- Independent Police Complaints Commission launches corruption probe
- Evidence of ‘high-level corruption of the most serious nature’ was turned over to the watchdog by Scotland Yard
- Allegations include claims that a politician personally shut down child abuse probe
- Investigation into child sex ring at Dolphin Square was allegedly stopped because police got ‘too near’ VIPs
- Labour calls for a fully independent investigation of the allegations
The Metropolitan Police will be investigated over claims that it covered up child sex offences because MPs and police officers were involved.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission today announced a probe into 14 different allegations of corruption at Britain’s largest police force.
The investigation was prompted by evidence dating between 1970 and 2005 which was turned over to the police watchdog by Scotland Yard officials.
Investigation: The Metropolitan Police is being probed over allegations of high-level corruption
It will be conducted by officers from the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards and overseen by the IPCC. Scotland Yard is also investigating the original alleged offences.
Among the allegations are claims that a statement by an abuse victim was edited to delete the name of a senior politician, and that an investigation into a paedophile ring led to the conviction of some sex offenders but ignored ‘more prominent individuals’.
Another allegation states that a politician personally intervened to stop police looking into a Westminster child sex ring which saw ‘boys being procured and supplied to prominent persons’.
Police also allegedly failed to prosecute a senior Met officer who teamed up with ‘members of the establishment including judges’ to sexually abuse children.
A separate claim relates to a list of VIPs including MPs and senior police officers who were allegedly involved in a group of paedophiles linked to the Houses of Parliament.
Probe: Police allegedly stopped investing a child sex ring based in Dolphin Square in Westmister, pictured
One investigation was shut down by a senior officer who said the order to stop gathering information came from ‘up high’ in Scotland Yard, according to one of the allegations included in the probe.
It was also alleged that police launched an investigation into a ‘proactive operation’ of paedophiles in Dolphin Square, a block of flats in Westminster, but stopped it when they got ‘too near’ VIPs.
Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper called for the investigation to be made fully independent from the Met to ensure its credibility.
Allegations: Sarah Green of the IPCC will oversee the investigation into the corruption claims
‘Given the gravity of the crimes being investigated, it is worrying that this is not a fully independent investigation,’ she told the Guardian.
‘Instead the Met will lead this work with oversight from the IPCC. Surely this should be done by an independent investigator, or at the very least an alternate force.’
A spokesman for the IPCC claimed that it would be overly complex to launch a completely independent probe, because the claims are tied up with a number of other ongoing investigations.
Sarah Green of the IPCC said: ‘These allegations are of historic, high-level corruption of the most serious nature.
‘We will oversee the investigations and ensure that they meet the terms of reference that we will set.
‘Allegations of this nature are of grave concern and I would like to reassure people of our absolute commitment to ensuring that the investigations are thorough and robust.’
A spokesman for the Met said: ‘The allegations emerged whilst officers were working on Operation Fairbank and relate to the period between 1970 – 2005.
‘The MPS recognised the severity of the allegations, and the importance of understanding whether or not our officers had in the past acted inappropriately, therefore voluntarily referred the 16 separate allegations to the IPCC.
‘Ongoing investigations and recent convictions by officers from the sexual offences, exploitation and child abuse command have shown that the MPS is fully committed to investigating non-recent allegations of sexual abuse.’
The IPCC probe is being launched at the same time as a new judge-led inquiry into historic sex abuse begins its work.
Justice Lowell Goddard, a senior judge from New Zealand, will investigate claims that the establishment conspired to cover up abuse by celebrities and other VIPs.
The issue of child abuse been at the forefront of public concern ever since it emerged that BBC presenter Jimmy Savile was in fact a prolific paedophile who was never brought to justice in his lifetime.
