will be named in child abuse allegations
Geiler left QPR in 2003 without warning and his death was not marked in 2004
Complaints about Geiler’s behaviour around academy players have been made
Queens Park Rangers are expected to be the latest club embroiled in the ever-growing sex abuse scandal that has resulted in one of the biggest crises to hit football.
Chris Geiler, QPR’s former chief scout, will be the name at the centre of the allegations.
He was head of youth recruitment for 30 years at Loftus Road before suddenly leaving the club in 2003 without warning or any recognition of his long service.
Queens Park Rangers’ former chief scout Chris Geiler will be named in sex abuse allegations
Nor did QPR mark his death a year later in any form.
A number of complaints about Geiler’s behaviour around QPR’s academy players dating back to the 1970s are known to have been made.
Geiler suddenly left QPR in 2003 without any recognition and died the following year-and his death was not marked
He was employed by QPR for about 30 years, working in youth development and as chief scout.
Mr Gieler arrived at Loftus Road in 1971 as a schoolboy scout and in 1979 he became youth development manager, responsible for the entire youth programme.
Allen Lyndon Farr (44) of Aldersley Road, Wolverhampton, admitted indecently assaulting four boys at the school between September 1983 and Oct 1987
1987 – Mr. Christopher Hodson, defending, said Farr was highly regarded by parents, the school chaplain, a fellow teacher and two magistrates who had written letters of support to the court on his behalf.
He said Farr had been seriously injured in an accident in 1970, which could have released “a repressed form of homosexuality.”
“He has maintained that he thought what he was doing was helping him to get closer to the boys. But he now realises that it was a lack of judgment on his behalf.”
“This is not a homosexual housemaster, but a man whose judgment and control were affected by a serious accident which left him in intensive care for three days back in 1970,” added Mr. Hodson.
Judge John Evans, QC, told Farr: “There must be some vindication of the feelings of outrage of parents of boys at this boarding school. They are entitled to think their youngsters are being looked after and not abused.”
And another….West Midlands Police is still anxious to trace former Royal Wolverhampton School maths teacher, Philip Howarth, who failed to return to the UK after being cleared of sexually abusing a 14 year-old Thai boy.
Detectives had wanted to question the 40 year-old schoolmaster about pornographic material found at his home prior to the trial in Thailand. Philip Howarth is also a Wolverhampton magistrate
Norwich is stunningly ‘absent’ For all the reasons below – inc Stingemore
Norwich is linked with convicted paedophile Fr Tony McSweeney, Frank Bruno (friends with Savile, Purdews), and Stephen Fry – who has made numerous inappropriate comments about paedophilia.
And Fr Tony McSweeney links to Elm Guest House (as does Chris Geiler)
McSweeney was arrested as a result of a police investigation into allegations that Elm House guesthouse in Barnes was home to a paedophile ring that preyed on boys from nearby Grafton Close children’s home.
Catholic priest guilty of historic Richmond Council children’s home abuse
McSweeney was found guilty of indecently assaulting one boy who he watched in the shower at Grafton Close children’s home in Hanworth alongside John Stingemore, the former manager of the home.
And Norwich is rife :
Victims of a paedophile headmaster could receive tens of thousands of pounds in compensation following the beatings and sexual assaults that took place at a Norfolk school 30 years ago.
Derek Slade was beginning his first full day in prison yesterday after being sentenced to 21 years in jail following a catalogue of abuse at St George’s School in Wicklewood, near Wymondham, in the late 1970s and early 80s.
Over the course of his 40-year radio and television career Jimmy Savile visited Norfolk for shop openings and charity runs.
•In June 1970 Savile was in Dereham where he opened a boutique, Decimal Fashions, in Norwich Street, spending over an hour in the shop signing autographs.
•In October 1972 he roved around Norwich in a Rolls Royce as part of a visit promoting National Association of Youth Clubs’ week, visiting various youth clubs in the city, including Heartsease Community Centre, and spreading the message about providing facilities for young people.
•InNovember 1979 Savile jogged into Norwich as part of a charity effortwhich saw him run through 31 towns and cities in 31 days.
•In February 1990 the BBC stalwart was back in the city, at Anglia TV’s studios, to promote the 27-hour live Telethon spectacular which was hoping to top the £1m raised in 1988.
•In October of 1990 he opened a new complex in Norwich which gives disabled people a helping hand in starting a business.
AN ACADEMY boss at Premier League West Brom has been arrested over allegations of a sex attack on a young boy in the changing rooms.
Respected coach Mark O’Shea, 34, has worked with dozens of young prospects in nearly five years running the under-seven to under-11 groups at Albion’s academy.
But last night the club confirmed O’Shea had been arrested and interviewed after colleagues became “concerned” about his behaviour towards some schoolboys.
They tipped off senior club officials who suspended O’Shea and called in the cops.
It is believed some trainees were uncomfortable that O’Shea showered with them at the club’s Halfords Lane training complex, near the Hawthorns stadium.
O’Shea was arrested on March 31 and questioned about an alleged sexual assault on a boy under 13. O’Shea is on bail while inquiries continue. It is believed they may centre on complaints made by THREE schoolboys.
One furious dad turned up at the training ground asking to see O’Shea and threatening to “tear his f****** head off”.
A father with a boy at the academy said: “Everyone is in shock.
“Coaches at big academies can become Gods to these boys. This is a nightmare made flesh.”
West Midlands Police confirmed: “A 34-year-old man from Sutton Coldfield has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault on a child under 13 and bailed while further enquiries take place.” O’Shea said last night: “I have no comment to make.”
In 1997, the Channel 4 Despatches did a programme about paedophile football coaches.
One particular coach named Barry Bennell ( later found guilty of abusing young boys) was a well know coach who found young talented players for some major clubs. His young starlets included Rob Jones who went on to play for Liverpool……. Andy Hinchcliffe and GARY SPEED.
Bennell was found guilty of abusing some of these young boys who were only 9,10.11 years old. His crimes took place between 1978 -1982. Gary Speed would have been around 9 or 10 years old at that time.
Little boy, Paul Kingsley was sexually assauted and then murdered. He was murdered in his scout uniform, strangled with the neckerchief.
Anthony Sinclair, manager of Pudsey Juniors Football Club was convicted of manslaughter as he claimed he killed Paul
Is Anthony Sinclair still alive?
Police determined Paul had been a victim of many sexual assaults in the months before the murder. See Paul Kingsley Assault and Death Bradford 1976 
Who carried out these sexual assaults?
Was anyone else at Pudsey Juniors Football Club involved?
Philip Longbottom was another child abuser in the same sort of area carrying out assaults against young boys. Was he connected in any way?PaedophileScout leader gets life sentence after abusing boys over 60 years
Decorated football coach linked with abuse at two clubs: Dario Gradi, who worked at Chelsea and Crewe, under pressure to explain what he knew
Dec 4 2015
Dario Gradi, 75, was an assistant coach at Chelsea FC during the 1970s
He is under pressure to explain what he knew about sexual abuse
Gradi later became the manager of Crewe Alexandra in the 1980s
Mr Gradi, who was awarded an MBE for services to football in 1998, has denied any wrongdoing – but has yet to provide a full explanation about the disturbing abuse which allegedly took place during his time at both clubs.
Shortly after the 1994 promotion, Gradi became the League’s longest-serving manager. By 2002, he was one of just two managers, the other being Alex Ferguson, to have held their position since before 1990. He later joined the club’s Board of Directors.
Gradi’s contract with Crewe was one of the most controversial in the football league, he personally takes a percentage of profit on any player sold on to another club.
I warned FA about football paedophile 30 YEARS ago, says former youth player
Ex-Charlton Athletic player Russell Davy, now 50, says he wrote to the FA back in 1986 to reveal the pervert Eddie Heath had preyed on him
3 DEC 2016
A former youth footballer tells today how he warned the sport’s ruling body 30 years ago that talent scout Eddie Heath was a paedophile .
Ex-Charlton Athletic player Russell Davy, now 50, says he wrote to the FA back in 1986 to reveal the pervert had preyed on him – ruining not only his career but sending his life into a spiral of drink, crime and drugs.
Russell claims he detailed the abuse he had suffered at the hands of Heath – whose name is now at the centre of the “hush money” scandal rocking Chelsea – including attacks on a team bus and in the showers.
Now, breaking down in tears as traumatic memories flooded back at his home on a Spanish island, he blasted those who were in charge of the sport in the 1980s.
He said: “They had an obligation to help the young players Eddie Heath attacked. I’m gutted they never acted.”
He claimed he was abused as a 15-year-old at Charlton by Heath, who had turned up there after getting the sack from Chelsea.
Heath had claimed he was unfairly dismissed by the Stamford Bridge club and took it to a tribunal, which heard that rather than being out scouting “he spent a lot of his time in his office, decorating and cooking meals for the schoolboy players”.
