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Spies, Lords and Predators 60 mins

Published July 20, 2015 by JS2

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PART ONE

http://www.9jumpin.com.au/show/60minutes/videos/4361923189001/

PART TWO

http://www.9jumpin.com.au/show/60minutes/videos/4361836142001/

PART THREE

http://www.9jumpin.com.au/show/60minutes/videos/4361755991001/

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Child abuse expert vows to fight on until whole sordid picture of Islington’s paedophile ring revealed

Published January 14, 2015 by JS2

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Original whistle-blower tells 440 strong crowd at House of Commons abusers are till out there

A child abuse expert pledged to fight until she revealed “the whole sordid picture” of Islington’s paedophile scandal at the House of Commons today.

Addressing more than 400 people at the Child Abuse inquiry – Time for Action and Justice meeting, Dr Liz Davies criticised the alleged cover up of the systematic paedophilia that took place in the borough’s care homes during the 1970s – and said the abusers are still out there.

She said: “I first exposed the child abuse in 1992 and I’ve born witness to crimes against children, sexual assault and abduction.

“The 14 inquiries Islington launched were a complete sham. All my records went missing, so I can be forgiven for thinking it was an absolute cover up.

“The Paedophile Information Exchange was operating just one street away from me, although I didn’t know it at the time

“The powers that be can destroy all they want, but we have our memories and we won’t forget what happened to us.

“We’ve had parts of the jigsaw and now the whole sordid pitch is being put together.

“We have to deal with di-information and people trying to discredit us. It’s been same since 1992 we know the main players, we fight them off every day and we won’t stop until we get what we deserve.”

Dr Davies, a reader in child protection at London Metropolitan University, in Holloway Road, Holloway, first blew the whistle on Islington’s paedophile ring.

Now she is spearheading the survivors’ campaign for justice.

She said: “I’m honoured to be here today bringing together so many survivors. This is your day, absolutely

“For 25 year some of us have been doing this.

“Since 1992 when I exposed child abuse in Islington, we’ve been whispering in dark corners.

“Today we are shouting out loud and that’s very different.

“This is a long running campaign to protect current children, which we can’t do without survivors bravely coming forward, and gaining justice.

“Many perpetrators we know about and there are lots and lots still around. They aren’t all dead.”

Islington Gazette

EXCLUSIVE: Notorious British pervert accused of molesting eight-year-old boys in Philippines faces extradition over child sex offences linked to vile Paedophile Information Exchange group in the 1970s

Published January 1, 2015 by JS2
  • Douglas Slade was founder of vile Paedophile Information Exchange in UK 
  • Pensioner fled Britain after being exposed as a sex predator in the 1970s
  • Moved to Angeles City in Philippines but was arrested for molesting boys  
  • MailOnline was told he is preying on children and passed details to police
  • Now police in Britain are investigating ‘attacks on children’ in the 1970s
  • Slade could face extradition over probe launched by detectives in Bristol
  • Alleged victim also tells MailOnline Slade molested him as a child 

A notorious British paedophile accused of molesting boys as young as eight in the Philippines may face extradition over child sex offences in the UK in the 1970s.

Douglas Slade, 73 – a founder of the reviled child sex advocacy group Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) – is on police bail after being repeatedly arrested for abusing boys from an elementary school opposite his home in Angeles City in the Philippines.

Wealthy Slade, who has boasted of bribing prosecutors and victims’ families, boasted of paying his way out of trouble in the corrupt, poverty-racked Southeast Asian country which is a magnet for paedophiles and sex tourists, our investigation in December found.

Now, Mail Online has discovered that Slade faces possible extradition to the UK as detectives in Bristol investigate him for historical child sex offences linked to a nationwide paedophile network before he left Britain for the Philippines in 1985.

It comes as an alleged former victim of Slade contacted MailOnline to describe how he was molested at the age of 14.

Police mugshot of paedophile Christopher Skeaping

Vile: Douglas Slade was warned he faced 40 years in jail over child abuse but boasted that he would pay to get case dropped. An alleged victim has told MailOnline he was introduced to Slade by former racing car driver Christopher Skeaping, who was jailed in 2009 for sex attacks on a boy aged 12 in the late 1980s

Extradition: Mail Online has discovered that Slade faces possible extradition to the UK as detectives in Bristol investigate him for historical child sex offences linked to a nationwide paedophile network, PIE, before he left Britain for the Philippines in 1985

Peeping Tom: Douglas Slade has built a house with a view directly into the primary school opposite and neighbours claim he is paying children £2 for 'sex acts' 

Slade, who lived in the Knowle West district of Bristol in the late 1970s and early 1980s, is suspected of abusing numerous underage boys passed between PIE members who tracked down youths for illegal sex.

He is currently under investigation by Bristol CID as part of its Operation Bluestone inquiry into historical sex abuse cases, according to correspondence seen by MailOnline. The cases date to the 1960s and 1970s and include one case in Ireland.

