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Friday, 29 August 2014


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Thursday, July 10, 2014

EXPOSED: The Court of Session Clerk who downloaded child porn & whispered in the ears of Scotland’s top judges

Court of Session was workplace of clerk who admitted downloading child porn. A HIGH COURT clerk & close confidante of Scotland’s top judges in the Court of Session has admitted downloading child porn images while he was employed by the Scottish Court Service. Donald Bruton, who resigned from the Scottish Court Service after child pornography was discovered on his computer pleaded guilty to downloading the indecent images between July 24, 2011, and October 3 last year.
This latest case involving a figure close to Scotland’s judges on charges of child porn is one of many instances were staff working at the Scottish Court Service (SCS) and even prosecutors at the Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) have been linked to the downloading of, and in some cases distributing child porn images. However, not all cases have resulted in prosecutions …
The Daily Mail reports:
By Victoria Allen Daily Mail
A HIGH Court clerk yesterday admitted downloading indecent images of children.
Donald Bruton was forced to resign from his post at the Court of Session and the High Court after child pornography was discovered on his laptop.
He was found with indecent pictures of young girls aged ten to 15, three images being of the most serious 'level five' type.
Bruton, 60, was arrested after the laptop was discovered at his home in Joppa, Edinburgh, and appeared last October at the city's sheriff court, where he had to face his colleagues. He resigned from his job soon afterwards.
Yesterday, at the same court, he pleaded guilty to downloading the indecent images between July 24, 2011, and October 3 last year.
Fiscal Depute Aidan Higgins told the court police had received intelligence about Bruton's actions.
They went to the home he shared with his wife and two adult sons on October 3 last year. On being told the reason for their visit, the clerk directed them towards the laptop.
Mr Higgins said: 'He told the police he had been downloading these images of children for some time out of curiosity and had taken to searching for indecent images.'
Bruton worked with some of Scotland's most senior judges, particularly on commercial cases.
He was responsible for the daily running of proceedings at the Court of Session, which holds complex and high-value cases including divorce and libel actions.
The clerk formerly worked on criminal cases at the High Court in Edinburgh and Edinburgh Sheriff Court. He was also a member of the Edinburgh Budgerigar Association, where he served as treasurer, secretary and publicity officer.
Bruton had 16 pictures - four at level one in the scale of child pornography, one at level two, four at level three and four at level four. There were three at level five - the worst rating, which includes sadism and bestiality.
Defence solicitor Mark Harrower told Sheriff Alistair Noble his client has no previous convictions.
Sheriff Noble deferred sentence until August 5 for a social work report and continued Bruton's bail. He has also been placed on the Sex Offenders Register.
The Scottish Courts Service refused to comment after he was arrested as the case was active.
Scottish Conservative chief whip John Lamont said: 'It is wrong and inexcusable for anyone to access images such as this. But when it is someone working in such a senior position within the law, it seems to become more shocking.'
Alison Todd, chief executive of Scots charity Children 1st, which has campaigned for tougher sentences for paedophiles, said: 'Child pornography is not a victimless crime. Every image is evidence of achild suffering abuse from which they may never fully recover.'


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Police failing to investigate crimes, says official watchdog

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary publishes reports on the "integrity" of crime figures - and finds some serious problems