Police to investigate claims of Scottish paedophile ring
December 4 2016
Police Scotland said it would investigate the Falkirk “cluster” after more than 350 residents reported that they had been sexually abused
A National child abuse charity believes it has evidence that a paedophile ring thrived in central Scotland during the 1970s, after more than 350 men and women in Falkirk reported that they had been sexually abused by different people when they were children.
This weekend, Police Scotland said it would investigate the Falkirk “cluster” after Open Secret, a charity that supports abuse victims, revealed hundreds of residents — most now in their forties — had come forward saying that they had been raped and molested by multiple abusers.
Many of the victims were in sports clubs, including football and swimming groups, when they say the abuse occurred.
Details of three child sex abuse rings handed to police in wake of football scandal
Dec 11 2016
POLICE have been given information about three paedophile rings in the wake of the historical child abuse scandal that has rocked Scottish football.
Scottish child abuse charity Open Secret met with police, having uncovered some 367 people who had suffered multiple abuse mainly in the Falkirk area.
The charity told officers about three paedophile rings operating in central Scotland in the 1970s. It is believed they are rings that have previously been flagged up to Police Scotland, but did not lead to an investigation.
Seventeen more footballers claim they were abused as children
Dec 3, 2016
More than 20 players had already contacted the union to report historical sex abuse.
Some 18 police forces are now examining claims from more than 350 people, across 55 clubs.
“I’ve had 17 individuals who don’t want to go public but want to put weight behind the guys who have gone public, and I think that number is going to continue to grow,” Michael Bennett, head of player welfare at the PFA, told Sky News.
There are another 27 potential victims the PFA is keen to contact, he added.
“I think we are looking at things from previous decades that are finally surfacing.”
Cardinal Keith O’Brien was friends with sex predator Jimmy Savile
The pair met when O’Brien was priest at St Patrick’s Church in Kilsyth, Lanarkshire, in 1971.
Savile was a regular visitor because his mother Agnes was friends with O’Brien’s colleague, Fr Denis O’Connell.
Since 1965, when the Margaret Sinclair Center opened, Agnes Savile made a pilgrimage to the Margaret Sinclair Centre in Rosewell, Scotland
Savile led 500 teenagers on a sponsored walk to pay for the Margaret Sinclair Centre in Rosewell, played football in a half Rangers, half Celtic jersey for St Joseph’s Hospital and gave a sermon at a teenagers’ mass
(pg 26 – In Plain Sight, The Life and Lies of Jimmy Savile, Dan Davies)
June 29, 1965, the National Margaret Sinclair Centre was opened in Rosewell, near Rosslyn Chapel(Templar and Masonic connections).
“The significance of this is more than coincidental,” writes (paedophile and Ted Heath/BBC chauffeur) Niven Sinclair on the Clan Sinclair website. “Even in her brief life, her exceptional spiritual qualities attracted attention and, after her death, her fame spread quickly.”
For both the Kilsyth Community Games and for Kilsyth Civic Week, of which he was a particular supporter, Fr O’Connell often utilised his old celebrity contacts and other than the perennial visitor Jimmy Saville, for many years Kilsyth was awash with celebrity visitors including Jock Stein (Celtic), Billy McNeil (Celtic), Sir Tom Farmer (Founder of Kwik-fit), Willie Woodburn (Rangers), George Young (Rangers), Frank Clement (International Athlete, Scotland), Brendan Foster (International Athlete, England), Eamonn Coghlan (International Athlete, Ireland), John Spencer (World Snooker Champion) and Tommy Younger (President of the SFA) Kevin Kelly (Chairman of Celtic) were a few that come to mind.
One man from Kilsyth, who was a schoolboy at the time, said: “Savile was here often over a period covering the mid-1970s. We were amazed to see him at first because he was always on TV. When we saw him about the town, he was always with Fr O’Connell or Fr O’Brien.
“We would see the flash Roller parked outside the school because it was right next to the priests’ house and we’d know Savile was in town.
“Over the next few days, you would see him out and about in the town, normally with the priests.
“They were always on a fundraising exercise. It was always assumed that Savile stayed with the priests overnight. I’d say over three to four years, you would see Savile twice a year. It got to the stage that it was no longer a surprise.
“As I got older, there were stories that Savile had stopped coming to Kilsyth because he had been interfering with young girls. It was the talk of the place for a while.
“In 1996, former Celtic Boys Club player Alan Brazil revealed that when he was 13 years old he had been sexually abused by the club manager, Jim Torbett. The allegations were heard at the Glasgow Sheriff Court, where Torbett was found guilty of shameless and indecent conduct with three juvenile players between October 1967 and March 1974. Torbett was given a prison sentence of 30 months. Rangers fans have since alleged that Celtic manager Jock Stein attempted to cover up the scandal, by chanting “Big Jock Knew”. Alan Brazil stated unequivocally in 2009 that Stein was not involved, but claimed that the Kelly family knew of the abuse and defended Torbett.”
….guests that includedJimmy Savile, Princess Marina (the Duchess of Kent) and Princess Alexandra; fading film stars such as James Robertson Justice, who starred in the Doctor in the House films, John Gregson, who was in a number of big British war movies, and Ian Carmichael, who played Bertie Wooster in a big BBC TV series in the Sixties. Another visitor was Dick Haymes, an actor and crooner who was famous in the Forties and Fifties and who was married six times, once briefly to Rita Hayworth. Jones described his aunt ‘swanning around as the grand dame of the event, with a celeb on each arm’. ‘It was a really strange scene,’ he (Merion Jones) said
Among the girls at Duncroft were daughters of ambassadors, surgeons and well-known producers at the BBC, as well as others from less white-collar backgrounds. The common factors were they had transgressed and all possessed high IQs. Margaret Jones viewed them as ‘her chosen ones’. 2 Girls were sent to Duncroft for a variety of misdemeanours. One girl, who arrived at the school as a 14-year-old in 1972, insisted years later that ‘half the girls victims of sexual abuse – the “crime” of having sex under age, as we thought it’.
Celtic said Saturday’s gesture was intended to keep the focus on the search for the missing girl.
A Celtic spokesman said: “We were approached to wear the yellow armbands and naturally we were very happy to agree to this. Hopefully, this will keep the focus on the search for Madeleine.
“Clearly, the thoughts of everyone at the club are with Madeleine and her family at this extremely difficult time and, of course, we are pleased to be able to offer any kind of help or comfort that we possibly can.”
Celtic club captain Neil Lennon appealed for anyone with information about Madeleine’s disappearance to contact police during Friday’s weekly press conference.
Hearts players Jose Goncalves and Bruno Aguiar, who are both Portuguese, also issued a joint statement on behalf of their club urging anyone with information to come forward.
The information put together by Richard D Hall is quite amazing. In this part of his investigation, he examines why the British government showed such intense interest in the alleged abduction of Madeleine McCann. It does make you wonder who else might have been involved. Was there someone very high up in British politics present in Portugal during Madeleine McCann’s ‘disappearance’? Blair or Brown possibly?
What is it folk say about boys or sports clubs being used as fronts for deviants…
3 years of articles on the Celtic scandal – but you won’t get any mention of it in the press now – it is toxic for some reason – maybe the people involved? Weird when you think of broken boys into men and lives ruined for what those boys and unknown must have suffered and yet no real justice or compensation akin to the Penn State scandal.
What could have went on in Kilsyth where you have Kelly, Saville, O’Brien, Jock Stein, O’Connell, Tam Paton n the Bay City Rollers etc all around the same time and Prince Charles himself....
Also one-time boxing champ Ken Buchanan pictured above there at the camp meeting Prince Charles – one with a very dodgy private life
James Torbett and Frank Cairney of Celtic boys club abused boys in Scotland, England, Norway, Spain and America amongst other places and it was well known at Celtic.Liam Brady manager at the time of the 1991 scandal involving Frank Cairney agreed not to go to the police – Liam Brady then went on to be the head of Arsenal Youth until this year.
What a coincidence that Kevin Kelly should be in photo above eh. Even more of a coincidence James Torbett being owner of the trophy centre at the time who had a deal with Celtic and had Kevin Kelly as a director too along with Jack McGinn of Celtic in another company.
Torbett was also a director of Fairbridge in Scotland for vulnerable kids that later became part of yes… The Princes Trust. His fellow directors at the time included none other than…
Partly because of his association with the BBC, Fr O’Connell was no stranger to celebrity which he used to good effect either for fund raising or for community events. Now, summer rock festivals are commonplace but there was a time when they were uncommon and one well remembered event set up by Fr O’Connell was the staging of a free open air concert in Kilsyth in 1976 by the Bay City Rollers, then at the height of their fame.
He vaguely knew Tam Paton their manager but his secretary wouldn’t let him in to his office after he had outlined why he was there – to get the Bay City Rollers to play Kilsyth – for free! But eventually she relented and he was allowed to make an audacious request which ultimately lead to another chapter of Kilsyth’s recent history being written! The Colzium was taken over and a free open air concert was staged with many supporting acts and headlined by The Bay City Rollers.
