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Detectives probing paedophile ring in North Wales care homes make further arrest

Published July 24, 2013 by misty534

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Officers attached to Operation Pallial arrest 61-year-old on suspicion of a number of serious sexual assaults

A 61-year-old man has been arrested by detectives investigating allegations of a historic paedophile ring in North Wales care homes.

Officers attached to Operation Pallial arrested the man in Chester, Cheshire, today on suspicion of a number of serious sexual assaults.

The assaults are alleged to have been carried out on a boy between 1982 and 1985, when he was aged between 12 and 15, a spokesman for the Serious Organised Crime Agency said.

Today’s arrest is the fourth made as part of Operation Pallial, an investigation led by Keith Bristow, director general of the National Crime Agency, into recent allegations of historical abuse in the care system in North Wales.

Detectives from Operation Pallial, which was launched last November, are looking into 140 allegations relating to 18 care homes between 1963 and 1992.

The first Operation Pallial arrest took place on April 23 and the man from Ipswich, Suffolk – accused of “a number of serious sexual offences against a number of individuals” – was bailed until the end of July.

The second took place on June 26 and a man, from Leicester, was bailed until the end of September.

The third arrest took place on July 18 and a man, from Wrexham, was bailed until late October.

A report published in April, which outlined phase one of the inquiry, revealed that the alleged victims in the case were aged between seven and 19.

The report said a total of 84 people – 75 male and nine female – had been named by complainants.

Of these, 16 were named by more than one alleged victim and 10 may now be dead.

The National Crime Agency was selected at the request of North Wales Police to ensure the inquiry’s independence.

It was set up to re-examine claims of sex crimes and to look again at the original police investigations into abuse at care homes in North Wales.

In 2000, the Waterhouse Inquiry was established to study claims linked to homes in the former council areas of Gwynedd and Clwyd since 1974.

Following Waterhouse, eight people were prosecuted, seven of whom were convicted.

Earlier this month, a damning report which revealed “extensive” child abuse in North Wales care homes was finally published – 17 years after it claimed police officers and other professionals could have been identified as potential “perpetrators of assaults”.

The Jillings Report, which focused on allegations of abuse within the council care system during the 1970s and 1980s, was compiled in 1996 but its publication was blocked by the former Clwyd County Council because insurers feared compensation claims.

heavily redacted version of the report has now been published online in the wake of the fresh investigations.

The report is highly critical of North Wales Police’s role in investigating allegations involving its own officers and also claims other agencies, including the local authority, constrained its investigation by providing “limited information” and, in some cases, refusing to meet with the panel.

 

PART ONE OF THE JILLINGS REPORT http://www.scribd.com/doc/152385724/Part-1-of-the-Jillings-Report-into-child-abuse-in-North-Wales

PART TWO OF THE JILLINGS REPORT http://www.scribd.com/doc/152385765/Part-2-of-the-Jillings-Report-into-child-abuse-in-North-Wales

 

 

 

The truth behind the child abuse cover-ups

Published July 14, 2013 by misty534

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The report that first exposed child abuse in North Wales care homes has finally been published. But, says Eileen Fairweather, damning details have still been left out

 

Seventeen years ago, a nervous-sounding woman rang and asked me to publicise a top-secret report. She was not the whistleblower, she explained, but a go-between. She would not give me her name: “It’s safer if you don’t know.”

That secret report revealed the extensive rape and savage beating of countless children in North Wales children’s homes. It was titled “Child Abuse: An independent investigation commissioned by Clwyd County Council, period 1974-1995”. Last week, John Jillings’s report on the Clwyd scandal was finally published. But Flintshire county council – successor to Clwyd – has heavily censored it. I dug out the original and discovered, unsurprisingly, that the cover-up continues.

The cloak-and-dagger way I obtained the redacted report speaks volumes about how those struggling to expose Britain’s child abuse rings were intimidated and derided. Few then believed children’s allegations that people in power, including politicians and senior police, were involved. I was myself incredulous when first asked in 1990 to investigate a social worker. Weren’t care professionals all kind?

It was a baptism by fire, as one investigation rapidly led to another, and I realised that paedophiles had comprehensively infiltrated Britain’s children’s homes since the 1970s.