Separately, a former victim allegedly abused by Slade and other PIE members, who is not part of the current UK investigation, has contacted MailOnline to describe how he was molested by Slade and then passed between paedophiles from 1979 when he was 14.

Now 50, Neil (not his real name) said he was introduced to Slade by another prominent PIE member, former racing car driver Christopher Skeaping, who was jailed in 2009 for sex attacks on a boy aged 12 in the late 1980s.

A notorious British paedophile accused of molesting boys as young as eight in the Philippines may face extradition over child sex offences in the UK in the 1970s.

Douglas Slade, 73 – a founder of the reviled child sex advocacy group Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) – is on police bail after being repeatedly arrested for abusing boys from an elementary school opposite his home in Angeles City in the Philippines.

Wealthy Slade, who has boasted of bribing prosecutors and victims’ families, boasted of paying his way out of trouble in the corrupt, poverty-racked Southeast Asian country which is a magnet for paedophiles and sex tourists, our investigation in December found.

Now, Mail Online has discovered that Slade faces possible extradition to the UK as detectives in Bristol investigate him for historical child sex offences linked to a nationwide paedophile network before he left Britain for the Philippines in 1985.

It comes as an alleged former victim of Slade contacted MailOnline to describe how he was molested at the age of 14.

Skeaping lured boys to his West London home where, it is claimed, he introduced Neil to Slade who invited him on a number of occasions to his home in Bristol before passing him on to other paedophiles, including an elderly jeweller and a nightclub owner in the city.

At that time, Slade lived in Bristol between stints working as a recruitment agent for construction companies in Dubai, travelling to countries like Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to find young men to work on building projects.

Before moving to the country, Slade would go on holiday to the Philippines with Skeaping and other paedophiles to pick up young boys for sex, the victim claimed, while one of the boys he lured to his Bristol home was only 12, said Neil.

Neil told Mail Online: ‘When I read your article about Slade in the Philippines, I found it abhorrent to think that all these years on this person is still getting away with the molestation of children.

‘I can understand how children in a poor country like the Philippines fall victim to Slade. I was a poor kid from London and at first I just felt someone was being nice to me for a change. I only realised later how wrong and corrupt it was.

Predator: Paedophile Douglas Slade was confronted by MailOnline about the charges he faced but claimed he was being set up and claimed 'someone wants me out of the country'. Now he could face extradition under an investigation by Bristol detectives

                                                                   

Hiding: Douglas Slade, 73, has been accused by neighbours of paying young boys for ‘sex acts’, and is said to spend time on his balcony gazing into the primary school opposite, where he also donates money despite facing repeated accusations of molesting children
Campaigner: Father Shay Cullen is fighting to have Douglas Slade brought to trial over previous allegations that have now been dropped after Slade boasted of paying his way out of court. Father Cullen trains child welfare volunteers at the Preda Foundation in Subic Bay, the Philippines

Campaigner: Father Shay Cullen is fighting to have Douglas Slade brought to trial over previous allegations that have now been dropped after Slade boasted of paying his way out of court. Father Cullen trains child welfare volunteers at the Preda Foundation in Subic Bay, the Philippines

There is a moral compass adults should have and they should not take away the innocence of a child in terms of their sexuality. Adults are there to protect children not to use them for their own gratification.’

Neil came from a poor home near Skeaping’s house in West London and described how Skeaping and fellow PIE founder Slade allegedly groomed him and other young boys for sex.

‘I was introduced to Chris Skeaping by a school friend,’ he said. ‘His house in Hounslow was like a youth club. There were always lads of my age there. You could run wild. He didn’t mind. I started going round there because it was a place to hang out.

‘Skeaping drove a huge BMW 1100 and had big American cars. For kids of 13, 14 and 15, those are exciting things. Douglas Slade turned up at his home one day. I was a very quiet child and he just picked up on me and I ended up going to Bristol several times.

‘Apart from the sexual side of it, Slade was actually very nice to me. He made me feel special. He was doing nice things for me and it all seemed quite a good thing. I suppose if that’s what grooming is, I was being groomed.’

It was on his third visit to Bristol that his relationship with Slade took a sinister turn. ‘He started introducing me to people and I was used (sexually) by these people,’ said Neil, naming an elderly jeweller and a nightclub and joke shop owner from the city.