Sir Jimmy Savile OBE KCSG was a frequent visitor during the period when he had a hit TV show ‘Jim’ll Fix It’ or was in between presenting ‘Top of the Pops’ or hosting a show on Radio 1 and could often be seen at 10 O’clock Mass of a morning, sporting a kilt. You could always tell when he was in Kilsyth as his white jaguar car was parked outside the Parish House.
If the cover-ups took place, and did so without Britain’s top policeman knowing, and there is no evidence that casts doubt on Sir David’s testimony, who was responsible? The IPCC and the independent inquiry into historical VIP paedophile allegations launched by Home Secretary Theresa May last year have got their work cut out.
But with each passing week, it seems ever more likely that the pieces of an almighty Establishment scandal are starting to fit together.
My father was feted by legal establishment, but was really a monster who let his powerful friends rape me
Miss Henderson has told the Mail that she was raped as a young child by Sir Nicholas – and that she also suffered years of sexual assaults by her late father, prominent Scottish QC Robert Henderson, who was a friend of the MP.
Her life is still overshadowed by the monstrous actions of her father and his friends – a set of high-powered legal figures who, she says, ritually abused her as part of an organised paedophile ring in the early 1970s when she was between four and eight years old.
Sir David McNee rose to become the most powerful policeman in Britain.
As Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police between 1977 and the autumn of 1982, he wielded great influence and, by necessity, became privy to secrets which other, less robust men would have taken to their graves long ago. But on the eve of his tenth decade, and 33 years after his retirement from the top job, a cloud — or at least a question mark — has appeared over his time as boss at New Scotland Yard.
It concerns an alleged ‘cover-up’, and in this instance the circumstances are particularly disturbing, given that it would have involved turning a blind eye to the sexual abuse of minors.
A planned raid was called off at the last moment, allegedly on orders from senior Met command. Photographs and papers that could have been used as evidence then went missing, one officer who was part of the surveillance team has alleged.
The allegation is from the same era as the BBC’s story concerning Cyril Smith. If true, who could have ordered such scandalous and, indeed, criminal interventions? Not the then Met boss David McNee, according to the man himself.
The man in question, Joe Mounsey, was renowned for his detective work, not just in the North-West but nationally.
He had led the team that secured the conviction of Moors Murderers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley.
Mr Laugharne told us this week that Mounsey had said to him that a very senior figure in the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in London had asked their force to lie about past investigations into Cyril Smith…
If approached by a journalist asking about a file on Smith, which the force had sent to the DPP alleging the indecent assault of a boy at a Rochdale school, the official said they should deny it. Mr Laugharne told us he had seen a record of such a file being sent.
The interference in justice did not end there. As this newspaper reported on its front page yesterday, a former probationary police officer in Greater Manchester was also threatened with the Official Secrets Act by a paedophile police sergeant after the MP had been caught in 1988 at a drunken party with two underage boys.
Former Met Deputy Commissioner Laugharne said he has watched with horror the recent allegations of the deliberate failure to follow through with investigations against Smith and other alleged VIP paedophiles.
Mounsey died in 1997 at the age of 73. Awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for his work at the head of Lancashire CID, he became assistant chief constable in 1976 and retired in 1988, when he was awarded the OBE.
The father-of-three’s two sons also went on to become policemen.
Twenty-one years ago I opened a large cardboard box and uncovered a horrific story. Teenage footballers, gifted and driven by dreams of a glittering future, had endured years of the most appalling sexual abuse by their coach.
A few months later I stood for hours outside the FA’s former headquarters in Lancaster Gate, waiting for their director of coaching to arrive. I asked him what rules the FA had in place for the protection of young players.
He ignored me, not even breaking stride as he walked inside. Unfortunately for him the building had a glass front door so we filmed him walking away down the corridor, with nothing to say. And that spoke volumes.
Crewe under fresh scrutiny after youth football ban on Barry Bennell emerges
• Paedophile coach was banned from games in Manchester league in 1990 • Bennell forcibly removed from at least one game on Crewe scouting duties
29 November 2016
Barry Bennell has served three prison sentences totalling 15 years in England and the US since
Crewe Alexandra’s handling of the Barry Bennell affair is under new scrutiny after it emerged their former youth-team coach was so notorious throughout the sport he had been banned from attending fixtures in one of Manchester’s leading junior leagues.
Bennell’s reputation was so tarnished he was forcibly removed from at least one game while on talent-spotting duties for Crewe, and so badly thought of that on another occasion it led to a fight on the sidelines.
Bennell’s behaviour was discussed at a meeting involving representatives of various junior teams, the Guardian has been told, and Andy Woodward, the former professional footballer whose interview began the escalating story of child sex abuse in the sport, has confirmed to this newspaper that he, too, witnessed his abuser being thrown out of junior games.
“If kids’ teams in Manchester knew about him, and Bennell’s reputation had stretched all the way to grassroots junior football 40 miles away from Crewe, it is strange, to say the least, that Crewe are saying they had heard absolutely nothing to trouble them about their own employee,” Woodward said.
Bennell became so infamous in the junior football scene in Manchester, his home city, that he was ejected from a game involving Cheadle Town’s youth team when the manager saw him on the touchline.
The manager, who has asked not to be named, told the Guardian that at a 1990 meeting of the various teams from the now-defunct Manchester Youth Sunday Football League a senior official had told the clubs to be vigilant and not to allow Bennell to watch matches.
Bennell, who was running Crewe’s youth system at the time, subsequently turned up at Cheadle, a team that regularly attracted football scouts from professional clubs, and the game was temporarily halted.
“Everyone in junior football at that time knew the rumours about Barry Bennell,” the manager said. “As soon as I saw him I marched across the pitch with one of the boys’ parents and we told him we had an issue with him being there. I didn’t stop the match but the referee had to blow his whistle because we had gone straight across the pitch, rather than walking round the edge, and made a direct beeline for him.
“It had been made clear to us that if he came to watch a match we were to ask him to leave immediately and that, if he refused, the advice was that we should go to the police. He knew straight away he’d been rumbled. I got hold of him and walked him to the gate and slung him out. And if we hadn’t have done that,
Seems glaringly obvious that despite the Celtic scandal and FA so-called investigation – there are no safeguards for youngsters – then or now. Given that footie is a No 1 sport in UK – these revelations will either wake up more of the population to the extent of child abuse around them – or they will tune out – because of info overload.
A key subliminal emphasis tho is that people are now believing the testimonies from adults who were abused as children. By inference then it bolsters the credibility of care home children who waited years to speak out.
AND who is going to accuse a successful professional footballer of being a compensation seeker???? – which is what ex care home children are most often accused of.
Kevin Eaton – child protection officer/coach – relatively recent case
Football has been hit by several allegations of child sex abuse during the last 12 months.
Former Scotland star Alan Brazil claimed last year that he had been sexually abused when he was a young apprentice with Celtic Boys Club.
Following his allegations, other players came forward and two former Boys Club bosses Jim Torbett and Frank Cairney were charged in connection with their claims.
The claims against Torbett, 47, and Cairney, 56, date back several years and involve alleged assaults on two youths who went on to become Celtic first-teamers.
It is understood some charges relate to incidents on tours to England and North America.
Then in January former referee and youth club official Neil Strachan, 28, was jailed for three years for repeatedly molesting a young boy.
Strachan, a secretary at Edinburgh-basedCeltic East Boys Club, abused the lad for two years before he was caught.
When he was jailed, it emerged that he had been convicted of a similar offence 12 years ago.
Sentencing Strachan, Sheriff Andrew Bell said: “This was particularly disgusting and disgraceful.”
Last month, Crystal Palace youth coach Martyn Cook was found guilty of serious sexual assaults against two young boys and indecently assaulting another six.
During his trial, it was revealed that 47-year-old Cook, a public school teacher, had a system of spending as much time as possible with “favourites” among his pupils.
He would take them to Crystal Palace matches, even turning trips to away games into weekend outings.
He also bought his favourite boys trendy clothes made by popular teenage fashion labels such as Ben Sherman and Ralph Lauren.
The sex beast put himself in further close contact with youngsters by gaining a position as one of Crystal Palace’s community youth training scheme coaches.
The father of one of his victims told the Sunday Mirror: “After Cook was arrested for sexually assaulting my two sons, I went round to the home of Ron Noades, the Palace chairman, to warn him. I spoke to Mrs Noades who was absolutely horrified. She telephoned Ron while I was there and he indicated he would stop Cook working with the young players.”
Palace’s reserve team coach Steve Kember stood by Cook, appearing at the Old Bailey as a character witness.
After the case, Kember said: “I now feel very badly let down. I trusted Martyn.”
Cook is to be sentenced on June 20.
In Ireland, Gaelic football has also been rocked by child-sex allegations.
Police launched an investigation after several young men and women claimed they had been the victims of sex assaults by an official attached to the game’s governing body, the Gaelic Athletic Association.