Back in 1996, only a handful of local politicians and officials were allowed a copy of Jillings’s report. They were told – by police, insurers and the council – that they risked their careers, arrest and being personally sued if a word reached the media. The uncensored Jillings report includes these chilling threats.

Every report had a number, imprinted as a large watermark on every page. Any journalist who quoted it would supposedly be ordered by the courts to produce their copy or photocopy or face jail, and the watermark would expose their source.

My caller said apologetically I must write out the report by hand. I was also told to share it widely with other reporters. Journalists need exclusives, but the rationale was sound: “If all the media cover this, there won’t be a witch-hunt.”

I collected the report from a safe ‘drop’ point. It took me three exhausting days, holed up alone in a poky room in a B&B, to scribble out hundreds of pages. I fed to different newspapers and broadcasters different extracts suggested by my source. I only produced one article, and later a programme for HTV, under my name.

At least one paper and a news channel independently acquired the report: clearly, others whistle-blew. The coverage was widespread, and the whistleblowers’ drip-feed strategy worked: no one was arrested or sued.

Clamour mounted, and the Government announced a public inquiry. Yet surely, no further inquiries were needed: instead, police could have acted on the evidence already given to them by hundreds of victims and concerned staff, kicked-in doors and arrested suspected perpetrators.

The late judge, Sir Ronald Waterhouse, took evidence over three years, and in 2000 produced a report, “Lost in Care”. His tribunal had cost millions and ultimately achieved little, other than fat fees for lawyers. It amplified the horrors described by Jillings but it did not lead to arrests or managers being disciplined or struck off.

Jillings – the retired former director of Derbyshire social services – and his team, Prof Jane Tunstall and Gerrilyn Smith, had been commissioned after several former workers at Clwyd care homes were prosecuted in the early 1990s for abuse. But victims described many more abusers, and alleged organised child prostitution.

Last autumn Rod Richards – a former Welsh Conservatives leader, who has recently joined UKIP – revealed that the late Sir Peter Morrison MP, a close aide to Mrs Thatcher, was implicated in the North Wales care scandal. Did this limit the political will to act?

Flintshire county council says it has redacted much of the Jillings Report on the advice of Operation Pallial, which in April confirmed it is examining 76 new allegations of abuse in 18 North Wales care homes between 1963 and 1992.

North Wales Chief Constable Mark Polin has warned abusers: “If you believe that the passage of time will reduce the resolve of Operation Pallial or any police force to identify people still alive who have caused harm to others and bring them to justice, you are sorely mistaken. Offenders should quite rightly have to look over their shoulders for the rest of their lives.”

Mrs Justice Macur is also examining the evidence excluded from the Waterhouse inquiry. Following a key arrest, I am cautiously hopeful that, this time, police mean business.

The authorities had issued such stern libel threats to Jillings’s panel that it only named a few of the accused staff who were allowed to resign unpunished. But he exposed the excuses of the jobsworths who allowed sadists to control these terrible homes. This is the real censored dynamite in the report.

The whited-out paragraphs in the redacted version help minimise the breathtaking incompetence and laziness of ”the suits’’ – those in the Welsh Office, the Social Services Inspectorate, the local council and welfare directors.

Some cuts are not even indicated. Jillings wrote that one Bryn Estyn boss – allowed to take early retirement following grave concerns – caned children “despite Welsh Office guidance to the contrary”. In the redacted version, at section 8.6.4, the key words “Welsh Office” have vanished.

So many looked the other way, despite desperate children and a lone, brave social worker begging for years for action. Shamefully, the whistleblower Alison Taylor’s name is also redacted from the online version of Jillings. This heroine was sacked. But those who looked the other way were promoted, moved to senior child welfare roles elsewhere or retired on enhanced benefits – like many alleged abusers.

Jillings, in the non-redacted report, reveals that one head of a home who allegedly cruelly beat boys even had a post secured for him by Clwyd at an exotic holiday destination abroad. Might some who failed to act now be investigated for neglect or conspiracy? When does inertia become criminal?

Many children ran away, but police returned them, weeping, to their abusers. At Bryn Estyn – famously described by Jillings as “the Colditz of residential care” – one boy was crammed into a laundry basket, the lid tied shut and tossed into a swimming pool. Other children saved him from drowning.

