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Richard Farnell and Cyril Smith

Predictably, the cover-up continues…IICSA report on Rochdale

It concluded that there was “no deliberate cover-up by the authorities” yet criticised Margaret Thatcher’s “remarkable” decision to award a knighthood to the suspected child abuser Cyril Smith.

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Cyril Smith with Lord David Steel MP.

Steel put paedophile MP Cyril Smith forward for knighthood ‘even after he was told of abuse allegations’ 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2566158/Lord-David-Steel-paedophile-MP-Cyril-Smith-forward-knighthood-told-abuse-allegations.html

Rochdale abuse: ‘Insufficient evidence’ for perjury charges

May 8 2019

No further criminal action will be taken against a former Rochdale Council leader who was investigated for perjury after giving evidence to an inquiry into child sex abuse.

Richard Farnell was accused of “lying under oath” about being unaware of child sex abuse in Rochdale.

Police said after a “full review” there was insufficient evidence to charge him.

Pupils at Knowl View residential school were abused at the school and sexually exploited in the town centre over a 20-year period.

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse (IICSA) report branded Mr Farnell as “shameful” and said that it “defied belief” he was unaware of what was happening.

In May last year, Greater Manchester Police asked the Met Police to review an allegation of perjury.

Acting Det Ch Insp Gail Granville has written to Mr Farnell to inform him they will not be taking matters any further following a “full review” of the evidence.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-manchester-48199434

Anthony John Wixted‏ @TrojanManifesto

IICSA Cyril Smith finding:

118. The fact that Cyril Smith’s public standing and professional career were never negatively impacted in any significant way by the suggestion that he was involved in child sexual abuse has given rise to considerable speculation that he was in some way protected by other politicians. We may consider the possibility that Smith was actively supported at the level of national politics, or at the very least, had a blind eye turned towards allegations against him, as part of the Westminster investigation.


Resigned Rochdale council leader ‘lied to child abuse inquiry’

Richard Farnell faces police investigation after inquiry says he lied while giving evidence

Rochdale’s recently resigned council leader is facing a police investigation after an official inquiry concluded that he lied over evidence he gave about child sexual abuse allegations.

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) said the evidence given by Richard Farnell about his knowledge of abuse in the Greater Manchester town “defies belief”.

In a report, published on Thursday, the inquiry took the extraordinary step of stating that it believed Farnell lied under oath while giving evidence in October 2017.

Farnell, who is still a councillor in Rochdale, quit on 8 December after weeks of mounting pressure over his testimony at the public inquiry.

In its 154-page report, IICSA described Farnell’s refusal to accept responsibility for events as “shameful”.

Prof Alexis Jay, the chair of the inquiry, said: “After listening to the evidence presented by a number of victims and survivors in Rochdale at the time, I am deeply disturbed at the evidence of extensive abuse and the institutional responses to that abuse.

“Many of those who testified to their abuse have never had the opportunity to seek justice through the courts. I hope that the public hearings and this report has offered them some measure of acknowledgement for their suffering.”

The report, the inquiry’s first into abuse in the UK, follows three weeks of evidence about allegations spanning from the early 1960s to the mid-90s.
It concluded that there was “no deliberate cover-up by the authorities” but “a careless and wholly inadequate response” to the serious sexual abuse of children at Knowl View school.

The report also criticised Margaret Thatcher’s “remarkable” decision to award a knighthood to the suspected child abuser Cyril Smith. It said the knighthood in 1988 showed the “unwillingness of those at the highest level” to believe his victims.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/apr/12/resigned-rochdale-council-leader-richard-farnell-lied-to-child-abuse-inquiry

Richard Farnell suspended by Labour party after national child abuse inquiry found he lied under oath

12 Apr 2018

Just half an hour after the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) reported its conclusions, the party confirmed action had been taken against Coun Farnell

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/richard-farnell-suspended-labour-party-14522669?utm_source=google_news&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=google_news&utm_content=sitemap

Independent Inquiry publishes Rochdale report

12 April 2018

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has published its report into the institutions where children were placed by Rochdale Council, following three weeks of public hearings in October 2017.

The report is concerned with the institutional responses of the council, the police and the Crown Prosecution Service into child sexual abuse in Rochdale between the early 1960s and the mid 1990s.

It highlights the vulnerability of the children at the council-run Knowl View School and how the institution failed to keep pupils safe from harm for 25 years. It finds staff complacent and arguably complicit.

Sexual exploitation of boys was also happening in the town centre, the bus station and the Smith Street public toilets which were across the road from the council’s offices. The report catalogues the total lack of urgency on the part of the authorities to treat the matters as serious sexual assaults; boys as young as 11 were not regarded by those in authority as victims but as authors of their own abuse.

The Inquiry heard evidence about sexual abuse at Cambridge House Boys’ Hostel. It outlines the lost opportunities to prosecute former Rochdale MP Cyril Smith (who was Honorary Secretary of Cambridge Boys’ Hostel) in relation to allegations of child sexual abuse, and the unwillingness of those at the highest level to recognise that a person of public prominence was capable of perpetrating child sexual abuse.

The report is also clear that the Inquiry did not believe the evidence of Richard Farnell, then leader of Rochdale Council, who resigned some weeks after giving evidence about child sexual abuse in council-run establishments. His refusal to accept responsibility for events is described by the Inquiry as shameful.

Professor Alexis Jay, Chair of the Inquiry, said:

“After listening to the evidence presented by a number of victims and survivors in Rochdale at the time, I am deeply disturbed at the evidence of extensive abuse and the institutional responses to that abuse.

“Many of those who testified to their abuse have never had the opportunity to seek justice through the courts.  I hope that the public hearings and this report has offered them some measure of acknowledgement for their suffering.”

https://www.iicsa.org.uk/news/independent-inquiry-publishes-rochdale-report

Thirty years of child abuse – the many missed chances to save Rochdale’s victims

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has published a report many people have waited decades to see – here are some of the report’s key findings, including the abuse taking place right outside the window of the town hall’s social services department.

12 APR 2018

Today the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse published a report many people have waited decades to see.

As reported earlier today, the inquiry’s investigation into four decades of abuse in Rochdale , including by the late MP Cyril Smith and on the streets of the town, issues a damning verdict on former council leader Richard Farnell, finding that he lied under oath.

But the wider inquiry is about the victims, what they went through between the 1960s and mid-1990s, and why the abuse was not stopped or prevented.

Here we run through some of the report’s key findings, including the abuse taking place right outside the window of the town hall’s social services department.

Cyril Smith and Cambridge House

The late Liberal MP Cyril Smith was not the entire focus of the inquiry, but he was the ‘starting point’.

IICSA outlines his considerable power within the town – even while still a councillor in the 1960s – and his close involvement with the council’s decisions over where children would be placed in care, more so than would appear to be ‘usual’. Over the course of his political career he was governor of up to 30 different schools in the town.

In particular the inquiry focuses on his activities at the Cambridge House boy’s hostel in Rochdale, set up under by the Rochdale Hostel for Boys Association – of which he was honorary secretary – in 1962.

It heard the testimonies of several men who described assaults and molestations carried out under the pretext of medical examinations during the three years it was open, some of which were later reported to the police.

One victim said he believed the couple who ran the hostel had it under ‘instruction’ that any time any boy felt ill, he would be called in to examine them.

When questioned about the allegations in 1970, Smith said that he had been acting ‘in loco parentis’ to the boys there.

“But we found it inexplicable that he thought his role permitted ‘medical examinations’ when he had no medical qualifications,” finds the report.

“He had considerable control over which boys were admitted to the hostel and, in general, showed a strong, perhaps unduly detailed, interest in children in care as his political career developed.

“This interest appeared to go unchallenged by the council.”

It finds he tried to use his power in the town to exert undue influence, including by trying to keep victims quiet – but that the police were not leant on and, in fact, were not well-disposed to Smith at any rate.

Neither does it find evidence of a cover-up by the Director of Public Prosecutions, who in 1970 recommended that he not be charged, or by the committee in charge of awarding knighthoods under the Thatcher government in 1988.

However it is still critical of those discussions, finding: “While there was never any expression of concern for boys who had made allegations against Smith, there was considerable discussion about whether it would be fair to Smith to refuse him a knighthood, and worries about the potential reputational risk to the honours system.

“There was little further investigation into the allegations against Smith by the political honours scrutiny committee, demonstrating a considerable deference to power and an unwillingness to consider that someone in a position of public prominence might be capable of perpetrating sexual abuse.”

The Smith Street toilets

The report identifies a particularly stark fact about the child exploitation taking place right under the nose of Rochdale council .

By the late 1980s the Smith Street toilets, slap bang across the road from the town hall’s social services department and visible from its window – pictured below – had become a well-known place for grown men ‘from all over the north west’, as far away as Blackpool, to seek out sex with young boys, including youngsters from the council’s own Knowl View school.

The report describes how police recorded that ’14 children from various children’s homes had been organised into a ring’ and were ‘extracting money for sexual favours’, organised by an ‘older’ boy – of just 13.

Another child of just 11 is described asking a man for 50p for sexual activity.

All the activity was taking place directly opposite the department charged with protecting them.

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The Smith Street toilets in Rochdale (1) and the council’s social services department at Rochdale council (2). Children were abused at the toilets in the 1980s despite being visible from the department over the road

“Sexual exploitation of children from (Knowl View) school at Smith Street public toilets was known about by the authorities from at least 1989,” finds the report.

“Indeed, some social services staff could see the toilets from their offices, recognised some of the boys as children in care and were deeply suspicious of what was going on, although there was no apparent follow-up.”

Records of individual children convey a ‘total lack of urgency’ on the part of the authorities to address the problem, however.

“One boy’s file recorded that he had contracted sexually transmitted hepatitis through ‘rent boy’ activities,” says the report.

“We concluded that no-one in authority viewed any of this as an urgent child protection issue. “Rather, boys as young as 11 were not seen as victims, but as authors of their own abuse.”

Police ‘did not turn a blind eye’ to this abuse but were unable to get enough evidence to prosecute, it says.

However there was ‘no satisfactory answer’ as to why they did not charge the men involved, despite knowing the names of perpetrators and having spoken to some of the victims.

Knowl View

Not only was the now-notorious Knowl View school – which was run by the council between 1969 and 1996 – rife with abuse, but even its fabric was not ‘homely, safe, secure, caring or therapeutic’, finds the report, which adds that it also ‘failed in its basic function’ to keep children safe.

Despite widespread abuse within the school by pupils and paedophiles, including known sex offender Rodney Hilton, staff did little or nothing about it, it finds.

In 1990 Hilton managed to get back inside the school – six years after first abusing children there, but staff still did not act.

Even while out on licence a year later he continued to be a ‘malign presence’ there, it finds, yet still ‘little’ was done.

Staff were ‘at best complacent but arguably complicit in the abuse they knew to be taking place and they must take their share of the blame for what was allowed to occur’, says the report.

Meanwhile the council’s handling of appalling abuse at the school – a residential institution for vulnerable youngsters with learning and behavioural difficulties – draws scathing criticism from the inquiry.

As well as slamming the then-leader Richard Farnell for having ‘lied’ to it over what he knew , the report also finds two separate directors of social services seriously wanting.

It is ‘incredulous’ that Ian Davey, acting director of social services in the late 1980s, did not choose to pursue the child protection issues at the school through formal procedures, including pupils being abused at the Smith Street toilets.

“It was his decision alone; it was inexplicable, professionally indefensible and extremely poor judgment on the part of the most senior social work officer in the council’s employment,” it concludes.

Even when Diana Cavanagh took over his role, there were still major flaws in her handling of the allegations, it finds.

While she disagreed with Davey – by concluding that action did need to be taken – and commissioned an independent review in 1992, before also writing her own, the resulting reports were factually inaccurate and ‘flawed’.

There was ‘no urgency’ in resolving the allegations either, it finds, adding: “Matters were allowed to drift.

“All this occurred on Mrs Cavanagh’s watch, made worse by a feeble board of governors who seemed unable to fulfil their governance responsibilities.

“Regardless of the board of governors, Rochdale council was the provider of the facility and its external manager.”

By 1992, the matter was still drifting, it finds, including under the leadership of Liberal Democrat Paul Rowen, who took over from Coun Farnell in May of that year.

Paul Rowen

“Mr Rowen bore considerable responsibility for the school as council leader from 1992 to 1996,” it concludes.

“As with Richard Farnell, he was prepared to blame others without acknowledging his own failures of leadership.

“At best, he was insufficiently inquisitive about Knowl View school, despite having knowledge of the serious problems that persisted at the school; at worst, as council leader, he turned a blind eye to these problems and chose to give them low priority.”

It does not make a judgement on whether the former MPs Jim Dobbin and Liz Lynne failed to act on this issue once allegations were raised by the school’s former head of care, Martin Digan, due to conflicting testimonies by those involved.

However it does find that Mr Digan – who has campaigned on the scandal at Knowl View for more than 25 years – did pass on his concerns to the MPs.

Police and prosecutors

The report finds no evidence of any cover-up by any institution, including the police.

In particular the Rochdale police officers who investigated the initial claims about Cyril Smith at Cambridge House hostel in 1970 did a ‘comprehensive’ job and were not swayed by his status, it finds.

All the evidence suggests Lancashire police – under which Rochdale fell at the time – were very keen to prosecute, it notes, to the point where they had even drawn up a timetable for the process.

But their 80-page dossier on Smith was knocked back by the Director of Public Prosecutions, the predecessor to the Crown Prosecution Service, in just three days, it finds.

The inquiry is ‘troubled by the cursory nature of this analysis’, as well as the DPP’s denial to the local paper Rochdale Alternative Press nine years later that a file had ever been passed to them. That may well have helped fuel conspiracy theories ever since, it believes.

However it again concludes that there was no evidence of a cover-up and makes no judgement on whether the DPP was legally correct not to pursue a prosecution.

In the early 1990s it finds the police did investigate the Smith Street abuse, although it is unclear why nobody was charged due to a lack of records. Had a better report been commissioned by the council at the time, the police may have more easily been able to act, it adds.

Later, in the 1990s, allegations of abuse surfaced again and were looked at under Greater Manchester Police ’s Operation Cleopatra.

The inquiry does not direct criticisms at GMP but does find the Crown Prosecution Service wanting.

“A valuable opportunity was lost in 1988 and 1999, not only to charge and to prosecute Smith during his lifetime but also for the complainants to seek justice,” it says.

Nevertheless it was the CPS’s advice, not a ‘cover up’, that caused that failure, it finds.

The victims

Ultimately the inquiry is fundamentally about the many victims who were abused in Rochdale between the 1960s and the 1990s, some of whom reported their suffering but were ignored.

Some of them ‘may have been very young indeed’, finds the report, which says that not only were they abused in residential care homes such as Cambridge House and Knowl View themselves, but also ‘targeted on the streets of Rochdale’, which it says was a ‘compelling’ reason to investigate abuse in the town.

Many came forward and gave evidence to the inquiry under anonymity.

The report describes the backgrounds of the teenagers and young men who were offered places at Cambridge House in the mid-1960s, often in unhappy foster placements and wanting an escape, or in one case, having moved down from Glasgow to work in a factory in the town.

One victim describes how Smith simply turned up one day at his home and offered him a place at the hostel – and says he was initially ‘happy’ there, but that things later took a darker turn.

Others experienced abuse straight away.

(Image: Sean Hansford)

One boy, who was 16 at the time, was told on his second day to have a bath and go to the ‘quiet room’, where Cyril took off his clothes on the pretext of a ‘nit’ check and molested him.

He ran away the next day.

“But the police were called and someone from Cambridge House came to pick him up,” says the report.

“When he was brought back to Cambridge House he was again taken to see Cyril Smith, who shouted at him and asked him to take his clothes off onces more.”

Smith would later pressure him to withdraw his police allegation, which he refused to do, but he was still never prosecuted before his death in 2010.

The children at Knowl View were vulnerable in a whole range of additional ways, some having autism, others with learning disabilities and mental health problems.

At least two children taken into care at the school in 1989 – both aged 11 – were already known to be engaging in sexual activity at the Smith Street toilets, one of them walking up to a man and asking for 50p in return.

Yet while at Knowl View, matters only got worse.

“Not only did his exploitation continue after [he] was placed at Knowl View, he was also being exploited out of the area,” says the report, describing how he had sex with a man at a house in Salford for £5 six months later.

“We conclude that no individual, not any institution with responsibility for them, took decisive action to address what was happening to these exploited children,” it concludes.

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/rochdale-child-abuse-scandal-report-14525144

Truthseeker‏ @thewakeupcall09

Cyril Smith was the Lord Lieutenant for Manchester.

The Queen’s Paedophile Lord-Lieutenants And The Dolphin Square Connection

The Queen’s Paedophile Lord-Lieutenants And The Dolphin Square Connection

 

Rochdale council leader Richard Farnell quits weeks after telling child abuse inquiry he knew nothing about Knowl View scandal

Councillor blamed a ‘small minority’ of Labour members for ‘undermining’ his leadership ever since the hearing

8 DEC 2017

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/richard-farnell-resigns-rochdale-council-14014394

Rochdale council leader accused of being involved in ‘cover up’ of Knowl View abuse, inquiry told

The inquiry was told it was ‘inconceivable’ Coun Richard Farnell did not know about the abuse at Knowl View at the time

27 OCT 2017

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/rochdale-council-leader-accused-being-13820553

Rochdale council leader Richard Farnell faces vote of no confidence

7  Dec 2017

Next Wednesday opposition councillors will table a motion calling on Coun Farnell to step down until the findings of an inquiry into claims of historic abuse at the former residential school for boys are published

Under-fire Rochdale council leader Richard Farnell is to face a vote of no confidence in protest at his handling of the Knowl View child sex abuse scandal.

Next Wednesday opposition councillors will table a motion calling on Coun Farnell to step down until the findings of an inquiry into claims of historic abuse at the former residential school for boys are published.

The motion, which will be put forward by Rochdale’s Lib Dem leader Coun Andy Kelly, states: “This council has no confidence in the leader of the council and calls for him to step down and resign his position until such time that the findings of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) are made public.”

Rochdale Labour group have accused Kelly of ‘using the tragic events at Knowl View for party political mud-slinging.’

His motion comes after Coun Farnell, who was also leader in the early 90s when much of the abuse was taking place, was criticised after giving evidence at the IICSA.

Coun Farnell repeatedly told October’s hearings, which examined claims Cyril Smith, the former Lib Dem MP for Rochdale, and others abused boys at Knowl View and Cambridge House boys hostel, that he had never heard of any allegations relating to Knowl View until recently, adding: “I am not prepared to accept personal responsibility for… failing to take action in this matter.”

He was repeatedly challenged by Brian Altman QC, who pointed out the director of education, director of social services, education chair and opposition members were all on record as having been aware of the allegations, but Coun Farnell insisted he had never been briefed.

During summing up, barrister Laura Hoyano, counsel on behalf of the victims, said it was ‘inconceivable’ Coun Farnell did not know about the abuse, but, she added, if he did not, he was guilty of ‘wilful blindness’ – pointing to ‘a cover up at the level of the leadership of the borough council’.

As the Lib Dems have just two councillors to Labour’s 48, the motion is not expected to gather enough votes to be passed, but Coun Kelly called on his political rivals to ‘do the right thing’ and support him.

He said: “I would call on Labour councillors to vote with their heart and do the right thing.

“Do they honestly believe that Richard Farnell remaining in position is the right thing for this town? That’s the question they should ask themselves.

“If the inquiry comes back and says Richard Farnell has not done anything wrong I will be the first to hold my hands up and say fair enough, but until that point he should step down.

“This is about justice for the victims of Cyril Smith, and let’s also not forget [Former Lib Dem council leader and MP] Paul Rowen was also on the stand during the inquiry, but neither he nor Cyril Smith are serving councillors.

“I will fully support the outcome of the inquiry, whatever it says, because it is about closure for the people who suffered abuse and about the recognition that the people in power at the time did not do what they were supposed to do. That’s the most important thing.”

But a Rochdale Labour group spokesman said in a statement: “If Coun Kelly gets more than two votes for his motion he will be lucky. Just how low can you get? Trying to use the tragic events at Knowl View for party political mud-slinging is appalling. We should be concerned about the victims and not trying to score nasty political points.

“The Inquiry has examined over 140,000 pages of documents relating to Knowl View. There is not one single report, letter, briefing note or memo addressed to Coun Farnell informing him of the events at Knowl View.

“Coun Kelly is deafeningly silent on the Liberal Democrats’ appalling failure to deal with the allegations of abuse made against Cyril Smith. They knew of the allegation going back almost 40 years. What did they do? Nothing.

“It is interesting that Coun Kelly has nothing to say about the former Lib Dem council leader and MP Paul Rowen’s evidence to the Inquiry.

“And just when are the Liberal Democrats going to apologise to the victims for Smith’s horrific abuse?”

Coun Kelly’s motion comes a week after the secretary of Rochdale Constituency Labour Party resigned in protest at the party’s handling of the scandal.

The findings of the IICSA are expected to be published before April.

www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/rochdale-council-leader-richard-farnell-14008696

Theresa May and Amber Rudd suppress Westminster child abuse documents for national security reasons

November 20, 2017

Labour MP Lisa Nandy just revealed in parliament the embarrassing inconsistencies between Prime Minister Theresa May and Home Secretary Amber Rudd over documents being hidden from the inquiry into allegations of child abuse by MP Cyril Smith.

“The Home Secretary told me that some papers would be withheld from the Cyril Smith inquiry for national security reasons,” Nandy told the House of Commons, yet she added: “this week the Prime Minister has written to me to say we are clear that the work of the security services will not prevent information being shared with other such inquiries.”

– And she challenged Amber Rudd to confirm “for the survivors of Cyril Smith who have waited for decades” for justice – whether papers on historic allegations of child abuse against Smith will be withheld from inquiries for reasons of national security.

Cyril Smith was a Liberal MP for Rochdale in the 1970’s after Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe – who later resigned amid sexual scandal – insisted the local party have Smith as a candidate even though police had investigated serious allegations of sexual abuse of young boys in care homes in Rochdale where he had been Mayor.

The police investigation was dropped in 1970. Smith died in 2010 and two years later the Crown Prosecution Service admitted that he would have faced prosecution for allegations of child abuse where he still alive with allegations that had surfaced since.

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse last month heard how Smith was a governor at several schools in Rochdale, including Knowl View, where one abuse survivor attended as a boy when Smith was governor. He gave horrific testimony of a rape by Smith.

 

The inquiry is investigating historic abuse in Rochdale schools and care homes and heard how police had warned that Smith had “used his unique position to indulge in a sordid series of indecent episodes with young boys towards whom he had a special responsibility.”

The inquiry was provided evidence by MI5 that the security service had been aware at the time that the Director of Public Prosecutions had lied to journalists about not charging the MP, saying a case hadn’t been referred to them.  MI5 appear to have not pursued this serious allegation as their role was “to defend the realm”, the inquiry heard.

A police report into Smith when he stood for election in 1970 read: “he has used his unique position to indulge in a sordid series of indecent episodes with young boys towards whom he had a special responsibility.”

The inquiry also heard that Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher would have been likely to be aware of the allegations against Cyril Smith when she awarded him a knighthood in 1988.

Lead counsel Brian Altman QC told the inquiry: “It is important to bear in mind the extent to which Cyril Smith continued to involve himself in serious issues related to the welfare of children. A knighthood would only have reinforced Smith’s veneer of respectability and power.”

https://www.thelondoneconomic.com/news/theresa-may-amber-rudd-suppress-westminster-child-abuse-documents-national-security-reasons/20/11/

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Government papers relating to Cyril Smith will not be withheld, PM pledges

Prime Minister Theresa May has given assurances to an MP that Government papers relating to the late Cyril Smith will not be withheld.

Former shadow minister Lisa Nandy told the Commons that she had received a letter from the Prime Minister which stated the “work of the security services will not prevent information being shared”.

The letter prompted Ms Nandy to ask Home Secretary Amber Rudd whether she had been wrong to assert last month that some papers would be held back “under national security”.

The Wigan MP said: “Last month in this House the Home Secretary told me that some papers would be withheld from the Cyril Smith inquiry for national security reasons.

“This week the Prime Minister has written to me to say we are clear that the work of the security services will not prevent information being shared with other such inquires.

“So can she can confirm to the survivors of Cyril Smith (pictured) who have waited for justice for decades that she was wrong and that the Prime Minister is right?”

Ms Rudd replied: “Well I am happy to confirm the Prime Minister is always right and I will certainly look carefully at the letter that she has received to ensure that we comply with it.”

Smith, who was an MP for Rochdale between 1972 and 1992, is accused of sexually abusing a number of boys.

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has heard evidence of the abuse and will publish its findings next year.

In her letter to Ms Nandy, the Prime Minister said: “As with the Government’s co-operation with the investigation into allegations of abuse at Kincora Boys’ Home in the 1970s, we are clear that the work of the security services will not prevent information being shared with other such inquires.

“Material relating to the allegations of abuse at Kincora Boys’ Home was disclosed to the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry team in full.

“To assist with disclosure, a memorandum of understanding was established between the inquiry team, government departments and security services with regards to viewing and securing potentially relevant material.

“If material was identified as relevant to the inquiry, government department and security services would consider it for public disclosure, in line with UK Government disclosure obligations.”

http://www.careappointments.co.uk/care-news/england/item/42884-government-papers-relating-to-cyril-smith-will-not-be-withheld-pm-pledges


 

Claims council leader knew about Knowl View child abuse allegations in early 90s – inquiry told

25 Oct 2017

Leader Richard Farnell told the inquiry yesterday he only heard about allegations relating to Knowl View ‘two or three years ago’

Claims Rochdale’s council leader has known about the Knowl View boys scandal since 1992 were reported to the Labour Party three years ago – but they did nothing to investigate – an inquiry has told.

Richard Farnell – who is both the current leader and was also in charge of the town hall between 1986 and 1992 – was also accused of ‘not telling the truth’ by a fellow councillor in the latest explosive hearing of evidence relating to the scandal.

Yesterday the leader had told the inquiry he only heard about allegations relating to the notorious school, at which boys were abused throughout the 1980s and 1990s, ‘two or three years ago’ when they were raised in parliament.

But this morning his fellow Rochdale Labour councillor Peter Joinson told the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) that the leader would have ‘automatically’ known what was going on at the time.

He also said Coun Farnell had admitted to him in 2014 that he had known about the allegations as far back as 1992 – a claim Coun Farnell says is a ‘lie’.

However Coun Joinson said he was sufficiently concerned to have reported their conversation to the regional party.

Those concerns were bounced to the party’s headquarters, he said, passed back to the regional office and then eventually put on hold, because by that point the police were investigating.

This morning’s meeting of the national inquiry – which is currently looking at abuse in Rochdale institutions between the 1960s and 1990s – follows yesterday’s evidence from Coun Farnell himself, in which he repeatedly insisted no senior officer or political colleague had ever told him about abuse taking place at the school.

But Coun Joinson claimed that at a meeting in 2014, when he himself was still chief whip, the council leader had admitted to having seen a draft report into the scandal at some point between March and June 1992.

Following that conversation – shortly after Coun Farnell had told the media he had never been aware of the allegations at the time – Coun Joinson says he raised concerns with the then deputy leader, Coun Peter Williams.

He then raised it with the regional office of the Labour party.

“I felt there was a conflict between what was in the press and the information he’d offered to me,” he said.

“There was a clear difference. As a consequence I sought advice from the regional director of the Labour Party because I felt at that point, because he was council leader, the people who should do the investigation were in fact the people from the regional party.”

Asked what happened next, he said the complaint bounced backwards and forward before being left to the police to follow up as part of their own child abuse inquiry, Operation Clifton.

“I spoke to the regional director,” he said.

“She referred me to a further senior officer in the Labour party in London. I had a discussion with them. They referred me back to the regional director.

“By that time Operation Clifton was going on and the comment of the regional director is ‘we will have to let the police investigation take its course’.

Coun Farnell told the inquiry yesterday that Coun Joinson had made up the conversation about Knowl View, arguing it was a ‘smear’ and the result of an internal civil war raging at the time.

Under questioning by Brian Altman QC, the councillor was asked: “Did you invent any of this, Mr Joinson?”

He replied: “I did not.”

Mr Altman then asked him: “Which means Richard Farnell lied to this inquiry?”

Coun Joinson replied: “I don’t like using that word, but he’s probably not telling the truth.”

Yesterday Coun Farnell told the inquiry repeatedly that at no point had any senior officer or political colleague told him of the emerging allegations around Knowl View at the time.

That included his chair of education, the late Mary Moffat, who he said had not breathed ‘a word’ of the claims to him.

However Coun Joinson suggested that claim was not credible.

“Up to 2004 I held senior positions as a councillor,” he said.

“I was chair of education, then I moved on to be the deputy leader. I was responsible for human resources, finance. It would have been common practice for the chief executive or any chief officer to discuss any area of massive concern with the appropriate member of the council or chair of that committee.

“For me, as chair of education at the time, if that was part of my portfolio I would have automatically gone to the leader of the council.”

When asked whether that would have also been the case during the 1990s, he said: “Yes.”

The Labour party has been asked to comment.

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/claims-council-leader-knew-knowl-13809896#ICID=sharebar_twitter

Rochdale Inquiry: Labour councillor Peter Joinson says Council Leader Richard Farnell “not telling the truth” about Knowl View

http://www.rochdaleonline.co.uk/news-features/2/news-headlines/113533/rochdale-inquiry-labour-councillor-peter-joinson-says-council-leader-richard-farnell-not-telling-the-truth-about-knowl-view

Is Diana Cavanagh wrong or does now have to admit he knew about Rochdale CSA for 25 yrs? Page 188

Rochdale and Beyond – the Legacy of Child Abuse by Anne Wade

Cyril Smith
Cyril Smith was born in 1928 and became active in local politics in his teens. He promoted himself as working tirelessly for the welfare of deprived boys. Suspicions of child abuse began in the 1950s. In 1956 he bought St Mary’s Gate newsagent and tobacconist. In the late 1950s, according to Mike Smith of the CID, this was put under police surveillance because of concerns about the number of young boys seen going in through the back door. Specific complaints began in 1961: for instance, he supported a boy to have singing lessons, groomed and sexually abused him. Why were these leads not followed up?

Smith gradually developed connections with paedophiles both locally and elsewhere in the country. Without these connections, and without sympathisers protecting him on a large scale, he would not have been able to offend as he did. One notable connection was with his later friend Jimmy Savile, born in 1926. Savile similarly presented himself as a dedicated fund raiser for charity. He volunteered at Broadmoor from his early 20s, and as a porter in other hospitals. The first complaint of abuse against him came in 1955, at a Manchester dance hall he managed. Some abuse is recorded from 1960, for example with autograph hunters being taken into hotels and abused. Just as Smith’s abusing can be traced over the next decades, so too there are records of complaints about Savile at the BBC, at Leeds general infirmary, and at Stoke Mandeville hospital.

Smith and Savile continued to live parallel lives as predatory paedophiles for half a century, both becoming well-known members of the establishment and escaping public disclosure and judicial convictions during their lives. However, once their behaviour began coming out in 2012, after their deaths, the offending of Savile, the media figure, led to the establishment of five separate inquiries, most notably Operation Yewtree. Other media figures began to be effectively followed up. But in the case of Smith, the high-level politician, all investigations have been so far resisted, just as they have been for other politicians who have been implicated.

Thanks to the public reaction to all this, one strand of IICSA, the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse, is assigned to Rochdale. We are not powerless. They govern by consent, and when ordinary protest is wide enough, they back down, at least until they think we have forgotten.

Like Smith and Savile, once he surmounted initial setbacks, Righton thrived as a predatory paedophile within the establishment.

Like Righton and Savile, Smith organised access to institutions with children whom he could abuse with relative impunity, first at Cambridge House and Moorland Home, and later at Knowl View School. He maintained a power base on the local council,

Peter Righton, another paedophile born in 1926, also became a close friend of Smith, and like him and Savile rose high in the establishment.

Smith escaped prosecution through corrupt pressure from friends on the council and senior police officers, and later from the British political establishment, who used the security services to steal files and cover up any charges by claiming ‘national security’. This is part of what we hope IICSA will investigate. Smith escaped prosecution through corrupt pressure from friends on the council and senior police officers, and later from the British political establishment, who used the security services to steal files and cover up any charges by claiming ‘national security’. This is part of what we hope IICSA will investigate.

Despite hostile reporting in the alternative press, an increasing tide of critical reports from local professionals, renewed police investigations, and referrals to the DPP, the director of public prosecutions, Smith was knighted in 1988, recommended by David Steel. Questions about this recommendation were covered up for some time, but the fact was forced out under an FOI request in January 2014

In 1972 Smith became the MP for Rochdale. Without the intervention of the DPP Norman Skelhorn, empowered by the long term AG Michael Havers, to protect Smith, this could not have happened. The prosecution would have gone ahead, he would almost certainly have gone to jail, and he would have had a criminal record. His power in the community would have been curbed, and decades of abuse might have been prevented. Instead, for the next twenty years Smith operated with impunity under establishment protection

Another official who culpably failed to do anything was John Pierce, the chief executive of Rochdale council. He has gone on record as claiming he knew nothing about the three separate reports in 1988, 1991 and 1992 that paedophiles were abusing children as young as eight years of age. Yet Pierce was sent copies and Paul Rowen, who was leader of the council in 1992, said he had a number of meetings with Pierce in which the abuse at Knowl View was discussed. Shepherd’s report then appears to have been buried. It was certainly withheld from DS Bob Huntbach when he was assigned to carry out a police investigation in 2000, and asked for all the papers.

……………………………..

Diana Cavanagh, former Head of Education at Rochdale Council
Diana Cavanagh, former Head of Education at Rochdale Council

“No doubt in my mind got a copy of the Val Mellor Report” detailing sexual abuse of boys in 1992. ExHeadEd

Rochdale’s council leader was subjected to an excruciating grilling at the child sexual abuse inquiry this morning:

Councillor Richard Farnell gave evidence about what he knew about horrific abuse at Knowl View boys’ school during the 1980s and 1990s

…grilling from the government’s national inquiry on child abuse today – over what he knew about horrendous abuse at Knowl View boys’ school during the 1980s and 1990s.

Coun Farnell was also leader of the council between 1986 and 1992, when horrific rapes and sexual assaults – including by paedophile Roderick Hilton, who managed to enter the school in September 1990 – were taking place.

In today’s hearing Coun Farnell repeatedly denied ever having been informed about abuse at Knowl View at the time, despite senior officers having commissioned a damning report into the welfare of boys there in early 1992.

He never read about Roderick Hilton’s crimes in the local paper, he said, despite another witness – former Liberal Democrat politician Paul Rowen – previously testifying that it had been reported in the Rochdale Observer.

 

Here is part of an exchange between Coun Farnell and Brian Altman QC, who pointed out that in the early 1990s the town’s infamous satanic abuse scandal had already severely embarrassed the council.

BA: You will remember that pretty well, Mr Farnell?

RF: Yes.

BA: That led to a pretty bad publicity for the council, yes?

RF: Yes, I think that would be a fair assessment.

BA: And not only politically embarrassing for Labour, but those with whom you worked were politically sufficiently astute to have realised that?

RF: Yes, I would say so, yes.

BA: So what did she [Mary Moffat] tell you about Knowl View?

RF: I have no recollection of Mary Moffat raising Knowl View with me.

BA: So Mary Moffat was – for a short period of time during your leadership – your deputy, who was throughout the whole period of time of your leadership the education chair. You say you have got no recollection at all of her ever raising Knowl View with you?

RF: I have no recollection whatsover.

about Hilton’s activities in the last three years.

Neither were emerging worries over abuse of boys in the school ever raised with him by his chair of education Mary Moffat – who for a short period was also his deputy – or by his director of education, director of social services, chief executive or any Tory opposition councillors, he said.

BA: When you say, Mr Farnell, ‘I Richard Farnell have no recollection whatsoever’ what does that really mean?

RF: I do not recollect Mary Moffat mentioning to me any issue concerned with Knowl View. If she’d raised it I wouldn’t have forgotten.

BA: So what you are really telling us is she never did.

RF: Yes. Yes I’m saying that.

BA: So Mary Moffat, in all the years we know there were problems at Knowl View, not a word?

RF: Not a word.

BA: So she left you, your erstwhile deputy and education chair, completely and utterly exposed as Labour leader of the council, to a scandal at Knowl View? Is that what you are telling us?

RF: What I’m saying is Mary Moffat’s style wasn’t to come running to me every five minutes with problems within the department. She was a formidable politician in her own right. She got on with the job and she was confident in her own ability to deal with the issues that were put before her.

BA: But just think what you are saying, Mr Farnell. You are the leader. She was the education chair. And however formidable she was, any astute education chair would not leave the leader un-sighted by the kind of issues this inquiry has heard about going on at Knowl View between 1989 and the time you lost your seat on the council in May 1992. Is that what you are seriously telling the inquiry? She never brought it to your attention?

RF: She never brought it to my attention.

BA: And nor did anyone else?

RF: No.

BA: Not any single chair of any single committee who sat on your ‘chair’ panel?

RF: No.

BA: Not your chief executive John Pearce? Not the borough solicitor?

RF: No.

BA: So you were completely and utterly oblivious to what was going on at Knowl View for all those years?

RF: All those people you have mentioned did not bring that to my attention.

BA: Did anybody else, Mr Farnell?

RF: No.

BA: No-one?

RF: No.

BA: Is that the reality, do you think?

RF: It’s what happened in Knowl View.

BA: Is it the truth?

RF: It is the truth.

The leader of Rochdale Council has told an inquiry he had no knowledge of the sexual abuse of children at a residential school in the town despite mounting evidence in the early 1990s.

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse is examining how the late MP Cyril Smith and others were able to target youngsters at institutions in Rochdale over several decades.

It has heard how senior council staff knew about serious allegations of sexual abuse involving children at Knowl View School by the early 1990s.

But Richard Farnell, who regained the position of Labour council leader in 2014 after a gap of 22 years, told the inquiry he was never informed of the scandal during his first stint in office between 1986 and 1992.

The inquiry heard that a paedophile had been admitted to Knowl View in September 1990, where he had sexually abused at least one boy.

The council’s education chairwoman, Mary Moffat, knew about the incident but Mr Farnell insisted the information was not passed on to him.

Brian Altman QC, lead counsel for the inquiry, suggested the idea he had not been told by his political colleague was “ridiculous”.

The inquiry heard that by April 1991, the council was also dealing with the sexual exploitation of Knowl View boys at the town’s Smith Street toilets as well as an “epidemic” of “peer on peer” abuse at the school.

A report submitted on March 20 that year from a worker from the Rochdale health authority detailed claims that boys as young as eight were being targeted by men from as far afield as Sheffield.

It said most people would be “horrified” by the allegations, which had the potential to become a “public scandal”.

Mr Altman asked the council leader: “You knew absolutely nothing at that time of the scandalous nature of what was going on in Knowl View?”

Another report on Knowl View was submitted in February 1992, while Mr Farnell was still in office, but the politician denied he had been shown it at the time.

Mr Altman asked: “You were still completely and utterly ignorant of the problems in Knowl View?”

Mr Farnell replied: “I was unaware of the problems at Knowl View.”

https://www.aol.co.uk/news/2017/10/24/council-leader-nobody-told-me-about-rochdale-school-sex-abuse/?ncid=aolshare_twitter

 

IICSA 24 Oct transcript here

tweets via matt o’donoghue‏ @mattoitv:

I am not the only regional journalist to find a remarkable absence of reporting of #RochdaleCSA from @InquiryCSA in the national media.

24 Oct 2017

hearing evidence from Vince Hill, a former @GMPolice officer who was part of Operation Cleopatra in late 90’s looking into #CSA.

Cyril Smith with children from Rochdale who he had invited down to the Houses of Parliament
tweets via matt o’donoghue‏ @mattoitv:

Hearings into exploitation of boys at Knowl View School. What did @Richardfarnell1 know & do as leader?

“I have no recollection of Mary Moffatt raising Knowl View with me … no recollection whatsoever.”
 
QC: “You were completely and utterly oblivious to what was going on at Knowl View over the years?” RF: “No one.”
 
 “The idea that you never knew about it and was never told is just ridiculous, isn’t it?” “That’s your view.”

It does appear form the evidence being put to @Richardfarnell1 that just about every senior official at the council knew about Rochdale CSA

“I was unaware of those incidents because (they) had failed to inform me of those incidents.”@Richardfarnell1@InquiryCSA

Others who have given evidence from Rochdale say they were aware of Roderick Hilton and his abuse at Knowl View residential school.

Farnell was in charge during ‘Middleton cases 1991’ – satanic accusations. Farnell has denied anything scandalous during his tenure

Despite saying he cannot remember there is the issue of 20 children who were wrongly taken into care after false “Satanic” allegations.

Many, many people at #Rochdale council have known about of boys at KVS for many, many years. But not their leader @Richardfarnell1

 The note appears to show a report of the meeting went to Councillor Farnell. Diana Cavanagh says she was certain he was “informed.”
 
 
 RF: “I’ve not seen any copy of the minutes of that meeting … certainly the director of education did not speak to me.” 

BA: What you mean is that it was never brought to your attention RF: It was never brought to my attention, yes.

We’re now being shown a cutting from Rochdale Online from June 2014 where RF described the use of Knowl View as a “political football.”

 Going over HiV Report prepared into the risks pupils at KVS faced. An 11yr old had already contracted Hep through sex.
 

 

“Parents of children at the school would be horrified” if they knew. BA: A public scandal was the last thing you needed in 1991, wasn’t it?

.. in the end, Mary Moffat who was your dep and ed chair, she was bound to have told you, wasn’t she?

BA: Not one of the breathed a word throughout your whole period of leadership RF: It was for them to tell me and they did not.
BA: Mr Farnell, you are not being realistic.
BA: Even in Feb 92 you were still completely and utterly ignorant of the problems at Knowl View RF: I was unaware of the problems.
 We’re back to March 1992 and the presentation of the Val Mellor report in against boys at Knowl View School.We’re back to March 1992 and the presentation of the Val Mellor report in against boys at Knowl View School.
 All main political parties Education Spokespeople were present at the meeting in March 1992. But says he was never told.
Mr Farnell says electioneering became such a priority that no one would have had the opportunity to raise the issue of with him
Mr Altman has pointed out that other senior officials seem to have had the time to meet and discuss when Mr Farnell did not.
We’re now being shown a council memorandum from May 1992 asking for a statement of action that has been taken “so I may advise the leader.”
This memorandum is from the Chief Executive, Mr Pearce, at . Soon after Mr Farnell lost his seat.
Mr Altman is putting a series of allegations about Mr Farnell’s character that he “bullied and browbeat people” “Interfered inappropriately”
RF: Definitely not, no. Mr Farnell has batted away criticism of his alleged “hands-on” management style at Council
We’re now onto the dealings – direct or otherwise – he may have had with Cyril Smith. What was his reputation? A larger than life figure
BA: Did you hear any of the rumours about his sexual involvement with young boys? RF: He was alleged to have spanked boys …
RF: Cyril Smith was investigated at the time but nothing was done with it … it had been investigated but nothing came of it.
BA: Was there ever a pack between the Labour and Liberal parties? (to not disclose abuse) RF: The idea of a pact – absolute nonsense.
RF: I’m not sure what there was to cover up.
Now discussing type written note from the Chief Whip in Rochdale who spoke with @Richardfarnell1 over what he did and didn’t know
The note says; “at the end of the meeting I raised the issue of press articles that questioned Mr Farnell’s knowledge of the KVS report.”
The notes form the meeting say Mr Farnell received a draft copy of the report into HiV risks. BA: He’s made all that up?
RF:Yes
The notes says “Councillor Farnell says he’s only seen a draft report” BA: Those are words put in your mouth. Completely untrue? RF: Yes.
BA: This meeting with you is utterly invented? RF: Yes Mr Farnell say the Joinson note is an illustration of how “nasty” politics was.
RF: This is a complete invention to try to politically damage me and undermine me as the new leader.

If it was an illustration of civil war and bad blood in the group in the BA says it was never used. RF: He’s lying.

BA: Several boys went through that school and their lives were blighted. Presumably you will accept responsibility for that as leader?
RF: I bitterly regret the senior members of the council never approached me about these matters. They never did.
 … the people who have told the that they knew of and are responsible for the failures….
Head of Ed – Diana Cavanagh, Social Services – Ian Davey, Chief Exec – John Pearce “they are the people who should shoulder responsibility”
 BA: You are not prepared to accept personal responsibility for this? RF: For me to have taken action I would have had to have been informed

 


25 Oct 2017 – IICSA – hearing from former Labour Chief Whip Peter Joinson
Peter Joinson has been called to th InquiryCSA into Rochdale CSA He claims Richarf Farnell told him in 1992 that he’d seen a draft CSA report.
MrJoinson says he doesn’t like the word “liar” and would prefer to say “Richard Farnell didn’t tell the truth”

Rochdale Council leader accuses colleague of lying over abuse claims

A note of a meeting on June 11 that year made by Peter Joinson, the Labour group’s chief whip at the time, read: “At the end of the meeting I raised with the leader the issues of press articles that questioned his knowledge of the Knowl View abuse reports.” The note, handed to police in October 2014, made reference to a report from a sexual health worker employed by the Rochdale health authority. “As a consequence of that report the council was preparing a report, this was between approx March and June 1992,” it continued. “Cllr Farnell said he had only seen a draft report and the full report wasn’t complete until June. By that time he had lost his council seat and ceased to be council leader.” Mr Altman said Mr Joinson was questioned by police about the note in April 2016. “He (Mr Joinson) said you told him there were allegations of sexual abuse in the draft report you had seen,” said the barrister. Mr Farnell said: “No.” Mr Altman continued: “So Mr Joinson completely and utterly invented the content of this meeting with you on June 11?” “Absolutely, yes.” Mr Farnell replied. The council leader suggested Mr Joinson made up the content of the conversation as part of a “bitter election campaign”, which he described as a “civil war within the party”. “Either he’s lying, or you’re lying,” said Mr Altman. Mr Farnell replied: “It’s certainly my contention that he’s lying.”

http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/news-wire/rochdale-council-leader-accuses-colleague-of-lying-over-abuse-claims-1-8821218

War of words between Labour colleagues Richard Farnell and Peter Joinson over knowledge of Knowl View sex abuse report escalates

26 October 2017

“I am disappointed that Councillor Farnell is denying a meeting had taken place and, more importantly, to use this to further obfuscate the main issue that he had offered to me the information that he had seen a draft report.

“There should not be any issue for Councillor Farnell here, he had seen a draft report, lost his seat and therefore the leadership of the Council. The responsibility for taking this issue further was therefore in the hands of Councillor [Paul] Rowen who had taken up the position of council leader and not Councillor Farnell. That is all he had to say in any press release he gave in June 2014 prior to our meeting and this particular part of the wider issue would not have occurred.”

@mattoitv

Priceless – Richard Farnell – brands calls for his resignation “appalling political mud-slinging” then slings the political mud himself:


 

Councillor Richard Farnell, Leader of Rochdale Borough Council, has hit back following the call for his resignation by Councillor Andy Kelly, Leader of the Borough’s Liberal Democrats.

Councillor Kelly has called for the “immediate resignation” of Councillor Farnell “as both leader of Rochdale Council and as councillor for Balderstone and Kirkholt” over Councillor Farnell’s evidence to the government’s national inquiry on child abuse.

“Kelly is deafeningly silent on the Liberal Democrats’ appalling failure to deal with the allegations of abuse made against Cyril Smith. They knew of the allegations going back almost 40 years when it was exposed in the RAP article in 1979. What did they do? Nothing.

“It is interesting that Kelly has nothing to say about the former Lib Dem council leader and MP Paul Rowen’s evidence to the Inquiry. He was told about the abuse at Knowl View and refused to meet officers to discuss it, stating he was too busy.

“And just when are the Liberal Democrats going to apologise to the victims for Smith’s horrific abuse?

“Just when is Councillor Kelly going to apologise for the decision of the Lib Dem council who – despite knowing of allegations of abuse carried out by Cyril Smith – unbelievably put him on the governing body of Knowl View school?

http://www.rochdaleonline.co.uk/news-features/2/news-headlines/113532/call-for-council-leader-richard-farnell-to-resign

Daniel Hewitt @DanielHewittITV

 

I asked Rochdale Council leader Richard Farnell 8 times if he was sorry to victims of child abuse at Knowl View when he was leader.

“It is deeply regrettable that no politician sees fit to apologise to the victims to Know View. They should be help personally accountable.”

Cyril was, of course, a huge factor in Paul Rowen winning back the Rochdale seat for the Lib Dems in 2005

https://www.libdemvoice.org/rip-cyril-smith-20986.html

Sir Cyril Smith with MP Paul Rowen and Rochdale Childer chairwoman Maureen Cooper

SIR Cyril Smith’s 80th birthday party raised almost £4,000 for charity.

Proceeds from the gala concert, featuring Jimmy Cricket and the Debrose Choir at the Town Hall in June, will be donated to Rochdale Childer, a charity which helps children in the borough.

He said: “The fact that we raised so much money for such a worthwhile cause was tremendous. As a founder of Rochdale Childer, I know the excellent job that they do for some of the most vulnerable young people in Rochdale.

MP Paul Rowen added: “Sir Cyril had a great night and we raised much more than we had anticipated. We are working with the Rochdale Childer team looking at a number of options of how to spend this windfall.”

Maureen Cooper, chairwoman of Rochdale Childer, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Sir Cyril’s big bash raised so much money. I can solemnly declare that not a penny will be wasted.

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/local-news/charity-benefits-from-sir-cyrils-birthday-600273

THE big man celebrated his birthday with a big party on Saturday night.

MP Paul Rowen opened the gala concert by introducing a video montage of tributes from political colleagues and celebrity friends, including Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg, Paddy Ashdown, Lord David Steel, Coronation Street star William Roache and comedian Jim Bowen, before guests joined in a sing-a-long of his adopted theme tune.

Sir Cyril was as straight-talking as ever during his speech as he praised Mr Rowen,

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/local-news/big-bash-for-a-big-man-959059

Council leader Alan Taylor thanked Cyril for being ‘a great inspiration and teacher’.

Alan was of course the olden days Hennigan type character. Cyril Smith’s agent. Party to all the party intrigue. And still sitting pretty. Perhaps young Alan was Cyril’s favoured candidate when Rowen stole the crown? Seen here Alan is barefoot, as is the Rochdale Lib Dem wont even today, as the Rochdale Alternative Paper’s 1975 “playmate of the Century” or something like that.

http://chrispaul-labouroflove.blogspot.com/2008/09/sunday-cyril-corrupt-cyril-file.html

Rowen – Deputy head of a secondary school in Bradford (Yorkshire Martyrs) as well as leader of Rochdale Council

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/4581035.stm

Born in Rochdale, Rowen went to the Bishop Henshaw RC Memorial High School (became St Cuthbert’s RC High School in 1989 when Rochdale scrapped its three-tier system) on Shaw Road in Rochdale. From the University of Nottingham, he graduated with a BSc in Chemistry and Geology in 1976. From 1977-80, he taught Science at Kimberley School in Nottinghamshire. From 1980-6, he was Head of Chemistry at St Albans RC High School, Warren Lane in Oldham (now closed), then Head of Science at Our Ladys RC High School from 1986-90. From 1990-2005, he was Deputy Headteacher of Yorkshire Martyrs Catholic College on Westgate Hill Street in Tong, West Yorkshire.

Disgraced RE teacher found with 200 indecent images of children can continue teaching after Michael Gove gives go-ahead

Bettley, who joined St Mary’s in September 2001 from Yorkshire Martyrs Catholic School in Bradford, West Yorkshire,

By the time police seized his computer in December last year, he had viewed 143 images, assessed to be on the lowest “level one” on the scale for seriousness.

He downloaded another 46 more serious “level three” images, including scenes of child abuse, but they had not been viewed.

Instead of being taken to court, however, he was given the option of accepting a police caution.

https://theneedleblog.wordpress.com/operation-greenlight/yorkshire-humber/bradford/st-marys-catholic-school-menston/

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/10104771/Teachers-who-view-child-pornography-to-be-banned-from-the-profession.html

Rowen – From 1990-2005, he was Deputy Headteacher of Yorkshire Martyrs Catholic College on Westgate Hill Street in Tong, West Yorkshire.

He was deputy headteacher when protected Bettley was at Martyrs Catholic School…

Bettley, who joined St Mary’s in September 2001 from Yorkshire Martyrs Catholic School

https://alchetron.com/Paul-Rowen-376983-W

Yorkshire Martyrs School linked to Kenya school via Rowen

A school in Kenya has finished building two new classrooms thanks to a £7,000 donation from its sister school in Bradford.

Yorkshire Martyrs Catholic College may be closing in 2010 but its name will live on in Marigat, Kenya, where the new school block has been dedicated to the Bradford school.

“The money that we raised was initially going to be used to bring a group of young Kenyans to Bradford.

“But as the visa situation could not be sorted out, we decided to put the money to good use by helping build the school block.”