Officers allowed their own opinions to cloud their decision-making process over whether a report of rape should actually be recorded as a crime, the inquiry found.
Officers allowed their own opinions to cloud their decision-making process over whether a report of rape should actually be recorded as a crime, the inquiry found. Photo: Alamy
Police are failing to investigate crimes and ignoring victims of rape and violent attacks because forces are still not recording crime properly, official watchdogs have warned.
A series of reports on 21 forces across England and Wales exposed serious shortcomings in the way police handle allegations reported to them by members of the public.
Amid widespread concern that some forces have been “fiddling” the crime figures, the new data showed that several forces failed to record one third of crimes reported to them.
Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) also found that in some forces had erroneously recorded up to 45 per cent of incidents recorded as “no crimes” – meaning no investigation took place and offenders were not brought to justice.
HMIC inspectors examined samples of crime reports in each force over 12 months to October 2013, and then made their own decision on whether a crime should have been recorded, based on the facts.
An analysis of the data by The Telegraph showed:
One in five crimes reported to the 21 forces – or 20.3 per cent – were not recorded by police, reflecting the findings of an interim report published by the HMIC earlier this year.
West Yorkshire police failed to record 97 crimes out of 284 identified by HMIC, or 34 per cent, while Northamptonshire missed 44 out of 133, or 33 per cent.
Seven other forces - Cheshire, Cleveland, Greater Manchester, Gwent, Hertfordshire, South Yorkshire and Suffolk – failed to record 25 per cent or more of the crimes identified by HMIC.
Among “no crime” decisions by forces, Cleveland was found to have the largest proportion of incorrect “no crime” incidents with 38 out of 84, or 45 per cent, followed by Cheshire with 29 out of 71, or 41 per cent.
Inspectors found that Cheshire’s recording of rape was “not acceptable”.
Officers allowed their own opinions to cloud their decision-making process over whether a report of rape should actually be recorded as a crime, the inquiry found.
“Reality testing revealed inconsistencies, and the use of opinion rather than additional verifiable information within the decision making,” the report said.
“There is some evidence that issues such as mental health and alcohol dependency can influence the investigative process negatively, and in some instances delay or even stop the recording of a crime. This is not acceptable.”
Greater Manchester Police was also criticised for the way it handled rape.
“Failures were primarily attributed to the interpretation of additional verifiable information, with those victims suffering with mental health, those young of age or intoxicated more likely to receive a poor service,” it said.
Simon Danczuk, the Rochdale MP, said: “For some time now I’ve had concerns about Greater Manchester Police not taking rape seriously, particularly when the victims are young, vulnerable and less able to argue their case.
“This report acknowledges that these people ‘are more likely to receive a poor service’ and this is simply not good enough. What this effectively means is that vulnerable children are being fobbed off and not treated seriously.”
He added that changes demanded by HMIC should be “implemented without delay”.
A series of whistleblowers have disclosed how crime figures are manipulated by forces, and earlier this year official crime figures were given a health warning over concerns about their accuracy.


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spotlight on abuse: the past on trial


Isle of Lewis (Scotland)

