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Where might the child abuse cover-ups have taken place and what can be done to get to the truth?

Published March 23, 2015 by misty534


When I first heard that the Metropolitan police referred themselves to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) relating to alleged cover-ups in child abuse inquiries it stopped me in my tracks. For the first time since rasing the issue at Prime Minister’s Question time in October 2012, it felt like there had been a major breakthrough in a very complex case.

One of the police cases relates to the Elm Guesthouse in Richmond, London. There is much unfounded rumour relating to the 1982 raid on the property. Despite the red herrings I am concerned there was a cover-up in the original inquiry. Sources close to the police have told me that Leon Brittan was named by a child linked to the raid. They say the child used “sexualised language” when speaking to social workers and spoke of his “Uncle Leon”. The sources allege that the police on duty during the night of the raid were instructed by senior officials to ensure that no record was made of the child naming Brittan. They also tell me that a second man, closely associated with the guesthouse, boasted of his friendship with Leon Brittan. Journalists have known these allegations for months. The Daily Mail has recently decided to publish them naming Brittan.

Remarkable investigative journalism has opened up the establishment’s murky past to scrutiny. Despite a bewildering array of false leads, good journalism is getting to the truth.

Journalist Liz MacKean and the team at Dispatches were the first to show that Special branch suppressed a police investigation into Cyril Smith. Thanks to Nick Hopkins at Newsnight we know of a second inquiry into Cyril Smith being shut down. Tom Parmenter from Sky News broadcast a report suggesting a third cover up.

The team at the Sunday People, and Exaro News, were the first to show that a criminal inquiry by the Metropolitan police into the network of convicted paedophile Peter Righton was shut down because of “orders from on high”. But how high? That is what we need to know. They revealed that former child protection officer Peter McKelvie, had campaigned for years to have the case re-opened but was ignored by police and politicians.

Righton had a more significant role in child abuse than his £900 fine and caution for assault might suggest. Peter McKelvie finally won his campaign. Last December Righton’s friend and co-member of the Paedophile Information Exchange, Charles Napier, a suspect in previous investigations, was jailed for 13 years.

Mark Conrad of Exaro News has also reported that Customs Officers seized videos linked to a former MP.

It has been reported that Mrs Thatcher awarded Cyril Smith a knighthood despite being explicitly told of a police investigation into an “indecent assault on teenage boys.” It has been reported former Detective Chief Inspector told her of rumours relating to Sir Peter Morrison before she appointed him Deputy Chair of the Conservative Party. She was also advisednot to award Jimmy Savile a knighthood. The files that detail the reasons are still being suppressed by the government.

Could it be that Mrs Thatcher was also told of Leon Brittan’s links to the Elm Guest House and other inquiries? We need to get to the truth. Theresa May is not wrong to suggest that we are only seeing the tip of the iceberg.

As the volume of thwarted cases grows, the IPCC is creaking under the weight of new evidence. In 2012 The IPPC only investigated 130 cases out of 2,100 referred to them. This was down to lack of staff. No wonder Yvette Cooper wants to abolish it and replace it with a tougher, more robust Police Standards Authority. Reform of the IPCC should be an in-tray item marked ‘urgent’ for the next Prime Minister.

Before his resignation as chair, Malcolm Rifkind assured MPs that the Intelligence and Security Committee is a more robust scrutiny body than ever before. If any group of MPs can get to the truth it is those that sit on this committee. I am writing to ask that they commission a review of what agencies told which ministers about criminal investigations into MPs. They might also want to ask just what was known about the Kincora Boys Homein Northern Ireland by the intelligence agencies.

I believe it is the duty of all former police and intelligence officers, civil servants and officials to share relevant information with the IPCC. David Cameron made explicitly clear that he wouldn’t want to see anyone prosecuted for “uncovering wrongdoing”. We need to hold fast to this commitment. There is a public petition to demand that he does so. Please sign it and share on social media.

This case goes beyond party politics. There needs to be a fundamental culture shift in this country. We all need to stand up for every survivor’s right for justice. The country needs a bigger conversation about what we can do politically, socially and culturally to end child abuse.

by Tom Watson MP

A paedophile priest, two bishops and a sickening conspiracy of silence: He married Frank Bruno and said Mass for Delia Smith. But behind the glitz was one of the Catholic Church’s dirtiest secrets

Published March 5, 2015 by misty534

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Brought to justice: Father Tony McSweeney, 68, lied and lied for decades

  • SPECIAL INVESTIGATION: Father Tony McSweeney
  • ‘The priest’ would always try to kiss and fondle the boys
  • The Church had the chance to protect the children from him
  • He hired a rent boy for sex, then claimed he was his godson 

Father Tony McSweeney chalked up a number of notable additions to his CV during a lifetime supposedly devoted to the service of children and God.

He said Mass at Norwich City Football Club at the request of its celebrity cook owner Delia Smith, and conducted the marriage of world heavyweight boxing champion Frank Bruno.

He also received the prestigious Silver Acorn for decades of ‘dedication’ to the global Scout movement and his co-authorship of its official songbook.

Last week, he even boasted of being the ‘world expert’ on organising campfire get-togethers.

But now he must add a chilling new entry to his list of achievements: he has become the first paedophile to be tried and convicted after being linked to allegations of a VIP ring based at an infamous South London guesthouse who preyed on boys from a nearby care home.

And unless police make further progress with their investigations, he could well be the last.

For decades — culminating in his trial and conviction at Southwark Crown Court on Friday — McSweeney, 68, lied and lied.

He broke criminal laws, childcare rules, the bond of trust between priest and congregation and his priestly vows of celibacy, sometimes in the most disgusting fashion.

His offending, as far as we know, goes back to the Seventies when, while training for the priesthood, he worked as a part-time carer at a local authority-run home for vulnerable boys in Grafton Close, Richmond-upon-Thames.

He was given the job by the manager, his ‘good friend’ — and fellow predator — John Stingemore.

McSweeney was finally caught when, more than 30 years later, police launched an investigation into historic allegations that Grafton Close boys had been sent to Elm Guest House, a gay hotel in nearby Barnes, to be sexually abused.