The partnership was originally set up by former Yorkshire Martyrs deputy head teacher Paul Rowen, now MP for Rochdale, who visited the site with Mr Bishop in the summer

http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/4009882.College_s_name_to_live_on_in_Kenya/

Paul Rowen WBro David Action who is also inevitably a big wheel in the local Rotary Club as well as one of the Rochdale Chapters of the hell’s Angels Freemasons – hence the strange handshake. I believe he is Mr Big in beds. Meanwhile a Mr Mason is Mr Big in used cars. Both are long time associates of Paul Rowen for his charidee activity – mainly to do with orphanages in East Africa.

http://chrispaul-labouroflove.blogspot.com/2009_01_25_archive.html

Greenland Orphanage

The Rochdale Greenland School and Orphanage appeal is a UK registered Charity established in Rochdale, Lancashire in June 2001.

It was established by Mr Rafiq Ahmed Arien and his family after a visit to Kampala, Uganda when he saw the conditions of poverty that many orphans and victims of AIDS had to live in.

Mr Rafiq Arien and his family are former Ugandan refugees who on settling in Rochdale in the 1970’s have established a successful retail and wholesale electrical business.

Together with his friends Councillor Paul Rowen and Mr Terry Mason they established The Greenland School and Orphanage Appeal which is raising money to build an orphanage and school in Uganda.

In August 2002 a group including Charity Chair Councillor Paul Rowen, Organiser Rafiq Arien and Mr Terry Mason travelled to Kampala for the Foundation Stone Lying Ceremony.

http://www.rgsorphanage.com/about-greenland.html

http://www.rgsorphanage.com/

Paul is in Keen-ya. Apparently sunning himself whilst doing charidee work at children’s homes.

Does anyone picture portly Paul Rowen in a pith helmet whilst on a colonial verandah, G&T in hand? The Happy Valley of Kenya has a reputation for “fun and games”. Were table tennis paddles packed in Paul’s trunk? Or will Rochdale’s current MP be too busy having slap up meals at various african Rotary clubs?

Will he be planning a trip to the bush? Is he popping over to Uganda to conduct some business in his second paid job working for a property company called Corinya?

So how do young Rochdale people become Parliamentary interns for Paul Rowen. Unlike Hazard County, surely this is not a “job for the boys”?

Paul explains:

“I’ve been very lucky over the last few months to have had a number of young people from Rochdale working as interns in both my London office and in Rochdale. These have included Natassa Malik whose father is a good friend of Sir Cyril Smith

http://rochdaleraw.blogspot.com/2009/08/how-to-get-job-with-paul-rowen-mp-as.html

Paul Rowen MP – member of the Beveridge Group as are John Hemming and Mike Hancock

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

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

Rowengate

The Ugandan Corinya does have a charidee element (a laudable children’s home- following Cyril Smith’s example of supporting the charity Rochdale Childer with its Moorland Home?).

http://rochdaleraw.blogspot.com/2009/05/rowengate-ugandan-shenanighans.html

Hancock has been the chairman of the southern region of the NSPCC since 1989

janellabooks‏ @janellabooks

Savile, Hancock, Bonner Pink. Emery Wallis, connected friends , also Ted Heath, and more. add Peter Ball into this mix, you have a flaming disgusting group

Did you know ex MP Hancock worked for childrens TV at BBC, on same corridor as Savile. Hancock and Savile also friends, and Bonner Pink!

 


5 June 1990

Leaders of some of the 19 councils that are fighting a poll-tax capping order line up outside the High Court. (l-r) Richard Farnell (Rochdale), Marie Rimmer (St Helens), Peter Ballard (Basildon), Joan Twelves (Lambeth), Sir Jack Layden (Rotherham), Margaret Hodge (Islington), Jim Dobbin (Rochdale, deputy), and Mike Goodman (Hammersmith).

link

Cassandra Cogno‏ @CassandraCogno

Cf Margaret Hodge who needs to name the officers who “misled” her into alleging children were paid & complaining to Press Commission

http://archive.islingtontribune.com/news/2014/sep/islington-child-abuse-scandal-haunts-margaret-hodge-politician-poised-run-mayor-london

Any Knowl View cover-up may also involve 1990s NW Labour personnel

 

 

…the Manchester Evening News carried a story claiming that the disgraced, deceased Liberal MP Cyril blackmailed an unnamed council leader into covering up Smith’s actions by threatening to reveal an incident of abuse by the council leader against a child in a public toilet.

 

 

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Over a month ago, in early September when the issue of child abuse at Knowl View home in Rochdale started to hit the news again because of its inclusion in the public inquiry into child sexual abuse, whistleblowers contacted the SKWAWKBOX with a number of allegations.

The first was that Greater Manchester Police (GMP) had stated that it would be making a ‘full disclosure’ of all evidence it had gathered in its investigation of events at Knowl View.

The second was that part of that disclosure would be that the leader of Rochdale Council had information about the abuse – and had kept it quiet. The person – a councillor – who knew he had received this information had, allegedly, subsequently been removed from all positions of responsibility by the council leader.

The SKWAWKBOX contacted Rochdale Council’s leader’s office and asked whether these claims were true. We were told – via a press officer – that the council leader absolutely denied them and would not be discussing them further.

The councillor said to have direct knowledge of events declined to take our calls. GMP was asked whether the information would be included in its disclosure – but its reply was essentially non-responsive:

Op Clifton report will be heard in full at the IICSA hearing in London in mid-October. You would need to ask IICSA as it is their inquiry.

IICSA had not yet heard the evidence, so this was a dead end. In the absence of options to corroborate the claims, there was no option but to shelve them and wait for developments.

Those developments have now begun.

Last week, evidence was given to the inquiry that matched the reports given to the SKWAWKBOX more than a month earlier. The comments began on the first day that evidence was taken, as the transcript of the session shows:

Despite its closure over two decades ago, Knowl View has continued to resurface, provoking concerns that investigations into what happened were deliberately concealed. It has been suggested that the local politicians were party to this and to suppressing allegations about Smith, regardless of their political allegiances. There has been rumour and speculation about some form of deal/pact between local political parties not to make allegations about Cyril Smith. We will call some of those politicians in the final week of the hearings so they can be asked more about that.

ITV news correspondent Matt O’Donoghue tweeted about it three days later, as claims were detailed:

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He then asked council leader Richard Farnell:

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A day later, the inquiry spoke to the then-head (in 1992) of social services about events at the time. That witness alleged not merely silence but interference:

Q: You made a distinction in your statement about inappropriate interference in departmental matters between Smith, on the one hand, and the then-leader of the council, Richard Farnell.

A. Yes.

Q. The distinction you made was that Cyril Smith interfered on a sort of granular level, in the cases of individuals, whereas Farnell was perhaps more to the sort of generalised approach to his interference.

Yesterday, the Manchester Evening News carried a story claiming that the disgraced, deceased Liberal MP Cyril blackmailed an unnamed council leader into covering up Smith’s actions by threatening to reveal an incident of abuse by the council leader against a child in a public toilet.

The SKWAWKBOX contacted Rochdale Council’s press office again today with the following:

In early September I called you about allegations that Richard Farnell knew about abuse at Knowl View and did not act. You told me he had absolutely denied it.

In view of the evidence coming out at the public inquiry about a council leader covering up information and indeed being involved in at least one act of abuse, do you wish to revise that position?

The response this time was different:

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The Head of Communications subsequently emailed to add:

And just to reiterate.. the leader maintains his denial

Labour’s HQ did not cover itself in glory in its handling of this blog’s enquiry, either. We wrote to the party at the same time as to the council and the police, detailing the information received, including the name of a councillor who alleged that Mr Farnell had told him privately that he had ignored a report on the abuse at Knowl View when the institution was still open.

The same councillor also claimed that he had informed Labour’s North-West regional office about that conversation – but that the report had been ‘buried’.

We asked Labour HQ the following questions:

  • Did ________ make such a report?
  • If so, what if any action did Labour take?
  • _________ used to be Rochdale Labour Group Whip, but says that Richard Farnell has since removed him from all positions. Why?

Labour HQ failed to respond until the SKWAWKBOX sent a follow-up email advising that we were about to publish an article on the matter and telling the party to provide any comments quickly if they wished to have the information included in the article.

We received a statement in reply that contained answers to none of the questions asked over a month ago:

The Labour Party is fully co-operating with the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.

The allegations against Richard Farnell were put into the public domain by the IICSA (Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse) session transcripts and subsequently by the mainstream media.

They remain allegations only and the SKWAWKBOX does not claim that they are accurate, but their existence is indisputably of overwhelming public interest. There is no evidence so far to indicate that Mr Farnell is the unnamed council leader in the Manchester Evening News article and his continuing denial of cover-up allegations should of course be recognised by all, unless and until the allegations are proven in a court of law, should a case ensue.

However, should the police decide they merit investigation, officers should also be talking to people who worked in Labour’s north-west office at the time, because any cover-up is alleged to have extended there as well.

Any #KnowlView cover-up may also involve 1990s NW Labour personnel

Boys in special school were at risk of Aids

Alarm over sexual activities at a Rochdale council home has taken years to emerge.
9 September 1995

THEY were boys aged eight to 16 with learning difficulties, and what they needed from Knowl View special school in Rochdale was care. What they got, according to Phil Shepherd, a council HIV-prevention officer, was the risk of Aids.

Mr Shepherd was horrified by the situation he discovered when he made a sex-education day visit to the residential school in March 1991. In a report he made within a week to the town’s director of education, Mrs Diana Cavanagh, he set out a picture grimmer than anything Dickens imagined for Dotheboys Hall.

“Reputedly five of the junior boys have been or are involved in ‘cottaging’ in and around public toilets. Men as far away as Sheffield are believed to be aware of this activity and travel to Rochdale to take part.

“One eight-year-old is thought to have been involved. The police are aware of the problem. What action has been taken is not known.

Mr Shepherd was a member of the Rochdale Health Authority Aids unit. “We are committed to preventing the spread of HIV,” he wrote. “The boys in this school look to us to be increasingly at risk.”

He added: “Most people, not least parents of children at the school, would be horrified were these facts to be made known.”

They were not. Mrs Cavanagh assured him the problem was being addressed “through concerted professional action”. She asked him to circulate his report no further, and “not to undertake any independent action”.

The Aids team was not asked back in. Mr Shepherd’s report has remained unpublicised, and it is only now that parents of the boys in Knowl View are becoming aware of the risk their children ran and what they may have gone through.

The full story of Knowl View, which opened in 1969 and closed nine months ago, has never been made public, but is clearly visible in confidential council documents seen by the Independent on Sunday.

In essence, boys as young as eight were put at risk of Aids through prostitution and liaisons with known sex offenders, after a disintegration of control over several years.

Concerns about the sexual behaviour of the boys were first passed to the council as far back as 1988 by Dr Alison Frazer, a child psychiatrist at Rochdale’s Birch Hill Hospital, yet it was three years later that Mr Shepherd issued his dire warning about the Aids dangers facing them, and another year before the council received recommendations on restoring management control after its own inquiry.

That report, by Valerie Mellor, a consultant clinical psychologist, came in February 1992. In it, Mrs Mellor said there was no doubt up to a quarter of the pupils at the 48-place school had been involved in serious sexual incidents and the activity had continued “over a very long period of time …. It is very difficult to believe that this behaviour had not come to the attention of at least some members of staff.”

Although her report suggested that sexual activity was at an end, five months later a pupil and a former pupil, both 14, were cautioned by police for soliciting in the town’s Smith Street lavatories.

At the height of the affair, a known sex offender gained overnight access to the school and allegedly plied pupils with cider and cannabis cigarettes before sexually assaulting them. Official details are scant.

In her 1992 report Valerie Mellor said only: “In September 1990, an incident occurred involving an adult male intruder at the school. That intruder had sexual contact with one or more of the boys on school premises.”

But one boy  says he was raped and that at least one other boy in his house was forced to have oral sex with the intruder. He claims their cries for help went unanswered because the member of staff on “sleeping-in” duty was not there. The offender returned the next night, but that time was beaten off.

The alleged rape victim says he was never interviewed by the police. The teenager was awarded a legal-aid certificate last week to sue for damages, and on Friday Mark Walker, of solicitors Molesworths, who are representing him, applied to the council for the release of files. Mr Walker said there were serious questions about the way Rochdale handled the incident. “We are concerned that not enough was done afterwards to help our client.”

John Pierce, Rochdale council’s chief executive, said police had reviewed the case again recently and found nothing requiring further action.

He added: “The police have also stated quite clearly that they do not believe there is any substance in allegations of a ‘cover-up’ relating to incidents at the school and that all the issues involved were discussed and investigated at the time by a number of agencies and the necessary action taken then.”

The authority was already taking action before Mr Shepherd’s report, Mr Pierce said.

“Both social services and the police had become involved in dealing with issues related to inappropriate sexual activities involving Knowl View pupils and adults unconnected with the school,” he said. “Arrangements appropriate to each boy’s circumstances were made in relation to counselling and health advice.”

Mr Pierce said that staff had received sex-education training and advice on how to warn pupils of the dangers of sexually transmitted diseases.

But one care worker at the school said: “I would never work for this authority again. It is appalling that those people who were in charge still have jurisdiction over so many children’s lives.”

Martin Digan, 36, another former care worker, said: “I believe there has been a cover-up. Only a public inquiry can place responsibility where it should be placed.”

Parents are also dissatisfied. One 41-year-old mother believes the deterioration in her son’s behaviour was a direct result of the sexual activity he became involved in at the lavatories in Rochdale’s Smith Street – and of a vicious school environment in which, she says, on one occasion he was hit with a cricket bat.

Another mother, whose son is now in jail for causing grievous bodily harm, was informed of what happened at the school only six weeks ago by one of the other parents.

“I should have been told,” she said. “They’re pretty disgusting, aren’t they? All of the reviews I’ve sat at and none of this ever came out.”

Neither were staff and parents alone in their surprise. Bill Hopkins, who became a lay member of the governing body in late 1990, looked shocked when told last week about the prostitution. “I don’t know anything about that. I don’t know if any of the other governors did. As far as I understood it, the problem was [the known sex offender],” he said.

It seems to me that everybody at the time was contemplating their navel,” one adviser said.

“All the reports were on how the system failed and there was only a one- line reference in all the documents to the fact that the children might need some help. Rochdale let those kids down.”

Chris’s story

CHRIS (not his real name) can only now bring himself to admit what happened to him at Knowl View School. The memory leaves him furious.

He claims that when he was 14 he was raped by a known sex offender who gained access to the school one night and plied him with alcohol and cannabis.

He says: “I was hysterical. I couldn’t do anything. It was physical force. He threw me against the wall, threw me around the room.

“I was shocked and scared. He threatened to kill me if I told anybody.” Afterwards, he says, he lay in his bed terrified, hearing other pupils screaming.

Nobody came to help. He says the duty member of staff was not in his room.

Though Chris was later questioned by the school, he says he was never interviewed by the police.

Eventually he decided that nothing was being done – and began lashing out. He threw another pupil through a window. Once he was locked up in his bedroom for a week.

“I got to the stage where I was going to run off and find help elsewhere,” he said.

Then he decided that he had to learn to live with the experience. But that is difficult.

“If I saw [the intruder] now I’d kill him. I’ve been close to suicide and I’m extremely lucky I haven’t gone to prison.

“There were six in my dorm and two are in prison. One is serving ten- and-a half years for rape. The other shot a boy in the eye and blinded him.”

Chris was sent to Knowl View at the age of 12 because he had been disruptive at his previous school, but he believes he was too bright for the special school. He describes the lessons there as “a joke”.

He has no job and feels Knowl View deprived him of a chance in life.

“Before I went there I had a life. I don’t have one now. Sometimes I want to go to the Black Box [council offices] and just blow the whole lot of them,” he says.

“I was in care. That place was supposed to be full of qualified people to look after me and I don’t think they did. So they deserve to pay, don’t they?”

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/boys-in-special-school-were-at-risk-of-aids-1600318.html

Cyril Smith MP for Rochdale 1972 to 1992. Died in 2010 age 82.

He was unmarried had a brother Norman. Interestingly, Cyril Smith’s brother Norman was on Rochdale Council and was Rochdale Mayor 1986 – 1987 when Richard Farnell was Head of Council.

Harold Shipman had a practice at Todmorden and Hyde 1977 (31 years old) to 1998 (52 years old), during a period when Shipman was murdering one person a week, and where Jimmy Savile cycled passed regularly and Cyril Smith lived nearby (30 min drive – Emma Street, Rochdale) . It is known that Savile undertook necrophilia and was associated with Rochdale NHS Trust. The Janet Smith review – the Harold Shipman Inquiry, I am told, did not look into these matters. Savile died October 2011 age 85. Cyril Smith died Sept 2010 aged 82 and Harold Shipman found hanged in prison 2004 age 58. Harold Shipman ‘s wife Primrose was a child minder.

Cyril Smith MP behind
(1) the 1962 Cambridge House, hostel for boys – by November 1965 social worker had reported Cyril Smith for abusing boys

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2605635/Brave-boys-fat-man-branded-liars-How-Cyril-Smiths-victims-ignored-tried-expose-abuse-suffered-hands.html

(2) and the 1969 Knowl View school in Rochdale. Cyril Smith was Rochdale Mayor 1966 – 1967.
Knowl View School was labelled a “boy brothel”

In 1989 it’s alleged that Rochdale social workers were replaced by Londoners to sort out matters.

This would have been under Flowers and Farnell as they left council in 1992.

1994 Rochdale Council closed Knowl View School (Farnell and Flowers had left Rochdale Council in 1992) but nobody was ever prosecuted over abuse said to have taken place there.

Knowl View School had the 1991 Shepard Report and 1992 Mellor Report and closed 1994;

Paul Flowers:

Rev Paul Flowers’ links to Cyril Smith

The Rev Paul Flowers had close political links to Sir Cyril Smith, the late Liberal Democrat MP accused of several child abuse offences

Smith was originally a Labour councillor in Rochdale and later a Liberal then Liberal Democrat MP for the town from 1972 to 1992. His brother, Norman Smith, who was mayor of Rochdale in 1986-87, said that Mr Flowers sat on council committees with Sir Cyril.

“Cyril was more involved with [Paul Flowers] than me. Cyril was a councillor and MP at the time,” he said.

“They knew each other by being on the council, and of course he was a prominent minister. They were on committees together.”

Mr Smith said Mr Flowers was the minister of Champness Hall in Drake Street, in the centre of Rochdale.

A spokesman for Rochdale Borough Council confirmed that Mr Flowers was a councillor from 1988 to 1992. The minister served as vice-chairman of the social services committee in 1990/91, and sat on the committee in the previous and following years.

During that time, 16 children in the town were taken into care because it was alleged that they had been abused and forced into Satanic rituals.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financialcrisis/10466679/Rev-Paul-Flowers-links-to-Cyril-Smith.html

‘Crystal Methodist’: Former Co-op bank boss in ‘drugs and rent boys binge’

The Methodist minister appears to have been caught in a another scandal after his public fall from grace in November 2013

 Paul Flowers arrives to answer bail at Stainbeck Police Station, Leeds, April 2014

Paul Flowers, the disgraced former Co-operative bank boss, has been allegedly caught taking Class A drugs with rent boys during a hot-tub party in his home.

The Methodist minister, 65, spent 28 days in “life-changing” rehab after admitting drugs charges when he became embroiled in a previous scandal.

Paul Flowers conviction The Guardian 12 Dec 1985

Paul Flowers (ex Co-Op bank) was Vice Chair Rochdale Social Services 1988-92 conducted a review of alleged satanic csa at Knowl View School and it’s this report that seems not to have been made public, although requests have been made to Rochdale Council and Simon Danczuk MP for it to be public .

Its alleged that both Savile and Cyril Smith attended the satanic csa rituals.

 

“Currently nine alleged victims are suing Rochdale council over abuse they say they suffered while at the school.

Several also claim they reported that abuse to GMP both in the early 1990s and later during the Operation Cleopatra investigation into child abuse across the region in the late 1990s, but that nothing was done.

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/knowl-view-school-scandal-police-7498775

AshkenaziHistory‏ @TheAshkenazi

Michael Todd joined GMP in 2002

Manchester police chief Michael Todd found dead at bottom of cliff

12 Mar 2008

A police spokesman said officers were unaware of any scandal in Mr Todd’s private life.

But Max Clifford, the publicist, said: “Someone phoned me a week ago and they had a Liverpool or Manchester accent. All they said was that they had a story about a top copper and that it was a big scandal and that they wanted to get a lot of money. I didn’t hear from them again and there was probably no connection at all with this.”

He played host to the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh when they visited Manchester.

Mr Todd began his career with Essex police in 1976, serving as a uniformed officer and a detective and was appointed Assistant Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire in 1995 before joining the Metropolitan Police.

He rose to the rank of assistant commissioner and supervised the policing of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee celebrations.

He became Manchester’s £122,000-a-year police chief in 2002

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1581401/Manchester-police-chief-Michael-Todd-found-dead-at-bottom-of-cliff.html

Todd was appointed an Assistant Chief Constable in Nottinghamshire in 1995, initially managing support services and then operational policing. In 1998, he was appointed as the Deputy Assistant Commissioner back in the Metropolitan Police. In 2000, following his promotion to Assistant Commissioner in the Metropolitan Police, he was responsible for Territorial Policing, covering all 32 London Boroughs. In 2002, he was selected as Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police from 2002 and in 2006 he became a vice-president of ACPO (Association of Chief Police Officers), both posts he held until his death.[6]

In 2012, it was announced that Police officials are examining new claims of financial malpractice against Todd. Greater Manchester’s new Police Commissioner appealed for information about Michael Todd, former chief constable of the force. The claims centre on Todd’s role in drawing up unique contracts that allowed some staff to get enormous payoffs when they left the force.

After his death, Manchester Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Angie Robinson was reported to have been having an affair with Todd. It was later revealed that he was conducting numerous affairs with up to 38 different women

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_J._Todd

Todd’s numerous affairs over the past decade were an “open secret” among senior officers at Greater Manchester Police, his former employers Metropolitan Police and senior figures at Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary.

However, they turned a blind eye to his “reputation” – despite him suffering occasional depressive episodes, the risk of him being blackmailed and one of his mistresses being caught up in a police corruption scandal.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/3525937/Chief-Constable-Mike-Todd-had-relationships-with-38-women-as-chief-constable-of-Greater-Manchester-says-report.html

Investigation of CIA extraordinary rendition flights

Todd investigated on behalf of the Association of Chief Police Officers the extraordinary rendition flights conducted by the CIA to transport detainees.[7]

December 2012 – reported 48 survivors of Knowl View school

csahttp://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/local-news/files-reveal-the-full-horror-of-sexual-698079 …

LEANNE McKIE, MIKE TODD, JIMMY SAVILE, CYRIL SMITH, DON MACKINTOSH

http://aanirfan.blogspot.com/2017/10/leanne-mckie-mike-todd-jimmy-savile.html

Paul Flowers to be quizzed over csa at Farnell controlled Rochdale Council Nov 2013:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2608675/Shamed-Co-op-boss-quizzed-cover-child-sex-Cyril-Smith-school-Flowers-targeted-QC-suppressed-reports-exposing-horrific-sweet-shop-paedophiles.html

“alarm bells were being rung constantly by health professionals 1988-1992 when Flowers” was head of social services and Farnell head of Rochdale Council.

But “no one would ever believe the story that ‘lovable Cyril’ would be abusing those he pretended to help – a man who could present himself as a saviour of the needy, while at the same time abusing them.”

Paul Flowers vice chair social services Rochdale 1988-92 under Farnell -Knowl View satanic csa – 2011 “resigned” from Bradford council due to inappropriate material

“Former Rochdale council leader Colin Lambert – who previously passed detectives a dossier on alleged abuse ” this was reported in MEN (Manchester Evening News) 8 & 11 & 17 June 2014

Jim Dobbin MP was highly critical of the selection of Richard Farnell as Head of Rochdale Council and mentioned this on BBC TV and reported in the media here (June 2014)
http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/heywood-mp-slams-new-rochdale-7234251

Richard Farnell on Jim Dobbin. October 2014.

 

September 2014
Jim Dobbin MP dies of alcohol poisoning/ excess on an official Council of Europe visit to Poland* with Lord John Prescott and Sir Alan Meale MP.
Jim Dobbin MP was very critical of Farnell and Simon Danczuk. After Knowl View survivors were sent to his office, by Simon Danczuk’s office, the family banned the Danczuks from his funeral.

 

Councillor Richard Farnell, Samaritans branch Director Janet Murphy and Simon Danczuk celebrate 50 years of the Samaritans

Prince Philip, Duke Of Edinburgh (R) laughs with Simon Danczuk MP for Rochdale

Rochdale MP Danczuk is no stranger to scandal, having been suspended from the Labour Party in December 2015 over allegations of sending sexually explicit text messages to a 17-year-old girl.

Now, Vaz – Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee – is hitting headlines for allegedly paying male prostitutes for sex and discussing the possibility of paying for cocaine.

Soon after the Vaz scandal erupted, disgraced member of parliament Simon Danczuk leapt to defend his colleague, tweeting his support for Vaz.

“I’ve known Keith since I entered parliament. He makes a positive contribution to politics. He serves his constituents very well.

http://www.express.co.uk/showbiz/tv-radio/707591/Keith-Vaz-Simon-Danczuk-GMB-Susanna-Reid

Farnell now in his 50’s, has never married nor been seen with female company. Nor male company for that matter. Very reminiscent of Cyril Smith. Ooh errr !

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:uQEJiJCk2AYJ:northwestnationalists.blogspot.com/2014/03/labour-for-working-man-what-is-it-with.html+&cd=4&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

 

The Insider: Liverpool council’s press office.

HAVE standards slipped at Liverpool council’s press office since spinmeister general Matt Finnegan was suspended? According to official council documents seen by the Insider, the reading matter of choice at the press office has taken a distinctly comic turn. For on an order form for national and local daily newspapers there is one very special request – for a copy of the Beano (young lads magazine)  for senior press officer Richard Farnell. Could it be that one time parliamentary candidate Mr Farnell has a bit of Dennis the Menace about him or is he simply reliving his childhood days

https://www.thefreelibrary.com/The+Insider%3A+Liverpool+council%27s+press+office.-a0135460918

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

 

Vote of No Confidence in Rochdale Council leader Richard Farnell

Cllr Richard Farnell is overseeing austerity cuts to the most needy in our Borough at the same time as defending a 34% rise in Councillors allowances and a 51% rise for himself.

https://www.change.org/p/rochdale-councillors-vote-of-no-confidence-in-rochdale-council-leader-richard-farnell

Rochdale council leader brands political rival a ‘turd’ on Twitter

Richard Farnell was involved in a Twitter spat over apparent illegal parking

Rochdale council’s leader has branded a political rival a ‘turd’ on Twitter – for highlighting his apparent illegal parking.

Richard Farnell was snapped over the weekend on Drake Street in the centre of Rochdale, next to his car.

It was parked on double yellow lines and on ‘no loading at any time’ lines, clearly marked on the kerb.

When his apparent breach was pointed out to him online, Coun Farnell claimed he had a blue badge displayed out of shot.

 

However, although blue badges entitle holders to park on double yellow lines for up to three hours, they don’t if there are ‘no loading’ markings on the kerb.

When called out on it on Twitter, Coun Farnell responded with fury, calling his critics ‘plonkers’.

He replied to Lib Dem political rival David Hennigan, who had said he was ‘banged to rights’, with the tweet: “Who says so? You? No obstruction just a nasty turd trying to cause trouble.”

Parking illegally on a double yellow line carries a £70 fixed penalty notice.

In response to the spat the Liberal Democrats – who are campaigning hard in Rochdale ahead of the local elections – have called for Coun Farnell to be fined.

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/rochdale-council-leader-twitter-turd-11036496

Richard Farnell

“Councillor Richard Farnell is a trained journalist and communications professional.

 

My Sweet Landlord‏ @MySweetLandlord

Richard Farnell claims he knew nothing about Knowl View until 2014. As a journalist in 1995, did he miss this?

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/boys-in-special-school-were-at-risk-of-aids-1600318.html

He has worked on newspapers throughout the North West and worked in local government public relations for several years. He recently retired from Liverpool City Council where he ran their Press Office and was an advisor to the directly-elected Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson.

“Richard was elected a Labour Councillor for Balderstone and Kirkholt ward in 2012. It is his second stint on the Council after a 20-year break. Richard was previously Leader of the Council in the 1980s. He was elected Leader of the Labour Group and Leader of the Council in May 2014 and is responsible for the policy direction of the council. He is also responsible for regeneration and special projects and sits on the Board of the Rochdale Development Agency and Rochdale Boroughwide Housing.” [1]

Coun Richard Farnell, Rochdale Council leader, a position he came to as a result of a so-called “coup” in 2014 within the local Labour Party group. [1]

Farnell was the former head of Liverpool City Council’s press office. In early 2013 it was reported that “Richard Farnell has made it to 26 out of 29 meetings at Rochdale council since last May – despite being unable to work as office manager for Liverpool’s elected mayor Joe Anderson since last summer.” [2]

 

First broadcast in September 2013, this is the Channel 4 Dispatches documentary that explored the horrific scale of Cyril Smith‘s sexual abuse of children and the how the police, crown prosecution service and MI5 not only knew of his activities but actively protected him from being prosecuted for his crimes.


Cyril smith confesses to police combi

Of course, no one in the police forces involved, the CPS or in MI5 has been held to account for aiding and abetting Smith’s vile crimes against children

https://imincorrigible.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/cyril-smith-the-paedophile-mp-and-the-police-and-mi5-cover-up-dispatches-documentary-video/

Secret service infiltrated paedophile group to ‘blackmail establishment’

BRITISH security services infiltrated and funded the notorious Paedophile Information Exchange in a covert operation to identify and possibly blackmail establishment figures, a Home Office whistleblower alleges.

The former civil servant has told detectives investigating the activities of paedophiles in national politics that the Metropolitan Police’s Special Branch was orchestrating the child-sex lobbying group in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

The whistleblower, who has spoken exclusively to the Sunday Express, says he was also warned off asking why such a notorious group was being handed government money.

It emerged late last year that PIE was twice gave amounts of £35,000 in Home Office funding between 1977 and 1980, the £70,000 total equivalent to over £400,000 in today’s money.

Those details surfaced only after the whistleblower highlighted his concerns to campaigning Labour MP Tom Watson and his revelations have triggered an ongoing Home Office inquiry into why the cash was given to PIE which was abolished in 1985 after a number of prosecutions.

Until now, speculation about the grant has centred on Clifford Hindley, the late Home Office manager who approved the payments. However, the whistleblower told the Sunday Express he thought higher and more sinister powers were at play.

He has given a formal statement to that effect to detectives from Operation Fernbridge, which is looking into allegations of historic sex abuse at the Elm Guest House in south-west London

PIE, now considered one of the most notorious groups of the era, had gained respectability in political circles. Its members are said to have included establishment figures, and disgraced Liberal MP Cyril Smith was a friend of founder member Peter Righton.

In 1981, Tory MP Geoffrey Dickens used Parliamentary privilege to name Sir Peter Hayman, the deputy director of MI6, as a member of PIE and an active paedophile. In 1983 Mr Dickens gave the Home Office a dossier of what he claimed was evidence of a paedophile network of “big, big names, people in positions of power, influence and responsibility”. The Home Office says the dossier no longer exists.

Whistleblower Mr X, whose identity we have agreed to protect, became a very senior figure in local government before retiring a few years ago. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, he was a full-time consultant in the Home Office’s Voluntary Services Unit run by Clifford Hindley.

In 1979 Mr X was asked to examine a funding renewal application for PIE, but he became concerned because the organisation’s goal of seeking to abolish the age of consent “conflicted” with the child protection policies of the Department of Health and Social Security and asked for a meeting with Mr Hindley, his immediate boss.

PIE was being funded at the request of Special Branch which found it politically useful to identify people who were paedophiles. This led me not to pursue my objections. At that time, questioning anything to do with Special Branch, especially within the Home Office, was a ‘no-no’.

“I was under the clear belief that I was being instructed to back off and that his reference to Special Branch was expected to make me to do so.

He asked for a file the Home Office kept on PIE, but his request was refused. However, he was certain then Tory Home Office Minister Tim Raison, who died in 2011, must have signed the 1980 funding application.

Mr X has given a formal written statement to the inquiry set up last year into former Home Office links with PIE but has refused to meet the inquiry in person because he fears “repercussions” under the Official Secrets Act.

Special Branch was an integral part of the intelligence service gathering intelligence on spies and political threats to the state.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/485529/Special-Branch-funded-Paedophile-Information-Exchange-says-Home-Office-whistleblower

Dame Alun Roberts‏ @ciabaudo

So I’ll ask once again: What did do with the boxes of documents from Mary Moss?

Tim Raison – he was helped and promoted by alleged satanist William Whitelaw, becoming his PPS in the Northern Ireland Office in 1972.

Edward Heath made him a junior education minister under Margaret Thatcher the following year

He edited Crossbow, the Bow Group magazine

In 1967 he was also elected to Richmond upon Thames council

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2011/nov/10/sir-timothy-raison-obituary

Raison was a minister under Edward Heath and Margaret Thatcher, gaining a reputation as the keeper of the party’s conscience on such issues as immigration, refugees, child benefit and social policy.

thanks to the support of Willie Whitelaw, Raison served as Minister of State at the Home Office from 1979, and as Overseas Aid Minister from 1983

Mr Whitelaw’s team at the Home Office – Tim Raison and Leon Brittan

…member of the Inner London Education Authority

Timothy Raison was sworn of the Privy Council in 1982 and knighted in 1991.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/politics-obituaries/8877400/Sir-Timothy-Raison.html

From 1960 to 1966 he headed the Youth Service Development Council

Raison told me that if he had political heroes they would be Rab Butler and Sir Robert Peel

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/sir-timothy-raison-tory-minister-who-also-co-founded-new-scientist-6260304.html

He shared a flat in Tufton Street, near the House of Commons, with fellow Old Etonians Douglas Hurd and Philip Ziegler.

John Major was pps to Tim Raison 1981-83 at the Home Office

Clockmaker Keith Harding played vital role in Britain’s biggest child sex ring

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.

Leon Brittan and Cyril Smith were both regular visitors to the shop.

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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.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/576187/Keith-Harding-MPs-Leon-Brittan-Cyril-Smith-Jeremy-Thorpe

Corbyn Conundrum‏ @Jigsawman2014

,,,all at it together do you think? Northern MPs like Cyril and Brittan together with Savile and the Scarborough mafia?

 

Michael Evans @Mikey2017Evans

The IICSA say what is the link with Cyril, Keith Harding and MI5 Secret Services, why are they involved? ANSWER…

Establishment paedophiles Jimmy Savile and Keith Harding

The Freemason Lodge Mercurius 7507 Keith Harding, close friend of Cyril Smith was Grand Master of “The Spies Lodge”

Harding met MPs Cyril Smith and Leon Brittan in the 1980s when he ran a north London antiques store.

Thirty-five years ago he appeared alongside paedophile television presenter Jimmy Savile in a Christmas special of Jim’ll Fix It.

The lodge boasts of its Government Communications Headquarters heritage on its website.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/579523/Paedophile-Mason-lodge-GCHQ

One of his staff, who worked for him between 1980 and 1987, said: “Leon Brittan and Cyril Smith were both regular visitors to the shop.

Usually they would come in via the side door, other times they would ring the bell at the front entrance and come in.

“They’d straight away ask for Keith who would be coming down the stairs.

“Then they would then either go up to his office for a private meeting or they’d go out for several hours.”

The former worker added: “The shop had many high profile customers, including the Royals

Jeremy Thorpe too was an occasional visitor.”

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/576187/Keith-Harding-MPs-Leon-Brittan-Cyril-Smith-Jeremy-Thorpe

A British antiques expert who restored items for royalty was a child abuser involved in a notorious paedophile campaign group, the BBC can reveal.

Keith Harding was active in the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE), according to documents seen by the BBC.

A former chairman of the British Horological Institute, he appeared alongside Jimmy Savile in a Christmas edition of the BBC’s Jim’ll Fix It.

Harding, who died in June, had been convicted of sex offences in the 1950s.

A man who appeared on the Christmas 1980 episode as a boy has told BBC News the feature was “set up” by the production team, who approached the family and asked for a letter to Savile to be written.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-30051756

Lord Caccia (right), the Lord Prior of St John invests Mr Cyril Smith

 Lord Caccia (right), the Lord Prior of St John invests Mr Cyril Smith (left) the Liberal Party Chief Whip as a Serving Brother of the Order of St John at todays investiture at the Grand Priory Church, Clerkenwell. Mr Smith has served St John for 18 years and is currently president of the Roche Ambulance Cadet Division, Rochdale.

The Duke of Gloucester wearing the mantle of the Grand Prior of the Order at an investiture

Keith Harding had members of the royal family as clients and appeared with Jimmy Savile on Jim’ll Fix it

Savile with the Duke of Gloucester

Savile’s brother canvassed for Cyril – he even stood for election-Battersea with Honor Blackman as celeb attraction. And of course Honor was around Hebden Bridge – another Savile haunt – all palsy walsy.

Late Liberal Democrat MP Sir Cyril Smith had a close friendship with Jimmy Savile, The Sun has revealed.

Smith, who died in 2010 aged 82, reportedly bonded with Savile after meeting him at a medieval banquet forty years ago.

In his autobiography Big Cyril, the MP whom police have now acknowledged abused young boys, recounts meeting the DJ.

He said: “I once attended a medieval banquet at Worsley, Lancashire, along with Jimmy Savile. When I joined in the community singing, Jimmy blurted out: ‘You’ve got a nice voice there, Cyril, you must come on my programme!’ That’s how I ended up singing ‘She’s a Lassie from Lancashire’ on Clunk Click.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/11/29/paedophiles-cyril-smith-jimmy-savile-friends-_n_2210121.html

Jeremy Thorpe, Cyril Smith and Davis Steel

Paedophile  Sir Clement Freud was nominated for his knighthood by David Steel – who also put Cyril Smith up for the same gong 

  • Ex-Lib Dem leader Lord Steel nominated Clement Freud for a knighthood
  • Freud, a disgraced MP and former TV and radio star, became a Sir in 1987
  • Also revealed Lord Steel backed child abuser Cyril Smith for knighthood
  • Cabinet Office confirmed who proposed Freud to be a Sir after an appea

Cyril Smith admitted spanking and touching boys, but I let him stay, says Lord Steel

Lord Steel, the former Liberal leader, said he confronted Cyril Smith over allegations that he spanked and touched teenager

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/liberaldemocrats/10796546/Cyril-Smith-admitted-spanking-and-touching-boys-but-I-let-him-stay-says-Lord-Steel.html

 

Paedophile MP Cyril Smith was in league with another appalling child sex abuser who set up satanic rituals and raped children as young as TWO, the Sunday People has discovered.

Victim Michael Roberts, 40, today bravely puts aside his right to ­anonymity to tell for the first time how he was only six when he was sexually abused by 29-stone politician Smith.

And shockingly he has revealed his devil-worshipping stepdad Michael Horgan organised the horrendous ordeal. Horgan made a deal with the man who went on to be knighted after years as a ­respected Member of Parliament.

Michael claims Smith, who was also a close pal of Jimmy Savile, told him he had been “a naughty boy” before forcing him to take part in a perverted spanking and groping ritual.

Now studying for a counselling ­qualification, Michael fought back tears as he recalled: “I was frightened of him because of his size. But by then I was getting abused by so many people I’d just got used to it.”

Horgan, who has also used the name Shaun O’Donnell, became known as the High Priest of Satan.

Michael Horgan
Devil worshiper: Perv Michael Horgan organised abuse

He was jailed for 10 years and placed on the sex offenders’ register after he was found guilty of six sex abuse ­charges in 1992. Smith died in 2010 aged 82.

Horgan organised a series of satanic-themed orgies for like-minded paedos.

In one of them he raped little Michael and an even younger female child before watching on as others did the same.

He organised outdoor “parties” for these activities on Saddleworth Moor, where child killers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley had buried their victims.

Youngsters from two to 13 were drugged, tortured and sexually abused during the satanic “ceremonies”.

The shock revelation over the satanist and MP’s friendship raises questions over any role Smith and Jimmy Savile may have played in Horgan’s paedo ring.

Horgan was also pals with Raymond Hewlett, the child rapist questioned in relation to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

Michael added: “Michael Horgan used to take me out to ‘visit’ people ­regularly. It didn’t seem that far away. It didn’t take us long to get there. We went there in a taxi. Just me and Michael Horgan.

“I can’t remember where it was, just that it was a long row of houses and that it wasn’t far from where we lived in Rochdale.”

Michael says the visit had obviously been set up beforehand as local MP Smith ­greeted him by his first name when he walked in the room.

He added: “We went into the house. He was a big fat guy. They (Horgan and Cyril) were talking between themselves. It looked like it had been pre-planned because he (Cyril) said, ‘Hello, Michael.’

According to police records, prosecutors were given evidence about him in 1970, 1998 and 1999 but charges were never brought.

He was finally exposed as a ­paedophile in November last year. The Crown Prosecution Service admitted he should have been charged.

One of his victims claimed he was sexually abused in a room in the Houses Parliament as MPs walked past.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/pervert-mp-cyril-smith-pals-1546290

High priest of evil set free to prey on children
14 March 1999
The News of the World
Paul McMullan and Amanda Revell Walton

Satan sex monster abused his own kids..then let sick disciples do the same

A sick ‘high priest’ of Satan who raped his own kids, then handed them to devil worshipers for more abuse will this week be FREED to prey on other tots.

Michael Horgan hung his naked daughter and stepson on HOOKS and tied them to a CROSS so his ‘disciples’ could torture and film them.

Yet he only served half his ten-year jail sentence before being transferred to a bail hostel last May.

And on Tuesday the monster- whose youngest victim was only TWO -will be back on the streets unsupervised.

Vile Horgan, 50-who has changed his name to Shaun O’Donnell-would normally have his identity cloaked by the same laws which guarantee his victims anonymity.

But today his daughter Philomena, now 21, and stepson Michael, 26, have taken the amazingly brave decision to reveal themselves.

For they want the world to see the evil that is their father- and every parent to be warned that he is back on the loose. Philomena and Michael even found the courage to tell of the torment they suffered at Horgan’s hands as they grew up in Rochdale, Greater Manchester.

http://raymondhewlett.blogspot.com/1999/03/high-priest-of-evil-set-free-to-prey-on.html

 

‘Nick Clegg ignored letters from lawyers’ over Cyril Smith claims

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2013/feb/27/nick-clegg-ignored-letters-lawyers-cyril-smith

Nick Clegg refuses to hold inquiry into Cyril Smith child abuse allegations

The Liberal Democrat leader says allegations of child abuse spanning decades are a matter for police as he denies having any knowledge of rumours surrounding the former Rochdale MP

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/nick-clegg/10765504/Nick-Clegg-refuses-to-hold-inquiry-into-Cyril-Smith-child-abuse-allegations.html

Nick Clegg issued a tribute on his 80th birthday and when Cyril Smith died.

The man who knew nothing: As Cyril Smith furore grows, MPs and child campaigners scorn Clegg for claiming that he was too young to know about his abuse

  • Nick Clegg says he was too young to know about Smith’s vile acts
  • Allegations published in magazines in 1979 and aired publicly in 1987
  •  Smith’s actions known in Westminster and his constituency, critics say
  • Vince Cable said there could have been a cover-up on a ‘very large scale’

www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2604670/The-man-knew-As-Cyril-Smith-furore-grows-MPs-child-campaigners-scorn-Clegg-claiming-young-know-abuse.html

Cyril Smith and asbestsos

How the world’s biggest asbestos factory tried to stop campaigners exposing the killer dust’s dangers

Turner and Newall spied on journalists and activists before trying to accuse the of being communists in the 1980s

executives at Rochdale-based asbestos giant Turner and Newall monitored people they considered to be “subversive” and kept a dossier on their activities at the height of the debate about the mineral’s safety in the 1980s.

They also enlisted the help of disgraced Rochdale MP Cyril Smith in a clandestine but ultimately unsuccessful bid to discredit the makers of an award-winning documentary that told how asbestos workers were dying from cancer.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/how-the-worlds-biggest-asbestos-factory-tried-to-stop-campaigners-exposing-the-killer-dusts-dangers-a6798236.html

The boy who grew up to be Blair’s favourite priest

By FATHER MICHAEL SEED

Along my path, I met the late Cardinal Basil Hume. (Who invited Jimmy Savile to the Athenaeum Club.) This holy and humble man, with such a lively sense of fun and serenity, would become my mentor and friend. I was ordained a deacon in 1985.

On January 1, 1988, Cardinal Hume asked me if I would become his secretary for ecumenical affairs.

I accepted with joy and gratitude and began an eventful and extremely happy 11-year association with him, which I still cherish.

I was even more delighted when his successor, Cardinal Cormac Murphy- O’Connor, asked me, in spring 2000, if I would continue in that role during his tenure as archbishop – a ministry I still hold to this day.

Jimmy Savile & Cardinal Basil Hume

Sir Jimmy Savile causes anguish at the Athenaeum

The late Cardinal Basil Hume is being held responsible for the election of Sir Jimmy Savile as a member of the Athenaeum

Savile had to wait only two months before being admitted to the club in 1984.


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/celebritynews/9596850/Sir-Jimmy-Savile-causes-anguish-at-the-Athenaeum.html

 

Why did the CPS abandon investigation into Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor?

As the full scale of the British Establishment’s cover-up of child sex abuse becomes apparent, Alistair McBay argues it is time for the Crown Prosecution Service to make public its reasons for dropping the investigation into Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor 12 years ago.

http://www.secularism.org.uk/opinion/2015/03/why-did-the-cps-abandon-investigation-into-cardinal-cormac-murphy-oconnor

Fr Michael Seed of Knowl View

Tony Blair’s chaplain Fr Michael Seed describes being sexually abused by one of its teachers David Higgins.

 

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-manchester-34262186

Tony Blair’s priest fixed papal knighthoods for cash: Senior Catholic took up to £50k donations for honours

Andrew’s secret Palace talks with controversial priest, Fr Seed, who converted Tony Blair and the Duchess of Kent to Catholicism

Sir Eldon Griffiths
The wedding in Bury St Edmunds will be followed by a reception at the Athenaeum Club and a blessing the next day by Fr Michael Seed at the Carlton. 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2348630/Pippatips-Parody-Pippa-Middleton-peril-say-lawyers.html

Cyril Smith, This Is Your Life: A Timeline

Below is a timeline for Sir Cyril Smith MBE which we hope will provide a quick and easy reference resource. It is by no means definitive and if anyone has information that can help make it better then please post it as a comment. Even if we don’t add them to the timeline, such comments will be useful to anyone researching Cyril Smith in the future.

Timelines like this can be useful but they can also have their drawbacks. As a positive this one clearly highlights no less than 12 occasions when the police became aware, to a greater or lesser degree, of Cyril Smith’s offending or his unhealthy and illegal interest in young boys, These 12 entries are in bold.  In my view, this timeline also clearly demonstrates a cover-up and complicity by the authorities which allowed Cyril Smith to continue to offend.

As a negative, this timeline does not adequately illustrate the fact that Cyril Smith was continuously offending throughout the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. As I understand it, Greater Manchester Police are still investigating Cyril Smith’s sexual offending against young boys and hopefully a report will be published in due course which will better illustrate the appalling scale of Cyril Smith’s offending. However, until such a report is published this is the best that can be done.


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Sir Cyril Smith MBE. This Is Your Life.

Timelines

Knowl View School Timeline

1969 Knowl View Residential School for opened for children with learning difficulties.

1988 Concerns about the sexual behaviour of the boys were first passed to the council by Dr Alison Frazer, a child psychiatrist at Rochdale’s Birch Hill Hospital [3]

1990 Sept  An incident occurred involving an adult male intruder at the school. That intruder had sexual contact with one or more of the boys on school premises. Mellor report  [3]

1991 Rev Flowers, disgraced ex boss of Coop was vice-chair of the social services committee in 1991 [6]

1991 Mar Phil Shepherd visited Knowl View. 1 week later Phil Shepherd had written the report and submitted it to Mrs Diana Cavanagh, Director of Education. [3]

1991 Apr 11 Investigation by police and social services requested by DOE [5]

1991 May 31 Social Services say No case to answer!! [5]

1992 Feb Report  by Valerie Mellor, a consultant clinical psychologist. In it, Mrs Mellor said there was no doubt up to a quarter of the pupils at the 48-place school had been involved in serious sexual incidents and the activity had continued “over a very long period of time …. It is very difficult to believe that this behaviour had not come to the attention of at least some members of staff.” [3]  Her report suggested that sexual activity was at an end.

1992 c.Jul A pupil and a former pupil, both 14, were cautioned by police for soliciting in the town’s Smith Street lavatories [3]

1995 Knowl View School Closed down [5]Whistleblower Martin Digan, whose appointment as the school’s head of care heralded its closure [6]

1995 Sep 10 Independent [3]  John Pierce, Rochdale council’s chief executive, said police had reviewed the case again recently and found nothing requiring further action. He added: “The police have also stated quite clearly that they do not believe there is any substance in allegations of a ‘cover-up’ relating to incidents at the school and that all the issues involved were discussed and investigated at the time by a number of agencies and the necessary action taken then.”

2013 Sep 11 Exaro Nick Fielding [4]  Knowl View files. Council warned of scandal

2014 Apr 12 Telegraph Melanie Hall [8] and Liberal party allegedly ‘covered up’ MP Cyril Smith’s four decades of abusing children

2014 April Police began a fresh investigation into allegations of abuse and a possible cover-up at Knowl View. A separate independent inquiry is investigating whether Rochdale Council could have done more. [5]

2014 Jun 3 BBC Richard Bilton [5]  Knowl View: Report into abuse at Rochdale school ‘suppressed’

2014 Jun 3 FOI Request [1] for Shepherd Report on Knowl View

2014 Jul 7 ITV Council suspends review for police investigation [7]

2014 Sep 17 Shepherd Report [2] heavily redacted released in reply to Jun 3 2014 request.

https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2014/09/17/the-shepherd-report-1991-knowl-view-rochdale-child-abuse/


Cyril Smith Timeline

 

28th June 1928- Cyril Smith is born in Rochdale Lancashire, the illegitimate son of  Eva Smith who worked in service to a local cotton mill-owning family. He has a sister, Eunice and a brother Norman. They never learn who their father is.

1945- Cyril Smith joins the Liberal Party

1951- Cyril Smith leaves the Liberal Party and joins Labour

1952- Cyril Smith was elected a Labour Party councillor for the Falinge ward of Rochdale. As a councillor, Cyril became governor of twenty-nine local schools and would often visit them.

1956-  Cyril Smith buys St Mary’s Gate newsagent and tobacconist. (It was demolished in 1959 as part of a re-development scheme).

Late 1950s-Smith’s newsagent on St Mary’s Gate was put under police surveillance as there had been concerns that boys were entering from the rear of the property.  (Source Mike Smith, CID).

Late 50s-  Cyril Smith gets a criminal record and is bound over to keep the peace for twelve months after breaching public lottery laws and trying to sell a lottery ticket to the chief constable of Rochdale.

1960- Cyril Smith sets up and manages Rochdale’s first bingo hall with Fred Ratcliffe, the Rochdale football club chairman.

1961-  The first victim of Smith that the police know of was groomed in December 1961 after a visit to a school carol service.  The boy was fourteen years old and Cyril pays for singing lessons for him and soon sexually abuses him.

1962- Cyril Smith helps to set up Cambridge House, an independently run hostel for homeless boys funded by Rotary club and Rochdale council .

1964- Ronald Neal is physically attacked by Smith at Cambridge House, his head smashed against a wall and two teeth knocked out.  He is taken to hospital for stitches and but when he explained what had happened to him was advised to say he had fallen over.

lyndon price

Lyndon Price, Head of Social Services, Rochdale (1965-1971)

 1965 – Lyndon Price, Head of Social Services, Rochdale (1965-1971) goes to the Chief Constable Patrick Ross concerning allegations of improper behaviour by Cyril Smith at Cambridge House.Nothing was done at this time but soon after Cambridge House closed.

1966- Cyril Smith was appointed the Mayor of Rochdale and visits every single school in Rochdale that year.  He claimed that children love meeting him – ‘It’s like a fairy story for them’.

June 1966- Cyril Smith is appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) ‘For services to youth’ in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

1967- Cyril Smith MBE resigns the Labour whip and becomes an independent until 1970.

Knowl View Special School

Knowl View Special School

1969- Cyril Smith helps to found Knowl View Special School. He will be a governor of the school with his own access all areas pass key for the next 34 years.

Jack Tasker

Jack Tasker, Detective Constable Lancashire Police CID (1966-1973)

 1969-1970-  Rochdale Borough Police Force begin new investigation under the leadership of Chief Inspector Derek Wheater into Cyril Smith regarding  Cambridge House allegations, 8 former residents are witnesses. Finding his investigation being subtly obstructed, he asks Detective Constable Jack Tasker of the county CID to investigate. Tasker interviews Cyril Smith under caution. Smith denies the allegations but Tasker believes the 8 witnesses. However, before Jack Tasker can make his report 2 senior police officers demand all the evidence and order Tasker to cease his investigation. However, this was not a cover-up. The investigation was in fact taken over by Detective Superintendent Jack Watson who concluded that Smith “used his unique position to indulge in a sordid series of indecent episodes with young boys toward whom he had a special responsibility.”