Bribe: Douglas Slade has been faced with charges before but boasted that he would pay to have them dropped. He is currently on bail for child abuse and under investigation for possessing child porn, police say

Bribe: Douglas Slade has been faced with charges before but boasted that he would pay to have them dropped. He is currently on bail for child abuse and under investigation for possessing child porn, police say

No shame: When confronted by MailOnline Douglas Slade said 'There have been five cases (against me) in four years. They've all been dismissed. Somebody is trying to f***ing get rid of me'

No shame: When confronted by MailOnline Douglas Slade said ‘There have been five cases (against me) in four years. They’ve all been dismissed. Somebody is trying to f***ing get rid of me’

Justice: Douglas Slade's case is being monitored in the Philippines by Catholic missionary and anti-paedophile campaigner Father Shay Cullen, who runs the Preda Foundation (above) to help the victims of child sex abuse and trafficking

Justice: Douglas Slade’s case is being monitored in the Philippines by Catholic missionary and anti-paedophile campaigner Father Shay Cullen, who runs the Preda Foundation (above) to help the victims of child sex abuse and trafficking

Neil now plans to go to police with his testimony. ‘I was affected by what happened to me for some years, but I got over it by being positive and coming to terms with it,’ he said. ‘Other victims might not be able to cope with what happened.

‘If there is anything I can do to prevent this continuing, that is what I want to do. It is outrageous that these things are continuing to happen when they shouldn’t.’

Slade was exposed as a paedophilia advocate along with Skeaping in 1975 and was caught by a national newspaper telling fellow deviants: ‘If you want to have sex with children don’t bottle it up – do it.’

A spokesman for Avon and Somerset police declined to give details about the investigation or to say if he expected an application to be made for Slade’s extradition from the Philippines, saying: ‘We are unable to comment at this time.’

[Slade] started introducing me to people and I was used (sexually) by these people,
Alleged victim of Douglas Slade

An extradition treaty between Britain and the Philippines which can be applied retrospectively has been agreed and is currently in the process of being ratified in Manila, depriving criminals of a well-used bolthole in the Far East.

Slade’s case is being monitored in the Philippines by Catholic missionary and anti-paedophile campaigner Father Shay Cullen who runs the Preda Foundation to help the victims of child sex abuse and trafficking.

Father Cullen helped bring Slade to court in 1995 when he faced up to 40 years in jail for abusing boys at his previous home in Angeles City before charges were dropped. Slade was caught boasting on camera at that time how prosecutors and families could be bribed.

Neighbours told Mail Online this month that boys as young as eight were still going regularly going into Slade’s home since his release on bail for molesting and taking nude pictures of boys from the school opposite his home.

Standing guard: The entrance to Douglas Slade's imposing house in Angeles City is watched by a domestic staff member but the 73-year-old is said to invite young boys in and offer them money 

Standing guard: The entrance to Douglas Slade’s imposing house in Angeles City is watched by a domestic staff member but the 73-year-old is said to invite young boys in and offer them money

‘The boys sit on his doorstep after school,’ said Angelica Alcantara, 17. ‘He comes out and picks the ones he wants and they go inside. He pays them to pose naked for pictures and to do other things for him. Afterwards he gives them 150 pesos (£2) and sends them home.’

 Slade has been able to bribe his way out of trouble in the past because he is very rich. He has a long history.
Father Shay Cullen

Defiant Slade shouted ‘You’re an evil b*****d’ at a Mail Online reporter from his balcony overlooking Amsic Elementary School when confronted a fortnight ago over his numerous arrests and claims he abuses pupils as young as eight for £2 a time.

Lawyers for the Preda Foundation, which has successfully pursued foreign paedophiles to their home countries in the past, are already preparing to take action against Slade on behalf of his victims in the Philippines if he returns to the UK.

‘The children’s parents have signed papers to say they will be represented by Preda in any action to find justice and compensation for the victims of Slade,’ said Father Shay at his foundation’s headquarters in Subic Bay where he has run a mission for nearly 40 years.

‘Slade has been able to bribe his way out of trouble in the past because he is very rich,’ he said. ‘He has a long history.’ Slade, originally from Aylesbury, is wealthy through his food distribution business, Home Base, which provides meat to restaurants in the Philippines.

Simon Parry

Westminster paedophile ring: Jailed Charles Napier will be told to name VIP abusers

Published December 28, 2014 by JS2

The former treasurer of the Paedophile Information Exchange and half-brother of a Tory MP will be questioned again by detectives after being jailed last week

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Caged child abuser Charles Napier faces a grilling by detectives who believe he could help expose a network of VIP paedophileswith links to Westminster.

Officers probing claims that span decades think the former teacher – jailed last week for abusing 23 boys – can name Establishment figures including peers, Government ministers, ­civil servants and police.

Napier, 67, was treasurer of the twisted Paedophile Information Exchange, which ­campaigned on behalf of ­paedophiles in the 1970s and 1980s and ­argued that the age of consent should be lowered to FOUR.

Dossiers compiled by ­campaigning MP Geoffrey Dickens and handed to former Home Secretary Leon Brittan in the 1980s were said to contain damning ­evidence about the group.

The allegations now form a key part of the large-scale Scotland Yard probe, which includes claims three young boys were murderedby a powerful VIP network.

