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John Allen whistleblower: ‘Police ignored my warning and let him abuse children for an extra 10 years’

Published December 2, 2014 by JS2

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A former finance manager for the convicted paedophile claims his reports to police in 1980 were not properly investigated

A whistleblower says his warning about predatory paedophile John Allen’s sexual abuse of boys was ignored by police – allowing him to rape children for an extra decade.

The pervert’s finance manager reported him to the police in 1980 after six boys complained of being molested by the untouchable North Wales care home entrepreneur.

Two detectives visited Des Frost to hear the allegations, but the claim was dismissed, allowing the sex monster to continue to prey on vulnerable boys at will until the early ’90s.

Last night the married dad-of-four slammed police and accused them of failing to act to prevent 10 years of shocking child sex abuse.

Mr Frost, now 75, said: “My generation look on the police as very responsible people. I wrongly assumed they would do something about my report.

“I’m so disappointed nothing was done. If police had acted, 10 years of terrible sexual abuse could have been stopped.

“I thought they would challenge Allen about this. They didn’t.”

John Allen pictured with children in his care in the late 1960s
John Allen pictured with children in his care in the late 1960s

Violent Allen, 73, was handed a life sentence yesterday for three decades worth of sex attacks on vulnerable children in his care homes, some as young as seven.

Mr Frost, who saw Allen most days for nine years, added: “I was a senior manager at Bryn Alyn care home so my report should have sounded alarm bells.

“I didn’t expect screaming squad cars turning up, but I expected police to, at the very least, contact me for the names of the children claiming they were abused.”

Months later, another policeman visited accountant Mr Frost after an ex-care home boy was arrested in the North-east and found with a letter addressed to John Allen, appearing to blackmail him.

But again, officers failed to properly investigate the significance of the correspondence and its link to child abuse.

Allen, now 75, subjected 18 boys and one girl – aged seven to 15 – to horrific rapes and other sex attacks, buying them flashy motorbikes to keep them quiet, and even ordering them to line up in queues for brazen assaults in his study.

He preyed upon youngsters at three separate homes among his growing portfolio of 50 care centres in North Wales, Cheshire and ­Shropshire – providing specialist care for a total of 500 ­troubled ­children.

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John Allen

Two CID officers from Cheshire heard Mr Frost’s concerns at the height of the abuse – as he lived on the border with North Wales – assuring him details would be passed onto the neighbouring force.

Both forces were unable to comment on any wrongdoing, and the Independent Police Complaints Commission say no referral – which comes from the constabulary’s themselves – has been passed to them.

Mr Frost said on one occasion he spoke to Allen about a suspicious black eye he’d received, getting the explanation his boss had clambered through a caravan window in the dark, where a 16-year-old boy was living, but had been thumped when the teen thought he was being burgled.

Mr Frost, now living in Chester, said: “I should have done more. But if I’d have witnessed a criminal act, I’d have gone straight to the police again.

“Some people have said Allen was a big dictator, but he could be very personable, anxious to be on the best terms with people.

“His abuse is horrific. In some cases, it was sadistic. I find it difficult to comprehend he got away with it for so long.

“But the authorities were informed, and put their head in the sand.”

Detective Chief Superintendent Wayne Jones, from North Wales Police, said: “All material in relation to any allegations made during that period has been given to theOperation Pallial team.”

Cheshire Police said they could not find Mr Frost’s report as it pre-dated computer records, adding normal procedure would have meant they could presume the enquiry would have been passed to North Wales Police.

A National Crime Agency spokesman, for Operation Pallial, said: “We have spoken to Mr Frost.”

Luke Traynor

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Covering Up Murder By A Paedophile Politician

Published November 29, 2014 by JS2

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As the former head of a children’s home at the centre of the MPs’ child abuse scandal is jailed, evidence emerges that children may have been murdered by paedophile politicians. Steven Walker reports


The recent reports that children may have been murdered by paedophiles — including MPs known to have visited the notorious Elm Guest House — has followed a relentless pattern of allegations that the Establishment has been sitting on one of the biggest scandals in modern times.