Scottish paedophile ring found guilty of more than 50 charges
• Gay rights campaigner led double life as ringleader • Two offenders abused children of close friends
7 May 2009
A ring of eight paedophiles, including a former welfare campaigner for young gay men, were today convicted of child abuse and producing indecent images of children. The men, from across central Scotland, were found guilty by a jury in Edinburgh of more than 50 charges, ranging from abusing infants from three months old to conspiracy and holding more than 125,000 images of child pornography.
Two of the leaders of the gang, the biggest paedophile network uncovered in Scotland, were convicted of raping and abusing the young children of close friends while they were babysitting, and sharing images of the abuse.
One, James Rennie, 38, then the chief executive of the gay and lesbian helpline LBGT Youth Scotland, had been babysitting the son of close friends, called Child F during the trial, since the child was three months old. The child’s parents were so comfortable with Rennie that he was allowed to bathe, change and dress the boy, whom he went on to abuse repeatedly for four years, allowing another ring-leader, Neil Strachan, to participate.
An engineer with previous convictions for child sex offences, Strachan, 41, had photographed himself trying to abuse an 18-month-old boy he was babysitting for friends on New Year’s Eve in 2005.
Rennie, a former secondary school teacher since sacked from the helpline, had championed the rights of young gay people. But in private, said Dorothy Bain QC, prosecuting, he had been “polluted by deviant compulsion”.
During one of the most harrowing trials of its kind, the images were so graphic that the court had to be cleared of the public and media during the 10-week hearing. At one stage, the judge, Lord Bannatyne, suddenly adjourned the hearing without explanation after hearing about the rape of a four-year-old girl.
The police uncovered the paedophile ring after Strachan, a maintenance engineer for a paint firm and formerly secretary of Celtic Boys Club in Edinburgh, handed his computer in for repair.
7,000 images were found, together with emails clearly showing that other children were at serious risk. Lothian and Borders detectives launched Operation Algebra, and were given warrants by courts in the United States to obtain email records from Microsoft. Expert witnesses were able to identify one digital camera used to record the abuse from the photographs.
James Rennie, who used the e-mail name “kplover”, standing for “kiddie porn lover”, had a discussion with a man in the Netherlands who described how he would like to torture and “finish” a child. “His ending remains to be seen but I enjoy the thought of strangling him while sodomised,” the man stated.
The investigation began in late 2007. Neil Strachan, 41, a man who had served time for sexually abusing a child and was on the sex offenders’ register, worked as an engineer with Crown Paints at premises in Edinburgh
The 41-year-old was jailed for three years in 1997 for repeatedly molesting a boy. In a sickening echo of the abuse he was yesterday convicted of, the former youth football club official started preying on the boy when he was only five, after befriending his parents. Strachan quit as secretary of Edinburgh-based Celtic East Boys Club after he was caught. The abuse had gone on for two years.
He had been convicted of a similar sex offence in 1985 but had managed to keep his past secret.
Strachan and his partner, Colin Slaven, 23, an IT worker, who shared a flat in Duff Street, Dalry, Edinburgh, were under immediate suspicion. The net widened after checks on Strachan’s e-mail traffic. The “kplover” address was linked to Rennie, 38, who lived in Marionville Road, Meadowbank, Edinburgh, and was then chief executive of LGBT Youth Scotland, an organisation that helped young people who had difficulties with their sexuality. Further inquiries led to raids on the homes of five other men: Ross Webber, 27, a bank worker, of Gilbert Avenue, North Berwick, East Lothian; Craig Boath, 24, an insurance claims adjuster, of Gourdie Street, Dundee; Neil Campbell, 46, the married manager of a cake business and a churchgoer, of Glendareul Avenue, Bearsden; John Milligan, a civil servant, of Wanlock Street, Govan; and John Murphy, a trained teacher working part-time as a DJ in a gay bar and a receptionist in a gay sauna, of Westmoreland Street, Govanhill, all Glasgow.
One of the most worrying aspects of the case is the way Rennie was able to reach a position where he could influence Executive policy on child sexuality.
A trained teacher, Rennie became the boss of LGBT Youth
Scotland, a publicly-funded support group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people.
He took on the £40,000 a year role when the group was set up in
2003 and became the Executive’s most important and influential adviser on gay issues affecting children.
Under his leadership, the group backed proposals to allow gay
As well as appearing in the Scottish parliament, he was invited to a Royal Garden Party and to Downing Street.
Church bell ringer Neil Campbell, 46, was cleared of that charge. But all six, along with Slaven and John Murphy, 44, were found guilty of charges relating to child pornography.
Jamie Rennie began working with LGBT Youth Scotland – which provides support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people – as a group worker in 1997. Every week, the trained teacher would provide emotional support and advice for about 20 youngsters aged between 13 and 18 at a community centre in the Tollcross area of Edinburgh. After a year working directly with young people, Rennie moved into management and rose to become chief executive of LGBT Youth Scotland in 2003. He studied physics at Heriot-Watt University, after which he trained as a teacher. It was during his studies that he became friends with the parents of “Child F” – who he would go on to abuse during babysitting sessions.
Rennie and Murphy had previously worked for Stonewall’s LGBT Youth and were now running LGBT Scotland, a publicly-funded group. Rennie was earning £40,000 per year for advising the Blair government on LGBT-youth issues
Convicted paedophile James Rennie worked closely with Edinburgh youth politician John Loughton, who won the Celebrity Hijack edition of Big Brother, on committees and forums on youth issues.
Rennie has also given evidence to the Scottish parliament’s equal opportunities committee.
John Loughton – his clients include HM Government, UN, The Duke of Edinburghs Award, Save the Children. He has worked with high profile figures including Queen Elizabeth, UN Secretary…
Fairbridge/ The Prince’s Trust
John Loughton who worked closely with paedophile James Rennie
In 2007 John was elected the youngest ever Chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament, one of the world’s most innovative and admired youth governance bodies. John is maybe best known for winning the UK’s Big Brother Celebrity Hijack TV show in 2008. This led to a string of media appearances, political commentary roles and high profile media campaigns.
In 2011, he set up leadership training social enterprise Dare2Lead – which has grown to employ numerous staff, take six-figure turnovers and empower over 20,000 clients.
Internationally, he has represented 1.2 billion young people when he addressed 54 Heads of State at the Commonwealth Heads Of Government Meeting in Australia and served as Prime Minister of the Youth Diplomatic Service at the G8 and G20 Summits in Washington DC.
John has served a number of policy roles including Vice Convener of the Scottish Parliament’s Child and Youth Committee (CPG), Britain’s Literacy Commission, Advisory Council of the Scottish Human Rights Committee and co-Chair of the Commonwealth Gender Network. He was also appointed by the UK Prime Minister to a national Policy Commission advising on the Constitution.
John successfully enrolled on the prestigious UNESCO Comparative Human Rights Leadership programme at Connecticut University and was globally voted JCI Outstanding Youth of the World 2013 – joining an elite including John F. Kennedy, Bill Clinton and Henry Kissinger.
MEMBERS of the largest paedophile gang in Scotland were last night facing life behind bars as it was revealed police were investigating links to a child murder.
The network’s tentacles stretched from the US to Australia. Chillingly, information has now been passed to police on the Continent of an undisclosed child murder while officers have established links to an alleged case of torture in the Netherlands.Last night sickened officers described the “spider’s web” of evil which led to 35 UK arrests, the identifying of 200 individuals, and the seizing of over 125,000 images.Scottish detectives have passed details of an e-mail conversation between Milligan and a paedophile in the Netherlands, in which the foreign suspect boasted of his involvement in a child murder in France, to police on the Continent.HIV positive Strachan…Former secondary school teacher Rennie, the successful chief executive of LGBT Youth Scotland, had been invited to the Scottish Parliament for a debate on helping young gay people. He has also attended a royal garden party at Holyrood.link
Stop calling the football child sex abuse scandal ‘bigger than Savile’
Not perhaps in the quantity of damaged lives and broken victims. We may never know how many people Savile or football coach Bennell violated, but it seems likely both have hundreds of victims.
Savile was never tried or convicted.
Not so with Bennell. He was convicted, not once but three times.
His first jail term came in the US but his victim was British.
In 1998 he was jailed for nine years here, and again in 2015. Anyone who cared to look at these convictions could see what he had done and where.
Yet the game did nothing to challenge those that might have known.
This indifference did not happen on the distant planet of the 1970s…
.. on the eve of the new millennium. Gazza’s tears and Euro 96 had revived football’s place in the national culture, the Premier League was up and running, Posh & Becks were an item and Tony Blair was in Downing Street.
The FA’s director of coaching, Charles Hughes, was able to blank Deborah Davies, the only journalist to show an interest, without fear of interrogation from his employer or a follow-up from Fleet Street.
Crewe Alexandra, who shuffled Bennell out of a side-door in 1992 without explanation, leaving him free to move on to other clubs, said nothing.
Scandalously, despite legally tested evidence, the game did not hold itself to account for harbouring a rampant paedophile who devastated hundreds of lives.