A source close to the ­investigation said: “Now that he has been jailed police are going to want to talk to him again.

“He was treasurer of the PIE. That means he would know the names of a lot of the people ­involved. He must have more to tell the police.”

Napier was sentenced to 13 years for sex attacks on 23 boys between 1967 and 1983. The pervert ­admitted 30 indecent assault ­charges and one offence of ­indecency against a child.

Charles Napier
Abuser: Charles Napier was treasurer of the Paedophile Information Exchange

Several high-profile abusers are thought have been members of PIE,including Peter Righton and former spy Geoffrey Prime.

The late Labour politician Barbara Castle is said to have named members of the group in a dossier seized by Special Branch in the 1980s amid allegations of a cover-up.

The Met Police are now trying to find the missing files and thosecompiled by Mr Dickens.

Officers recently revealed there are now 18 separate operations probing ­historic ­allegations in the 70s and 80s – and campaigners believe Napier would have had a full list of those ­involved with PIE.

Whistleblower Peter McKelvie, a former local authority child protection chief who has been fighting to bring abusers to ­justice, said: “Napier is an evil, calculating, ­manipulative paedophile.

“The charges he was found guilty on were the tip of the iceberg.

“In 1993 I spoke to three victims who refused to give evidence.

“One told me very convincingly that Napier took him to parties where he was introduced to the rich and famous and that Righton was involved in all these activities.”

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On the trail: The People has led the way in investigating the Westminster VIP paedophile network

Mr McKelvie believes Napier – who has said he regrets his actions – should now come clean about everything he knows.

He added: “I don’t believe he has shown one iota of remorse in an adulthood dedicated to the ruthless pursuit of vulnerable children purely to abuse sexually.

“As a test of his newfound ­‘remorse’, he can share all the names of the rich and ­famous who ­attended the parties that his victims ­referred to.

“As PIE treasurer in its peak period of membership in the mid-1970s, Napier holds the key to the identity of hundreds of dangerous abusers who continued to abuse thousands of children over many decades.

“He can now pass all this ­to ­police as testament to his newfound regret and remorse.”

The Sunday People was the first newspaper to track down Napier, who is the half-brother of Conservative MP John Whittingdale. He was found in picturesque Sherborne, Dorset.

After we passed our ­information to police, Napier was arrested as part of Operation Cayacos – an offshoot of Fairbank, which was set up to investigate allegations of ­historical child abuse.

Leading child care expert Peter Righton
Fellow pervert: Former child care expert and secret PIE member Peter Righton

At the time of our probe we spoke to respected author and journalist Francis Wheen, a former pupil at the boarding school Napier taught at.

The 57-year-old said: “He ­recruited a few of us, saying ‘Spend more time in the gym’ and appointed himself gym ­master.

“There was a room off the gym and that ­became his haunt. Four or five of us started going down there, vaulting over horses and things like that, in our gym shorts in all our innocence.

“At the end of it he would take us into his room off the gym and give us beer and cigarettes – ­bottles of Mackeson’s and Senior Service untipped.

“We thought this was ­all ­terrifically exciting. Here we were, 11 years old, being given beer and fags. We were thinking that he was on our side, not like any of the other masters.

“Of course, this was for an ulterior purpose, which very soon became clear when he stuck his hand down my gym shorts and I had to sort of fight him off.”

Exposed: The People found Napier in 2012

Sick Napier then revealed his ­technique for grooming the youngsters by trying to humiliate him.

Mr Wheen said: “He said ‘Don’t be such a baby’ and said I wasn’t grown-up enough for that sort of thing.

“He would point to a couple of other boys, saying ‘They let me do it, you just won’t let me because you’re so babyish’.

“I think he was hoping I’d say ‘No, I’m as grown up as them’ and let him get on with it but I didn’t.

“It meant I was excluded from his ‘charmed circle’ but by then I knew where he kept his beer and cigarettes.

“I used to break into his room, steal them and then go and sit in the woods.”

Mr Wheen visited Southwark Crown Court last week to see Napier sentenced.

He described the jail term as “a signal the judge was giving – these things will be pursued now, even if it’s 46 years later don’t think you’ve got away with it”.

Francis Wheen
Victim: Journalist and former pupil Francis Wheen

Mr Wheen admitted there had been times before the sentence when he almost felt pity for the pervert – but those feelings quickly evaporated.

He said: “I am glad that it’s been done.

“I’m glad that it’s happened after all these years.

“I thought in the last year or two, ‘Well, he’s getting quite old, maybe it wasn’t that serious,’ feeling a tiny bit of pity occasionally.

“But I don’t feel that now, hearing as we’ve heard about the sheer extent of what he was doing right under our noses while I was at school with all these other boys.

“We just had no idea of the scale of what he was doing and how damaged some of them were by what he did.

“Any element of pity ­disappeared fairly quickly.”