THE 14 ALLEGATIONS WHICH WILL BE INVESTIGATED BY POLICE WATCHDOG
An allegation of a potential cover up around failures to properly investigate child sex abuse offences in south London and further information about criminal allegations against a politician being dropped;
An allegation that an investigation involving a proactive operation targeting young men in Dolphin Square was stopped because officers were too near prominent people;
An allegation that a document was found at an address of a paedophile that originated from the Houses of Parliament listing a number of highly prominent individuals (MPs and senior police officers) as being involved in a paedophile ring and no further action was taken;
An allegation that an account provided by an abuse victim had been altered to omit the name of a senior politician;
An allegation that an investigation into a paedophile ring, in which a number of people were convicted, did not take action in relation to other more prominent individuals;
Allegations that a politician had spoken with a senior Met Police officer and demanded no action was taken regarding a paedophile ring and boys being procured and supplied to prominent persons in Westminster in the 1970s;
An allegation that in the late 1970s a surveillance operation that gathered intelligence on a politician being involved in paedophile activities was closed down by a senior Met Police officer;
An allegation that a dossier of allegations against senior figures and politicians involved in child abuse were taken by Special Branch officers;
Allegations that a surveillance operation of a child abuse ring was subsequently shut down due to high profile people being involved;
Allegations of child sex abuse against a senior politician and a subsequent cover-up of his crimes;
Allegations that during a sexual abuse investigation a senior officer instructed the investigation be halted and that that order had come from ‘up high’ in the Met;
An allegation of a conspiracy within the Met to prevent the prosecution of a politician suspected of offences;
Allegations against a former senior Met Police officer regarding child sex abuse and that further members of the establishment including judges were involved. It is claimed that no further action was taken;
An allegation that police officers sexually abused a boy and carried out surveillance on him. There are further allegations of financial corruption in a London borough police force.
UK police corrupted by sex and drugs: Report
Scotland Yard paedophile hunter is charged with groping young girl and taking indecent pictures of a child
- Detective Constable Chris Maitland was suspended from duty in November
- He worked at the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command
- He is facing 14 charges including two of sexually touching a young girl
- He will appear tomorrow morning at Westminster Magistrates’ Court
A Scotland Yard detective tasked with investigating paedophiles has been been charged with groping a young girl aged under 13.
Detective Constable Chris Maitland, 40, was based at the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command when he was arrested late last year.
The 40-year-old officer was initially arrested on November 22, 2015 on suspicion of possession and distribution of indecent images of children.
A detective working in Scotland Yard’s child abuse unit has been charged with groping a 13-year-old girl and possession of indecent images of children following an investigation
Maitland will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, pictured, in the morning to face a total of 14 charges
He was later re-arrested on suspicion of touching a young girl under 13 in a sexual manner.
The Metropolitan Police confirmed Maitland was suspended from duty following his arrest in November.
Maitland, who is currently in custody, is due to appear in Westminster Magistrates’ Court in the morning to face 14 charges in connection with the investigation.
Scotland Yard confirmed Maitland was charged with two counts of sexual touching a girl under 13, five counts of taking indecent images of a child and seven counts of making an indecent image of a child.
The former civil servant has told detectives investigating the activities of paedophiles in national politics that the Metropolitan Police’s Special Branch was orchestrating the child-sex lobbying group in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
The whistleblower, who has spoken exclusively to the Sunday Express, says he was also warned off asking why such a notorious group was being handed government money.
It emerged late last year that PIE was twice gave amounts of £35,000 in Home Office funding between 1977 and 1980, the £70,000 total equivalent to over £400,000 in today’s money.
Those details surfaced only after the whistleblower highlighted his concerns to campaigning Labour MP Tom Watson and his revelations have triggered an ongoing Home Office inquiry into why the cash was given to PIE which was abolished in 1985 after a number of prosecutions.
Until now, speculation about the grant has centred on Clifford Hindley, the late Home Office manager who approved the payments. However, the whistleblower told the Sunday Express he thought higher and more sinister powers were at play.
He has given a formal statement to that effect to detectives from Operation Fernbridge, which is looking into allegations of historic sex abuse at the Elm Guest House in south-west London.
At that time, questioning anything to do with Special Branch, especially within the Home Office, was a ‘no-no’.
PIE, now considered one of the most notorious groups of the era, had gained respectability in political circles. Its members are said to have included establishment figures, and disgraced Liberal MP Cyril Smith was a friend of founder member Peter Righton.