The Sunday Herald (Glasgow), 9th October 2005
IF the Social Work Inspection Agency thought that its definitive report into the Lewis child sex abuse scandal would be the final word on the whole sordid matter, it was sadly mistaken.
By yesterday afternoon, just over 24 hours after the agency’s long-awaited report was published, it was clear that neither the children at the centre of the case nor the adults who were arrested then released without charge would regard the case as final until a conviction was secured.
The Sunday Herald has discovered that the children are exploring the possibility of lodging a private prosecution against their alleged abusers – a move that has the full support of Labour MSP for the Western Isles, Alasdair Morrison. The adults are meanwhile consulting their respective solicitors with a view to investigating what further action can be taken to clear their names, still sullied by the fact that nobody has yet been found guilty of the prolonged sexual abuse which the report concluded had clearly been committed.
The agency’s report, rather than bringing an end to the matter, looks set to open another chapter in the case as recriminations continue to swirl throughout the Western Isles and further afield.
The public was first alerted to the disturbing case in October 2003 when police and social services carried out dawn raids on a series of addresses on Lewis and in England. Operation Haven saw charges including rape and lewd and libidinous practices against three young girls brought against eight men, four of them living on the island, and a 75-year-old grandmother. Allegations soon emerged of ritual abuse – a Satanic paedophile ring with echoes of similar allegations uncovered in Orkney and Cleveland. Like Cleveland and Orkney, the Lewis case was to descend into acrimony after an inconclusive investigation.
Despite an operation involving more than 100 police officers across four forces amassing some 222,000 pages of documentation, in July last year the prosecution collapsed after the Crown Office said it believed the case would not stand up in court. It confirmed that all charges had, indeed, been dropped.
A Crown Office spokeswoman said last night there had been a problem with the “quality and the quantity” of the evidence. She added that for another criminal prosecution to take place “very strong new evidence” would have to emerge.
Colin Mackenzie, president of Association of Directors of Social Work, said “serious questions” had to be asked of the Crown Office as to why a prosecution was not taking place. He said he would write to Elish Angiolini, the solicitor-general, asking her to “clarify her position” on the matter.
“Whoever abused these kids is sitting somewhere in the UK and is a threat to children, ” Mackenzie said. “The Crown Office has to be called to account. We can’t have a situation in Scotland where experts are saying that children have been abused and nothing follows on from that.”
Morrison is also set to write to the Crown Office to ask “how this case cannot be taken to its ultimate conclusion as it should have been, given the body of evidence that exists”.
The nine who were charged, and who protested their innocence throughout, found themselves ostracised by many in the close-knit community. People shouted abuse in the street and the walls of their homes were daubed with graffiti. The trauma was such that one of the accused, Peter Nelson, attempted suicide.
They had hoped they would be vindicated in the agency report, but were to be bitterly disappointed.
In fact, the agency report is unambiguous in backing the children’s allegations that they were abused. It paints a horrific picture of abuse: between 1991 and 2000, inspectors found the girls had suffered more than 220 indicators of sexual, physical and emotional abuse as well as neglect.
The report claimed that almost 100 health professionals had contact with the family at the centre of the allegations over the years. It also alleged that the abuse at the hands of men and women continued despite this contact. On some occasions, money was said to exchange hands between adults after the alleged abuse had occurred.
The neglect also allegedly involved one child eating cat food because she was starving, and another sleeping in a cupboard, according to the report. It also claimed that one child had gone without shoes while money had been squandered on a computer.
Children were also said to have been burned by cigarettes, beaten and had often soiled themselves at school.
Perhaps most damning of all was the finding that the main suspect had been classified as “high risk” in England having been convicted of indecent assault of a nine-year-old girl in 1986. The mother of the girls was also said to have been a past victim of sexual abuse, an alleged abuser and having learning difficulties.
But when the family moved to the Outer Hebrides in 1995, a social worker reclassified the father as “low risk” because vital records were not passed on by social services in England.
A major shake-up over how allegations of child sex abuse are investigated in future is at the heart of the 162-page report. It also criticises social workers on Lewis for not acting sooner.
But it says the children should have been listened to more and that keeping the family together – as was the ethos following the Orkney child abuse inquiry – was flawed in this case.