Jack McCann MP

Jack McCann MP

Cyril Smith asked the then Rochdale MP John ‘Jack’ McCann for help and he spoke to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). Despite the evidence file running to 80 pages to case was swiftly dropped, the DPP commenting that “any charges of indecent assault found on these allegations, as well as being somewhat stale, would be in my view be completely without corroboration. Further, the character of some of these young men would be likely to render their evidence suspect.”

1970- Cyril Smith rejoins the Liberal Party and is controversially selected as the parliamentary candidate in the 1970 general election. He comes second.

1970- CPS records indicates file received on Smith, aged, 42, for allegation(s) relating to indecent obscene publications. (Source)

May 1972 – Smith is stripped of committee chairmanships when Labour regained control of council.

October 1972- Following the death of the Labour MP John ‘Jack’ McCann in July, Cyril Smith  is elected in a by-election  and becomes the member of Parliament for Rochdale.

1974- Smith is returned as Rochdale’s MP in both of the general elections of that year (Feb 28th and Oct 10th).

June 1975- Smith is appointed as the Liberal Party Chief Whip.

Tony Robinson

Detective Sergeant Tony Robinson of Lancashire Special Branch (1964-1981)

It is around this time that Detective Sergeant Tony Robinson of Lancashire Special Branch saw the Cyril Smith criminal file which had been locked in a safe at Lancashire Special Branch since the police investigations of 1969-1970.

Mid 1970s-Jimmy  Savile appears with Cyril in a Liberal Party political broadcast giving his backing to the party.

1976- Following the election of David Steel as leader of the Liberal Party, Cyril Smith resigns as Chief Whip for ‘health reasons’.

Paul Foulston

Detective Constable Paul Foulston, Thames Valley Police CID (1976-1988)

1976- In an unconnected investigation , Detective Constable Paul Foulston, Thames Valley Police CID visits a youth at Ashford Young Offenders Centre to eliminate him from a murder inquiry. He and his sergeant are spoken to outside of the centre by two Metropolitan Police Special Branch officers who attempt to  stop them interviewing the youth as it would “not be in the national interest” to do so. They ignored the warning and interviewed the 18 year old youth anyway. After the youth had been eliminated from the murder inquiry he proceeded to tell the two police officers that he had been in a relationship with Cyril Smith for many years and that he had been discarded for a younger boy who had in turn been discarded in favour of a boy even younger. Detective Constable Paul Foulston quotes the youth as saying ” that when they were young and tight, they excited him [Cyril Smith] when they became older he lost interest in them.”

March 1977- The parliamentary Liberal Party enter into a confidence and supply agreement with the Labour government (Lib/Lab Pact).

Soon after this Detective Sergeant Tony Robinson of Lancashire Special Branch was contacted by MI5 using the code term ‘Box 500’ demanding that the Cyril Smith file that was locked in their safe be sent by special courier that day to them in London.

Late 1970s-  Martin Digan, a social worker, begins work at Knowl View School.  He complained that Smith and his friend, the Conservative councillor, Harry Wild, chair of the board of govenors at Knowl View, would enter the school for no reason but to look at the boys.  Digan put in several complaints but was threatened with disciplinary action by the headmaster and warned not to complain about Smith again or else he would face dismissal.

Late 1970s- Ron Foynes, a member of the Royal Military Police Company based in central London says that Smith was detained on a number of occasions in the late 1970s by the Royal Parks Constabulary after he was caught ‘in acts of gross indecency with young lads’ in the public toilets close to the junction of Marlborough Road and the Mall.  On each occasion they had been told to discontinue their inquiries due to Smith’s status.

1978-  Cyril Smith molests an 11-year-old boy at the National Liberal Club in London.

May 1979- Smith is returned as Rochdale’s MP in the general election of that year.

Smith the Man-RAP

May 1979- The Rochdale Alternative Press(RAP) publish the Cambridge House allegations. The story is taken up by The New Statesman and Private Eye but none of the mass circulation newspapers take the story up. It is revealed following the death of Jeremy Thorpe that Thorpe’s defence barrister, George Carman QC, has put pressure on the press not to report the RAP allegations as it could prejudice his clients trial for Conspiracy to Murder.

In response to the RAP story about Smith a spokesman for the Liberal Party was quoted as saying, “All he seems to have done is spanked a few bare bottoms”

The Director of Public Prosecutions tells the Rochdale Alternative Press that they could not ‘confirm or deny’ receiving files of evidence incriminating Smith.

1980s-  Smiths car was pulled over on the motorway and a box of indecent images of children found in the boot.  He was put in a  cell but police received a phone call from London and he was released without charge.  Senior officers had threatened the officers involved with dismissal if Smith was not released immediately.

1981- Police operation started in 1981. It targeted south London addresses including a flat in Coronation Buildings, Lambeth – a tenement block less than a mile from Parliament and found substantial evidence of men abusing boys aged about 14. A hidden camera was installed in the flat with the help of a caretaker. Cyril Smith and a senior member of Britain’s intelligence services were among the suspects filmed. The investigation also had evidence on two senior police officers.

Cyril Smith was later arrested after reportedly taking part in a sex party with teenage boys  but he was released that night and a sergeant who wanted to keep him in custody was reprimanded.

June 1982- Following the police raid on the Elm Guest House, Barnes, South West London, allegations are made against Cyril Smith regarding the sexual abuse of a young boy. Much later in Sept 2013 Cyril Smith’s attendance at the guest house is confirmed by police.

1983/1984- CPS records indicate file received on Smith, aged 55, for allegation(s) in relation to Public Bodies Corrupt Practices Act 1889 [Bribery] (Source)

June 1983- Smith is returned as Rochdale’s MP in the general election of that year.

Done Hale

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Summer 1984- According to Don Hale, then editor of the Bury Messenger, he received a dossier concerning the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) and supporters within Parliament from Barbara Castle who was then a member of the European Parliament. Cyril Smith, who was not named in the documents visited him at his office and tried to persuade him that the allegations were “poppycock” and that he should not publish them. Later, Special Branch seized the documents. (Source)

June 1987- Smith is returned as Rochdale’s MP in the general election of that year.

1987-1989- Cyril Smith is investigated as part of Operation Hedgerow, an investigation which would expose two paedophile rings. Smith’s involvement is never followed up.

1988 – A former police officer has told how he called at a house in Stockport in 1988 after a complaint that the occupier had been committing a lewd act in his window in front of a newspaper boy. When he arrived he said Cyril Smith was there, together with a police officer in civilian clothes and two teenage boys, aged about 14 to 15 yrs old, both drunk – one a runaway from a children’s home.

Cyril Smith and the police officer left the house and the other man, a known offender, was cautioned. The retired police officer further alleges he was summoned to a meeting with a senior officer and mentoring officer and told ‘in no uncertain terms’ to say nothing about the incident (source).

3 March 1988- The Liberal Party merge with the SDP to form the Liberal Democrats

June 1988- After being nominated by David Steel, the leader of the Liberal Party faction, Cyril Smith MBE is knighted in the Birthday Honours list and becomes Sir Cyril Smith MBE.

July 1988- Paddy Ashdown is elected as the leader of the newly created Liberal Democrats.

1990s – Police investigate Smith regarding abuse Knowl View

April 1992- Sir Cyril Smith steps down as Rochdale’s MP.

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Martin Digan, former head of care at Knowl View Special Needs School in Rochdale

1994-  A boy under the age of eleven at Knowl View came to Martin Digan one night after having been sexually assaulted by a man fitting the description of Harry Wild.  The police were called.  Digan knew that Smith and Wilde both had keys to the school, but they did not have the alarm code and he could not understand how they were gaining access at night.  He eventually noticed that the headmaster’s office door was being left ajar at night.  In this office, he also discovered a report by the local health authority that had been presented to the council’s direction of education, Diana Cavanagh.  Cavanagh had instructed the author of the report ‘not to undertake any independent action’ or circulate the report any further.

It stated that boys aged eight to sixteen at Knowl View were at risk of AIDS and had been subjected to severe sexual abuse and violence by men from as far away from Sheffield who had travelled to Rochdale for this purpose.  The boys were being sold to paedophile gangs.’  Digan copied the papers, returned the originals, and made the report public although he omitted Smith and Wild’s names.  The publicity resulted in the closure of the school but Digan lost nearly everything and had to move home.  He also received phone calls from paedophiles threatening to target his children.

3 September 2010- Sir Cyril Smith MBE dies of cancer in a Rochdale nursing home.

November 2012, Greater Manchester Police  Assistant Chief Constable Steve Heywood said there was “overwhelming evidence” that young boys were sexually and physically abused by Sir Cyril Smith MBE.

April 2014- It was reported that there had been 144 complaints against Sir Cyril Smith MBE from victims as young as eight.

https://theneedleblog.wordpress.com/2015/01/07/cyril-smith-this-is-your-life-a-timeline/

How Cyril Smith abuse went unpunished

A former colleague of Steel, David, now Lord, Alton, tells Channel 4Dispatches that he discussed the allegations made by the Rochdale Alternative Paper about boys being stripped, beaten and subjected to bizarre “hygiene examinations” or “chastisements” from Smith at Cambridge House, with Steel. He claims Steel made “a facetious remark” saying that what Smith was accused of was “no different” from what went on in public schools all over the country.

Michael Meadowcroft, a former Liberal MP and colleague of Steel, tells the programme that: “Essentially as long as a colleague turns up and votes the right way you don’t really do much about their own problems.”

http://www.channel4.com/info/press/news/dispatches-reveals-how-cyril-smith-abuse-went-unpunished

Special Branch officers would watch as Smith cruised known pick-up spots looking for young rent boys during Liberal Party conferences in Blackpool, it was claimed yesterday.

Police were also allegedly aware that he secretly took vulnerable schoolboys on holiday with him and his mother to Lytham St Annes in Lancashire so he could abuse them.

Michael Meadowcroft wrote an obituary for paedophiles  Cyril Smith and Clement Freud.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2010/sep/03/sir-cyril-smith-obituary

Turns out it was Thorpe that was responsible. Former Isle of Ely MP Sir Clement Freud accused of abusing two girls between the late 1940s and 70s:

Former MP Michael Meadowcroft in an obituary wrote of how Freud became the MP for the Isle of Ely.

My recollection is that the contact came via Jeremy Thorpe,” wrote Meadowcroft, describing how Freud won the nomination in 1973.

“He won the nomination by thirteen votes to eight – a total vote hardly evidence for a massive association membership, particularly as he stated that the thirteen were residents of a care home across the road, drafted in to make the numbers look more respectable.”

https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2016/06/clement-freud-part-downfall/comment-page-1/

From: Michael Meadowcroft, Honorary Alderman, City of Leeds.
THE death of Sir Jimmy Savile has reminded me of my failed attempt to get him elected to the Leeds City Council as its last elected Alderman. In early 1972, Labour Alderman John Underwood died and, as the Local Government Bill then wending its way through parliament abolished the office of Alderman as a member of borough and county councils, this was likely to be the last ever vacancy. Jimmy had already made a name for himself locally and on the media and I had met him briefly when he “dropped in” at the Liberal party conference in Scarborough some years earlier. It occurred to me that it would bring some much-needed colour to the City Council if we had Jimmy as a member, not least because, despite his appearance and his gimmicks, he had a very serious side. I therefore contacted him and he asked me to call at his terrace house in Lower Woodhouse. We discussed what it would entail to be a City Council member, even if only for a couple of years, and he said he was prepared to be nominated but only on condition that it had cross-party support. I next went to see Alderman Frank Marshall, the Conservative Leader of the City Council but, alas, he was not prepared to back the proposal and I had to report back to Jimmy that we couldn’t take it forward. And so the chance to have Jimmy Savile on the City Council was missed!
[LIZ MACKEAN] Now in 1979 you read Private Eye, you read allegations about Cyril Smith. What did you make of that?

[MICHAEL MEADOWCROFT] There were whispers before that that there were problems, I don’t think we did much about it, maybe we should have done at the time but we didn’t

[LIZ MACKEAN] ‘Whispers of problems’ ?

[MICHAEL MEADOWCROFT] Yes that, that he had, he liked boys, and that was that, there was never any whispers that there was sexual activity as such.

[LIZ MACKEAN] Was he challenged or asked about it?

[MICHAEL MEADOWCROFT] Not that I know of.

[MICHAEL MEADOWCROFT] Certainly we expected something to happen in Rochdale if it was going to.

[LIZ MACKEAN] Do you think then it was decided that there was nothing in the allegations?

[MICHAEL MEADOWCROFT] Or that they couldn’t be sustained. Which…

[LIZ MACKEAN] Which obviously’s not the same thing…

[MICHAEL MEADOWCROFT] Not the same thing no.

[LIZ MACKEAN] The police believed them

[MICHAEL MEADOWCROFT] That’s right, yes, but they didn’t do anything at the time

[LIZ MACKEAN] They tried

[MICHAEL MEADOWCROFT] Right.

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Cyril Smith’s friends…Les Dawson, Ronnie Corbett, Bernard Manning,  Jim Bowen and Jimmy Crickey

https://books.google.com/books?id=XRSuAwAAQBAJ&pg=PT82&lpg=PT82&dq=Bernard+Manning+%2B+cyril+smith&source=bl&ots=dNmOvs3uC8&sig=iCOz3zxDZuhIpYZa2VSZLtcph2I&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjwiLTwuYnXAhXnilQKHZ4PDJMQ6AEIXTAM#v=onepage&q=Bernard%20Manning%20%2B%20cyril%20smith&f=false

Sir Cyril Smith, former Rochdale MP and friend of Manning, said: “Bernard was a heavyweight in more ways than one. A heavyweight to the literally hundreds of charitable causes that he supported all his life and raised thousands of pounds for.

http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/tribute-to-comic-accused-of-racism-1-2106651

 


Richard Farnell was an advisor to the Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson

 

Joseph Anderson from Liverpool is made a Officer of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth

Farnell was employed as Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson’s PR agent. Liverpool has longstanding csa issues.

http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1smsbai

Fiona Woolf and Joe Anderson

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson added: “I’m delighted that the new Lord Mayor has taken the opportunity to visit the city so early in her tenure.

“We have developed very cordial and positive relationships with the Lord Mayor’s office since establishing a presence in London and we are grateful for her help in promoting the UK’s International Festival for Business in Liverpool next year.”

https://www.insidermedia.com/insider/northwest/105057-london-lord-mayor-promote-ifb

JOE ANDERSON was elected mayor of Liverpool in May 2012. Anderson, 56, was born in Liverpool and raised in a tenement in the city centre. One of six children, he left school at 16 to join the merchant navy and then P&O Ferries. Anderson spent 12 years at sea, during which he became the National Union of Seamen’s youngest ever convenor, aged just 20. He then took a degree in social work at Liverpool John Moores University before joining Sefton council as a social worker in 1992. He was elected to the city council in 1998, becoming Labour leader in 2001. He became council leader in 2010.

Liverpool teacher acccused of downloading child porn quizzed over deleted files

8 MAY 2013

Labour Party Councillor & School teacher Ben Williams gets a tip off from Labour Mayor Joe Anderson & Deletes 207 files from his computer the day before the section 47 police raid a jury at Liverpool Court heard Ben Williams admit.

A FORMER councillor accused of downloading child porn deleted hundreds of files off his computer the day after his party leader revealed he was under investigation.

Liverpool’s Labour Party Lord Mayor Joe Anderson rooting for pie?

One-time Clubmoor councillor Benjamin Williams, 35, admitted he had removed 207 files from his computer’s memory the day after speaking to Liverpool Labour leader Cllr Joe Anderson in December 2007.

He was arrested two days later on suspicion of making indecent images. But Williams, of Townsend Avenue, Norris Green, yesterday insisted he had deleted the files to simply make his computer work more quickly.

History and politics teacher Williams had originally fallen under suspicion in October 2006 after the IT manager at Southport’s King George V (KGV) college discovered he had been putting explicit terms such as “Lolita” and “child porn” into school computers.

Theresa May and Joe Anderson

During his second day of evidence yesterday, Williams confirmed Cllr Anderson had told him a section 47 enquiry was underway. A section 47 enquiry is a joint social services and police investigation into child protection issues.

But Williams insisted he did not realise the police would be involved.

But prosecutor Peter Davies questioned Williams over why the very next day he deleted 207 files from his computer’s temporary internet cache.

He said: “I never, ever thought it was a sinister activity. I thought it was a way of making my computer work more effectively.

“I guess I would do it every week or two. The reason was totally innocuous.”

He insisted he regularly removed files from his computer when it was running slowly or freezing.

Williams denies 10 charges of downloading indecent images.

http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/liverpool-teacher-acccused-downloading-child-3445705

Councillor Richard Farnell

Shameless councillors cash in on rate rises with bumper pay hikes of up to 67 per cent

Rochdale Borough Council’s Labour leader Richard Farnell treated himself to a 51 per cent pay day – up to £47,304 from £31,224.

Grasping local government members are filling their pockets as ordinary people buckle under pressure of council tax increases

“It’s outrageous that in this time of austerity, when services are being cut to the bone, cabinet members are awarding themselves massive pay rises.

“The council is forever pleading poverty and has just started charging extra for garden waste collection – but there seems to be plenty of money to line the pockets of the powerful.

“This is absolutely sickening.
“What exactly have these politicans done to deserve these pay rises?

“How many taxpayers struggling with tax bills will have seen a pay rise of up to 50 per cent?
“Families expect their taxes to pay for social care and road maintenance, not to line the pockets of greedy politicans.”

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/3137493/councillors-bumper-pay-rise-rate-rise-increase/

Council leader Richard Farnell at first struggled to remember who Spanker Danczuk was, when he did remember he said he supports him 100%.

https://rochdaleherald.co.uk/2016/10/16/danczuk-less-popular-than-dog-shit/

LABOUR MP Simon Danczuk bombarded a 17-year-old girl with a string of vile sex messages.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/archives/politics/928287/want-me-to-spank-you-mp-simon-danczuk-49-sleazy-texts-to-girl-17/

Title: Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Regeneration

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About Councillor Richard Farnell

Councillor Richard Farnell is a trained journalist and communications professional. He has worked on newspapers throughout the North West and worked in local government public relations for several years.

He recently retired from Liverpool City Council where he ran their Press Office and was an advisor to the directly-elected Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson.

Richard was elected a Labour councillor for Balderstone and Kirkholt ward in 2012. It is his second stint on the council after a 20-year break. Richard was previously Leader of the council in the 1980s.

He was elected Leader of the Labour Group and Leader of the Council in May 2014 and is responsible for the policy direction of the council. He is also responsible for regeneration and special projects.

Richard, as a member of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, was appointed by the new major of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham in May 2017 as the City’s Region’s Lead for the Digital Economy.  He also serves as national vice-chair of the Cooperative Councils Innovative Network.

Regeneration of the boroughs town centres, attracting new firms and jobs to the area, and improving education, skills and opportunities for young people are major priorities for the Leader. Richard also wants to see Rochdale become one of most customer-friendly councils in the country.

Richard lives in Rochdale and is a supporter of Rochdale Hornets Rugby League Club, which is one of the first member-owned Co-operative clubs in England.

When I was a rentboy I often serviced Cyril Smith at the Strand Palace Hotel in the Charringcross Road. Cyril was unbelievably brutal and made me dress up as a Boy Scout. He used to give me thirty bob and my bus fare home.
Cyril Smith’s Tory councillor boyfriend
Harry Wild ‘groomed’ young prison inmates

24.11.17

Liberal MP Sir Cyril Smith’s councillor boyfriend preyed on young male inmates of a jail in Rochdale, a previously confidential police report reveals.

Harry Wild, who was a Conservative councillor in Rochdale and chairman of the council’s social services committee, is suspected to have shared with Smith a sexual interest in under-age boys.

Greater Manchester Police investigated Wild in 2000 over allegations that he, while a member of the board of visitors at Buckley Hall prison in Rochdale, attempted to groom young male inmates and indecently assaulted at least one of them.

A confidential 17-page report on the investigation, codenamed ‘Operation European’, described its findings as “somewhat disturbing”.

Prison staff told detectives that Wild used his position on the board of visitors, which acted as a watchdog for the prison, “to further his own sexual gratification”.

The report says: “The prison staff who have been interviewed at Buckley Hall have expressed concern about Wild and his unhealthy interest in young males and what they describe as ‘grooming’ of certain individual inmates.”

The national inquiry into child sexual abuse heard last month that Wild was also suspected of indecently assaulting a pupil at Knowl View special school in Rochdale. The inquiry’s “Rochdale” investigation was also told at hearings in October that Wild was Smith’s boyfriend.

Smith, who was Rochdale’s MP, and Wild were both governors of Knowl View, where child sexual abuse was rife.

A barrister to the inquiry referred to the Operation European report, but it was not made public. I asked for the report, and the inquiry has released the document.

It comes amid growing concerns about the scale of sexual and physical abuse of inmates at youth offender institutions and prisons.

On Tuesday, Durham Police announced that seven former members of staff at Medomsley detention centre near Consett have been charged in relation to allegations of abuse of young men there. More than 1,480 men have come forward to the police investigation, ‘Operation Seabrook’, with allegations of sexual or physical assaults at Medomsley.

GMP launched Operation European in 2000 because Wild had become a trustee of the Rochdale and District Youth Fitness Foundation, which claimed to promote physical education for people in the town aged 11 to 23.

Wild was then aged 66 and living in Rochdale with his mother. The police became aware of his role in the group because Wild wrote to the chief constable three months after it was founded to seek active support for it from the police.

Detectives wanted to establish whether he was a “fit and proper person to be involved with young people”.

Wild was 6’5 tall, an imposing figure who liked to dress in a Crombie coat down to his ankles and to wear black polished boots. He pretended to have been an army officer in the Household Cavalry, and inmates called him “the colonel”.

However, detectives found that he was never an officer, but joined the army under national service in 1951 and transferred to the Household Cavalry.

The report is marked, “IN STRICTEST CONFIDENCE”. It records the fact that he had long been a “big friend” of Smith. It adds that Smith was believed to have sponsored Wild for an MBE, which he was awarded for “services to the community”.

An official from the secretariat for the Home Office boards of visitors was to interview Wild about the allegations in 1997. But the interview did not go ahead after Wild resigned from the board of visitors.

Operation European investigated Wild’s activities at the prison as well as his background.

The report on the operation was sent to the GMP’s then chief constable, but said that there was insufficient evidence to charge him. Wild died the following year in 2001.

The report describes how Wild is alleged to have groomed young male inmates, for example, buying tobacco and chocolate for them, giving money to them, helping them secure parole, and picking them up on their release and taking them for meals.

It referred to one prisoner who was at Buckley Hall from 1996, saying:

“WILD took a personal interest in him. He brought in to him tobacco and chocolate and sent in, anonymously, presents of money, clothing and an electronic spell checker. [Name redacted] realised that WILD was homosexual and was attempting to groom him, but he decided to take advantage of the situation.”

After the prisoner was released in 1998, says the report:

“WILD picked him up on his release and took him for a meal. When WILD dropped him off in Burnley later the same day [name redacted] made it clear that there would be no relationship and he has not seen or heard of WILD since.”

The report then turns to the case of another prisoner, saying:

“WILD took an unhealthy interest in him and on one occasion grabbed his backside, an incident which was investigated by the prison authorities. [Name redacted] did not then, nor does he wish to now, make any formal complaint, although he has provided a statement for information purposes. On one occasion WILD asked him if he could take him for a meal on his release. [Name redacted] realised that WILD was homosexual and did his best to avoid him. There has been no contact since his release.”

The prison governor, Walter MacGowan, told officers that Wild was full of his own self-importance and a predatory homosexual:

“He described WILD as an overbearing bully who was arrogant and full of self important [sic] and through his dealings with him formed the opinion that he was a ‘predatory’ homosexual. He was extremely concerned about WILD’S excessive visits and as soon as the [name redacted] incident became known he ordered a full enquiry.”

Other staff described Wild as pompous, saying that he would boast of being well connected in political and social circles. He claimed to be a good friend of the then home secretary, Michael (later Lord) Howard.

The report sets out what several other staff told officers:

“Mary LOWERY was the Residential Manager for Alpha and Bravo units at Buckley Hall Prison. She too was concerned at WILD’s over familiarity with prisoners and recalls him telling her that he was making arrangements for a third party to give items of clothing to a prisoner upon release. She told him that this was totally inappropriate. WILD also asked her to watch over the previously mentioned prisoner, [name redacted] because he was concerned that older prisoners found him ‘attractive’. She describes WILD as having a tendency to be pompous with a ‘large’ presence and one who liked to make it known that he was well connected in political and social circles.”

“John McLAUGHLIN is a prison officer who was Visits and Segregation Supervisor at Buckley Hall Prison. He recalls WILD as a man who presented himself as a powerful figure both in and out of prison. The prisoners began to refer to WILD as the Colonel which he played upon. McLAUGHLIN was also concerned about the amount of attention WILD gave to the younger, fresh-faced prisoners, not appearing to take any interest in the older prisoners. McLAUGHLIN was aware of the [name redacted] incident and also knew of a letter which WILD had written to the Parole Board in support of an application made by [name redacted]. This was most unusual and not within the remit of a Board of Visitors Member.

“McLAUGHLIN recalls the previously mentioned [name redacted] and another prisoner by the name of [name redacted] as being two inmates in whom WILD has a particular interest. McLAUGHLIN described [name redacted] as different from the majority of prisoners, being of good family background and very sensitive. He recalls one occasion when [name redacted]’s parents came to visit and how WILD had hovered round [name redacted] for the whole two hours.

“He also recalls another prisoner, [name redacted (1)]… who also took a strong interest in [name redacted (2)]. [Name redacted (1)] was well versed in prison life and was serving a long sentence for violence. McLAUGHLIN believed that [name redacted (1)] was using [name redacted (2)] for his own personal gratification. Interestingly, WILD requested that [name redacted (1)] be moved from Buckley Hall, albeit that the transfer and movement of prisoners was not the concern of a Board of Visitors member. McLAUGHLIN felt that WILD saw [name redacted (1)] as direct opposition and an obstacle between himself and [name redacted (2)]. He too described WILD as a predatory homosexual who used the position as a Board of Visitors member to further his own sexual gratification.”

“Gary WALSH is a Security Manager at Buckley Hall and was informed by [name redacted] that WILD had put a letter in his parole file supporting his application. WALSH found this to be most unusual as never before had he heard of a Board of Visitors member doing so.”

“Thomas FOLEY, a prison officer… was involved with his colleague, WALSH, in interviewing [name redacted] with regards to the incident when WILD grabbed his backside. [Name redacted] also told FOLEY on the day of his release that WILD had asked him for his telephone number so that he could contact him later and take him for a drink or a meal.”

“Irene Veronica BIRD, was a Prison Controller at the Prison and now works as a Governor at a prison in Gloucestershire. She too had grave concerns with regards to WILD’s excessive visits and improper conduct towards prisoners. WILD told her that he was a computer expert and often travelled abroad. Interestingly WILD used her as a reference, and without her knowledge, when he reapplied to become a Board of Visitors member at six other prisons in the North West in 1998, an application which was immediately withdrawn when he was reminded of the allegations at Buckley Hall.”

“Trevor KAY is employed as a Probation Officer at Buckley Hall and had concerns regarding WILD when WILD submitted a letter supporting the parole application made by [name redacted]. It was unheard of for a Board of Visitors member to write such a letter and he had further concerns when WILD offered to make housing arrangements for a prisoner on his release. KAY was also involved in interviewing [name redacted] regarding allegations. [Name redacted] told him that WILD had made comments about him looking nice in shorts and had also asked him for his phone number so that he could take him for a meal and a drink upon his release.”

“Sandra KNIGHT, a Parole Clerk at the Prison, told WILD that his submission of a letter supporting the parole of a prisoner was inappropriate and irrelevant.”

“Janice WALTON was a Prison Officer at Buckley Hall and had met WILD previously whilst working as a store detective at Tesco’s, Rochdale. Although she didn’t know him by name at that time she remembers him always seeking the assistance of young trolley boys to help him with his shopping. One in particular, who she knew to be called [name redacted] had told her that WILD had said he would help him out when needed. WALTON was aware of the allegations made against WILD at Buckley Hall and on one occasion had put his arm around a prisoner called [name redacted] and had apparently spoken to him in a suggestive manner.”

“John Henry CLEMENTS was Chairman of the Board of Visitors at Buckley Hall at the time. He was concerned about the excessive number of visits WILD was making and that he was too familiar with prisoners with some of them calling him ‘Harry’. On another occasion he referred to an unknown prisoner as ‘a dear boy’. CLEMENTS was responsible for initially telling WILD about the allegations being made against him and showing him a letter outlining matters. WILD, having read the letter, replied ‘TOTAL AND UTTER RUBBISH AND UTTER NONSENSE.’ WILD then further stated, ‘IF THAT’S THE CASE, I AM RESIGNING’.

“Alan CROSSLAND is the Residential Manager at Buckley Hall Prison and he was aware of the allegations against WILD. He recalls bumping into WILD on Leeds Railway Station in 1997 and seeing him talking intensely to a young man who was introduced as WILD’s son (false). CROSSLAND was so concerned about matters that he submitted an internal intelligence memorandum regarding this event. The young man on the railway station has never been traced.”

“John LYNCH was Deputy Controller of Buckley Hall at the time and describes WILD as a pompous man who liked to name drop. He even stated that he was a good friend of Michael HOWARD, the then Home Secretary.

“Ian LOCKWOOD is HMP Area Manager for the North West Area, Prison Governors Manager and directly answerable to the Minister for Prisons and the Home Secretary. WILD told him that he was an agent for the Home Secretary. It was LOCKWOOD who instructed Walter MacGOWAN to carry out an investigation into the allegations against WILD.”

Detectives also asked Lyndon Price, then Rochdale’s director of social services, about Wild. The report says:

“PRICE describes WILD as ‘pompous’ and ‘overbearing’, he was bright and well connected to Cyril SMITH. He showed great interest in youth work with particular regards to young boys. WILD in his position had free access to, and would visit, children’s homes. Though PRICE had no evidence that he had acted in an improper manner towards children, he felt uneasy with regards to his interest and motives for involvement with children’s services. PRICE would follow up any visits by WILD. Around 1971 WILD told PRICE that he was being posted to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil by ICI to set up a fertiliser company. He disappeared, returning around the early 1980’s… In 1991, WILD became a member of Knowl View Governors having been co-opted by Cyril SMITH. Around 1995 WILD was elected to the Committee of Age Concern, Rochdale, and the following year became Chairman. In 1995 Cyril SMITH wrote to PRICE asking him to provide a written reference to support WILD’s nomination for the MBE. PRICE confirmed his previous work, and the following year WILD received his MBE. PRICE stated that WILD always sought positions that gave his [sic] respectability and that Cyril SMITH always promoted WILD’s rapid rise within any committee he sought to join.”

On Sylvia Kelly, who then ran Age Concern in Rochdale, the report says:

“Sylvia KELLY, when Chief Executive of Age Concern, Rochdale, was approached by Cyril SMITH with a request that she find suitable voluntary work for WILD within the organisation. She initially found WILD charming and was told by him that he had been proposed to be a Prison Visitor by Michael HOWARD, the then Home Secretary. He also told her that SMITH had told him to get a ‘gong’ by getting involved in a charitable organisation such as ‘Age Concern’. Once WILD became a committee member his attitude changed and he made it clear that he wanted people out of the organisation. WILD quickly introduced an associate of his… to the organisation… WILD made life very, very difficult for KELLY and she resigned about the same time as WILD got his MBE. WILD himself resigned shortly after getting the award.

“When being interviewed, Mrs KELLY intimated that she suspected that WILD had used Age Concern money to pay for a legal bill which she thought he had incurred and that an invoice had been sent to his home address by a firm of solicitors in Manchester, and that this somehow had been put through Age Concern’s accounts. This prompted further enquiries into the affairs of Age Concern in order to establish if a fraud had been committed.”

“No documentation or evidence was found to suggest that WILD had committed fraud whilst at Age Concern, Rochdale.”

The inquiry plans to publish a report on its “Rochdale” investigation by next April.

One of Smith’s close friends who was later implicated was a councillor and Freemason called Harry Wild, who chaired the education committee.
Where were the other councillors in all this? Why did they allow it, when they had a fair idea of how Smith, and Wild, were behaving? Why could the decent ones not manage to stop it? How many others of them were part of Smith’s paedophile network, and swung the voting, or succumbed to his forceful personality or simply accepted bribes? Predictably, Smith dominated Knowl View as he had Cambridge House, and used it as his personal brothel, shared with his friends, including the 21 men the GMP interviewed – who were they? Who was visiting Knowl View, which was functioning in the same way as Bryn Estyn in Wrexham? Councillor Harry Wild, chair of governors and of social services, was one, named along with Smith as at least voyeurs by Martin Digan, soon after Digan started working at Knowl View; and also at various times by the police. Teacher David Higgins was another, as we shall see.

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Christ’s Hospital School – three former members of staff arrested for sex abuse against 9 pupils at the school. Some students from CH sent to convicted paedophile Bishop Peter Ball

Christ’s Hospital School teacher guilty of indecently assaulting pupil

4 July 2019

A former teacher at a boarding school has been found guilty of indecently assaulting a pupil 43 years ago.

Roger Martin denied sexually abusing the boy, 10, at Christ’s Hospital School, in Horsham, West Sussex, between September and December 1976.

Martin, 83, from Great Dunham, near King’s Lynn, Norfolk, was jailed for four years following a trial at Hove Crown Court.

He was told he would be on the sex offenders register indefinitely.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-48869824

Christ’s Hospital School chaplain jailed over vile abuse of nine pupils across three decades

Gary Dobbie was found guilty last month of four counts of indecent assault against a boy between 1986 and 1991

12 JUN 2019

The chaplain of a top private school has been jailed for 12 years for abusing nine pupils across three decades.

Gary Dobbie was found guilty last month of four counts of indecent assault against a boy between 1986 and 1991, having already been convicted last year of abusing eight other pupils.

The 67-year-old was a teacher and chaplain at Christ’s Hospital School in Horsham, West Sussex when the assaults took place.

He was sentenced at Hove Crown Court on Wednesday to 12 years in jail for all 19 offences, a court official said.

He is one of five ex-teachers convicted after police investigated complaints spanning 30 years by 22 of the school’s former students.

For the latest on trials and court cases from across Birmingham and the West Midlands, join BirminghamLive’s Court Facebook group .

Following the sentencing current headmaster Simon Reid said: “It is hard to find the right words to express the depth of our sadness and dismay, as a school community, at the dreadfulness of this situation.

“We are deeply sorry that the school failed to protect the victims of these offences and those others who were entrusted to our care during what should have been happy and settled years.

“Our apology to them is heartfelt and we hope that this conviction, the culmination of what must have been a very difficult experience in the criminal justice process, will bring some measure of comfort.

“The school today is a very different place, one in which the safety, happiness and wellbeing of our pupils is at the centre of all we do.

“Close links with local statutory agencies help ensure that our practices and decision-making are compliant, effective and open.”

In the latest trial, Dobbie’s victim told jurors it was “habitual” for him to be groped during night visits to his on-site lodgings while he was given wine and once fed smoked oysters.

Dobbie preferred to smoke cigars but would buy Turkish cigarettes for his pupil and also assaulted the boy during two school trips, at one point drunkenly lunging at him in a violent and sexual manner.

Describing him as “a very civilised man” who loved indulging in the grandeur of high church traditions, the man said the whole school would attend Dobbie’s services in the chapel four or five times a week.

He told how visiting Dobbie was an “escape” from being bullied.

But he was shown little sympathy and instead groped under his school shirt while they sat alone on a sofa.

The married father, who still battles with urges to suppress the traumatic memories, said when he confided in a fellow teacher at the school he was told to “get over it and move on”.

Dobbie was arrested while teaching at independent Shrewsbury School, Shropshire, where he worked after leaving Christ’s Hospital. He then moved to France after living in Hereford.

He was found guilty last year of 15 charges detailing multiple offences against six boys and two girls as young as 12 between 1998 and 2001.

He had denied 12 counts of indecently assaulting four boys and two girls, attempting to indecently assault a boy and two counts of indecency with a child.

Sports coach Ajaz Karim, was jailed in August for 10 years after assaulting six girls between 1985 and 1993.

In July, James Husband, also known by his middle name of Andrew, was jailed for 17 years for raping and indecently assaulting a girl as young as 14 between 1990 and 1994.

Peter Webb and Peter Burr admitted indecently assaulting pupils at the school between the 1960s and 1980s and were also jailed.

Christ’s Hospital is one of the oldest boarding schools in the country, dating back to the 16th century, and the Queen is a patron.

Pupils still wear a Tudor-style uniform of a long blue coat and high yellow socks with boarders charged fees of up to £31,500 a year.

Poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Sir Barnes Wallis, inventor of the bouncing bomb, are counted among its famous alumni.

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/christs-hospital-school-chaplain-jailed-16420693


Christ’s Hospital ex-teacher Gary Dobbie guilty of abuse

3 MAY 2019

Dobbie will be sentenced on all counts on 12 June.

‘Extravagant’ chaplain, 67, at £35,000-a-year private boarding school ‘plied pupil with oysters, Turkish cigarettes and fine wines then molested him as pair watched Morse on TV

  • Gary Dobbie is accused of molesting one of his pupils between 1986 and 1991 
  • The pupil was being bullied and had turned to the chaplain for support 
  • But at parties and on one-on-one visits he would touch him, court was told  

23 Apr 2019

The chaplain at a £35,000-a-year private boarding school is accused of plying a pupil with smoked oysters, Turkish cigarettes and fine wines and molesting him.

Gary Dobbie, 67, assaulted the young boy over a five-year period between 1986 and 1991 when he worked as a chaplain and teacher at the prestigious Christ’s Hospital School in Horsham, West Sussex, his trial heard.

He would invite the alleged victim to lavish dinner parties at his on-site lodgings but also had him over when it was just the two of them, when they would sit in the dark and watch Inspector Morse, Hove Crown Court was told.

It was during these visits the chaplain allegedly molested the boy.

His trial was told Dobbie was an ‘extravagant’ chaplain who liked to dress up in full ecclesiastical robes in church and burn incense in the school chapel.

Opening the case Abigail Husbands, prosecuting, said: ‘He was treated to food and alcohol while at Mr Dobbie’s and offered smoked oysters, Turkish cigarettes and good wine.’

During these visits the court heard Dobbie would molest the pupil, pushing his hands down the front of his shirt and rubbing his chest and back. He would also swing him onto his lap and grope him, she told the court.

Christ’s Hospital is one of the oldest boarding schools in the country, dating back to the 16th century when it was founded in London by King Edward VI, who signed a Royal Charter for it just 11 days before his death in 1553.

Famous alumni include poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Sir Barnes Wallis – the inventor of the bouncing bomb.

Miss Husbands said the pupil in question had suffered a difficult time at the school and had been repeatedly bullied by his peers.

She said he turned to Dobbie for refuge and had become close to him.

But the jury was told the visits were ‘not all innocent’ and on ‘many, many times’ Dobbie had molested the boy at his home.

On one occasion the pupil went on a reading trip with him where Dobbie allegedly got drunk before violently manhandling him and pushing his hand down his shirt.

He was also assaulted on another school trip, the court was told.

The victim left Christ’s Hospital School after completing his A levels and went on to university.

The court heard he put the matter behind him and continued with his life but was contacted by police last year and was later interviewed by them in relation to the chaplain’s behaviour.

Dobbie was later arrested and charged with three counts of indecent assault relating to multiple offences between 1986 and 1991.

The case, which is expected to last more than a week, continues.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6950745/Gary-Dobbie-chaplain-Christs-Hospital-School-Horsham-court-child-sex-abuse.html

Former school chaplain to face trial over sex allegations

A top private school’s former chaplain will stand trial facing allegations he sexually abused one of his teenage pupils.

Gary Dobbie

Gary Dobbie is accused of assaulting the young boy on several occasions while he was a teacher at Christ’s Hospital School in West Sussex.

The 67-year-old, who was a head of house at one point and lived in the school grounds, denies three charges of indecent assault between 1986 and 1991.

Now living in Albi, France, after having previously lived in Hereford, he is set to stand trial in April, Sussex Police said.

Prosecutors decided not to proceed with allegations made against him by another of the school’s former pupils, a police spokesman said.

Before his arrest, Dobbie was teaching at Shrewsbury School.

The Queen is a patron of the site, now based in Horsham.

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/crime/2019/01/03/former-school-chaplain-to-face-trail-over-sex-allegations/

Rapist teacher fails in bid to reduce sentence

A FORMER teacher at a prestigious boarding school who was jailed for the abuse of a vulnerable pupil deserved every day of his term, top judges ruled yesterday.

Manipulative James Andrew Husband, 68, used his position at Christ’s Hospital School, Horsham, to groom the teenager for sex.

She was already vulnerable when he came to know her, a court heard, but acted in “gross breach of trust” to abuse her.

The crimes came to light many years later and in July this year, Husband was jailed for 17 years for rape and five indecent assaults. The married father, most recently of Wigginton Road, York, had denied the offences, claiming sex with the girl was consensual.

Yesterday he appealed against his sentence, but was told by three senior judges that 17 years was fully deserved.

Lord Justice Lindblom told the court the girl had taken Husband’s attention as “kindness”, but ultimately came to hate what he was doing. The abuse left her with lifelong “severe psychological harm”, as she has struggled to cope with her ordeal. She did not get the university place she wanted and has been unable to form meaningful relationships with men.

In her statement to Hove Crown Court in July, the victim, now an adult, described Husband’s conduct as “devious and manipulative”.

Dismissing his appeal against the sentence, Lord Justice Lindblom said the offending had involved a “significant degree of planning”.

“This was offending against a vulnerable child, involving a serious breach of trust,” he told London’s Court of Appeal.

“He had apparently shown no insight into his offending and expressed no remorse.We accept that it was a severe sentence to pass on a man of his age and of previous good character. But we are not persuaded that it was arguably manifestly excessive.”

The appeal was dismissed.

During his trial at Hove the court heard Husband told the girl: “It’s OK, I’ve had a vasectomy,” before raping her.

Husband was the fifth Christ’s Hospital School teacher to be convicted of sexually abusing students.

Over the five cases, the sexual abuse at the school spanned more than 30 years and involved 22 victims.

Judge Christine Henson, who placed Husband on the sex offenders register for life, said the victim had given “harrowing” evidence during the trial.

The judge told him: “You put yourself in the position of her mentor in order to make her feel special and dependent on you so you could do what you wanted sexually with her. She viewed you as a father figure, thus rendering the abuse of trust particularly acute.”

In her victim impact statement read to the court, the woman said: “The grooming process was devious and malignant. By making me feel special for the first time in my life I became dependent on him for my own feeling of self worth.”

She said Husband moulded her into his “plaything” and “puppet” so “he could do what he wanted to me”.

https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/17259103.rapist-teacher-fails-in-bid-to-reduce-sentence/


Christ’s Hospital School has now had to deal with some 24 pupils (two pending sentencing), 32 years, over 70 counts (charges) by six masters. This is a total disgrace.

a clear case of ‘gross negligence’ by the school authorities, as well as gross abuse against ‘children entrusted to the care of Christ’s Hospital School who came from vulnerable backgrounds’.

link

Roger Martin, a former teacher at the School, appeared today at Lewes Crown Court. Mr Martin entered a not guilty plea and was released on unconditional bail until his trial date on 11th March 2019 when he will appear at Lewes Crown Court.

https://www.christs-hospital.org.uk/christshospital-live/assets/File/Headmaster%27s%20Statement%20to%20Old%20Blues%2015%20August%202018.pdf

 

15 Aug 2018

Roger Martin T20180412

Hove Trial Centre Crown Court :

http://www.thelawpages.com/court-hearings-lists/Lewes-Crown-Court.php

Gary Dobbie T20170536 back in court 4 Sept 2018


. ..know that the recent 5 convictions are not the only CH (or ex-CH) teachers to have been convicted of serious offences:

Peter Brownlie, Ian Rowley, Hudson.

What I would like to see is an independent investigation or enquiry, run or chaired by someone with little or no connection to CH to fully look …

Ian Rowley (Staff 85-89)

his appointment as academic director of St Edward’s School, Oxford

http://trongon.blogspot.com/2011/03/

Former teacher, Ian Rowley, at prestigious private school ‘inappropriately touched’ pupil

A FORMER teacher is now on the Sex Offenders Register after he admitted ‘inappropriately touching’ one of his private school pupils.

Ian Rowley was sentenced at Oxford Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday after pleading guilty to one count of engaging in sexual activity with a boy.

Thames Valley Police said that in 2014, Oxford resident Rowley, 55, had ‘inappropriately touched’ a schoolboy, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

His victim was one of his pupils at St Edward’s School in North Oxford; a prestigious boarding school also known as Teddies, where he taught for more than 20 years.

Rowley started working at the school in 1994 but left in July last year, vacating his most recent role as a French teacher.

Rowley, of Cherwell Street in St Clement’s, was handed a 16 week prison sentence, suspended for 24 months, and ordered to pay costs of £85 and a £115 victim surcharge.

Investigating officer detective constable Holly Wood, of Thames Valley Police’s child abuse unit, said: “I am pleased that the defendant pleaded guilty to this offence, thereby sparing the victim from giving evidence.

“I would also like to praise the bravery of the victim in coming forward and throughout this process, which I know has been extremely distressing for him and his family.”

Magistrates also agreed Rowley, who was charged on February 28, must participate in a sex offenders’ treatment programme for 63 days.

He will be listed on the Sex Offenders Register for seven years.

Detective constable Wood added: “I would encourage anyone who has been a victim of this type of offence to report it to police by calling 101.

“You will be listened to, we will fully support you, and we will look to secure convictions wherever possible.”

St Edward’s School is based in Woodstock Road, Summertown and offers boarding and day school for boys and girls aged 13-18 years-old.

The school’s warden Stephen Jones said: “The wellbeing of the pupils in our care is our highest priority.

“We notified the appropriate external authorities as soon as we became aware of the allegation against Ian Rowley, and we have co-operated fully throughout the investigation that led to this sentence.

“We take our safeguarding responsibilities extremely seriously. This matter was brought to light via the school’s well-established speak-up culture, which is well understood by all pupils and staff.

“The Independent Schools Inspectorate recently reviewed our safeguarding procedures and judged them to be robust, and these policies are subject to regular review to ensure the highest standards are upheld.”

http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/15240613.Former_teacher_at_prestigious_private_school__inappropriately_touched__pupil/

Keith Hudson

Keith Hudson

A man convicted of possessing indecent images of young boys masturbating was cleared in 2001 by then Education Secretary Estelle Morris to work in all-girl schools.

In proceedings summarised on the internet, the tribunal heard medical evidence that science teacher Keith Hudson’s interest in young boys was “homosexual, paedophilic and inappropriate”, but that Ms Morris’s decision was justified because he had “no interest in girls”.

The tribunal, which was told that Ms Morris had imposed “the least onerous restrictions available to her”, backed her decision.

https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/men-were-cleared-to-work-in-school-1-2143733

The Paedophile Who Touts Himself as a Private Tutor

January 16, 2006

A CONVICTED paedophile banned from teaching male pupils is tutoring boys as young as nine in his home.

Keith Hudson’s decision to set up his own business as a private tutor prompted a headmistress to warn parents their children could be in danger.

But four years later he is still tutoring several youngsters, often unsupervised, every week.

Hudson, 52, from Crowborough, East Sussex, was arrested in 1996 over the importation of indecent and obscene magazines showing boys aged seven to 18.

He was convicted of five charges of possessing such material in 1998.

In 2001, Estelle Morris, then Education Secretary, placed him on List 99 of those barred or restricted from teaching.

He was allowed to continue teaching girls after medical evidence indicated that while his feelings towards boys were ‘homosexual, paedophilic and inappropriate’, he had ‘no interest in girls’.

But instead the self-confessed naturist, who lives alone, set up as a private teacher, renting a room in a business centre in wr, for lessons or inviting pupils to his detached [pounds sterling]300,000 home in a quiet cul-de-sac.

Last night, neighbours said most of Hudson’s pupils were boys, and ‘that only very few had been girls over the last few years’.

A neighbour said: ‘A few years ago I heard he was hanging around local schools trying to get business and a letter went out warning parents about him.’ Yesterday, Hudson, who was on the Sex Offenders Register until February 2003, claimed he was not a danger to children.

But in 2002, teachers in East Sussex used him as an example when warning parents about the risks of using private tutors.

Jenni Miller, headmistress of Roselands Infant School in Eastbourne, wrote to parents saying: ‘Our attention has been drawn to the fact parents have been approached by private tutors offering specialist tuition who are not of an acceptable professional standard and whose motivation for wanting to be a tutor might be dangerous to young people.

‘One such organisation about which we have concerns is The Sussex Learning Centre, which has Keith Hudson as principal tutor.

‘I have taken the exceptional step of writing to you because I believe the situation is sufficiently serious.’ At the time, Sussex police said they were ‘trying to close’ the legal loophole which allowed Hudson to set up as a tutor.

Neighbours said the children visiting his home were ‘nine or ten’, although some were old enough to drive.

One said: He has lived here for around 20 years on his own and hardly has any visitors other than the children.

‘But when he was still teaching in schools he used to have boys there for the weekend.

He has also had boys round to help with gardening. I’m not happy about it at all as most parents just come and drop their children off and are none the wiser about his past.

Hopefully it will now be out in the open and they will think twice.’

Hudson qualified as a teacher in 1973 and taught science and information technology in various schools until his arrest in 1996.

Yesterday he confirmed he was teaching as a private tutor. ‘Over the years I have enjoyed the support of many parents and I am grateful for that support,’ he said.

‘When I was assessed by a specialist medical advisor for the Secretary Of State For Education, her firm recommendation was that I should be allowed to continue with my tutoring business. I know that I am not any kind of danger to children.’

https://www.questia.com/read/1G1-140929779/the-paedophile-who-touts-himself-as-a-private-tutor

Mr Hudson, who runs learning centres in the Eastbourne and Haywards Heath areas.

https://www.tes.com/news/parents-warned-tutor-sex-offence-record

Keith Hudson – Haywards Heath Learning Centre · Syresham

https://leadquest.co.uk/mr+keith+hudson_haywards-heath-learning-centre_3I-gb

 

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Keith Hudson

Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the individuals and organisations consulted in helping her reach a decision in the case of the Keith Hudson List 99 determination. [43406]

7 Mar 2006 : Column 1442W
Ruth Kelly: Representatives from the following organisations were consulted in reaching a decision:

More House school

Surrey Social Services Department

National Identification Service, New Scotland Yard

Croydon Law Courts

HM Customs and Excise

Lewes Crown court

East Sussex county council

The Care Standards Tribunal

Sussex police

A consultant Forensic Psychiatrist

The Department does not release the names of individuals who supply information or evidence.

https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200506/cmhansrd/vo060307/text/60307w56.htm

 


Hudson, who you asked about, the “naturist” paed who killed himself in Holland to avoid extradition, was my 2nd form physics teacher and assistant housemaster. It was pretty clear even to the youngest naïf that there was something off about him

 

…most years it was JDS, Torkington, Goodall (at least for a couple of years), 3 or 4 Old Blues who had been in Scouts and would have been Undergraduate Age, and I think Dobbie went on at least one (he also went on the Lake District Trip with the Scouts in December 85, my UF,

Everyone heard the rumours about the Norfolk Broads trips

I went on a number of Broads trips, including one with a boat run by Dobbie – nothing ever happened…

Webb and Burr did turn up on summer camp staying on Burr’s boat next to the campsite, but I was never on the Broads with them.

Were there any mentions in the Blue in Summer 1996 of Dobbie leaving? Or did he quietly disappear?

I don’t think he left in 1996, I thought he became housemaster in 1993, was demoted in 1996 and went to Shrewsbury in 2003. He was still in close contact with several teachers after his departure

Gary Dobbie, pictured when he was Shrewsbury School’s chaplain, sexually abused students at Christ’s Hospital School

I’ve dug out my old stack of The Blue. Dobbie writes about stepping down as senior chaplain to focus on duties as a housemaster a few terms before it happens.

Going back further to 1994 this sentence in the Mid A house notes made me feel sick in light of the revelations during his trial:
“GWD cooked for the house monitors and invited guests, much fun had by all”.

…my ire for Poulton, Cairncross and Sillett who in the face of awful actions were awfully inactive.

Why was he demoted in 1993 to Assistant Chaplain, being replaced by A. Mitra?

…a copy of the letter sent to the Parents of those in Webb’s house when he left, including mine, which talks of his exemplary 18 years of service, and his need to leave the school on medical advice from stress brought on by the school reorganisation in preparation for the merger, including the moving of his boarding house. No mention of anything untoward.

The letter Craig refers to is a remarkable document. The school told parents a complete pack of lies. There is no other way to put it.

This isn’t going to get better for the school.

This thread confirms that there has been a long-standing policy of management cover-up of well-documented child abuse and this provides data including many strange practices for the “Four Eyes” proposal for a Truth & Reconciliation Inquiry “Way Ahead”
I simply cannot comprehend how the school could decide to bury Webb’s previous conviction rather than realise there would inevitably be other victims. There was a clear choice: protect the school, or be part of the solution. This was 2015 for goodness sake, three years ago, not the Middle Ages. I was a Donation Governor at the time; and I was never told a single word. Furious doesn’t even begin to describe it.

Had the school circulated details of Webb’s conviction and the police investigation more widely, I believe that more people would have come forward.

