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Young patient’s ‘lucky escape’ from paedophile doctor

Published February 17, 2015 by misty534

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A woman who says she was touched and spoken to inappropriately by paedophile doctor Michael Salmon has told of her ‘lucky escape’.

Last week Salmon, 80, who was a leading paediatrician based at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, was sentenced to 18 years in prison for the rape and sexual assault of six girls aged between 12 and 18.

A former patient, now in her fourties, who we have agreed not to identify, told how she used to dread her annual trip to the doctor, who was treating her for a congenital heart murmur.

She said: “I started seeing him when I was about eight or nine.

“I used to get this really uncomfortable feeling around him, and it became worse when I started to develop.

“He would say things like ‘you’re growing up aren’t you’ and would touch my breasts as he did the examination, and ‘feel for a pulse’ by touching the inside of my thigh’.

“My mum would come with me, he was very creative in the way he did the touching, and he really hoodwinked her.”

She added: “He was very charming and I think he wore a bowtie, when we used to come into the consultation room he would give us both a kiss.

“I remember thinking it was a bit odd but it was just the way he was, he would ask me how I was doing at school and I really didn’t like going.”

The woman said she was relieved when she was able to stop seeing Salmon aged 16.

But in the late eighties her mother was contacted by police who were investigating Salmon for indecent assault. The investigation led to the doctor being jailed for three years and struck off in 1990.

The woman said: “My mum was contacted the first time they put him away. She spoke to me about it and gave a statement, but we didn’t hear anything after that.

“When I found out he was sent to jail again I was really pleased, but I think it is disgusting that he still received an NHS pension until this time.

“He is a really creepy man, and what is has done to other patients is absolutely awful, there must have been hundreds more.

“I don’t doubt that he went into that field because he had an interest in young girls and I feel like I had a very lucky escape, he is such a nasty man and it really makes you think about the culture at the time.

“When my mum was contacted about him by the police it really changed my view of people in authority.

“People used to think doctors were saints, I’ve become more wary and more likely to stand up for myself. It was a life experience, but now I have a defence mechanism.”

The Bucks Herald

Paedophile doctor used ‘pen cam’ to film victims: 18 boys molested by consultant may be fraction of true number after series of blunders by officials

Published November 11, 2014 by misty534
  • Paedophile doctor Myles Bradbury used a spy pen while examining children 
  • Bradbury filmed young cancer patients with a pen which has a camera inside
  • Paediatrician was left free for 16 months to wage his campaign of abuse
  • Blunders by the police allowed Bradbury to destroy his sick library of films
  • One patient says Bradbury ‘focused on my private parts’ during examination 

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Paediatric consultant Myles Bradbury used tiny video cameras hidden in pens to film himself abusing young cancer patients

A paedophile doctor used tiny video cameras hidden in pens to film himself abusing young cancer patients, it has emerged.

And the 18 boys as young as eight molested by paediatric consultant Myles Bradbury are probably only a fraction of his victims – as a series of official blunders gave him time to destroy his sick library of films.

The doctor was left free for 16 months to wage his campaign of abuse by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP).

CEOP had been handed a list of 2,235 suspected British paedophiles in July 2012 by Canadian police – but did nothing for months.

Bradbury, 41, admitted in September to abusing 18 boys. He bought a DVD in 2005 from Azov Films in Canada.

The company advertised on its website ‘just legal’ and ‘naturist’ films. Many were clearly illegal – and were bought by paedophiles worldwide.

It was finally closed down in a Toronto police raid in the summer of 2012 and the concerned officers soon dispatched the names of customers globally.

The company was closed down in 2012 and the names of customers passed to police forces worldwide.

But it was only when CEOP was absorbed by the National Crime Agency last November that Bradbury’s name was passed to Suffolk police.

The force only raided the house he shared with his then pregnant wife, in Herringswell, three weeks later.

They discovered Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge had suspended him two weeks earlier after a child’s parents complained about an ‘intimate examination’.

His wife admitted he had thrown his laptop away at the same time.

Police traced Bradbury’s rubbish and unearthed the laptop but the memory inside had been removed, and with it potential evidence of countless more victims.

However a disc containing 16,000 images of abuse and two specially adapted spy pens were found in a garden annexe.

Each had a small camera above the clip. Footage was downloaded by plugging into a computer.

An inquiry has since been mounted into CEOP and police failures.