The list of alleged abusers included Cabinet ministers and MPs, diplomats, spies, policemen, judges, pop stars and staff of the Royal Households.

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Detectives are satisfied that the late Liberal MP Cyril Smith, a known but unpunished abuser of boys during his long political career, was one visitor to the guest-house.

As the Mail revealed in 2013, one of the Grafton Close boys, Peter Bornshin, had been so traumatised by his experiences that he later committed suicide.

McSweeney’s conviction last week for offences of indecent assault of a minor and making indecent images of children confirms his four decades as a known, active paedophile, most of which he spent in positions of authority over children and young people.

Yet following his trial and an investigation by this newspaper, a number of disturbing questions remain.

One in particular should be addressed by the Roman Catholic Church, whose image in recent years has been severely damaged by revelations of widespread paedophile abuse by clergy and cover-ups by the hierarchy.

It is this: why in 1998, when McSweeney had just been thrown out of an Essex parish after a cleaner found a video that she believed to show under-age gay sex, did two bishops agree he should almost immediately be given a posting to another diocese, where his history was unknown to the congregation?

As we shall see, at least one Catholic layperson who became aware of the reason for McSweeney’s sudden departure from Essex was shocked when, by chance, he found that the priest had been ‘recycled’ to another part of the country as though nothing had happened.

We can also reveal that one of those bishops behind that decision went on to be the longest-serving English Catholic prelate of modern times.

The other, whom McSweeney described in court last week as his ‘friend’, has risen to become the current Archbishop of Southwark, one of the most senior figures in the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales. The scandal — for that is what it seems — touches no fewer than three dioceses.

For a decade before he took holy orders in 1978, McSweeney was a warden at Britain’s then largest Scout camp, in Waltham Abbey, Essex.

One can make an educated guess at the motives behind his desire to spend time in the great outdoors with adolescent boys.

Indeed, the court heard that in 1976 he approached a boy in a shower block at a Scout retreat and told him to ‘wash under the foreskin’.

Elm Guest HousePeter Bornshin

When the boy reported it to another warden, he was told not to ‘be so stupid and make trouble’ — and no charge was ever brought.

Two years later, McSweeney joined St John’s Roman Catholic seminary near Guildford. The professor of canonical law at St John’s during the four years he spent there was the future Archbishop of Southwark, Peter Smith.

McSweeney told the court that around the same time and ‘by the grace of God and the favour of John Stingemore’, he got the part-time job as a carer at the Richmond care home Stingemore was managing.

Oh no, not again. He promised not to…

McSweeney, who will be sentenced on March 27, had met Stingemore in 1970. The court heard that after they started working at the care home, they took Grafton Close boys on holiday together.

The two men also travelled to Amsterdam, visiting sex shops in the red-light district. Shortly after that trip, the pair sat in Stingemore’s flat at Grafton Close and watched a film featuring sex acts involving boys as young as ten.

The court heard the boys at the care home knew McSweeney as ‘the priest’, and that abuse happened ‘almost all the time’ when he stayed over at the home. He would try to kiss them or fondle their genitals, and he made them sit on his lap.

John Stingemore was eventually dismissed — it is not clear exactly when — after the authorities learned he had taken indecent photographs of boys in his care.

When this happened, McSweeney dropped all contact with him. By then, McSweeney had been ordained into the priesthood and was working in the diocese of Brentwood. The bishop was Thomas McMahon, who held the post for 34 years until retiring last year.

Detectives are satisfied that the late Liberal MP Cyril Smith (pictured) was one visitor to the guest-house

McSweeney was moved around the diocese – he later claimed that his role was as a ‘troubleshooter’ for the bishop – before becoming parish priest of St Peter’s in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, in 1997.

But it would prove a short-lived appointment. McSweeney had been there for only a year when his housekeeper looked in a bedside drawer and found sex toys, bondage equipment and videos.

The woman, who was a policeman’s daughter and the mother of adolescent boys, played one of the videos on the presbytery’s television.

In the brief scene she watched, two youths she thought to be as young as 14 were engaged in penetrative sex.

She phoned the police and told them what she had seen. But because she wished to remain anonymous, they did not follow up the complaint, she told the court during McSweeney’s trial.

She then took the matter straight to the diocesan authorities, but ‘wasn’t very satisfied’ by their response.

They admitted that they knew McSweeney was gay, she said, but implied she had misjudged the ages of the boys in the film.

Indeed, in court, McSweeney claimed the youths were ‘Twinks’ — gay slang for 18 to 25-year-olds — who looked younger than they actually were.

This newspaper was told by another lay source in the parish that the diocese’s initial reaction was ‘Oh no, not again. He promised not to…’ which suggests they were aware of his predilection for gay pornography.

The video was found on a Friday and McSweeney had gone from the parish before Sunday Mass, a source told the Mail.

And so, almost two decades after what we now know to be McSweeney’s first serious offending, at the Grafton Close care home, the Church was given the chance to curtail his activities and protect not only its own image but youngsters with whom McSweeney came into contact.

Visit: McSweeney and fellow predator John Stingemore travelled to Amsterdam, visiting sex shops in the red-light districtVisit: McSweeney and fellow predator John Stingemore travelled to Amsterdam, visiting sex shops in the red-light district

McSweeney told the court that in the aftermath of his housekeeper’s discovery, he was ‘effectively banished’ by Bishop McMahon.

But instead of facing disciplinary procedures and the possibility of being laicised — the Catholic version of defrocking — he simply went to live with ‘various friends’ and had what he called a ‘breakdown’.

Then, as he explained to the court, he phoned ‘a friend who was [another] bishop. He accepted everything that happened. He spoke to my bishop’.

Though it is not clear who this other bishop was, within months McSweeney was back in office, in the parish of St George’s, Norwich, in the diocese of East Anglia.

At the time, the Bishop of East Anglia was Peter Smith, McSweeney’s old professor at seminary in Guildford.