Jimmy Savile, with his mother Agnes Savile and Billy Butlin
^ Butlins holiday camp
In February 1998, Bennell appeared at Mold Crown Court in north Wales and pleaded not guilty to charges of indecent assault, buggery and attempted buggery dating back to the 1970s and 1980s through to 1992, against children aged between nine and 15, with offences alleged to have taken place in Derbyshire, the Crewe area and at Butlin’s in Pwllheli, north Wales.
Establishment paedophile/”noted pederat” Sir Peter Morrison:
The following are the recollections of Grahame Nicholls, who ran the Chester Trades Council (Morrison was the MP for Chester from 1974 to 1992), who wrote:
After the 1987 general election, around 1990, I attended a meeting of Chester Labour party where we were informed by the agent, Christine Russell, that Peter Morrison would not be standing in 1992. He had been caught in the toilets at Crewe station with a 15-year-old boy. A deal was struck between Labour, the local Tories, the local press and the police that if he stood down at the next election the matter would go no further. Chester finished up with Gyles Brandreth and Morrison walked away scot-free. I thought you might be interested. (cited in ‘Simon Hoggart’s week’, The Guardian, November 16th, 2012).
The club, owned by the Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, did not deny the claim that they had paid Heath’s accuser and settled the case.
It is understood the club initially rebuffed the claim, but decided to make a payment when the victim threatened to make the allegations public
Eight forces – the Metropolitan Police, Greater Manchester Police, Cheshire Police, Staffordshire Police, Northumbria Police, Hampshire Police, Police Scotland – are examining claims of historic sex abuse in football.
BBC News – Football abuse: Several clubs may have used confidentiality clauses, lawyer says
A second former Blues footballer has opened up about alleged abuse
Derek Richardson claimed boys were abused in showers on club premises
Sportsmail has been told that Heath was known by kids as ‘man in the van’
Chelsea legend Alan Hudson has called him a ‘nonce’ on social media
Chelsea’s role in football’s child abuse scandal deepened on Friday as a former player claimed boys were abused in showers on club premises in the 1970s.
Derek Richardson, a goalkeeper who played for their youth team before going on to represent Queens Park Rangers and Sheffield United, said Chelsea’s former chief scout Eddie Heath preyed on youngsters at the club’s old training ground in Mitcham, south London
The guy was always flicking the private parts of the boys when they were in the shower or changing. He would make out like it was a joke. It was sexual harassment. There were a load of people who knew what was going on. If anyone had come out and said anything they would have disappeared. You would never see them again at the club. He was responsible for either bringing you in or throwing you out.
Crewe Alexandra suspected Barry Bennell, says former board member
Nov 26 2016
The former Crewe coach was kept on despite former chairman recommending he be sacked as suspicion grew.
Hamilton Smith, a former director of football at Crewe Alexandra, has said that convicted paedophile ex-coach Barry Bennell was kept on at the club despite growing concerns about his behaviour. Smith says Bennell was the subject of a board meeting at Crewe — the club at the centre of the child sex abuse in football scandal — in which then-chairman Norman Rowlinson recommended they “get him out”.
Smith served on the board at Crewe between 1986 and 1990 and told The Guardian he asked for a meeting with colleagues at the club after it was alleged by someone during a junior football match that their friend’s son had been abused by Bennell.
Though members of the board discussed finding a new youth-team coach, it was ultimately decided Bennell would stay on – but that he should not be left alone with the young players nor should overnight stays be allowed.
Paedophile football coach Barry Bennell spent two years as a care worker at a children’s home.
Bennell was employed at a residential school in Derbyshire from November 1979 to July 1981.
Taxal Edge residential school in Whaley Bridge, Derbys.
In 1998, Bennell, now 62, was jailed for nine years at Chester crown court after admitting 23 charges of sexual offences against six boys aged nine to 15.
What does the All Party Parliamentary group on Football actually do?
Football sex abuse scandal explodes with eight coaches jailed for over 100 crimes
THE football sex abuse scandal exploded after it emerged eight youth coaches have been jailed for 100 sex crimes.
27th November 2016
Celtic and Newcastle were among the clubs who had coaches sent down for child sex offences dating back to the late 90s.Between them they abused 30 victims.They included George Ormond, formerly of Newcastle United, who was jailed for six years in December 2002 for 13 offences of indecent assault.JAILED: Christopher Flavin and Hugh Flynn are just two of the football bosses who were caught
Ex-Celtic man Jim Torbett was locked up for two years in 1998 for committing indecency with three victims.
The FA has launched an official internal probe into abuse.
Professional Footballers’ Association boss Gordon Taylor revealed more than 20 current and former footballers have now come forward.
Asked to name the clubs involved, he said: “We’d start at Crewe, go to Man City, Stoke, Blackpool, Newcastle, Leeds.
The eight jailed coaches included Bristol-based Christopher Flavin and Scotland women’s youth team coach Hugh Flynn.
· Premiership probed as FA investigates 250 cases
· Seventy banned over ‘threat to children’ fears
The commission, set up in 2001 by the FA, the Premiership and the Football League with support from ministers, gives no details of the child abuse investigations that it cites in its 60-page report, but they are thought to include inappropriate behaviour and bullying.
The report, compiled with the help of the NSPCC, makes 23 recommendations to strengthen child protection. It also lists a series of ways in which children involved in the game are placed at risk.
Steve Boocock, director of the NSPCC’s child protection in sport unit, conceded that youngsters remained vulnerable within football, but said that the safety of children had improved: ‘Football still has a way to go, but, if we were to look back five years, it has come a long way.’
Lord Pendry takes penalty at Stalybridge Celtic opening
Lord Pendry and Garry Pearce, Club Chairman, mark the opening of the refurbished facilities
Lord Pendry opens refurbished changing rooms in Tameside
Football Foundation President, Lord Tom Pendry, officially opened Stalybridge Celtic Juniors’ refurbished changing rooms recently. The new state-of-the-art facility, located in Lord Pendry’s former constituency of Stalybridge and Hyde, was made possible thanks to a £90,844 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation.
Lord Pendry, who lives in Stalybridge and who also has a stand named after him at Stalybridge Celtic’s Bower Fold home, was given a tour of the refurbished facility which now contains two large changing rooms and a club room which will allow the club to provide a safe and comfortable environment for players, coaches and parents. The club room will help to generate other revenue streams for the club and also allow for coach education to take place at the site.
The club worked in partnership with the Cheshire FA to secure a £90,844 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund
Funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the Government, via Sport England, the Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund is delivered by the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity. Since it was launched in 2000 by the then Prime Minister Tony Blair and Lord Pendry, the Foundation has awarded around 13,000 grants worth more than £500m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £700m – over £1.2bn of investment into the grassroots game.
Gary Pearce, Chairman of Stalybridge Celtic Juniors, said “The Club would like to thank Lord Pendry for opening the new clubhouse and also the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund. Without their generous funding we would not have been able to carry out this work. The new clubhouse will benefit all the children who play for Stalybridge Celtic Juniors and attend our Soccer School. It will also give us a base to develop the skills of our coaches and attract more volunteers who we depend on to make this club what it is.”
Lord Pendry, President of the Football Foundation, commented: “It was a privilege to officially open the refurbished clubhouse at Stalybridge Celtic Juniors. This facility will have a hugely positive effect on grassroots sport and the community in Stalybridge. I have seen first-hand just how much effort is put in by volunteers at the club all year round and I look forward to seeing the club go from strength to strength as a result of the funding from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund.”
The FA scrapped a flagship scheme in 2003 meant to protect children from sexual abuse
FA ‘pulled all funding’ from child protection project
The Football Association scrapped a flagship project meant to ensure children were being protected from sexual abuse, the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme has learned.
In 2003, the FA pulled all funding from a major review of its child protection policies, three years early.
An evaluation of the project later suggested some FA staff had also been bullied into not talking.
The FA said it could not comment due to a new review into sex abuse.
It has instructed independent leading counsel Kate Gallafent QC to oversee an internal review, following allegations of sexual abuse in football.
It is understood the decision to pull funding for the project in 2003 will form part of this.
The five-year research study was commissioned by the FA in 2001 to map the state of child protection across all clubs, and to monitor the impact of a new strategy it had rolled out across England to protect under-18s.
It was thought to be the first sports body in the world to commission such detailed research into child protection.
In the first two years of the project, a team of academics behind the study interviewed 189 children and spoke to senior coaches, referees and administrators across all levels of the game.
The authors were effectively representatives of the FA – carrying FA badges and business cards.
But an evaluation of the project published in 2007 appears to show the project met some resistance from inside the Football Association itself.
It said the authors found some staff at the organisation had been bullied into not talking, and that information had not been provided on time or in enough detail.
Of the 13 members of FA staff contacted by the academics to give interviews and evidence for the project, only four responded.
Across the project as a whole, the authors were described as being “seen as the police” and subject to some verbal attacks.
The researchers were said to have found a “wall of silence” from some people they had tried to speak to.
‘Used to deflect attention’
It is understood that in April 2002 the scale of the project was significantly scaled back, with some internet survey work reduced and the number of interviews cut in half.