Malcolm Smith, director of social work at Western Isles Council, said that the whole case was “incredibly complex”.
“The report makes uncomfortable reading, but we knew it would. We accept all the recommendations that were made in it.”
It is understood that the three children asked for the report to be published in full so that their horrific story of abuse could at last be told – and believed.
Those who were originally accused had been hoping for some crumb of evidence that would remove them from suspicion, but it was not forthcoming.
“There’s things in there that are so totally wrong, there’s things omitted. It’s what is not in the report that hurts me most, ” David Disney, one of those arrested in October 2003, said yesterday.
Disney refused to accept many of the agency’s conclusions, saying it was “absolutely not” the last word on the case.
“What most of us are asking for is a public inquiry because there’s so many question marks. In fact, the report’s raised more questions than it’s solved.”
Disney, who has since moved to England, said at one point the report says the children were taken into care by relatives, when the foster carers were he and his wife, a fact that required extensive police checks but omitted from the report.
Similarly, he claims to have had “fantastic” school reports and reports from the children’s charity NCH detailing the children’s progress under their foster care – documents which would testify to his character, he believes.
He variously described aspects of the report as “farcical”, “suspect” and said that it contained conflicting elements. He is investigating legal avenues “because I can’t just sit back and take it”.
“A lot of the recommendations that they make I can’t disagree with. But I should have a chance to put things right, and if I could afford it the first thing I would do would be to have social services into court.
“We are victims, and it’s not right. Our lives have been ruined. I’m not saying that the girls’ lives haven’t, of course they have. But we’re human beings too.”
Another of those originally accused, Peter Nelson, was less defiant but equally dismayed by the report. “We have been up all night expecting more attacks on our house, ” he said yesterday. “The way they’ve done [the report] hasn’t laid this to rest. There’s a big error here and it needs putting right.”
Nelson and his 38-year-old daughter Mary-Anne moved to the Lochs area of Lewis in 1998. The following year he bought some chickens from Mr and Mrs A, as the report refers to the main accused – “the worst thing I ever did”, Nelson said.
Later, Mrs A came to Nelson a number of times for help, saying that her husband was abusing the children and asking if she could come and live with him. He contacted social services with his concerns about the children’s welfare and even had a meeting with them – a key point, he asserts, which is not mentioned in the report.
Nelson’s contention is that in June 1999, he and Mary-Anne spent two hours in a meeting with social services detailing their concerns about Mr and Mrs A, after Mrs A told them “such a story we were gob-smacked”.
“We went there and told them there was a problem. The father was very abrupt with the children. The children looked neglected and the house was terrible.”
He added: “We voiced our concerns about them children; I don’t understand why social services haven’t said we went there. The lies that are there, you wouldn’t believe it.”
Nelson too said he would contact his solicitor to investigate what action, if any, he can take over the report’s conclusions. He also wants to see a public inquiry get to the root of what happened.
“I feel sorry for the children. My heart was broken when I read about the kids – but that’s why we went to social services in the first place, ” he said. “If they had listened to me on the day I went there, probably none of this would have happened.”
If there is one positive aspect to take from the case, it is that the children, who are with new foster parents on the island, are said to be “thriving”. The same cannot be said of everyone who has been touched by this case. No-one, it is safe to say, can move on until someone is found guilty.
1990: Mr and Mrs A got married.
1990: Their eldest girl who was 14 months old and living in England at the time was put on the child protection register.
1990-1995: English social services convened 12 child protection case conferences.
1995: The parents of Family A moved their three children from England to Lewis in the Western Isles where five social workers were assigned to their case.
1995-2001: Western Isles social services department convened 17 child protection case conferences.
1998: The eldest child of Family A was taken into foster care.
2001: The other two children of Family A were placed in foster care.
2002: Allegations of abuse were made.
2003: Operation Haven saw dawn raids being carried out at homes in England and the Western Isles where 13 men and women were arrested and nine were eventually charged with offences that included rape and lewd and libidinous behaviour.
2004: The Crown Office said there was insufficient evidence against them and all charges were dropped.
2004: Western Isles Council invited social work inspectors to carry out a review of the case.