One patient examined – and possibly filmed by Bradbury – yesterday told the BBC: ‘He would ask to get me in the room on my own, and say I’m old enough to go in a room on my own.

‘And then he’d want to check me. Instead of checking just my joints, he’d want to check my whole body.

‘He’d make me strip down. He focused on my private parts.’

Speaking of the possibility that there were many more victims of Bradbury, Det Sgt John Ling of Suffolk police yesterday told the BBC: ‘Unfortunately the hard drive had been removed from the laptop.

‘I don’t know how many examinations he’s done, so I don’t know how many possible cases there are of live abuse by him.

‘So how many movies of examinations were on that hard drive we’ll never know.’

In Canada, Det Sgt Kim Gross, who leads the Toronto child exploitation team, spoke of her dismay at how CEOP in London had ‘dropped the ball’.

Addenbrooke's Hospital, in Cambridge, suspended Bradbury after a complaint about an 'intimate examination'

Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in Cambridge, suspended Bradbury after a complaint about an ‘intimate examination’

Det Sgt Gross said: ‘If I had failed that badly I would walk away from the work and have someone replace me.’

She added that all officers investigating potential paedophiles should follow a simple checklist.

She said: ‘Number one – we will look to see if they have access to children.

‘Then their occupation. Do they have access to other children? Are they parents? Are they involved in organisations that service children?’

A Suffolk police spokesman said: ‘Before a search warrant could be applied for, an intelligence picture of each individual had to be built to ensure… any action was proportionate and thorough.’

Niel Sears

Dr Myles Bradbury: Why was paedophile doctor not stopped?

Published November 10, 2014 by misty534

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For his patients and their parents he was a “God-like” figure. In reality, hospital doctor Myles Bradbury was a paedophile who filmed his abuse. How did he get away with it for so long and why wasn’t he caught sooner?

In July 2012, the UK’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) – which is meant to protect against child abuse – received a list of 2,235 names.

It was sent by police in Canada following a raid on the headquarters of Avoz Films, a website selling what it referred to as “just legal” and “naturist” films.

Myles Bradbury, a paediatric consultant at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, was on that list because he had bought a film from them while working in Birmingham in 2005.

CEOP – which Toronto Police say were once leaders in the field – took no action for 16 months.

Action against Bradbury – who went on to admit 25 sex offences against patients and making thousands of indecent images of children from the internet – only started when the Canadians announced they were going public about their investigation, named Project Spade.

That no action was taken in the UK for more than a year has stunned police in Toronto. This, despite repeated calls from Toronto to London last November to find out what was happening.

Det Sgt Kim Gross, who is in charge of the child exploitation team in Toronto, claims CEOP – which now comes under the National Crime Agency (NCA) – “dropped the ball”.

“If I had failed that badly I would walk away from the work and have someone replace me,” she told BBC Inside Out East.

Det Sgt Gross says the checklist is simple.

“Number one – we will look to see if they have access to children.

“Then their occupation. Do they have access to other children? Are they parents? Are they involved in organisations that service children?”

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Bradbury days before his arrest last November (left), his police mug shot in December 2013 (centre) and arriving at Cambridge Crown Court charged with child sex offences in September this year

Such simple checks would have revealed the 41-year-old was not only a doctor but a doctor who treated children with cancer.

Yet between July 2012 and November last year, Bradbury – who will be sentenced next month – was free to carry on abusing cancer patients – sometimes while their parents sat in ignorance on the other side of a hospital curtain.

The NCA has declined the BBC’s requests for an interview on the case.

On the same day that Suffolk Police were finally informed, via West Midlands Police, about Bradbury, Addenbrooke’s Hospital suspended the doctor following a family complaint about an intimate examination of a child.

Bradbury’s wife was pregnant at the time.

Suffolk Police’s investigation into Bradbury, who lived in Herringswell, Suffolk, revealed the devious steps he had taken to cover his tracks.

The pen used by Myles Bradbury
The pen used by Bradbury also had a small camera just above the clip and could be plugged into a computer to download the footage

The truth which unfolded was a far cry from the doctor in whom hundreds of families had placed their trust.

“I have heard some parents describe him as a God-like figure,” said Det Supt Gary Ridgway, of Cambridgeshire police.

A victim’s account of an examination by Dr Bradbury

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“He would ask to get me in the room on my own, and say I’m old enough to go in a room on my own.