Three years ago: In the febrile atmosphere that followed the eruption of the Jimmy Savile (pictured) scandal, old allegations about abuse by well-known figures at Elm Guest House were revived

Three years ago: In the febrile atmosphere that followed the eruption of the Jimmy Savile (pictured) scandal, old allegations about abuse by well-known figures at Elm Guest House were revived

The disgraced priest’s resurrection came as a surprise to a Catholic layperson from McSweeney’s former diocese in Brentwood, who had good reason to remember him well.

One evening the year before, this layperson had gone to the St Peter’s presbytery to get the keys for the church hall.

When McSweeney opened the door, he threw the keys in the man’s face and told him to ‘f*** off’.

Might he have been doing something that made him particularly keen not to be disturbed?

The parishoner recalls: ‘It was the strangest blessing I’ve ever had from a priest.’

It was shortly after this incident that McSweeney was booted out in disgrace. A few months later, the same Essex parishioner attended a conference for Catholic professionals, held in Norwich. The guest speaker was none other than Tony McSweeney. His subject? The joys of Scouting.

‘I could not believe what I was seeing,’ says the source.

McSweeney prospered in Norfolk. He became chaplain and governor of a school.

He rubbed shoulders with local celebrities — hence, presumably, his invitation from Delia Smith, the Catholic cookery writer, to say Mass at Norwich football club, where she and her husband are majority shareholders.

McSweeney also took children on pilgrimage to the Catholic shrine at Lourdes, and continued to burnish his Scouting profile.

Then, three years ago, the Jimmy Savile scandal erupted as a welter of accusations against the former DJ emerged. In the febrile atmosphere that followed, old allegations about abuse by well-known figures at Elm Guest House were revived.

Having seen the coverage in newspapers, the court heard, one of Tony McSweeney’s former victims from Grafton Close, now in his 50s, decided to come forward.

Fully 15 years after the Catholic Church had simply moved McSweeney to another diocese, police from Operation Fernbridge — investigating events at Elm Guest House — raided his Norwich presbytery.

It was the strangest blessing I’ve ever had from a priest

They found on his laptop thousands of recently downloaded pornographic images, including the most serious category of paedophilia. Forensic examination showed that he often used the keyword ‘boy’ when searching for porn.

The judge in his trial refused the defence’s request to have these offences separated from the historic paedophile assaults at Grafton Close. They were all of a part.

In the witness box, McSweeney continued to lie and deny. Morbidly obese and not wearing a clerical collar, he cut a pathetic figure, weeping theatrically while giving his evidence.

But they were crocodile tears. In an extraordinary passage, McSweeney was asked by his own counsel to explain one of the many portrait photographs of adolescents or young men which the police had found in his home.

It was a picture of his ‘godson’, the priest told the court fondly.

Sorry: Earlier this year, Pope Francis (above) issued an apology to victims of clerical sex abuse and asked for forgiveness

This lie was exploded by the prosecuting counsel. A large number of other images of the same male, this time naked, had been found on a CD in the presbytery. They had been taken in a Paris hotel room.

The ‘godson’ was, in fact, an Italian rent boy whom McSweeney had paid for sex. It wasn’t a lie, McSweeney argued pathetically: ‘godson’ was merely ‘shorthand’ for the ‘pastoral care’ he had given the male prostitute.

Much as the conviction of this dangerous man is a victory for the authorities, McSweeney may prove to be the only catch for Operation Fernbridge.

John Stingemore — former manager of the Grafton Close care home — was charged with similar offences, but died just weeks before the trial.

What then of the Church’s role in failing to act decisively against McSweeney? Earlier this year, Pope Francis issued an apology to victims of clerical sex abuse and asked for forgiveness.

Yet commentators observed that Vatican officials remained reluctant to act against bishops accused of orchestrating cover-ups.

One irony of the McSweeney case is that, prior to his current position, Archbishop Peter Smith — McSweeney’s old friend from the Guildford seminary — had been promoted from East Anglia to head the archdiocese of Cardiff. The previous incumbent in Wales had stood down amid claims he ignored ‘warnings about paedophile priests in the archdiocese’.

I could not believe what I was seeing

Archbishop Smith was tasked with restoring the Welsh Church’s reputation, and declared he ‘wanted to help people bind up the wounds and bring healing’. This was three years after McSweeney had been given a new post in Smith’s East Anglia diocese.

This newspaper contacted the archbishop’s office about McSweeney’s claims of friendship, but inquiries were redirected to his former diocese of East Anglia.

In a statement, that diocese claimed: ‘The incident involving the video tapes in Fr McSweeney’s possession [in Brentwood, Essex] … was not investigated by the police on the grounds that they were not illegal. At that time, no allegations of child abuse had been made against Fr McSweeney.

‘The possession of such tapes was regarded by the Church as a matter of clergy discipline.’

The Diocese of Brentwood and its former head, Bishop McMahon, were asked by the Mail about their role in the affair. The diocese responded: ‘(After) the discovery of these videos in 1998, Fr McSweeney was offered therapy and counselling.

‘He then decided to leave the diocese, and some time later sought an appointment in the Diocese of East Anglia. Following consultations between the two bishops, he was allowed to take up a post in that diocese.’

There is no doubt the conviction of Father Tony McSweeney has seen a predatory man brought to justice. But the feeling remains that many others who abused boys at Elm Guest House and elsewhere have got away with their crimes scot-free.

Richard Pendlebury

Revealed: Secret plan to exhume Jimmy Savile’s body

Published January 19, 2015 by misty534


They outline a two-day operation to remove his corpse from its reinforced concrete tomb before cremating the remains and scattering the ashes at an undisclosed location.

They were drawn up in 2012 after a number of people who have loved ones buried nearby complained to cemetery bosses about having to share the graveyard with the paedophile.

Savile’s family gave the move the green light, while Scarborough Cemetery in North Yorkshire has said ecclesiastical consent will not be a problem.

However, the plans were halted at the last minute because trustees of the Jimmy Savile Charitable Trust did not want to pay the £20,000 cost.