The first I knew about any of it was when the first four of the filthy five were charged.

One of the real disgraces is that the school was not honest with parents and so many pupils, both at CH and other schools, were left at risk.

I was a pupil at the school when Burr was moved on. Not a word was said to parents about him interfering with the pupils. The same happened with Webb. Not only was he moved on, but parents were told anything but the truth.

It is very suspicious that he was at CH for a short time, left under mysterious circumstances and then this happened in Wales later on.There are at least three (and possibly a lot more) separate newspaper reports that suggest a pattern in which offenders were quietly moved on with positive references, which is very disturbing. The pattern seems to suggest that CH administration consistently went out of their way to ensure that these people remained employed as teachers. It almost seems as if this was the official (but unwritten) policy. Why?

Dobbie was found guilty of 15 counts involving offences against six boys and two girls

It looks like CH was reckless about the plight of future victims and it is likely the subsequent employers of Karim and Dobbie would have relied on references from CH. It was said in court that Karim was given references by CH. Unless those two face charges for activities after they left CH we may never know any further detail.

It seems to be a criminal offence not to inform the police of a possible terrorist act yet it is not an offence to endanger minors by concealing knowledge of actual crimes such as these, let alone suspicions. I cannot understand why.

On one occasion, probably in 1978 or 1979, the entire dining hall united in a chant of ‘Pedo!, Pedo!, Pedo!, Pedo!, …’ while Peter Webb attempted to officiate at tea. This was extremely loud with a lot of shouting, banging of cutlery on tables, etc. with many hundreds of boys carrying out the chant. Peter Webb fled from the dining hall after a few minutes, and Mr. Fry arrived a few minutes later to restore order (which took Fry just a few gavel bangs). Too many boys were involved for punishments to be handed out. Peter Webb did not officiate in the dining hall any further following that event – although Webb continued at the school. So, as his duties were changed post-event, someone in authority must have known why this change in responsibility occurred and there might well be written documentation of this. For example, the Blue Book lists responsibilities for each master and Webb’s responsibilities were changed following this event.

Yet he remained at the school for another 4 or 5 years. Then he enjoyed a further 30 years at liberty before a feeble judge gave him a lenient sentence partly because he might otherwise die in prison.

And yet within 2 years (according to the transcript of the Sentencing Appeal hearing) in 1980 Webb was promoted to Housemaster.

Staggering!

……

What with all this talk of ‘the school knew, but did nothing’, my thoughts have turned to a bearded house-tutor who in the second half of the 1970s doubled as the c/o of the then-new Navy limb of the CCF. Whatever awful thing it was he did, he was expelled from the school staff post-haste, leaving a bad smell behind him. His name escapes me, but I believe he was only at CH for a couple of years. Surely I can’t be the only person who remembers him?

…of course the inconsistency which saw him removed in such short order while Webb and Burr were allowed to carry on, and on, and on

According to the 1976-1977 Blue Book, the CCF Naval Section was the responsibility of Lt. R.C. Durrant.

If you google R.C. Durrant you find that a teacher by that name, who taught at Christ’s Hospital, was found not-guilty in Wales in 2008, see:

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north- … ex-2810551

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north- … ex-2811014

http://www.chforum.info/php/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=5140&hilit=goodall&start=60

Poulton, Cairncross and Sillet

http://www.chforum.info/php/viewtopic.php?f=65&t=5209&start=45

McCall

 

However, I distinctly remember you called a house meeting I am guesssing like in 1993, and you explained to us that our Maths teacher Mr *****, was being marched off the because he had tried to lure a boy up into his flat. I was in the unnamed teachers set for maths (set 6 or 5 I believe) so I remember it well.

McCall got booted for luring boys up to his flat in 93? He’d been doing that for at least a decade prior and nobody seemed to bat an eyelid. I wonder what changed….

http://www.chforum.info/php/viewtopic.php?f=65&t=5209&start=165

Peter Phillip De Wharton Burr

Paedophile teacher has his sentence increased by top judges

Peter Burr abused boys at a prestigious school – and will spend an extra two years in jail

29 MAR 2018

A paedophile teacher who abused four young boys over four decades ago has had his “unduly lenient” jail term increased by top judges.

Peter Phillip De Wharton Burr, 73, of The Square, Kingswear, was a house tutor and physics teacher at a top boarding school.

He was jailed for four years in January after four former pupils came forward to say he had groped them in the 1960s and 1970s.

Burr pleaded guilty to nine counts of indecent assault and said he was “deeply, deeply sorry” for what he had done at Christ’s Hospital in Horsham, Sussex.

His punishment, however, was viewed as far too soft by the Solicitor General, Robert Buckland QC, who referred the case for top judges to look at again.

At London’s Appeal Court, Lord Justice Davis agreed he had got off too lightly – and upped his jail term to six years seven months.

The court heard Burr was well known at the school for his creepy sexualised behaviour towards the boys in his charge.

He would stalk the changing rooms and showers leering at boys in the nude or getting changed.

One of the victims was groped as he changed for PE and others were subjected to more serious sex attacks in his private study.

Three of the victims described having long-term psychological damage due to what happened to them.

One said he had been left with “a hole in his heart” and another said his childhood had been “ruined.”

All the victims had been chosen because they were “particularly vulnerable” boys.

Lawyers for Burr admitted the sentence of four years was “merciful” but pleaded with the judges not to increase it.

He had committed his crimes when aged in his 20s and had l left the school in the mid 1970s.

Burr had “acknowledged that what he did was appalling” and felt deep “shame” the court was told.

However, Lord Justice Davis, sitting with two other judges, ruled that the four-year term had to be increased, despite his “powerful personal mitigation.”

“It is always open to a judge to show mercy, but still our conclusion has to be that this sentence was unduly lenient,” he concluded.

Burr was caught after a victim revealed his ordeal to Vanessa Feltz’s radio show after claiming he was initially ignored by police.

One of the victims tried to report the crimes to officers at Horsham Police Station in 2000 but felt he was being “batted back” and no further action was taken, prosecutor Ahmed Hossain said.

It was not until December 3, 2016 that the victim was prompted to email the producer of Feltz’s BBC Radio London programme when she discussed the football abuse scandal.

The producer put him in touch with detectives and an investigation was launched after he made contact with police in February last year.

Burr was the West Sussex school’s second former teacher to be jailed in as many months in separate prosecutions.

Judge Christine Henson said he had demonstrated a “gross abuse of trust” and preyed on vulnerable boys who were reluctant to speak out after they had been given a place at the school because a parent had died or their family had a low income.

Burr invited pupils to visit his study for tea and cake and to watch television before fondling them.

One victim described how Burr enticed them with chocolate biscuits

The house tutor and physics teacher, who was responsible for patrolling bathrooms and dormitories, also became sexually aroused when he played with boys in the swimming pool, Mr Hossain said.

Christ’s Hospital head teacher Simon Reid said: “The victim testimony could have left no-one in any doubt as to the devastating and lasting impact of (Burr’s) actions.

“While these offences date back to the period 1969-73, and the school now provides the safest possible environment for its students, we will not shy away from continuing to challenge ourselves on every aspect of child protection.

“The thoughts of everyone at Christ’s Hospital school are very much with the victims in this case.”

Founded in the 16th century, the school charges boarders up to £31,500 a year and counts Sir Barnes Wallis, inventor of the bouncing bomb, and poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge as alumni.

Pupils still wear a Tudor-style uniform consisting of a long blue coat and high yellow socks.

One of the victims described the school at the time of Burr’s offences as having a “culture of corporal punishment” where pupils were told they were privileged to be attending, Mr Hossain said.

In a victim impact statement, one of the men, who was sent to Christ’s Hospital for free after his father died, said: “No matter how miserable the school made me, I believed it was my duty to go there and support my mother.

“Six times a day the pupils were told they ought to be thankful.

“There was no-one to turn to and no privacy.

“I learned that I had no rights and no status.

“There was no Harry Potter magic at Christ’s Hospital.”

He said he has struggled to maintain relationships and appears withdrawn, distant and arrogant as he tries to hide his past.

He added: “(Burr) could have been a good man and a decent teacher but instead he sat there like a stain and stole my childhood.”

Another victim said he felt confined to a life of celibacy as a result of Burr’s actions.

A third victim said he was not traumatised by the moment he had to forcefully push away Burr’s advances.

He said they had remained friends as he grew older and he was surprised to be considered a victim.

Burr, who arrived late to the hearing, was initially sentenced to three and a half years, but Judge Henson increased the term, saying she had said 42 months by mistake instead of 48 months.

He was also made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order.

Four other charges of indecent assault which he denied were left to lie on file.

Detective Inspector Wendy Burton said: “The victim did mention this to us when we met him last February and we made detailed enquiries, but we found no record of his making contact or reporting any allegations in 2000. However we fully investigated his report in 2017, and Burr has now been given a prison sentence. I can reassure victims that allegations and reports such as this are taken seriously and will be dealt with appropriately.”

She said the case was investigated fully in 2017 and she moved to reassured victims that such allegations are taken seriously.

Burr’s prosecution is part of a wider investigation into allegations of abuse by former teachers at the school.

Former house master Peter Webb, 74, was jailed for four years in December.

Three more men are due in court later this year. Police have said the prosecutions are not linked.

Ajaz Karim, 63, who lives in London, denies nine charges of indecent assault and one attempted indecent assault against six female pupils. He is due to stand trial in April.

James Husband, 67, of York, is accused of four counts of rape and five counts of indecently assaulting a woman.

Gary Dobbie, 66, of Albi, France, is charged with seven counts of indecent assault and one attempted indecent assault against two men, as well as three counts of indecently assaulting two women.

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/paedophile-teacher-sentence-increased-top-1396931#

Attempt to ban press coverage

Sussex Police began investigating teachers at the school in 2016 after allegations were made about Husband.

The cases, involving different victims and time periods, were treated as separate inquiries – apart from Dobbie and Husband, who were tried as co-defendants.

Publicity around the prosecutions prompted several more former pupils to come forward with complaints.

In October, barristers representing Burr, Karim, Dobbie and Husband tried to ban press coverage of court proceedings until all the cases had concluded – effectively attempting to delay publicity for the best part of a year – by claiming that it would be prejudicial to the defendants.

But Judge Christine Henson rejected the plea after it was challenged by Press Association in the public interest.

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/crime/2018/07/05/guilty-paedophile-ex-shrewsbury-school-teacher-abused-pupils-as-young-as-12/

Peter Burr who was convicted of abuse at Christ’s Hospital School – his full name is

Peter Phillip De Wharton Burr, 73, of The Square, Kingswear, was a house tutor and physics teacher at a top boarding school.

He was jailed for four years in January after four former pupils came forward to say he had groped them in the 1960s and 1970s.

Burr pleaded guilty to nine counts of indecent assault and said he was “deeply, deeply sorry” for what he had done at Christ’s Hospital in Horsham, Sussex.

His punishment, however, was viewed as far too soft by the Solicitor General, Robert Buckland QC, who referred the case for top judges to look at again.

At London’s Appeal Court, Lord Justice Davis agreed he had got off too lightly – and upped his jail term to six years seven months.

“PETER PHILIP, DE WHARTON BURR”

Max and Petronella de Wharton Burr with son

Peter  de Wharton Burr (from 1949 group)

Max de Wharton Burr  was his father

His mother Petronilla James

Belmont headmaster Max Burr with his wife Nilla visitng Cambridge

Burr was as mad as any head-master. Complementing his pathological hatred of rabbits and a carefully nurtured  charm to counterbalance his undoubted sadism was his belief that he was handy with a shotgun.

http://www.belmontschool-hassocks.org.uk/history-1920.html

I was able to identify the spot where Taft was shot by Max Burr trying out his new air pistol, and Dunsbier mi found where he had put an arrow through some unfortunate’s leg – although he couldn’t remember the victim’s name. The bloodstains had been grown over. There was a lot of shooting at Belmont in the 1950s.

http://www.belmontschool-hassocks.org.uk/events-2007.html

Peter Burr  writes:

If any OBs are in the Hassocks area, both my parents are buried in Clayton churchyard (my Mother’s ashes in my Father’s grave), and J’s ashes are in the same grave.

After my Mother’s death in 1998 I planted a yew tree in her memory, with a plaque, which is in the churchyard of St Mary’s Streatley on Thames (in front of the church, not behind). Perhaps there are those who might like to pay their respects. [item posted 1 Nov 2010]

Mr Max de Wharton Burr (Brighton College and Jesus College, Cambridge) became Headmaster of Belmont School in 1934

In 1933 Gilbert Evans took on as Assistant Headmaster Max de Wharton Burr

When Max Burr died in 1954, Max Burr’s wife appointed headmaster Christopher Barlow.

Violet Attlee, paedophile Christopher Barlow and Nilla Burr (mother of paedophile Peter Burr), with Clement Attllee, c.1956

However, there was a darker side to Christopher Barlow. He was a paedophile, whose excessive use of the cane made life a misery for many boys at the school. His behaviour would not have been tolerated in a more enlightened age.

Christopher Barlow died in 1990 and Nilla Burr in 1998.

…the last headmaster of the school, who would clearly be imprisoned today as a dangerous paedophile.

http://www.belmontschool-hassocks.org.uk/Harrovian.html

By 1971 numbers had dropped again to 67 and, with massive maintenance bills appearing, the school was running at a serious loss. No buyers could be found with a realistic prospect of continuing to run the school and in 1972 Mrs Burr closed the school and sold the site.

 

Christopher Barlow and Nilla Burr retired to adjacent apartments in Winchester.

 

http://www.belmontschool-hassocks.org.uk/history-1954.html

Belmont School, Hassocks 1904-1972

Mr Christopher Barlow (Stowe and King’s College, Cambridge ), a former Organ Scholar, took over as Headmaster, Mrs Burr remaining as business partner. There were 58 boys in the school in summer term 1958; 75 in 1965; 67 in 1971. There was a change in the most favoured destination schools with Stowe and Sherborne becoming the most prominent.

www.belmontschool-hassocks.org.uk

 

http://www.belmontschool-hassocks.org.uk/Docs/SDL-June-30-31.pdf

 

 

Down Belmont Lane – Belmont School, Hassocks

www.belmontschool-hassocks.org.uk



Science teacher Hudson was allowed to teach despite being a convicted sex offender in the UK when it emerged his details were on a banned list. 

Hudson was found guilty at Croydon Crown Court on five counts of moving and concealing indecent material after an operation by Dover customs officers in 1998.

He was placed on List 99, which gives details of people barred or restricted from the teaching profession due to misconduct or on medical grounds.

And he was also put on the Sex Offenders’ Register for four years with his details being added to East Sussex County Council’s internal restricted list.

But three years later he was allowed to teach girls by Estelle Morris, the Government’s then Education Secretary.

The Care Standards Tribunal backed Ms Morris’s decision and it heard medical evidence that while his feelings towards young boys were “inappropriate”, he had “no interest in girls”.

http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/1890771.Sussex_paedophile_to_be_deported_to_Holland/

January 2008

Paedophile teacher commits suicide

A paedophile teacher due to be extradited to the Netherlands for importing child abuse images has committed suicide.

Keith Hudson, 54, was due to fly to serve five months in a Dutch prison but did not turn up to Heathrow Airport.

Hudson, who ran private tuition company Sussex Learning Centre, had been granted bail on stringent conditions including the payment of a £10,000 security to City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court in central London.

A hearing to order the forfeiture of the money was arranged for today.

But Amelia Nice, for the Dutch authorities, told the court: “He failed to report to Heathrow. It has since been brought to our attention that apparently he has died.

“Apparently he committed suicide.”

Hudson, of Willowmead, Crowborough, has previous convictions in the UK for similar offences, had signed on as a sex offender for four years and been banned from working with boys.

He was found guilty of five counts of moving and concealing indecent material at Croydon Crown Court, following an operation by Dover customs officers in 1998.

A Care Standards Tribunal had heard he was not a risk to girls and limited the court’s earlier ban on teaching all children.

Education bosses at East Sussex County Council issued a warning to all schools in the area after the discovery that he was touting for business.

Then in 2002 he was found guilty of importing and stocking indecent images of boys in the Netherlands between April and December 1999.

However he was not in court for his sentence and a bid for his extradition from this country was later launched.

The disgraced tutor was arrested by Sussex and Met detectives at his home last month.

He lost his fight against his return and a Westminster judge ordered his extradition on December 27 last year.

Hudson was trusted to turn up to Heathrow on January 11 on stringent bail conditions including residence at his home address, daily reporting to police, and to have no contact with any person under 18.

On hearing the report of his death District Judge Quentin Purdy said he required confirmation from a police officer and adjourned the hearing to February 6.

The judge said if he has died the £10,000 would be returned.

September 2002

Porn teacher’s lessons alarm

A convicted sex offender is offering private tuition to young children.

Keith Hudson, found guilty of child abuse images offences in 1998, is advertising classes through his Crowborough-based company Sussex Learning Centre.

Teachers in East Sussex have warned parents to contact them before signing up with external schools and tutors.

Police said Hudson, 49, of Willowmead, Crowborough, is not breaking any law in setting up a private school despite being on the council’s internal restricted list.

They are attempting to close the loophole which allows men like Hudson, who was put on the Sex Offenders’Register for four years following his conviction, to offer their services to children.

Jenni Miller, headteacher of Roselands Infant School in Woodgate Road, Eastbourne, has sent a letter home to parents warning them of the possible threat.

She wrote: “Our attention has been drawn to the fact parents in the Uckfield area have been approached by private tutors offering specialist tuition who are not of an acceptable professional standard and whose motivation for wanting to be a tutor might be dangerous to young people.

“One such organisation about which we have concerns is the Sussex Learning Centre, which has Keith Hudson as principal tutor.

“I have taken the exceptional step of writing to you because I believe the situation is sufficiently serious.”

Hudson was found guilty at Croydon Crown Court on five counts of moving and concealing indecent material following an operation by Dover Customs officers.

Magazines containing indecent photographs of children were discovered in packages sent via the port.

Hudson was also placed on List 99, which gives details of people barred or restricted from the teaching profession due to misconduct or on medical grounds.

Education bosses at East Sussex County Council issued a warning to all schools in the area following the discovery he was touting for business.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: “There is a legal loophole which we are trying to close.

“There is nothing stopping Mr Hudson setting up a private teaching school.

“We’ll refer this to the Association of Chief Police Officers.”

Hudson last night said he saw nothing inappropriate in offering private tuition to young children.

Hudson, 49, who runs the Sussex Learning Centre, said he ran a ‘totally professional’ service which was approved by the police and the Government.

And he denied touting for business by circulating leaflets.

He added: “People’s fears are completely groundless. I don’t know what these fears are about.

“My service, in all respects, is extremely professional. It is checked by the police and they have no objection to it continuing.

“It is also checked by specialist agencies, including an advisor to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills.

“I’m sure if people were aware of the facts they would not be worried.”

However, education bosses at East Sussex County Council issued a warning to all schools in the area after discovering he was touting for business.

Hudson insisted he had not circulated leaflets offering one-to-one tuition to children as young as four.

He said: “This information is several years out of date. Most of my clients come through personal recommendations from one parent to another.”

Hudson said the teaching staff at the learning centre consisted of “mostly myself”.

He said he some tutor sessions were held at the learning centre, some at his home.

“They are held wherever parents want them to be held. “

Asked if he informed parents about being on the Sex Offenders Register, he said: “I have been told there is no need to tell parents.”

http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/1988433.Paedophile_teacher_commits_suicide/

Mr Hudson was convicted and fined in 1998 after being found in possession of magazines featuring indecent images of young boys.

But since then he has been distributing leaflets around a number of Eastbourne primary schools advertising his tutorial service.

Mr Hudson, who said at the time of his conviction that his interest in the magazines was limited to naturism, was removed from the county supply teacher list. He then set up a private tutoring centre called The Sussex Learning Centre.

This side-stepped the need for a criminal records check – a loophole the county council is still urging is closed by the government – four years after it sent letters of warning about Mr Hudson to parents in Eastbourne via local schools.

Hudson confirmed to national media this week that his business was still running. A council spokesman said, ‘This case involves a particular loophole we have previously highlighted, which allows a private tutor to teach children without any Criminal Records Bureau declaration or regulation.

‘We want to see private tuition services regulated, and urge the Minister to review the situation as a matter of utmost importance.’

The spokesman said Hudson had never been employed directly as a teacher by East Sussex County Council, but had police clearance for supply work prior to his conviction.

The spokesman said, ‘He was removed from the ESCC supply teacher list in 1998, as soon as we were aware of his conviction for possession of indecent images.

‘We immediately wrote to our schools telling them of our concerns about his unsuitability to work with children and provided a standard letter schools could use to inform parents.

‘Since his conviction, it has been our view that Mr Hudson was not suitable to work with any children.

‘Parents will find it bizarre that someone convicted of possessing indecent photographs of boys can teach children again.

‘We should all be especially concerned that a loophole like this means that someone with a conviction can set up as a private tutor and parents will often know nothing about their background.’

https://www.eastbourneherald.co.uk/news/teacher-still-allowed-to-work-despite-conviction-for-possessing-indecent-images-of-boys-1-1405224

Hudson has set up a “learning centre” based at his home

https://www.thefreelibrary.com/SICKENING!PAEDO%27S+PRIVATE+LESSONS+FOR+KIDS%3B+Police+and+council…-a092502312

Sussex Learning Centre

15 Willowmead
Crowborough, ENG TN6 1LW, United Kingdom

Year Established 1995

https://www.manta.com/ic/mtzfm6y/gb/sussex-learning-centre

http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/5124335.Porn_teacher_s_lessons_alarm/

Estelle Morris, Baroness Morris of Yardley

In September 2005, it was announced that Estelle Morris, would succeed Lady Kennedy of The Shaws as President of the National Children’s Bureau.

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

Her father, Charles, was a former MP and an aide to Harold Wilson. Her uncle, Lord (Alf) Morris of Manchester, was a Labour minister, for the disabled.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/profiles/estelle-morris-the-head-teacher-9242576.html

23 OCT 2012

There are now up to nine cases across the country in which male teachers named as paedophiles have been allowed to carry on teaching.

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/local-news/morris-cleared-sex-case-teacher-18822

Keith Hudson

His conviction dates from 1996 for possessing indecent images of boys. A science teacher from Sussex, Hudson, 52, was added to List 99. But in 2001 Estelle Morris, the education secretary at the time, cleared him to teach in an all-girls school after hearing medical evidence that said that while Hudson’s feelings towards boys were “homosexual, paedophilic and inappropriate”, he had “no interest in girls”.

In an interview with ITV News this weekend, Hudson said he posed no threat to youngsters: “I do not consider I have committed any sex offence – indeed no offence. I think, therefore, I should not be on the list.”

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2006/jan/16/schools.children

 


Christ’s Hospital School ex-sports coach jailed for sex abuse

9 Aug 2018

Ajaz Karim

A sports teacher at a private school has been sentenced to 10 years in jail for sexually abusing female students.

Ajaz Karim, 63, from Hammersmith, west London, was convicted of nine charges of indecent assault at Christ’s Hospital School in Horsham.

Hove Crown Court was told he abused six girls aged 14 to 18 between 1985 and 1993.

He was also found guilty at an earlier hearing of one count of attempted indecent assault.

He is one of a number of teaching staff at the West Sussex school who have been convicted of sexually abusing students.

Karim had claimed during the trial his relationship “with the girls and boys was one of friendship”.

Judge Christine Henson said Karim displayed a “complete disregard” and “continued arrogance” towards his victims, adding: “I’m in no doubt that you used your popularity as a teacher to groom your victims.

“They should have been safe and secure, sadly they were not.

“You have betrayed everything a teacher should stand for.”

He left the school after complaints from four pupils surfaced between 1990 and 1993.

Senior staff came under fire from victims over the way they handled the allegations.

Teachers never reported him to the police and he was initially allowed to carry on working, even with the girls in question.

‘Hugely traumatic’

Reading a victim’s statement, Oliver Dunkin, prosecuting, said the victim was “deeply disappointed” with the school’s handling of the incidents, which made it “hugely traumatic”.

“For 32 years I have lived with the deeply buried memory of events that took place with Mr Karim,” the statement read.

“Until recently I believed the impact had been minimal and I got on and lived my life.”

An NSPCC spokeswoman said Karim displayed a “shocking breach of trust”.

She added: “We hope today’s sentencing provides some sort of closure for those cruelly targeted by Karim.”

Karim was also made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-sussex-45129488


 

Retired teacher Roger Martin leaves Crawley Magistrates’ Court after denying sexually abusing a 10-year boy

Roger Martin today pleaded not guilty at Crawley Magistrates’ Court to  assaulting a boy at Christ’s Hospital School, Horsham, West Sussex

18 July 2018

A retired teacher has denied sexually abusing a 10-year-old pupil at a leading private school.

Roger Martin will stand trial after pleading not guilty at Crawley Magistrates’ Court earlier.

The 82-year-old is charged with indecently assaulting a boy at Christ’s Hospital School, Horsham, West Sussex, between September and December 1976.

The court heard the allegations involved a “vulnerable and homesick young boy”.

Mr Martin, of Palgrave Road, Great Dunham, near King’s Lynn, Norfolk, was investigated by the Sussex Police complex abuse unit after it was contacted with information for the first time in November 2017.

He was granted unconditional bail and is next due to appear at Lewes Crown Court on 15 August.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-sussex-44877088

The 82-year-old (pictured) will stand trial at Lewes Crown Court after denying indecently assaulting a 10-year-old 

Retired teacher, 82, denies sexually abusing ‘vulnerable and homesick’ boy, 10, at leading private school Christ’s Hospital

  • Roger Martin faces trial after pleading not guilty at Crawley Magistrates’ Court 
  • Charged with indecently assaulting boy at Christ’s Hospital School in Horsham 
  • The alleged attack at West Sussex school are said to have taken place in 1970s

18 July 2018

A retired teacher today denied sexually abusing a 10-year-old pupil at a leading private school.

Roger Martin, 82, will stand trial after pleading not guilty at Crawley Magistrates’ Court.

He is charged with indecently assaulting a boy at Christ’s Hospital School, Horsham, West Sussex, in the 1970s. The court heard the allegation involved a ‘vulnerable and homesick young boy’.

Dressed in a grey suit and brown shoes, Martin spoke loudly and clearly when he gave his credentials and entered the plea, answering ‘yes indeed’ to confirm he understood the next stage of proceedings.

Mr Martin, of Great Dunham, near King’s Lynn, Norfolk, was investigated by the Sussex Police complex abuse unit after it was contacted with information for the first time in November 2017.

He was granted unconditional bail and is due to appear at Lewes Crown Court on August 15 at 10am for a plea and trial preparation hearing.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5966445/Retired-teacher-82-denies-sexually-abusing-vulnerable-homesick-10-year-old.html

There are various references to Roger Martin throughout this forum. He was a pupil at CH  (1947-55) when I was there and subsequently served on the staff for two discrete spells.

Roger has come to my mind again recently on three counts:

1. I have written about him while reviewing Francis Warner’s Book By the Cam and the Isis in the Old Blue and in the forthcoming edition of the Blue
2. I just happened to be watching the old ITV Remembrance Day service from the 1970s in which he declaimed FWW poetry with great gusto and

Roger must be unique in coming to live at the school on three separate occasions; he will have a sharp insight into the changes that he observed over that period. Coming afresh on each occasion undoubtedly must have reinforced his impressions of CH which will have been different on each and every occasion.

Roger Martin at Christ’s Hospital School: Ba B 47-55, Staff 63-68 and 72-96

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I was taught by Roger Martin certainly as a third former and possibly second form or LE too (Latin and Divinity if memory serves me right)

When I was there Roger was a junior housemaster in Barnes A with Bob Sillett under “Pongo” Littlefield. He left round about the time I was in the LE or GE to teach at a school in Kenya, Starahe (?spelling).

http://www.chforum.info/php/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=1786&start=30

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Christ’s Hospital School where 5 teachers have been jailed for CSA:

http://www.itv.com/news/2018-07-05/two-more-christs-hospital-teachers-found-guilty-of-sex-attacks-on-pupils/

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Nigella, Lord Nigel Lawson, Tom Lawson

5 May 2015

Tom Lawson, son of Lord Lawson and half-brother of Nigella, was educated at Eton before going to Oxford, and is now deputy head of Christ’s Hospital school in Horsham, West Sussex.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/generalelection/general-election-2015-photographic-history-of-bullingdon-club-tracked-down-including-new-picture-of-10224679.html

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Leon Brittan, Lord Lawson, Keith Joseph

Lord Lawson say Police should stop funding investigations into historical abuse.

22/11/2015


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Lord Lawson’s daughter-in-law, Rosa Monckton, was good friends with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein. She has numerous numbers in Jeffrey Epstein’s back book. Tom Lawson’s half-brother, Dominic Lawson, married Rosa Monckton

Rosa Monckton married to Nigel Lawson’s son, speaking about close friend and paedophile, Jeffrey Epstein:

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

Both profiles intimated that Epstein had a predilection for young women but never went further.

Rosa Monckton recalls Epstein telling her that her daughter, Domenica, who suffers from Down syndrome, needed the sun, and that Rosa should feel free to bring her to his house in Palm Beach anytime.

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2003/03/jeffrey-epstein-200303

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

Rosa Monckton’s aunt was good friends with Jimmy Savile

[Jimmy Savile with Central Remedial Clinic founder Lady Valerie Goulding (Monckton)]

From left:..An Taoiseach Charles Haughey TD..Lady Valerie Goulding (Monckton) of the Central Remedial Clinic..Jimmy Savile.



  • Some students were sent from Christ Hospital School to paedophile Bishop Peter Ball for punishment.

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http://www.chforum.info/php/viewtopic.php?t=4549&start=45

alun;

The current headmaster (since 2016) at Eastbourne College is Tom Lawson, half-brother of Nigela and son of the Tory grandee Nigel who argued that no funds should be ploughed into historical child sex allegations.

Tom Lawson came to Eastbourne College from Christ’s Hospital where no fewer than 5 teachers have been convicted for CSA and where a common punishment used to be to send pupils down to Peter Ball’s house!

  • Some students were sent from Christ Hospital School to paedophile Bishop Peter Ball for punishment.

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http://www.chforum.info/php/viewtopic.php?t=4549&start=45

Another director of Eastbourne College was Alison ‘Butterfingers’ Saunders (2008 – 2014). Despite the collapse of an unprecedented number of abuse cases during her watch as DPP, she still insists she has done a good job:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5568129/Under-fire-CPS-boss-Alison-Saunders-NOT-contract-renewed.html

 

10 Dec 1991 – Letter from Peter Ball to Enoch Powell

alun:

The address on that note from Bishop Ball to Enoch Powell is significant: It is the postal address for Eastbourne College, where Peter Ball was on the BOD between 1991 and 1992, a school ravaged by cases of child sexual abuse.

 

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4406562/Two-ex-Eastbourne-College-teachers-sexually-assaulted-boy.html

 

Two retired teachers who sexually assaulted a boy while they taught at his college are jailed for a total of 17 years

  • Ex-history teacher Andrew Boxer, 67, was sentenced to 15 years in jail
  • Ex-music teacher Graham Jones, 63, was jailed for two years 
  • Both taught at Eastbourne College, East Sussex, at the time of the abuse, while the victim was a pupil there

Andrew Boxer and Graham Jones were both convicted of several counts of indecently assaulting the same boy between 1988 and 1993, following a week-long trial.

Former history teacher Boxer, 67, was sentenced to 15 years behind bars for seven counts of indecent assault – six at the same address in Eastbourne, East Sussex and another in Cambridge.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4406562/Two-ex-Eastbourne-College-teachers-sexually-assaulted-boy.html

 

The current headmaster (since 2016) at Eastbourne College is Tom Lawson, half-brother of Nigela and son of the Tory grandee Nigel who argued that no funds should be ploughed into historical child sex allegations.

Yet another director of Eastbourne College (1991 – 2004) was the Duke Of Devonshire Andrew Robert Buxton Cavendish, another close friend of Savile, BigEars and Bishop Ball, seen here giving Savile a silly handshake:

Dame Alun Roberts ‏ @ciabaudo

A punishment at Christ’s Hospital School was to be sent down for a few nights at Peter Ball’s house. I wonder whether those sending them down knew what their fate might be? And who were his ‘special friends’?

It would appear Tom Lawson was what is referred to as a ‘safe pair of hands’, stumbling from one paedo school to the next. He also worked at Winchester College for 15 years, where John Smyth QC abused boys:


EXCLUSIVE: Bullingdon Club 1996- Tom Lawson, the arms dealer's son and the 'mayhem' that took 30 cops to shut down
The former Chancellor’s son was part of a Bullingdon set that caused ‘mayhem’ at a party in Kingston Blount that required 30 police officers to clear up.

EXCLUSIVE: Bullingdon Club 1996- Tom Lawson, the arms dealer’s son and the ‘mayhem’ that took 30 cops to shut down

https://www.byline.com/project/30/article/700

Mr Hughes has now indicated that new complainants came forward following the media coverage of Peter Ball’s sentencing. It was considered that it was not in the public interest to pursue these cases, as Peter Ball has recently been incarcerated.

 

Peter Ball would pray naked with them at the altar and encourage them to submit to beatings. At least five more victims were schoolchildren.
Christ’s Hospital School supports Prince Charles’ Prince’s Trust
…the Prince’s Trust said: “We would like to thank the Christ’s Hospital community for all that you have done over the past year for fundraising so much for The Prince’s Trust as part of your Chapel Charities commitment.

 Former Christ’s Hospital teacher charged with historic sex offence

16 July 2018
A former teacher at Christ’s Hospital School has been charged with an historic sexual offence against a pupil. Police said Roger Martin, retired, of Palgrave Rd, Great Dunham, Kings Lynn, has been charged with sexually assaulting a 10-year-old boy at the school. The 82-year-old has been served with a summons to appear at Crawley Magistrates Court on July 18.

A spokesman for Sussex Police said: “This is a separate case to those of five other former teachers from the same School, who have already been subject of separate criminal proceedings – three have been convicted and sentenced and two have been convicted and await sentencing. “The prosecution follows an investigation by officers from the Sussex Police Complex Abuse Unit after information was received for the first time in November 2017.

https://www.wscountytimes.co.uk/news/crime/former-christ-s-hospital-teacher-charged-with-historic-sex-offence-1-8569431

He is accused of assaulting a 10-year-old boy at the school between September and December 1976

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-sussex-44848411

He is an Old Blue who left in 1955.
He returned to teach and be assistant house master of Prep A in 1963.

After a couple of years he went to Strahe (Starehe) School in Kenya and then returned to CH a couple of years later.

http://chforum.info/php/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=5166&p=140860&hilit=roger+martin#p140860

STAREHE UK ASSOCIATION – Fundraising and support for Starehe Boys’ Centre and Starehe Girls’ Centre in Nairobi, Kenya.

Roger Martin Director appointed   16 Nov 1991

https://companycheck.co.uk/company/00968223/STAREHE-UK-ASSOCIATION/companies-house-data

http://www.starehe.org/appeal/hrh_the_princess_royal.html

Griffin gave me his biography by Roger Martin, one time his deputy.

Roger Martin, a former Starehe head and author of the book Anthem of Bugles

The first and most significant history of the school was written by a former volunteer teacher: Roger Martin, Anthem of Bugles: The Story of Starehe Boys’ Centre and School (Nairobi, 1978)

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A particularly productive connection was made with Christ’s Hospital in Britain, a school similarly run on public school lines but with an intake of children based on a range of — arguably dubious — charitable criteria. Volunteers such as Peter Attenborough introduced many of Christ’s customs while others such as Roger Martin developed long-lasting connections which would see him publish Starehe’s first history, Anthem of Bugles, in 1978.

https://academic.oup.com/past/article/233/1/227/2915153

 


Christ’s Hospital School teacher jailed for pupil rape

13  July 2018

A former teacher at a top independent school in West Sussex has been sentenced to 17 years in jail for a string of sex offences including rape.

James Husband, 68, from York, was convicted of raping a 15-year-old pupil at Christ’s Hospital School in Horsham.

He was also found guilty at an earlier hearing at Hove Crown Court of five indecent assault charges on the girl.

During the trial, the court heard Husband told the girl: “It’s OK, I’ve had a vasectomy,” before raping her.

Husband, of Wigginton, is the fifth Christ’s Hospital School teacher to be convicted of sexually abusing students.

His crimes spanned a period of more than 30 years and involved 22 victims.

His co-defendant and a former head of house at the school Gary Dobbie, 66, of Albi, France, was convicted of 15 counts involving multiple offences against six boys and two girls as young as 12.

Dobbie, formerly of Hereford, was teaching at independent Shrewsbury School, in Shropshire, at the time of his arrest in 2016.

He has yet to be sentenced.

Jurors heard the abuse took place between 1990 and 2001 and that both men were friends and used to laugh together about their abuse.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-sussex-44817719


Christ’s Hospital teacher faces further sexual abuse allegations

5 July 2018

Prosecutor Eloise Marshall then told the court there were “outstanding matters” against Dobbie as “two other complainants had come forward during the course of the trial”. 

Gary Dobbie was found guilty was found guilty of 15 counts involving multiple offences against six boys and two girls as young as 12 between 1998 and 2001

Investigations are ongoing and no charges have so far been brought. Police have confirmed they are both former school pupils

Husband will be sentenced on July 13. A date is yet to be set for Dobbie

http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/national/16336070.christs-hospital-teacher-faces-further-sexual-abuse-allegations/

Two former teachers at Christ’s Hospital ​​school guilty of abusing pupils

Gary Dobbie and James Husband face jail as number of ex-staff convicted reaches five

5 July 2018

Two more teachers who worked at a top private school are facing jail after being found guilty of sexually abusing pupils.

Five teachers from Christ’s Hospital school have now been convicted after police investigated complaints made by 22 former students.

A jury of seven women and five men at Hove crown court deliberated for 25 hours and 43 minutes before returning their verdicts on the 21 counts against James Husband and Gary Dobbie on Thursday.

The two men, who were friends, would laugh together about their crimes, which took place over the course of 13 years while they lived and worked at the school in Horsham, West Sussex, the court was told.

Dobbie and Husband looked straight ahead from the dock and did not react as the verdicts were read out. The NSPCC described them as “predatory and calculated”

Peter Webb and Peter Burr were both jailed in the last year after admitting committing offences at the school between the 1960s and 1980s. Ajaz Karim was found guilty in April of assaulting six girls between 1985 and 1993 and is due to be sentenced in August.

Husband, 68, of Wigginton in York, was convicted of one count of rape and five of indecently assaulting a girl as young as 14 between 1990 and 1994. He had claimed they had “consensual sex” once when she was 16.

He told a 15-year-old pupil: “It’s OK, I’ve had a vasectomy,” before raping her, the court heard.

Afterwards, he confided in Dobbie about the encounter, who later joked with the girl that she had “beard rash”, indicating that he knew what had happened, the court heard. He also indecently assaulted the same pupil later on.

Husband’s victim described being “disgusted with herself” and said she felt suicidal. She reported him to the school’s chaplain but no action was taken. She said her mother did not believe her story.

Husband left the school after it emerged he was having a consensual affair with a 17-year-old pupil who was not underage and not a complainant in the case.

The married father, whose children were attending the school at the time, “deceived” senior staff by embarking on the affair, jurors heard. The former tutor and head of department talked about the “spur-of-the-moment” encounter which involved several instances leading from holding hands and kissing to sex.

Giving evidence in his defence, he spoke of his desire to kiss her during a period when he felt disgruntled with how the school was being run.

In a diary entry read to the court, the girl said: “Told too many people at school then decided to go for it. The fling. So got off with him on Saturday night. The most amazing thing. Happy.”

Dobbie, 66, of Albi in France and formerly of Hereford, was found guilty of 15 counts involving multiple offences against six boys and two girls as young as 12 between 1998 and 2001.

He was teaching at independent Shrewsbury school in Shropshire at the time of his arrest in 2016.

Dobbie groomed pupils by hosting dinner parties with favourite students at his house in the school grounds, the court heard. He would ply them with whisky and wine while encouraging them to talk about their sexual encounters.

At one of the gatherings, a victim recalls a man who also attended as a guest rating the boys in order of their attractiveness, to Dobbie’s “delight”.

On another occasion, after giving a girl alcohol, she came out of the bathroom to find Dobbie had undone his trousers and was “grinning at her”. Fearing that he wanted to have sex, she left the property.

After she left the school, she told her mother, who phoned housemaster Neil Flemming but no action was taken.

He took a boy as young as 12 to a bedroom, telling him to take off his breeches and underwear while Dobbie performed a sex act on himself, the court heard. Another boy recalls falling asleep on his sofa and waking up to find him kneeling beside him with his hand in his shirt.

Dobbie also helped to raise money for another pupil, who was abused over a period of six years, to take a gap year after leaving school and assaulted him when he returned for a visit.

Sussex police began investigating teachers at the school in 2016 after allegations were made about Husband.

Publicity around the prosecutions prompted several more former pupils to come forward with complaints.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jul/05/two-former-teachers-christs-hospital-school-guilty-abusing-pupils

In October, barristers representing Burr, Karim, Dobbie and Husband tried to ban press coverage of court proceedings until all the cases had concluded – effectively attempting to delay publicity for the best part of a year – by claiming that it would be prejudicial to the defendants.

But Judge Christine Henson rejected the plea after it was challenged by Press Association in the public interest.

Husband and Dobbie will be sentenced at a later date.


James Husband and Gary Dobbie trial is ongoing, but no further reporting by MSM since 15 June 2018

T20170536 GARY WILLIAM DOBBIE

T20177346 JAMES ANDREW HUSBAND

Hove Trial Centre 27 June 2019

http://causelist.org/hove-trial-centre/


 

Christ’s Hospital School: Rape accused tells of affair with 17-year-old

!5 June 2018

A former private school teacher accused of raping a 15-year-old girl has told of an affair with another student.

James Husband, 68, recalled the consensual liaison with a 17-year-old girl at Christ’s Hospital School while giving evidence in his trial.

Hove Crown Court heard he was married and his children attended the school during the “spur of the moment” affair.

He and co-defendant Gary Dobbie, ex-head of house at the Horsham school, both deny sexually abusing pupils.

Mr Husband, of Wigginton in York, denies four counts of rape and five of indecently assaulting a different pupil when she was as young as 14 between 1990 and 1994 while he taught at the prestigious school.

Mr Dobbie, 68, of Albi in France and formerly of Hereford, faces a string of allegations against six boys and two girls as young as 12 between 1998 and 2001.

He denies 12 counts of indecently assaulting four boys and two girls, attempting to indecently assault a boy and two counts of indecency with a child.

He was teaching at independent Shrewsbury School, Shropshire, at the time of his arrest in 2016.

Mr Husband left his job as a history teacher when it emerged he was having a consensual affair with the 17-year-old pupil who was not underage and is not a complainant in the case, jurors were told.

Giving evidence, he told the court there were several instances with the girl – from holding hands and kissing to sex – but said he did not consider it a relationship.

During cross-examination, the court heard him describe the moment he kissed the student on the lips after a disco at night in the school grounds.

He said: “I can see her in my mind’s eye looking up at me. I can remember the kiss.

“The look on her face suggested that she wanted me to.

“I wanted to kiss her.”

In a diary entry read to the court, the girl said: “Told too many people at school then decided to go for it. The fling.

“So got off with him on Saturday night. The most amazing thing. Happy.”

Mr Husband later conceded to the court that he had had sex with two 17-year-olds.

Addressing the charges involving the other girl which he denies, claiming they had consensual sex once when she was 16, he said: “I don’t know why [the alleged victim] has brought these allegations against me.”

Jurors previously heard he had told the girl when she was 15: “It’s OK, I’ve had a vasectomy,” before raping her.

The trial continues.


Hove Court  listings 14 June 2018

 

MSM seems to have stopped reporting on the Christ’s Hopsital School’s paedophile trial re: Gary Dobbie.  Last news report was on  1 June 2018, but case is ongoing (Dobbie being tried with James Husband)

www.thelawpages.com/court-hearings-lists/crown-court-lists-hearing-results.php

Court hears of ex-Shrewsbury School teacher’s 13 years of alleged child sex abuse

A former Shrewsbury School teacher accused of child sexual offences joked with a girl who had been raped by one of his colleagues, a court heard.

 

Gary Dobbie was working at Shrewsbury School when he was arrested on child sex abuse charges in 2016

Gary Dobbie told the 15-year-old girl that she had “beard rash”, indicating he knew what had happened, jurors were told on Thursday.

Dobbie, head of house at Christ’s Hospital School in the 1990s, was allegedly told about the encounter by history teacher James Husband,

Husband told the pupil “It’s OK, I’ve had a vasectomy” before raping her, the court heard.

The victim reported Husband to the Horsham school’s chaplain but no action was taken. Even her mother did not believe her story, Hove Crown Court heard.

Years of alleged abuse

The pair, who both worked at the prestigious West Sussex school and lived in the grounds, are standing trial after denying sexually abusing eight pupils over the course of 13 years.

Dobbie, aged 66, was teaching at Shrewsbury School at the time of his arrest in 2016.

Eloise Marshall, prosecuting, told the court victims believed the teachers would “laugh” together about their exploits.

Husband, 68, of Wigginton in York, denies four counts of rape and five of indecently assaulting a girl as young as 14 between 1990 and 1994. He claims they had “consensual sex” once when she was 16.

He left the school after it emerged he was having a consensual affair with a different pupil who was not underage and not a complainant in the case, Ms Marshall said.

The girl’s diary entries suggested they had sex in Husband’s study – which is where he is accused of abusing his alleged victim, the court heard.

Eight victims

Dobbie, of Albi in France and formerly of Hereford, faces a string of allegations against six boys and two girls as young as 12 between 1998 and 2001.

He denies 12 counts of indecently assaulting four boys and two girls, attempting to indecently assault a boy and two counts of indecency with a child.

Ms Marshall said: “Both the men knew each other and there is some evidence to suggest that they discussed what they were doing.”

Husband’s alleged victim “lay there like a rag doll” while he raped her and waited for it to be over, the court heard.

It became so frequent she began to “hate” what was happening, was “disgusted with herself” and was suicidal, Ms Marshall said.

‘Grooming’

Dobbie “groomed” pupils, by hosting dinner parties at his house in the school grounds with “favourite” students, jurors were told. He would allegedly ply them with whisky and wine while talk about their sexual encounters was “encouraged”.

At one of the gatherings an alleged victim recalls a man who also attended as a guest rating the boys in order of their attractiveness, to Dobbie’s “delight”, Ms Marshall said.

On another occasion after giving a girl alcohol, she came out of the bathroom to find Dobbie had undone his trousers and was “grinning at her”, the court heard. Fearing he wanted to have sex, she left the property.

She told her mother after she moved on from the school who phoned housemaster Neil Flemming but no action was taken, Ms Marshall said.

When questioned by police, Dobbie branded the claims “totally untrue”.

The trial heard how he took a boy as young as 12 to a bedroom and told him to take off his breeches and underwear while Dobbie performed a sex act on himself.

Another recalls falling asleep on Dobbie’s sofa and waking up to find him kneeling beside him with his hand in his shirt, Ms Marshall said.

The teacher even helped raise money for another pupil – allegedly abused over a period of six years – to take a gap year after leaving school but assaulted him when he returned for a visit, the court heard.

Founded in the 16th century, Christ’s Hospital charges boarders up to £31,500 a year and counts Sir Barnes Wallis, inventor of the bouncing bomb, and poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge as alumni.

Pupils still wear a Tudor-style uniform consisting of a long blue coat and high yellow socks.

The trial, expected to last six weeks, continues.

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/crime/2018/06/01/court-hears-of-ex-shrewsbury-school-teachers-13-years-of-alleged-child-sex-abuse/


Ajaz Karim

‘Smarmy’ sports coach is convicted of sexually abusing six girls from 14 to 18 at top private school

  • Ajaz Karim, 63, is convicted of seven counts of indecent and attempted assault
  • The former sports coach labelled his victims at Christ’s Hospital School ‘liars’ 
  • Former Eton College coach is the third Christ’s teacher convicted of sex assault

A sports coach who was employed at some of the UK’s top private schools and clubs has been convicted of indecently assaulting students.

Ajaz Karim, 63, has been found guilty of assaulting young girls at the prestigious Christ’s Hospital School in Horsham, West Sussex.

The once Ugandan refugee, a former pupil at the school whose education was funded by Sir Barnes Wallis, also coached at Eton College and The Queen’s Club.

A jury convicted the ex-coach of seven charges of indecent assault and one attempted indecent assault, at Brighton Crown Court on Thursday. The jury is deliberating on a further two indecent assault charges.

Karim’s victims were all aged between 14 and 18 when he taught them between 1985 and 1993.

The jury heard how Karim, of Hammersmith, west London, massaged a student’s ‘virtually naked body’ while she lay face down on the floor of his locked study.

Another girl was pushed up against a wall and kissed by her predatory teacher.

He claimed he was using alternative therapy the Bowen Technique and was teaching them breathing exercises to help when playing sports.

During cross-examination, he admitted he had no qualifications for the practice.

Senior staff at the school came under fire from the victims over the way they handled the allegations at the time.

Karim was not reported to the police and was initially allowed to carry on working – and teaching the girls in question.

Karim left the school after complaints from four pupils surfaced between 1990 and 1993.

He is the school’s third former teacher to be convicted of sexual abuse.

Divorced Karim, was seen as a school ‘success story’ because he was a refugee, gained a scholarship and returned to teach there, while also working at Champneys health club in London, and later at Eton College, Queen’s Club, and The Hurlingham Club.

His fees were even paid for by alumnus Sir Barnes Wallis, inventor of the bouncing bomb.

But the coach, described as ‘smarmy’ by his victims, went on to have ‘wholly unnecessary’ physical contact with students.

One of his victims told how he was laughing as she ran away after he tried to ‘snog her’ and she was shocked by his audacity.

Another said Karim spread rumours about her after she complained, which turned other pupils against her.

She said the experience had forced her to write off a large ‘chunk’ of her life.

Karim dismissed the allegations, saying he was friendly with students and there was nothing sexual in their relationships.

Former Christ's Hospital School headmaster Richard Poulton leaving Brighton Crown Court with his wife, after Ajaz Karim, 63, denies nine charges of indecent assault

Former Christ’s Hospital School headmaster Richard Poulton leaving Brighton Crown Court with his wife, after Ajaz Karim, 63, denies nine charges of indecent assault

Instead of admitting his crimes, Karim branded his victims liars, even accusing one of being a ‘manipulative’ attention seeker.

He said he was a ‘really good looking man at the time’ and was ‘offended’ anyone suggested he was attracted to her.

His 26-year-old son and ex-wife sat in the back of the court when Judge Christine Henson QC said he will face a lengthy prison sentence and remanded him in custody. He did not react.

Simon Reid, the school’s current headteacher, said: ‘We are deeply sorry that the offences committed by Ajaz Karim almost 30 years ago occurred here at Christ’s Hospital.

‘Child sexual abuse is an appalling violation of trust which can continue to have an impact on its victims long after it takes place.

‘We would like to thank those former pupils whose courage and strength meant that this individual will now finally face justice.’

He said the school’s safeguarding policy has been improved since the time of the offences and that ‘any allegations arising now would be dealt with in a very different way’.

Karim is the third Christ’s Hospital teacher to be convicted after ex-housemaster Peter Webb, 74, was jailed for four years after pleading guilty to 11 counts of indecently assaulting four boys, the youngest of whom was 11, over a decade during the 1970s and 1980s.

Retired teacher Peter Burr, 73, was also jailed for four years in January after admitting nine counts of indecently assaulting four boys aged 11 to 14 at the school between 1969 and 1973.

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5635079/Prestigious-Christs-Hospital-School-teacher-convicted-historic-sex-assaults-students.html

Karim denied the 10 charges, and branded his victims liars.

Judge Henson said Karim would not be sentenced before 23 July.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-sussex-43825607

Karim did not react as the guilty verdicts were announced. His son and ex-wife sat in the back of the court.

Divorced Karim, who has a 26-year-old son, described himself as an “arrogant young coach” whose job was to “bring out the potential in students”.

He was seen as a school “success story” because he was a refugee, gained a scholarship and returned to teach there while also working at Champneys health club in London, and later at Eton College, Queen’s Club, and The Hurlingham Club.

His fees were even paid for by alumnus Sir Barnes Wallis, inventor of the bouncing bomb.

http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/16171306.Private_school_sports_coach_convicted_of_indecently_assaulting_girls/

 Christ’s Hospital abuse accused ‘used alternative therapy’

13 Apr 2018

A sports coach accused of indecently assaulting pupils at a private school told a court there was nothing sexual in his actions as he was using a specialist sports injury technique.

Brighton Crown Court heard Ajaz Karim, 63, of Hammersmith, denies the 10 charges against him.

He said he practised an alternative therapy on pupils at Christ’s Hospital School called the Bowen technique.

“There was absolutely not anything sexual,” he said.

Mr Karim, of Baron’s Court Road, denies nine indecent assaults and one attempted indecent assault against six girls aged 14 to 18 between 1985 and 1993.

He told the jury: “My relationship with the girls and boys was one of friendship. I wanted to treat them like young adults. I was approachable.

“Teachers at Christ’s Hospital were like gods. You really could not approach them.

“There was a saying, if Mr Karim teases you that means he likes you.”