In 1981, Tory MP Geoffrey Dickens used Parliamentary privilege to name Sir Peter Hayman, the deputy director of MI6, as a member of PIE and an active paedophile. In 1983 Mr Dickens gave the Home Office a dossier of what he claimed was evidence of a paedophile network of “big, big names, people in positions of power, influence and responsibility”. The Home Office says the dossier no longer exists.
Whistleblower Mr X, whose identity we have agreed to protect, became a very senior figure in local government before retiring a few years ago. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, he was a full-time consultant in the Home Office’s Voluntary Services Unit run by Clifford Hindley.
In 1979 Mr X was asked to examine a funding renewal application for PIE, but he became concerned because the organisation’s goal of seeking to abolish the age of consent “conflicted” with the child protection policies of the Department of Health and Social Security and asked for a meeting with Mr Hindley, his immediate boss.
Mr X recalled: “I raised my concerns, but he told me that I was to drop them. Hindley gave three reasons for this. He said PIE was an organisation with cachet and that its work in this field was respected.
“He said this was a renewal of an existing grant and that under normal Home Office practice a consultant such as myself would not be involved in the decision-making process.
“And he said PIE was being funded at the request of Special Branch which found it politically useful to identify people who were paedophiles. This led me not to pursue my objections. At that time, questioning anything to do with Special Branch, especially within the Home Office, was a ‘no-no’.
“I was under the clear belief that I was being instructed to back off and that his reference to Special Branch was expected to make me to do so.
“Hindley didn’t give me an explicit explanation of what Special Branch would do with information it gleaned from funding PIE, but I formed the belief that it was part of an undercover operation or activity. I was aware a lot of people in the civil service or political arena had an interest in obtaining information like that which could be used as a sort of blackmail.”
He said he asked for a file the Home Office kept on PIE, but his request was refused. However, he was certain then Tory Home Office Minister Tim Raison, who died in 2011, must have signed the 1980 funding application.
Mr X has given a formal written statement to the inquiry set up last year into former Home Office links with PIE but has refused to meet the inquiry in person because he fears “repercussions” under the Official Secrets Act.
Yesterday Tom Watson said: “The whole sorry business makes it absolutely imperative the Home Secretary bows to the will of the 114 MPs demanding a full, fearless public investigation into child sexual abuse.”
Special Branch was an integral part of the intelligence service gathering intelligence on spies and political threats to the state. In 2005 it merged with the anti-terrorism branch to form a Counter Terrorism Command.
MI5 and Special Branch ‘covered up Cyril Smith’s abuse of boys’: Police dossier handed to prosecutors in 1970 ‘went missing for four decades’
- Lib Dem MP for Rochdale was accused of eight counts of sex abuse
- But now police have come forward to tell how their probe was thwarted
- They claim Special Branch and MI5 intervened on Smith’s behalf
Fresh evidence that MI5 and Special Branch covered up Sir Cyril Smith’s abuse of children has been found in a police dossier. The file, which accuses the Liberal Democrat MP of ‘a sordid series of indecent episodes with young boys’, was handed to prosecutors in 1970 but then went missing for more than four decades. It was discovered by a team of investigators from Channel 4’s Dispatches.
A police file which accuses late Lib Dem MP Cyril Smith of ‘a sordid series of indecent episodes with young boys’ which went missing four decades ago has been unearthed by reporters from Channel 4’s Dispatches
The file reveals that the 29-stone politician was accused of eight counts of sex abuse, including six offences at a care home he set up in his Rochdale constituency. The case has strong parallels with that of former BBC DJ and abuser Jimmy Savile, who was allowed access to patients at Broadmoor, Stoke Mandeville and Leeds General Infirmary. The Dispatches reporter, Liz MacKean, worked on the BBC Newsnight investigation into Savile in 2011. That programme was shelved later that year – sparking a crisis at the corporation and her acrimonious departure. Smith, who died three years ago aged 82, was a guest on an edition of Savile’s show Clunk Click that was broadcast in 1973.