Thursday, 28 August 2014


Pressure mounts on Tony Blair to answer questions over minister child sex abuse cover-up claims

The former Prime Minister is under increasing pressure to say what exactly he knew about allegations of abuse at a London children's home

Pressure mounting: Former Prime Minister Tony Blair
Pressure mounted on Tony Blair tonight to answer questions over the Mirror’s revelations that a child sex abuse probe was axed after a minister in his governmentwas named as a suspect.
MPs joined forces with a victim of abuse to call on the former Prime Minister to reveal if he knew about the alleged cover up or of any allegations against the politician.
The demands followed our story that an ex-social services boss told police in 1998 the Blair minister made evening visits to a children’s home in Lambeth, south London, run by paedophile Michael John Carroll in the 1980s.
A spokesman for Mr Blair said yesterday that he would not comment.
The Metropolitan Police continued to remain silent about their review into the cover up claims which they launched over a year ago.
A former care home boy who was sexually assaulted by Carroll in the flat allegedly visited by the politician, said yesterday: “Mr Blair owes it to the children who have suffered to come out and say something about this.”
The 45-year-old delivery driver added: “He must tell us what he knew and the longer he doesn’t, the worse it will get for him.”
Conservative MP Charlie Elphicke, a former Lambeth councillor, said: “Scotland Yard should come clean about why they ended the investigation and Tony Blair should explain what actions, if any, he took.
“People need to know there hasn’t been a cover up and Tony Blair cannot stay silent on this any longer. Lambeth has a sorry history when it comes to child protection and too often it has failed.”