Keir Muddle

The Home Office allegedly funded a paedophile group in the 1970s. Why?

Published November 13, 2014 by JS2

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The Home Office may have covered up historic child abuse allegations – but what of the “Paedophile Information Exchange” group that was allegedly funded by the department?

Theresa May said that she couldn’t say that the Home Office was definitely not involved in covering up historic child abuse allegations in a House of Commons debate this week.

An official inquiry, by head of the NSPCC Peter Wanless and Richard Whittam QC, had been unable to “prove or disprove” the claims that the department was involved in a cover-up. Theresa May has asked police and MI5 to carry out further reviews of how they handled allegations of child sex abuse.

At the heart of the issue are a trove of files that have gone missing.

Over a hundred files lost or destroyed

There are 114 files from the 1970s and 80s containing allegations of institutional paedophilia that have gone missing or been destroyed.

Mr Wanless said that one of the files had been destroyed as recently as 2012. This file referred the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE), a pro-paedophile activist group active between 1974 and 1984.

One of their campaigns was about trying to reduce the age of consent to just 4 years old.

It’s believed that there are ten more files relating to PIE.

The Paedophile Information Exchange was supported by left-wing groups

The group got support from both the left and the right in 1970s Britain. Labour politician Harriet Harman was among young left-wingers who worked for the National Council for Civil Liberties (NCCL), the left-wing group that granted “affiliated” status to PIE.

The NCCL supported PIE by campaigning on the issue of sexual consent; they submitted a response to a government plan to reform sex laws that argued “childhood sexual experiences, willingly engaged in with an adult result in no identifiable damage”.

The NCCL also allowed Tom O’Carroll, leader of PIE, to make a speech at their Spring conference in 1977. He later admitted and was convicted for distributing child porn images.

Members from PIE were involved in NCCL activities until the early 80s when they were expelled from the organisation. Last year, current Liberty director Shami Chakrabarti apologised for their connection, saying “it is a source of continuing disgust and horror that even the NCCL had to expel paedophiles from its ranks in 1983”.

PIE was also allegedly given money by the Home Office

The Home Office allegedly gave the Paedophile Information Exchange £70,000 of taxpayers’ money in grants between 1977 and 1980, according to a whistleblower who spoke to the Sunday People.

That’s £400,000 in today’s money.

But it’s difficult to get to the bottom of why – as the files have disappeared and some of the people involved have passed on.

What else do we know?

PIE regularly published magazines promoting paedophilia as a sexual preference rather than an abusive act.

The leader of PIE, Tom O’Carroll, wrote a book called Paedophilia: The Radical Case.

It was supported for 6 years by the National Council for Civil Liberties, which has since become Liberty.

There were 180 members, two of whom were female.

But the main things to think about here are: Did they really receive that much money? And why can’t we find out?

Anna Leech

Government gave money to notorious Paedophile Information Exchange on the orders of Special Branch, claims Home Office whistleblower

Published November 12, 2014 by JS2
  • Former government employee says he saw evidence PIE was given grant
  • He claims the money was paid to group under orders of Special Branch
  • Insider says he thought funding was ‘inappropriate and outrageous’ but his pleas were shrugged off by his boss at the time 
  • Follows report which found that abuse ring ‘might have been covered up’

A Home Office whistleblower today repeated his claims the government department funded the notorious Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) on the orders of the police.

Former civil servant Tim Hulbert said money was transferred to the organisation on the orders of the Metropolitan Police’s Special Branch.

Mr Hulbert worked in the Voluntary Services Unit of the Home Office which approved grants to various outside organisations in the late 1970s and early 80s.

He said he went to his manager after seeing that funding was being given to PIE – the lobby group formed in the 1970s to campaign for a reduction in the age of consent – but his concerns were shrugged off.

Former Home Office employee Tim Hulbert said the department provided funding to the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE), on the orders of the Metropolitan Police's Special Branch

Former Home Office employee Tim Hulbert said the department provided funding to the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE), on the orders of the Metropolitan Police’s Special Branch

The retired government worker told Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘Every quarter, the list of current grants that were up for consideration for financial support would be circulated through the office and I believe that I saw a copy of that which referred to the re-funding of PIE.

‘It was an organisation that was campaigning for the reduction of the age of consent to four. I thought that was inappropriate and outrageous and for a government department to be funding it, I thought was wrong.

‘I went to see my boss and he told me, firstly, that PIE was a legitimate campaigning organisation and it did have significant links to the National Council for Civil Liberties and other organisations that were recognised.

‘Secondly, I was told that it was being funded a the request of Special Branch.’

His claims come the day after a report by NSPCC boss Peter Wanless and Richard Whittam QC, which found it was impossible to say if 114 files linked to alleged Westminster child abusers had been destroyed as part of a cover up.