Parallels to the Savile case: The 29-stone politician was accused of eight counts of sex abuse, including six offences at a care home he set up in Rochdale
Miss MacKean has unearthed evidence that the file containing claims against the MP was suppressed at the highest levels of the Establishment. The allegations first surfaced last year when Simon Danczuk, Labour MP for Rochdale, called on Home Secretary Theresa May to investigate whether MI5 were involved in a cover-up. Dispatches spoke to a former Special Branch detective, Tony Robinson, who said he found the file in a safe at police headquarters in Lancashire. He claimed he took a call in 1977 from ‘Box 500’, the police codeword for MI5, requesting the file be sent to London by special courier. At the time, Smith was heavily involved in negotiations to keep James Callaghan’s government in office through a pact between Labour and the Liberals. Another officer, Paul Foulston, told Dispatches he was ordered by Special Branch in London not to interview a witness in a murder inquiry. He claimed they then discovered the 18-year-old, who was soon ruled out of the investigation, had been involved in a sexual relationship with Smith. Mr Foulston said: ‘It was quite apparent to us that they were in effect protecting Cyril Smith and not investigating him.’ The police file names eight victims who describe being stripped, massaged, beaten and subjected to bizarre ‘hygiene examinations’ or ‘chastisements’ by Smith. One victim told Dispatches he was so upset he ran away from Cambridge House care home and was forced to live rough for several months. Another, Chris Marshall, said he was taken from his dormitory and abused by Smith in a bedroom in Knowle View school – another Rochdale institution set up by the politician. He told the programme: ‘They had the evidence to stop him, didn’t they? They knew what he was up to.’
Smith strains the benches of the House of Commons: Dispatches reporter Liz MacKean has found evidence that the file containing claims against the MP was suppressed at the highest levels of the Establishment
A police chief said yesterday that a lack of leadership from responsible authorities led to abusers Savile, Smith and Stuart Hall getting away with their crimes for so long. Andy Rhodes, assistant chief constable of Lancashire Constabulary, told delegates at a child sexual exploitation conference near Blackburn that gaining knowledge of the subject and acting upon it was the key to tackling the problem. Mr Rhodes told the meeting: ‘The reason Cyril Smith, Jimmy Savile and Stuart Hall got away with what they got away with, which was serious, serious prolonged sexual exploitation of young people, was because leaders who had responsibility to do something, did not do it. ‘They turned a blind eye. Buried their heads in the sand. ‘There are a lot of leaders around the country (now) becoming aware and increasing their knowledge about what sexual exploitation is all about in their areas.’ The Paedophile MP – How Cyril Smith Got Away With It is on Channel 4 tonight at 11pm. Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2418254/MI5-Special-Branch-covered-Cyril-Smiths-abuse-boys-Police-dossier-handed-prosecutors-1970-went-missing-decades.html
MI5, Special Branch, Prominent Paedophiles Cover-up and Peter Jaconelli
MI5, Special Branch, Prominent Paedophiles Cover-up and Peter Jaconelli
- Crime and Parliamentary Affairs correspondent TIM HICKS comments on the involvement of MI5, MI6 and Special Branch in protecting paedophiles and possible involvement in the Peter Jaconelli scandal, along with the latest developments in the Home Office investigation into child sexual abuse.
~~~~~ On August the 7th 2014, the North Yorks Enquirer published an article on how MI5 and Special Branch for years protected the paedophile and rapist Sir Cyril Smith from arrest, because of his position as a senior parliamentarian. Full story here and an excellent Daily Mail article here. Recently, in a related development, the Express has run a story that a former civil servant has given evidence that the Metropolitan Police’s Special Branch orchestrated the child-sex lobbying group Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) in the late 1970s: http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/485529/Special-Branch-funded-Paedophile-Information-Exchange-says-Home-Office-whistleblower It is alleged that PIE was being funded by the Home Office (which is responsible for MI5) at the request of Special Branch which found it politically useful to identify people who were paedophiles. The former civil servant is quoted as saying that he “formed the belief that it was part of an undercover operation or activity. I was aware a lot of people in the civil service or political arena had an interest in obtaining information like that which could be used as a sort of blackmail.” In this context, agent handlers are all taught the acronym MICE to cover the methods that can be used to convince someone to turn agent or informant. It stands for:
- Money: Bribery.
- Ideology: A person motivated to help an intelligence service because he is sympathetic to its aims or the country it represents.