On Wednesday the first conviction under the Operation Pallial investigation into allegations of sexual abuse at the Bryn Alyn Community in Wrexham saw John Allen, the former head of the children’s homes, jailed for 26 offences committed over several decades against children placed in his care.

Wrexham is the area where local MP and paedophile Peter Morrison, a former top aide to Margaret Thatcher, preyed on vulnerable children. It seems that the testimony of historic victims of child sexual abuse, the various campaigns to obtain evidence and other efforts to force the government to act, have begun to take effect.

Week after week it seems that more news emerges to confirm the suspicion that the Establishment is working hard to disguise the actions of MI5, Special Branch, Scotland Yard and Parliament in covering up some of the most heinous crimes against vulnerable children.

The vast majority of the public now believe MPs and ministers covered up child sex abuse by other politicians, according to a recent Sunday Mirror opinion poll.

The ComRes survey found that an overwhelming 77 per cent of those quizzed think politicians “probably” stopped details of scandals involving their colleagues from emerging. Only 5 per cent disagreed.

Of those polled, 73 per cent felt it was right that allegations of child sex abuse from the 1960s and 1970s should be probed by police. But only 30 per cent said they had faith the inquiries announced by the government will uncover the truth.

There are now so many separate police operations launched in various parts of Britain that there is a danger that testimony, forensic evidence and audit trails of paperwork may be lost.

The vast numbers of allegations are a sign that adults abused as children have now been empowered to come forward. But it also provides an opportunity for the cover-ups to continue because police cannot cope with the volume of work and mistakes can happen either by default or deliberately.

The father of a murdered boy has claimed that his son may have died at the hands of a Westminster paedophile ring and said Scotland Yard helped cover up the crime.

Vishambar Mehrotra, a retired magistrate whose eight-year-old son Vishal was killed in 1981, said he was contacted by a male prostitute at the time who said the boy may

have been abducted and murdered by “highly placed” paedophiles linked to the Elm Guest House in south-west London.

Paedophile Liberal MP Cyril Smith is known to have visited the guest house where vulnerable children had been taken from children’s homes in nearby Richmond.

Two years ago a former Special Branch police officer, Tony Robinson, said a historic dossier “packed” with information about Cyril Smith’s sex crimes was actually in the hands of MI5 — despite officially having been “lost” decades earlier in the Home Office while led by Leon Brittan.

Another boy may also have been murdered by the same paedophile ring in 1979.

Detective Chief Inspector Diane Tudway of the Metropolitan Police told Kevin Allen last Friday that his brother Martin, who disappeared aged 15 in King’s Cross, may have been a victim of the same group of paedophiles including politicians and other high-powered figures, the Independent has reported.

The case was closed in the early 1980s, reopened in 2009 and then closed again.

The Sunday People and the Exaro online investigations website also reported that a man called Nick had told them he saw a Conservative MP strangle a 12-year-old boy to death.

Scotland Yard’s Operation Midland, launched last month and the latest in a number of police investigations into high-level child abuse, has said it is looking into possible homicide connected to its other inquiries.

The security services are facing more questions over the cover-up of a Westminster paedophile ring as it emerged that files relating to official requests for media blackouts in the early 1980s were destroyed.

Two newspaper executives recently told the Observer that their publications were issued with D-notices — warnings not to publish intelligence that might damage national security — when they sought to report on allegations of a powerful group of men engaging in child sex abuse in 1984.

One executive said he had been accosted in his office by 15 uniformed and two non-uniformed police over a dossier on Westminster paedophiles passed to him by the former Labour Cabinet minister Barbara Castle.

The other executive said that his newspaper had received a D-notice when a reporter sought to write about a police investigation into Elm Guest House. Now it has emerged that these claims are impossible to verify or discount because the D-notice archives for that period “are not complete.”