The cash, the trust argued, was supposed to be going to good causes. Only the headstone has been removed, but the plans for an exhumation remain filed with the undertaker.

Scarborough councillor Colin Haddington, who has led calls for an exhumation, said:

“Jimmy Savile will be on people’s minds every time they lay flowers no matter how long it goes on.

“It would be better for everyone if he was dug up and cremated.

The undertakers visited the family in 2012 and the family agreed to the exhumation plan but then the trust refused to release any money to pay for it.

“I can understand the trust wanting to use the money to pay compensation to the victims but it is just as important for the families who have loved ones buried there.

Jimmy Savile's grave

Savile’s £4,000 triple headstone was removed in 2012
As times move on some will forget but others won’t.

“It would be nice to think if there was anything left from his estate it would be enough because it should be done.”

Savile died in October 2011 aged 84 and was buried in a quiet spot overlooking the North Sea.

The 6ft-wide triple plot, filled with two and half tons of reinforced concrete, had steel bars inserted to deter grave robbers.

All that was buried within his gold coloured coffin, however, were his Royal Marines green beret and medal, rosary beads, a Help For Heroes wristband and a couple of his trademark cigars.

Sources said the charity reluctantly signed off on the disgraced DJ and television presenter’s lavish funeral arrangements three and a half years ago.

They also drove a hard bargain over the headstone encryption, forcing undertakers to carve “It was good while it lasted” largely for free.

The gaudy £4,000 triple headstone was removed in 2012 with work starting at midnight and finishing a few hours later.

Removing the coffin would take much longer and involve closing the graveyard for two days, the council plans show.

Among those in favour of exhuming the former Top of the Pops presenter was his nephew Guy Marsden.

He previously told Sky News: “If it is causing heartache and pain we would definitely go along with the people of Scarborough and the people whose loved ones are buried there.

‘My view, and I could say that of a lot of my family, would be that if it comes to it where he has to be moved, let’s get it moved. Let’s get it done.”

The Jimmy Savile Charitable Trust refused to comment.

James Fielding

Another Dark Chapter for London’s Most Scandalous Address

Published December 22, 2014 by misty534


Newly resurfaced abuse and murder allegations put Dolphin Square, a hulking and slightly nefarious presence for nearly 70 years, at the center of a possible child sex ring.

There’s a bleak certainty in British public life that whenever the words “sex scandal,” “M.P.s,” “establishment,” and “cover-up” appear in pretty much any order, the name of a vast central London apartment block, Dolphin Square, follows soon afterwards. And so it is with what London’s Metropolitan police are calling “credible” allegations that Conservative Members of Parliament belonged to a pedophile ring that operated there between 1975 and 1984 and was responsible for the murder of at least one young boy.

The allegations have been circulating for three decades, but they surfaced with renewed vigor in recent months, following the discovery that the late BBC television presenter Jimmy Savile and several other British “TV personalities,” all now in jail, were serial sexual abusers. The Metropolitan police are taking seriously the evidence from an anonymous witness, known as “Nick,” who says he was abused from age seven to 16. He implicates a Conservative M.P. and a cabinet minister in the murder, and now the police have appealed for help from anyone who lived or worked in Dolphin Square during the 70s and 80s.

The story is nightmarish, with hints of terrible depravity. The police may get somewhere after all these years, but, like the square itself, the affair seems impenetrable. There are the usual rumors of an establishment cover-up—this is Britain, after all—of destroyed dossiers, missing government files, and aborted investigations. The identities of the supposed perpetrators, still less the victims, are not known, though names of public figures are murmured and there now seems to be a genuine attempt to connect the murdered boys with the names of the missing. Only one of the alleged abusers has been named: the late Sir Peter Hayman, a diplomat and former director of MI6 who was named by M.P. Geoffrey Dickens, during his lifetime, as a subscriber to the Pedophile Information Exchange, and investigated for possessing images of child abuse.

It’s easy to imagine the terror of a child smuggled into the square at the dead of night, knowing he was going to be abused by powerful men—an experience “Nick” says he endured on eight or nine occasions. Huge and inscrutable, Dolphin Square is unlike any other building in London. It is a prize example of what Fred F. French, the American developer who conceived the block, called “dense urban suburbia,” a phrase he used to describe the Tudor City and Knickerbocker Village complexes he built in New York. It is a world of its own, with an atmosphere that lies somewhere between menacing and melancholy—a place as distinct, in its own way, as the Overlook Hotel in The Shining or the Bramford Building in Rosemary’s Baby. Dolphin Square is such an attractive name, yet the vibes are anything but.

At the 1997 inquest into the death—from acute alcoholic poisoning—of the Conservative M.P. Iain Mills, it was said that no one noticed his absence for two days. People spoke of the solitary and reclusive lives of residents, of the silent corridors that have no daylight: of the hush. The tabloid headlines deploy the words “V.I.P.” and “luxury” in the descriptions of the square, but the truth is that life can be rather grim in  some of the cabin-size apartments that I saw advertised in the lobby for between $480 and $1,170 a week.

A product of 1930s authoritarian gigantism—which may explain why the leader of the Britain’s Black shirts, Sir Oswald Mosley, made his home there before being interned during the war—Dolphin Square is built on the scale of an ocean liner. An illustration from the 1936 brochure shows residents dressed in evening wear looking down on the Thames from a balcony, as if their ship had just docked in a foreign port.

The British company Costain, which completed French’s plan, successfully marketed the square to the working members of the Establishment as a convenient and fashionable pied a terre, and today many of the 1,229 rented apartments are still leased to a transient population of politicians and civil servants. But writers (Angus Wilson), actors (Peter Finch, Jill Bennett), royalty (Princess Anne), prostitutes, and spies have also taken advantage of the square’s gift of anonymity. It is close to Parliament and Whitehall, as well as to MI5 and MI6, which are just a few minutes’ walk away, although that would not necessarily have been an advantage to the late Labour M.P. Raymond Fletcher, who was busy passing secrets to the Russians while a resident.

