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EXCLUSIVE: MPs face sex abuse arrest!

Published November 30, 2014 by misty534

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Labour’s John Mann, who has campaigned to uncover details of a Westminster ­paedophile ring operating in the 1970s and 80s, said he ­expected police to swoop in the New Year.

The news came as it emerged former policemen who have ­investigated the abuse network have been warned they could be arrested for breaching the ­Official Secrets Act if they speak out now.

There are calls for the ­retired officers to be given an ­amnesty from prosecution if they reveal what they know.

We can reveal that ex-Special Branch detective Tony Robinson says he received warnings about repeating facts relating to ­disgraced Liberal MP Cyril Smith and over his monitoring of other politicians.

Tony, 81, now retired and in poor health, said he was “shocked and surprised” by warnings from his old bosses at Lancashire ­Police.

He said they told him his ­knowledge was still protected by the Official Secrets Act (OSA), adding that he should not speak to the media.

Tony, who retired more than 20 years ago, said: “I took this call from a man at my old HQ telling me not to speak about things from years ago.

“I could hardly believe it.

“They have not been in touch for years and then to threaten me or point out that I am still covered by the OSA was ridiculous.

“The whole incident has stressed me out – I’m not well and can’t be doing with all this.”

Tony was the officer who found Cyril Smith’s prosecution files “deliberately hidden” in a ­Special Branch safe in Preston in the early 1970s.

Smith, who died in 2010, had been accused of ­numerous sex offences against children over decades.

Records of incidents were allegedly covered up.

Smith was never charged ­despite several police probes.

Last night Mr Mann, MP for ­Bassetlaw in Nottinghamshire, said he expected politicians to be “arrested and charged”

He said: “There have been a lot of leads and information received from London and ­Nottingham from victims, which I have passed on to the police.

“They have been investigated and I am certain arrests will be made soon – and long before the next election.”

The MP also ­condemned ­attempts to gag former police.

Mr Mann added: “I’m disgusted at the treatment given to Mr ­Robinson.

“He should never have been put in that position with bullying and intimidation.

“I am quite prepared to take up this issue with the Home ­Secretary Theresa May and the ­shadow minister Yvette Cooper.

Mr Mann’s Labour colleague Simon Danczuk, the MP for ­Rochdale, last week made a plea for an amnesty to help past and present officials with any ­knowledge of sexual abuse.

On Thursday in a Commons ­debate on historical child abuse, Mr Danczuk said: “A large number of police officers, both retired and serving, have ­information to give. We simply need to get the full picture and to get those people to speak at an inquiry.

“The Home Secretary must ­ensure there is a full amnesty for any officer so that they are not worried about the Official ­Secrets Act or their pensions.”

Tory MP Zac Goldsmith said in the debate: “There can no longer be any doubt at all that powerful people have done terrible things and they have been protected by the Establishment.”

Mr Danczuk added: “The ­network organised child abuse and conspired to protect each of its members from exposure.

“Cyril Smith was certainly part of it. During my own inquiries Smith was found to be the subject of multiple ­police investigations – all of which were dropped.

“There are many examples of retired police officers offering powerful testimony to me about past investigations of child abuse.

“They were shut down once it was apparent high-profile ­politicians and other Establishment figures were involved.

“Questions must be asked why those investigations did not ­continue.”

Metropolitan Police detective’s fears of Westminster paedophile ‘cover-up’

Published November 20, 2014 by misty534

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Jackie Malton says investigation into Vishal Mehrotra’s death in 1981 could have been compromised by the ‘power of politicians’ at the time

A detective who investigated the murder of a young boy more than 30 years ago has voiced fears of a “cover-up” following claims that the child died at the hands of aWestminster paedophile ring.

Jackie Malton, the inspiration behind Dame Helen Mirren’s character in the ITV series Prime Suspect, said the investigation into Vishal Mehrotra’s death in 1981 could have been compromised by the “power of politicians” at the time.

“During my time in the police there was a feeling of misuse of power,” she told The Telegraph. “There were a lot of powerful people saying, ‘Don’t you know who I am?’”