Two years ago it was revealed that at the inquest into the death of Carole Kasir, who ran the Elm Guest House and died in 1990, evidence was submitted at the coroner’s court that MPs including members of the right-wing Monday Club, judges, a bishop, a local authority children’s services director and a prominent businessman all used the Elm Guest House to rape children who had been procured from Grafton Close children’s home in Richmond.

A former Scotland Yard commander has admitted he knew of an alleged paedophile ring at Westminster. John O’Connor, once head of the Flying Squad, confirmed there were rumours of a sex scandal and he had been on standby for a major investigation.

His allegations suggest that Thatcher covered up child abuse allegations against a senior minister in the 1980s. O’Connor said: “I remember when this was first flying about. I think it was in the early 1980s but then it just seemed to die a natural death.”

The Sunday People reported in July that Thatcher had told an up and coming minister: “You have to clean up your sexual act.”

This followed allegations that the politician had abused young boys. However the same leading Tory was seen by police trying to procure young boys at Victoria railway station four years later.

In another recent development, the focus of attention has switched to Dolphin Square in Pimlico, a complex of flats used almost exclusively by MPs due to its proximity to Westminster.

One of the VIPs who sexually abused boys at Dolphin Square has been identified as Sir Peter Hayman,  a diplomat and former MI6 deputy director who was also a member of the Paedophile Information Exchange.

The disclosure of his identity has been provided to Scotland Yard for its new investigation into historical allegations that MPs and other prominent people carried out child sex abuse at Dolphin Square.

Sir Michael Havers was the attorney general under the Thatcher government when many of the allegations were made. In the early 1980s, Havers was accused by campaigning MP Geoffrey Dickens of a cover-up when he refused to prosecute Hayman.

So there are a number of separate pieces of testimony being provided to the police and senior Scotland Yard commanders going back 30 years, as well as statements by former senior detectives, that information was obtained but not acted upon.

Newspapers were silenced by secrecy laws usually reserved for times of war to prevent espionage. Now these cover-ups by the security services are being reported in the national media.

Files have gone missing or been seized by MI5 and so it seems as if the full force of the state is engaged in preventing the truth coming out into the open.

Unless these investigations are allowed access to evidence and the allegations against senior politicians are brought to court, justice for childhood victims of paedophile abuse by MPs will be denied.

Steven Walker is a Unicef Children’s Champion

Children’s home owner John Allen found guilty of 26 sexual abuse charges

Published November 27, 2014 by JS2

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Eleanor Laws QC described the 73-year-old as a formidable presence who made children feel like there was no way out

The owner of a group of children’s homes has been found guilty of 26 charges of sexual abuse against troubled and vulnerable youngsters who were in his care.

John Allen, 73, was convicted of committing offences at residential homes in and around Wrexham in north Wales. The jury at Mold crown court continues to deliberate on 12 other counts.

Opening the case against Allen, Eleanor Laws QC had claimed the owner and manager of the Bryn Alyn Community homes sexually abused and tormented children as young as seven over a period of more than 20 years from the late 60s to the early 90s.

A married man and a hotelier by trade, Allen created a “sexualised atmosphere”, grooming some children by giving them gifts and treats, including motorcycles and lunches out, but threatening others with violence if they did not comply, it was alleged. The children were allegedly abused in their dormitory beds, in bathrooms, during camping trips and overnight expeditions, at Allen’s home and at his hotel.

Those who plucked up the courage to go to the authorities were disbelieved or ignored, it was claimed. The court was told that one boy alleged he saw Allen assault a child in front of a social worker without any comeback.

Another child claimed he told a social worker he had been abused, only to be assaulted by the social worker’s boss.

When children did go to the police, Allen was called to pick them up and take them back, the jury heard. One boy alleged that he was introduced to Allen through a “paedophile gang” before being abused by him.