Former headmaster Richard Poulton has told the court Mr Karim was a Christ’s Hospital “success story” because he arrived as a refugee, went on to be educated at the Horsham school on a scholarship and later returned as staff.

Mr Karim described how President Idi Amin expelled Asians from Uganda in 1972 and his family arrived in the UK, adding: “We had lost everything.”

The court has heard claims he had unnecessary contact with students including giving one a massage while she was virtually naked and pushing another against a wall and kissing her.

Giving evidence, Mr Karim said he carried out some one-to-one sessions to teach students breathing exercises and on occasion would touch their shoulders with his thumbs or pressed on their lower backs.

He said he never touched them while they were naked or gave them massages.

Mr Karim also denied locking students in his study and claimed never to have known one of the complainants.

He said he did not recall some of the alleged incidents as it was a long time ago.

The court heard he was warned by the headmaster in 1990 not to talk to the girls when they were on their own and he “unfortunately” disobeyed this when he spoke to an alleged victim because he felt she needed help.

He said the situation then became difficult because he felt he was “treated like a criminal”, adding: “It broke my relationship with a wonderful headmaster. I really don’t know why I did that.”

The trial continues.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-sussex-43754461

Allegations against Christ’s Hospital School teacher ‘dealt with in-house as he was success story’

12 Apr 2019

A top public school headmaster took a “soft” approach to allegations a sports coach was inappropriate with female pupils because he was a “success story”, a court heard.

Richard Poulton, headmaster of Christ’s Hospital School in Horsham between 1987 and 1996, told Brighton Crown Court on Thursday complaints against Ajaz Karim were dealt with “in-house” because he was a popular teacher who had been a Ugandan refugee and former pupil.

The 63-year-old, of Hammersmith, West London, denies nine charges of indecent assault and one attempted indecent assault against six girls aged 14 to 18 at the school between 1985 and 1993.

Allegations include him massaging a student’s “virtually naked body” while she lay face down on the floor of his locked study and pushing another up against a wall and kissing her on the lips.

Mr Poulton told jurors he knew of complaints from four pupils over three years before asking for Karim’s resignation. He said he made it “absolutely clear” to Karim his behaviour was unacceptable after the first two were made in 1990.

Then the father of another student wrote to Mr Poulton in 1992, claiming Karim was making unwanted visits to his daughter’s room.

Karim left the school in 1993 after what Mr Poulton branded the “last straw” – when another student said she complained of inappropriate massages and kissing.

Dressed in a blue pin-stripe suit, white shirt, blue tie, and using a walking stick, Mr Poulton apologised on several occasions for the “vagueness” of his memory.

When asked why he did not sack Karim, the 75-year-old said: “[Asking for his resignation] was perhaps a soft way of bringing our contract to an end.In many ways he was very popular. He was a success story in Christ’s Hospital terms having come to us as a refugee and being given an education [before returning to teach].”

The school continued to pay his salary for another month after he left.

Mr Poulton said he had no knowledge of any of the allegations being “sexual”, describing the complaints as those of “over familiarity”, “undue physicality” and a “threat of massage”.

He said police and social services were not involved and claimed deputy head Elizabeth Cairncross – now the principal of Wells Cathedral School in Somerset – mainly handled the complaints and would deal with anything of a “female” or “intimate” nature from students.

He added: “It was totally dealt with by school masters and school mistresses and denied by Mr Karim.”

When asked if he knew one of the claims involved Karim giving a student a “full frontal body massage”, he said: “Outrageous, I never heard that alleged. I would have reported that to the police even though that was not protocol at that time.”

But in a letter to solicitors acting on behalf of Karim in October 1993 – a month after he left – Mr Poulton, referring to complaints by students, said: “Despite possible interpretations of its very explicit contents, I did not charge Mr Karim with sexual harassment.”

When asked in defence cross-examination if he was “covering his back” with the letter, Mr Poulton said: “I didn’t see and don’t see it was covering my back. I hope I did what was right in the circumstances.

Mr Poulton said the school had no written rule against teachers touching female pupils because it was “so obvious” and “common sense”, adding: “It was absolutely clear that it was forbidden.”

The trial continues on Friday.

http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/16156068.Allegations_against_teacher___39_dealt_with_in_house_as_he_was_success_story__39_/

10 Apr 2018

Christ’s Hospital School ‘warned girl of her name going in press over coach kissing allegations’

A top private school warned a “vulnerable” teenage pupil her name could appear in the press if they dealt publicly with allegations a sports coach kissed her, a court heard.

An alleged victim claims she was given two options by Christ’s Hospital School when her complaint about Ajaz Karim was brought to their attention – for the matter to be handled “very publicly” with her running the risk of being identified, or for him to be asked to leave the school.

Footage of the woman’s police interview was played to Brighton Crown Court on Tuesday as she discussed a series of alleged incidents in around 1992 or 1993 at the Horsham public school.

Karim, 63, of Hammersmith, West London, denies nine charges of indecent assault and one attempted indecent assault against six girls aged 14 to 18 at the school between 1985 and 1993.

He has since worked at Eton College, Queen’s Club, The Hurlingham Club, as well as the London branches of Champneys and Credit Suisse.

During the interview in May 2016, the woman told officers she started having “special (coaching) sessions” with Karim and he kept “name-dropping celebrities” when talking about his work at Champneys health club.

She said he started giving her massages while she was partially naked, telling police: “When you trust somebody, you go with it. He was a teacher, he was helping me.”

On another occasion he pushed her up against a wall in a boarding house, the court heard.

She said: “He kissed me on my face and then on my mouth. And I couldn’t move my arms because he was holding them.”

The following academic year she said she agreed to let a friend tell the senior management team – headmaster Richard Poulton, deputy head Elizabeth Cairncross and housemaster Bob Sillett – on the condition her name was not given and no action was taken.

She said she felt “ashamed and uncomfortable” and only wanted the matter on record should anyone else come forward in the future. But her friend said the teachers knew it was her and that other complaints had already been made.

Jurors heard how she was asked to speak to Mr Sillett in the evening and write a statement.

She said: “(He told me) I have a choice. We can either go very public. His (Karim’s) name would be dragged through the press. I was told he was married and has a young family.”

But she said there was an implication her name could be published, adding: “It was just completely not what a 17 or 18-year-old who was trying to do the right thing wanted to hear.

“Or (I was told) we can make it known to him that you have come forward and make him resign.”

She said she chose the latter, adding: “I completely put my trust in them (the school) that they had my best interests at heart.”

Afterwards she said she felt “very isolated” when Karim continued to teach her, claiming others were “frustrated” with her when he then left because they had “listened to a load of waffle he had told them”.

She added: “The whole thing was really poorly handled.

“It has taken me a really long time to get my head around it. I have written off a chunk of my life because of my experience.”

Mrs Cairncross – who worked at the school between 1986 and 2000 – described the alleged victim as “vulnerable” and said she was the third girl she was aware of who had complained about Karim.

Giving evidence, the current principal of Wells Cathedral School in Somerset told the court she was Christ Hospital’s designated child protection officer at the time of the allegations but headmaster Mr Poulton was in charge of safeguarding.

She said she “could not recall” when the first two girls – who spoke to her together – made the complaints but during a meeting staff held with Karim he “strongly denied” the allegations and was “defensive”.

She said after the third complaint was made, Karim was on what would now be described as a “final warning”, adding: “He was told to leave the school. He was dismissed.”

The trial continues.

http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/16149913.School___39_warned_girl_of_her_name_going_in_press_over_coach_kissing_allegations__39_/

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Freemason Bob Sillett

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Dr Robert David Taylor Sillett, MBE

‘It has been a great honour for me to have been awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours. The citation is for services to the community and helping others.

All my many friends in Freemasonry both Provincially, Nationally and Internationally have been very supportive of one aspect of my work since retirement in 2001. It was very clear to me at the time that there was a void in my life that needed filling. Raising money for Down Syndrome Education International has been one area and I thank all those Freemasons who have helped me raise a lot of money through my presentations in several degrees.

‘Serving the needs of others was constantly in my mind during my professional career at Christ’s Hospital.

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Dr. Robert Sillett from Billingshurst is made an MBE by Princess Anne at Buckingham Palace. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.  Thursday May 1, 2014

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Robert David Sillett

Board Member at Downs Education International

Experience

Position, Academic Staff – CH Publications

President – Band

Position, Academic Staff – Switzerland

Position, Staff – Christ’s Hospital

Deputy Head – Christ’s Hospital

Affiliations

Member of the Building Committee – Sports Centre

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Bob Sillett Bob has been nominated to carry the Olympic Flame with Lloyds TSB in the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay. Bob Sillett retired from teaching in 2001 …

Bob Sillett Bob has been nominated to carry the Olympic Flame with Lloyds TSB in the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay. Bob Sillett retired from teaching in 2001 after 38 years of service ending his career as deputy head at Christ’s Hospital School, a school for disadvantaged children. Since then he has lectured all over the world and raised over £50,000 for the Downs Educational Research Trust which works to support children with Downs Syndrome with their learning. He is now a Director of Downs Education International.He is also a governor at Christ’s Hospital School, a Chairman of the Trustees at Dauxwood Pre-school in Billingshurst West Sussex and a mentor to hundreds of former pupils of his school.

http://www.christs-hospital.org.uk/new-year-honours-for-2014/

Former Deputy Head of Christ’s Hospital, Dr Robert Sillett (pictured) has become an MBE for services to the local community and to charity.Dr Sillett was appoin…

CHA and Christ’s Hospital-related Events

The Chairman was Bob Sillett, the Responder was Harriet Griffiths (nee Richmond) and the Chief Steward was Ian Rodgers. Bob Sillett in front of the CH Dining Ha…

Bob Sillett, from Billingshurst, was awarded an MBE earlier this week for his charity work.

On my compulsory retirement in 2001, at the relatively young age of 61 I found adjustment to life outside the school difficult. A conscious decision was taken to become involved again in as many areas as possible. Part time teaching, academic coaching, serving on many committees and being a trustee of many organisations. The range was considerable from being a director and trustee of Downs Education

International, the Benevolent Society of Blues, involvement in the church initially at Billingshurst and now at Wisborough Green and being a holding trustee at the remarkably efficient Dauxwood Pre-school in Billingshurst,

I was appointed to the academic staff of Christ’s Hospital in September 1963. I was on the staff for 38 years and covered a whole range of roles within the school – rugby coach, cricket coach, science teacher, careers master, housemaster and finally deputy head. It was in my capacity as a housemaster for 14 years I was made very aware of my responsibility of caring for the boys in my boarding housemany of whom were from single parent backgrounds.

https://www.wscountytimes.co.uk/news/billingshurst-man-reacts-to-mbe-recognition-1-5782067


Top private school allowed teacher to continue working after sex assault allegations

File photo dated 03/05/18 of Ajaz Karim, who will stand trial at Brighton Crown Court, where he is accused of sexually abusing students at a top private school between 1985 and 1993. Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Ajaz Karim

Apr 9 2018

Christ’s Hospital School ‘failed to report sexual abuse claim’

A private school did not report to police allegations that a sports teacher sexually assaulted a pupil, a court has heard.

Ajaz Karim, from west London, denies a string of indecent assaults on teenage pupils at Christ’s Hospital School, West Sussex, from 1985 to 1993.

Senior staff at the school were aware of the claims against Mr Karim, a former pupil told Brighton Crown Court.

The 63-year-old is accused of carrying out “wholly unnecessary” massages.

Prosecutor Eloise Marshall said that, between 1985 and 1987, Mr Karim massaged a 14-year-old girl’s “virtually naked body” and touched her inappropriately after telling her to lie face down on the floor of his locked study.

His alleged victim said she first confided in a school friend a year or two later and then spoke to teachers about four years after she said the encounter happened.

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Elizabeth Cairncross

The court heard the school’s headmaster from 1987 to 1996, Richard Poulton, had been given a “detailed statement” of the girl’s complaint, and Elizabeth Cairncross – the deputy head between 1985 and 2000, who is now the principal of Wells Cathedral School in Somerset – was also aware.

Speaking from behind a screen, the alleged victim said: “Mr Karim touched my body in ways that made me feel deeply uncomfortable. Of that I am certain.

“As far as I am aware no report was made to the police by the school.”

Mr Karim is accused of nine indecent assaults and one attempted indecent assault against six girls aged 14 to 18.

Another alleged victim told the jury there was “no misunderstanding” that he tried to kiss her when they were alone.

She said Mr Karim had told her he wanted to “give her a treat” for doing well in a sports session.

“There is no doubt in my mind he tried to kiss me. As I ran away I could hear him laughing,” she added.

The trial continues.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-sussex-43703993

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Elizabeth Cairncross  with HRH the Duke of Gloucester

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Wells Cathedral Sshool

The current principal is Elizabeth Cairncross with Dr Andy Kemp as head of the school and vice-principal, Julie Barrow as head of the junior school. Cairncross has been headmistress since 2000 and was previously Senior Mistress at Christs Hospital where she was for 15 years, the Royal Family holds links with the school, many of the buildings being opened by Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother on 6 July 1979. Queen Elizabeth II visited the school during her Silver Jubilee tour in 1977, the Countess of Wessex visited Wells on 18 October 2007 and has done so several times subsequently.

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Trustees of Wells Cathedral School:

Trustees inc MRS ELIZABETH CAROLINE CAIRNCROSS,

LORD ARMSTRONG OF ILMINSTER GCB CVO (Former Prime minister Ted Heath’s defender and friend)

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Lord Armstrong:

From 1970 to 1974, Robert Armstrong was Prime Minister Edward Heath‘s Private Secretary.

When allegations of child sexual abuse against Sir Edward Heath emerged in 2015,[2] ten years after his death, Lord Armstrong said he had “never felt a whiff of sexuality about Ted Heath, whether it was in relation to women, men or children”.

Armstrong was aware of Sir Peter Hayman’s paedophilia, and since leaving office, has commented “Clearly, I was aware of it at the time but I was not concerned with the personal aspect of it.”[5]

https://wikispooks.com/wiki/Robert_Armstrong

Elizabeth Cairncross, Principal

Elizabeth Cairncross  – Deputy Head  Christ’s Hospital School 1986-2000

https://www.linkedin.com/in/elizabeth-cairncross-7b915b27/

Ajaz Karim denies nine charges of indecent assault and one attempted indecent assault against six girls aged 14 to 18 at Christ’s Hospital School in Horsham, West Sussex, between 1985 and 1993.

Complaints made against him in the early 1990s led him to leave the school, Brighton Crown Court heard on Friday.

The 63-year-old, of Hammersmith in West London, has since worked at Eton College, Queen’s Club, The Hurlingham Club, and has links to London branches of Champneys and Credit Suisse.

Karim is accused of carrying out “wholly unnecessary” massages, kissing a pupil on the lips and trying to “snog” another when he worked at the prestigious Horsham school.

Eloise Marshall, prosecuting, told the court between 1985 and 1987 he massaged a 14-year-old girl’s “virtually naked body” after telling her to lie face down on the floor of his locked study.

Jurors heard how he told her to keep her eyes closed while he put music on and touched her inappropriately.

The alleged victim said she told the school while she was still a pupil but only reported the incident to police decades later – prompted by other complainants who had the “courage” to come forward.

In a recorded police interview played to the jury, she described Karim as “smarmy”.

She added: “I remember feeling very uncomfortable and knowing something was wrong and not quite knowing how to deal with the situation or how to get out of it and feeling very powerless.”

She said initially she did not tell anyone because she was “freaked out” but later confided in schoolfriends and teachers.

She said after telling the school she was “slightly horrified to discover that he continued to teach”, adding: “I hoped the school would act on our information but I don’t believe anything like that happened.”

She said she and a schoolfriend were questioned about the incident in separate rooms and she provided a “detailed four-page statement” to Richard Poulton, the headmaster at the time.

She told the police officer she did not report the allegations earlier because she had told the school and previously felt that was “as far as she could take it”.

Dressed in a dark suit, Karim watched the footage from the dock taking notes and shook his head when the woman burst into tears while recalling the details of the alleged encounter.

Ms Marshall told the court: “Mr Karim used his position as a member of staff and his role in the sports department at the school to use massage of these girls as a subterfuge for touching them sexually.

“They didn’t all appreciate at the time that the touching was sexual but all say they felt uncomfortable.

“The crown say (his behaviour) was inappropriate and unnecessary.”

Another woman claimed that aged 14 he found her alone and was “pretty certain he was going to snog” her.

“He found it funny and she was shocked by his audacity,” Ms Marshall said.

Karim denied the allegations when he was arrested and interviewed in 2016, claiming he was teaching the girls breathing and relaxation techniques and when he did massage them it was to help them bend their legs.

Another girl who complained to the school claiming he kissed her on the lips but he said it was a peck on the cheek.

Founded in the 16th century, Christ’s Hospital charges boarders up to £31,500 a year.

Over the course of two weeks evidence will be heard from the alleged victims, witnesses and senior staff at the school at the time.

The trial continues on Monday.

https://www.independent.ie/world-news/top-private-school-allowed-teacher-to-continue-working-after-sex-assault-allegations-36782021.html

Richard Poulton, Headmaster of Christ’s Hospital (1987–1996)

https://www.artuk.org/discover/artworks/richard-poulton-headmaster-of-christs-hospital-19871996-69841

Richard Poulton

Student at King’s College, Taunton; Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut; Pembroke College, Cambridge.

 

The Regents Schoolis a coeducational boarding school. It has campuses in Pattaya and Bangkok in Thailand.

History

The Regents School was founded in Pattaya in 1995 by Dr. Virachai Techavijit and started as a small Primary School serving the families of expatriates who worked at the nearby industrial port. The schools first headmaster was Richard Poulton who had previously been Head at Christs Hospital School in the United Kingdom. He was succeeded by Simon Leslie, former Head of Geelong Grammar School,inVictoria, Australia. The current Principal of the Pattaya Campus is Mike Walton.

The School has a second campus in Bangkok (Principal: Martin Kneath) and an Outdoor Education Centre on Thailands second largest island, Ko Chang, near the Thai border with Cambodia.

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(Left to Right) ISR Headmaster Simon Leslie, Sally Poulton (wife of Richard) and special guest for the day Mr Richard Poulton, founding Headmaster of ISR.

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The International School of the Regents

The Regent’s School in Pattaya where Richard Poulton (Headmaster 86-96) was the founding head.

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Richard Poulton

Headmaster of Wycliffe College
Headmaster of Christ’s Hospital
Governor of seven schools at both
primary and secondary level

Christ’s Hospital School

Ex-public school teacher, Ajaz Karim,  on trial over sex abuse

THE trial of a former sports teacher accused of sexually abusing students at a top public school has been delayed after his barrister was taken to hospital.

Ajaz Karim, 63, denies nine charges of indecent assault and one attempted indecent assault against six girls at Christ’s Hospital School in Horsham, between 1985 and 1993.

As well as working as head coach at the school for ten years from 1985, the sports consultant held the same position at Eton College for eight years from 2008, and also at The Hurlingham Club for 12 years, from 2003, as well as being head of squash at Queen’s Club for 32 years until last year, according to his Linkedin profile.

He was due to stand trial on Tuesday at Brighton Crown Court but the proceedings were delayed after his defence barrister Jonathan Davies sustained a head injury.

Calling Karim, of Hammersmith in West London, into court to explain the delay, Judge Christine Henson said: “Your barrister Mr Davies had an accident this morning and is currently in hospital. He is seeing a doctor at the moment but realistically, given the time and given he has hit his head and isn’t feeling very well, it seems we are not going to be able to make any progress today.”

She released Karim on bail to return to court today when the trial is now expected to begin.

The prosecution is part of a wider police investigation into separate allegations of abuse by other former teachers at the school.

In a separate trial former Christ’s Hospital School teacher Garry Dobbie was originally accused of ten counts of indecent assault, one attempted indecent assault and two counts of indecency against men and women.

The 66-year-old pleaded not guilty to an additional charge of indecent assault of a man between November and December 2001 at a hearing also at Brighton Crown Court yesterday. Dobbie, of Albi in France and formerly of Hereford, is due to stand trial next month alongside another ex-teacher, James Husband.

The 68-year-old, of Wigginton in York, denies four counts of rape and five counts of indecently assaulting a woman.

http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/16135156.Ex_public_school_teacher_on_trial_over_sex_abuse/


 

Sex abuse teacher Peter Burr’s jail term extended

 28 March 2018
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Peter Burr, now aged 73, was jailed in January

A former boarding school teacher who abused four pupils in the 1960s and 1970s has had his sentence increased.

Peter Burr, of south Devon, admitted indecently assaulting boys at Christ’s Hospital, Horsham, and was jailed in January at Hove Crown Court.

Appeal judges increased his four-year term to six years and seven months.

After the hearing, Solicitor General Robert Buckland said Burr, now 73, had betrayed his position of trust “in the most despicable way possible”.

Mr Buckland appealed against the original sentence handed to Burr, from Kingswear, who assaulted boys aged 11 to 14 between 1969 and 1973.

He said: “I trust this sends a clear message that justice will be served no matter how long ago the offences took place.

“I hope this helps the victims to get some closure.”

The Attorney General’s Office said the pupils at the private school were largely vulnerable young boys from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Some had gained a place at the school following the death of a family member and had been separated from their families.

One of Burr’s four victims came forward after hearing a feature on BBC London about sexual abuse.

Arthur, who waived his anonymity, but decided not to reveal his surname, said three years of abuse had affected the rest of his life.

Headmaster of the school Simon Reid said: “My thoughts are very much with the victims whose lives have no doubt been deeply affected.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-sussex-43576732

A former Christ’s Hospital School teacher who was jailed for sexually abusing four boys has had his sentence increased following an appeal by the Solicitor General. Peter Burr, 73, of The Square, Kingsware, Devon, was originally sentenced to four years’ imprisonment at Hove Crown Court, in January 2018. However, Solicitor General Robert Buckland QC MP appealed the sentence on the grounds it was too low. The appeal was successful and today (March 28) Burr’s sentence was increased to six years and seven months, according to the Attorney General’s Office. Speaking after the hearing, the Solicitor General said: “I am pleased the Court of Appeal has increased the sentence. I trust this sends a clear message that justice will be served no matter how long ago the offences took place. I hope this helps the victims to get some closure.” Burr ­– a former house tutor and physics teacher at the independent school – previously pleaded guilty to nine counts of indecent assault against four young boys. He became the second former teacher of Christ’s Hospital School to be jailed for historic indecent assault after Peter Webb – a former woodwork teacher and housemaster at the school – was sentenced after pleading guilty to eleven counts of indecent assault. Webb was originally sentenced to four years in prison, in December 2017, but – following an appeal by the Attorney General – had his sentence increased to five years and six months in February 2018.

https://www.wscountytimes.co.uk/news/crime/former-christ-s-hospital-teacher-s-sentence-increased-following-appeal-1-8435985

Peter Webb. Picture: Eddie Mitchell

Peter Webb.
Former Christ Hospital teacher’s sentence increased after appeal
Feb 28 2018

A former Christ’s Hospital School teacher who was jailed for indecently assaulting four boys has had his sentence increased, according to the Attorney General’s Office. Peter Webb, 75, of Kennedy Road, Dane End, Ware, Hertfordshire, was originally sentenced to four years in prison, at Lewes Crown Court, in December 2017. However, Attorney General Jeremy Wright QC MP appealed the sentence on the grounds it was too low and, following a Court of Appeal decision, Webb’s sentence was increased to five years and six months, the Attorney General said. Webb – a former woodwork teacher and housemaster at Christ’s Hospital School – pleaded guilty to eleven offences of indecent assault against four boys when he appeared at Lewes Crown Court in October 2017. He pleaded not guilty to another alleged incident against a fifth boy which the court ordered to remain on court file. Speaking after the appeal hearing, the Attorney General said: “His victims lost their innocence and for that his crimes deserved a tougher sentence. I hope the increased sentence can bring some comfort to all those affected.”

https://www.wscountytimes.co.uk/news/crime/former-christ-hospital-teacher-s-sentence-increased-after-appeal-1-8396465


Former Christ’s Hospital teacher jailed for sexually abusing pupils

Peter Burr given four years after admitting nine counts of indecent assault on boys aged 11 to 14 between 1969 and 1973

Ex-private school teacher caught after victim confessed to Feltz radio show

08 January 2018
 

A retired teacher from a leading private school was caught for sexually abusing pupils after a victim revealed his ordeal to Vanessa Feltz’s radio show after claiming he was initially ignored by police.
One of the victims tried to report the crimes to officers at Horsham Police Station in 2000 but felt he was being “batted back” and no further action was taken, prosecutor Ahmed Hossain said.

It was not until December 3 2016 that the victim was prompted to email the producer of Feltz’s BBC Radio London programme when she discussed the football abuse scandal. The producer put him in touch with detectives and an investigation was launched after he made contact with police in February last year. Burr, 73, is the West Sussex school’s second former teacher to be jailed in as many months in separate prosecutions. Judge Christine Henson said he had demonstrated a “gross abuse of trust” and preyed on vulnerable boys who were reluctant to speak out after they had been given a place at the school because a parent had died or their family had a low income.

Three more men are due in court later this year. Police have said the prosecutions are not linked. Ajaz Karim, 63, who lives in London, denies nine charges of indecent assault and one attempted indecent assault against six female pupils. He is due to stand trial in April. James Husband, 67, of York, is accused of four counts of rape and five counts of indecently assaulting a woman. Gary Dobbie, 66, of Albi, France, is charged with seven counts of indecent assault and one attempted indecent assault against two men, as well as three counts of indecently assaulting two women. Husband and Dobbie deny the charges and are due to stand trial in May.

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/ex-private-school-teacher-caught-after-victim-confessed-to-feltz-radio-show-1-8941197

Peter Burr, 73, of The Square, Kingswear, admitted nine counts of indecent assault between 1969 and 1973 on young boys at Christ’s Hospital School, a boarding school in Horsham, West Sussex.

Burr was well-known in the area. He could often be found at the Ship Inn in Kingswear or the Windjammer in Dartmouth.

Jan Henshall, chairman of Kingswear Parish Council, said: “I believe he was a member of Royal Dart Yacht Club. In the past, he attended the senior citizens lunch at Christmas in the village. He had a social life here and was well-known.

Burr attended St John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in Dartmouth.

Richard Rendle said: “I am disappointed because I thought he was a gentleman. I know he helped at the Regatta with classic craft and was a member of the Probus Club in Dartmouth.”

http://www.dartmouth-today.co.uk/article.cfm?id=110832&headline=Retired%20teacher%20is%20jailed%20for%20indecent%20assaults&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2018

Jason Byrne, of Kingswear Post Office:

He always kept himself to himself. If he was going away, he would not give any details. He would just say I’m going to see some friends, whereas as other people might say where they are going or have been.”

http://www.kingsbridge-today.co.uk/article.cfm?id=110832&headline=Retired%20teacher%20is%20jailed%20for%20indecent%20assaults&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2018

 

CHURCHES

Parish Church of St. Thomas of Canterbury, Church Hill. Parochial Church Council. Secretary Lorna Usher Tel: 01803 752636.

Roman Catholic Church, St. John The Baptist, 20, Newcomen Road, Dartmouth. Peter Burr Tel:

http://www.kingswear-devon.co.uk/services.htm

 Peter Burr of Kingswear Combined Charities

2014

Peter Burr of Kingswear Combined Charities was presented with £400 towards the annual village firework display,

http://www.kingswear-devon.co.uk/APM.htm

2012

This year the regatta sponsored a children’s entertainer for the diamond jubilee street party and on Friday presented Peter Burr of Kingswear Combined Charities with £600 towards the firework display.

http://www.dartmouth.org.uk/news/comments/lifeboats_benefit_from_regatta_windfall#.WluKinlG3bg

If you would like any further information on how you might support the charity or if you would like the trustees to consider a grant application please contact in the first instance the Secretary, Peter Burr

Kingswear Combined Charities

Kingswear Combined Charities is a local charity committed to supporting the welfare of children in Kingswear through the funding of recreational/extra curricular activities or community events.

Its roots purportedly go back to pre-1940 when a local spinster ran a youth club in the village – Kingswear Children’s Social Club.   In the intervening years the charity has morphed according to legal necessities and changes in the village and its inhabitants but it is still committed to the support of activities for local children.

One of its main concerns is the organisation and funding of Kingswear’s Annual Firework Display at Waterhead Creek –

The Charity is managed by 5 local trustees who meet twice a year and grants are given in the region from £50 – £500. Support in the past has been given to the local Tae Kwondo club, Kingswear Village School, and a number of individuals who have needed financial assistance in their sporting/life-enriching endeavours.

https://www.bythedart.co.uk/blogs/around-kingswear/around-kingswear-july-2013/

Peter Burr
Peter Burr is the second former teacher from the private school near Horsham to be jailed in as many months. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA

A former top private school teacher has been jailed for sexually abusing four of his pupils.

Peter Burr, the house tutor and physics teacher, was jailed at Hove crown court on Friday after admitting nine counts of indecently assaulting the boys aged between 11 and 14 at Christ’s Hospital between 1969 and 1973.

The judge, Christine Henson QC, initially sentenced him to 42 months in prison and concluded the hearing.

Moments later, the parties were called back to court.

Henson returned to say she had read out the wrong figure and sentenced him to 48 months instead. She added that her views on sentencing had not changed.

Burr is the second former teacher from the boarding school near Horsham, West Sussex, to be jailed in as many months.

Henson said he displayed a pattern of preying on his victims in a “gross abuse of trust”.

She continued: “You had unlimited access to vulnerable young boys separated from their families. They obtained a place at the school because of the death of a parent or a low income. This strengthened their reluctance to speak out about you.”

Burr, 73, of Kingswear, near Dartmouth in Devon, was handed concurrent sentences for each victim and made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order.

Burr would invite pupils to visit his study for tea and cake before fondling them, the court heard.

One survivor described how Burr would entice them with chocolate biscuits, which were seen as a treat.

Ahmed Hossain, for the prosecution, said who was a house tutor as well as a physics teacher, would also become sexually aroused when he played with them in the swimming pool.

One of the survivors tried to report the crimes to officers at Horsham police station in 2000 but felt he was being “batted back” and no further action was taken, Hossain said.

It was not until 3 December 2016 that the former pupil was prompted to email the producer of Vanessa Feltz’s BBC Radio London programme when she discussed the football abuse scandal.

The producer put him in touch with detectives and an investigation was launched after he made contact with police in February last year.

Burr’s prosecution is part of a wider investigation into allegations of abuse by former teachers at the school.

A former house master, Peter Webb, 74, was jailed for four years in December.

Three more men are due in court later this year. Police have said the prosecutions are not linked.

Ajaz Karim, 63, who lives in London, denies nine charges of indecent assault and one attempted indecent assault against six female pupils. He is to stand trial in April.

James Husband, 67, of York, is accused of four counts of rape and five counts of indecently assault against a woman.

Gary Dobbie, 66, of Albi in France, is charged with seven counts of indecent assault and one attempted indecent assault against two boys, as well as three counts of indecently assaulting two women.

Husband and Dobbie deny the charges and are to stand trial in May.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jan/05/former-christs-hospital-teacher-jailed-for-sexually-abusing-pupils

Four other charges of indecent assault which he denied were left to lie on file.

Detective Inspector Wendy Burton said the victim who was on Feltz’s show did not tell officers about his previous contact with police and they could find ‘no record of his making contact or reporting any allegations in 2000’.

She said the case was investigated fully in 2017 and she moved to reassured victims that such allegations are taken seriously.

The school has not commented.

Peter Burr has been sentenced to a total of 48 months for a series of sex offences against pupils atChrist’s Hospital School.

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Peter Burr, 72, retired, of The Square, Kingswear, Dartmouth, was sentenced at Hove Crown Court on Friday after admitting nine offences of indecent assault on four boy pupils aged between 11 and 14, between 1969 and 1973, while he was a physics teacher and assistant housemaster at Christ’s Hospital School in Horsham.

Burr will also be a registered sex offender for life and was given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) to last indefinitely, severely restricting his access to young people.

Burr lived in one of the rooms off the house dormitory in his charge, and supervised boys living there during prep and lights out, and in other daily activities around the school.

Detective Constable Rebecca Wilde of the Sussex Police Complex Abuse Unit said: “He clearly focused his sexual attentions on boys between and 11 and 13 in his house, leaving older boys alone.

“Some of the offences took place in his study during informal Wednesday and Sunday afternoon gatherings to watch TV, with tea, biscuits and cake on offer. To be invited was regarded as a great privilege and he took advantage of this, and his status, to systematically touch and molest three of the victims.

“The fourth victim was assaulted in the dormitory area and at the school swimming pool.

“The four boys kept these traumatic experiences largely to themselves for up to 48 years and moved on with their lives.

“We were first told about Burr in February 2017, when one of the victims came forward, triggered by hearing a local radio debate in London on the recently publicised football sex abuse scandal, and believing that insufficient attention was given to cases in which offenders were not public celebrities.

One of the others later came forward after the School advised ex-pupils of the ongoing investigation.

https://www.spiritfm.net/news/sussex-news/2470638/man-jailed-for-sex-offences-against-boys-at-west-sussex-school/

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Ex-Teacher Sentenced for Sex Offences at Christ’s Hospital School

January 9, 2018

An ex-teacher has been sentenced to a total of four years imprisonment for a series of sex offences against pupils at a West Sussex public school.

Peter Burr, 72, retired, of The Square, Kingswear, Dartmouth, was sentenced at Hove Crown Court on Friday (5 January) after admitting nine offences of indecent assault on four boy pupils aged between 11 and 14, between 1969 and 1973, while he was a physics teacher and assistant housemaster at Christ’s Hospital School, Horsham.

He had pleaded not guilty to four other indecent assaults and these were directed to lay on the court file, not proceeded with.

Burr will also be a registered sex offender for life and was given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) to last indefinitely, severely restricting his access to young people.

Burr lived in one of the rooms off the house dormitory in his charge, and supervised boys living there during prep and lights out, and in other daily activities around the school.

Detective Constable Rebecca Wilde of the Sussex Police Complex Abuse Unit said; “He clearly focused his sexual attentions on boys between and 11 and 13 in his house, leaving older boys alone.

“Some of the offences took place in his study during informal Wednesday and Sunday afternoon gatherings to watch TV, with tea, biscuits and cake on offer. To be invited was regarded as a great privilege and he took advantage of this, and his status, to systematically touch and molest three of the victims.

“The fourth victim was assaulted in the dormitory area and at the school swimming pool.

“The four boys kept these traumatic experiences largely to themselves for up to 48 years and moved on with their lives.

“We were first told about Burr in February last year, when one of the victims came forward, triggered by hearing a local radio debate in London on the recently publicised football sex abuse scandal, and believing that insufficient attention was given to cases in which offenders were not public celebrities.

“One of the others later came forward after the School advised ex-pupils of the ongoing investigation.

“This is an important reminder that such reports will always be taken seriously, however long ago they are said to have happened.”

http://bjournal.co/ex-teacher-sentenced-for-sex-offences-at-horsham-public-school/

CH Forum
In 1979 at university I met a fellow undergrad who had been at the school Burr taught at after he left CH. His unprompted concerns at Burr’s behaviour there echoed the rumours that circulated CH during Burr’s time at Horsham. This has worried me greatly for nearly 40 years now – was Burr warned off from CH but allowed to find another school to employ him without full disclosure of why he left? The school he moved to is alas lost to my memory, but perhaps someone here will know.
CH does need to provide answers about what was known about these men at the time. Burr for example was allowed to come back to join the Scouts on holidays until well into the 1990s. What on earth was going on there?

I started at the school in September 1971 and so I knew both of these men as teachers at the school.

I knew nothing of the reasons for Burr leaving but did hear that Webb left suddenly.

Looking back, it is unbelievable that these men were allowed to take pupils on unchaperoned boating holidays on the Norfolk Broads.

I think that Webb’s preferences were both obvious and well known.

At some stage in the late 1970s Burr turned up at the Oratory School near Reading.

As I remember, Peter Burr (PPdeWB) was master i/c at first

I have heard my husband say this set of initials so many times, when remembering pranks at the Ffestiniog Railway in the 60s. The name was Peter Burr it must be the same person.

PPdeWB was definately Peter “Potty” Burr who taught me Physics in 1970

He affected a sort of wild eccentricity and however funny he was you were not supposed to laugh

One punishment he gave me was a 200 lone essay on “Puncyuality and Punctiliousness” for being late

He had a narrowboat called The Empress of blandings and would murder anyone who referred to it as a barge!

I recall on my first camp in Welford in 1993, Burr was there with his barge

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:KV5GrHxi_RIJ:www.chforum.info/php/viewtopic.php%3Ft%3D708%26start%3D15+&cd=10&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&client=firefox-b-1

1970s…The Duke of Edinburgh’s scheme was started at the Oratory school

!979, Peter Burr and Paul Keddie had arrived on staff to assist with the RN section and the arduous training.  The flow of boys into the services continued.

Oratorian 2013 pg 17

Jonathan O’Brien appeal: Former The Oratory School teacher loses bid to cut sentence

Jonathan Philip O’Brien, 57, sexually abused boys aged 10 to 16 while working at The Oratory School in Woodcote and schools in Worcestershire in the 1980s.

16 JAN 2015

The Oratory School in Woodcote

A teacher who sexually abused private school pupils more than 30 years ago must accept his “very substantial” jail term, top judges have ruled.

Jonathan O'Brien outside Chichester Crown Court in November 2013. Picture by Eddie Mitchell

Jonathan Philip O’Brien, 57, subjected boys aged 10 to 16 to his vile advances while working at The Oratory School in Woodcote and schools in Worcestershire in the 1980s.

O’Brien, of Fairfield Road, Bosham, near Chichester, was jailed for 13 years at Chichester Crown Court last May, after being convicted of 15 counts of indecent assault.

On Thursday, January 15 three senior judges at London’s Appeal Court rejected a sentence challenge by the disgraced sir, saying his jail term was not manifestly excessive.

Mrs Justice Swift said O’Brien would “exploit” the loneliness of some pupils, plying others with alcohol and cigarettes and showing them pornographic films.

He would also make those who were religious “swear on the Bible” not to tell.

She added he would lure pupils to a photographic darkroom and sexually abuse them at Winterfold House School, near Kidderminster and he later continued his “shameful” exploitation for several years at The Oratory. In all, he abused nine boys.

O’Brien was forced to leave The Oratory in the late 1980s after one of his victims complained to the school.

However, his crimes never fully came to light until February 2013, when one of the victims told police.

The paedophile, who set up his own business and married in the intervening years, denied any wrongdoing but was convicted.

Jurors also convicted him of five counts of gross indecency with a child, however, those convictions were later quashed by the Court of Appeal.

O’Brien continues to deny any wrongdoing, shows no remorse and claims he is the “innocent victim of a conspiracy”.

On appeal, O’Brien’s barrister, David Whittaker, argued the 13-year jail term was “manifestly excessive”.

He said the judge failed to give proper weight to O’Brien’s mitigation, including his lack of offending since the abuse.

But Mrs Justice Swift, sitting with Lord Justice Pitchford and Judge Paul Batty QC, said: “We consider the judge was right to say that ‘a graver abuse of trust is difficult to imagine’.

“The total sentence is indeed very substantial, but rightly so, we consider, given the particular circumstances of this case.

“We are satisfied the total sentence of 13 years reflects the seriousness of these offences and cannot be regarded as manifestly excessive.”

The appeal judge also rejected a bid by O’Brien to challenge to the terms of a sexual offences prevention order (SOPO) which bar him from having contact with children after his release.

O’Brien claimed the SOPO was “disproportionate”. But Mrs Justice Swift said the order was necessary to protect children from O’Brien in the future.

http://www.getreading.co.uk/news/reading-berkshire-news/jonathan-obrien-appeal-former-oratory-8457926

David Hutchings, former deputy headteacher,  admitted five offences against two boys carried out when he was at Winterfold House School, in Chaddesley Corbett, Kidderminster, in the 1980s when it took boarders.

http://www.ledburyreporter.co.uk/news/regional/15189371.Former_teacher_admits_sex_offences_against_teenage_boys/

 


Former housemaster at top private school jailed for abusing pupils

Peter Webb, 74, sentenced to four years in prison for abusing boys at Christ’s Hospital school in Horsham in 1970s and 80s

Peter Webb arrives at Hove crown court for sentencing.
Peter Webb arrives at Hove crown court for sentencing.
A former teacher at Christ’s Hospital School near Horsham has been sentenced for historic sex offences against young boys. Peter Webb, 75, of Kennedy Road, Dane End, Ware, Hertfordshire, was sentenced to a total of four years imprisonment when he appeared at Hove Crown Court on Friday (December 15) for a series of sexual offences against four boys. Webb – a former woodwork teacher and housemaster at Christ’s Hospital School – previously pleaded guilty to eleven offences of indecent assault when he appeared at Lewes Crown Court, sitting in Brighton, on September 6, 2017.
The court heard how one boy was assaulted three times, another on two occasions, the third on five occasions and the fourth on one occasion. Webb pleaded not guilty to another alleged incident against a fifth boy which the court ordered to remain on court file. Webb had previously been sentenced to 18 months imprisonment, in April 2015, after pleading guilty to three offences of historic indecent assault against another boy. On Friday, the court heard statements from three of the four victims who outlined the affect Webb’s abuse has had on their lives.
One of the victims said he had kept quiet until another victim contacted Sussex Police, in November 2016, inspiring him to come forward ‘to ensure nobody else experiences the same level of abuse’.
Defending, Simon Ray argued Webb’s decision to remove himself from being in contact with children or young boys as soon as he left Christ’s Hospital School should have accounted for a lesser sentence. He said: “Webb resigned from the school in 1984 and decided to abandon his career in teaching and, instead, chose to withdraw all contact completely to pursue a career in joinery. “He took all the practical steps he could after leaving the school to prevent being a risk to children and young boys in particular. “There have been no previous convictions recorded against him since leaving the school in 1984.”
Judge Christine Henson QC refused to accept this and argued that Webb missed an opportunity to plead guilty to all offences when he was convicted for separate incidents in 2015. In passing her sentence, she said: “You had the opportunity to wipe the slate clean in 2015 but you didn’t and now you are the author of your present situation. “I have read the impact your abusing has had on the lives of these four people. Their lives will be affected forever because of your offending.”
Webb was sentenced to two years and sixth months’ imprisonment for the first five offences to run consecutively with the 18 month sentence for the remaining six offences. In all, Webb was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment and is now a registered sex offender for life. He will serve half his sentence in custody and half on licence. He was also given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) to last until further court order, severely restricting his access to young people. Sussex Police had full co-operation from management at the school during both investigations, according to a police spokesman.
A former teacher at Christ’s Hospital School, near Horsham, who admitted charges of historic indecent assault against five boys has had his sentencing adjourned. Peter Webb, 74, of Authon-Edeon, France, pleaded guilty to eleven counts of indecent assault when he appeared at Lewes Crown Court on September 6. He was due to be sentenced this morning but it has been postponed until November 2, Sussex Police said.
Former Christ’s Hospital teacher pleads guilty to historic sex offences
Peter Webb pleaded guilty to eleven counts of indecent assault against five boys. (Picture: Eddie Mitchell)

06 September 2017

A former teacher of Christ’s Hospital School, near Horsham, has this morning (September 6) been convicted of historic cases of indecent assault against five boys.
Peter Webb, 74, of Authon-Edeon, France, pleaded guilty to eleven charges of indecent assault when he appeared at Lewes Crown Court, sitting in Brighton, this morning. He was granted bail and is now expected to be sentenced on October 12 at Lewes Crown Court.
Gary Dobbie, a former teacher at Christ’s Hospital School, is charged with non-recent sex offences. Picture: Eddie Mitchell
Three more former teachers of the school also appeared at Lewes Crown Court charged with historic sex offences. Gary Dobbie, 66, of Albi, France, is charged with seven counts of indecent assault and one count of attempted indecent assault against two males, as well as three counts of indecent assault against two females. He spoke only to plead not guilty to all charges.
James Andrew Husband, a former teacher at Christ’s Hospital School, is charged with non-recent sex offences. Picture: Eddie Mitchell
Appearing alongside Dobbie inside the dock on Wednesday morning was former colleague James Andrew Husband, 67, of Wigginton Road, York.
Husband is charged with four counts of rape and five counts of indecent assault against a female. He spoke only to plead not guilty to all charges. Both Dobbie and Husband have been bailed until May 29 for trial at Lewes Crown Court.
Ajaz Karim, 62, of Baron’s Court, London, is charged with nine counts of indecent assault and one count of attempted indecent assault against six females. Ajaz Karim, a former teacher from Christ’s Hospital School, charged with sex offences. Pic: Eddie Mitchell
Ajaz Karim  spoke only to plead not guilty to all charges. He has been bailed to appear before Lewes Crown Court for trial on April 3.

 


New headmaster at Christ’s Hospital – Simon Reid has been appointed headmaster
(safe pair of hands – Gordonstoun, Stowe etc.  Simon Reid worked at Christ’s Hospital School (Mr Reid, who held various posts there between 1993 and 2004, teaching English and serving as boarding house master.) when the alleged abuse occurred.

“Men who taught at Christ’s Hospital boarding school face total of 36 counts over alleged offences between 1980 and 1996

Simon Reid appointed headteacher at Christ’s Hospital in Horsham

 

Simon Reid, currently principal at Gordonstoun School, will take over from John Franklin, who retires in September. Christ’s Hospital should be familiar territory for Mr Reid, who held various posts there between 1993 and 2004, teaching English and serving as boarding house master. He said: “The bond with Christ’s Hospital and its values, which I formed during my first period at the school has drawn me back once again, this time with the honour to serve as headmaster.
“In my immediate predecessor, John Franklin, I have a tough act to follow. John’s tenure saw the school make considerable advances, with major improvements on the campus, an enhanced strategic and financial footing and greater connectedness to the wider community, nationally and worldwide. “Most of all, he kept the school true to its original mission to create opportunity for those in need. “I am looking forward to meeting the challenges ahead with commitment and dedication.”
Mr Reid has a BA in English and Politics and a Higher Diploma in Education. His wife Michèle teaches French -her native language – and they have two adult children. His interests include architectural and landscape photography, writing poetry, reading and skiing. Andrew Gordon, chairman of the board of school governors, said: “In Simon, we believe that we have found the perfect blend of experience, empathy with our unique ethos and charitable mission and the focused leadership qualities necessary to lead the school successfully in the next phase of its development.” As well as Gordonstoun, Mr Reid has taught at Brentwood, Stowe and Worksop College.
He spent seven years as deputy head at Worksop College before taking up his present position at Gordonstoun in 2011.
Gordonstoun – where several members of the Royal family have studied – is one of several independent schools in Scotland named by judge Lady Smith, who is conducting a national inquiry into historical abuse.

Police files on child sex abuse at Gordonstoun school have vanished

A teacher named Derek Jones seriously sexually assaulted a number of children attending the junior school around 1990. He was twice questioned by police in the following years after the children told their parents what had happened. Files were forwarded to the Procurator Fiscal, Scotland’s prosecution service, but it was decided not to prosecute. The files would normally be retained, but Scotland’s Crown Office says they now cannot be found.

Teacher at prince’s public school Gordonstoun accused of sex abuse

Andrew Keir, 65, a retired physics teacher now living in Cheshire, appeared in court last week charged with acting in a lewd and indecent manner to two 13-year-old pupils over five months in 1988 and 1989.

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Disgraced housemaster found guilty of grooming pupils at top Scots school used by royals and rich

Disgraced Andrew Keir

Andrew Keir was convicted of offences involving 13-year-olds.

9 MAR 2018

A former assistant housemaster at a Scots boarding school used by royals and the rich and famous has been found guilty of grooming pupils.

Disgraced Andrew Keir, 67, was convicted of a string of lewd and indecent offences involving 13-year-old boys in his care almost three decades ago.

A sheriff took just 20 minutes to find the retired physics teacher at Gordonstoun, Morayshire, guilty of the charges after a three-day trial at Elgin Sheriff Court.

Immediately after the verdict the school – where Prince Philip and his sons princes Charles, Andrew and Edward were taught, and David Bowie’s son Zowie – apologised.

A spokeswoman said: “During the trial it became clear that the school’s response at the time of the offences was not as robust and rigorous as it would be now, and we are very sorry for this.

“Today, Gordonstoun has a rigorous approach to child protection.

“Our policies and procedures are robust and have been developed and approved by leading child protection experts.”

Keir, now living in Cheshire, had denied swimming and showering in the nude while in a state of arousal with three pupils, and encouraging them to do the same.

He refuted allegations of “skinny dipping” with pupils claiming he could have taken boys into the pool alone – but only if he had an “evil mind”.

Prince Charles in his final year at Gordonstoun School

His three victims, now all in their 40s, told how he took them for secret swimming sessions in the dark and chased them naked in the water.

Keir, a black belt in judo, was also convicted of putting his hand on one victim’s crotch and bottom while they “grappled” in a classroom.

He then put his hands down the same pupil’s trousers while he played computer games and performed a sex act on him.

The witnesses said they told the school’s chaplain what had happened but nothing was done.

Giving evidence Keir claimed his diagnosis with Asperger’s syndrome made it impossible for him to come up with a reason why the trio would accuse him.

Gordonstoun School
Gordonstoun School (Image: PA)

Keir insisted he was often too busy as a housemaster, teacher, judo and sailing coach and driver of the school fire engine to be alone with pupils. He said: “It would have been exceptionally unusual for me to have a half hour spare. I would certainly never be alone with a pupil.”

Keir added: “If I had had an evil mind I might have managed it, but I didn’t. It would have been possible, but I didn’t.”

Prosecutor Alison Young described Keir’s pattern of alleged behaviour of getting victims alone outside of class as “basically grooming”.

Keir was convicted of lewd, indecent or libidinous practices between November 1988 and March 1989 by removing his swimming trunks in the presence of children.

Prince Philip during his schooldays at Gordonstoun (Image: HRH The Duke of Edinburgh)

He was also found guilty of indecent assault by placing his hands down the trousers of a child and disorderly conduct by removing his swimming trunks in the presence of a child.

In their statement Gordonstoun also praised the whistleblowers and said they now had rigorous measures in place to protect children.

The school said: “We are profoundly saddened by this case.

“The offences, from 1988 and 1991, for which Andrew Keir has been convicted, are distressing for all involved and we admire the courage of those who came forward to seek justice.

https://get.convrse.media?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.dailyrecord.co.uk%2Fnews%2Fscottish-news%2Fdisgraced-housemaster-found-guilty-grooming-12157815%23ICID%3Dsharebar_twitter&cre=bottom&cip=31“When we were contacted by the police in 2015 about the allegations we gave them our full co-operation and wrote to our alumni offering our support and urging anyone affected to contact the police.”

Sheriff Olga Pasportnikov (CORR) will sentence Keir next month (April).

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/disgraced-housemaster-found-guilty-grooming-12157815#ICID=sharebar_twitter

Former teacher jailed for lewd acts at Gordonstoun School

1 May 2018Andrew Keir

Andrew Keir

A former teacher at a leading Scottish boarding school has been jailed for a year for lewd acts involving pupils at swimming sessions.

Andrew Keir was convicted of charges involving three boys at Gordonstoun, near Elgin, between 1988 and 1991.

He was found guilty at Elgin Sheriff Court of removing his trunks and exposing himself.

Keir, 67, now of Tarporley, Cheshire, was also convicted of indecent assault and breach of the peace.

In a statement, the school said it was “profoundly saddened” by the case.

“The offences, from 1988 and 1991, for which Andrew Keir has been convicted, are distressing for all involved and we admire the courage of those who came forward to seek justice,” it said.

“During the trial it became clear that the school’s response at the time of the offences was not as robust and rigorous as it would be now, and we are very sorry for this.

“Today, Gordonstoun has a rigorous approach to child protection.”

The school has been attended by members of the Royal Family, including Prince Charles and his father, the Duke of Edinburgh.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-43783607

During evidence, two of the boys said they had taken concerns about Keir’s behaviour to the school chaplain shortly after the swimming pool incident. However, no further action was ever taken.

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/moray/elgin/1466071/sheriff-hits-out-at-inadequate-sentence-for-predatory-gordonstoun-teacher-who-groomed-boys/

Michael B Mavor CVO MA Gordonstoun Headmaster 1979-1990 – Assuming responsibility for educating Princes Andrew and Edward

He was appointed a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order by Her Majesty the Queen in 1983.

http://www.gordonstoun.org.uk/news/297/240/Michael-B-Mavor-CVO-MA-Headmaster-1979-1990

In 1997 he was awarded the ultimate accolade when he was elected as chairman of the Headmasters’ Conference (HMC).

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/michael-mavor-charismatic-headmaster-who-led-rugby-into-the-co-educational-era-1918875.html

He became a member of the Royal Company of Archers, the Queen’s Bodyguard in Scotland, in 1996.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/6990095/Michael-Mavor.html

Author reveals shocking new claims of serious sexual assault at Prince Charles’s former boarding school

Miranda Doyle made public the allegations in her memoir about abuse in the 1980s.

3 JUN 2018

Shocking new claims of serious sexual assaults at Prince Charles’s former boarding school have been made to the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry.

The allegations about staff at Gordonstoun in the 1980s were made public by author Miranda Doyle in a ­memoir published last year.

In it, she reveals she was attacked by a staff member at the school, in Elgin, when she was just 14.