In his 1963 Cold War classic, The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, John le Carré described his hero Alec Leamas’s meeting with a Communist agent called Ashe. “Ashe had a flat in Dolphin Square. It was just what Leamas had expected—small and anonymous with a few hastily assembled curios from Germany.” This was not Ashe’s home, of course—merely a discreet venue for a rendezvous.

Anonymity and transience are sometimes precursors of transgression. The building is home to many single men, and men whose wives are safely tucked up in bed in their constituency homes. The place lends itself to infidelity and experiment. In 1971, it emerged that, in addition to the swimming pool, restaurant, bars, and shopping arcade, Dolphin Square possessed its own de facto sadomasochistic, run by a woman named Sybil Benson, who on a good week claimed to make the then incredible sum of £1,260, even though she limited herself to six clients a day. In the late 80s, another Conservative M.P., Sir Anthony Meyer, was revealed to enjoy some light punishment, received and administered by a model and singer named Simone Washington, a story that suggested the dream headline—at any rate for the Sunday Mirror—“I bathed my spanking M.P. in champagne.”

In the early 60s, the place became notorious during the two overlapping scandals involving the War Minister John Profumo and a gay civil servant at the Admiralty named John Vassal, who after living at the square for four years was arrested in 1962 for passing secrets to the Russians. Profumo did little more than deny his affair with a young woman named Christine Keeler, who may or may not have been simultaneously knocking off the Soviet naval attaché Yevgney Ivanov. She lived in the Dolphin Square apartment rented by an equally spirited young woman named Mandy Rice Davies, who was connected to a shady London landlord named Peter Rachman.

I got to know Mandy in the 70s, and it is sad to learn that a few hours after I was walking around Dolphin Square, thinking about her and how she loathed the place and was convinced that it had some kind of bad karma, she died of cancer last week, aged 70. She was really intelligent and the best possible company, being both funny and curious—qualities that allowed her to survive Profumo and her short stay in Dolphin Square.

The entanglements of the two scandals have provided decades of pleasure to the prurient British, but actually the affair she got caught up in amounted to just a little illicit sex, a little lying, and a country house or two. It all seems rather harmless compared to the allegations of murder. What was amusingly scandalous, or simply sad, about Dolphin Square has been replaced by something much darker and more terrifying. No one believed the enormous catalogue of Jimmy Savile’s abuse until after his death, when a pileup of evidence banished all hopes of denial, so it now seems at least possible that Nick’s appalling story may also be proved true.

Henry Porter

Jimmy Savile investigation: Police force apologises to victims of paedophile star and one of his friends for ‘missed opportunities’

Published December 18, 2014 by misty534

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North Yorkshire Police has admitted there could have been enough evidence to prosecute the broadcaster while he was still alive

Police have apologised to victims of Jimmy Savile and one of his friends after concluding that officers missed opportunities to properly investigate the two men over alleged child abuse when they were still alive.

North Yorkshire Police made the apology after an investigation into the activities of Savile and the former mayor of Scarborough, Peter Jaconelli, concluded there would have been enough evidence to consider prosecuting them.

The force said 35 people had come forward with allegations about the pair.

A spokesman said 32 cases related to Jaconelli, between 1958 and 1998, and included allegations of indecent assault, inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, gross indecency and rape.

In the case of Savile there were five reported offences, from 1979 to 1988, which ranged from sexual assault to rape. Two people claimed to be victims of both men.

The spokesman said: “Sufficient evidence has been uncovered to suggest that, had they been alive today, files would have been submitted for consideration by the Crown Prosecution Service regarding potential criminal charges against Peter Jaconelli and Jimmy Savile, relating to young people.

“However it should be noted that it has not been possible to pursue those lines of inquiry which would have involved interviews with the individuals concerned, during which they may have disputed the allegations against them.”

North Yorkshire Police launched Operation Hibiscus in February after a BBC Inside Out programme prompted 35 people to come forward with reports of sexual abuse by Jaconelli and Savile.

Assistant Chief Constable Paul Kennedy said: “The findings of Operation Hibiscus clearly suggest that there would have been sufficient evidence from 35 individual victims for the Crown Prosecution Service to consider criminal charges against Peter Jaconelli and Jimmy Savile had they been alive today.

“The available information indicates that, historically, the police missed opportunities to look into allegations against these men whilst they were still alive.

“Today, North Yorkshire Police apologises to the victims who made the brave decision to come forward during the past 18 months.”

Mr Kennedy said: “It is important that the victims have been able to make their allegations heard and that their cases have been comprehensively examined by the police regardless of the passage of time.

“It is a matter of great regret that, from the outset of the investigation, there was no prospect of true justice being achieved as the suspects are deceased.

“However I hope the victims have gained a measure of closure from knowing that matters have now been investigated as fully as possible by North Yorkshire Police.

“It is never too late to report information to the police and seek help and support. Nobody should suffer in silence.”

He said the investigation team had contacted the victims to explain the findings of the inquiry and to ensure they have continued access to all available support as victims of sexual abuse.

In April North Yorkshire Police voluntarily referred itself to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) in relation to the Savile and Jaconelli allegations.

It subsequently referred other related matters to the IPCC.

The commission has already announced that one serving detective sergeant has been served with a misconduct notice to advise him his conduct is subject to IPCC investigation.

The officer has been interviewed by an IPCC investigator and the inquiry is continuing.

The commission referred matters relating to whether records on Savile and his associates were properly disclosed to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) and IPCC back to North Yorkshire Police for consideration.

In relation to this, Mr Kennedy said: “A comprehensive investigation into these matters has now been completed by the Professional Standards Department.

“It concluded that there was no evidence of misconduct but there was evidence of organisational failure, with a number of lessons to be learned which have now been rectified for the future.”

He said: “Whilst there were failings to report some relevant information to the HMIC and IPCC, there is no evidence to suggest North Yorkshire Police failed in its responsibility to support Operation Yewtree, the national investigation concerning Savile.”

Mr Kennedy said his Professional Standards Department was continuing to investigate further issues relating to the Jaconelli and Savile investigation in Scarborough during the 1980s.

