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Paedophile ex-police officer Don Mackintosh found hanged after court appearance over fresh sex abuse allegations

Published October 23, 2014 by misty534

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A paedophile former police officer has been found hanged just days after appearing in court to face fresh allegations of child abuse.

Prolific abuser Don Mackintosh, a ex-sergeant in Greater Manchester Police, and church Boys’ Brigade leader was convicted in 1994 of a string of sex offences against young boys and sentenced to nine years in jail.

Mackintosh, 71, was found hanged at his home on Calico Crescent, Stalybridge, by officers who broke in when neighbours reported he had not been seen for several days.

Last week he appeared at Manchester Crown Court for a preliminary hearing accused of indecent assault against two boys dating back to the mid 1970s and 80s.

He was due to appear again on December 5 for a plea and case management hearing and was scheduled to go on trial next May.

Brave victim Andrew Brown has spoken out about how the former police sergeant abused his position of trust as an officer and church leader to subject him and other boys to horrendous sexual abuse.

The latest allegations were made earlier this year and he first appeared in court in September.

He was accused of ten counts of indecent assault and one of indeceny with a child. The allegations date back to 1975. Both of the alleged victims were boys under 14.

In 1994 Mackintosh pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting five boys dating back to 1964.

When the offences started he was a young police officer. By the time he was first questioned in 1993 he was a well-regarded sergeant with 31 years in the force. On arrest he opted to retire and took a £52,000 golden handshake plus £11,000 a year pension.

Mackintosh, who also worked as an education welfare officer for Manchester councilin the 70s, was also a lieutenant in the 59th Battalion of the Boys’ Brigade, based at Platt Lane Methodist Church, Fallowfield, where he abused his trust to pursue youngsters.

He got away with his crimes for 25 years until one victim had the courage to come forward. This triggered a police investigation and other victims were traced.

About a dozen men gave statements against Mackintosh and five were proceeded with.

A relative of one his victims said today: ”Mackintosh admitted to being a prolific and predatory paedophile before the Crown Court. Up until then for decades by maintaining a falsehood of respectability as a police sergeant and boys brigade leader he subjected countless young boys to horrific sexual abuse, scarring them mentally for life.

“But for the courage of my relative coming forward I have no doubt Mackintosh would have continued to be the habitual abuser of which he transpired to be.”

Makintosh’s sex abuse was covered up by church

The abuse by ‘Big Mac’ as he was known to colleagues at Stockport police station could have been exposed FIVE years earlier but for a cover-up.

In 1988 a boy attempted suicide after he was assaulted by Mackintosh and later told his parents.

They alerted a church official but it was decided not to report the matter to police because the boys parents’ thought it would increase his trauma.

Amazingly the church official’s son had also been a victim and that also went unreported.

The Methodist church said that with only ‘hearsay evidence’ it was decided the ‘best course’ of action in 1988 was to ask Mackintosh to resign as an officer in the Boys Brigade.

He also left the church.

It was not 1993 that police were then alerted by another victim, Andrew Brown.

Before going to court in 1994 to be sentenced Mackintosh, who then lived in Heaviley Stockport, at the time, confessed to the MEN: “I have brought shame on myself, my family, my church, and the police. I cannot express enough remorse for what occurred and now I just have to take what is coming to me.

“It is difficult for me to understand why I did wrong. If was a huge mistake and probably and illness of sorts. I hope others can forgive me.”

Neal Keeling

Greater Manchester police ‘failed to pursue child abuse gang claims’

Published October 16, 2014 by misty534

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Detectives say they identified offenders and victims more than a decade ago but no action was taken, says ITV investigation

Child sex grooming gangs have avoided prosecution due to a failure by one of the country’s biggest police forces to pursue claims against them, it has been alleged, threatening to reignite the debate over institutional neglect of young victims of sexual abuse.

Greater Manchester police (GMP), the third largest force in England and Wales, has been accused by serving and former detectives of attempting to cover up failings to tackle gangs of Asian men who were abusing young girls, according to an ITV News investigation.

A former detective constable with the force has come forward to reveal she named and identified offenders and victims more than a decade ago in an internal report but no action was taken.

Responding to the claims, GMP chief constable Sir Peter Fahy told ITV that officers had developed a “mindset” that victims in sexual abuse cases were “unreliable” but, while this had since changed, it was still present within the courts.