Jillings also describes ”M’’, a 15-year-old girl. Three men were eventually convicted of unlawful sex with her at her foster home. They tied her to a wooden pole, dragged her upstairs and half-drowned her in a cold bath. Yet managers claimed the sex was consensual. The uncensored version exposes concerns that she was prostituted. Such subtle redactions make it harder for people to join the dots.

In May 1997, after the Jillings report, a key member of Clwyd’s fostering panel was imprisoned for abuse. Roger Saint had been appointed despite his known history of abuse.

Other redacted details concern Unit Five, where older boys routinely abused younger ones. It was feared that they violently “broke in” recruits for a paedophile ring. But managers said the sex was consensual.

The redacted version also conceals the fact that David John Gillison, imprisoned in 1987 for three years for gross indecency against a boy in care, was prominent in the local Campaign for Homosexual Equality. Why conceal that? Paedophiles in other child-care scandals have similarly hijacked the banner of gay rights – to the detriment of both children and ordinary, decent gay men.

I earlier exposed a similar scandal at Islington children’s homes, where paedophile staff cynically accused anyone raising concerns of “homophobia”.

The redacted version has also removed the fact that a former Bryn Estyn head was arrested for abuse but the charge dropped. Yet Mat Arnold was long dead, so why was this cut? Jillings later – seemingly randomly – mentions that Arnold died of an unspecified blood disease. Later he notes his concern that the abusers put their victims at risk of sexually related diseases. Did he fear that Arnold died of Aids – and is that still too politically incorrect to mention?

I later exposed Mark Trotter, a Hackney social worker who died of Aids after abusing boys in care. His council believed him an Aids martyr and covered up his abuse.

The real martyrs are the care children who killed themselves or died violently. Jillings lists 12. He called them R1, R2, etc, with just a few poignant lines about their deaths by hanging or falling from heights. My hand ached after I wrote out that report, and so did my heart.

I later learnt of four other abused boys who died tragically or mysteriously. I rang the secretariat of the Waterhouse tribunal and asked if it would examine the deaths of these 16 boys. The official said no and, when I asked why not, became supercilious. If they’re dead, he snapped, they can’t give evidence – can they?

I slammed down the phone and wept.

Back in 1996, my sole news story about Jillings’s report appeared in a Sunday paper. It had been severely cut. I understood why – I had focused on something key but “dry”, namely the insurers’ role in suppressing the report. But I felt I had failed these hurt children and my distress infected a weekend with old friends.

Even they seemingly thought I was exaggerating the scale of the scandal. I glumly trailed round a stately home’s garden with them and shut up. One, a psychoanalyst, wrote me a sweet, implicit apology after the Jimmy Savile revelations and said she and colleagues had since been inundated with people painfully disclosing long-hidden abuse. She thanked me for helping make the unbelievable believable.

I have sometimes thought of those who escaped the Holocaust during the war, but no one believed their stories. This has been a hard journalistic beat to tread. Yet I am not one of the victims of Britain’s holocaust of children, just a witness, a reporter. Dear God, please, this time, let us not fail them.

Eileen Fairweather is an award-winning journalist whose investigations over 20 years have helped expose several paedophile rings

 

The Telegraph

Survivor of paedophile network that killed two of his brothers blasts report for failing to name the guilty

Published July 9, 2013 by misty534

Chris Johns suffered at the hands of abusers in North Wales care homes for years

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The survivor of a paedophile ring blamed over the death of his two brothers last night slammed a report into the scandal for failing to name the beasts involved.

Chris Johns, who suffered at the hands of abusers in North Wales care homes for years, said the full truth was still being hushed up despite the files being released yesterday – 17 years after they were written.

He said his brothers Adrian and Leander were killed to stop them revealing the horrific details of sex attacks carried out on children from all over Britain.

He said: “It’s just another cover-up. This report doesn’t even name names. Half of them got away with what they did.”

The 300-page Jillings Report was thought to have been destroyed, but it resurfaced last year when the North Wales children’s home scandal came back into focus with explosive claims the number of victims could be as high as 200.

It lists details of 12 young men whose deaths were thought to have been linked to the abuse they suffered between the late 60s and 80s. It even suggests serving police officers from the time and council staff could have been named as suspects.