Savile was a frequent visitor to Scarborough throughout his life and had a sea-view flat in the resort. Jaconelli was a well-known local businessman.

Aled Blake

Ray Teret, Ex-DJ Friend Of Jimmy Savile, Jailed For 25 Years For Sex Offences

Published December 11, 2014 by misty534

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A DJ friend of Jimmy Savile was branded a “monster” as he was led away from court to begin a 25-year prison sentence for a string of historical sex offences.

Ex-Radio Caroline presenter Ray Teret, 73, used his celebrity status in the Manchester club scene in the 1960s and 1970s to prey on his under-age victims who were between 13 and 15.

Teret – known as Ugly Ray – was mentored by Savile in the early days of his career and was described as following him around “like a shadow”, his trial heard.

The public gallery at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court, which contained a number of victims in the case, erupted into applause when the sentence was passed on Thursday.

One woman shouted “Yes” and another said “Monster” as he was led to the cells. Teret shook his head in the dock after the judge completed his remarks.

Mr Justice Baker said: “It is clear that you exploited your celebrity status to sexually abuse young girls when they were between 13 and 15 years of age.

“Those who were raped had little or no understanding what was happening to them and felt they could do little to prevent the abuse taking place.”

He said Teret’s “ill-judged cynicism” that his victims would not come forward was matched by his belief that the jury would not believe their accounts.

The trial heard he raped a teenager who responded to his magazine advert looking for “the next teenage pop sensation”.

The 17-year-old who was given a “promise of the dream” of fame and fortune but ultimately the defendant did not find the budding singer “a jot of work”.

Savile and Teret also raped a 15-year-old in a flat and told her “you should be thanking us”.

Teret also took the girl to a flat in the Manchester area in the early 1960s and she “couldn’t believe it” when she found Savile was there.

Last week, a jury found him guilty of seven rapes and 11 indecent assaults which took place between 1963 and 1979.

He was cleared of various sexual offences in relation to six other complainants.

Greater Manchester Police has confirmed they are now investigating fresh sex allegations against Teret made by four other women.

Detective Chief Inspector Graham Brock said: “After decades of hiding behind the veneer of being a distinguished radio presenter, Ray Teret has finally been exposed as the manipulative and dangerous sexual predator that he is.”

He said Teret “cast a dark shadow” over his victims’ lives, adding: “I know from speaking to them personally how devastating the effects of his abuse have been.

“They have courageously relived their ordeal at court and should be applauded for having the bravery to speak out and bring this man to justice for his appalling crimes.

“Since his trial began, we have received four new complaints about Teret and our officers will now be investigating these fresh allegations. For obvious reasons I cannot go into great detail about those complaints.”

By Jack Sommers

EXCLUSIVE: Charities claim that the satanic abuse of children is rife

Published November 9, 2014 by misty534

CHILDREN have been the victims of satanic abuse including rape, murder and even the production of so-called snuff films which depict killings, two leading charities claimed last night.

DJ Jimmy Saville raped a girl of 15 during a satanic ritual

DJ Jimmy Saville raped a girl of 15 during a satanic ritual

One campaigner said he had heard of babies born but never registered, so they would not be missed when killed by secret paedophile networks.

The existence of such terrifying cults is said to have gone unchecked in Scotland for decades, with victims facing scepticism and outright disbelief.

Many incidents took place years ago but experts are sure ritual abuse rings still operate.

Police Scotland said yesterday they were taking the allegations “incredibly seriously” and would investigate any complaints.

The claims will put the Scottish government under intense pressure to announce a public inquiry into historic child sexual abuse, with Scotland now the only part of the UK without such a review.

The disturbing claims of snuff films and widespread ritual abuse made by two charities came to light during a lengthy investigation by the Sunday Express.

Last year we revealed that shamed DJ Jimmy Savile raped a girl aged 15 in 1975 during a satanic abuse ritual, while cloaked paedophiles looked on.

Kate Short, of Kilmarnock-based charity Break The Silence, said: “We have had quite a lot of people who have been abused as part of a cult or a paedophile ring.

“In the worst cases they have been forced to watch the making of snuff movies.

“It’s the extreme, barbaric type of terror that can lead to serious personal disorder.

“Victims are so brainwashed they don’t dare to speak out.”

Charity Izzy’s Promise is based in Dundee.

Project co-ordinator Joseph Lumbasi said: “Babies are aborted for sacrifices.

“There is pornography, sick films.

“Horrific things are happening and nobody is getting caught.”

by Paul Murray

Jimmy Savile investigation completed after claims he abused child at Bournemouth children’s home

Published October 25, 2014 by misty534

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AN INVESTIGATION into claims Jimmy Savile sexually abused a child at a children’s home in Bournemouth has been completed.

The Bournemouth home, which has not been identified, was one of 20 children’s homes and schools across England and Wales to be investigated after new allegations against the disgraced television presenter came to light as part of Operation Yewtree.

The allegations, which date back to the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, were handed to the Department for Education (DfE) following a review of documents by the Metropolitan Police.

They included one historic incident which is alleged to have taken place at a children’s home in the borough.

Jane Portman, executive director for adults and children atBournemouth Borough Council, said the investigation into the claim has now been completed, but the findings would not be made public until reviewed by the Department for Education.

She said: “A thorough and detailed investigation has been carried out into an alleged historical incident in a children’s home in the Bournemouth area which was referred to us as part of the Metropolitan Police’s national Operation Yewtree.

“A comprehensive report of our investigation has been submitted to the Department for Education which will be made public in due course.”

Savile, who is thought to have abused up to 1,000 victims, had several links to Bournemouth.

The former BBC Radio 1 DJ bought a flat on the East Cliff and moved in during April 1972.

He kept the flat and visited occasionally where he was often seen running along the promenade.

The property was reportedly sold for charity when he died in 2011, aged 84.

Savile also once owned the popular Bournemouth cafe Norwegian Wood in Glen Fern Road and surrounding buildings and worked as a public relations consultant for the Maison Royale/Le Cardinal nightclub complex on Glen Fern Road from 1973 until 1978.