Home Secretary Theresa May said of the findings: ‘It doesn’t prove or disprove the Home Office acted appropriately in the 1980s.’

She added: ‘There might have been a cover-up.’

The report failed to rule out Mr Hulbert’s claims that the Home Office directly awarded tens of thousands of pounds of public money to the PIE, noting that record keeping at the department was in disarray.

 Mr Hulbert’s comments followed claims by an investigative journalist that Home Office papers he saw – which suggested an investigation into the alleged child abuse ring was later carried out – were seized by Special Branch.

Don Hale yesterday revealed he was given a bundle of documents which included the identities of senior politicians who were actively promoting the Paedophile Information Exchange by the late Labour minister Baroness Castle.

He said police later arrived at his newspaper office, pushed him against a wall and demanded to take possession of the dossier.

His claims are now being investigated by the Metropolitan Police.

The Home Secretary said of his claims: ‘I recognise the allegations [Mr Hale] has made so my office has been in discussions with the Metropolitan Police today and the Metropolitan Police have agreed they will now look into those allegations that have been made.’

by RIchard Spillett

How the Establishment hid the monster in their midst – proof of how this depraved diplomat was protected by the good and the great

Published November 9, 2014 by JS2
  • Sir Peter Hayman was a respected diplomat and army officer given an MBE
  • But he hid a secret life as a member of the Paedophile Information Exchange
  • The group encouraged child abuse – but he was let off with a caution
  • Tory MP Geoffrey Dickens raised issue of Sir Peter’s abuse in Commons
  • There were strenuous attempts by Whitehall and Whitehall to stop Dickens
  • Hayman affair in spotlight amid pressure for alleged paedophile ring inquiry
  • Involves a missing dossier handed to former home secretary Leon Brittan
  • Allegedly contained child abuse allegations involving Establishment figures

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Pillar of the Establishment: But Sir Peter Hayman broke down and wept when confronted by police

Sir Peter Hayman’s life was one decorated with worthy acronyms and exclusive memberships.

By the time of his retirement from ‘the Diplomatic’, the Stowe and Oxford-educated former Rifle Brigade officer had been a Home and Foreign Office mandarin, working closely with the intelligence services at the height of the Cold War: it has even been suggested he was a senior figure in MI6.

His final posting was as High Commissioner to Canada.

As a result of these labours he was made a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG), Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) and an MBE.

Off duty he also belonged to the MCC and the Army and Navy private members’ club (The Rag). Like Sir Peter, both were pillars of London’s old-school-tie Establishment.

Yet unlike the MCC, there was no distinguishing neckwear at Sir Peter’s rather more discreet third ‘club’, to which he seems to have devoted most physical energy and expense as a pensioner newly returned from post-colonial duties in Ottawa.

His membership number was ‘330’ and this organisation of similarly minded if not gilded individuals was called the Paedophile Information Exchange. It had been formed almost exactly 200 years after the MCC.

PIE supported and encouraged illegal sexual relationships between adults and children. In other words, child abuse.

Sir Peter lived with his wife of 40 years in a lovely home in South Oxfordshire where, in a parallel existence, he was deputy chairman of the Conservative Association. He acted as a churchwarden’s assistant, and opened the local fete.

Everyone there thought he was marvellous. Who was to know otherwise?

That was because his official PIE literature and graphic correspondence with fellow paedophiles was by squalid necessity sent to a flat at 95 Linden Gardens, Notting Hill Gate, London, some 50 miles away.

The ex-diplomat had rented it for that purpose — as well as extra-marital sexual liaisons — under the name of Peter Henderson. The fact that the flat was almost across the road from the Soviet embassy was simply an irony. How the KGB would have loved to have made blackmail use of his peccadillo.

Then Sir Peter made a mistake. He left a packet of paedophile material in an envelope on a London bus. It was addressed to Mr Henderson at Linden Gardens in Notting Hill. A fellow passenger was curious. The package came into the possession of the police.

Soon afterwards, in November 1978, they raided the Linden  Gardens flat.

What they found was a huge trove of revolting paedophilia and other extreme pornography. Among it was a library of 45 substantial diaries in which Sir Peter had recorded in detail his sexual experiences and fantasies, the latter including sex with minors.

There was also substantial correspondence with other PIE members — 111 pages in one instance — in which they shared their otherwise secret desires and other graphic paedophile material.

Police later found that two of the dozen or so paedophiles in Sir Peter’s epistolary circle had been writing to each other about their interest in the extreme sexual torture and murder of children.

Even the hardened cops of  the Obscene Publications Squad were ‘revolted’ by the Linden Gardens haul.

When interviewed, Sir Peter — a man who had been deputy commandant of the British zone in Berlin and was later tasked to tear a strip off the Soviet ambassador to London after Moscow crushed the Prague Spring of 1968 — broke down and wept.