- Coercion: Blackmail or a honey trap, being a commonly resorted to method of turning a person of interest to MI5 into an informer (the classic case being John Vassall), exerting influence over them, coercing them into betraying information. It can also be used to damage or neutralise a person of interest. Alternatively false information of a similar nature (disinformation) can be disseminated for the same purpose. (See the alleged example of an MI5 disinformation operation with Lord Brittan below).
- Ego: Flattering an inadequate personality to obtain cooperation.
Hence the interest in the gathering evidence of sexual misconduct by intelligence organisations such as MI5. The role of MI5 and Special Branch from the 1960’s onwards Special Branch is a label customarily used to identify police units responsible for matters of national security. First formed in 1883 as the Special Irish Branch of London’s Metropolitan Police to counter the Irish Republican Brotherhood (a forerunner of the IRA). The Irish element was dropped shortly afterwards as the unit evolved to oppose a wider range of threats. Special Branch was organised into (1) a Ports Branch, and (2) an Operations Branch, staffed by Special Branch Officers recruited from officers from each Force area, nominally under the control of the Chief Constable, but actually operating autonomously under the control of Special Branch Headquarters in London. Each British police force went on to form its own Special Branch and most or all UK Police Services still maintain a Special Branch unit. In North Yorkshire Police it is called “Ports Unit” and a very good description of its duties can be obtained from the excellent North Yorkshire Police website for Ports Unit. Although innocuously titled “Ports Unit”, it is in fact Special Branch, as shown by their email address which is Special Branch. MI5 does not have powers to arrest or execute a search warrant. Therefore, the Operations Branch of Special Branch as well as developing intelligence and conducting its own investigations, acted as the executive arm of MI5, making the arrests and conducting searches, as directed by MI5. This was particularly emphasized in the county forces Special Branch units, because in those days MI5 had no presence outside London. Hence the involvement of Special Branch in protecting Cyril Smith from arrest in Rochdale, detailed above which was certainly at the direction of MI5. In London Special Branch (SO12) had responsibility for, amongst other things, personal protection of (non-royal) VIPs and performing the role of examining officer at designated ports and airports. The investigative wing of the Special Branch known as X squad became the Metropolitan Police Anti-Terrorist Branch (SO13) in 1972. In the Metropolitan Police (which had national responsibilities at the time) it was grouped under the Assistant Commissioner Security, along with the Palace of Westminster Division SO17 (now CO7) (responsible for security of MPs), the Special Branch protection officers (now Specialist Protection Branch SO1) responsible for providing specialist protection (for the current and former Prime Ministers, Home Secretary, Foreign Secretary, Secretary of State for Defence and others) and the Royalty Protection Branch SO14. All of these squads liaised closely. Other examples of protection of high-level paedophiles This was not the only example of criminals being protected because they were embarrassing to prominent politicians. In 1964, the Metropolitan Police were ready to arrest Lord Boothby for paedophilism with youths provided by the notorious London gangsters Ronnie and Reggie Kray. He and Tom Driberg, a future Labour Party Chairman were intimate with the Krays and one of their gang Leslie Holt a cat burglar and prostitute who was later murdered by them. However, their political connections (Boothby was a senior Conservative and the lover of the Prime Minister’s wife; Driberg was a future Chairman of the Labour Party) meant that neither the Conservatives nor the Labour Party wanted Driberg and Boothby exposed, so the Police backed off. This would undoubtedly have involved Special Branch, being the Branch of the British Police responsible for protecting the Prime Minister and prominent politicians. As a result the Krays were free to carry on their reign of terror until they were jailed for life in 1969, having committed a number of murders and terrorised the East End for a further five years. Full NYE report here The notorious Kincora boys home in East Belfast, where dozens of children were abused, has long been alleged to have been used by MI5 to obtain material on people in high places, to use to manipulate them during the troubles. Excellent article by the Belfast Telegraph here. William McGrath, the housemaster of Kincora Boys’ Home was later jailed for abusing youngsters in his care. One of the MI5 case officers was subsequently charged with an offence against a young boy. Interestingly, it is alleged that Baroness Butler-Schloss’s (see below) brother Sir Michael Havers is alleged to have limited an