She also tells how she witnessed other female pupils being ordered to strip naked before being thrown into cold baths by a male teacher.

Miranda, 49, decided to speak out after learning she wasn’t the only pupil targeted by her abuser.

She has waived her right to anonymity and given a statement about the abuse she suffered and other incidents she witnessed.

She said: “Gordonstoun wasn’t a safe place to be. It is time to speak out about what happened.”

Miranda still breaks down in tears almost 40 years on at the painful memories.

She included the harrowing experiences in The Book of Untruths, in which she set out to debunk lies she had been told throughout her life.

It details how she was just 11 when a male teacher told girls in her class not to bring bathing suits for their swimming lesson.

Three years later, after Miranda complained of ­stomach pains, a member of medical staff working at the school carried out an intimate examination he said was needed to check her appendix.

She finally found the strength to speak out after other former pupils shared memories of similar ordeals.

Now she hopes to encourage others who went to the school – once attended by Prince Philip and his sons Prince Charles, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward – to come forward.

Miranda said: “Gordonstoun was supposed to be such a wonderful school – even the Royal Family sent their children there. So many of the pupils feel a lot of shame that they didn’t have a better time. But I never felt safe there, and it didn’t feel safe for the other children.

“I’ve always been seen as a bit of a drama queen, so for a long time I didn’t trust my own memories.

“Speaking out makes me feel terrified but I know now I wasn’t the only pupil this happened to.”

Miranda started at the affiliated Aberlour House junior school in 1979 – when her family moved to Saudi Arabia for her father’s work – and spent two years there before moving to Gordonstoun senior school for the next five years.

Both were founded by Dr Kurt Hahn and shared the same school song, flag and motto. When Miranda was a pupil, they had separate staff, boards of governors and were 20 miles apart.

They merged in 2002 and now share the same campus.

She said: “In my first year at Aberlour House, before the Christmas holidays, one of the teachers announced the girls would have a swimming lesson but because we had already packed there would be no necessity for us to wear our costumes. They might get wet.

“Even at 11, the threat of a wet swimming costume seemed too bogus to be true.

“If wet costumes were an inconvenience, wasn’t it obvious that we do something else? The same teacher would also make appearances at what the girls called ‘birthday baths’.

“When it was someone’s birthday we tortured one another by throwing the birthday girl in a bath of cold water.

“On occasional mornings, he came into the girls’ dormitories before the bell. With his help we would strip the birthday girl down and drag her screaming to a waiting bath.

“Two of us took one arm apiece, his huge hands clamped hard to her spread ankles.”

Edinburgh-born Miranda breaks down in tears at memories of being sexually abused after complaining of a sore stomach.

She said: “I was 14 and I hadn’t thought anything was suspicious then. But some time afterwards I had gone to see one of the house tutors.

“She asked about the examination and how many times it had happened.

“When I said twice she wrote it down and said she had been doing an audit of this type of examination.She told me, ‘When I’ve reached enough of a number maybe I’ll report him.’”

Miranda doesn’t know if the abuse was ever reported.

When the author, who now lives in Cambridge, joined a private Facebook group for former Gordonstoun pupils, she discovered a younger girl had had the same ordeal at the hands of the same man six years later.

She said: “It’s sad to know others have gone through the same thing but to finally have corroboration felt like a relief. There was a forest of girls probably that this happened to.”

Miranda, who has not reported her claims to police and believes her abuser is still alive, said members of the Facebook group spoke of numerous incidents of inappropriate behaviour at the school.

She said: “My sense that those school years had been all wrong was confirmed.”

Ex-pupils gave her guidance and support and that helped her to have the confidence to report her experiences at Aberlour House and Gordonstoun to the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry, which is probing the treatment of kids in care – including at residential schools.

She was terrified at first when interviewed. Miranda said: “I howled for the first 10 minutes without even taking my coat off.

“I saw two people from the inquiry team and I felt worried that I was wasting their time and ashamed that I might be disbelieved.

“It was the most amazing experience to be believed. I know I am not the only former pupil from the school to have given a statement to the inquiry.”

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/author-reveals-shocking-new-claims-12639249


Former Christ’s Hospital teachers appear at court charged with sex offences

9 Aug 2017

Four former teachers from Christ’s Hospital School appeared before Crawley Magistrates’ Court.

The men all worked at Christ’s Hospital School near Horsham in West Sussex.

It’s alleged the offences were committed against 15 young people both males and females between 1980 and 1996.

Three men pleaded not guilty to all charges while a fourth man entered no plea.  Gary Dobbie, a former teacher at Christ’s Hospital School, is charged with non-recent sex offences.
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 Gary Dobbie
James Andrew Husband
James Andrew Husband and Ajaz Karim appeared on Wednesday morning and spoke only to plead not guilty on all charges. The fourth man Peter Webb entered no plea.
Dobbie, 66, of Park Street, Hereford, is charged with seven counts of indecent assault and one count of attempted indecent assault against three boys, as well as three counts of indecent assault against two women.
At Crawley Magistrates’ Court, he was granted bail on the condition he notifies Sussex Police of the change to his address and has no contact – directly or indirectly – with any former or present members of staff or pupils from Christ’s Hospital School.
James Andrew Husband, a former teacher at Christ’s Hospital School, is charged with non-recent sex offences.  He must also have no contact with any children under the age of 18, must not live in a household with a child under the age of 18, or enter and remain in a household where a child under the age of 18 is present. He must not enter any of the school’s premises. Husband, 67, of Wigginton Road, York, is charged with five counts of indecent assault and four counts of rape against a girl. He was granted bail at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on the condition he has no contact – directly or indirectly – with any former or present members of staff or pupils from Christ’s Hospital School.
Ajaz Karim, a former teacher from Christ’s Hospital School, charged with sex offences.    He must not live in the same household as a child under the age of 18, have contact with any children under the age of 16, enter or remain in a household where a child under the age of 14 is present or enter any of the school’s premises. Karim, 62, of Baron’s Court Road, London, is charged with nine counts of indecent assault and one of attempted indecent assault against six girls. He was granted bail on the condition he has no contact – directly or indirectly – with any former or present members of staff or pupils from Christ’s Hospital School and has no supervision of a child under the age of 16.
Peter Webb, 74, of Authon-Edoen, France, is charged with six counts of indecent assault against three boys.

Peter Webb, a former teacher at Christ’s Hospital School, is charged with non-recent sex offences. He was granted bail on the condition he has no contact – directly or indirectly – with any former or present members of staff or pupils from Christ’s Hospital School and has no contact with any children under the age of 18. All four defendants are due to appear before Lewes Crown Court on September 6.

http://www.wscountytimes.co.uk/news/crime/former-christ-s-hospital-teachers-appear-at-court-charged-with-sex-offences-1-8094725

http://www.itv.com/news/meridian/update/2017-08-09/former-teachers-in-court-charged-with-sex-offences/

^ Only 2 news outlets reporting the news.



SCHOOL SEX CHARGES

Four teachers charged with 36 offences over ‘sex ring’ at £31,500 a year boarding school 

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4016051/four-teachers-charged-with-36-offences-over-sex-ring-at-31500-a-year-boarding-school/

Christ's Hospital School

The attacks are alleged to have taken place between 1980 and 1996 are accused of assaults on 15 people, both male and female, across a 16-year period. 

Four former teachers at Sussex school charged with sexual offences

Men who taught at Christ’s Hospital boarding school face total of 36 counts over alleged offences between 1980 and 1996

Four former teachers at a West Sussex boarding school have been charged with a range of sexual offences including rape against 15 alleged male and female victims across a 16-year period.

The accused, all men in their 60s who taught at Christ’s Hospital school near Horsham, face a combined total of 36 counts relating to alleged offences between 1980 and 1996. They were arrested last November.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jul/13/four-former-teachers-christs-hospital-school-west-sussex-charged-sexual-offences

Gary Dobbie, 66, of Albi, France, is charged with seven counts of indecent assault and one count of attempted indecent assault against three boys and three counts of indecent assault against two girls.
James Andrew Husband, 67, of Wigginton Road, York, is charged with five counts of indecent assault against a girl and four counts of rape.
Ajaz Karim, 62, of Baron’s Court Road, London, is charged with nine counts of indecent assault and one of attempted indecent assault against six girls.

Peter Webb, 74, of Authon-Edeon, France, is charged with six counts of indecent assault of three boys. Police said the charges relate to a total of 15 complainants. They have been released on bail to appear at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on August 9.

http://www.wscountytimes.co.uk/news/crime/former-christ-s-hospital-teachers-charged-with-non-recent-sex-offences-1-8054350

Queen’s Club and Eton head squash coach, Ajaz Karim, is suspended pending outcome of police probe

23 July 2017

Jaz Karim – has been suspended

Queen’s Club

The Duke of Gloucester presents the Stella Artois Championship trophy to USA’s Andy Roddick at Queen’s Club, London, 15 June 2003

Britain’s most exclusive tennis club, Queen’s, whose members include Prince Edward, the Duchess of Gloucester and Pippa Middleton, hosts its annual championships next week in the traditional precursor to Wimbledon.

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Assistant Chaplain 1996 2003  DOBBIE G W

Housemaster            1993 2003  DOBBIE G W

Sen Chapl                    1986 1996  DOBBIE G W

Dec 17, 2006

Gary Dobbie … As far as I am aware he is still the Chaplain at Shrewsbury School.

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Dec 2016

The Revd Gary William Dobbie, has resigned as Chaplain to Shrewsbury School

I was a housemaster at Christ’s Hospital in Sussex

since January 2003 have been Chaplain of Shrewsbury School.

http://www.kinnessburn.org.uk/html/no_30_march_2005.html

Member of staff from Shrewsbury School being investigated for historical sex offences
Jan 29 2016

The boarding school says the staff member has been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation into alleged assaults on a teenage girl.

The allegations involve a school in Sussex and date back up to 26 years ago.

The £11,000-a-term Shrewsbury School, based in Kingsland, has released a statement confirming one of its staff was being questioned by police about the allegations.

It follows the arrest of a man in Shrewsbury by West Mercia Police officers yesterday. Police spokesman Paul Roberts said the arrest was on suspicion of sexual assaults at an address in West Sussex.

He said: “He remains in police custody at this time. West Mercia Police are assisting Sussex Police with their investigation.”

Sussex Police spokesman Tim Mahony said: “Two men were arrested at addresses in Shropshire and North Yorkshire on suspicion of rape and other sexual assaults on a teenage girl in West Sussex during the late 1980s and early 1990s.

“They are currently in custody at police stations near where they live, for interview and further inquiries.

“The investigation is being carried out by specialist child safeguarding detectives from Sussex Police.”

A statement from the school said: “Shrewsbury School understands that a police investigation into events at a school in Sussex over 10 years ago involves a member of the current staff at the school.

 

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/2016/01/29/member-of-staff-from-shrewsbury-school-being-investigated-for-historical-sex-offences/

St. Matthew’s Day Review

Oct 2006

Former City School Returns to the Capital

400 boys and girls from Christ’s Hospital in their Tudor style uniform marched through the City on Friday, 22 September to celebrate St Matthew’s Day, one of the high days in the School’s calendar.

The Parade began from Carmelite Street (EC1) and moved to the Church of St Andrew, Holborn. The thanksgiving service was attended by David Brewer, the Lord Mayor of the City of London and Vice President of Christ’s Hospital. The School was delighted to also welcome The Revd Gary Dobbie, former Chaplain of Christ’s Hospital and now Chaplain of Shrewsbury School, who took the Sermon.

Following the Service, the pupils, led by the Band, marched from the Church to Mansion House, despite the inclement weather, where they received largesse, a small sum of money, from the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress before being given lunch in the Egyptian Hall.

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Sidney Society: Speaker, Rev. Gary Dobbie (Moser Library)

Date:  2011-11-17 18:15

History teacher, Andrew Husband

He had 2 sons and a daughter at the school…

He ‘left’ sometime  (1993/4)

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Gordonstoun and Jaz Karim

Queen’s Club
 Queen’s Club is the home of real tennis and rackets and there are forty tennis courts of all different surfaces. Jaz Karim, the professional, and two assistants were ready to coach us.

 

Jaz Karim presented us with a champagne glass from Queen’s Club and was given a tour cap

http://www.gordonstoun.org.uk/index.php?mact=News,cntnt01,detail,0&cntnt01articleid=209&cntnt01returnid=64

Queen’s Club and Eton head coach suspended in police probe

 

Britain’s most exclusive tennis club, Queen’s whose members include Prince Edward, the Duchess of Gloucester and Pippa Middleton – Ajaz Karim has been suspended pending the outcome of a police probe.

Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex and the fourth child of Queen Elizabeth II. He plays tennis regularly, at Queen’s Club in London, off a handicap of 40 (a low B player, in other words) and is the active patron of the Tennis & Rackets Association, which governs the game of tennis in Great Britain

http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2009/10/who-is-the-biggest-name

2004

Queen’s Club

Grant Meyrick, the club’s chairman, has established that members, who include Tim Henman, the British No 1, and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, are willing to stump up about £10,000 each to buy it.

The club has long been a favourite with investment bankers. Scott Mead, the former Goldman Sachs partner, was three times club veteran tennis champion.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/2889961/Queens-Club-members-to-serve-up-35m-buyout.html

 


When not coaching he works for charity he founded helping children in Uganda  – The Uganda Children’s trust Fund

UGANDA CHARITY TRUST FUND , C/O THE QUEEN’S CLUB 

Trustees MR IAN MARSH, MR AJAZ KARIM, MR MARIUS BRINKHORST, MR ANOUP TREON, DAN MAYNARD, MRS SAGRA MACEIRA, GERARD SOAMES

https://www.uctf.org/our-story/our-team/

The Uganda Children’s Trust Fund was founded in 2001 by Jaz Karim. As a child, Jaz grew up in Mbale, in eastern Uganda. His family were forced to leave for England under the Asian expulsion ordered by Idi Amin  Jaz first re-visited Uganda in the late 2000s

https://www.uctf.org/who-we-are/

Eton Action

Eton Action is an independent charity conceived and founded by Etonians to promote charitable activity and social responsibility among boys. Its activities consist primarily in raising money for charities other than Eton College itself. It is still run primarily by boys: an executive committee of boys governs the charity under the guidance of the chairman, secretary and treasurer, who are Masters. Trustees are drawn from current senior staff.

The income from all these events is pooled and divided between charitable foundations and projects chosen by the committee and voted on by every boy in the school. In addition, external charities set up stalls which enable them to raise money for their own good causes.

In 2016, a variety of activities ranging from a fives marathon to the sponsored shaving of a House Master’s beard raised a total of £40,300 which was divided between the Uganda Children’s Trust Fund, The Passage, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Space for Giants and Great Ormond Street.

http://www.etoncollege.com/EtonAction.aspx


Eton

14 July 2017

Eton’s head of squash charged with boarding school sex abuse

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/men-charged-with-sex-offences-at-leading-independent-school-9tw5857s2

Is there a paedophile ring at Eton:

 

Andreas Baader‏ @stop1984

 

Eton schoolboy who shared ‘appalling’ child abuse images from dorm computer is spared prison

Judge says prison would ‘undo’ counselling ‘privileged’ Andrew Picard has undergone after he was caught distributing hundreds of images on Skype

Picard’s chatroom account was traced to the prestigious school, near Windsor, Berkshire, where he was arrested for sharing explicit material between January and February 2015.

Andrew Picard

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/12173680/Eton-schoolboy-who-shared-appalling-child-abuse-images-from-dorm-computer-is-spared-prison.html

 

May 09th, 2016

Andrew Picard, a former USA Swimmer, has been added to the list of Individuals Suspended or Ineligible – Permanently, the organization announced on Monday.Picard, who registered with USA Swimming with both the names Andrew Laurence and Andrew Boeckman (as recently as December on the latter name) and whose prior legal name was Andrew Laurence Boeckman, last swam at a meet in December of 2015.Picard made global headlines earlier this year when he received only a suspended prison sentence despite being caught by an undercover police officer sharing pictures of young children in an online chat room. Picard, 17 at the time but now 18, was found with 1,185 indecent images and videos on his computer and external hard drives. The material was described as “disturbing” and by the case’s judge as “so appalling, frankly I can’t bring myself to talk about it.” According to police, the videos included abuse of babies and toddlers.Picard pled guilty to one count of possessing indecent pictures of children, one count of making indecent pictures of children, and 8 counts of distributing indecent photos of recordings of a child. He was sentenced to 10-months in prison, suspended for 18 months. What that means is that if Picard doesn’t break the law and fulfills the conditions of his probation over the next 18 months, the sentence will be dismissed.https://swimswam.com/swimmer-andrew-picard-banned-life-usa-swimming/

Andreas Baader‏ @stop1984

Eton student owned toddler-rape videos allowed to use false name to protect wealthy family


Lashings All Stars XI v UCTF Invitation XI Wormsley Estate, Stokenchurch, Buckinghamshire, HP14 3YE

 All funds raised will support the UCTF. The Uganda Children’s Trust Fund

 

Rickmansworth Cricket Club is one of the oldest cricket clubs in England.

the club relocated to Rickmansworth Park, opposite the Met Station, which is now the grounds of the Royal Masonic School for Girls.

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



https://www.pressreader.com/uk/daily-mail/20170614/282175061100815

Karim’s arrangement at Queen’s allows him to fulfil the same head squash coach role at Eton College, where he has been in the post since 2008, and at the Hurlingham Club in South-West London, and even — according to his personal website — at investment bank Credit Suisse, which has its own squash courts.

His website adds that he ‘represented England at junior level in hockey’, ‘has played and coached cricket at a high level’ and has been ‘coaching, training, studying at the pinnacle of squash for over 30 years’.

A lot of the support and fundraising for the Uganda Children’s Fund has come through Jaz’s Queen’s Club connections, one way and another — and probably some of his Etonian connections as well.’

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4601864/Queen-s-Club-coach-suspended-pending-police-probe.html

The Canary Wharf Health Club

The club, located next to the Credit Suisse offices in Cabot Square was previously only available for use by employees of the financial services company.

https://www.nuffieldhealth.com/gyms/canary-wharf/services/squash-courts

The health club boasts the only squash courts in Canary Wharf.

Use of the three glass-backed courts is included in membership and two can be pre-booked while one is kept free for on-the-day players.

Eton squash coach Jaz Karim runs an inter-office league and also offers one-to-one coaching.

http://www.wharf.co.uk/lifestyle/fitness/first-look-canary-wharf-health-11440625

10 May 2005

Queen’s Club  has around 4,500 members. They include the Earl and Countess of Wessex, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, actors Joseph Fiennes and Damian Lewis, Hollywood star Charlton Heston and singer Elaine Paige.

The club also has a large number of City professionals and international business people, including Richard Branson and George Soros.

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/mystery-as-queens-faces-crisis-talks-7176893.html

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HRH Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester -the mother of the present Duke of Gloucester

Dr. Margery Blackie

Princess Alice, the late Duchess of Gloucester, was the patron of the Blackie Foundation Trust established in honor of Dr. Margery Blackie, the former royal homeopathic physician who served from 1969 until 1980.

At present, Princess Alexandra, Lady Ogilvy, is patron to the Blackie Foundation Trust, and Mary, Duchess of Roxburghe, serves as one of the vice-presidents of this organization.

http://englishhistoryauthors.blogspot.com/2014/01/the-royal-medicine-monarchs-longtime.html

Dr. Margery Blackie, the first woman to be named President of the Faculty of the British Homoeopathic Society and Physician to Her Majesty the Queen.

 

James Compton Burnett who was the homeopathic physician of Lewis Carroll was also a great uncle of Marjorie Grace Blackie,

 

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Margerie Blackie (left) is blogger anna raccoon’s aunt (raccoon blogged about Savile and  Duncroft school)

Anna Raccoon Retweeted Anna Raccoon:

Another aunt was Dr Margery Blackie. A long line of indomitable women who would have run a mile from a ‘safe space’!


Current Blackie Foundation Trust Patron – HRH Princess Alexandra, The Hon Lady Ogilvy – Jimmy Savile’s friend

It was founded by Blackie in 1971, when she was homeopathic physician to the Queen.[13]

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Blackie_Foundation_Trust

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Dr. Margery Blackie and Sir John Weir

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British Homeopathic Association patron – Duke of Gloucester

http://royalcentral.co.uk/other/who-is-the-duke-of-gloucester-75873


JS ENTERPRISES LIMITED

Activities of sport clubs

Mr Ajaz Karim

Ms Ulla Eevi Tuuliki Karim

https://companycheck.co.uk/director/906460163/MR-AJAZ-KARIM/companies

P J‏ @Pamper48

Hurlingham Club famously hosts ‘ball’ after Wimbledon. Cliff has played pro-celebrity tennis there. Hurlingham Park known for polo (Princes)

Elm Guest house 27 Rocks Lane

Vicount Ian Kerr CGC‏@IanKerr

Wimbledon to Rocks Lane………just a 15 minute drive.

 

Hurlingham Park

a hop, skip and jump away from Harvey Proctor’s Fulham home.

5 March 1987

MP Harvey Proctor, pictured while going for a run through Bishop’s Park, near Fulham

13th March 1987

MP Harvey Proctor enters his Fulham High Street home.


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1999 Jill Dando murdered on the doorstep of her home in Gowan Avenue, Fulham.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/is-this-mysterious-bullet-a-clue-at-last-to-jill-dandos-killer-1109454.htmlhttp://www.independent.co.uk/news/is-this-mysterious-bullet-a-clue-at-last-to-jill-dandos-killer-1109454.html

DETECTIVES investigating the shooting of Jill Dando 11 weeks ago will not even interview the Ealing Vicarage rapist, Martin McCall.

McCall took a job as a security guard with a company in Fulham, Southwest London, where the murdered Crimewatch presenter lived and died.

Last January he switched to a company which employs security guards at the BBC.

He worked at Television Centre with access to the Crimewatch office and, in theory, Jill Dando’s home address. Within days of the killing he left his job.

McCall was jailed in 1986 for a vicious assault on vicar’s daughter Jill Saward.

He later bludgeoned another member of his gang to death to stop him talking. …

https://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-109766448.html

Convicted paedophile, Patrick Rock lived in Fulham

David Cameron’s ex-aide Patrick Rock faces child pornography trial

Rock was part of David Cameron’s “inner circle”

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/ex-downing-street-aide-patrick-rock-in-court-on-child-porn-charge-9581938.html

Fulham’s Michael Jackson Statue to Be Removed After Former Owner Mohamed Al Fayed Decided He Wants It

Image result for michael jackson and f Mohamed al Fayed,
In addition to being friends with convicted paedophile, rev Guy Bennett, Mohammed Al Fayed was also a personal friend of paedophile Michael Jackson

Fulham

The Oratory School is located there.

HIV priest accused of abusing schoolboy

Search begins for anonymous Oratory letter writer as Catholic church admits it knew late chaplain had virus before he was ordained
Father Michael Napier, the provost of the order at the time Father Martin joined in 1988 and at the time of his ordination in 1994, is now also dead

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2000/dec/06/religion.childprotection

Father Michael Napier is related (cousin) to convicted paedophile Charles Napier

Paedophile Charles Napier’s uncle: Charles Scott Napier

Michael Napier’s father, Major-General Charles Napier, served in the Royal Engineers, and was a backroom boy in charge of movement control, especially for the D-Day operations.

The son of Major-General Charles Scott Napier, a relation of the Lords Napier and Ettrick, Michael Scott Napier was born in India in February 1929.

http://www.thekingscandlesticks.com/webs/pedigrees/21765.html

Father Michael NapierRev Michael Napier’s relation -(The 14th Lord Napier and Ettrick worked for Princess Margaret – served Princess Margaret as her Private Secretary for 25 years, and then as her Treasurer for four years until her death in 2002.

Princess Margaret, was patron of Lighthouse charity which took care of paedophile priest Fr Martin appointed by Father Michael Napier.

https://www.questia.com/read/1G1-171039353/a-gay-priest-who-died-of-aids-claims-of-child-abuse

Paedophile Kit Cunningham wrote a obituary of Michael Napier

Two football clubs, Fulham F.C. and Chelsea, play in Fulham.[8][9] There are two exclusive sporting clubs, The Hurlingham Club known for Polo and the Queen’s tennis club known for its annual pre-Wimbledon Tennis tournament.[10][11]

Porn Baron Lord Feversham – 

Jasper, 41, who has made a fortune from pornography, is to be found in a somewhat more modest accommodation in Fulham, South-West London, where he runs Tongue In Cheek and Relish XXX, companies specialising in porn films.

Jasper, who was at gordonstoun with Prince Edward, had been estranged from his father ever since he was jailed for attempted robbery while high on cocaine In recent times, he liked to boast that he was one of the largest producers of hardcore porn in the country, making films with titles like To The manor Porn, and with a contract to supply NHS hospital fertility clinics with blue movies.

Jasper Duncombe, eldest son of Etonian Lord Feversham,

www.questia.com/read/1G1-104510217/lord-porn-s-blue-movies-for-the-nhs

Ms (Natalie) Rowe, Mr Sinclair and Lord Feversham are just three members of a large and colourful cast of bohemian characters, interlinked by loose association and dubious habits, who caroused in the smarter reaches of West London almost two decades ago.

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Hurlingham Club

HRH Crafty Muvva‏ @craftymuvva

Also hosts Conservatives balls AND was within view of the last place Vishal Mehrotra was sighted.

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The Hurlingham Club

Is an exclusive sports and social club located in Fulham, London, England. It has a Georgian clubhouse set in 42 acres (17 ha) of grounds. It is a member of The Association of London Clubs.

Recognised throughout the world as one of Britain’s greatest private members’ clubs. The waiting list is 12 years.

Lord Fowler is a member of Hurlingham Club

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Lord Fowler and paedophile Jimmy Savile

At the time, the Conservatives had made significant cuts to benefits for disabled people. Norman Fowler, the Health Secretary, wrote to the Prime Minister to say that a £500,000 donation to the Stoke Mandeville spinal injuries unit would help show that the government’s support for disabled people “had not ended”.

 

British politician who was a member of Margaret Thatcher’s ministry, Tory Cabinet minister Lord Fowler, Lord Temple-Morris, Adam Raphael, the Carry On actress Liz Fraser, novelist and peer Jeffrey Archer, the actor Trevor Eve and his wife Sharon Maughan are all members of the Hurlingham Club. Past members include Walter Buckmaster and Air Vice-Marshal Sir William Cushion, Lord Hunt, BBC broadcaster Ed Stourton and even Kate Middleton’s hairdresser Richard Ward –

Past members include Walter Buckmaster and Air Vice-Marshal Sir William Cushion. In 2011, Charles Nall-Cain, 3rd Baron Brocket was refused membership owing to his stint in prison.[16]

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2029397/Lord-Brocket-appalled-blackballed-Hurlingham-Club.html

The Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII), an early patron, was a keen shot and his presence ensured the club’s status and notability from the beginning. The current patron is HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

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

Oh I say, what a peach of a fund-raising auction the Tories held in Fulham the other night.

The old boy’s spirit certainly hovered over the Hurlingham Club when the Conservative’s pre-election begging bowl did the rounds at a £12,000-per-table donors’ dinner. 

Traditionally strong on the fund-raising side, the party had invited the usual rabble of the mega-rich – folk who are either in or on the edge of kitchen supper society – to mingle and break bread with its top seeds. One of those who joined David Cameron, George Osborne, Michael Gove and Jeremy Hunt paid £40,000 for a bottle of champagne signed by Lady Thatcher, while another lashed out double that for a day’s shooting on the Oxfordshire estate of the Syrian-born billionaire Wafic Said.

This touching we’re-all-in-it-together austerity-fest reached its climax with the sale of what was billed as “the ultimate tennis match”.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10946224/Tennis-and-politics-You-cannot-be-serious.html

 Hurlingham Club clientele

Tom Eulenberg,  club Cirque le Soir, ‘ringmaster’, pictured at the Hurlingham Club, for the polo, surrounded by young women

 

  • Owner of Cirque le Soir, Ryan Bishti, 35, arrested on suspicion of bribery
  • Questioned over claims police had inappropriate relationship with clubs

 

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/police-arrested-over-soho-scandal-gn8qctddw

Soho policemen arrested by colleagues probing a ‘West End bribery ring centred on a club where A-List stars are entertained by dwarves’

Celebrity haunt: Cara Delevingne and Rihanna are among the stars that frequent nightclub Cirque le Soir. Pictured, the pair with the ringmaster of the circus themed club, Tom Eulenberg
Tom Eulenberg at his decadent Cirque le Soir venue known for boasting dwarves as entertainment

Pictured, star Miley Cyrus kisses a member of staff dressed as a baby at Cirque le Soir

A-list: Miley Cyrus, pictured kissing a member of staff dressed as a baby at the Cirque le Soir club
More here on Eulenberg and co

Why is latest Met Police Corruption Scandal dragging on?

As of Feb 2016 there had been a total of 18 arrests [1] including

  • Ryan Bishti founder of “celeb” nightclub Cirque Le Soir on suspicion of bribery
  • Tom Eulenberg described as Cirque Le Soir clubs ringmaster
  • 2 Police constables
  • Members of TSS Security and Profile Protection

No one had been charged as of Feb 2016, no announcements are known to have been made that anyone has been charged to date.

The Department of Professional Standards had said it planned  to send a file to the Crown Prosecution Service in six months’ time from Feb 2016 [1] It is not known whether they have.

Suspicion is that the guilty are high up in the Westminster Police Licensing Unit, the process will be delayed, evidence lost, witnesses unavailable

https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2017/02/26/why-is-latest-met-police-corruption-and-sex-scandal-dragging-on/

Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester, arrival at The Hurlingham Club.

Jeffrey Archer, jailbird who invested in Harvey Proctor’s shirt shop, a Hurlingham member.

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/the-hurlingham-club-has-kicked-out-vicky-pryce-but-not-because-of-what-she-did-8937634.html


Hurlingham Club  getting a £22 million makeover

14 July 2017

Plans to redevelop the club’s Grade II-listed West Wing, adding a second swimming pool, cafe, sports bar and fitness studios over three floors.

Hurlingham’s chairman, Julian Holloway, held a referendum this week to vote on whether to submit the architects’ plans to Hammersmith & Fulham Council for planning approval and listed building consent.


Mervyn Conn was a member of the Hurlingham Club

Music promoter Mervyn Conn used his fame to rape and abuse young girls


Friends celebrated Cliff Richards‘ 30 years in business at the Hurlingham Club


 

 


Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh arriving at the Club House, Hurlingham Club, for the Commonwealth and Empire Coronation Ball given by the Royal Empire Society, Victoria League and Overseas League. 1953

JAMES Matthews and Pippa Middleton enjoy an evening together at the ParaSnowBall at the Hurlingham Club.

The ParaSnowBall is held annually by Disabled Snowsports UK, of which Pippa is a patron.

During the evening, the pair enjoyed a night of winter sports presentations and rubbed shoulders with a series of British Paralympic champions.

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Kate has been attending Pilates classes at the Hurlingham Sports and Social Club

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Prince Charles with meets Brigadier John Wright, Chairman of the Hurlingham Polo Association

The Prince’s Trust Spring Ball Tickets at the Hurlingham Club

http://www.viagogo.co.uk/London/The-Hurlingham-Club-Tickets/_V-9534/The-Princes-Trust-Spring-Ball-Tickets

Nov 15, 2016 – Prince Harry today visited a sexual health charity as he continues his efforts … During the visit to Fulham’s Hurlingham Club

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/prince-harry-visits-london-sexual-health-charity-amid-hiv-awareness-campaign-a3396371.html

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Princess Margaret arriving at the Hurlingham Club


Dame Alun Roberts‏ @ciabaudo

Quelle surprise: Jaz Karim was squash coach at Champneys, run by Savile’s mate!  Champneys run by Stephen Purdew – friend to Savile and Keith Vaz

Jaz Karim, professional squash coach at Champneys of London and Canary Wharf Health Club;

 

1995

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tried-tested-power-players-in-the-frame-1581647.html

Jaz Karim founded JazSports in 1990 and focussed initially on coaching but later developed the business from coaching and supplying sports equipment to athletes to today when JazSports has become the ultimate ‘hub’ for athletes to go to in order to holistically develop their physical and mental skills in their game.

Jaz’s sporting credentials are broad. He has represented England at junior level in hockey and has played and coached cricket at a high level. He is a uniquely inspirational coach in his chosen sport, squash. In the words of former World No. 1 Squash Player Amr Shabana  “Jaz is a living legend”.

At JazSports Jaz brings together a team of highly qualified coaches and top-notch supporting professionals from specialist personal trainers to nutritionists and sports psychologists. He works closely with managers, agents, sponsors and sports clubs providing him with a varied and broad network helping his athletes to reach their highest potential in their sporting career.

Jaz and his team works with National organisations to promote squash at a strategic national level. Working closely with Gibraltar and with experience in Uganda, Finland and USA means he has a wealth of experience to draw upon.

At the club level the impact of the fitness industry has been meteoric and as clubs strive to add value to their membership so Jaz helps clubs both strategically and detailed project planning to promote the sport ensuring success for the largest to the smallest of organisations.

Consultancy Engagements
Jaz has worked in a multitude of capacities when consulting on

JazSports has provided on site assistance in the following programs;

  1. National Squash Strategy – Gibraltar

  2. Club Turnaround – London based clubs

  3. Tournament Hosting – Tournament of Champions

  4. Coaching and Clinics – Jaz Camps

  5. Squash Development – New court construction in US

  6. Role of squash within a Health/Rackets Club

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Ajaz Karim

Head Coach at Queens Club London

United Kingdom
Professional Training & Coaching
Current
  1. Queens Club London,
  2. Eton College,
  3. The Hurlingham Club
Previous
  1. The Christ Hospital
Education
  1. St Pauls and StMary’s College

Experience

  • Head Coach

    Queens Club London
    January 2013 – Present (4 years 7 months)
  • Head Coach

    Eton College
    September 2008 – Present (8 years 11 months)

    Head Coach

    The Hurlingham Club

    September 2003 – Present (13 years 11 months)

    Head Coach

    Credit Suisse

    September 1995 – Present (21 years 11 months)
  • Sports Consultant

    jaz Sports
    January 1985 – Present (32 years 7 months)
  • Director

    Jaz Sports
    January 1985 – Present (32 years 7 months)
  • Head Professional Squash

    Queens Club
    January 1985 – Present (32 years 7 months)
  • Head Coach

    The Christ Hospital
    September 1985 – August 1995 (10 years)

Skills

  • Coaching
  • Event Management
  • Sports
  • Fitness
  • Personal Training
  • Sports Marketing
  • Public Speaking

Education

  • St Pauls and St Mary’s College

    B.ED, Sports /Psychology

    1975 – 1978

  • Mbale senior Secondary School Uganda

     1966 – 1972

Recommendations

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  • Jaz is passsionate about squash. He understands the game well and his coaching style reflects that. Besides squash, Jaz is a tireless campaigner of promoting sports via charitable causes. He has the natural ability to make one feel at ease via his wit and the steely determination which he inconsciously imparts in others.

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Christ's Hospital School in Horsham

Christ’s Hospital School in Horsham


Bail extended again for former Christ’s Hospital employees

 

Christ’s Hospital School.

May 3 2017

Four men arrested during 2016 over allegations of non-recent sexual offences against pupils from Christ’s Hospital School, have had their police bail extended from May 3 to July 12 while police reports continue to be considered by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Sussex Police said today (May 3).
The four and their legal representatives have been informed and did not need to attend police stations on May 3, police said. Sussex police said that a 65-year old from Shropshire was arrested on January 29, 2016, on suspicion of indecent assault on a girl, indecent assault on a boy and another indecent assault on a boy.
On December 12, 2016, he was re-arrested in Shropshire by Sussex officers and was interviewed on suspicion of further offences against six people – five men, and a woman – before being rebailed. A 66-year old man from North Yorkshire was arrested on January 29, 2016, on suspicion of the rape of a girl and indecent assault on a girl.
A 62-year old West London man was arrested on June 12, 2016, on suspicion of indecent assaults on four girls.
A 74-year old man living in the Charente-Maritime District of France, who is a UK citizen, was arrested in the UK on December 20, 2016, on suspicion of indecent assaults on three boys.

All the men were teachers at the school, police said. The investigation is being carried out by detectives from the Sussex Police Complex Abuse Unit.

http://www.wscountytimes.co.uk/news/crime/bail-extended-again-for-former-christ-s-hospital-employees-1-7944403


Feb 10 2017

Bail extended for former Christ’s Hospital employees Christ’s Hospital school.

Four men, arrested during 2016 over non-recent allegations of sexual offences while teachers at Christ’s Hospital School near Horsham, have had their police bail extended from February 10 to March 15 while police reports are being considered by the CPS, Sussex Police said today (February 10).
The four and their legal representatives were informed and did not need to attend police stations on February 10, police said.
Sussex police said that a 65-year old from Shropshire was arrested on January 29 2016 on suspicion of indecent assault on a girl, indecent assault on a boy and another indecent assault on a boy. On December 12 2016 he was re-arrested in Shropshire by Sussex officers and was interviewed on suspicion of further offences against six people – five men, and a woman – before being rebailed. A 66-year old man from North Yorkshire was arrested on January 29 2016 on suspicion of the rape of a girl and indecent assault on a girl. A 62-year old West London man was arrested on June 12 2016, on suspicion of indecent assaults on four girls. A 74-year old man living in the Charente-Maritime District of France, who is a UK citizen, was arrested in the UK on December 20 2016, on suspicion of indecent assaults on three boys.

All the men were teachers at the school, police said. The investigation is being carried out by detectives from the Sussex Police Complex Abuse Unit.

http://www.wscountytimes.co.uk/news/crime/bail-extended-for-former-christ-s-hospital-employees-1-7816278

Update Jan 11 2017

More sordid news from Christ’s Hospital School:

Pupil at £30,000-per-year public school admits revenge porn blackmail bid against two teenage girls after ‘sexting’ them

  • Alistair Wilson blackmailed the two girls with images obtained through ‘sexting’ 
  • He attended the £30,000-a-year Christ’s Hospital School in Horsham, Sussex

Lincoln Crown Court heard Wilson, who was 18 at the time of the offences, had previously exchanged nude photos with the girl while ‘sexting’.

He made the threat of distributing the nude photos online –

The school has maintained close links with royalty and the City of London and the Queen has been school patron since 1953.

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Update Jan 6 2017

Anthony Brailsford due back in court today for sentencing – no news so far

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Anthony Brailsford has avoided a jail sentence despite admitting indecent assaults on a boy in the 1990s

Anthony Brailsford – Headmaster of Queen’s Windsor Castle school admits he is a paedophile as court hears he sexually abused boys in his Latin classes and watched them shower naked

Brailsford, who appeared in the dock dressed in a dark suit and blue tie, was released on conditional bail to return to the court to be sentenced on January 6.

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Update: Dec 15 2016 – Bail extended and still no names ….

Three men arrested on suspicion of non-recent sexual offences while teachers at Christ’s Hospital School near Horsham have had their police bail extended to February 10, 2017 while police enquiries continue and police reports are considered by the CPS, Sussex Police said.

The three men had previously been bailed until today (December 15).

A Sussex Police spokesman said that a 65-year old man from Shropshire was arrested on January 29 on suspicion of indecent assault on a girl, indecent assault on a boy, and another indecent assault on a boy.

The spokesman added: “On December 12 the 65-year old from Shropshire was re-arrested in Shropshire by Sussex officers and was interviewed on suspicion of further offences against six people – five men and a woman – before being rebailed to February 10.

A 66-year old man from North Yorkshire was arrested on January 29, 2016 on suspicion of the rape of a girl in West Sussex, and indecent assault on a girl, the spokesman added.

A 62-year old West London man was arrested on June 12, 2016, on suspicion of indecent assaults on four girls in West Sussex, the spokesman said.

The investigation is being carried out by detectives from the Sussex Police Complex Abuse Unit.

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Dec 6 2016

Headmaster of Princess Eugenie’s former  prep school, St George’s, admits sexually assaulting boys in his Latin classes and watching others showering naked


Yet another paedophile working for a school affiliated with the royal family ….how many does that make now?

Eugenie ended up going to St George’s school because her parents’ first choice was a school, Aiglon, with a paedophile scandal…involving the head, Richard McDonald,who’s a friend of Prince Andrew.

That friend and head, Richard McDonald,

also taught as Christ Hospital School…and attended Gordonstoun at the same time as Prince Andrew

Update: Jan 13 2017

Paedophile headmaster, Anthony Brailsford, who touched boys during Latin classes and watched them shower naked at the prestigious Queen’s school at Windsor Castle is SPARED JAIL

  • Former headteacher was Latin tutor when the abuse took place, court told
  • He would get boys to come to front of class and touch their buttocks
  • Indecent images found on his computer when police raided his home
  • Judge spares him jail, saying it is ‘not in the public interest’ to lock him up

‘Not in the public interest to lock him up’ How many times are we hearing this now?

 

Not in the Establishment’s interest!


Anthony Brailsford, the former acting head of the St George’s school – He admitted three counts of indecent assault on a boy in the 1990s and police found a catalogue of indecent images on his computer.

But the 70-year-old avoided a jail term and was instead given a six-month suspended sentence at court today.

St George’s School is known to be popular with royals, and former pupils include Princess Eugenie. Boarding fees are currently £6,953 a term.

The court heard the victim, who cannot be identified, was abused when he was aged just 12 and 13 years.

In an impact statement read to court, the victim said he would never forgive his former teacher for what he suffered.

Brailsford was previously acting head of St George's school in the shadow of Windsor Castle

In his sentencing remarks, Recorder Quinlan revealed that ‘identical’ further matters were also ‘brought to the attention of the school’ for which he received a final written warning.

But the judge said: ‘I do not consider it in the public interest for you to loss your liberty immediately.’

Reading Crown Court heard the then headmaster of St George’s School, the Reverend Roger Marsh, did not respond to the first letter from the victim’s parents which raised concerns over Brailsford’s behaviour.

Mr Recorder Christopher Quinlan QC was told it was only after they threatened reporting the matter to the police in a second letter that Rev Marsh responded to the victim’s mother.

Ex-schoolmaster Brailsford was not sacked after he admitted to touching boys to the headmaster as he denied the assaults were sexual in 1998.

Brailsford, who worked at the school from 1973 to 2012, was spared jail today and was made subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order banning him from being in unsupervised contact with boys aged 16 or less for seven years.

He did not have to pay any of the £1,800 contribution to prosecution costs asked due to his finances.

At the time the offences were claimed to have been committed, Brailsford was a schoolmaster at St George’s School, having been appointed as acting headmaster in 1993.

Pupils who attend the school, which is a unisex day and boarding school for students aged three years to 13 years, include the choristers of St George’s chapel – a place of royal worship situated behind the school in the grounds of the Queen’s Windsor Castle.

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Aiglon 2000

Scandal, though, was already in the air. Two months earlier, a chemistry teacher left after his homosexual fantasies were published on the internet.

Then came disclosures that three girls had been drugged and sexually assaulted in a dormitory

. .. it emerged that the headmaster, Richard McDonald, was not on a sabbatical but in prison on charges of sex offences against children.

Media stories of debauchery and drinking among the pupils followed swiftly.

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After a final inspection last week, they chose the latter – while trying to spare some of Aiglon’s blushes by saying that the Swiss option had been “postponed”.

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Andreas Baader‏ @stop1984

Career maker: Prince Harry’s ex-girlfriend, aspiring actress Cressida Bonas, poses with Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein  at a screening of the latter’s new film Big Eyes in London

Prince Harry’s ex-girlfriend Cressida Bonas slopes off to hobnob with ANOTHER Epstein pal

When Prince Harry’s former girlfriend Cressida Bonas agreed to go skiing with her chum Princess Eugenie, she had no idea she would be caught up in the storm engulfing the Duke of York.

After Prince Andrew joined his daughter and her model friend at their £22,000-per-week chalet in the Alps, it was besieged by the world’s media amid a growing furore over claims Andrew had sex with an under-age girl ‘procured’ for him by his close friend, convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

So it was an unfortunate coincidence that Cressie’s first public engagement on returning to London on Sunday was a bash thrown by another of Epstein’s friends, film producer Harvey Weinstein.

Sloping off: Cressida has recently returned to London from spending time in Verbier in the Swiss Alps with her old friend Princess Eugenie and her family

Dressed in a midriff-baring outfit with her glossy mane worn loose, the 25-year-old posed next to Weinstein, 62, at a screening of his latest offering, Big Eyes.

(Lurking behind was Charles Dance, who in 2004 famously seduced vicar’s daughter Sophia Myles, 33 years his junior, and then cruelly dumped her.)

Despite the movie mogul’s long-standing association with Epstein — the two even made a failed bid for New York magazine in 2003 — the screening was an occasion not to be missed for aspiring thespian Cressida.

Weinstein, who is married to 38-year-old fashion designer Georgina Chapman, a friend of the Duchess of York, is known for mentoring young actresses.

(L to R) Harvey Weinstein, Princess Eugenie of York and Georgina Chapman at attends a VIP screening of ‘Lion’ hosted by Harvey Weinstein and Georgina Chapman at Soho House on December 19, 2016 in London, England

He is credited with propelling Gwyneth Paltrow (pictured below) to A-list status, having collaborated with her on eight films, including Shakespeare In Love, for which she won an Oscar in 1999.

So it is understandable that Cressida, who scored a small part in Harvey’s forthcoming movie Tulip Fever, is keen to nurture her relationship with the Hollywood tycoon.

Aptly she plays a ‘society lady’ in the film, which is based on Deborah Moggach’s novel.

Since splitting with Harry, ambitious Cressida has been taking her acting career seriously.

Last month, she attended a private vocal training school on Orkney to improve her articulation and projection skills.

Meanwhile, her first play, There’s A Monster In The Lake, is being revived later this month at Waterloo Vaults.

Perhaps Cressie, who has given few signs she wants to rekindle her romance with Harry, has set her sights on an even more desirable prize than a prince: an Oscar. 


2016

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The school was established to provide six choristers for the Choir of St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, which sings in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, which is the official country residence of the British Royal Family. St George’s is one of the oldest schools in the country, and has provided an unbroken line of boy choristers to sing daily services in St George’s Chapel since 1352.

The school’s choristers have sung at events such as the wedding of Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones, now the Countess of Wessex; the funeral of John Hunt, Baron Hunt; and also the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

In the shadow of Windsor Castle: The teacher, who had admitted the indecent images charges last April, was ordered not to enter St George¿s School (pictured) or its grounds

In the shadow of Windsor Castle: Hidden among the pine trees and suburban hedges of Ascot, St George’s occupies a 30-acre estate near the Queen’s favourite racecourse

At the time the offences were claimed to have been committed, Brailsford was a schoolmaster at St George’s, having been appointed as acting headmaster in 1993.

Pupils who attend the school, which is a unisex day and boarding school for those aged three years to 13 years, include the choristers of St George’s chapel – a place of royal worship situated behind the school in the grounds of Windsor Castle. 

Headmaster of Princess Eugenie’s former £7,000 a term prep school admits sexually assaulting boys in his Latin classes and watching others showering naked

Latin teacher: Brailsford was acting headmaster of the £7,000-a-term St George's School, Windsor Castle (pictured) in Berkshire and was later a schoolmaster there

Anthony Brailsford was acting headmaster of the £7,000-a-term school

Was also a Latin teacher at St George’s School, Windsor Castle in Berkshire

He had denied three counts of indecent assault on the same boy at the school 

Changed plea after judge said jury should be told about his indecent images 

He had admitted two counts of making indecent images of children – which were mostly of naked, pre-pubescent boysat a court hearing in 2014.

The offences are said to have happened at the school between 1997 and 1998.

Brailsford was warned by the schoolmaster Reverend Roger Marsh over him touching boys sexually at the school.

“Another set of parents told Reverend Marsh of rumours about the defendant’s behaviour,” said the judge.

Jurors would be told about the headmaster’s note of a meeting he held with white-haired Brailsford following a verbal warning over his behaviour.

The note, which was kept in the school’s records and supported by a later statement from Rev Marsh, read: “I saw the senior master in connection with allegations made about him, touching boys on the back and bottom.

“Mr Brailsford said that he did sometimes run his hand down backs of boys in that way.”

The court heard that Rev. Marsh warned Brailsford verbally about the assaults after the boy, who had been preparing for entrance exams to join prestigious Eton College, had left the school.

Brailsford had “assured” the Reverend that the attacks would stop at the meeting in April 1998.

The survivor, who was aged 12 or 13 years old and was boarding at the school at the time, told police in 2014 that he was attacked between five and seven times.

The headmaster’s note continued: “He said it still happened but less often, despite the verbal warning I gave him on April 7 1998.”

The court heard that the Rev. Marsh, who had also spoken to Brailsford over the rumours two months before the formal warning, later sent a further written warning to the teacher.

The judge said social services then launched an investigation and police were informed.

…Brailsford’s admissions of having indecent images after his defending lawyer, Jon Mitchell, told the court they were “naturist” and not of a sexual nature…there were also hundreds of images of which the majority were of “pre-pubescent boys’ naked backsides”.

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Rev Roger Marsh – The Revd Roger Marsh was, until recently, a valued Chaplain of Lancing College, a role which he carried out for ten years. He will be acting Head Master for the remainder of the current academic year. He and his wife Eileen will continue to provide the warm atmosphere of a highly professional, yet family run institution. Both have extensive experience of prep school life, as Roger Marsh’s previous headships include very successful periods at Ardingly College Prep and St George’s Windsor Castle. Roger and Eileen Marsh are both greatly looking forward to the two terms they will spend at Lancing Prep at Worthing.

Ardingly College/Chichester Diocese/ School Paedophile Rings/PIE

Peter Ball was Chaplain at Ardingly 1990-94

1990-94 Peter Ball Chaplain at Ardingly (3:51)

Peter Ball educated at Lancing College and was governor there

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Ian Beer, former head of Lancing College was one of those who wrote a letter of support for paedophile Bishop Peter Ball

 

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22 June 2017

Church of England colluded with bishop who abused boys, says Welby

Report about bishop Peter Ball, finding collusion over 20 years, is ‘harrowing reading’

Collusion: Secret or illegal cooperation or conspiracy

Senior figures in the Church of England colluded for a period of 20 years with a disgraced former bishop who sexually abused boys and men, a damning independent report has found.

The archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said the report on the church’s handling of former bishop Peter Ball made “harrowing reading”.

“The church colluded and concealed rather than seeking to help those who were brave enough to come forward. This is inexcusable and shocking behaviour,” he said.

“To the survivors who were brave enough to share their story and bring Peter Ball to justice, I once again offer an unreserved apology. There are no excuses whatsoever for what took place and the systemic abuse of trust perpetrated by Peter Ball over decades.”

Two former archbishops of Canterbury, George Carey and Rowan Williams, apologised to the victims of Peter Ball after being criticised for their failures in relation to him.

Ball, the former bishop of both Gloucester and Lewes, was jailed in October 2015 for the grooming, sexual exploitation and abuse of 18 vulnerable young men aged 17-25 who had sought spiritual guidance from him between 1977 and 1992. He was released from prison in February after serving 16 months.

His trial heard that after Ball was first accused in 1993, a string of senior establishment figures – including Carey, an unidentified member of the royal family, cabinet ministers and a high court judge – came forward in his support, writing letters to the police and Crown Prosecution Service.

Ball was cautioned by police. He resigned his post as bishop and retired to a rented cottage on the Prince of Wales’s Duchy of Cornwall estate but continued to officiate in 17 public schools until 2007. A fresh investigation was opened in 2012 which led to his conviction.

One of Ball’s victims, Neil Todd – the first to come forward with allegations of abuse – attempted suicide three times before killing himself in 2012.

Welby ordered an independent review of the church’s handling of the case, chaired by Dame Moira Gibb, former chief executive of Camden council.

The report said Ball’s case was dealt with at the highest levels within the church. He “was seen by the church as the man in trouble who the church needed to help”.

Ball was portrayed as a victim, and the review found “little evidence of compassion for Neil Todd even though from the outset it was clear that he was a vulnerable young man who had come to harm”.

It added: “The church appears to have been most interested in protecting itself.”

In the foreword to her report, An Abuse of Faith, published on Thursday, Gibb said the serious sexual wrongdoing of Ball “is shocking in itself but is compounded by the failure of the church to respond appropriately to his misconduct, again over a period of many years”.

“Ball’s priority was to protect and promote himself and he maligned the abused. The church colluded. The church colluded with that rather than seeking to help those he had harmed, or assuring itself of the safety of others.”

The report added, “progress has been slow and continuing, faster improvement is still required”.

Gibb made 11 recommendations in her report, including improving support to survivors of clerical abuse and taking steps to “demonstrate the individual and collective accountability of bishops”.

Peter Hancock, the C of E’s lead safeguarding bishop, who received the report on behalf of the church, said it had failed Ball’s survivors. “Having read the report I am appalled and disturbed by its contents … As a church we colluded, we failed to act and protect those who came forward for help. There are no excuses. We accept all the recommendations and are working to action them.”

Rowan Williams

Rowan Williams: ‘It is clear I did not give adequate priority to sorting out the concerns and allegations surrounding Peter Ball.’

He added: “For the survivors, it may feel this is all too late.”

According to the report, Ball intimated “on many occasions, to Lord Carey and others, that he enjoys the status of confidant of the Prince of Wales” and “sought to exploit his contact with members of the royal family in order to bolster his position”.