Then in 2003, after the sudden resignation of Adam Crozier as FA chief executive, all funding was pulled and the project was closed down three years before it was due to complete its work.
The authors were told the decision had been because of budget cuts at the FA.
The report’s lead author, Celia Brackenridge from Brunel University, said she had to threaten the organisation with legal action in the small claims court to pay its bills.
She wrote in her notes at the time: “The whole business has drained me and left me feeling even more cynical about their stated intentions to develop welfare initiatives.
“England have been warned that they will be kicked out of the European Cup if there is one more pitch invasion or racist incident at a game and that should at least keep the new equity strategy to the forefront but, as for child protection, who knows?”
She later wrote: “It left me asking myself whether some of the senior officers in the game might not be simply using child protection as a kind of ethical fig leaf, to cover their embarrassment at the many problems facing the game – doping, crowd control, bungs and fixes – among others.
“The more the FA could trumpet their work for children, the better they could deflect attention from the uglier side of the game.”
But Ms Brackenridge said some senior FA staff, directly responsible for child protection, were “exemplary” in their dealings with the research team.
At the time funding was removed, and the project ended, she said their work did show that the new measures introduced by the FA appeared to be working effectively.
MP Damian Collins, chairman of the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, said claims the FA scrapped the project were “extremely concerning”.
“It helps to feed the impression that many people will have, that people within football were aware that there was a problem with child protection – people at clubs, people at the FA.
“People will now look at this story and say ‘is this further evidence that there were some people at the Football Association who didn’t want to pursue this as properly as they should have done, which may have meant that stories of abuse went unreported and [were not] investigated?’.”
In an interview with the BBC on Tuesday, FA chairman Greg Clarke described how he had talked to all 43 English county Football Associations about their safeguarding procedures which were “front of mind” in the FA.
“We have a lot of people working on it,” he said. “We have 8,500 safeguarding officers, 55,000 criminal record checks done on people every year and we have 35000 people trained every year in child safe guarding.
“I don’t think we can ever say things are clean,” he added.
“Because our job is to be paranoid about the safety of children in our game, every year we need to assume bad things are happening, and make sure our process, and our training, and our investment is as good as it can be and we do that every year overseen by the NSPCC and you will never see complacency at the FA.”
MUSIC box collector and clock maker Keith Harding, whose staff restored antiques for royalty, played a vital role in Britain’s biggest child sex ring.
The pervert met regularly with MPs Leon Brittan and Cyril Smith at his world-renowned workshop. The former Liberal leader Jeremy Thorpe would also drop by along with key members of the vile Paedophile Information Exchange Steven Adrian Smith and Tom O’Carroll. A PIE list seized in 1984 records Harding, who died from cancer last year aged 82, as member 329and his address as Hornsey Road, Holloway, north London.
He is understood to have kept hidden a list of more than 1,000 PIE members with prominent names including top politicians from the Thatcher era.
Harding was given the Freedom of the City of London and made a member of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers.
John Whittingdale, half-brother of convicted PIE secretary Napier was SPAD to Brittan who was close friend of Keith Harding. Coincidence?
Super rich Chelsea Football Cub – Hush money -Eddie Heath
Dec 2 2016
After 40 years of torment, Gary Johnson hoped he would get justice for the abuse he says he suffered as a Chelsea FC youth player.
Yet the ex-forward, who said he was sexually assaulted by chief scout Eddie Heath hundreds of times in three years, said he had no success with the police and that the Professional Footballers Association did not return his calls.
He felt he had no other option but to approach his super-rich former club, which refused to accept any blame but last year paid him £50,000 to keep quiet.
Now, in an exclusive interview, Gary, 57, bravely waives his right to anonymity to share his experiences to support other victims of the soccer abuse scandal.
Gary, part of Chelsea’s first team from 1978 to 81, said Heath groomed him and sexually assaulted from the age of 13.
He said: “I felt shame, I felt my childhood had been taken away. I spent my late teens in turmoil, absolute turmoil.”
And speaking of the payment from his old club, he said: “I think that they were paying me to keep a lid on this.
“Millions of fans around the world watch Chelsea. They are one of the biggest and richest clubs in the world.
They asked me to sign a gagging order and how many others are there out there?
“They may have paid others for their silence. I hope and pray no clubs are allowed to cover this up – no one should escape justice. We need total transparency now…”
This week Chelsea waived the clause in Gary’s settlement banning him from speaking about abuse after details of his claim were leaked to the media.
Last night it was suggested the club – ranked the seventh most valuable in the world at £1.35billion – may have broken Premier League rules by -sanctioning a secret payment to Gary.
Under the regulations, teams are obliged to notify the league and the Football Association of any evidence they obtain of child abuse.
It is not known if the club made any attempt to contact authorities about his allegations or if any other former players have approached with similar claims.
Football sex abuse claims: What’s happened so far?
More than 20 former footballers have so far come forward with allegations of historical child sex abuse in football, with five police forces investigating.
The Football Association has announced an internal review, an NSPCC hotline has received more than 100 calls and individual clubs are conducting their own inquiries.
Ex-Crewe defender Andy Woodward waived his right to anonymity to reveal his ordeal and several other former professionals have done the same.
One of the players who spoke out, former Tottenham and Liverpool midfielder Paul Stewart, said the sport could face allegations on the scale of the Jimmy Savile scandal.
After his death, former DJ and television presenter Savile was found to be one of the UK’s most prolific sexual predators.
Here’s what has happened so far.
Who has spoken out?
16 November: Former Bury and Sheffield United player Andy Woodward, 43, tells the Guardian he was sexually abused by convicted paedophile and former football coach Barry Bennell while at Crewe Alexandra between the ages of 11 and 15.
22 November: Steve Walters, 44, also claims he was sexually abused by Bennell while at Crewe. Walters, who in 1988 became the club’s youngest debutant, also made the allegations to the Guardian.
23 November: Former England and Tottenham footballer Paul Stewart, 52, tells the Mirror he was sexually abused as a youth player. Stewart, who began his professional career with Blackpool and also played for Manchester City and Liverpool, claims an unnamed coach – not Bennell – abused him daily for four years.
23 November: Ex-Manchester City striker David White, 49, alleges he was also sexually abused by Bennell in the late 1970s and early 1980s, while playing for Whitehill FC junior team in Manchester.
24 November: According to the Guardian, an anonymous ex-footballer has contacted police to say he was a victim of George Ormond – a former Newcastle United youth coach who was jailed in 2002 for offences against young footballers in the area. Police are investigating an allegation of “historical sexual offences in Newcastle”.
25 November: Two other men speak on Friday’s edition of the Victoria Derbyshire programme. Jason Dunford and Chris Unsworth say they were abused by Bennell as youth players.
27 November: Anthony Hughes told the Sunday Mirror that Bennell abused him on a sofa while he was at Crewe Alexandra’s centre of excellence.
All those named above have waived their right to lifelong anonymity to speak out to the media.
What did the ex-footballers say?
Andy Woodward: “It was his way of finding out which players were the weaker ones or the softer ones. It started within a few weeks. Initially it was sexually touching but it rapidly got worse and he raped me. I don’t want to put a number on how many times it happened, but it was over a four-year period.”
Steve Walters: “I just had to pretend it never happened and block it out. I knew it could never come out and I was absolutely petrified because I thought that if it did ever come out that would be it for my career – finished. All these years, I’ve had this secret inside me. It’s been unbearable but, just from reading the article from Andy, it already feels like a massive burden off my shoulders. I have to do this, and I just hope it will help bring more people forward, too.”
Paul Stewart: “One day, travelling in the car, he started to touch me. It frightened me to death, I did not know what to do. It progressed to sexually abusing me. He said he would kill my mother, my father, my two brothers if I breathed a word about it. The mental scars led me into other problems with drink and drugs. The level of abuse got worse and worse. I was always under threat, if I was not playing well, he would threaten me with violence as well as sexual abuse. He was a monster.”
David White: “While I believe throughout my football career I have come to terms with what had happened, I now realise the effects of Bennell’s actions were much more far-reaching than I knew then. I have come to terms with the fact Bennell’s actions influenced almost every event and relationship in my life.”
Ian Ackley: “Once it finished it was a case of pretending it did not happen. It was almost like a double life. I was trapped in that dream of wanting to make it as a footballer. It was habitual – every weekend, school holiday, football trips.”
Anthony Hughes: “As adults we now understand what was going on was just so terribly wrong. I cannot praise [Andy Woodward] Woody enough for his bravery in speaking out.”
His crimes were, at one point, the subject of a Channel 4 Dispatches programme.
He described himself as a “monster” while giving evidence in court in 2015.
He remains permanently suspended from football.
What have the clubs said?
On Thursday, Manchester City released a statement saying: “The club is aware of allegations that Barry Bennell had an association with Manchester City Football Club in the 1980s. As a result the club is currently undertaking a thorough investigation of any past links he might have had with the organisation.”
Newcastle said they had not received any complaint, but would “cooperate fully with the police and relevant authorities”.