Bournemouth Echo

By honouring a sex predator like John Peel the BBC shows it’s learnt nothing from Jimmy Savile

Published October 16, 2014 by misty534

The late John Peel is revered and celebrated by many lovers of rock and pop music as a legendary disc jockey. The BBC, for which he worked for many years, regards him a major figure in the history of broadcasting.

So in March 2012, the Corporation decided to rename a wing at Broadcasting House after Peel, who died in 2004. But while they were preparing to nail a blue plaque on the wall, an allegation was made that the DJ had had sex with an underage girl numerous times on BBC premises in 1969.

Amid a fusillade of similar allegations involving other former BBC DJs and employees, most notably Jimmy Savile, the Beeb hurriedly shoved the plaque into a drawer. It also said it would consider calling the Peel Wing something else, though in the event it did nothing.

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In March 2012, the Corporation decided to rename a wing at Broadcasting House after Peel, who died in 2004. Then an allegation was made that the DJ had had sex with an underage girl on BBC premises in 1969


Now, more than two years later, the Mail’s Sebastian Shakespeare Diary has revealed that the Corporation is dusting off its blue plaque in the belief that the furore has died down. This is a decision that speaks volumes about the BBC. It shows it has still not come to terms with the industrial-scale sexual abuse which it tolerated among its ‘stars’.

I realise, of course, that Peel is still widely admired as a ‘national treasure’. All I can say is this was also true of many of the figures whose reputations lie in ruins: Jimmy Savile, Rolf Harris, Stuart Hall, Dave Lee Travis and so on.

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Even before the allegation against Peel surfaced in October 2012, there were good reasons, which naturally the BBC had entirely ignored, for suspecting that he had unusual sexual tastes — or at any rate sexual tastes that were unusual outside the BBC.

As a young man he worked as a DJ in Texas in a local radio station. Much later he recalled that girls, some as young as 13, used to queue up outside his radio station.

‘Well, of course I didn’t ask for ID,’ he said. ‘All they wanted me to do was to abuse them sexually which, of course, I was only too happy to do.’ He complained that American girls had ‘this strange notion of virginity as a tangible thing which you surrendered to your husband on your wedding night. So they would do anything but s*** you’

Aged 26, in 1965, Peel married a 15-year-old American girl called Shirley Anne Milburn. He later claimed she and her family had lied about her age. They divorced in 1973. Some years later, after returning to the U.S., she committed suicide.

In the mid-Seventies, Peel wrote a column in Sounds (a rock music weekly) in which he sometimes mentioned that he preferred the company of fans when they were dressed as schoolgirls. He once put on a schoolgirl uniform for a picture, and ran a Schoolgirl of the Year competition on his Radio 1 show.

All this the BBC knew, or should have known, when it decided to rename a wing after him. The same might be said of the universities, including Bradford, Liverpool, Sheffield Hallam and East Anglia, which recklessly showered honorary degrees on a man whose sexual preferences would be regarded by most people as deviant.

Then, in October 2012, Jane Nevin alleged she had had a three-month affair with Peel when she was 15 and he was 30, much of it conducted on BBC premises. She became pregnant aged 16, and had a ‘traumatic abortion’. She said: ‘[Peel] must have known that I was still at school. But he didn’t ask, and I didn’t tell him.’

Of course, this is only an allegation, but it is practically irrefutable in view of several pieces of evidence, including a postcard sent by Peel to Jane Nevin many years later.

To anyone who says he can’t answer back, my response is that the same can be said of abusers such as Savile, or the former Liberal MP Cyril Smith. There’s nothing to suggest that Peel was a sexual predator on anything like the same scale as these monsters, but it’s hard to believe he would have escaped investigation by the police, at the very least, were he still alive.

Nor is there any validity in the defence enshrined in the French proverb ‘autres temps, autres moeurs’ (other times, different morals.) While it is undoubtedly the case that many BBC stars routinely had consensual sex with, or sexually assaulted, underage girls and occasionally boys, it is certain such practices would have been abhorrent to almost everyone outside the Corporation.

The BBC has not begun to come to terms with the scale of the degeneracy it fostered. It took far too long to confront the abuses of Jimmy Savile, whose victims can be numbered in hundreds. We know that as late as December 2011 an investigation into Savile’s vile practices by BBC2’s Newsnight was mysteriously axed by Corporation executives.


An internal investigation carried out by Nick Pollard, a former BSkyB executive, exonerated BBC bosses. But it later emerged that Pollard had been informed by senior BBC executive Helen Boaden that she had told Mark Thompson, the then director-general, at the time about the Newsnight investigation.

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In other words, just as 30, 40 and 50 years ago BBC management turned a blind eye to sexual abuse on a vast scale, so its modern management seemingly tried to protect Savile for as long as possible, doubtless because it realised its own reputation was on the line.

When it eventually came, the apology for having indulged Savile for so long was very hollow. Just how hollow can be gauged by its decision to put up a plaque to honour John Peel.

Presumably even the BBC would not dare to name a wing after Jimmy Savile or Rolf Harris or Stuart Hall or any of the other reprobates whose appalling mistreatment of young people has been established.

Yet it still hopes to rehabilitate John Peel, in the mistaken belief that his misdemeanours have either been forgotten, or, if recalled, will not be considered sufficiently serious by most licence payers.


But aren’t sexual relations with a 13-year-old girl when he was in his early to mid-20s (specifically admitted by Peel in one newspaper interview) a serious matter, and don’t the other incidences of sex with minors, not to mention his stated preference for schoolgirls, together amount to a grave indictment?

Along with The Guardian, the BBC was in the vanguard of criticism of the News of the World over its phone-hacking of celebrities and others. Not only the wayward Sunday red-top was held to account. The entire Press was examined by Lord Justice Leveson, most of whose strident recommendations have been accepted by newspapers.

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Phone-hacking is a serious business, but isn’t providing a nest for sexual abusers, and ignoring their sordid activities, more momentous? And isn’t apparently trying to cover up Savile’s crimes as recently as three years ago another scandal? Yet no Lord Justice Leveson has been summoned to investigate the Beeb.