Daily MirrorConvicted paedophile Michael Carroll living near Oswestry
Connections: Paedophile Michael John Carroll

Labour MP and fellow former Lambeth councillor John Mann, said: “It would be helpful if the former Prime Minister Tony Blair was to confirm whether or not he was informed of any allegations .”
Tory MP Bob Neill, the Conservative vice chairman responsible for London, said: “These are clearly very seriously allegations and it’s important they are subject to a full and independent investigation.”
The probe would examine whether government ministers, senior police officers, Whitehall civil servants and Lambeth council executives closed ranks to protect the politician.
The Home Office yesterday refused to examine the Mirror’s revelations, saying Scotland Yard must investigate itself or hand the case to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
The Mirror revealed this week that a former Lambeth council social services manager said she saw the politician making evening visits to convicted paedophile Carroll in a flat in the home where boys were abused.
Carroll was finally arrested in the summer of 1998 and convicted of a string of child sex attacks dating back three decades including assaults on youngsters in Angell Road.
Experienced detective Clive­ ­Driscoll was removed from the ­investigation into abuse in Lambeth children’s homes and given other duties in 1998 after he named the Blair minister as a suspect.
A new investigation, Operation Middleton, was then set up by Scotland Yard, Lambeth council and the Social Services Inspectorate – the body ­responsible for overseeing children’s homes for the department of health. Officers on Middleton were contacted by more than 200 alleged victims and secured three convictions.
The Mirror is demanding that Mr Blair and the other relevant authorities answer 14 unanswered questions:
  • Was ex-Labour leader Tony Blair aware one of his ministers was being investigated over allegations of historic child sex abuse?
  • Has he ever become aware of claims that the former minister preyed on boys for sex?
  • Did Mr Blair or any members of his government play any part in closing down Mr Driscoll’s investigation?
  • What role did the Department of Health and the Social Services Inspectorate play in closing Mr Driscoll’s investigation?
  • What communication was there between senior Metropolitan Police officers and the Blair government over the force’s investigation into the serving minister?
  • Which senior police officers, government ministers and civil servants discussed the investigation and when?
  • Why were disciplinary proceedings launched against Mr Driscoll for naming politicians among the suspects he was investigating?
  • Which police officer referred Mr Driscoll for disciplinary proceedings and for what reason?
  • Did an executive on Lambeth council raise a complaint against Mr Driscoll leading to disciplinary proceedings being commenced against Mr Driscoll?
  • Why didn’t Operation Middleton investigate claims a former Lambeth social worker made to Mr Driscoll about a group of men she had seen visiting Michael John Carroll’s private flat?
  • Was Dr Goldie told by a senior police officer that there was no reason for the politician to be investigated and that he should not repeat the allegations?
  • Did Lambeth council officials and/or Labour Party officials know a former Labour minister was a friend of convicted paedophile Michael John Carroll?
  • Where are the log books and visitors books for the Lambeth children’s homes that contained the politician’s name?
  • A year ago Scotland Yard stated that there would be a review of Mr Driscoll’s concerns that his investigation was interfered with by senior police officers. What are the findings of the review?

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HMIC 'concern' about Leicestershire Police's crime data

Assistant Chief Constable Roger Bannister Assistant Chief Constable Roger Bannister claimed "we get it right" in most cases

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"Significant" concern has been raised about the way Leicestershire Police has dealt with crimes including sexual offences and assaults on children.

An inspection found the force had failed to record all crimes referred from other agencies to its specialist departments.

In a report, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) recommended that "urgent" action is taken.

However, the force claimed the majority of the report was "very positive".
'Significant concern'
HMIC has inspected police forces across England and Wales, examining the ways they record crime data.

As part of the Leicestershire Police inspection, HMIC examined 55 reports that were referred from other agencies directly to the force's specialist departments.

Of the 16 crimes that should have been recorded, only six had been.

The report stated: "As some of these records related to sexual offences and assaults on children, this is a significant cause of concern and is a matter of urgent importance."

It also said: "During the fieldwork it was evident that the force was focused on the accurate, ethical recording of crime with no management pressure being applied to under-record or mis-record crimes to hit performance targets."

Assistant Chief Constable Roger Bannister said: "We acknowledge that some of the cases audited by the HMIC were not recorded on our crime system but we can reassure the public that every report was fully investigated and the victims were given the appropriate support.