investigation into Kincora (story here) and also alleged to have participated in the decision not to prosecute Sir Peter Hayman (see below). Derbyshire Constabulary Chief Constable Mick Creedon has recently revealed that when he was serving as a Detective Sergeant in Leicestershire, he was forbidden from arresting Labour MP Greville Janner (now Lord Janner) or searching his home, despite ‘credible evidence’ that warranted further investigation. This was a line of enquiry during the investigation into Frank Beck, the manager of Leicester children’s homes, who was convicted of abusing boys in his care. Daily Mail coverage here. Leicestershire Police recently raided the office of Labour peer Greville Janner as part of a probe into historical child sex abuse allegations. According to Labour MP and anti-paedophile campaigner Simon Danczuk, the word went around Parliament that this must not be discussed. Assistant Chief Constable Sue Cross of North Yorkshire Police conducted an investigation into the Jaconelli and Savile paedophile ring in Scarborough, in which she denied North Yorkshrie Police had any intelligence on Savile or Jaconelli. Subsequently Chief Constable Dave Jones had to admit that intelligence did exist and called in the IPCC. NYE investigation here. Today’s Daily Mirror has revealed that the Metropolitan Police are investigating allegations of a high level paedophile ring involving MPs based at Dolphin Square. Full story here. MI5 and Special Branch protection of Jimmy Savile and Peter Jaconelli? Savile operated openly in Scarborough and Whitby with Peter Jaconelli the Mayor. Peter Jaconelli was a school governor and is known to have enticed school children into prostitution and to have procured for Savile. They were known openly to cruise over to Whitby in Savile’s pink Rolls Royce in the early 1970’s and to pick up youths of both sexes from the burger bar in full view of Whitby Police Station, then take them away to be abused and paid off. It has been alleged to the NYE that the wider ring was smuggling paedophile images out of Yorkshire to the Netherlands, for onward sale in the Dutch sex industry. If this is so, it would be an offence falling within the remit of Special Branch. It is obvious that they were completely protected by Scarborough and Whitby Police. The BBC Investigation brought this out perfectly. The NYE team has until now always assumed that this was because of Jaconelli’s status as Mayor. However, following the recent revelations about MI5 protection of paedophiles, we are now questioning this. Could it be that Savile (or another high level paedophile in the Scarborough ring as yet unknown) was also protected by MI5 and that far from Jaconelli’s status protecting Savile, it was the other way around? Because of his close association with Royalty and prominent politicians, Jimmy Savile will have come to the attention of SO17 and SO14, which all operated together under the Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner for Security. Savile was certainly known to the Metropolitan Police Clubs and Vice Unit which had recorded information connecting him to a location in South London used by criminals to commit sexual offences against children and to force them into prostitution. Both Cyril Smith and Savile would have been the subject of some form of vetting when they received awards. Savile received the OBE in 1971 at the height of his offending with Jaconelli and was knighted in 1990. Savile would surely have been vetted because of his connections to the Royal family and prominent politicians including the Prime Minister. Savile’s close connections and direct access to senior politicians would also have made him a person of interest to MI5. It is inconceivable that MI5 would not have vetted him, or taken a close interest in him and the people he associated with. As part of any vetting process the local police in Scarborough would have been approached, probably via Special Branch. It was well known that Jaconelli was a paedophile and associated with Savile. Is it possible that North Yorkshire Police were ordered to back off Savile and his associates by MI5 to avoid embarrassment to his high level contacts, in the same way as Lancashire Police were told to leave Cyril Smith alone? Is this why the North Yorks Enquirer journalist covering the Savile and Jaconelli story has been threatened with arrest by North Yorkshire Police? In 1981, following exposure by Private Eye, Yorkshire MP the late Mr Geoffrey Dickens used Parliamentary privilege to name Sir Peter Hayman the deputy director of MI6, as a paedophile. Hayman was a known paedophile the discovery of indecent images of children in his possession 1978. He was also a member of the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE), which was funded by Special Branch. He was not prosecuted over either matter. Clearly an example of a high level paedophile being protected. In 1983 when Lord Brittan was Home Secretary, Mr Dickens gave the Home Office a dossier of what he claimed was evidence of a high level paedophile network. The Home