Laws described Allen as “a formidable presence” at the homes. She said many of the children arrived having already been abused, but Allen took advantage of their vulnerability.

“Most had to learn to live with it,” Laws said. “They felt there was no way out.”

She told the jury there had been two previous investigations. Allen was found guilty in the early 90s after an inquiry into sexual abuse relating to six boys. In 2001 he was charged with sexual offences connected to a number of boys but was not tried because of a technicality, she said.

The barrister said Allen was charged this time after the launch in 2012 of a police inquiry into child abuse, codenamed Operation Pallial.

One complainant, taken into care in the late 1960s for his own protection, recalled the smell of whisky on Allen as he was sexually assaulted. He described feeling dirty and guilty afterwards, the court heard.

Giving evidence, Allen said he had no sexual interest in boys and thought the complainants were after compensation in the wake of the publicity of his previous convictions.

Allen, who now lives in Suffolk, denied all the charges. He has been convicted of 21 counts of indecent assault, one charge of indecency with a child and four serious sex assaults. He was cleared of two other serious sexual assaults.

Steven Morris

Third man arrested in investigation into North Wales child sex abuse scandal

Published July 18, 2013 by JS2

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A 72-year-old man from Wrexham is being questioned on suspicion of physical assaults against eight youngsters after being arrested by Operation Pallial detectives

A third man has been arrested by detectives investigating allegations of a historic paedophile ring in North Wales.

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

A 72-year-old man from Wrexham is being questioned on suspicion of physical assaults against eight youngsters, said the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca).

The assaults, on five boys and three girls, are alleged to have taken place between 1974 and 1986 when they were aged between 10 and 15.

A Soca spokeswoman said: “The 72-year-old man will be taken to a police station in North Wales where he will be interviewed.”

Operation Pallial is led by Keith Bristow, director general of the National Crime Agency (NCA), and is looking into recent allegations of historical abuse in the care system in North Wales.

A man from Ipswich was held on April 23 accused of “a number of serious sexual offences against a number of individuals”, and was bailed until the end of July.

A 62-year-old man from Leicester was detained on June 26 and was bailed until the end of September.

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 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 might now be dead.

The NCA 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 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 and seven were convicted.

 

Wales Online

North Wales care home abuse: ‘It was like a world within a world. There was no escape’

Published April 29, 2013 by JS2

The number of claims is shocking, but it’s the detail that is truly horrifying. Roger Dobson explains what we do and don’t know about the scandal

 

The ‘victims’

Previous inquiries and reports have suggested that several hundred children may be been abused, sexually or otherwise, in care homes in Clwyd and Gwynedd between 1974 and 1996. Until yesterday, however, fewer than 70 complainants had been identified by name. Yesterday’s report included allegations from 76 “new” complainants.

The abuse

Operation Pallial has identified 140 allegations relating to 18 care homes, over the period from 1963 to 1992. Not all of the abuse will have been sexual; some will have been “merely” violent. In the nightmare world of homes like Bryn Estyn, abuse of all kinds – mental, physical and sexual – merged into a pervasive regime of terror.

The latest allegations echo those that have been made in the past by boys and young men who passed through the doors of this former approved school in Wrexham. According to one inquiry’s report, Bryn Estyn was a dumping ground for “difficult” young men in care, where bullying and violence were commonplace. The home was a place of locked doors, communal showers and no privacy, cut off from the outside world. The man who effectively ran it, Peter Howarth, left only to play golf.

Allegations of widespread violence were reported by the Jillings inquiry. It was claimed that, in some cases, the bullying was encouraged by care workers. There are reports of boys being punched, slapped and thrown. Jillings also reported on a “flat list” operated by Howarth, who was later jailed for a number of offences. “He was able to invite groups of up to 14 boys to his flat, clad only in pyjamas, and forbidden to wear underclothing. Boys complained of being touched by Howarth on the upper leg, or on the penis. His favourites were seriously sexually abused [buggered] by him and required to have oral sex. More than one boy described the sexual acts initiated by Howarth as his first sexual experience.”