Now retired from Scotland Yard, Miss Malton was a detective sergeant when she worked on the case, which has never been solved.

Vishal, nine, was abducted as he walked home to Putney, south-west London, after watching the marriage procession of the Prince and Princess of Wales. He disappeared less than a mile away from the notorious Elm Guest House in Barnes. His bones were found in a Sussex field six months later. Last week, the Metropolitan Police announced it was investigating possible murders linked to the guesthouse.

The new inquiry was opened when an alleged victim came forward claiming to have witnessed three boys being killed, including one allegedly strangled by a Conservative MP during a depraved sex game.

Earlier this week, Vishal’s father, Vishambar Mehrotra, a retired magistrate, claimed he had recorded a mystery caller saying his son might have been taken to the Elm Guest House. He took the recording to police at the time but claimed they refused to investigate an allegation implicating “judges and politicians”.

Mr Mehrotra said it had been a huge ‘cover-up’.

Miss Malton, now aged 63 and living in Surrey, worked on Vishal’s disappearance for about four months in 1981 before being seconded to another investigation, weeks before his father’s tape was handed in. She said the culture of policing at the time meant it was possible the recording was ignored and the murder covered up due to the alleged involvement of senior figures at Westminster.

“There is clear evidence that something was happening at that guesthouse,” she said. “If nothing has been done about it in retrospect, then Mr Mehrotra is right. Either the police disbelieved it, or they covered it up one way or another.

“I do remember that the officers were highly passionate about the Mehrotra case, but for some reason we never managed to get anywhere.”

Scotland Yard opened Operation Fairbank two years ago to look into suggestions that high-profile political figures had been involved in a VIP paedophile ring and subsequent cover up.

Officers have set up a new strand of the inquiry, Operation Midland, after being passed information about the three alleged murders connected to the group.

Miss Malton, who retired from Scotland Yard as a detective chief inspector in 1997, was the model for Jane Tennison, Dame Helen Mirren’s character in Prime Suspect. She was one of just four female DCIs in her Hammersmith-based squad when Linda La Plante worked with her for six months while researching her police series about a woman detective.

Working now as a full-time TV technical adviser and addiction counsellor, she claimed police officers during the 1980s often felt pressure from above when dealing with politically sensitive cases.

“Some inquiries would come to an end when someone senior said, ‘That’s enough’,” she said. “I remember a case where there was an MP accused of cottaging and it all kind of disappeared.”

Miss Malton said she had no specific evidence that officers in the Mehrotra case were leant on by politicians to drop their inquiries, and she never worked on the investigation into the Elm Guest House. But she said the influence of Westminster was felt throughout Scotland Yard during the 1980s.

“There was also a strong sense of the power of Parliament and of politicians. It was very much a case of ‘do as you are told’, she claimed. “There was certainly a culture of disbelief among the officers, and that often didn’t help to get to the truth. But the politicians were very much in power, and the police officers’ voices could often not be heard. It’s very different now. Back then, people were nowhere near as accountable for their actions.”

Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, described the allegations as “grotesque” and echoed Mr Mehrotra’s calls for a proper investigation.

Simon Danczuk, the MP whose book exposed the former MP Cyril Smith as a serial abuser of boys, said he may raise the issue in the Commons today.

Mr Mehrotra on Wednesday said he had still not been contacted by officers investigating the alleged murders.

Bill Gardner

Lib Dem MP ‘told aide to destroy evidence of Cyril Smith’s sex abuse’: Candidate for party president accused of helping to cover up paedophile’s abuse

Published October 17, 2014 by misty534
  • Lib Dem presidency candidate alleged to help cover up paedophile’s abuse
  • Liz Lynne succeeded paedophile Cyril Smith as MP for Rochdale
  • Her aide claims to have taken notes of abuse allegations during phone call
  • Children’s home boss had called her in 1996 to discuss the abuse rumours
  • She said she was then told to destroy the notes, rather than bin them

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A leading candidate for the Lib Dem presidency was yesterday accused of helping cover up Cyril Smith’s vile catalogue of child sex abuse.