If there were the slightest sign of contrition on the part of the BBC, that would be some sort of recompense. Oh for some sign that it has finally seen the error of its ways!

But its celebration of John Peel — a minor figure in the annals of sexual abuse, no doubt, but a predator nonetheless — suggests that the Corporation has learnt nothing from the past, and isn’t remotely sorry for what it did.

Stephen Glover

Jimmy Saville: Operation Yewtree cops probe 12 suspects in positions of power

Published October 5, 2014 by misty534

Coverups of Childhood Sexual Abuse


You cannot put a price on innocence that has been stolen

You cannot put a price on the lives that have been broken

You cannot put a price on a lifetime of shame

But you can make sure it never happens again




Operation Yewtree cops are investigating historic child sex abuse allegations against a further TWELVE public figures.

Unlike previous suspects who were celebrities, the latest accused are senior police officers, politicians, local authority chiefs and senior civil servants.

It is claimed that they either sexually abused child victims, or have been directly involved in covering up offences spread over three decades.

The crimes are said to have been committed in the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

Names of the suspects have been passed to the police by investigative reporter and criminologist Mark Williams Thomas, whose TV documentary finally exposed Jimmy Savile as a predatory paedophile.

Williams Thomas, a visiting lecturer at Birmingham City University, revealed details of the latest investigations on the second anniversary of his ITV documentary Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile.

Celebrity publicist Max Clifford, children’s entertainer Rolf Harris and radio and TV presenter Stuart Hall have all been jailed as a result of the police probes that followed the programme. Many others have been arrested.

In an earlier interview with the Sunday Mercury Williams Thomas said that two more British icons were being investigated by Yewtree officers. Since then both Cliff Richard and DJ Dr Fox have been linked to inquiries.



Investigations into both are still ongoing. But Williams Thomas warned that the probe into historic allegations against the 12 new public figures could prove even more difficult, given their positions of power and influence.

They could also be dangerous. As a result of his investigations into Savile, the journalist received a letter bomb and a death threat which were dealt with by police.

“I know of another twelve public figures and that is a minimum,” Williams Thomas, who grew up in Solihull, told the Sunday Mercury as he attended the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham.

“It just takes one person brave enough to come forward. Then, as the investigations start to unfold, more victims tell their stories.

“The names I have supplied are senior police officers, politicians, local authority officials and senior civil servants – people with a lot to lose.

“After Savile I got letter bombs and death threats. That’s nothing compared to what you will get with politicians and the like.

“There will be dirty games played, a campaign to undermine those investigations. The only way to do it is through a proper inquiry, to have properly skilled investigators to dig out more evidence.

“There are hundreds of victims. Savile had close to 1,000. Offenders don’t offend in isolation, and they continually offend.

“The offences date back to the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. Some go back to the 1950s. The accused are old people now. If we leave it too long they will die or be dying, or have gone senile.”

Since the Savile programme several reviews have been established, including the Westminster child abuse inquiry, which was announced by Home Secretary Theresa May in July.



The inquiry was ordered to investigate claims that politicians may have sexually abused children in the 1970s and 1980s in a conspiracy by members of the establishment who then used their power to cover up the crimes.

But the inquiry has hit a number of obstacles and Williams Thomas says he is concerned that it will fail to achieve its goals.

Its first chairwoman, retired judge Lady Butler-Sloss, stepped down just days after her appointment following criticism due to her brother, Lord Michael Havers, being the Attorney General at the time of the alleged paedophile scandal.

Former Lord Mayor of London, Fiona Woolf, was named as the new head of the independent inquiry last month.

But Williams Thomas said there are concerns that she has not had enough time to begin the inquiry.

“The future challenge for the inquiry is to get an appropriate panel who have the skills to investigate,” said the investigator.

“I have not yet seen that reflected in the appointments so far. There are no people in the field of child abuse. You need people with a record of investigating and holding people to account.

“There are former social workers and police officers who are readily suited to perform these roles but who have not been approached.”




The aftermath of the Jimmy Savile revelations is still unfolding.

The big question remains: how did a revered and decorated BBC DJ and presenter, fundraiser, friend of the Royal Family and papal knight go unchallenged for so long?

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt apologised on behalf of the Government and NHS to Savile’s victims following the publication of the Department of Health investigations in June.

He said that Savile repeatedly exploited the “trust of a nation” for his own “vile purposes” as it emerged that the DJ had boasted of performing sex acts on bodies in at least two hospital mortuaries.

A litany of rape and sexual abuse carried out by Savile in NHS institutions over at least five decades until 2009 was disclosed in 28 official reports.

The reviews detailed how Savile abused dozens of people ranging from staff and patients and toddlers to pensioners, as he visited hospitals as a celebrity fundraiser and volunteer.

It also emerged that members of staff at a number of NHS hospitals had been told of incidents of Savile’s abuse but failed to pass on complaints to senior managers, who could have taken action to protect his victims.

Ongoing reviews include those by the BBC, Stoke Mandeville and Broadmoor.

In addition there are investigations into how officers dealt with allegations against Savile within the forces of West Yorkshire, Sussex and Surrey.

Williams Thomas said: “It is a shame that we can never wipe Savile out of history.

“But in years to come we may look back on Savile and say ‘He was a dangerous predatory paedophile, but he enabled change to occur’.

“If it was not for the five women who came forward with their allegations against him, who put their confidence in me to make the programme, it would never have gone to the police.

“They took a huge risk. I took a risk – if it had gone wrong I may never have worked again – but I had confidence in myself and my producer to develop a programme that was easily understood, simple and not sensational.

“The stone over the hole has been pushed to the side. We’ve got to keep pushing it off. It is a quarter to halfway off. There is still a long way to go.

“No matter how long ago, these offences must be reported. They need to be brought out into the open. There may be someone else who has reported the same offender.

“But one failed investigation has the potential to ruin it for every other investigation. That’s why great care needs to be taken, checks made and support given.”