Some former care children told the Jillings inquiry of their experiences at Bryn Estyn and of life in care generally. “Bryn Estyn was the Colditz of residential. If you never rocked the boat, you were left alone,” said one.

“If you saw a couple of kids fighting, you’d slap them,” said another. “The staff would nod – you’d dealt with it: nice one.” Another had this to say about care in north Wales in general. “The worst thing was the world within a world. There was no escape. You had to choose a way to survive. It was literally surviving.”

The ‘abusers’

New allegations made to Operation Pallial identify 84 alleged perpetrators of abuse. Of these, 16 were named by more than one accuser and 10 may now be dead. The alleged abusers have not been named, and thus it is not possible to say whether they are “new” or whether they have already been named in previous inquiries. Between 1978 and 1995, at least nine people were convicted of offences against young people relating to care homes in North Wales. The most prominent were Frederick Rutter, who had worked at a number of homes including Bryn Estyn and was jailed for 12 years in 1991 for rape and assault; Howarth, who was sentenced in 1994 to seven years in jail for sexual offences against seven boys in care; and John Allen, owner of the private Bryn Alyn Home, who was jailed in 1995 for six years for offences against residents. Five of the care workers who have been convicted of these offences had worked at some time at Bryn Estyn.

 

The homes

The allegations described in the Pallial report relate to 18 different care homes. The report does not say which ones. However, there are at least six centres in North Wales which have already been the object of allegations of abuse. The Waterhouse inquiry found that about 140 former residents of Bryn Estyn between 1974 and 1984 had made allegations of physical and/or sexual abuse, of whom 48 gave evidence to the inquiry. Other implicated homes include Little Acton Assessment Centre; Bersham Hall, where 19 people had complained prior to 1980; Chevet Hay; Cartrefle, where there were 24 complainants of abuse by Stephen Norris; and the privately owned Bryn Alyn.

The investigations

Allegations of abuse of children in care in North Wales have been investigated by one judicial inquiry, two major police inquires, one independent inquiry, and at least 10 internal inquires involving seven specific homes.

The first such inquiry, into allegations of physical abuse at Bryn Estyn, was held in 1971. In 1992, following a major inquiry led by Detective Superintendent Peter Ackerley, 17 people were arrested, and four former social service staff, including Norris and Howarth, were charged with sexual and physical offences. In 1997, the then Welsh Secretary, William Hague, set up the Waterhouse judicial inquiry into alleged child abuse in care in north Wales. It sat for more than 200 days, taking evidence from 650 witnesses. Its report, Lost In Care, published in 2000, concluded that abuse had taken place on a significant scale. It made more than 70 recommendations. None the less, a BBC Panorama programme last year aired claims that Waterhouse had not uncovered the full extent of the abuse. Operation Pallial was set up as a result. The 76 new allegations in its first report brings the recorded total to 140. North Wales Police have asked the National Crime Agency to continue with the investigation.

The unanswered questions

Two big questions remain unresolved: was there a paedophile ring orchestrating the abuse and infiltrating care homes? And was this institutional abuse unique to North Wales?

“To the extent that we have indicated, we accept that there was an active paedophile ring operating in the Chester and Wrexham areas for much of the period under review,” says the Waterhouse report. But, it adds: “The evidence does not establish, however, that there was a conspiracy to recruit paedophiles to children’s residential establishments or to infiltrate them in some other way. Although there have been one or two allegations that individual members of residential staff arranged for a child to be provided to an outsider for sexual purposes, the evidence in support of these allegations has been far from satisfactory and we cannot be sure that they are true.”

Jillings drew attention to the “striking fact” that “five men who shared in common their employment as residential care workers were convicted of serious offences involving at least 24 young people.” An alternative explanation that has been advanced is that the poor wages and recruitment difficulties, and the closed nature of many of the institutions with children who and little outside contact, led to a climate in which abusers could prosper.