Office now says the dossier no longer exists. Mr Dickens was closely associated with Yorkshire and would have known of Peter Jaconelli through his knowledge of the Conservative Party regional grouping, the Yorkshire and Humberside Conservative Association, and from Jaconelli’s activities and reputation locally as a leading Yorkshire Conservative and North Yorkshire County Councillor. So common was knowledge of Jaconelli’s offending that it is inconceivable that he would not have known of the allegations about Jaconelli and his associates. It is entirely credible that Jaconelli was one of the prominent persons mentioned in the dossier that Mr Dickens passed to the Home Office. It is also possible that the dossier had information on Jimmy Savile. Yet as with complaints about Savile and Jaconelli to North Yorkshire Police, the information provided by Mr Dickens was not acted upon, was ignored by the Home Office and mysteriously disappeared. Mr Dickens also complained about being the subject of threats following his denouncement of Hayman. The allegations about Lord Brittan Lord Brittan became the MP for Whitby in 1974. He was obviously going to be a high-flyer and was a potential minister. He was knighted in 1989 and created Baron Brittan of Spennithorne in 2000 and represented the constituency until 1983. He was appointed a Queen’s Council in 1978 and then represented Richmond until 1988. It seems certain that he would have known Peter Jaconelli, who was a prominent Conservative and very well known in the area, during his service as Whitby’s MP. He may even have known of the rumours concerning Peter Jaconelli and his assoiciation with Savile. According to this week‘s the Daily Mail, in 1984 rumours began to circulate of a senior Conservative figure thought to be a Cabinet Minister who was invilved in sexual offences with children. Private Eye alleged that Lord Brittan was the unnamed senior member of the Thatcher government that was rumoured to have had sexually abused two teenage boys. One of the victims was alleged to be from the North East, which could appear to indicate Noth Yorkshire, the other victim was alleged to have been still at school. The profile of the alleged offender is similar to that of Peter Jaconelli (a senior Conservative politician who abused children at a school in the North East), who may have been known to MI5 through the vetting process it undoubtedly conducted with North Yorkshire Police on Jimmy Savile. Private Eye stressed that the allegations being levelled against Mr Brittan were false, had been known for some time and that after lengthy investigations, journalists had concluded that they were without substance. Private Eye went on to allege that the spy agency MI5 had targeted Lord Brittan because of reports that he was planning a reorganisation of their operations following failures in intelligence in the murder of WPC Yvonne Fletcher outside the Libyan Embassy that year. If true, this would be a classic example of an intelligence agency using disinformation to eliminate a person of interest to it. Lord Brittan who was Home Sectary at the time denies any wrongdoing in the way the “dossier” on alleged high-profile paedophiles was handled in the 1980s. In June 2014, Lord Brittan was interviewed under caution by police in connection with the alleged rape of a 19-year-old student in his central London flat in 1967. The Crown Prosecution Service concluded that the allegations were not credible and no action has been taken. In a statement provided to the Enquirer, issued through his solicitors, Lord Brittan forthrightly commented:
“It is true that I have been questioned by the police about a serious allegation made against me. This allegation is wholly without foundation. “In addition I would like to put on record that I welcome the fact that there is now to be an independent review to look at the missing files belonging to the Home Office. “It has been alleged that when I was Home Secretary I failed to deal adequately with the bundle of papers containing allegations of serious sexual impropriety that I received from the late Geoff Dickens MP. This too is completely without foundation – as evidence from the Home Office’s own report supports. As I made clear in the statement that I issued on 2 July, I passed this bundle of papers to the relevant Home Office officials for examination, as was the normal and correct practice. I wrote to Mr Dickens on 20 March 1984 informing him of the conclusions of the Director of Public Prosecutions about these matters (as set out in the Interim Report of the Independent Review set up by the Home Office). “In this same report, Mr Dickens thanked the Home Office for the way in which the information he provided was handled and said in a speech to the House of Commons on 31 March 1987: ‘ I should like to place on record my thanks to the Home Office and the departments within the Home Office for following up the cases that I keep sending to it. I should also like to thank the Attorney General. They have been very helpful and a strength to me in my campaigns.’”