"In fact, we didn't wait for HMIC to tell us about this issue, our own auditing systems had picked it up, and we had already put measures in place to address it by employing a full time administrator with specialist training to monitor the database to ensure crimes were being recorded correctly and in a timely fashion."

The way the force audits and monitors sexual offences was described as "good practice".

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UK Establishment Closes Ranks as Organised Child Sex Abuse Network Leads Back to No. 10

EG7 (Former Home Secretary Leon Brittan alleged as ‘Tory Ex Minister’ in recent coverage)
For decades, vulnerable children from care homes and other institutions were booked to order by rich and powerful men, for sex.  This is the allegation put forward in ‘Nightmares at Elm Guest House’, in an interview with Chris Fay of the National Association for Young People in Care.  As another significant member of the Conservative party is about to be outed this weekend, we take a closer look at these allegations and ask: how much longer can the UK establishment keep this story suppressed?
Child Sex Abuse and the UK Establishment
In 1974, a group of child sex abusers launched the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE).  This group was legal at the time, and sought to promote the rights of ‘paedophiles’.  The group espoused the view that children had the right to indulge in their sexual feelings with adults, and argued the age of consent should be lowered to four years old, or abolished altogether.
This was not some fringe group, hidden away.  They had thousands of members, many from senior positions in the media, the security services, politics and other establishment positions.
The members were public and built affiliations with the Gay Liberation Front, the Campaign for Homosexual Equality, mental health charity Mind, and even human rights organisation Liberty (previously named The National Council for Civil Liberties).  The leaders of PIE shared platforms with Harriet Harman, Patricia Hewitt, and others.
PIE members had been using the ‘Contact’ page of their magazine The Magpie, to connect and network with each other.  They also used it to introduce consumers of child pornography to suppliers.  In 1978, the homes of PIE members were raided and they faced charges of conspiracy against public morality.  One person however, was not tried.  He was referred to as “Mr Henderson” until the Private Eye outed him as Sir Peter Hayman, a senior diplomat and former British High Commissioner to Canada.  While other PIE members who indulged in the same activity as Hayman were sent for trial at the Old Bailey, Hayman was sent home by the Attorney General and carried on regardless.
PIE was dissolved in 1984, but not before it had allowed for the creation of a powerful network of paedophiles within the most senior ranks of the UK establishment.
In the documentary Nightmares at Elm Guest House, former National Adult Advisor of the National Association for Young People in Care (NAYPIC) Chris Fay, attests that this paedophile ring was widely known, but that the membership of such senior figures had a double lock effect.  Firstly, the members were in positions of such seniority that they had the political and financial power to keep stories suppressed, close down police investigations and keep members out of jail.  Secondly, the members were such significant establishment faces that the potential impact of their exposure incentivised those around them who knew to keep quiet.
The Elm Guest House
The Elm Guest House was a B&B in Barnes, West London, run by Harood and Carol Kasir.  The guest house pitched itself as gay-friendly, but such a description does a great dis-service to the gay community.  On or around the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977, it began to host ‘Kings and Queens’ parties for paedophiles, whereby members of PIE and another group promoting the sexual abuse of children, The Spartacus Club, could fulfil their desires.
It is alleged that from 1977 onward, rich and powerful men were provided with a menu of children’s photographs and school reports, by members of Richmond Social Services.  Once chosen, the child would be sourced from their children’s home (most commonly Grafton Close, just 8 miles away), and taken to Elm Guest House.  On arrival, the children would be drugged and abused, sometimes on camera in the ‘video facilities room’, sometimes in the sauna, sometimes at sex parties in a back room.
EG8Carol Kasir claimed to have kept names from the guest register of Elm Guest House, pictured above, which include major establishment figures. The full list is below:
  • Anthony Blunt, Royal Connections, MI5, traitor, Russian spy deceased.
  • Harvey Proctor, Monday Club, well known convicted paedophile.
  • Sir Peter Bottomley. Worthing MP and Monday Club
  • Charles Irving
  • Leon Britton, Lord, ex Thatcher Minister (likely the Tory ex minister referred to anonymously in recent newpaper reports)
  • Peter Brooke, Life Peer
  • John Rowe, MI5, former MP
  • Cyril Smith, deceased, ex Rochdale MP
  • Ron Brown
  • Colin Jordan, ex National Front Leader
  • George Tremlett, Former GLC Leader
  • Peter Campbell, Monday Club
  • Gary Walker, Sinn Fein
  • Cliff Richard,aged  Pop Star, known at Elm Guest House as ‘Kitty’
  • Jess Conrad, aged ex Pop Star.
  • Ron Wells, aged Musician, aka ‘Gladys’ at Elm Guest House.
  • Richard Miles, Monday Club
  • Chris Denning, ex BBC DJ, convicted paedophile.
  • R Langley, Buckingham Palace Equerry
  • Terry Dwyer
  • Patrick Puddles
  • Louis Minster, Head of Richmond Social Services
  • Colin Peters, QC – a convicted paedophile sentenced to 8 years in 1989
  • Steve Everett, Senior Westminster Social worker
  • Ray Wire, so called expert on Paedophile therapy
  • Peter Glencross, editor of Monday Club newsletter
  • Guy Hamilton Blackwell, son of Westland Helicopters Chairman
The plight of one particular boy illustrates the horrific nature of this network of abuse.
EG3Peter Hatton-Bornshin (pictured) and his brother David were put into care after their mother committed suicide in the 1970’s.  They were 12 and 13.  One day, they were told by senior workers at Grafton Close Children’s Home that they were going ‘a treat’.  Their treat was a visit to Elm Guest House.
Peter, his brother and other boys were made to dress up as fairies, encouraged to become drunk, and invited to play a game of hide and seek.  The boys were told to hide, and when caught by the adult men, would be sexually abused by their captor.  Some of the men who raped, tortured and sexually abused Peter and David have been named as Liberal MP Cyril Smith, Catholic Priest Father Tony McSweeney (who officiated at the wedding of Frank Bruno), and Deputy Manager of Grafton Close Children’s Home John Stingemore (who also supplied the boys).
Peter never got over the abuse he received at the hands of these men.  He later complained about his treatment and received compensation from Richmond Council, while the story remained suppressed.  He fell into poor mental health, and was treated at Broadmoor.  In 1994, just days after his 28th birthday, he killed himself with a fatal drug overdose.  His suicide note included the words “I will get those bastards.”