“And then he’d want to check me

“Instead of checking just my joints, he’d want to check my whole body.

“He’d make me strip down

“He focussed on my private parts.”

“But what the police service teaches you is that you can’t allow your own assumptions or stereotypes to get in the way of the facts,” he said.

“And very quickly, within a few days, we had a number of young people describing events to us that were clearly criminal and needed some quick action.”

Bradbury would fix appointments when his colleagues were not around.

One of Bradbury’s primary tools of abuse was a pen.

But it was no ordinary writing implement. This one contained a hidden video camera which Dr Bradbury used to film young patients during unnecessary intimate examinations.

One father has told the BBC he remembered Dr Bradbury using a similar looking pen when examining his young son.

Two spy pens were found when police searched his home.

“And I soon became very suspicious that things weren’t right,” said Det Sgt John Ling, of Suffolk police.

The scene at Thetford tipA needle in a haystack – Suffolk Police trawled through rubbish to find Bradbury’s laptop computer

A computer disc was found in an annexe at the back of the garden and when police asked about a laptop, Bradbury’s wife said it had been thrown away two weeks previously. Its disposal coincided with his suspension from Addenbrooke’s.

Undeterred, police went first to the tip at Mildenhall and then, after learning that waste had since been taken to Thetford in Norfolk, they went there to search.

It was, says Det Sgt Ling, like hunting a “needle in a haystack.

But sifting through the rubbish from an emptied container on a cold December morning, the officers found that snakeskin-covered laptop computer.

“Unfortunately,” said Det Sgt Ling, “the hard drive had been removed from the laptop.”

It has never been found.

The disc in the annexe was found to contain more than 16,000 images of abuse which included the most serious classification of sexual abuse against children.

A disc found in a garden annexe contained some of the most serious examples of sex abuse against children, police sayA disc found in a garden annexe contained some of the most serious examples of sex abuse against children, police say

One of the two pens found did not work. The other, says Det Sgt Ling, contained “an examination of a young boy”.

But herein lies the biggest question – how many boys were secretly filmed by Bradbury?

That question troubles Det Sgt Ling, because every film made using the spy pen would have had to have been transferred to a computer to view it. So what was on that missing hard drive?

Bradbury, who portrayed himself as a devout Christian, has offered no clues. He gave “no comment” responses throughout his police interviews.

“I don’t know how many examinations he’s done,” says Det Sgt Ling. “So I don’t know how many possible cases there are of live abuse by him.

“So how many movies of examinations were on that hard drive we’ll never know.”

A report by Sally Chidzoy and Julian Sturdy will be shown on Inside Out East on 10 November on BBC One at 19:30 GMT and on iPlayer afterwards.

Paedophile doctor Myles Bradbury: Hospital ‘failed’ victims

Published October 2, 2014 by misty534

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Doctor Myles Bradbury admitted abusing boys with cancer

The parents of a boy who was sexually abused by a paedophile doctor have strongly criticised a hospital for failing to protect their son.

Myles Bradbury, 41, of Herringswell, Suffolk, abused boys in his care while working at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, between 2009 and 2013.

One of his 18 victims, in an exclusive BBC interview, said the knowledge he was abused made him “feel sick”.

The boy’s father has called for a government inquiry into the crimes.

The boy, now a teenager, and his parents are the first of Bradbury’s victims to speak to the media.

Bradbury is currently on bail awaiting sentencing after he pleaded guilty to 25 offences against 18 boys, including sexual assault and making more than 16,000 indecent images.

A boy who was sexually abused by Myles Bradbury said the knowledge he was abused made him feel sick

A blood cancer specialist, he had worked at Addenbrooke’s Hospital for five years.

The boy’s mother said: “If you want to work as a dinner lady you have to have a check done to see if you’re harmful to children.

“This doctor has got away with it and so much more could have been done, and should’ve been done.”

His father said: “These kids should have been looked after from day one, the hospital should have looked after these kids and offered counselling for them, and as of yet that hasn’t come forward, I’m afraid.

“I think they’ve handled it quite poorly to be fair. We’ve been told to contact the NSPCC – a charity.”

Keith McNeil, chief executive of Cambridge University Hospitals, which runs Addenbrooke’s, said: “As I have previously expressed, Dr Bradbury’s abuse has shocked and saddened everyone who works at the Trust.