As part of the investigation the father of a girl who gave evidence two years ago against a Rochdale gang, which was convicted of raping and trafficking young girls as young as 13, told the programme his daughter identified new suspects in a line-up but the force did not follow up with a prosecution.

He said his daughter was “promised” further arrests but “nothing else happened”.

The claims against GMP come just months after a damning report found at least 1,400 children were subjected to sexual exploitation in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013, with “blatant” collective failings by the council and South Yorkshire police blamed for the abuse.

In 2012, nine men were convicted of raping and trafficking young girls as young as 13 in Rochdale, which falls under the GMP catchment area. A serious case review by the Rochdale Safeguarding Children Board highlighted failures by 17 agencies, including GMP, who failed girls who were “passed around for sex”.

Former GMP Detective Constable Margaret Oliver told the programme she provided her bosses with information on alleged abusers and victims in an internal report written more than a decade ago but no one was charged.

Oliver said the problem is now an “epidemic”.

“Had we addressed it ten years ago I am in no doubt that we wouldn’t be seeing the problem in the volume it is now,” she said. “From that time to this time, we have had ten years where that problem has been allowed to develop and to grow and grow and grow.”

Another GMP detective, who has remained anonymous, looked at the issue six years later and revealed there was reluctance by senior officers to investigate sexual abuse claims despite her warnings the problem was spiralling out of control.

In a letter seen by ITV News, one serving officer claims there has been a “cover-up” and an internal report commissioned two years ago has been “re-written on nine separate occasions”.

Fahy, who has been GMP chief since September 2008, said: “We made mistakes in the past that some of our officers developed a sort of mindset that victims in these sorts of cases had been unreliable and I think that was also a mindset that developed within prosecutors as well.”

He said the mindset within the police force had changed but the court system “hadn’t really”.

A statement from the police force said: “Considerable resources are now invested in a number of ongoing investigations and we have already made clear that further arrests will be made.

“There have already been a number of major investigations across Greater Manchester relating to sexual abuse of children, including historic cases, which have led to convictions. These are complex and challenging investigations and we are committed to bringing offenders to justice.”

 

 

by Jamie Orme

I passed on the names of 26 victims of grooming gangs, but my bosses did nothing, says former GMP detective

Published October 15, 2014 by misty534

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The allegations were made by a former senior officer who said she raised the alarm over grooming gangs more than a decade ago

Suspected paedophiles are walking free in Manchester because of GMP’s failure to investigate claims of child sex abuse, a former senior officer has alleged.

Former detective constable Margaret Oliver said she first warned her bosses that Asian grooming gangs were preying on vulnerable girls in a report more than 10 years ago.

But despite passing on the names of at least 26 victims – and the men they had identified as abusers – she claims nothing was done and the problem has now reached epidemic proportions.

“From that time we have had 10 years where that problem has been allowed to develop and to grow and grow and grow,” she told ITV news.

Another former detective who reportedly raised the issue again in 2010 backed up her claims, alleging anonymously: “I told them young girls were being abused but they didn’t listen or resource the investigation.

“They were only interested in target crimes: robbery, burglary and car theft.

“Because this kind of crime is difficult to prosecute and didn’t show up quickly on crime figures they weren’t interested.”

The father of one of the victims of the Rochdale grooming gang also told the investigation GMP were not doing enough.

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Nine men were jailed over the abuse in 2012, but he said his daughter was promised there would be more arrests after she picked out other perpetrators in an identity parade last year.

Claiming there was “no follow-up, no anything”, he said: ”It tells me they are not dealing with it correctly.”

GMP chief constable Sir Peter Fahy – who is facing an IPCC probe into separate allegations of a mishandled sex offence case – admitted there had been mistakes in the past.

He said: “Some of our officers developed a mindset that victims in these sorts of cases would always be unreliable, and I think that was also a mindset which developed among prosecutors as well.”

Police’s attitudes had now changed, he claimed, but the court system had not.

Sir Peter said it meant GMP had to take a “broader” approach to preventing abuse, by taking away suspects’ away taxi licences, shutting down their shops or prosecuting them for other crimes.

“If that’s the only thing we can get them for, then that’s what we have to get them for,” he said.

by Manchester Evening News