It has also been suggested that North Wales was not unique. For example, before Stephen Norris moved to Bryn Estyn, he worked at Greystone Heath, an approved school in Liverpool. Three other workers from that school were convicted of sexual offences. According to the unpublished Jillings report, there was concern in other areas and other inquires. “We have been told of extensive police inquires . . . being undertaken in five local authority areas in England,” it says. “Inquires of the Department of Health revealed that the number of files relating to inquires into abuse in residential establishments escalated from 80 to 400 over a very few years. It is now described as a significant problem.”

That was written (but not published) in 1994. Nearly two decades later, it is hard to be confident that the problem has been fully resolved.

 

The Independant

 

BREAKING NEWS: Police probe into historic paedophile ring finds claims of abuse at 18 care homes in North Wales over 30 years

Published April 29, 2013 by JS2

84 people – including nine women – have been named by victims of abuse

More than 140 people have told police they were abused by a historic paedophile ring who operated in 18 North Wales care homes over three decades, it was revealed today.

The victims, who are almost all men and were aged between seven and 19 at the time, have named 84 people – including nine women – as those responsible for sex attacks on them between 1963 and 1992.

A new police inquiry into the abuse has uncovered ‘significant’ fresh evidence of ‘systematic and serious sexual and physical abuse at the 18 homes, detectives have said.

 

Probe: Police say a new inquiry has found that sexual abuse at North Wales care home homes, including Bryn Estyn in Wrexham (pictured), was much worse than first thought

Probe: Police say a new inquiry has found that sexual abuse at North Wales care home homes, including Bryn Estyn in Wrexham (pictured), was much worse than first thought

Offficers involved in Operation Pallial, which was launched last November, found fresh claims by 76 new complainants – more than half the total of 140 complaints.

At the heart of the scandal was the Bryn Estyn home in Wrexham, which was closed down because of the abuse there, but 17 more institutions have now been identified.

This means the number of alleged victims and care homes, and the duration of the period involved, is much wider than previously thought.

Detective Superintendent Ian Mulcahey, the senior investigating officer, said: ‘These are serious allegations that will be thoroughly investigated.

‘Many have provided graphic accounts of abuse, in some cases of very serious criminality.’

The publication of today’s report on phase one of the inquiry comes less than a week after a man was arrested in Ipswich, Suffolk, accused of ‘a number of serious sexual offences against a number of individuals’, the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) said.

He was arrested last Tuesday and taken to a police station in North Wales where he was interviewed over recent allegations of historic abuse and then bailed to the end of July, pending further inquiries. Soca refused to give his age.

He is the first person to be detained so far as part of the inquiry.

Today’s report said a total of 84 individuals – 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 deceased.

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

It came about following allegations broadcast on the BBC’s Newsnight programme that a public inquiry which looked at the scandal had failed to uncover the full extent of abuse.

The Waterhouse Inquiry was set up in 2000 to look at claims linked to homes in the former council areas of Gwynedd and Clwyd since 1974.

Victims have since said that the inquiry examined only a fraction of the abuse which took place.

High Court judge Mrs Justice Macur is leading the review, which will look at whether specific allegations were not investigated, and urged alleged victims and all other interested parties to give further evidence.

Operation Pallial is being conducted by the National Crime Agency, at the request of North Wales Police, to ensure its independence.

North Wales Chief Constable Mark Polin said he had asked the NCA to continue the work to phase two.

He said: ‘I took the decision to ask the NCA to investigate these allegations, conscious that some victims of historic abuse may not have the necessary level of confidence in North Wales Police to report matters directly to us.

‘Pallial has now secured accounts from almost all victims who are willing to support an investigation and it makes absolute sense for the officers and staff involved to be at the core of phase two and to move matters forward as quickly as possible.’

Phase two will involve further investigations, he said, in liaison with the Crown Prosecution Service.

 
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