But it is heavily censored with names blanked out over fears of defamation after Lord McAlpine was wrongly named as being involved late last year.

An expert on abuse in care, Alison Millar, from law firm Leigh Day, said: “The refusal to publish this report in full is tragically short-sighted.

“We are in an Alice in Wonderland situation whereby an independent panel is commissioned to investigate what went wrong and why.

“The whole truth must come out, for the sake of all those affected and so that this can never happen again.”

The document admitted there had been a “disturbing number of deaths and suicides” among former residents.

It said victims had their lives “shattered by abuse” and were “blighted by managerial apathy and neglect”.

It revealed how some had died after abusing drugs, solvents or alcohol.

Of the 12 dead, four had lived at the notorious Bryn Estyn home in Wrexham – which was at the centre of the inquiry.

John Jillings, an ex-director of social services, was appointed to lead the investigation when the claims became more widespread.

Speaking about yesterday’s release, Mr Jillings said: “The treatment of children was bestial. They weren’t treated like humans.

“Children died. Some committed suicide. That’s the worst possible outcome. It was horrific.”

Mr Johns’ brother Adrian, 32, died in 1992 in an arson attack before he had a chance to give a statement about the abuse he suffered at the Bryn Alyn home in the 1970s.

He suffered at the hands of paedophile John Allen, who made a fortune running a number of homes.

Leander survived the attack in Brighton with awful burns and in 1995 both he and Chris gave evidence against Allen.

Leander, 34, known as Lea, died days later from an overdose, which Chris and his family have always questioned.

During the week between Leander’s evidence and his death, Allen had absconded from bail.

His whereabouts were never explained. He claimed he had a breakdown and wandered lost in a wood.

But £16,500 was taken from his bank accounts during that time.

Allen was given six years for sex assaults on boys and is now free.

Mr Johns, 60, is convinced his brothers were silenced as they began to reveal the full extent of the paedophile network. He claimed the abuse also took place across Britain and into Europe.

He said: “I was held against a wall and threatened I would be killed if I told anyone.

“It was an international thing. It’s a can of worms and you can prize the lid off so far but never get it all the way off. I am frightened, I’ll tell you that.”

Both his brothers’ deaths are mentioned anonymously in the report published online yesterday. It outlines the abuse, years before it was probed by a High Court judge.

Allegations focusing on Bryn Estyn first emerged in the early 1990s, leading to the conviction of seven former care workers.

But many abusers are believed to have escaped justice.

The report, written in 1996, singles out Clwyd county council, the Welsh Office and North Wales Police, currently led by Chief Constable Mark Polin, for criticism.

It says: “It is clear that, in a number of cases, the lives of young people who have been through the care system in Clwyd have been severely disturbed.

“It is unclear how many other professionals, including police officers, were named in these statements as perpetrators.”

The report says it does know of “at least three employees” in the social services department who were interviewed but “to our knowledge, none were disciplined”.

It reveals there were at least 10 previous internal inquiries that were shelved.

A new police investigation, called Operation Pallial, was ordered by David Cameron in November.

So far more than 140 people have told police they were victims of abuse at homes across North Wales between 1963 and 1992.

Two suspects are on police bail after they were arrested earlier this year.

Peter Wanless, NSPCC chief executive, said: “This report comments on failures nearly 40 years ago but could easily be commenting on events today.

“The interests of children were sacrificed by professionals who should have been looking after them.”

Mirror online

Jillings report: Reaction to its release after 17 years

Published July 8, 2013 by misty534

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John Jillings said there was evidence of “bestial” treatment in the children’s homes

A report into abuse at children’s homes in north Wales which was suppressed for 17 years has been published.

The Jillings report, which was commissioned in 1994 by the former Clwyd County Council, details widespread and long-term abuse at homes in the 1970s and 80s.

The report which predated the Lost in Care inquiry by Sir Ronald Waterhouse was published after a BBC Freedom of Information request.

Here is some of the reaction.

Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd, Anglesey and Wrexham councils

The six North Wales councils issued a statement saying they recognised that the release of the report may bring distress to those affected.

They said all councils had and would support anyone affected by abuse, and the safeguarding of children and young people was a high priority.

They said very few children were now placed in residential care and when they were, safety, quality of care and individual outcomes were carefully reviewed and monitored.