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Goddard inquiry: Outrage as bishop Peter Ball jailed for sex offences given public funding for legal team

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Moira Gibb is made a Dame CBE by the Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace back in 2012

However, Dame Moira Gibb’s report went on, it “found no evidence that the Prince of Wales or any other member of the royal family sought to intervene at any point in order to protect or promote Ball”.

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Carey was criticised in the report, which said he “set the tone for the church’s response to Ball’s crimes and gave the steer which allowed Ball’s assertions that he was innocent to gain credence”.

In a statement responding to the report, Carey said it made “uncomfortable reading” and he accepted its criticisms of him. “I apologise to the victims of Peter Ball. I believed Peter Ball’s protestations and gave too little credence to the vulnerable young men and boys behind those allegations.”

Carey said he regretted not putting Ball’s name on the Lambeth List – names of people whose suitability for ministry is under question – after he was cautioned.

Under the leadership of Williams, the church began reviewing past cases, a move which ultimately led to the criminal case against Ball being reopened, the report said. However, he was criticised as being “lamentably slow” in making change.

In a statement, Williams said: “Having read the report and reflected on its details, it is clear I did not give adequate priority to sorting out the concerns and allegations surrounding Peter Ball at the earliest opportunity. I recognise such a delay is likely to have increased the pressure and distress experienced by the survivors of his abuse and I am sincerely sorry for this.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/22/church-of-england-colluded-with-bishop-peter-ball-who-abused-boys-says-justin-welby?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

George Carey allowed church role despite part in abuse cover-up

Former archbishop of Canterbury was criticised in report into abuse by Peter Ball

13 July 2018

George Carey, the former archbishop of Canterbury who was heavily criticised in an independent report for his part in the cover-up of sexual abuse carried out by a bishop, has been allowed to resume an official role in the Church of England.

Lord Carey stepped down last year as an honorary assistant bishop at the unprecedented request of Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury, after a damning report which found the church had colluded over the abuse.

But it emerged this week that Carey has been granted “permission to officiate” (PTO) by Steven Croft, the bishop of Oxford, allowing him to preach and preside at churches in the diocese. Croft is reportedly under police investigation for allegedly failing to respond properly to a separate report of clerical sexual abuse.

The decision to grant the PTO was made in February despite expectations of further revelations this month about Carey’s role in the case of Peter Ball, a former bishop of Gloucester, at the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse (IICSA).

The inquiry will spend a week scrutinising the C of E’s handling of the Ball case, starting on 23 July. Ball was jailed in 2015 for the grooming, sexual exploitation and abuse of 18 vulnerable young men between 1977 and 1992. Prince Charles has been asked to give a witness statement to the inquiry about his correspondence with Ball.

Carey, who was archbishop of Canterbury from 1991 to 2002, resigned his honorary post after the publication of an independent report on the Ball case by Dame Moira Gibb.

She concluded that senior figures in the church had “colluded [with the abuser] rather than seeking to help those he had harmed”. She said: “The church appears to have been most interested in protecting itself.”

Carey had “set the tone for the church’s response to Ball’s crimes, and gave the steer which allowed Ball’s assertions that he was innocent to gain credence”, said Gibb.

The former archbishop responded to the report, saying it made “uncomfortable reading” and that he accepted its criticisms of him.

In February this year, Carey contacted the diocese of Oxford to request a PTO, which was granted by Croft. It followed letters from members of the congregation where Carey worships that requested he be allowed to resume ministry at their church.

A spokesperson for the diocese of Oxford said: “The granting of PTO enabled Lord Carey to preach and preside in the church where he worships, a church where his ministry is much valued. The granting of a PTO does not indicate a planned return to the role of assistant bishop.”

It is understood that Carey underwent fresh checks on his criminal record and C of E safeguarding training.

The church’s national safeguarding team was not consulted on whether the PTO should be granted.

A survivor of abuse by Ball said he was extremely concerned to learn that Carey had been granted a PTO. “It’s a real stab in the back for Ball survivors,” he said, adding that it would have been prudent to wait until further evidence had been heard by IICSA.

Croft is one of several senior church figures, including John Sentamu, the archbishop of York, who are reportedly being investigated by South Yorkshire police over alleged failures to act on disclosures of an alleged rape of a teenage boy by a clergyman in the 1980s. The force declined to confirm or deny an investigation was under way.

Matthew Ineson claims he was raped by the Rev Trevor Devamanikkam, and in 2012 and 2013 reported the crime to senior figures in the church, including Croft. He alleges they failed to follow proper procedures and did not advise him to tell police.

Devamanikkam was later charged with indecent assault and buggery without consent, but killed himself in 2017 before coming to trial.

A spokesperson for the diocese of Oxford said: “Written records and notes taken at the time give a different picture to the one Mr Ineson is presenting about how his case has been handled.”

An independent review had been commissioned by the C of E’s national safeguarding team, the spokesperson said.

Ineson told the Guardian: “Steven Croft may disagree about the wording of my disclosures, but nonetheless accepts I did tell him of my abuse. No word of apology has ever been forthcoming for what I have been put through.

“Given the circumstances it is incredible that Croft is still in a position to decide whether PTO should be given to George Carey or anybody else who has been so involved in the dreadful case of Peter Ball or any other safeguarding case.”

PTOs are mostly granted to retired priests who wish to continue their ministry by preaching, taking communion and providing holiday or sickness cover to serving clergy. PTOs are granted at the discretion of the local bishop.

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Dame Alun Roberts‏ @ciabaudo

Doesn’t Welby have the clout to withdraw this permission to officiate?

Chichester church abuser ‘allowed back into choir’

27 June 2017

Alesha Racine

Alesha Racine has waived her right of anonymity to speak to BBC South East

A woman who was sexually abused by a lay vicar in Sussex says she was “completely failed” by the former Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey.

Alesha Racine wrote to Lord Carey in 1992 after discovering her abuser had returned to the church where she had been sexually assaulted.

On Monday Lord Carey announced his resignation as an honorary bishop.

A review by Dame Moira Gibb found he had failed to pass on information about abuse carried out by Bishop Peter Ball.

Ms Racine’s abuser, Michael Walsh, was convicted of five indecent assault charges and confessed to sexual relationships with a further eight children.

He was sent to prison in 1990.

He had been a teacher, a lay vicar at Chichester Cathedral and also ran a choir at a church in Chichester.

Child abuse ‘inevitable’

After his release in 1992, Walsh returned to the same church to be part of the choir.

Concerned for the safety of other girls, in July of that year Ms Racine wrote to the then Archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey, requesting his help.

 

Speaking after Lord Carey’s resignation, Ms Racine, 54, said: “I was very concerned that my abuser had just come out of prison and it appeared that he’d just gone straight back into the parish church where he’d originally worked, and was again in a position of authority in the choir there where young children – specifically girls – sang.

“I was really worried that these girls were at a huge risk. I felt it was inevitable that children would be abused.”

Three months after writing her letter she was told Lord Carey had been unable to consider her concerns because he was “committed to a series of visits overseas, together with his summer break”.

‘Duty of forgiveness’

She was informed one month later that the “Archbishop had been assured that there was no question of Michael Walsh being reinstated in the choir,” but nine months after raising her concerns she received a letter from the Archbishop’s chief of staff confirming her abuser was back in the choir.

Lambeth Palace wrote to Ms Racine saying the parish authorities had taken “great care” in coming to their decision to allow Walsh’s return to his position “weighing carefully the risk of re-offending against… the Christian duty of forgiveness”.

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Michael Walsh, seen here in the 1990s, was allowed to return to the same church choir after his release from prison

The letters revealed Lord Carey regretted the decision which allowed Alesha’s abuser back into churches and offered her his sympathies.

Ms Racine said: “I thought his response was deeply hurtful, in that it had taken me a lot of courage to write to him at all.

“Most of what he said was in defence of the Church and the people in it, rather than try to reach out to me as a victim.

“I do feel it was a complete failure on his part.”

A spokesman for the former Archbishop of Canterbury said the correspondence with Ms Racine had been conducted on Lord Carey’s behalf by his chief of staff.

He said: “Lord Carey has absolutely no memory of this chain of correspondence or these events. He cannot therefore comment.”

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-surrey-40418476

 


2001

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

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

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

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 6th September 2001 – Princess Eugenie starts her new school at St George s Windsor Pictured with her parents Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew

St George’s School is known to be popular with royals, and former pupils include Princess Eugenie.

There is a big emphasis on “activities”, including the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, pony trekking and lace making. The boarders, most of whose families live near by, are encouraged to keep pets which, according to the school prospectus, “include hamsters, gerbils, mice, guinea pigs and rabbits”. Dances are shared with nearby Eton and Wellington while Eton often “borrows” girls for its plays. Old girls include the daughters of the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.

Joanna Grant Peterkin, 50, who became headmistress a year ago, was previously head of modern languages at St Paul’s Girls School, west London. Her father, Sir Brian Young, was once head of Charterhouse, and her husband, Peter, is a major general

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Arrested CH Staff Members

The men were all members of the school staff at the times of the alleged offences, police said – A paedophile Ring operating at the school?

  • No names are being revealed.
  • The Christian school is in the diocese formerly overseen by paedophile bishop of Lewes Peter Ball who is serving a 32-month sentence for abusing 18 young men between 1977 and 1992.
  • Sussex Police said officers arrested a 66-year-old man in North Yorkshire on January 29 on suspicion of raping a girl aged 16-18 in 1992-94.
  • He has also been accused of indecently assaulting another girl, 17, in 1994.
  • A 65-year-old man was arrested in Shropshire, also on January 29, on suspicion of indecently assaulting a girl, 18, in 1994, and a boy, 18, in 1990.
  • He has also been accused of indecently assaulting a boy, aged 15-16, in 1988 or 1989.
  • Officers also arrested a 62-year-old man in west London on June 12 on suspicion of indecently assaulting four girls aged 14-17 between 1985-1993.
  • All men have been bailed until December 15, a force spokesman added.

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Re: Punishments at CH

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Extract from The Blue for July 1978 page 74Confirmation was conducted by the new Bishop of Lewes, Bishop Peter, who also gave the Lenten Address: his visit was a most moving spiritual moment in the life of the Hospital”

and earlier:

The confirmation service was taken by the Bishop of Lewes during the sedes vacans between bishops Bell and Wilson. This will have been the confirmation of 1959.

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Dame Alun Roberts‏ @ciabaudo

If he didn’t know, he’s hardly fit to be King …

Richard Scorer: My clients accept the PoW has many interactions with Church of England clergy. However our clients do not accept that he claims he was not aware that a caution means an acceptance of guilt.

Scorer claims senior leaders in the Church knew of Peter Ball’s offending but Lambeth Palace did not hand over letters to police:

Mr William Chapman: There’s a reluctance to trust the secular authorities to handle the matter and a willingness to forgive and reintegrate Peter Ball, no matter what he’d done

Elizabeth Hall, Nat Safeguarding Advisor, recommending a further review of Peter Ball information which should involve trying to find all files/documents

Both Michael Ball and brother Peter Ball were not shy about using the name of the Prince of Wales to seek to influence others. Bishop Michael Ball wrote to Lord Carey in Dec 1992 saying that his brother was receiving support from 2 Cabinet Ministers and Prince Charles Peter Ball often mention their friendship.

On 8 March 1993 Peter Ball received a caution for one count of gross indecency against Neil Todd. He resigned immediately. Peter Ball alleged to the Church of England shortly that he either did not wish to resign, and accepted a caution to avoid a trial.

“This Inquiry has been provided with details of allegations made by a total of 32 individuals. These all relate to an alleged abuse of power by Peter Ball for the purposes of his sexual gratification.”

The former Bishop of Lewes, Peter Ball was convicted of two offences of indecent assault, and an offence of misconduct

Peter Ball admitted when pleading guilty that he received sexual gratification from the deliberate manipulation of vulnerable young men, that the contact was consistent with grooming and that he abused his position as a Bishop in the Church of England

 In January 1996, Ball was permitted by Archbishop Carey to preach at a particular public school and, to conduct confirmations at other specific schools later on in that year

(1) Why he was permitted to return to ministry in this fashion? (2) Why did no-one think to carry out some kind of risk assessment? (3) Whether or not senior clergy simply thought that Peter Ball’s pleas of innocence should be believed?

 “I really appreciate your sympathetic understanding in preventing a scandal with a trial which would have affected the Royal family and establishments in this crucial time of turmoil within the Church of England.” Bishop Kemp comments on a 1990s investigation into Peter Ball
A risk assessment carried out by the Church in 2009 identified that Peter Ball could be identified as a sexual predator given the length and scale of his offending

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Prince Charles gives evidence to inquiry into Peter Ball

The Prince of Wales says he was aware that Peter Ball, who lived in Aller, near Langport, had been given a police caution, but claims he did not realise it amounted to an admission of guilt.

Details of Prince Charles’s relationship with Ball will be revealed at an inquiry into the case on Friday.

The next in line to the throne had “decades of correspondence” with Ball and occasionally sent him “small gifts of money”, according to the draft copy of his statement to the inquiry, The Times has reported.

The statement will add that Ball confided in him in 2009 that he had been involved in an “indiscretion” years previously, which he blamed on a person with a grudge.

http://www.somersetcountygazette.co.uk/news/16371173.prince-charles-gives-evidence-to-peter-ball-inquiry/

Paedophile Bishop Bell is also linked to Christ’s Hospital School

In the late 40s/early 50s CH Horsham came direct under the Bishop of Chichester, a Bishop Bell, I believe.

Incidentally, when he retired he was presented with a CH Leaving Bible — an almost unique honour

His CH Leaving Bible was presented to him in the spring of 1958, on the day after he carried out Confirmations at CH for the last time.

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CH Forum. ..quite a few “scandal” threads have been deleted

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Peter Ball was close friends with the royal family.

  • Peter Ball was propelled into the royal circle by two people. One was prebendary Willie Booth, a former chaplain at Westminster School, who’d taken over from Caesar. The other was Jimmy Savile.
  • Charles offered Ball sanctuary in a Duchy of Cornwall property when, in 1993, the bishop was forced to resign after being let off with a caution by police over allegations that he indecently assaulted a 17-year-old novice monk.

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Some CH students were sent to paedophile bishop Peter Ball

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From Christ’s Hospital School Forum:

Fri Nov 08, 2013

Punishments at CH:

I stayed with Peter Ball for a few nights due to sickness in my family.

I have since been involved, albeit slightly, with this case against him due to something he said to me. I haven’t had to go to court luckily, but several boys who were in his care have been left wounded for life sadly. The metropolitan police were contemplating paying for my ticket back to the UK to go to court, but nothing has come of that. Google him…you’ll see – he’s nothing but a downright pervert with a thing for boys.

 

 


Much of the abuse by Peter Ball in the 70s and 80s took place at the Rectory Litlington, East Sussex

“When it came to the abuse, the abuse was sexual, mental and physical. He was just not a very nice human being.[19]”

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The Rectory Litlington, East Sussex

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Allegations against Ball were first made in 1992 by novice monk Neil Todd, one of many boys abused at the bishop’s house at Litlington, East Sussex.

Bobbie Cheema QC, prosecuting, said the teenager had been introduced by Ball to what he called ‘penitential psalms’.

This involved saying prayers naked at night in a chapel before Ball watched the teenager taking a cold shower and pulled down his underpants.

Ball, who called the youngster ‘love’ and ‘gorgeous’, went on to suggest he be beaten with a stick or whipped so his body could ‘bear the marks’.

The abuse emerged after he tried to commit suicide in 1992. Gloucestershire Police launched an investigation, prompting more victims to come forward.

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Bishop of Chichester: Eric Kemp and Queen Elizabeth

Chichester diocese – many paedophile cover-ups

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Canon Anthony Caesar

Eric Kemp moved in elevated London circles and was a good friend of Canon Anthony Caesar, sub dean of the Chapel Royal and the Queen’s domestic chaplain.

Bishop Peter Ball often accompanied Bishop Eric Kemp on his London trips.

Kemp appointed the flamboyant Ball as his assistant in the post of bishop of Lewes, he fitted in immediately.

  • During his time in Lewes, Ball got to know Jimmy Savile well and he was the bishop’s principal entree into the Waleses’ household. After his appointment to Gloucester was announced, Ball became a regular visitor to Highgrove and was held in such high regard that Charles attended his enthronement.
  • ‘We knew that Bishop Peter and the Prince were good friends. He didn’t refer to him as Prince Charles. He would always say just Charles.’

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3265742/Jimmy-Savile-Prince-Charles-close-friendship-sex-abuse-bishop-Peter-Ball.html#ixzz4PtSOHEBS

A member of the royal family was among a host of establishment figures who supported a bishop as he tried to avoid charges for sexually abusing young aspiring priests, a court was told.

The former bishop of Lewes, 83, preyed on his victims for sexual pleasure when they came to his home in Litlington, East Sussex.

However despite the raft of allegations he faced his defence team said he had 2,000 letters of support including from cabinet ministers and a member of the royal family

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  • Ian Beer – Harrow – long time friend of paedophile Bishop Peter Ball.  Beer sent students from three different schools to Ball.
  • Other establishment schools that sent boys to paedophile Bishop Peter Ball via Ian Beer of Harrow:

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Ball links to top paedophiles who operated in East Sussex and London.

Archbishop Carey & Bishop Ball

  • Former Archbishop Carey Admits he “Deserves Criticism” over Bishop Sexual Abuse Cover-Up

The role of Lord Carey of Clifton in the case of Peter Ball will be scrutinised by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. The former Archbishop of Canterbury
could face “explicit criticism” over how he dealt with a paedophile bishop, the head of the child abuse inquiry has warned.

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  • Christ’s Hospital School, West Sussex, where Queen Elizabeth is patron, is an episcopal school started in 1552 by King Edward VI for orphan children of poor Londoners.
  • Ex-staff arrested over historic sex abuse claims at top boarding school

06 November 2016

Police have arrested three former members of staff at a top boarding school, Christ’s Hospital School

on suspicion of historic sex abuse against pupils, including the alleged rape of a girl.

Sussex Police said the men were all members of school staff at the times the offences were allegedly committed.

The men, all aged in their 60s, were arrested in an investigation into historic alleged assaults at Christ’s Hospital in Horsham, West Sussex.

The alleged attacks on as many as nine pupils are all said to have taken place at the prestigious school in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Christ’s Hospital charges boarders up to £31,500 a year and counts Sir Barnes Wallis, inventor of the bouncing bomb, and poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge among its former pupils.

Sussex Police said officers arrested a 66-year-old man in North Yorkshire on January 29 on suspicion of raping a girl aged 16-18 in 1992-94.

He has also been accused of indecently assaulting another girl, 17, in 1994.

A 65-year-old man was arrested in Shropshire, also on January 29, on suspicion of indecently assaulting a girl, 18, in 1994, and a boy, 18, in 1990.

He has also been accused of indecently assaulting a boy, aged 15-16, in 1988 or 1989.

Officers also arrested a 62-year-old man in west London on June 12 on suspicion of indecently assaulting four girls aged 14-17 between 1985-1993.

All men have been bailed until December 15, a force spokesman added.

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  • In brief:

  • Christ’s Hospital SchoolThree former members of staff arrested for sex abuse (1985-1994) against 9 pupils at the school – no names provided.
  • Bailed until Dec 15 2016


Royal family-linked Christ Hospital School where Queen Elizabeth is patron – another former CH teacher who had been arrested for csa was a good friend of Prince Andrew – teacher Richard McDonald

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Yet another paedophile friend of Prince Andrew: Father Gleed

“The birthday ball is the second royal invitation Gleed has received. Two years ago (1979), he joined Andrew and two female friends for dinner at the palace.”

Nanaimo Daily News

Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

Friday, June 12, 1981 – Page 18


Gleed at Canterbury Cathedral in England 1976

Father Gleed serves as chaplain for Pathfinder and Playfair, ships based in Toronto Harbor promoting “character training through adventure” for boys.

The Akron Beacon Journal

Akron, Ohio

Saturday, October 23, 1976 – Page 7

 


How a royal gift exposed sexual abuse at an elite Canadian school

Oct 12, 2017

Prince Andrew wanted to memorialize his friend and former chaplain at Lakefield College School.

The resulting tribute prompted paedophile Father Keith Gleed’s victims to finally break their silence.

L: Prince Andrew renews his memories of Lakefield College in 1985; which he attended in 1977; R: Keith Gleed

Nine years ago, Prince Andrew paid a visit to his Canadian alma mater: the prestigious Lakefield College School, just north of Peterborough, Ont. It was not the first homecoming for His Royal Highness. A teenage exchange student back in 1977, the Queen’s second son retains strong ties to his old campus and has reminisced often about how deeply he treasures those “life-changing” six months. But that particular trip, in May 2008, was especially sentimental. The Duke of York had a gift to present: a hand-carved baptismal font for the school chapel.

Crafted in part from a large rock that Andrew had delivered from Scotland’s Balmoral Castle, the font was created to honour a dear friend: the late Keith Gleed, an Anglican priest who served as chaplain at the elite private school between 1974 and 1980.

 

After meeting at Lakefield, Andrew and Gleed remained such good friends that the prince invited the reverend both to his 21st birthday party and to his wedding to Sarah Ferguson. Shortly before Gleed died of cancer in 2001, Andrew even travelled to his hospital bedside to say goodbye—“surely a testament of true friendship,” according to Gleed’s obituary in the school newsletter.

The day the font was dedicated, staff and students joined Andrew inside the A.W. Mackenzie Chapel for the blessing ceremony. Dead for seven years by then, Gleed was fondly remembered as “the confidant of the troubled, the defender of the bullied and a true friend to all.”

In reality, Father Keith was none of those things. He was a pedophile who preyed on vulnerable young students and took his secret to the grave—only to have the truth exposed, ironically enough, because of Andrew’s well-intentioned efforts to enshrine his memory.

Maclean’s has learned that after the prince unveiled Gleed’s religious tribute, at least five former students came forward to report they were sexually abused by the one-time chaplain. Two have launched lawsuits against Lakefield College School (LCS)—including one graduate, now 54, who says it was Andrew’s gesture that spurred him to break his silence in 2014, prompting Lakefield to initiate a third-party investigation that triggered other victims to come forward.

“Greg was pained and haunted by the knowledge that a pedophile like Father Keith was permanently honoured with a baptismal font on the school’s premises,” says the man’s statement of claim, which seeks $5 million in damages. “Thereafter, Greg began to disclose the sexual abuse he had endured at Father Keith’s hands, which, up to that point, he had kept a secret.” (Although the lawsuits are not subject to a publication ban, Maclean’s has chosen, after consulting with the victims, to identify them by their first names only: Gregory and Edward.)

At Gregory’s urging, school officials removed the memorial font from the chapel. Its current whereabouts is unknown. Lakefield will say only that the one-of-a-kind piece “was removed from school property in 2014.”

That Keith William Gleed was a sexual deviant is not in dispute. Lakefield’s own independent investigators concluded in 2015 that the disgraced chaplain violated “the trust and authority” of his position and “afflicted harm on innocent students by engaging in sexual misconduct.” But the two lawsuits go further, accusing Lakefield of “failing to reveal, and in fact, concealing, Father Keith’s sexual misconduct” from parents and police, and permitting the abuse “to continue unchecked.” At the very least, the lawsuits allege Lakefield is liable for the conduct of its former employee, who was encouraged “to have regular, unsupervised and intimate physical and psychological contact with its students.”

Whatever the full truth, the revelations about Father Keith have landed Lakefield—one of the country’s most esteemed private schools—among the institutions now stained by sexual abuse, from church-run residential schools to elite preparatory colleges. At LCS (as at Toronto’s Upper Canada College, which endured its own abuse scandal in the early 2000s), neither the reputation of the academy nor the socio-economic status of parents and alumni proved enough to protect every student in its care.

“When he started at LCS, Eddy had been a happy and gregarious child who was eager to please and had a promising future ahead of him,” reads Edward’s statement of claim, which seeks $2.25 million. After Gleed sexually assaulted him, his life became “chaotic and crisis-ridden”—a downward spiral of substance abuse, petty criminality and crippling flashbacks. Edward is now 53. “[He] has above average intelligence,” his claim continues. “But because of the childhood sexual abuse he experienced at LCS and the lack of meaningful support he received while attending LCS…he has never achieved his full educational, vocational or earnings potentials and goals.”

Lakefield has filed statements of defence in both lawsuits, denying the allegations, denying it is liable for Gleed’s behaviour, and describing the damages sought as “excessive, exaggerated and remote.” The school also launched third-party claims against the Anglican dioceses of Toronto and Niagara, where Gleed was variously licensed after his ordination in 1960. Both dioceses “endorsed Father Gleed as chaplain” and held him out “as a suitable and respectable Anglican priest,” Lakefield alleges, “when they knew or ought to have known that he was not suited for the position.” (In their own statements of defence, both dioceses also deny wrongdoing—in particular, that church officials may have been alerted to Gleed’s abuse. Maclean’s contacted the lawyers representing the dioceses; both declined comment, citing the active litigation.)

Along with defending itself in court, Lakefield has retained the services of Profile Communications, a boutique Toronto public relations firm that specializes in crisis management. “We are the 911 of communications,” says the company’s website. Via the firm’s principal, Caroline Spivak, Lakefield answered a list of written questions from Maclean’s.

The school says “it had no knowledge of any alleged impropriety on the part of Father Gleed” in the years before Andrew presented the baptismal font. “Once the allegations were brought forward, LCS immediately put in place the necessary resources to support the victims and the independent third-party investigation it initiated,” Lakefield says. “Counselling was made available to all who came forward, and continues to be provided. The school also communicated broadly and openly with its community, encouraging all parties to participate fully in the independent third-party investigation. The safety and well-being of its students is always the school’s highest priority.”

Four of Gleed’s victims, including Gregory, shared their stories with Lakefield’s investigators. Edward did not, but his lawsuit brings to five the number of Gleed’s known accusers (another alumnus also came forward to allege he’d been sexually abused by a different school employee, a teacher named Colin F. Pickering, who died in 2011).

“Following the conclusion of the investigation, LCS acknowledged the tremendous courage it took for them to speak to the investigators and apologized for the harm inflicted by Father Gleed and for the pain they have endured,” the school says. “The investigators’ detailed findings have not been released in order to protect the deeply personal information disclosed by the victims.”

Prince Andrew, who has previously served as a Lakefield trustee, is now honorary chair of the school’s charitable foundation. How he reacted to the truth about his friend—or hearing that the memorial font he helped create was removed from the chapel—is not clear. “We decline to comment,” said a Royal spokesperson, referring all questions to Lakefield.

One of Canada’s oldest private schools, Lakefield was founded in 1879 as Mr. Sparham Sheldake’s Preparatory School for Boys. Though renamed Lakefield College School in the 1960s, the sprawling waterfront campus—315 scenic acres on the shore of Lake Katchewanooka—remains affectionately known as “The Grove.” The high school became co-ed in 1989, and annual fees currently range from $32,000 for a day student to $57,000 for a boarder (international boarders pay $63,500).

Lakefield’s motto is mens sana in corpore sano—“a sound mind in a sound body”—and its mission statement embraces seven core values, including individuality, environmental stewardship and trust. Along with Andrew, notable alumni include Felipe VI, King of Spain; Emmy-nominated actor Will Arnett; Kenneth Irving, the former CEO of Irving Oil; David Miller, the former Toronto mayor; retired Supreme Court Justice Ian Binnie; Ottawa Senators defenceman Cody Ceci; and Anna Gainey, president of the Liberal Party of Canada.

When Gleed first arrived in 1974, Lakefield was still an all-boys academy, with approximately 250 students. Then in his early 40s, the veteran priest had already worked as a chaplain for other institutions: Trinity College School in Port Hope, Ont., the Anglican Young People’s Association, and the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets Corps Vanguard. He’d also been assigned to numerous parishes in his home city of Toronto, including St. James Cathedral downtown. In 1960, the Toronto Star interviewed him for an article about new priests. “I have a photograph taken at the age of two with a Bible,” Gleed told the reporter. “Ever since I can remember I have wished to become a minister.”

A prominent figure on campus, Gleed led chapel service every morning and acted as a residence supervisor. Funny and charismatic, he was well-liked by faculty and students; in one yearbook photo from the 1970s, Father Keith is seen walking down a hallway, surrounded by smiling boys patting his back and shoulders. As Gleed himself would later write of his six years at Lakefield: “Nowhere else have I found such a warm, relaxed, friendly, uncluttered milieu. It nurtures the whole person well!”

Father Keith was beginning his fourth year at Lakefield when Gregory enrolled in September 1977. He was in Grade 9, and eager for the opportunity. “I was excited,” says Gregory, who agreed to speak to Maclean’s via email. “I started at Lakefield with hopes about academic success, developing friendships, and being part of a community. The school’s emphasis on educating the whole person fit for me.”

As happy as he was in his new surroundings, Gregory’s home life was in tatters. His parents separated after he left for high school, and when his dad drove him back to campus at the end of Christmas holidays, his father specifically asked Father Keith to keep a close eye on his son, given their family troubles. Gleed agreed—and throughout that winter, 1978, the chaplain invited Gregory to his private residence nearly every day after classes.

Gregory’s statement of claim describes, in agonizing detail, what happened next.

“During these visits, Greg was alone with Father Keith,” the document reads. “Father Keith gave Greg alcohol (sherry) to drink and sat with Greg on the couch in his living room. Father Keith hugged and embraced Greg, touched and stroked Greg’s head, kissed Greg, and pulled Greg’s head against his chest. While doing these things, Father Keith spoke to Greg in a soothing and reassuring manner, but offered Greg little support with respect to his family problems. While Father Keith was hugging Greg, he also patted and squeezed Greg’s upper and inner thighs. Greg was uncomfortable and felt confused, uneasy and trapped during these encounters.”

During one visit—which would prove to be his last—Gregory woke up on the floor, disoriented. “Father Keith was on his back and Greg was lying across him, face down,” the lawsuit says. “Greg’s head was on Father Keith’s chest and Father Keith was holding Greg in an embrace. Father Keith asked Greg if he could hear his (Father Keith’s) heart beating.” The boy immediately jumped up, insisting he had to leave for supper.

“As Greg walked back to his residence building, Greg could feel that his clothes were no longer on properly,” his statement of claim continues. “His underwear were pulled up tight and twisted and his trousers were askew. His anus was uncomfortable and he knew Father Keith had penetrated him. He felt dirty and that he had been drawn into doing something shameful. When he returned to his residence, he went straight to [the] shower and stood there, frozen, for a long time.”

In that moment, Gregory’s entire life was altered. Though he managed to graduate from Lakefield in 1982, he grew increasingly introverted and despondent during his remaining years on campus, turning to alcohol to numb the anguish. By Grade 13, he was drinking constantly—a coping mechanism he would cling to in the decades to come. Rarely has a day passed without Gregory wrestling with suicidal thoughts.

“Being abused by Father Keith fundamentally changed who I am,” he says. “When I was young, I believed I could make a difference in the world and that I had an obligation to do so. Those dreams gradually disappeared over the years. Since the abuse, I have felt there was something intrinsically wrong with me. I have felt ashamed. I thought that I’d be blamed and no one would believe me.”

For more than 30 years, he told no one. “I knew my pain was there, but it was too large, too all-consuming and too all-defining to confront,” Gregory says. “It was safer for me to avoid the pain by accepting myself as being a failure, as always screwing up.”

Father Keith left Lakefield in June 1980, going on to serve at different Anglican parishes in the greater Toronto area. By 1985, he was once again working as a chaplain, this time at the University of Waterloo’s Renison College. “I’m having a ball,” he told the campus newspaper. “It’s the excitement of living in a community of students, the neat little things that happen.” Two years later, Gleed took a job at St. John’s College at the University of Manitoba.

He remained on the move over the next 15 years, transferring in and out of parishes in Willowdale, Mississauga and Oakville. He also kept in touch with Andrew, and when the Prince married the Duchess of York in July 1986, Gleed was among the Lakefield contingent that travelled to Westminster Abbey for the wedding. (To this day, Andrew remains close with a core group of fellow Lakefield “old boys.” Five times, he has joined former classmates for a reunion canoe trip in the Northwest Territories.)

Father Keith passed away on Feb. 3, 2001, two weeks before his 69th birthday. At his funeral, one nurse recalled how the dying priest appeared to be at complete peace—“almost joyfully ready for his next journey.” Gleed’s death notice appeared in both The Globe and Mail and The Toronto Star, highlighting “his joyous faith, his wonderful smile and his infectious laugh.”

By 2010—more than 30 years after he was sexually assaulted inside the chaplain’s private residence—Gregory decided the time had finally come to confront his abuser. He emailed the Niagara Diocese in the hopes of tracking down Father Keith, only to be told he had died nine years earlier. When a subsequent internet search turned up a news article about Andrew and the baptismal font, Gregory was devastated. “This reinforced ideas in me that no one would believe me, that I was insignificant, and that the abuse of me would not matter,” he says.

A year later, Gregory briefly separated from his wife. During counselling sessions aimed at repairing their relationship, he says he delved deeper into the abuse he experienced—and the pain of discovering that his alma mater had paid tribute to his tormentor. By August 2013, Gregory worked up the strength to start crafting a letter to Struan Robertson, then the head of school. Another year (and multiple revisions) later, he sent it, determined to have Gleed’s font removed from the chapel.

“I am a Grove Old Boy,” his letter began.

“Father Keith’s abuse is allowed to continue with each child that is baptized,” Gregory wrote. “I am certain there are other Old Boys in my position, who also find the commemoration of an abusive, manipulative pedophile contrary to the ideals of the Grove. I recognize that other Old Boys may have had a different experience of Father Keith. Despite this, Father Keith’s true nature sullies any positive experiences or benefit others may have derived.”

After removing the font, Lakefield sent a letter of its own to parents of alumni—“to share some important information regarding our past.” Dated Oct. 20, 2014, the letter laid out the basics of Gregory’s disclosure (without naming him) and encouraged anyone with information about Gleed to contact Lakefield’s third-party investigators: John Callaghan, a senior partner at Gowling WLG; Patrick LeSage, former chief justice of the Ontario Superior Court; and retired Toronto police detective Thomas Klatt, then a managing director of the private-investigations firm MKD International.

Signed by Nick Lewis, then the chair of Lakefield’s board of directors, the letter also contained a further revelation: that another former student had advised Lakefield in 2010—four years earlier—of a separate allegation involving the chaplain. But because that incident occurred after Gleed and the student had left LCS, and because the alumnus was adamant he did not want Lakefield to conduct a comprehensive investigation, the school honoured his wishes. “In light of the recently received allegation, however, it is clear to us that we must now take further action,” Lewis wrote. “These allegations are disturbing and heartbreaking, and we are taking them very seriously.”

Among those who received the school’s letter in the mail was Edward’s elderly mother. When she showed it to her adult son, he broke down—then proceeded to disclose, for the first time, what Father Keith did to him as a Grade 6 student in the mid 1970s.

“After lights were turned out in the junior residence, Father Keith frequently sat on the side of Eddy’s bed, spoke reassuring words to Eddy and rubbed Eddy’s body, including his neck and back,” reads his statement of claim. “Initially, he did so over Eddy’s bed covers and then, after Eddy became accustomed to this routine and the physical contact, he moved his hands under Eddy’s covers and below Eddy’s waist.”

On weekends, when fewer students slept in the residence, Gleed’s groping grew more intrusive. “Under Eddy’s covers, Father Keith stroked and fondled Eddy’s bottom, anus, inner thighs and scrotum, both over and under Eddy’s pyjama pants,” his lawsuit continues. “While touching Eddy in these ways, Father Keith spoke softly, encouraging Eddy to fall asleep. As his bed was against a wall, Eddy felt trapped and unable to escape from Father Keith’s unwanted touching.”

When Edward moved to a different house in Grade 7, the abuse stopped. One day, however, Gleed invited the boy to his private residence, supposedly to discuss Eddy’s behaviour problems. “When Eddy arrived, Father Keith was dressed only in a short bathrobe,” the claim reads. “When Father Keith sat down on his couch, his bare genitals were exposed. It was only when Eddy responded with unease that Father Keith made light of his exposure and covered himself with a pillow. Father Keith invited Eddy to come back and see him, and said he would answer any questions Eddy had about sexual matters. Eddy did not return to Father Keith’s residence.”

By Grade 8, Edward says he was so damaged by Gleed’s earlier molestations that he transformed into a different kid. He became withdrawn, confused, irritable and racked with self-doubt; he also began to smoke, steal and bully fellow students. His misbehaviour reached a boiling point near the end of 1977, when he and his mother were summoned to a meeting with Lakefield officials—including Gleed.

“Eddy was told he had to leave the school,” his statement of claim says. “The experience of being expelled in this way, with Father Keith sitting in judgment of him and without Eddy ever feeling able to speak about Father Keith’s abuse and betrayal of his trust, was devastating to Eddy.”

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Gregory launched his lawsuit more than a year ago, in September 2016. Edward’s was filed in March. “My clients are determined to get justice and accountability, and will not be deterred by the prospect of a long court battle,” says Elizabeth Grace, their Toronto lawyer. “However, they are hopeful Lakefield will do the right thing by resolving their cases sooner than later.”

Grace credits the academy for agreeing to pay for counselling—and allowing Gregory and Edward to choose their therapists. “Otherwise, Lakefield has acted like any other defendant in these circumstances,” she continues. “The school is trying to defend itself against serious allegations of sexual abuse of its students by what appears to have been a prolific abuser, and so far it is requiring my clients to go through the rigours of a court process that can often be re-traumatizing.”

For its part, Lakefield says it responded to the revelations about Gleed in a manner “guided by the school’s values, its responsibility to the school community, as well as to the alumni who came forward.” That included communicating “openly and broadly” with all LCS stakeholders while the third-party investigation unfolded. (As Lewis, the board chair, wrote in one edition of Lakefield’s newsletter: “Never has there been a more significant demand on the board’s time than with this issue.”)

Father Keith Gleed (center), as seen in the 1979 Lakefield yearbook.

Lakefield also conducted an in-depth review of its policies and procedures, concluding that although they “were consistent with best practices,” there was room for improvement. Says the school: “LCS strengthened its procedures for reporting abuse and amended its policies relating to sexual misconduct, sexual harassment and sexual assault.”

For Gleed’s victims, that is hardly much comfort. The school’s present-day guidelines, no matter how robust, can never erase the damage done. “The expectation was that Eddy was going to be given an exemplary education,” says Edward’s older sister, Kathryn. “The minimum was that he would be safe—and he wasn’t safe. They had in their care an innocent little boy and they didn’t take care of him.”

“His childhood was stolen from him,” she continues. “If this had happened to me, I don’t know that I would have had the courage that Eddy has had to try and live a normal life.”

Like Edward, Gregory has endured so much misery over the years, from depression to anxiety to a paralyzing fear of crowds. He even struggled with bulimia. “I can’t experience joy or happiness,” Gregory says. “I distrust everyone.” Father Keith robbed him of something else, too: a sense of connection to his prestigious alma mater. “I lived there for five years, and was supposed to form relationships, both with the school and my peers, that would last a lifetime,” he says. “However, my wish and expectation of being part of the school community became impossible because I carried the secret of Father Keith’s abuse.”

At the very least, Gregory takes some solace in knowing Gleed’s baptismal font was hauled out of the chapel—though he, too, has no idea where it is now.

Prince Andrew revisits Lakefield College School and headmaster Terry Guest.

Prince Andrew revisits Lakefield College School and headmaster Terry Guest (1978)

Two other friends of Father Keith helped Prince Andrew devise the commemorative font. Terry Guest, who was headmaster of LCS when Gleed was chaplain, carved the font’s wooden base, while Lakefield alumnus Al Pace, a prominent Canadian studio potter, created the basin to hold the holy water. Both men’s contributions to the project were publicized in the school newsletter and in local press coverage of Andrew’s 2008 visit.

Now retired, Guest did not return phone messages seeking comment for this article. Pace replied to Maclean’s with a written statement via Profile Communications, the public relations firm working for Lakefield. “I’m extremely disappointed by the situation and my heart goes out to the victims,” Pace said. “I wish that Keith was here to have the opportunity to respond to the allegations against him.”

Now that the baptismal font is gone, Edward’s sister thinks Lakefield should consider commissioning a new memorial. “How about they put up a monument to the boys who were hurt, as opposed to the priest who hurt them?” Kathryn says. “And how about every year, they take the student body down to that place and say: ‘These are the boys who were not protected—and it will not happen again.’ ”

In the end, Grace says it will be up to Lakefield students and parents—former, current and future—to judge how genuinely committed the school is to confronting a dark chapter in its history. “Unfortunately, Lakefield as a boarding school is not the first to face allegations of this nature,” she says. “I have no doubt parents and prospective students will be watching carefully what happens with these cases.”

http://www.macleans.ca/news/canada/how-a-royal-gift-exposed-sexual-abuse-at-an-elite-canadian-school/

Gleed, an ordained Anglican priest, was chaplain at LCS from 1974 to 1980. During this time, he abused at least five boys who have since come forward to disclose the history of abuse. He died in 2001, but not before being stripped of his official capacity as an Anglican priest.

According to the Statements of Claim, this came following a sexual assault complaint to the Anglican Church of Canada by a student in 1992.

But it wasn’t until 2014 when LCS launched its own independent investigation into the allegations against Gleed. In 2015, Greg claims he received a letter from LCS advising him five people, including himself, had come forward. They each told their story of the abuse they endured by Gleed and another teacher who had preceded Gleed’s time at the school.

Investigators concluded Gleed and the teacher “violated the trust and authority of their positions and inflicted harm on innocent students by engaging in sexual misconduct.”

https://www.mykawartha.com/news-story/7912090-two-former-lakefield-college-school-students-sue-over-sexual-assaults-by-former-chaplain/

Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, left Gordonstoun before completing his secondary school, and graduated from Lakefield in 1978. The Canadian boarding school is popular with royals, and also counts King Felipe VI of Spain as a former student.

http://www.businessinsider.com/private-schools-attended-by-royalty-2016-11#6-lakefield-college-school-8

The Duke of York (Andrew)

Together with the Earl and Countess of Wessex, the Duke of York is the most involved of the minor members of the Royal Family in Canada and makes homecomings here on a frequent basis, sometimes twice or more in a given year. One reason for his interest lies in the fact that he spent a half-year as a student at a Canadian boarding school, Lakefield College, near Peterborough, Ontario, from January to June 1977. This experience provided Andrew a network of Canadian friends and a broad knowledge of Canada, extended during frequent holiday trips here which have included several challenging canoe expeditions in the wilderness.

A good many of the Duke’s 25 homecomings to Canada have hinged on his role as a trustee of Lakefield College (and patron of the College’s Friends), and from his interest in education generally, although they have also included engagements on behalf of organizations as diverse as the Empire Club of Toronto, the Monarchist League of Canada and the BC Children’s Hospital.

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Kracht also turned his gaze on an overlooked moment in his youth: when he was a teenager at the Canadian day and boarding school Lakefield College in Ontario, Kracht was sexually abused by the priest Keith Gleed, who died in 2001.

The initial discovery of Gleed’s crimes reads like a scene from one of Kracht’s novels: when the one-time alumnus Prince Andrew came to the school in 2008 to gift Lakefield with a baptismal font in honor of the late Gleed, five former pupils went public to reveal the truth about the criminal cleric. Two lawsuits against Lakefield are pending; the memorial font has been removed; the Royal family kept a stiff upper lip and declined to comment on the matter.

https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/sexual-abuse-and-critical-abuse-on-christian-krachts-the-dead/#!


 

Prince Andrew – After completing his O Levels, HRH spent two terms in 1977 at Lakefield College School in Ontario, Canada, on a Round Square Exchange Programme.

Round Square owes much to the heritage of Kurt Hahn, who founded two of our original member schools, Schule Schloss Salem in Germany, with Prince Max of Baden, and Gordonstoun in Scotland.

Round Square Board

Richard McDonald

Richard McDonald has played an active role within Round Square since 1994, when he took up post as Head Master of Aiglon College, Switzerland, a founding school. He served on the Round Square Board of Directors between 1996-2000. After a number of years as a Director at Collège Alpin Beau Soleil in Switzerland, recently admitted to Round Square membership, he returned as Head Master of Aiglon College in 2009. He currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Swiss Group of International Schools (SGIS), of which he was Chair 2006-10. He regularly serves as an accreditation team chair for the Council of International Schools (CIS).

https://www.roundsquare.org/about-us/who-we-are/board/

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Eugenie ended up going to St George’s school because her parents’ first choice was a school, Aiglon, with a paedophile scandal…involving the head, Richard McDonald,who’s a friend of Prince Andrew.

That friend and head, Richard McDonald,

also taught as Christ’s Hospital School…and attended Gordonstoun at the same time as Prince Andrew

Rev Keith Gleed served at St. James’ as a boy chorister, a server, and an assistant priest

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Father Keith Gleed associate chaplain Renison College

 

[The Fall 1989 TBI Newsletter, came from the collection of TBI Alumnus, Rick Moore]

The Scarborough Sea Cadets honored guests with with a sunset ceremony.  Speeches were included – from Honorable Lincoln Alexander, Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario who unveiled a plaque honouring the Founders, from Honourary Chairman Paul Phelan, from Francis MacLachlan – he designed the boats of course and  Maurice Smith -he was our first Captain.  Among lots of other TBI friends in attendence there was also in attendence Garf and Mary Lorriman with five of their six sons, Alan Hazell and Padre Keith Gleed.

https://tallshipsintoronto.wordpress.com/category/history-of-toronto-brigantine/

Trinity College School 1961

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Prince Andrew’s friend – Richard McDonald was a teacher at Christ’s Hospital School at the same as those 3 who have recently been charged.

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The Christian school is in the diocese formerly overseen by paedophile bishop of Lewes Peter Ball who is serving a 32-month sentence for abusing 18 young men between 1977 and 1992.

  • Some students were sent from Christ Hospital School to paedophile Bishop Peter Ball for punishment.


Other establishment schools also sent students to Ball. Ian Beer of Harrow, who wrote a letter of support for Bishop Peter Ball also sent students (from 3 different schools) to Ball.

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St Benedict’s Laurence Soper, was chaplain at Harrow School from 1981 to 1991

  • Soper  appeared at Isleworth Crown Court on 19 Sept 2016 on charges of indecent assault and buggery.

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Barnaby Lenon was appointed as headmaster of Harrow in 1999

where in 2010 , a group of boys apparently stumbled across him looking at graphic images in his office.

Mr Hersey, 60, is not believed to have been suspended from Harrow, which charges £30,000-a-year fees. The matter was discussed with Harrow social services but the school decided there was no reason to involve the police.

https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:0GS6YIYVdBUJ:https://www.standard.co.uk/news/harrow-school-teacher-keeps-job-after-gay-porn-download-6489722.html+&cd=5&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

Anger as Harrow school lets  porn registrar Tim Hersey  stay

Jul 8, 2010

A  pornography scandal has rocked Harrow School.

Tim Hersey, assistant registrar at one of Britain’s most prestigious public schools was disciplined after using a school computer to access graphic homosexual images.The images were also seen by a 13-year-old pupil. But the senior school administrator has been allowed to keep his job – causing concern among staff at the school, which charges parents £30,000 a year in fees.School authorities even decided not to tell the police or the local education authority about any potential child protection issue. Mr Hersey, 60, was not even suspended. Teaching staff have been left shocked by headmaster Barnaby Lenon’s decision to keep him on.A school insider told the Daily Express: “Staff feel it’s an absolute scandal that Hersey has been allowed to keep his job.” An internal investigation confirmed that openly gay Mr Hersey had been downloading hardcore homosexual porn in the school office.
His highly inappropriate behaviour was only discovered when a pupil saw the images and contacted a staff member.But an insider told how dozens of boys could have been exposed to hardcore images. “The screen can be clearly seen through the window from outside the room. Anyone could have seen it. A 13-year-old boy came into the office and saw the images,” the insider continued. “I don’t think the headmaster handled the affair very well.”Mr Hersey was featured prominently in a TV documentary about the school broadcast earlier this year. The headmaster defended his decision to keep Mr Hersey on, despite question marks over how suitable he is for working with children.
Mr Lenon said: “A staff member was disciplined for a breach of the school’s computer code of conduct. This was a one-off incident and the staff member was reminded of his responsibilities.” He added that Mr Hersey had not been suspended and he had not told the police or the local authority about the incident.The Channel 4 documentary about Harrow School, entitled Too Poor For Posh School, followed a number of boys applying for scholarships. Harrow School counts kings, prime ministers including Sir Winston Churchill and Viscount Palmerston, and foreign statesmen including Jawaharlal Nehru among its former pupils.http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:J1F2mhlbkCwJ:www.express.co.uk/news/uk/185583/Anger-as-Harrow-school-lets-gay-porn-registrar-stay+&cd=14&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=ushttp://www.harrowassociation.com/netcommunity/document.doc?id=6012012-
Tim Hersey retires from Harrow, with a nice send-offTim Hersey oversaw all entrance scholarships
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– Tim Hersey at Radley
After I arrived at St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge, on the afternoon of September 2nd 2016, 28 students and I were fortunate to have dinner with Tim Hersey, Dr Peter Wothers, Dr Ben Pilgrim and some students based in the college. Tim Hersey introduced us to the university and the course on offer for potential study. We shared a wonderful evening together talking chemistry with Cambridge teachers and students.http://www.radley.org.uk/Cambridge-Chemistry-Challenge-2016-WinnerIn September 2006, the daughter of a master at Harrow was attacked in her home, stripped naked, stabbed 66 times and her body mutilated by the drug-crazed schizophrenic son of another teacher.Shortly before he killed Lucy, he bought a chainsaw with which he planned to kill the son of another Harrow master.

Former abbot to stand trial for abusing 10 schoolboys

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A former Roman Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing 10 schoolboys in the 1970s and 1980s will stand trial in October. Father Laurence Soper, 73, a former abbot of Ealing Abbey in west London, is charged with 18 sex offences including buggery and indecent assault on boys under 16. They are said to have occurred at St Benedict’s School in Ealing, where he taught first as a priest before being promoted to abbot.

http://courtnewsuk.co.uk/former-abbot-stand-trial-abusing-10-schoolboys/


Ian Beer Headmaster at Harrow School 1981–1991

Former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey also wrote to police in 1993 with letters of support for the then Bishop of Gloucester Peter Ball who was being investigated for sex offences.

Several CH teachers and headmasters are linked with Gordonstoun school where csa files have gone missing

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Former teacher at Christ’s Hospital School, Richard McDonald, an old friend of Prince Andrew and head of Aigon College….

arrested after being accused of molesting two children.

Aigon school has been plagued by a string of scandals in recent weeks.

Daily Mail (London) May 11, 2000

Duke Backs Sex Scandal School for His Daughters

THE Duke of York last night insisted he would still be sending his daughters to an exclusive Swiss school embroiled in three sordid sex scandals.

‘The Duke of York is aware of reports which have come from Switzerland,’ said his spokesman last night.

it was ‘a complete coincidence’ that the abuse allegations involving Mr McDonald had arisen at the time of the alleged sex attacks involving the anaesthetic trichlorethylene at the school.


The headmaster, Richard McDonald, an old friend of Andrew, has been arrested after being accused of molesting two children.

Three pupils at the college were also injured in March after being attacked with a man brandishing an anaesthetic spray.

And last December, teacher,Robert Kenneth, a first-year chemistry master from Ayrshire30, was fired over claims he had spanking sessions with gay lovers.

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Sir Toby Coghill, who appointed Mr McDonald five years ago and who stood down as chairman of governors at the school last July, said the allegations were a ‘human disaster’ for the teacher.

‘My concern throughout has been for the good name of the school and for the welfare of this guy

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The Birmingham Post (England)

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THE SCOTS head of Princess Beatrice’s new school, 

Richard McDonald,

has been accused of child sex abuse.

Gordonstoun-educated Richard McDonald, a friend of Prince Andrew is being held in a Swiss remand prison.

McDonald’s energetic leadership and educational outlook were key factors in the royal couple’s decision to choose Aiglon.

The school has been plagued by a string of scandals in recent weeks.

The headmaster, Richard McDonald, an old friend of Andrew, has been arrested after being accused of molesting two children.

Three pupils at the pounds 17,000-a-year college were also injured in March after being attacked with a man brandishing an anaesthetic spray.

And last December, teacher Robert Kenneth, 30, was fired over claims he had spanking sessions with gay lovers.

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Gordonstoun-educated Richard McDonald, a friend of Prince Andrew, is being held in a Swiss remand prison.

Aiglon School

VICE squad police questioning the former head of the exclusive Swiss school where Fergie is sending her children are flying to Britain to quiz his ex-colleagues.

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HRH Prince Andrew (second from right) receives a cheque for £2 million from Sir Anthony and Lady Bamford for the NSPCC raised by JCB and its employees

Sir Tony Bamfordfriend of Prince Charles and listed in convicted billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s black book

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  • and there were several phone numbers for friends Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson

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  • Richard McDonald and Prince Andrew were contemporaries at Gordonstoun, a sister school of Aiglon
  • Richard McDonald – he taught French and was housemaster of Mid B until 1993 .