Decorated: Sir Peter, wearing his medals, with Lady Hayman, his wife of 40 years

He would surely be exposed and his reputation ruined. All those official laurels would be for naught.

And yet he wasn’t.

Much to the anger and disbelief of the Obscene Publications Squad he was let off with a caution. The grounds for this decision certainly seem extraordinary to contemporary eyes. The Director of Public Prosecutions deemed that as the paedophile material sent through the post by Sir Peter and his friends had not been ‘unsolicited’ nor traded for profit, no offence had taken place worthy of prosecution.

The result? Save among a few officers at Scotland Yard, Sir Peter’s reputation remained intact and might have remained so until his death in 1992 had he not been later exposed in parliament.

The Hayman affair came back into the spotlight this week, with David Cameron ordering an investigation into an alleged cover-up of a VIP paedophile ring which included leading figures in Westminster and Whitehall.

The matter was raised by campaigning MP Simon Danczuk, and centres on a dossier of child sex allegations involving senior Establishment figures, which was handed to the then Home Secretary Leon Brittan by fellow Tory MP Geoffrey Dickens in November 1983.

Lord Brittan says that he passed the documents on to Whitehall officials. But no action was taken and the Home Office has admitted that the Dickens dossier was subsequently destroyed.

The peer faces increasing pressure to fully explain both his handling of the dossier and what it contained. Mark Sedwill, the current permanent secretary at the Home Office, has been given until Monday to explain what the department did with the information the dossier contained.

For his part, Dickens was always convinced there had been a high-level cover-up of VIP paedophilia. The rough treatment he received when in March 1981 he used the legal protection of parliamentary privilege to name Sir Peter Hayman in the Commons, and ask about the security risk his paedophile activities might have posed, is certainly instructive of the Establishment attitude of the time.

In the immediate aftermath of Dickens’ outing of Hayman, the letters page of the Times newspaper gave some flavour of the ranks closing against the campaigner, whom some clearly saw as a working-class oik from a far-flung constituency in the North of England. The fact that he was exposing a member of a paedophile ring which sexually exploited children seemed incidental.

‘Until a week ago, only a few unfortunates in Huddersfield had heard of Mr Geoffrey Dickens and no one who has watched him performing his stunt can have supposed that he has one scintilla of Sir Peter Hayman’s unselfish ability,’ wrote R P T Davenport-Hines. ‘Mischievous avidity for headlines is no substitute for talent or hard work.’

Mr Davenport-Hines is now an eminent historian.

In a similar vein one Julian Fellowes, himself the son of a senior British diplomat, wrote: ‘Thoroughly revolted as I am by the Paedophiliac Society with all its professed aims, I feel I cannot be alone this week in being almost as disgusted by the spectacle of a Tory MP dangling his victim over the slavering jaws of the media.

‘The feeblest student of human nature must surely be aware of how slight the connexion between pornography and practices need be.

‘To flirt with fetishes is hardly rare in the best circles . . . now he has to have his life, public and private, more thoroughly smashed than if he had murdered his kinsman in broad daylight.

‘It is particularly depressing that Salem-like justice should be meted out by a Conservative Party (MP) . . .  their one faintly convincing battle cry has always been the importance of championing the rights of the individual against the so-called good of the faceless, heartless state.’

What of the rights of the children featured in the pornography, some might wonder.

Today the Oscar winner and Downton Abbey creator is a Tory peer — Lord Fellowes of West Stafford. He is married to a lady-in-waiting.

Prior to Dickens naming Hayman, there had also been strenuous attempts by leading figures in Westminster and Whitehall to  prevent him from doing so.

The then Attorney General Sir Michael Havers argued with him outside the Commons chamber for 20 minutes before the disclosure of Hayman’s name in written questions.

Dickens later argued: ‘I have had to consider a gentleman with a very distinguished career for which he was many times honoured, and his family.

‘But I have also to consider the parents whose children are procured, sometimes for a bag of sweets, to perform sexual acts and pose for sexual photographs.’

Sir Peter Hayman appearing at Reading Magistrates' Court charged with gross indecencySir Peter Hayman in Reading where he appeared in court charged with a sex offence

The parliamentary record Hansard shows that Liberal leader David Steel also spoke out in the House against Dickens’ use of parliamentary privilege to name the paedophile diplomat in written questions.

‘As a member of the Select Committee on Privileges I am naturally concerned that parliamentary privilege should at all times be defended,’ said Steel. ‘I submit it is difficult to defend if there is a sign on occasion it is being abused.

‘I want to draw your attention to two questions which have appeared on the Order Paper today naming a retired public servant and asking for further inquiries into his activities.’

He added: ‘I would like to suggest to you this is creating a dubious precedent of which we should be careful.’

The Times reported that the Liberals said Mr Steel was merely expressing the doubts felt by many MPs.