Liz Lynne, who succeeded Smith as MP for Rochdale, allegedly ordered her PA to destroy several pages of notes containing a stream of allegations against the paedophile.

They detailed a litany of abuse at the Knowl View children’s home in Rochdale, which closed in the mid-1990s.

The PA, Deborah Doyle, said she had taken the notes during a 1996 telephone conversation with a former manager of the home, Martin Digan.

Mr Digan had contacted Miss Lynne’s office in Rochdale as claims of widespread abuse had begun to emerge at the home, where boys as young as ten had been raped. He claimed that Smith knew of abuse at the school and that it was being covered up by both the home and the local authority.

But Miss Doyle said her boss did not want to meet Mr Digan and instructed her to get rid of the notes. ‘I was surprised when Lynne said to me, “Don’t put the notes in the bin. Destroy them”,’ said Miss Doyle.

‘I think I took them home and put them on my fire,’ she said. ‘It was the only occasion I can remember when Liz or I did not act on a piece of constituency work, which is why it stuck in my memory.’

Liz Lynne, who was MP for Rochdale from 1992 to 1997, is one of four Lib Dems hoping to take over from Tim Farron as president of the party. Last night she denied all knowledge of the claims.

She told The Guardian she had no recollection of notes detailing child abuse allegations that were written or destroyed by a staff member.

And she said she did not remember being approached by Mr Digan, who was a former social worker at Knowl View. Earlier this year, the politician told the Mail how she had heard ‘inklings of rumours’ about Smith’s involvement in child abuse – but did nothing about it as she thought the stories were spread by political opponents.

The scale of the abuse was revealed in a book earlier this year by Simon Danczuk, the current MP for Rochdale. He said: ‘I am very distressed by this revelation, particularly as I repeatedly tried to contact Liz Lynne to hear her side of the story for our book on Cyril Smith. She never returned my calls and now I know why.

‘If Lynne had acted on the information she was given in 1996 then she could have saved lives as some of the abused boys have subsequently gone on to commit suicide.

‘For years victims have been ignored and Lynne had an opportunity to make a difference and champion their cause.

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Paedophile MP Cyril Smith, pictured in 1971. The scale of his abuse was revealed in a book earlier this year

‘But she was too afraid to stand up to Cyril Smith and that’s why she’s not fit to be anywhere near frontline politics, especially not as the next Lib Dem president.’

The Guardian reported yesterday that Deborah Doyle, who worked for the former MP between 1995 and 1997, said she took three or four pages of notes from a long telephone conversation with Mr Digan in 1996.

Miss Doyle revealed that when she was first offered a job in Miss Lynne’s office, she had to be personally interviewed by Smith.

‘It was like the 1950s. Everything had to go through Cyril, but he wasn’t even a councillor,’ she said

Miss Doyle said she left her job after Miss Lynne lost her seat in 1997 and went on to become an MEP for the West Midlands until she stood down in 2012. She was not entitled to redundancy pay, but Miss Lynne gave her £1,000 from her own pocket.

She said she told the police about the conversations – but does not know if they were acted upon.

She added: ‘Liz is essentially a good person. I am sure that if she had been forced to look into these allegations, she would have been horrified… but at the end of the day she is a politician and may not have felt comfortable taking on Smith.’

Mr Digan was responsible for passing a dossier of evidence to the police which eventually saw the school shut down in the 1990s.

He told the Guardian that he had arranged visits with Liz Lynne but they were always cancelled.

‘She never got back to me. The shame is that many abuse victims could have been helped if Lynne and many others had taken the abuse at Knowl View seriously at that point,’ he added.

Last night Miss Lynne said: ‘I have no recollection whatsoever of anybody contacting me about allegations against Cyril Smith or child abuse at Knowl View school.

‘If anyone had come to me with serious allegations like that I would obviously have acted upon it.’

Yesterday, at the Lib Dem conference in Glasgow, president Tim Farron appeared to joke about the party’s slew of sex scandals.

He said: ‘Of course there are some parts of the job I am happy to pass on. The next time any of you get caught with your pants around your ankles, the media can call someone else to make a comment.’