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He served on the Round Square Board of Directors between 1996-2000. After a number of years as a Director at Collège Alpin Beau Soleil in Switzerland, recently admitted to Round Square membership, he returned as Head Master of Aiglon College in 2009. He currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Swiss Group of International Schools (SGIS), of which he was Chair 2006-10. He regularly serves as an accreditation team chair for the Council of International Schools (CIS).

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  • Prince Andrew’s friend, Richard McDonald, who was charged with csa, was teaching at Christ’s Hospital School at the same time as those staff members who have recently been arrested.


  • The alleged attacks on as many as nine pupils are all said to have taken place at the prestigious school in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

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Richard McDonald, 40, taught at two top English public schools before moving to Aiglon College in Switzerland.


Police are investigating allegations that McDonald – a friend of Prince Andrew – had sexually abused two boys.

May 14, 2000

They say they want to build a history of his life. Before 1994 when he took the post at Aiglon in the Alpine village of Villar

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Richard McDonald was modern languages teacher at Christ’s Hospital in Horsham, West Sussex and at Charterhouse in Godalming, Surrey.

A police source said: “We will be trying to build up a picture of the accused man. The charges he faces are very serious so we should speak to people who worked with him and knew the man.”

McDonald’s computer has been seized and is now being examined for any evidence of involvement with paedophiles.

He has been in prison in Lausanne since mid-March but kept it from school governors, who had granted him a term’s compassionate leave to sort out his divorce. He has since resigned.

McDonald’s American wife Michele, 37, who lives close to the school, made the child-sex allegations during the divorce case.

Yesterday she said: “What I think of my husband is unprintable.”

But she insisted it was safe for Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie to become pupils, despite a dormitory sex attack on three girl pupils in January and a teacher boasting of gay bondage sessions.

Michele added: “The Duke and Duchess of York have nothing to worry about. My son goes to the school, it is 100 per cent safe.” McDonald last night denied the charges against him.

He said: “This is all nonsense. I find myself in prison for the first time in my life for something I didn’t do.”

https://www.thefreelibrary.com/FERGIE+COLLEGE+SEX+QUIZ%3B+Swiss+vice+police+to+question+British…-a062077776

Scandal, though, was already in the air. Two months earlier, a chemistry teacher left after his homosexual fantasies were published on the internet.

Then came disclosures that three girls had been drugged and sexually assaulted in a dormitory

. .. it emerged that the headmaster, Richard McDonald, was not on a sabbatical but in prison on charges of sex offences against children.

Media stories of debauchery and drinking among the pupils followed swiftly.

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Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)March 23, 2000

PUPILS ‘RAPED’ AT BEA’S SWISS SCHOOL; Girls drugged and assaulted in their dorm.

It was the Duke of York who was most keen to send his daughters to the British-run Alpine establishment. He was particularly attracted by the school’s ethos which was based on the philosophy of Kurt Hahn, the founder of the Duke’s own alma mater, Gordonstoun.

Family troubles: Former Tory minister Jonathan Aitken with his daughter Victoria during his trial for perjury

One of its former pupils is Victoria Aitken, daughter of disgraced former Cabinet minister Jonathan Aitken.

Mr Aitken fell spectacularly from grace when his libel trial against the Guardian and Granada collapsed. He had asked his daughter, Victoria, to lie in court on his behalf.

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In 2001 the Purdews of Champneys (friends of Sir Jimmy Savile and Keith Vaz) briefly acquired Inglewood health hydro from agents of Saudi prince Mohammed bin Fahd. Inglewood had been the scene of allegations, published in the Guardian six years earlier, that then defence minister Jonathan Aitken, a director of the spa, had tried to arrange girls for a Saudi prince and his entourage.

The report led to the notorious libel action brought by Aitken ultimately culminating in his being sentenced to jail for perjury.

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Former Tory MP Jonathan Aitken, once a director of Champneys Inglewood. He was accused by former employees of acting as a ‘pimp’ by requesting call girls, once for a sheikh and once for a group of Arabs.

Then he was embroiled in a legal dispute with former brothel keeper Lindi ‘Miss Whiplash’ St Clair, who claimed that she was thrown out of Inglewood partway through a course.

And though Aitken met his future wife Lolicia at Inglewood, he also cheated on her with bondage prostitute Paula Strudwick, telling her to collect the right sort of birch branches from the woods outside the estate for sadomasochistic sex games. You’d have thought someone would have twigged what was going on.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/columnists/article-259644/PS.html

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FERGIE CHARITY MAN CHARGED.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Context:

Klum’s ‘Hookers and Pimps’ party with the New York socialite accused of procuring underage girls for his billionaire pedophile friend

Ghislaine Maxwell is pictured with Prince Andrew at Heidi Klum’s Halloween party in 2000

The New York socialite stands accused of ‘procuring’ girls for Jeffrey Epstein around same time as party pictures

Maxwell, the daughter of disgraced newspaper tycoon Robert Maxwell, is described in court papers as his ‘co-conspirator’ in ‘sexual abuse’

Accused of ‘facilitating Prince Andrew’s abuse by acting as a ‘madame’

‘Sex slave’ Virginia Roberts claims she met the royal at Maxwell’s home 

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Draped: With one arm over Prince Andrew, Ghislaine Maxwell's self-confident pose shows just how close she was to the Queen's second-born son 

Ghislaine Maxwell is pictured with Prince Andrew at Heidi Klum’s Halloween party in 2000

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Prince Andrew 2000 – The same year that Prince Andrew was keen to send his daughters to a school involved with a paedophile scandal connected to his old friend from Gordonstoun Richard McDonald, Prince Andrew was spending time with billionaire convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein

One of the famous friends who entered Epstein’s fast-moving orbit was Prince Andrew, who appeared at a Florida function in 2000 with Epstein under the name “Andrew York,” the Telegraph reported. Soon, he was spending time at Epstein’s Palm Beach mansion, though Buckingham Palace denied he ever spent more than a few days there.

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Epstein visited Windsor Castle in 2000 for Queen Elizabeth’s official birthday celebrations and went to the Royal Family’s country retreat at Sandringham the following winter. Andrew also entertained Epstein at the Scottish estate of Balmoral.

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Prince Andrew first met Jeffrey Epstein through his friendship with Ghislaine Maxwell, daughter of the newspaper tycoon Robert Maxwell, in the 1990s.

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In 2001, Virginia Roberts, a 17-year-old who now claims to have been held as Epstein’s “sex slave”, was introduced to Prince Andrew while staying at Miss Maxwell’s London home.

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After his arrest, friends of McDonald set up a defence costs website asking for nearly pounds 200,000.

McDonald separated from his American wife after two girl students, 14 and 15, were raped in the early hours of the morning in the college.

At that time, in an attempt to cover up the scandal, the governors of the school claimed McDonald had taken a sabbatical.

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Caroline suspect link to attack at Swiss school

A sex attack at a Swiss school where Prince Andrew intended to send his daughters has been linked with the man suspected of murdering Caroline Dickinson.

Two girls, aged 14 and 16, were anaesthetised, stripped and sexually assaulted at Aiglon College, in Villars.

The Duke and Duchess of York decided not to send Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie to the school after the attack, on March 17 last year.

Yesterday, Swiss police said they wanted to interview Francisco Arce Montes and gain access to his DNA profile.

Montes, 50, is being held in Miami on suspicion of sex offences.

DNA taken by police in Florida closely matches samples found at the hostel in the French town of Pleine Fougeres where 13-year-old Caroline was raped and murdered in 1996.

The Daily Mail has also learned that police have evidence that Montes may have struck in Britain.

A 25-year-old office worker believes Montes targeted her when she was staying in a hostel in York in 1984.

The woman was woken three times by an intruder at the Holgate Centre where she was staying during a school trip. She was eight at the time.

Her mother – a teacher at her school – was sleeping in the next room and was alerted by the daughter’s gasp of terror when she saw a man standing over her at 3.00 am.

‘I’ll never forget that face as long as I live,’ the woman told the Mail yesterday.

When her mother confronted the stranger, a Spanish waiter, he claimed to be lost. He was arrested but released without charge.

The girl’s mother, who lives in Staffordshire, said: ‘It’s only now that we realise it was Montes. We’d recognise him anywhere.’

Police have interviewed the family as they piece together Montes’s move-ments throughout Europe and the Americas over the last 20 years.

They also think Montes may have attacked women in London where he lived between 1993 and 1997.

Former neighbours in Earl’s Court have said he drove to France in his white Mazda at around the time Caroline was killed.

During his time in London, Montes lured young girls back to his bedsit.

He loitered outside Earl’s Court Underground station, waiting for backpackers.

Montes has convictions for sex offences across Europe. Police in Tuebingen, Germany, have confirmed he served two years in jail in 1989 for raping a 22-year-old and attempting to rape a 19-year-old.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-40368/Caroline-suspect-link-attack-Swiss-school.html#ixzz4PTb5wTmv

Richard McDonald

Head Master

BA(Hons) French & German, Lincoln College, Oxford University

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After 10 years teaching in the UK – seven years at Charterhouse and three years at Christ’s Hospital as a housemaster –  Mr McDonald became Headmaster of Aiglon from ’94 to 2000. After seven years at neighbouring school Collège Alpin Beau Soleil he returned as Headmaster in ’09. His passions have evolved over the years from excessive amounts of cricket to theatre direction, karate instruction, skiing, creative writing, mycology and playing the saxophone. He was the founder of the Villars & Chablais Cricket Club, as well as the Villars Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, a 20-piece big band that has featured in palaces and festivals across Switzerland, including the Montreux Jazz festival in ’14. He was European Regional Director for Round Square ’96 to 2000 and Chair of the Swiss Group of International Schools ’06 to ’10.

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The Lord Mayor of London, Michael Bear, and CH school’s headmaster, John Franklin, on speech day in 2010. Students also play at the Lord Mayor’s Show (attended by the school band annually since 1981).

The current headmaster:

John Franklin, BA, since 2007; previously head of Ardingly College 1998 – 2007 

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Ardingly College – near the Bluebell Railway = Russel Tricker? – Amsterdam/videos? Dover customs?

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Christ’s Hospital School

The Board of School Governors is delighted to announce that Mr Simon Reid, currently Principal of Gordonstoun School, will succeed John Franklin as Head Master of Christ’s Hospital with effect from September 2017.

Simon’s career has seen him teach in a number of prestigious schools including Brentwood, Stowe and Christ’s Hospital (1993-2004), where he held various posts including Second in the English Department and boarding house master.

After CH, Simon spent seven years as Deputy Head at Worksop College before taking up his present position at Gordonstoun in 2011.

Simon has a BA in English and Politics and a Higher Diploma in Education, both from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. His wife Michèle teaches French (her native language) and they have two adult children. Simon’s interests include architectural and landscape photography, writing poetry, reading and skiing.

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Principal Simon Reid and his wife Mrs Michèle Reid & HRH The Princess Royal

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The appointment will be something of a homecoming for Mr Reid, who taught at Christ’s Hospital from 1993-2004

and held various posts including Second in the English Department and boarding house master

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Note dates: It appears that the new head of CH, Simon Reid, was a teacher at CH at the same time as those charged.

Sussex Police said officers arrested a 66-year-old man in North Yorkshire on January 29 on suspicion of raping a girl aged 16-18 in 1992-94.

He has also been accused of indecently assaulting another girl, 17, in 1994.

Officers also arrested a 62-year-old man in west London on June 12 on suspicion of indecently assaulting four girls aged 14-17 between 1985-1993.


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Simon Reid the CEO/Head-Designate is effectively an Honorary Old Blue like Richard Poulton who indeed as HM 1986-1996 appointed Simon to the teaching staff 1993-2004.

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Prince Andrew is pictured with the Queen and Prince Philip on his arrival at Gordonstoun School in Elgin

Prince Andrew is pictured with the Queen and Prince Philip on his arrival at Gordonstoun School in Elgin

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Teacher at prince’s public school accused of sex abuse

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Police files on sex abuse at Gordonstoun where Prince Philip and Prince Charles were educated have vanished

Official police files on allegations of sex abuse at Scottish school missing

Files on teacher accused of sexually assaulting pupils cannot be found

Derek Jones accused of fondling boy, 12, and taking naked photos of him

Scotland’s Crown Office confirmed files on the 1990 case had disappeared

Derek Jones, a former English teacher at Aberlour House, Gordonstoun’s junior school, was accused of fondling and taking naked photographs of a pupil in 1990

Jones is one of a number of teachers involved in historic sexual abuse allegations at Aberlour House and Gordonstoun in Moray. Aberlour House was the preparatory school to Gordonstoun, and had its own headmaster and governors, until the school’s merged into one site in 2004.

Other allegations of abuse include the alleged rape of a 12-year-old girl.

Last year, Gordonstoun maths teacher…

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3142099/Police-files-sex-abuse-Gordonstoun-Prince-Philip-Prince-Charles-educated-vanished.html#ixzz4PTQlgzwT

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Prince Charles described it as “Colditz in kilts” and earlier this year Gordonstoun faced allegations of historical sexual abuse at its former prep school, Abelour House.


Christ’s Hospital School:

Visit to the school by its Patron, Her Majesty the Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh

2003

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2003 Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh visit Christ’s Hospital School in West Sussex, southern England. The Queen toured the facilities before attending a commemoration service to mark 450 years of Royal Patronage.  

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2003 Queen and John Shippen Christ’s Hospital
1966 to 2004 · West Horsham, West Sussex, United Kingdom

Group Scout Leader of Christ’s Hospital and Warden of the South Lakeland Scout Base.
House master Head of Geography Scout Leader Editor ‘The Blue’ Choir Director

Now retired

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School Pays [Pounds Sterling]2,500 to Boy Who Came Home with 40 Bruises

Daily Mail (London), June 9, 1999

Paul Sterrett arrived home covered in bruises just three weeks after enrolling at Christ’s Hospital School.

He told his parents he had been the victim of ‘dormitory punishments’ and that one boy had repeatedly kicked him while whistling the theme tune of Match of the Day.

Paul’s father Ian and mother Sue complained to teachers at the 447-year-old school in Horsham, West Sussex. But, they say, despite assurances that the bullying would be

stamped out, Paul was attacked twice more when he returned.

The parents, who live in Crawley, West Sussex, then withdrew him from the school completely.

Solicitors for the family threatened to sue Christ’s Hospital for negligence and breach of a duty of care towards Paul.

The school denied liability but agreed to pay [pounds sterling]2,500 in an out-of-court settlement which was approved at Horsham county court last week.

Yesterday, Mr Sterrett, 41, a British Airways customer services representative, recalled

his son arriving home after his first weeks at the school.

‘My wife screamed when she saw what he looked like,’ he said.

‘Paul had about 40 bruises all over his body and it was obvious there had been some pretty systematic bullying in his dormitory.

‘He told us there were various punishments, one of which was called “milking”, where younger boys had their nipples squeezed extremely hard until it caused bruising.

Mrs Sterrett, 43, said that Paul, who is now 12, was the youngest in the school when he enrolled at Christ’s Hospital in September 1997 a year early because he was considered very bright, particularly in mathematics.

When we complained, the headmaster said we should take a couple of steps backward and let them get on with it they had been looking after boys for hundreds of years and had a lot of experience.

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5th December 2000 Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, meets members of the Christ’s Hospital School choir during a visit to the Tinsey House detention centre for illegal immigrants at Gatwick Airport .

The Prince looked at art and craftwork done by the residents who are either waiting to be returned home after their asylum attempts have failed or are awaiting the result of applications. The centre is a blue print for three other purpose-built facilities being planned elsewhere in the country which are designed to speed up the process of returning immigrants home once their attempts to seek asylum have failed.

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2015 Students have been building water tanks in Thailand and working with Romanian orphans.

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Chaplain 1962 -1980 John Robson

The Guardian

London, Greater London, England

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Chaplain John Robson – He became  Chaplain to the Queen and was friends with The Rev Eric Abbott. 

Robson and Princess Margaret: The two of them had little in common but their religious faith and a devotion to a man both regarded as a father figure, one-time Dean of Westminster The Rev Eric Abbott.

It was to Mr Abbott that Princess Margaret turned after the death of George VI. For 30 years he was “guide, philosopher and friend” to her according to Mr Robson.

Princess Margaret would take communion at The Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy, just by the Savoy Hotel. The chapel was a favourite of her father’s and she had her own stall complete with coat of arms.

It was noted how she would always attend before flying off to Mustique, the joke among staff being that she was making sure she was “shriven” before misbehaving in the Caribbean.

…he said. “Like all of us, she had a dark side – that was part of her attraction.

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/margarets-anger-at-archbishop-6330525.html

Cloak of mystery as headmaster Dr David Newsome resigns

The Guardian

London, Greater London, England

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Dr David Newsome – friend of Malcolm Muggeridge

Adrian Fulcher, Senior Grecian in our year and latterly member of a very secretive Government department, and who knew him a lot better than I did, once told me that Private Eye had run a story on the shenanigans surrounding Newsome’s contractually premature departure from CH in 1979

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Catholic boarding schools ‘prioritised monks and their reputations over children’s safety’, sexual abuse inquiry finds

Inquiry finds children as young as seven were sexually abused at Ampleforth, and 11 at Downside

9 Aug 2019

Two leading Catholic schools “prioritised monks and their own reputations over the protection of children” who were sexually abused, a report has found.

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) found that pupils at Ampleforth, in Yorkshire, and Downside, in Somerset, suffered “appalling” treatment stretching over decades.

The inquiry found that children as young as seven were sexually abused at Ampleforth, and 11 at Downside, amid a “culture of acceptance of abusive

Professor Alexis Jay, chair of the inquiry, said: “For decades Ampleforth and Downside tried to avoid giving any information about child sexual abuse to police and social services.

“Instead, monks in both institutions were very often secretive, evasive and suspicious of anyone outside the English Benedictine Congregation.

“Safeguarding children was less important than the reputation of the church and the wellbeing of the abusive monks.

“Even after new procedures were introduced in 2001, when monks gave the appearance of cooperation and trust, their approach could be summarised as a ‘tell them nothing’ attitude.”

The report found that the true scale of sexual abuse at the fee-paying schools, whose alumni include politicians, aristocrats and celebrities, was likely to be “considerably” more widespread than conviction figures reflect.

Both schools are linked to the English Benedictine Congregation, which has 10 monasteries in England and Wales.

IICSA found that “secretive, evasive and suspicious” church officials had avoided reporting misconduct to police and social services.

The report said allegations stretching back to the 1960s encompassed “a wide spectrum of physical abuse, much of which had sadistic and sexual overtones”.

So far 10 individuals linked to the schools, mainly monks, have been cautioned or convicted over sexual activity or pornography offences involving a “large number of children”.

One alleged offender at Ampleforth, which currently charges £35,424 a year for senior boarders, abused at least 11 children aged between eight and 12 over a “sustained period of time”, but died before police could investigate.

“Many perpetrators did not hide their sexual interests from the children,” the report found, allowing abusers at Ampleforth to prey on entire groups of pupils both outdoors and indoors during communal activities.

“The blatant openness of these activities demonstrates there was a culture of acceptance of abusive behaviour.”

Victims and witnesses who gave evidence during weeks of inquiry hearings last year said the culture was fostered by abbots leading the schools.

In 2001, the Nolan Report recommended all sexual abuse allegations within the church must be referred to police, but many allegedly felt the position was “neither obligatory nor desirable”.

“For much of the time under consideration by the inquiry, the overriding concern in both Ampleforth and Downside was to avoid contact with the local authority or the police at all costs, regardless of the seriousness of the alleged abuse or actual knowledge of its occurrence,” the report said.

“Rather than refer a suspected perpetrator to the police, in several instances the abbots in both places would confine the individual to the abbey or transfer him and the known risk to a parish or other locations.”

But details of the monks’ predatory past was not always passed on to their new residence, where “children were then abused as a consequence.”

Downside, which now charges £33,861 per annum for senior boarders, paved the way for the return of offenders such as Nicholas White, who became his first victim’s housemaster despite staff knowledge of the abuse allegations.

Four suspected paedophiles were feared to remain at Downside as recently as last year, when the former abbot Aidan Bellenger sent two letters to Dom Leo Maidlow Davis containing information that was not passed to the local authority safeguarding lead.

Mr Maidlow Davis later apologised, but the report said: “The whole incident, having occurred so recently, gives no cause for confidence that the attitudes at Downside had changed enough to put children first over threat to reputation and embarrassment to senior members of the monastic order.”

The congregation’s most senior clergymen, including past presidents Richard Yeo and Charles Fitzgerald-Lombard, refused to fully accept that criminal activity was tolerated when questioned at the inquiry.

Accountability within the congregation was exacerbated by “no recognisable line management oversight”, IICSA found, with the monastic order appearing “collaborative rather than hierarchical”.

The inquiry suggested that a “strict separation” between the abbeys and schools was needed to ensure school safeguarding was free from the “often conflicting priorities of the abbeys”.

Neither school has established a redress scheme for victims and “no public apology has been made” outside of the context of the inquiry, the report said.

Richard Scorer, a lawyer from Slater and Gordon who represented several victims at the inquiry, called for the onward reporting of sexual abuse allegations to be made legally mandatory.

“The abhorrent and disgraceful abuse in the Catholic church has once again been laid bare by this inquiry,” he said.

“This familiar and shameful story of coverup has been told time and time again, and is a devastating indictment of an organisation guilty of gross failures on child protection. It is clear that the Catholic church is woefully incapable of policing itself.”

A spokesperson for Ampleforth College said it was developing its first ever safeguarding charter and would review IICSA’s findings to make further improvements.

“We remain completely focused on the safety and wellbeing of those entrusted to our care and our commitment to implement meaningful change,” he added.

“We would like to once again offer our heartfelt apology to anyone who suffered abuse while in the care of our schools, parishes or other ministries.”

A spokesperson for Downside School offered a “sincere and unreserved apology to all victims and survivors of sexual abuse suffered as a result of the actions of some within the Downside community”.

“The abbey and school fully acknowledges the serious failings and mistakes made in both protecting those within our care and responding to safeguarding concerns,” he added. “We have reflected deeply and will continue to listen with the ear of the heart going forward to ensure that the mistakes of the past are never repeated.”

Since the inquiry hearings in November, it has appointed a new headmaster, new chair of governors, carried out a safeguarding review, removed monks from senior positions and is moving the school into a new independent trust.

The Catholic church is one of 13 strands of IICSA’s ongoing investigations, which have included probes into other religious institutions, schools, youth detention centres, government programmes and mental health units.

The inquiry will also examine allegations of child sexual abuse by “people of public prominence” in Westminster and grooming gangs in Telford, Rotherham and other areas.

An interim report published in April found that “all too often institutions are prioritising the reputation of political leaders or the reputation of their staff, or avoiding legal liability, claims or insurance implications, over the welfare of children and tackling child sexual abuse”.

Theresa May established IICSA, which is expected to cost up to £100m, as home secretary in 2014, to examine how UK institutions handled their duty to protect children from sexual abuse following the Jimmy Savile scandal.

But it quickly became the subject of controversy following the resignation of three chairs – Baroness Butler-Sloss, Fiona Woolf and Dame Lowell Goddard – and a data breach that resulted in a £200,000 fine.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/child-sex-abuse-catholic-school-ampleforth-downside-iicsa-inquiry-a8484406.html

IICSA – Ampleforth  Week 1

Nov 27 2017

https://www.iicsa.org.uk/key-documents/3360/view/Week%201%20timetable%20for%20EBC%20case%20study%20hearing.pdf

Ampleforth in Charity Commission takeover amid concerns of its management of sex abuse allegations

Ampleforth Abbey has been stripped of responsibility for pupil welfare by the Charity Commission amid concerns about its management of sex abuse allegations.

The Commission has removed responsibility for safeguarding matters from trustees at the prestigious boarding school as it said it had not improved its policies enough since an inquiry into the charity following allegations of sexual abuse was launched in 2016.

It said it had taken action “as a result of continued concerns about the extent to which current safeguarding risks to pupils at the schools run by the charities are being adequately managed”. 

The Commission opened inquiries into Ampleforth Abbey and the St Laurence Education Trust in November 2016 following revelations that alleged sexual abuse at the school had been covered up. 

Ampleforth Abbey runs a 200-year-old religious community on the same site as Ampleforth College in Yorkshire, which is run by the St Laurence Education Trust. St Laurence also runs prep school St Martin’s Ampleforth, which announced its closure earlier this year.

Last year the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse heard that allegations of sexual abuse had been made against 40 monks and teachers who had previously lived or worked at the Catholic boarding school and religious community. 

Emma Moody, a specialist charity lawyer at Womble Bond Dickinson, has now been appointed as interim manager of both charities.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/04/03/ampleforth-charity-commission-takeover-amid-concerns-management/?WT.mc_id=tmg_share_tw

Former Ampleforth College monk charged with 23 historic child sex offences

North Yorkshire Police have charged a former monk from Ampleforth with 23 non-recent child sex offences. Peter Turner, 79, from Redcar, who was previously known as Father Gregory Carroll, is due to appear at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court on April 8, 2019.

26 March 2019

The charges relate to three victims in total, one in Ampleforth and two in Cumbria, who were aged between 9 and 13 at the time of the alleged offending. A spokeman for the force said: “Fifteen of the alleged offences were against a pupil at Ampleforth College in North Yorkshire between 1984 and 1987. “Charges relating to these allegations at Ampleforth include gross indecency, indecent assault and buggery. “The remaining eight were against altar servers at a parish church in the Workington area of Cumbria between 1987 and 1990. “The charges relating to Cumbria include indecent assault and gross indecency.”

 https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/former-ampleforth-college-monk-charged-with-23-historic-child-sex-offences-1-9673470

‘Forty’ abusers at Catholic school

November 28 2017

Ampleforth Abbey in North Yorkshire is accused of being a “honeypot” for offenders

Ampleforth Abbey in North Yorkshire is accused of being a “honeypot” for offenders

Forty monks and teachers have been accused of sexually abusing boys at a leading Roman Catholic school that allegedly became a “honeypot” for offenders, it was revealed yesterday.

Reports of child sex offences at Ampleforth College in North Yorkshire were disclosed yesterday at a public hearing of an inquiry into the handling of abuse allegations by the Catholic church.

As a case study, the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse (IICSA) is examining safeguarding policies at two fee-paying boarding schools run by the English Benedictine Congregation — Ampleforth, and Downside in Somerset. Riel Karmy-Jones, QC, counsel to the inquiry, said that it would consider the prevalence of child abuse within the Catholic church and the extent to which Catholic culture “has or does inhibit the proper investigation and prevention” of such crimes.

Since 1996 three monks and two lay teachers at Ampleforth have been convicted of sex offences against pupils, but Ms Karmy-Jones said that the inquiry had been notified of multiple allegations against about 40 monks and teachers.

In an opening statement on behalf of 29 abuse survivors Richard Scorer, a specialist abuse lawyer at Slater and Gordon, the law firm, said that the “temptation to cover up” such crimes was “particularly acute in institutions associated with the Roman Catholic Church”. He said: “Where reputation is key to an organisation’s existence, there is likely to be an almost overwhelming desire to find some way of avoiding the bad publicity associated with child sex abuse.” Shared awareness among child abusers that their misconduct would be covered up, or dealt with in-house, explained why “some institutions become honeypots where multiple offenders operate”.

Mr Scorer urged the inquiry to consider recommending a change in the law to make failure to report abuse a criminal offence.

On behalf of 14 victims and survivors, David Enright said that it was “very difficult to explain” to a non-Catholic “the power and depth of influence the Catholic church exerts over its members. The abusers were not only men in positions of trust; they were seen by the abused, and their families, as spokesmen for the God they worship. It is hard to imagine a greater hold that a child abuser could have over his victim.”

Matthias Kelly, QC, counsel for Ampleforth, said that the school and the abbey wanted “to apologise for the hurt, injury, distress and damage done to those who were abused as a result of our failings”. He said that the school’s policy today was one of “full, transparent and immediate co-operation with the statutory agencies”.

For Downside and the English Benedictine Congregation, Kate Gallafent, QC, said that the Catholic church was committed to giving the inquiry “its full co-operation. The congregation expresses profound shame that any child has been the victim of sexual abuse whilst in the care of the schools connected with its abbeys.”

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/forty-abusers-at-catholic-school-w75b7wfjg

Mr Slater – worked at both Christ’s Hospital School and Ampleforth both schools filled with paedophiles.

The name had come up in conversation at IHT’s cottage when JDS (Headmaster John Shippen) and IHT were discussing Mr. Slater, who had been a CH Housemaster and formerly a monk at Ampleforth.

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Top public school suspends child sex charges teacher

3 Mar 2017

THE head of music at a prestigious private school has been suspended following allegations he sexually assaulted a pupil three decades ago.

Sean Ambrose Farrell, 49, denied two charges of indecent assault and two charges of gross indecency when he appeared before York magistrates last week.

All four offences are alleged to have been committed against a child aged under 14 at the time at Ampleforth College’s junior school.

Farrell, of Riddings Road, Ilkley, was released on bail on condition that he has no unsupervised contact with children aged under 16.

He has been removed from his post at Wellington College, in Berkshire – which counts the late actor Sir Christopher Lee and Will Young among its alumni – several months ago after North Yorkshire Police launched an investigation.

A Wellington College spokesman said: “In line with our safeguarding procedures, Wellington suspended the member of staff concerned and excluded him from the school site as soon as it was made aware that the police were investigating these accusations.”

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/15132702.Top_public_school_suspends_child_sex_charges_teacher/

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New charity investigation: Ampleforth Abbey and St Laurence Education Trust
Dec 13 2016

The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into Ampleforth Abbey, registered charity number 1026493 and St Laurence Education Trust, registered charity number 1063808.

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St Benet’s Hall is governed by the St Benet’s Trust, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Ampleforth Abbey Trust.

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Former headmaster resigns over Fort Augustus abuse claims

5 August 2013

A former headmaster of a scandal-hit Catholic boarding school has resigned from a senior role at a Benedictine college of Oxford University.

Father Francis Davidson is accused of covering up child sex abuse during his time at Fort Augustus Abbey School in the Highlands.

He is quitting as monastic superior of St Benet’s Hall.

He was responsible at the Oxford college for the welfare of student monks.

Fr Davidson’s resignation follows a BBC Scotland investigation into physical and sexual abuse at Fort Augustus and its preparatory school in East Lothian, Carlekemp.

In total, 10 monks are now accused of physical abuse; four monks and one lay teacher of sexual abuse including rape; and three headmasters of cover-ups.

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Another paedophile priest at FortAugustus

Priest, Father Paul Moore ,  convicted 20 years after first confessing

14 March 2018

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Moore was sent to Fort Augustus after allegedly admitting child abuse to the bishop

An 82-year-old Catholic priest who confessed to his bishop more than 20 years ago that he had abused young boys has finally been convicted.

Father Paul Moore has been found guilty of sexually abusing three children and a student priest in crimes spanning more than 20 years.

One of his victims was just five years old.

A BBC Scotland investigation reported five years ago that Moore had admitted in 1996 that he had abused more than one boy years earlier, and it was initially covered up by the bishop.

The then Bishop of Galloway, Maurice Taylor, did not contact the authorities about the priest’s confession until eight months later. Instead, he sent him to a treatment centre in Toronto.

Bishop Taylor removed the priest from his parish in Prestwick, Ayrshire, and later sent him to Fort Augustus Abbey in the Highlands, which was run by Benedictine monks.

The attached school was by this time closed, but the abbey remained open. That is where Moore joined monk Richard White – who was also a self-confessed paedophile, later jailed for five years for child abuse.

The 2013 BBC documentary Sins of Our Fathers told how Moore was still living in a house which was purchased by the church.

Bishop Taylor said Moore had told him about actions that “occurred years previously”, and that the priest was removed from the pastoral ministry after the admission.

The bishop said: “The initial advice I was given was that since no allegations had been made against Moore but that he had made personal admission to me, I didn’t need to inform the authorities.”

The bishop said he arranged a meeting with the procurator fiscal in Kilmarnock in November 1996.

He said: “The Crown Office informed us in 1999 that they had decided not to proceed with any action but the case remained open.”

It was only when the victims came forward after the BBC documentary that the criminal case was brought.

n 2013, the BBC revealed claims by a former altar boy that he had been abused by Moore.

Two years later, Paul Smyth waived his anonymity to speak to a follow-up investigation.

He said: “I just want people to know the truth, I’m not running away any more.”

Mr Smyth told the BBC how he’d been sexually assaulted on Irvine beach when he was 11.

He eventually told the police what happened in 1997, the year after Moore apparently admitted the abuse to Bishop Taylor.

n 2013, the BBC revealed claims by a former altar boy that he had been abused by Moore.

Two years later, Paul Smyth waived his anonymity to speak to a follow-up investigation.

He said: “I just want people to know the truth, I’m not running away any more.”

Mr Smyth told the BBC how he’d been sexually assaulted on Irvine beach when he was 11.

He eventually told the police what happened in 1997, the year after Moore apparently admitted the abuse to Bishop Taylor.

Also in the 2015 follow-up, the BBC revealed a second man, another former altar server and now in his late 40s, was abused by Moore for several years as a teenager in Ayrshire.

The investigation obtained a copy of a £10,000 cheque given to the man by Moore in 2009.

Moore denied the cheque was “hush money” and says it was meant as a loan.

Moore being shown the cheque by Mark Daly

Moore being shown the cheque by Mark Daly

When confronted, Moore denied that he had confessed any child abuse to Bishop Taylor.

He accepted he was aware the man had made allegations against him, and was asked if he accepted that a payment to an alleged victim may look like “hush money”.

He responded: “Sure, it looks now, I realise that now in these times but it’s not that, it wasn’t hush money.

“In the Bible it says lend without hope of getting things back… as far as I’m concerned he can keep it.”

Asked if the two men were lying about the abuse claims, Moore said: “No, they’re not lying. They think that’s what it is. But it’s not.”

Some of the abuse was alleged to have taken place at St Mark’s Primary School in Irvine

The court case also heard from another man, now in his 40s, who told how Moore sexually assaulted him at St Mark’s primary school in Irvine in 1976.

Nowadays that crime would have been classed as rape.

Another man told of an occasion when he was abused at Irvine’s Magnum Centre when he was still a child.

Moore was ordained in 1960 and served in six different parishes in the south west of Scotland before retirement.

In 1995, he abused a student priest and around the same time he was found to have repeatedly stared at the bodies of young boys in Prestwick swimming pool.

Soon after this he made his confession to the bishop.

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Bishop Taylor was told of the abuse in 1996

Bishop Taylor, who is now 92, appeared in court and said Moore had admitted to him in 1996 that he had a desire to abuse minors and he knew it was wrong.

He spoke of abusing boys while they slept and others at a swimming pool.

The bishop was shown personnel records he had taken in 1996 when Moore asked to see him.

He told the bishop he had sexual involvement with two males who had been underage at the time.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-43398633

Top school hid sex abuse claims

●Ampleforth pupils ‘denied justice’ at trial of ex-teacher ● Judge and police criticised as former student’s suicide revealed

Ampleforth, where James Glynn was a pupil. He killed himself after claiming he had been abused. Paul Sheppard, a Canadian who taught there, was found not guilty last year of indecently assaulting a boy there 27 years ago

A bungled inquiry linked to a cover-up of alleged sex abuse at Britain’s leading Catholic school denied justice to a teacher’s child victims, former pupils have claimed.

Paul Sheppard, a Canadian who taught at Ampleforth College, was found not guilty last year of indecently assaulting a boy there 27 years ago. The jurors at his trial were under the impression that the former pupil, aged 11 when the crime was said to have been committed in 1989, was the sole complainant.

The handling of Paul Sheppard’s departure from Ampleforth College was not the school’s first attempt to cover up a potential scandal involving the alleged sexual abuse of children

Two years earlier Father Dominic Milroy, the headmaster, had proved equally reluctant to contact police when a monk confessed to sexually abusing a Junior House pupil.

The head removed Father Gregory Carroll but hushed it up by sending him to work at a “mission parish” in Workington, Cumbria. There, he sexually abused a nine-year-old altar boy. In 2005, aged 66, Carroll was jailed for four years for indecent assault and gross indecency…

www.thetimes.co.uk/article/litany-of-offences-2gjh65c3f

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Monk ‘who ran sex club involving young boys’ at country’s top Catholic School ‘remained in his job for eight years after allegations were first made’

Apr 5 2017

  • Father Jeremy Sierla allegedly ran ‘sex club’ for boys at Ampleforth College
  • He remained at Catholic school for eight years after allegations first made
  • Police told he would make pupils perform sex acts in their pyjamas 
  • Investigation began in 2004 but no charges were ever brought against him 

Detectives spoke to more than a dozen young men who attended the school’s Junior House between 1990 and 1993 when Father Jeremy was housemaster.

Some recalled the monk whipping boys’ bottoms with his habit, encouraging the pupils to tie him up, showering naked with them and putting his hands under their duvets, the Times reported.

Photos and video clips – none indecent – of Ampleforth pupils were found on Father Jeremy’s computer, including one of a 12-year-old boy holding a rose in his mouth.

Father Sierla, 59, lived and worked at £30,000-a-year college, pictured, until 2012, despite accusations first being made against him eight years previously

The investigation was triggered when the same boy, in his early 20s by 2004, made allegations to police about abuse he claimed Father Jeremy had subjected him to.

The monk was not charged after prosecutors ruled there was insufficient evidence against him, and the CPS said the case file was destroyed years ago, the Times reported.

Father Jeremy continued to work in the abbey shop from 2004 to 2012 and posed for photographs to promote Ampleforth’s own brand Abbey Beer.

A music teacher, Dara de Cogan, who joined Ampleforth in 2004 was jailed last week for sexually abusing a female student during violin lessons.

An police investigation was launched into his conduct at the Yorkshire Catholic school, pictured, in 2004 but no charges were ever brought against him

A school spokesman said that Father Jeremy’s continued presence at Ampleforth was approved at a meeting of safeguarding professionals in 2004 and that his case was reviewed again in 2007 by an independent safeguarding commission.

It took a further five years before the Department for Education (DfE)told Ampleforth he should not be allowed on school grounds. 

TheDfE said that it was unable to discuss individual cases but stressed it was ‘paramount that children are protected at school and that there are robust safeguards in place’.

It added: ‘Where schools fail to meet standards, we will not hesitate to take action.’

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4384898/Monk-ran-sex-club-young-boys-Catholic-School.html


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GENE SIMMONS‘ Rock School” has Master Simmons setting up court at one of the UK’s top independent boarding schools, Christ’s Hospital in West Sussex, south of London. The children who attend the 450-year-old school wear Tudor uniforms, march into the lunch hall accompanied by full brass band and know nothing about rock music. So, in just six weeks Gene must transform a class of classically trained 13-year-old musicians into little rock gods.

http://kissasylum.com/cgi-bin/fullStory.cgi?archive=200507&story=20050714-01School.htm#20050714-01School

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Shami Chakrabarti Visits CH

The final speaker of the Lent term’s Visiting Speaker Programme for senior pupils was Shami Chakrabarti. Ms Chakrabarti is the Director of the human rights campaign group Liberty. The title of the talk was ‘On Liberty’.

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Freemason and president of Christ’s Hospital School – Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, a cousin of the Queen, is also a member of the Queen’s Club where Jaz worked.

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2015 During October the staff and pupils of Christ’s Hospital were honoured to welcome HRH The Duke of Gloucester to the School for the official opening of CH’s truly magnificent new Language and Resource Centre (LARC).

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Feb. 26, 2012 – Christ’s Hospital Celebrates Quartercentenary. 800 boys of Christ’s Hospital, Hersham wearing their famous Bluecoats and yellow stockings and led their own bands, marched from Cannon Street Station to St. Paul’s Cathedral on 19th May to attend a Thanksgiving Service marking the School’s 400th Centenary. The service was attended by the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester. after the service the children were entertained to tea by the Corporation of London in the Halls of various City Companies including the Tallow Chandlers in their Hall at Dowgate Hill, Cannon Street.

 Headmasters: Oswald Flecker

 

HLO Flecker was clearly very much a member of the establishment (not only because he is one of the few persons I ever saw wearing spats). This explains why he was selected to be a member of a Royal Commission to investigate education in the British West Indies in 1948 or 9 (I think). He may well have merited this appointment because of his knowledge of education and his intellectual powers. Another explanation may be because he was a very senior member of the Freemasons, a Grand Deacon...He was thus number 5 or 6 in the hierarchy. The big chief at that time was the Duke of Gloucester, the President of CH.
Headmaster Oswald Flecker was an important freemason and that led me to think of further possible relevance to CH, for in the CHOBA’s monthly calendar of events, there are frequent notices of masonic meetings. So apparently masonic connections with CH are still strong.

Jaz Karim worked at two places affiliated with Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester

President of Christ’s Hospital School – Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, a cousin of the Queen, is also a member of the Queen’s Club where Jaz worked.



Freemason Duke of Gloucester with Jimmy Savile – The Child Farm Safety Competition 1977

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^ Looks like Savile is wearing his “eyeball rings”

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2672395/Glass-eye-stolen-corpse-Savile-necklace-sold-charity-auction-75-wore-final-Top-Pops-groped-child.html

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Daniel Counihan – 1977 – ‎Snippet view

There was Mr Jimmy Savile, of the ‘pops’. … the Queen Mother; the Prince of Wales; Princess Anne; Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester; the Duke and Duchess of Kent; Princess Alexandra and her husband; and Earl Mountbatten of Burma.

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Prince William of Gloucester with his parents, The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and brother, Prince Richard, in 1962

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Duke of Gloucester’s father, Prince Henry – patron of abuse-ridden Fairbridge Society

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Current Duke Of Gloucester  – Richard –

for over thirty-two years was President of the Institute of Advanced Motorist

the Institute of Advanced Motorist. Current vice presidents of the IAM include former BBC Crimewatch presenter and safety campaigner Nick Ross and former transport minister Sir Peter Bottomley MP.

Sir Jimmy Savile is a member of the Institute of Advanced Motorists

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/sir-jimmy-savile-fixes-crash-329267


Edward John Barrington Douglas-Scott-Montagu, 3rd Baron Montagu of Beuleigh

Lord Montague of Beuleigh

A company that Laud was a director at –  Posmark Ltd.The company registration number was 02872928.

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Yet again, Laud had a very wealthy and influential partner in the company: Baron Montagu is a British Conservative politician well known in Britain for founding the National Motor Museum, as well as for a pivotal cause célèbre in British gay history, his 1954 conviction and imprisonment for homosexual sex, a charge he denied.”

On two occasions Lord Montagu was charged and committed for trial at Winchester Assizes, firstly in 1953 for allegedly taking sexual advantage of a 14-year-old Boy Scout at his beach hut on the Solent, a charge he has always denied.[1] When prosecutors failed to achieve a conviction, in what Lord Montagu has characterised as a “witch hunt” to secure a high-profile conviction, he was arrested again in 1954 and charged with performing “gross offences”.

Quite what Laud and Montagu got up to in their business venture is a complete and utter mystery

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Lord Montagu of Beaulieu

Lord Montagu’s name appears alongside child sexual abuse as he was prosecuted in 1953 for having underage sex with a 14-year-old Boy Scout at his beach hut on the Solent, a charge he has always denied and of which he was acquitted [48]. He maintains he was innocent but he states Kenneth Hume was behaving mildly indecently towards another scout. (Kenneth Hume was Shirley Basseys husband. Basseys father incidentally was also a child abuser). Montagu also claims that many years later, a scout who was there told him that accusations arose from the scouts out boasting each other about their experience and the scoutmaster overhearing [p135].

So, Montagu’s story is that he was not a child abuser, but he does mention that he turned a blind eye to his friend, Hume who was.

Montagu was arrested again in 1954 and charged with performing “gross offences” with an RAF serviceman during a weekend party at the same beach hut. He was imprisoned for 12 months and he blamed a deep vein of antihomosexual prejudice, from Home Secretary Sir David Maxwell Fyfe, the Lord Chief Justice Rayner Goddard, and Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Sir John Nott-Bower who was convinced of a homosexual conspiracy. Sir John swore he would tear the cover of all filth spots [p98]. In Oct 1953 the Sydney Daily Telegraph reported there was a Scotland Yard plan to smash homosexuality.

Within weeks of his incarceration there was a debate in House of Commons led by Bob Boothby and Leo Abse (both now believed to be child abusers) which led to a committee of Inquiry led by John Wolfendon, called “The Departmental Committee on Homosexual Offences and Prostitution” [p124].

As well as the infamous beach hut and land on the Solent, Lord Montagu owns Beaulieu River – banks, bed and all [46 p6]. He also owns a maritime museum at Buckler’s Hard, with a nearby marina, and the river harbours over 200 moored yachts [46 p9] [47]. Lord Montagu is the Commodore of the Beaulieu River Sailing Club [46 p20]. He was also vice commodore of the House of Lords Sailing Club [p203].

Montagu mentions a trip on his motor yacht once with Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones to the Isle of Wight, [p275] when Jones was trying to lay low after drugs charges. He also mentions taking Roy Orbison out on the Solent on his yacht. Montagu’s daughter [p103] used his motor launch Cygnet in June 1997 for her wedding. Montagu no doubt had access to many boats and his aunt and uncle, Lord and Lady Forster also owned a motor yacht Mirama [p20]. Diana Dors mentions going on his boat in her memoirs []

Montagu was an extremely well connected man, having been to Eton, and being in the House of Lords. He had links to paedophile Lord Mountbatten [p132] who asked him to go to Broadlands to meet members of his committee set up to investigate the security of prisons. Montagu was famous for his fancy dress balls, and Mountbatten was a guest at his first in 1963 to mark the opening of the Maritime Museum [p278] and again at his Great Gatsby Ball in 1974 to cebrate Montagus second marriage. Montagu also remembers other parties including one at Royal Yacht Squadron at Cowes. He was also known to Margaret Thatcher [p229], and friends with Long Longford [p 134] [p207]

Ralph Bonner Pink MP also a child abuser, owned an ex lifeboat called Ambler kept in Emsworth Harbour and was a member of Emsworth Sailing club [31] [32]. (An odd incident happened, which I mention in passing, at Emsworth Sailing Club in 2014 in which a retired naval captain drove his car at the club and set it alight and was charged with arson [33] )

 

In England Bonner Pink MP took his boat on the Beaulieu River and to the Montagu Estate, as well as to Portsmouth Harbour. When his daughter Jannella was young they went for two weeks each summer to Bembridge Harbour on the Isle of Wight except when they went to France. In France they went to Honfleur and Barfleur, in Normandy and visited Bayeaux [32].

Bonner Pink knew Edward Heath and Peter Prosser, child abuser who also went to Haut de la Garenne as well as of course as Heath and Savile [32]

https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2015/08/20/boats-and-child-abuse/

Christ’s Hospital School Founders Day Dinner 2016 – held at Mountbatten Room, RAC Club Pall Mall St. James’s

http://www.choba.org.uk/event/founders-day-dinner/


Teenagers expelled for sex on a desk at Prince Charles’ old school

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3592017/Teenagers-expelled-sex-desk-Prince-Charles-old-school.html

Death of Jeremiah Duggan

10 November 1980 – 27 March 2003) was a British student in Paris who died during a visit to Wiesbaden, Germany, after being struck by several cars on a dual carriageway. The circumstances of his death became a matter of dispute because at the time he died Duggan was attending a youth “cadre” school organized by the LaRouche movement, an international network led by the American political activist Lyndon LaRouche.

Duggan attended Fitzjohns Primary School in Hampstead, Quainton School for Boys, and won a scholarship to Christ’s Hospital school in Sussex as a boarder

A British coroner rejected a suicide verdict in 2003 after hearing the London Metropolitan Police describe the LaRouche movement as a political cult. Duggan telephoned his mother, Erica Duggan, 50 minutes before he died, apparently distressed about his involvement in it.[2][3][4][5]

LaRouche was particularly critical of Britain and of the Tavistock Institute in London, a psychotherapy and social-sciences charity that the movement associated with British intelligence.

In 1999 a LaRouche publication said Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) was threatening to assassinate LaRouche, probably with backing from the royal household.

Duggan’s family came to believe that this worldview affected the movement’s perception of Duggan, when the conference participants learned that he was a British Jew who, as a child, had attended the Tavistock Clinic for counselling when his parents divorced.
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Christ’s Hospital School Scandal

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  • A peep into the Blue Coat School!!!!!!!!!’, 1815. Showing a pig in military uniform (General Sir Eyre Coote) standing on its hind legs and being birched by three Christ’s Hospital boys. A woman is standing at the doorway with Sir William Curtis and Alderman Matthew Wood. Coote was dismissed from the army in scandalous circumstances after he was caught by the school nurse at the Christ’s Hospital School flogging pupils and then being flogged by them for money.
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    Sir Eyre was removed from the service on the 21 May 1816 because of the scandal he caused in the Christ’s Hospital school for boys.[2] On 25 November 1815 he entered the school and offered some boys money for an opportunity to flog them. After that he asked them to flog him and gave them money. He was caught by the school nurse, and charged with indecent conduct before the Lord Mayor of London. He was acquitted after giving £1000 to the school: after that there was a military inquiry in April 1816 which stripped him of his rank and honours.[3][4] He was appointed GCB 1815 and stripped of it 1816.

  • In his autobiography the American General and Secretary of State Colin Powell claims direct descent from Coote’s identically named nephew Eyre Coote while the latter was serving as Governor of Jamaica

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Alumni

Ampleforth alumni – Lord Fellowes, creator of Downton Abbey, and Andrew Parker Bowles, the former husband of the Duchess of Cornwall.

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Lord Fellowes and Queen Elizabeth

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  • George Haliburton HUME (pictured above) attended Ampleforth College from 1936 to 1941. Thereafter, at the age of eighteen, he entered the novitiate of the Benedictine monastery at Ampleforth Abbeybefore being ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1945, when he adopted the monastic name Basil.

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A monk at Ampleforth Abbey in North Yorkshire walks past a portrait of the late Cardinal Basil Hume who used to be the Abbot there.

Basil HUME returned to Ampleforth College to teach religious education, history, French and German. He served as Head of the school’s Department of Modern Languages before becoming the Abbot of Ampleforth Abbey in 1963, in which position he remained until, in 1976, he was appointed Archbishop of Westminster by Pope Paul VI.

1963-1976 was the peak period of the SAVILE/JACONELLI partnership.

Controversies

Hume was accused of ‘hushing up’ a suspected sexual abuse scandal at Ampleforth College by not calling in the police when he received a complaint from parents in 1975 about Father Piers Grant-Ferris, the son of a Tory peer at Gilling Castle, formerly a prep school for Ampleforth.

In 2005, Grant-Ferris admitted 20 incidents of child abuse. This was not an isolated incident and involved other monks and lay members. The Yorkshire Post reported in 2005; “Pupils at a leading Roman Catholic school suffered decades of abuse from at least six paedophiles following a decision by former Abbot Basil Hume not to call in police at the beginning of the scandal.”[16]

In 1984, Cardinal Hume nominated Jimmy Savile as a member of the Athenaeum, a gentlemen’s club in London’s Pall Mall. Following the posthumous revelation of Savile’s repeated sexual abuse of minors, members of the club have criticised Hume’s nomination of him for causing embarrassment to the club.[17]

HUME’s nomination of SAVILE to membership of the Athenaeum was seconded by another close confrère of SAVILE, paedophile, Cardinal Keith O’BRIEN, who, in March 2015, was stripped of his privileges by the Pope following his exposure as a sexual offender.

 SAVILE, HUME and the Athenaeum:

“It has also emerged that the members of the Athenaeum were horrified when Jimmy Savile was elected, on the grounds that the tracksuit wearing DJ ‘would not be a natural habitué of a club that has counted Sir Winston Churchill, Lord Palmerston and Lord Curzon as members’. The only reason they didn’t veto him was because he was nominated by Cardinal Basil Hume, the Archbishop of Westminster, and Hume would have had to step down if his nominee was blackballed.”

To suggest that Basil HUME went ‘out on a limb’ for Jimmy SAVILE would be a monumental understatement.

We know that they had at least one ‘interest’ in common – and they had it in common with SAVILE’s closest co-offender, Peter JACONELLI.

Like SAVILE and JACONELLI, HUME was a Freemason, of high degree, and with infinite loyalty to fellow brothers.

Basil HUME died on 17th June 1999, two weeks after receiving the Order of Merit.

In the light of the on-going Ampleforth revelations, Basil HUME’s relationship with Jimmy SAVILE merits the closest scrutiny.

And what about any relationship between Basil HUME and Peter JACONELLI?

Are we to believe that that Abbott Basil HUME, Athenaeum patron of one of the two most prolific predatory paedophiles of our times – both of them Catholic, both of them Freemasons, both of them perverts who offended together as well as separately – knew nothing of SAVILE’s co-offender and alleged sexual partner, Peter JACONELLI, the Roman Catholic Freemason?

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David Lowe, 61, took advantage of boys aged eight to 13 who were studying at the Benedictine-run prestigious Catholic boarding school and at Westminster Cathedral Choir School where he was a housemaster.

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/11774502.Former_North_Yorkshire_teacher_jailed_for_ten_years_for_sexually_abusing_pupils/

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Jimmy Savile photographed in the library at Fort Augustus Catholic school

Sexual predator Jimmy Savile was regular visitor to Catholic school at centre of abuse scandal

FORMER BBC presenter was frequently invited to Fort Augustus Abbey by Benedictine Order monks.

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Disgraced Cardinal Keith O’Brien, a good friend of Savile’s, was also a regular visitor at the school.