“As chief executive, I would like to again offer my sincere apologies to the patients and families affected. The team here at the trust is working hard to offer support to our patients and families, and will be responsive and flexible as to how we do this to best meet their needs on an individual basis.”

“I would urge any patients or their families who require support or have concerns to stay in touch with the team here, and we will do everything we can to support them.”

Both parents have expressed concerns that Bradbury had worked at a number of other hospitals across England, and said they feared there were other children who might have been abused.

“The government needs to do a full inquiry into Myles Bradbury to look at where he’s been working and seeing what he’s been up to,” the boy’s father said.

A Department of Health spokesman said: “We await the outcome of the urgent investigations already under way at Addenbrooke’s and expect that all findings will be acted on quickly, so that everything possible is done to avoid appalling crimes like this happening again.”

Speaking about his hospital appointments with Bradbury, the boy said: “Me and Myles used to get on quite well, he would be quite chatty, I didn’t really mind going to hospital to see him that much.”

He said he felt “quite comfortable” with the doctor: “You felt you knew him.”

However, as he got older, the boy said things changed.

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Bradbury was a paediatric haematologist at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge

“I got to an age where I started going in on my own and I had to get checked regularly, which I thought was a normal thing. That’s when I started feeling a bit uncomfortable.

“I don’t know why he felt the need to check my genital place every time,” he said.

“I just thought it was just normal… I didn’t know any better.”

He said he did not mention the examinations to his parents for that reason.

The boy’s parents said at first they found Bradbury a “charming, very nice man”.

“We thought he was there to give our son the best treatment possible,” his father said.

Bradbury was suspended from Addenbrooke’s Hospital, where he was working as a paediatric haematologist, after a complaint about his behaviour in November last year. He was arrested in December.

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“When we got the phone call to say that this was going on I was just utterly shocked by it,” the boy’s mother said.

“It’s the most shocking thing. You take your child to the hospital to be checked over medically, and you don’t expect him to be abused by a very highly thought-of paediatric doctor.”

The boy’s father said they always asked their son what had happened when Bradbury had examined him alone, but added: “He didn’t say a lot.

“I had inklings before and I asked him what had happened, and he sort of brushed it under the carpet,” he said.

“You know, you just think, ‘I wish you’d told me at the time because we could have done something about it’.

Miles Bradbury timeline

1996: Graduated with an MB ChB degree from the University of Birmingham in 1996

2004 to 2008: Temporarily employed as a registrar between 2004 and 2007 at Birmingham Children’s Hospital and then as a consultant

November 2008: Began working at Addenbrooke’s Hospital. Was the clinical trials lead for paediatric haematology and oncology. Also held clinics four times a year at hospitals in Colchester and Ipswich between 2008 and 2013

July 2012: CEOP alerted to Bradbury buying suspect videos off the internet

27 November 2013: Information shared with Suffolk Police – the same day the first complaint about Bradbury’s behaviour was reported to Addenbrooke’s. He was subsequently suspended from the hospital. An investigation is under way to find out why the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) took 16 months to share suspicions about Bradbury with police

18 December 2013: Police arrest Bradbury

15 September 2014: Bradbury admits abusing patients

18 September 2014: The National Crime Agency, which took over CEOP, refers its handling of information about Bradbury and other potential paedophiles to the Independent Police Complaints Commission

“Obviously he was so embarrassed about it he didn’t know what to do. No other doctor had treated him like that.”

Both parents are critical of the hospital, saying someone there should have had an “inkling” about Bradbury’s activities.

“I think more should have been done,” the boy’s mother said.

The family, they said, were trying to come to terms with their trusted doctor’s abuse of their son, but his mother said she felt “a lot of guilt”.

“The guilt is still there, that how could I have let that happen to my boy? What had happened was just totally devastating.

“I’ll never forgive him,” she said.

The boy’s father added: “I really feel that I’ve let my boy down… I will always have that in my mind for the rest of my days.”

Their son said he hoped that once Bradbury was sentenced he would be able to move on with his own life.

“I don’t know how to cope with it all to be fair. Hopefully, once I get some help it will be done and over, and I won’t have to think about it ever again.

“It’s always playing on the back of my mind and it makes me a bit sick really to think what he was doing was wrong,” he said.

“He was doing it for himself, not for my health.”

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