Daniel Martin

Police investigating three physical and sexual abuse claims at school linked to late MP Sir Cyril Smith

Published May 22, 2013 by misty534

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The allegations centre around Knowl View Special School in Rochdale, where Sir Cyril was chairman of governors.

 

Three complaints of physical and sexual abuse of pupils at a school linked to the late MP Sir Cyril Smith are now being investigated by police.

The allegations centre around Knowl View Special School in Rochdale, where Sir Cyril was chairman of governors.

The three alleged victims are believed to have been interviewed on video by officers from Greater Manchester Police’s public protection division.

A leading detective said today the investigation was ‘building up a picture of the regime’ in place at the school from the 1970s onwards.

In a statement Det Insp Caroline Ward said: “Following the publicity surrounding Sir Cyril Smith last year, a small number of people came forward to report physical and sexual abuse which occurred at Knowl View from the 1970s onwards.

“Those allegations relate to physical and sexual abuse that took place between pupils and adults at the school and these complaints are currently being investigated by officers from Greater Manchester Police’s public protection division.

“The allegations we have received are building up a picture of the regime that was in place at Knowl View at that time, and I would encourage anyone who was a victim of either sexual or physical abuse to come forward and speak to police as the more evidence we have the better the chances of bringing abusers to justice.

“We totally understand that for many people they will not want to relive the abuse they suffered, but for those who do want to come forward I want to give you complete confidence that your complaints will be treated seriously and thoroughly investigated.”

Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk today welcomed the news – and said he hoped the investigation would lead to prosecutions.

The residential school, for pupils with behavioural difficulties, was shut down in 1994 after a dossier detailing abuse was handed to police.

The police investigation follows allegations which first emerged last year that former Liberal Democrat MP Sir Cyril Smith abused boys. In November police acknowledged that the politician sexually and physically abused young boys in the 1960s.

Smith, who was elected to Parliament in 1972, was dogged by rumours of abuse but charges were never brought.

But both Greater Manchester Police and the Crown Prosecution Service said that if Smith had been accused today, he would be charged and prosecuted.

A month later the M.E.N. told how files revealed that at least a quarter of Knowl View’s 48 pupils had been victims of horrific sexual abuse – including boys as young as eight.

The files did not specifically name Sir Cyril Smith, but a whistleblower and a former head of care at the school, Martin Digan, said he feared Sir Cyril was among those abusing boys at the home.

Mr Danczuk said today he was unaware of reports that 10 suspects were being investigated by police in relation to the school.

He said: “I am very pleased that police are putting more effort into investigating these horrific crimes. I wrote to Sir Peter Fahy, the chief constable, some months ago urging him to look at this case.

“There are not many crimes worse than taking away a child’s childhood. I have met victims, and they have been devastated for years by this.

“There is no doubt about it. There was organised abuse at Knowl View. It should have been better investigated.

“Some people raised concerns about it many years ago and for whatever reason, no action was taken.

“I hope that there will be potential prosecutions. People should confess.”

 

by Paul Britton

Spartacus VIP Paedophile Ring Placed Secret Adverts in Gay Press

Published February 5, 2013 by misty534

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Cyril Smith MP: Part of a paedophile ring?

Pop stars and politicians were part of secret paedophile ring which placed coded adverts in magazines, it has been alleged.

Metropolitan Police detectives are gearing up for a series of arrests relating to a VIP child sex abuse ring named “Spartacus”.

Officers suspect that members of the ring, including pop stars, a bishop, a Soviet spy and a top politician, met at Elm Guesthouse in Barnes, southwest London.

Police have interviewed 12 alleged victims over claims that teenage boys were abused there during the 1980s, reported the Daily Express. The investigation formed part of Operation Ferndown, triggered by allegations by Tom Watson MP at Prime Minister’s Questions.

The deceased Liberal Democrat MP for Rochdale, Cyril Smith, reportedly met and abused teenage rent boys at Elm Guesthouse. Last year a plaque dedicated to Smith in Rochdale was removed after two men claimed they were abused by the larger-than-life politician at a hostel which he founded.

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