On Saturday, Crewe announced they would hold an independent internal review into the way it handled historical child sex abuse allegations about their former coach Bennell.
On Sunday, PFA chairman Gordon Taylor said there were at least “six or seven clubs” including Blackpool, Leeds and Stoke connected with “particular individuals”
Blackpool and Leeds released statements saying neither club had received any information.
Have there been any arrests?
No, but five police forces are investigating so far – Cheshire, Hampshire, Northumbria, the Metropolitan Police and Greater Manchester.
Across the sporting industry, Operation Hydrant, the national police hub coordinating historical sex abuse claims, has said it is investigating 17 sports people and allegations of abuse at 24 sporting venues.
The Premier League said it was concerned by the allegations and urged those with information to come forward.
What has been the reaction?
Sports Minister Tracey Crouch said the former players had shown “incredible bravery” to speak out.
Former England striker Gary Lineker posted on Twitter after Stewart’s story was published: “Wish my former Spurs team-mate Paul Stewart all the very best. Extremely courageous in telling his appalling story. Really hope his speaking out helps him and others. Utterly sickening.”
Former England rugby union player Brian Moore – who was abused as a child – tweeted: “Football isn’t to blame for recent sex abuse revelations but it does now have a responsibility to find out the extent of what happened.”
Former England midfielder Danny Murphy, who came through the ranks at Crewe when Bennell was at the club, described the coach as “charismatic”, but a “bit of a tyrant”.
Murphy added the football environment is “a perfect breeding ground for anybody who wants to do things to children”.
Manchester United and England captain Wayne Rooney, an NSPCC ambassador, said: “It’s awful that some of my colleagues have suffered this way whilst playing the sport that I and they love. It’s important that people know that it’s OK to speak out, there is help available and that they don’t need to suffer in silence.”
The head of equality and safeguarding at the Football Association (FA), Sue Ravenlaw, said the “courage and dignity” shown by the four former footballers was “immense”.
The Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) said it hoped other people affected will “have the confidence” to come forward as a result of the players’ “bravery”.
“I am expecting there will be more,” PFA chief Gordon Taylor told BBC Radio 5 live’s Sportsweek, adding he did not believe it would just be confined to north east and north west clubs.
“I am mindful it could be throughout the country where children are there; church, schools and other areas we are well acquainted with over the past few years.”
What have Crewe said?
On Saturday, Crewe said they were determined a thorough investigation took place at the earliest opportunity.
In a statement the club said it “believes an independent review, to be conducted via the appointment of external legal counsel, is the correct way forward in the circumstances”.
Last week, Crewe chairman John Bowler told BBC sports editor Dan Roan he was “infuriated and very disappointed” about Bennell’s crimes.
Bowler, who was chairman at the time of Bennell’s offences, was asked whether more could have been done. He replied: “When we’ve done our inquiries and looked at the detail of the various accusations, then I’ll be in a position to answer that kind of question.”
Crewe director of football Dario Gradi, who has been associated with the club for more than 30 years and was manager from 1983 to 2007, said he “knew nothing” about Bennell’s abuse of young footballers until his arrest in the US in 1994.
Woodward said it was “scandalous” Crewe had taken so long to address the case and said no-one at the club has ever apologised to him.
What about football’s authorities?
Senior FA officials met Woodward on Thursday to discuss the allegations in more detail.
And on Sunday it instructed independent leading counsel Kate Gallafent QC to oversee its internal review, saying it would look into “what information the FA was aware of at the relevant times, what clubs were aware of, and what action was or should have been taken”.
The FA said it was working closely with police, adding it “must ensure we do not do anything to interfere with or jeopardise the criminal process”.
Ravenlaw, meanwhile, reiterated the FA’s safeguards:
Criminal record checks are required for those in regulated activity with children.
More than 35,000 people go through the FA’s safeguarding children awareness workshop, or tailored training every season.
The FA requires every club or league with affiliated teams who are under 18, to have a named, trained designated safeguarding officer, who has been criminal record checked.
Conservative MP Damian Collins told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Monday that The FA has been too slow in reacting to allegations of sexual abuse in football and must launch a “much wider” inquiry.
The culture, media and sport committee chairman told the BBC the FA review into claims ex-players were abused as children needed to establish if there was a cultural problem in the sport.
The FA is also supporting a hotline set up by the NSPCC. It is available 24 hours a day on 0800 0232642
How widespread could abuse be?
Woodward told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme he believed his experience was “the tip of the iceberg”.
Stewart, meanwhile, said “hundreds” of children may have been sexually abused by figures within football.
Asked if he feared the allegations football is facing could be as big as the Savile scandal, he told the BBC: “Yes, I do, for sure. I would almost guarantee it as long as the victims are willing to come forward.”
The NSPCC’s John Cameron said it could be “reminiscent of Operation Yewtree”, a police investigation set up in 2012 to examine allegations of sexual abuse by Savile, which subsequently dealt with cases involving other celebrities.
“This is going to have an enormous impact,” he told BBC Radio 5 live. “There are more players out there that both the NSPCC and FA strongly suspect have been victims of sexual abuse.
“It is an absolute disgrace and misuse of authority, and hopefully a number of people will be brought to account.”
PFA chief Gordon Taylor said: “Because of Andy Woodward’s bravery, many other ex-players and apprentices are now contacting us – it is double figures now – and that is a timely warning for everybody in football about our duty of care to these youngsters.”
Could abuse still be happening?
Former Chelsea and Scotland winger Pat Nevin says he “wouldn’t be surprised” to discover young footballers are still being sexually abused.
Nevin told BBC Radio 5 live he is “surprised” but not “shocked” by the recent allegations because he believes youth football provides a “ripe” environment for paedophiles to operate.
Former FA chief executive Mark Palios, now executive chairman at Tranmere Rovers, said he thought football was in a “better position today than 20 or 30 years ago”.
“You can never be complacent you have got rid of it in the game, you have to be constantly vigilant,” he told BBC Radio 5 live.
“This is a timely reminder, all clubs should test what happens in practice, they all have regulations and what is required these regulations are honoured. It is a wake up call to clubs to check these things.”
Football club boss led evil double life for nearly 40 years
A football club boss described as a ‘manipulative and ruthless paedophile’ has been locked up indefinitely. Ken Hughes, 65, who was the founder and long-standing chairman of Oldham Town Football Club, sexually abused 12 young boys over a period of almost 40 years.
Convicted paedophile father Tony McSweeney – was once the chaplain of Norwich City Football Club & linked with Elm Guest House
Interesting how Norwich Club so far, didn’t seem to have a problem like so many of the other clubs did…e.g. Chris Geiler et all…
surprising because Norwich is linked w/ convicted paedophile Fr Tony McSweeney, Frank Bruno (friends with Savile, Purdews), and Stephen Fry – who has made numerous inappropriate comments about paedophilia and even wrote a “comedy” about it.
Fr Tony McSweeney links to Elm Guest House
McSweeney was arrested as a result of a police investigation into allegations that Elm House guesthouse in Barnes was home to a paedophile ring that preyed on boys from nearby Grafton Close children’s home.
Cops probed allegations dating to 1977 that kids from three council children’s homes were taken to Elm Guest House to be abused.
Catholic priest guilty of historic Richmond Council children’s home abuse
McSweeney was found guilty of indecently assaulting one boy who he watched in the shower at Grafton Close children’s home in Hanworth alongside John Stingemore, the former manager of the home.
^ If the 2 persons referred to here are Eric Kasir and Leon Brittan, why is The Telegraph allowing Brittan’s name to be whitewashed?
2.35 – Tom Watson / PMQs / D-Notice / Leon Brittan / Harvey Proctor
[CHRIS] the one interesting thing above all else, when Tom Watson asked a question in the House of Commons recently, as you know
[BILL] Member of Parliament
[CHRIS] Member of Parliament, he also asked about the use of D-Notices. D-Notices are notices that they’re supposed to be advisory, but basically the government doesn’t like a story in the newspapers about to print, it’ll slap a D-Notice
[BILL] A D-Notice is a gagging order
[CHRIS] is a gagging order. Now when Mary Moss and I left the coroner’s court the entire world’s press was outside, obviously it was a very, very big story
[CHRIS] Because we’d stood in the witness box, we’d named Leon Brittan we’d named Harvey Proctor, we’d told the inquest all the evidence we had about who’d been involved at the Elm Guest House, so by any stretch of the imagination it was big news story. When we got outside the coroner’s court there was, they were all there, BBC, ITV, Channel Four, Sky, you name it.
18.15 – Eric Kasir / Neil Kier / Carol Kasir
[CHRIS] I knew who to complain to, how the system worked. Now, when the police, because they thought, they knew that Carol Kasir’s son, Eric, was 10, was living there. They also suspected and their own words ‘that other children might be present’ they approached Richmond Services, told them about the raid. Now procedure dictates that normally you would have got, say, the local field social worker in the local office who would have come in with the police on the raid. Any children present, they would have taken, they would have taken them into care. However, on the day of the raid, the man from Kingston, err from Richmond Council, who, who was on the raid with the police was Neil Kier, the officer in charge of Grafton, who took Eric into care.