The Elm Guest House was raided in 1982.  Police found five pornographic videos of children, evidence of the Kasir’s neglect of their son Eric, and other vice charges.  Over the next year, all charges related to the Elm Guest House were dropped and only the Kasirs faced charges of running a brothel, for which they received a suspended sentence.  The Elm Guest House closed shortly thereafter.
In 1990, with her husband dead and son Eric removed from her custody, it is alleged that Carole Kasir invited NAYPIC’s Chris Fay to view the contents of a box, which he claims contained a photograph of Leon Brittan (while he was a minister of government) dressed as a nurse, with a naked 14 year old boy on his lap.  Kasir had many other pictures of senior members of the UK establishment at the ‘Kings and Queens’ parties.  Kasir refused to give Fay the box, but agreed for him to return a few days later and take photograph the items.  Kasir was found dead on 17th June 1990, aged 47, before this meeting could take place.
It was claimed she killed herself with an insulin overdose.  Chris Fay and his colleague Mary Moss believe she was murdered.  They argue:
  • the last injection found on her body was 72 hours old, and it is unheard of for a person to receive an insulin overdose and live for 72 hours.
  • The syringe mark was also on her posterior, when she normally injected into the arm.
  • The only person to corroborate Kasir’s handwriting in the suicide note, was David Issit (a known paedophile with links to PIE and the Spartacus Club).
  • Kasir had received threatening phone call and intimidation from the police prior to her death
The Open Secret of a Generation
(one example of earlier efforts to expose the network)
Even if not complicit, the child sexual abuse ring around Elm Guest House, Grafton Close and the UK establishment must have breathed a collective sigh of relief at Kasir’s death.
They had survived the police raid on PIE in 1978, which took out non-establishment members of PIE but left the wider network and establishment figures untouched.
Conservative MP Geoffrey Dickens repeatedly raised the issue of a London based network of sexual abusers of children between 1981 and 1985.  Dickens believed he had uncovered an establishment network with what he described as ‘big, big names’.  He held a 30 minute meeting with the Home Secretary in 1984, handing over a dossier of his evidence.  The meeting is captured in both Hansard and the media at the time, with Dickens describing himself as ‘encouraged’ following the meeting.  The Home Secretary of the day however, was none other than Leon Brittan – himself named as a frequenter of Elm Guest House on the registers in Kasir’s possession.  The dossier never surfaced, no action was taken, Brittan claims no recollection of this publicly recorded meeting, and the Home Office say they have found no trace of the dossier.
With both Carol and Harood Kasir dead, the Elm Guest House closed, and PIE disbanded – only the children and their alleged abusers remained to tell the story.  It seemed the establishment had won and the secrets would die with those who held them.
Key figures from the period were also starting to reach the natural end of their lives before the truth of the network could be uncovered.  MI5 and Special branch helped maintain the cover of Cyril Smith until his death in 2010.  Jimmy Savile had also been protected from prosecution for rampant rape and sexual abuse of children, from when rumours first began circulating in 1964, to his death in 2011, which meant another key name and holder of secrets had left the scene.  But immediately after his death (a sign of how open his secret must have been), BBC Newsnight began an investigation into the allegations….and the whole network began to blow up, by tracing Savile’s movements and interactions.
The latest series of press interest and police investigations was triggered by Labour MP Tom Watson, who timed judiciously a question to PM David Cameron at the height of the furore over Jimmy Savile.  Tom Watson requested a full investigation of allegations of a “powerful paedophile network linked to Parliament and No 10” at Prime Minister’s Questions on 24th October 2012.
The Metropolitan Police launched Operation Fairbank shortly thereafter, and repeatedly denied such an investigation was underway when challenged by interested parties.  Since that time, Operation Fernbridge has undertaken to investigate and prosecute those associated with Elm Guest House.
The actions of Tom Watson MP have helped raise awareness, while NAYPIC’s Chris Fay and Mary Moss, reporters at ExaroNews and film makers such as Bill Maloney have investigated over decades and provided the necessary evidence to maintain the case in the face of overwhelming pressure to suppress it.
It’s Time to End the Networks
(Grafton Close Children’s Home celebrate the Royal Wedding in 1981, with alleged child supplier Neil Kier on BBQ duty)
I have long left this subject to others to write about.  I had a sense that I should remain quiet on the matter until the legal process had concluded.  I changed my mind after watching Nightmares at Elm Guest House and reviewing the litany of prior police investigations, court cases and media scandals on the matter.  It appears that however close it has seemed, justice has failed to be done for many decades.  The establishment has circled the wagons each time, sacrificed a pawn or two to sate the appetites of public and press, then carried on business as usual.
When one looks closer, we are facing the unfolding nightmare that politicians, pop stars and media figures have been supplied vulnerable children to rape and abuse, by members of the social services, over decades.  It is beginning to appear quite certain, that a significant number of children’s homes and institutions for young people, have been complicit in abuse on an industrial scale.  It is also apparent that a persistent cover up has meant people have been silenced, threatened and perhaps even killed to maintain the silence, and the networks of abuse.  The list is growing:
These are but a few of the scandals to emerge in recent years.  The reason for us all to pay attention and for independent journalists and parties to maintain the pressure on this story – is simple.  It is likely that the networks and foul individuals involved have been allowed to fester, largely unchallenged, by the institutions intended to hold them to account.  The police, parliament, the press – all compromised and capitulated.  When members of these institutions were brave enough to come forward, they faced the full force of the establishment.  So it’s on us to stand up and be counted, so that this time, justice is firmly and finally done – in honour of each of the children abused repeatedly by the so called great and good of the UK establishment.  We do not know the guilt of any of those suspected, but we must ensure claims are fully investigated and where guilt is found, appropriate consequences are delivered.
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