We know now, of course, that Mr Steel and his Liberal Party failed to recognise the paedophile activities of their own MP Cyril Smith, who is believed to have been named in the dossier Dickens later handed to Brittan. Police recently confirmed that Smith was also a visitor to the notorious Elm Guest House in South-West London, where paedophile parties were allegedly held.

At the time, Steel and the Liberals did nothing, and Smith took his secrets and good reputation to  the grave.

To shouts of ‘old school tie’ from Labour MP Christopher Price, Sir Michael Havers had to explain to the House why Hayman had not been prosecuted along with other members of PIE in a trial which had ended at the Old Bailey the previous week with the former PIE chairman Tom O’Carroll being jailed for two years for conspiracy to corrupt public morals.

Hayman’s alias of ‘Mr Henderson’ and his collection of paedophile material and diaries had been alluded to in O’Carroll’s committal hearings, but his true identity was suppressed.

(O’Carroll’s prosecution had been criticised by the National Council for Civil Liberties, to which PIE was affiliated. The NCCL’s legal officer at the time was Harriet Harman, now Deputy Labour Leader. She refuses to apologise for the NCCL’s links with PIE.)

The Hayman affair came back into the spotlight this week, amid growing pressure for an inquiry into an alleged cover-up of a paedophile ring in Westminster in the 1980s

Sir Michael explained that Hayman himself had escaped prosecution not because of ‘special treatment’, but because he had not sat on PIE’s executive committee. Dickens claimed that police investigating PIE in 1978 had been ‘absolutely staggered’ that  Hayman was not charged.

But the Establishment did then take some action — against the whistleblowers.

The DPP ordered the Metropolitan Police to carry out a leak inquiry into who had given Hayman’s name to Dickens. It was assumed — probably correctly — that the ‘culprit’ was a member of the Obscene Publications squad who had seen the diplomat’s collection at first hand.

Police quizzed Dickens for 45 minutes. He would not tell. A Tory MP even tried to table a motion to force Dickens to reveal his source.

Last night Barry Dickens, the son of Geoffrey Dickens, who died in 1995, said he was disgusted by the backlash against his father at the time of the Hayman affair.

‘I find some of these views quite shocking,’ he said. ‘To defend the odious Peter Hayman, who used his diplomatic bag to carry pictures of children, and I understand in some cases babies in prams, being abused is quite sickening.

‘Julian Fellowes has used flowery language to defend the indefensible and to praise the gutter. David Steel’s Liberal Party was giving sanctuary to the child-abusing monster Cyril Smith. If they have a shred of decency, they will retract their remarks and apologise for attacking my father who was a man of proven integrity.’

Yesterday, Lord Fellowes told the Mail: ‘My position today is exactly the same as it was 30 years ago — I abhor paedophilia in any form, but I think these matters should be decided in a court of law.’

Will we ever know the truth about Establishment paedophiles in the Eighties, and to what extent their activities were covered up?

The Mail can reveal that despite extensive inquiries over the past 20 months, no record of the Dickens dossier being passed to the Metropolitan Police in the mid-Eighties, let alone investigated, has been found by Yard detectives.

Operation Fairbank, the umbrella name for several historic child abuse inquiries relating to PIE, Elm Guest House and a children’s home in South-West London in the Seventies, has been staffed by just seven detectives  since it was launched in November 2012.

Compare this with 200 or so detectives tasked with probing alleged media crime around this time, and the 30 or so officers deployed on the post Jimmy Savile scandal inquiry, Operation Yewtree, it is not difficult to understand why sceptics believe the alleged Westminster paedophile ring which operated in the Eighties continues to be covered up.

Certainly there are grounds to suspect that PIE had established a foothold in the Home Office during this period.

A whistleblower has told police that PIE had received grants totalling £70,000 from the Home Office. This person told the Yard he witnessed a successful three-year grant renewal application for £35,000 in 1980, implying that a similar grant had been made in 1977.

PIE leader Steven Adrian Smith (who replaced the jailed Tom O’Carroll), even used a telephone number in the Home Office building as  a contact point for the child-sex-supporting organisation, while he was working there as an electrical contractor on behalf of a firm called Complete Maintenance Ltd.

According to his own account, Smith stored paperwork in cabinets at the Home Office and received full security clearance from Scotland Yard.

Smith later went on the run while facing child porn charges. He fled to Holland where he claimed asylum, on the grounds that he was part of an ‘oppressed’ minority campaigning for changes in the UK law.

He cited PIE’s long association with the NCCL. Smith won his asylum plea, but was arrested and jailed on his return to the UK in 1991.

Last night, a man in his 40s who alleges he was a victim of abuse at an institution probed by Scotland Yard, told us: ‘The Government and all its agencies need to wake up and realise that without a proper independent inquiry into historic child sex abuse, the guilty will be left in peace whilst a mass group of traumatised survivors will continue unsupported and tortured by our experiences.’