[BILL] That’s her son Eric?
[CHRIS] That’s her son Eric. So you can understand why Carol was so angry.
[BILL] So, so, she knew, she knew that all the kids were coming from this children’s home. Then what they done on the night of the raid was took her own child and put her own child in that children’s home.
[CHRIS] Not only that, but with the very guy who had been one of the people supplying the boys, so Carol knew full well what that meant.
Fr McSweeney has been jailed for three years for abusing a boy at a children’s home, in the first case to emerge from allegations of a VIP paedophile ring at Elm guesthouse in south London.
Father Tony McSweeney, 68, was arrested in February 2013 at his parish in St George’s, Norwich, where he was a respected member of the establishment. He was a member of the governing body of a Catholic school and at one time had served as part-time chaplain for Norwich football club.
Top men involved in big child sex ring Daily Express 03-02-89
The ringleaders, who will be sentenced today, used a football team, a cleaning firm and CB radio as fronts to lure boys into the racket.
Chris Geiler – football coach – on Moss Elm Guest House list
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Uri Geller, then co-chairman of the local football club, Exeter City
The day Michael Jackson, Uri Geller and David Blaine pitched up at Exeter City FC
As travelling circus troupes go, the motley collective that pulled into Exeter railway station on 14 June 2002 takes some beating. It had been assembled by notorious cutlery-bothering psychic Uri Geller, then co-chairman of the local football club, Exeter City, and boasted some stellar names: the hungry, box-dwelling, pole-balancer David Blaine; the soul diva Patti Boulaye; and, at the top of the bill, the world-famous Michael Jackson, the King of Pop.
On the invitation of her dear friend Uri Geller, Patti Boulaye travelled to Exeter City FC with Michael Jackson and members of her Golden Jubilee Gospel .
They were to star at an event that Geller was staging to raise money for the cash-strapped City. Jacko agreed to help out his friend on the condition that the Exeter chairman brought along some “sick kids from hospitals” and gave half of the money raised to “children with Aids”. Geller shook on it, and so, after Boulaye belted out a gospel number and Blaine shuffled a pack of cards with laboured insouciance, Jackson took to a pitchside stage at City’s dilapidated St James Park ground.
“Hello to you wonderful people of Exeter,” he began, so timidly it would make his faltering oratory in the Martin Bashir interviews sound like Nixon taking on Frost. “We come here to support children with Aids,” he went on, “and help the people of Africa find a solution against the spread of HIV.” Then, with the unimpeachable logic of a man who had just vowed to stamp out a pandemic, he threw in an afterthought for good measure: “And malaria!”
With a 10,000-strong crowd cheering him on, Jackson delivered his piece de resistance. Ordering everyone in the ground to hold each hands, he simpered: “I mean it! Right now! Go ahead! Don’t be shy. Do it! Do it! Now, tell the person next to you that you care for them. Tell them that you love them. This is what makes the difference! Together we can make a change of the world. Together we can help to stop racism. Together we can help to stop prejudice. We can help the world live without fear. It’s our only hope! Without hope we are lost! I see Israel!!! I see Spain!”
It was at this point that someone asked Jackson whether England would give Denmark a right old shoeing in the second round of the World Cup the following day. “England is gonna win, yeah?” said a giggling Jacko.
And, of course, he was right: England ran out 3-0 winners. Which means that, with a 100% success rate, Michael Jackson was – and is likely to be for all time – the greatest football pundit the world has ever known.
Uri Geller’s friendship with Michael Jackson, is by now one of the most famous friendships. It started when Geller was visiting another friend, Mohammed Al Fayed. Jackson called Fayed for a chitchat when Fayed said: ‘Guess who I’ve got with me? Uri Geller!’. Legend now has it enshrined that Jackson screamed, ‘Oh, Uri Geller!’. Fayed handed over the phone, and the two are now best friends. Such good friends that Jackson appeared – two hours late – as best man at Geller’s wedding in March, when Geller reaffirmed his vows to his wife Hannah
In 1997 Uri Geller tried to help the Second Divisionfootball club Exeter City win a crucial end of season game by placing “energy-infused” crystals behind the goals at Exeter’s ground (Exeter lost the game 5–1); he was appointed co-chairman of the club in 2002. The club was relegated to the Football Conference in May 2003, where it remained for five years. He has since severed formal ties with the club.
He had also been involved with Reading F.C.and claimed in 2002 that he had helped them to avoid relegation by getting the club’s supporters to look into his eyes and say “win, Reading, win”.
Michael Jackson child sex syndicate trial date set
March 13, 2017
Wade Robson received a trial date Monday for his blockbuster claims Michael Jackson and his inner circle operated the most elaborate child sex syndicate “the world has known.”The choreographer, who says he was just 5 years old when he first met the King of Pop, is set to begin his negligence trial against the late singer’s companies MJJ Productions and MJJ Ventures on March 5, 2018, a Los Angeles judge said.A Robson lawyer said the next 12 months will be spent “gaining access to the materials needed for a much-anticipated trial.”“We look forward to completing that discovery and disclosing to the public, through trial, the full extent of Michael Jackson’s serial sexual abuse of children, which was facilitated through his companies MJJ Productions and Ventures,” lawyer Vince Finaldi said in a statement.An attorney for the companies, meanwhile, said he doesn’t believe the case will make it that far.“My opinion is that summary judgment will be granted in this case and there won’t be any trial, but the court did set a trial date for a year away just in case,” lawyer Howard Weitzman told the Daily News.Robson, who has worked for Britney Spears and N’Sync and appeared as a judge on “So You Think You Can Dance,” is one of three plaintiffs making similar claims in related lawsuits against Jackson’s companies.
The choreographer, 34, filed an amended complaint in September claiming Jackson and key staffers at MJJ Productions and MJJ Ventures ran a “sophisticated child sexual abuse procurement and facilitation operation.”
Robson claims Jackson and his employees worked in concert to arrange his private meetings with underage fans, cover travel expenses and shower the youngsters with gifts.
“Make no mistake, Neverland Ranch was nothing but a well-orchestrated trap,” Finaldi previously told The News. “It was custom-built to attract kids so he could groom them and decide which to sexually abuse.”
The amended complaint, obtained by The News, added new negligence claims to his suit against the two companies.
Robson claims he was brought into Jackson’s orbit as a small child in the late 1980s after winning a dance competition in Australia organized by MJJ Ventures.
Two years later, a Jackson assistant contacted his family about meeting with The Gloved One and staying at Neverland during a trip to Los Angeles, he says.
The assistant served as Jacko’s “madam” or “procurer,” his filing states.
During that visit, Jackson allegedly sexually abused Robson. The abuse continued for eight years until Robson hit puberty and Jackson lost interest, according to the complaint.
During the pop icon’s 2005 molestation trial in Santa Barbara County, Robson denied he had been sexually abused. He later recanted, saying it took intensive therapy for him to come to terms with the abuse.
In 2013, Robson’s initial claims against Jackson’s estate were thrown out when a judge ruled he’d waited too long to sue. He is now pursuing the separate civil claims against Jackson’s companies.
A source in Jackson’s camp called the new complaint “too silly” to warrant a response.
Geller and Matthew Freud – Clement Freud’s son Matthew Freud is listed in convicted paedophile, billionaire Jeffrey Epstein’s black book
Exeter football coach faces jail for drugging and abusing young players
December 06, 2014
A football coach has been warned he faces a long jail sentence after being found guilty of drugging and abusing young players during the 1970s.
Anthony Mitchell was brought to justice almost 40 years after assaulting two boys because on of his victims spotted him coaching young players again on pitches in Exeter.
A second victim was spurred to come forward when the Rolf Harris scandal re-ignited painful memories of his own childhood trauma.
Mitchell, now aged 78, ran a youth football club in Exeter for 26 years but used it as an opportunity to groom and abuse players in his teams.
He was a night worker at a newspaper distribution depot and persuaded his GP to prescribe him huge amounts of strong sleeping tablets to help him cope with the anti social hours.
He gave boys double doses of Mogadon in their bedtime drinks during the sleepover trips to his beach hut on Dawlish Warren and then abused them as they slept.
He was caught for the first time in 1980 when four boys complained and he was sent to jail for a year after admitted drugging and assaulting two of them.
He has now been convicted of abusing two other boys in the five years leading up to his earlier arrest and conviction and faces a lengthy jail term because the offences are more serious and sentences for child abuse have been increased in the intervening years.
The Judge also asked the prosecution to provide more information from the police high tech crime unit which found evidence on Mitchell’s computer of a sexual interest in children.
He questioned why it had not been made available in time to form part of the case against him and asked for an explanation from the Crown Prosecution Service.
He said:”It is of concern in a case like this where the defendant is protesting he has no sexual interest in children and it seems there is material to debunk that which is not available.
“As it happens, he has been convicted without that but if he had been acquitted then the two complainants who have been through the ordeal of coming to court would be entitled to be annoyed at the very least.”
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