The councils said since the publication of the Waterhouse report, Lost in Care, significant new statutory legislation and guidance had been implemented for looked after children.

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The NSPCC charity said children needed to be given the confidence to speak out about abuse.

The children’s charity said although the Jillings report was commenting on “appalling child protection failures” in the past, it could be commenting on events happening now.

The charity said: “Jillings comments that the interests of children were often sacrificed by the very professionals who should have been looking after them.

“And when the young victims tried to raise the alarm people turned a deaf ear to their pleas for help.

“The same mistakes have been highlighted in recent grooming cases where young girls were abused in sickening ways for many years while those who could and should have helped stood by leaving them to their awful fate.”

Malcolm King, former chair of social services at Clwyd County Council

Councillor Malcolm King: “They were leaning on the county council for us to say as little as possible”

Councillor Malcolm King said the redacted, or edited, parts of the Jillings report had been leaked as part of the campaign for a judicial inquiry into the abuse, and that there were no new things published.

He said back in 1996 the council’s insurers “were leaning on the county council for us to say as little as possible”. He said he was told that if he continued to speak out, insurers said “he should be relieved of his office”.

Mr King said said he and others were expected to “remain silent because, as they said in the report, each new prosecution was a dress rehearsal for more claimants”.

“So not that the truth was being exposed or justice being obtained, but they would feel it in their pockets – how disgusting is that.”

Denis Parry, former leader of Clwyd County Council

Dennis Parry on the “battle” to complete the report

Denis Parry, former leader of the authority which commissioned the Jillings report in the early 1990s, said he was shocked at the scale of the abuse uncovered.

Mr Parry said: “I didn’t realise how bad remand homes were in those days and how the system could shift not just what they call the bad boys and girls, but actually young people who had lost their parents were all put together in systems where they could be preyed upon by the most undesirable people you could ever meet.

“In fact at one time in Bryn Estyn, there were four paedophiles and you cannot believe how they could all get together at that time.

“And, of course, there were the others who were people who used their strength and hitting and bullying.

Keith Gregory, victim of abuse and Wrexham councillor

Councillor Keith Gregory, one of the abuse victims: “Finally we’re being believed”

Keith Gregory welcomed the publication of the report and said he believed survivors of abuse in the north Wales homes would benefit from it.

But he said he wished it had been published sooner.

“If it had come out then it would have helped us a lot. I think it would have protected more children,” said Mr Gregory.

“(We) could have got more people – paedophiles – off the road faster. We don’t know how many people have been harmed since that report which could have (been) stopped.”

He also said that all councillors had responsibilities to act as “corporate councillors”, and children in the homes should have been looked after.

“We were put in care. We had no care, we had no protection,” he said.

“So for Clwyd county councillors, no matter what the excuses were, their loyalty should have been to the children.

“Not an insurance firm, not anything else. It should have been the children first. To vote to get this report pulped and never to be seen again, (it’s) disgusting to be honest.”

Wales children’s commissioner Keith Towler

Children’s Commissioner for Wales, Keith Towler, issued a statement saying his priority was to assist in ensuring the victims of alleged abuse were finally listened to, and that allegations were thoroughly investigated.

He said it was important that the formal structures put in place as part of Operation Pallial and the Macur Review were “robustly pursued so that questions are answered” and lessons learnt.

Operation Pallial is an independent investigation examining claims of historical child abuse at children’s homes in north Wales, while the Macur Review is investigating the terms of the Waterhouse abuse inquiry, which took place between 1996 and 2000.

The statement went on to encourage those with information or evidence to come forward and share their concerns.

Mr Towler said there may be individuals who did not wish to relive their experiences “and we should respect this, but for those who do wish to come forward, we must ensure there is adequate specialist support available to those who want to speak out”.

North Wales police and crime commissioner, Winston Roddick

Mr Roddick said it was impossible to “draw a line under things of this kind”, adding: “All you can do – and what you should do – is learn lessons.”

He said his main message was to encourage victims of sexual abuse to report incidents to police.

“What we must do is to get the message across to the victims of sexual abuse that making a complaint is all important,” he said.

He said people had to be convinced “that the attitudes towards complaints and victims today is quite different to what it was 20 and 30 years ago”.

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