Latest developments in the Home Office investigation into child sexual abuse: The Home Office enquiry in disarray Although there had been a series of investigations in the UK into Jimmy Savile, we have still not got to the bottom of how Jimmy Savile and his associates were able to escape arrest for nearly half a century. To resolve this, the Home Secretary recently announced two new investigations, one to be led by the Chief Executive of the NSPCC and another to be led by a prominent judge. Initially this was to be the impressive and experienced Dame Butler-Sloss, however she was forced to resign on the basis of concerns over possible conflicts of interest arising from the actions of her brother, Sir Michael Havers. Her replacement was the equally impressive Mrs Fiona Woolf, who is Lord Mayor of London. Following her disclosure that she knew Lord Brittan socially and had dined with five times in the period 2008 – 11, Mrs Woolf also resigned. It then emerged that a letter from Mrs Woolf about her links with Lord Brittan was re-written seven times with the help of the Home Office. When asked if this undermined the perception of her impartiality, she is reported as saying: “It does look like that.” Full report here: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-29855265 Her departure was welcomed by the Home Affairs Select Committee and also by victims groups. The founder of the National Association for People Abused in Childhood, Peter Saunders has called for a national statutory inquiry, not just one covering England and Wales. Statement here: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-29845110 The North Yorks Enquirer supports their position, any investigation must cover the entire country, particularly with the revelations about MI5 involvement in the Kincora Boys Home, which under the current proposals will be excluded. We are still nowhere near getting to the bottom of the Jimmy Savile and Peter Jaconelli scandals, or indeed the way high profile paedophiles were protected from at least the 1960’s onwards. Although the Police and Crown Prosecution Service have shown themselves ready to mount a relentless campaign of high-profile prosecutions of media personalities, (many of which failed to obtain a conviction), no Police Officer, MP, Minister, Crown Prosecutor, MI5 Officer, social worker, civil servant or Councillor has had any prosecution initiated against him. We will never know the truth unless we have a full judicial enquiry led by a completely impartial and credible person. Special Branch and MI5 were given the opportunity to comment on this article, but did not. Source: http://nyenquirer.uk/mi5-special-branch-prominent-paedophiles-cover-peter-jaconelli/
People seem to forget that Special Branch could do what they liked, they were a law unto themselves
Child sex abuse victim claims politician was among men who regularly assaulted her in woods while uniformed police stood guard
- Esther Baker claims she was abused by a politician in the 1980s and 1990s
- Police watched as she was assaulted and sometimes joined in, she says
- One policeman said ‘sorry’ to her after he stopped her from running away
- New investigation into abuse ring is launched following Ms Baker’s claims
A child sex abuse victim claims she was abused by a politician who assaulted her as uniformed policemen stood guard.
Esther Baker has told detectives she was a among a group of children who were regularly abused by the political figure, who is from the ‘recent era’, during the 1980s and 1990s.
Ms Baker, who has waived her right to anonymity, said police officers would keep watch as she was sexually abused, occasionally joining in.
Staffordshire Police have now launched an investigation into the child abuse ring following Ms Baker’s claims.
Child victim: Esther Baker claims she was sexually abused by a politician who assaulted her as uniformed policemen stood guard
Speaking to Sky News, Ms Baker, who says she was abused from the age of six, claims the politician is from the current era.
She said uniformed officers would stand guard in woodland on Cannock Chase, Staffordshire, while she and other children were sexually assaulted.
‘I got the feeling very much that they were protecting somebody, that they were with one of the men,’ she said.
‘One of them (the police officers) I knew from church. There were a few occasions where they would be in uniform, and I kind of knew, I learnt that when they were in uniform that it was going to be a rough night. On occasion they would … they would sort of join in.’
Ms Baker said that on one occasion she tried to run away, but was stopped by a police officer who told her he was ‘sorry’. The time has come for that officer to come forward, she added.
She explained that she was a ‘favourite’ of the politician, who she says is from the recent era but is not from Staffordshire, but only recently realised who he was.
Ms Baker (pictured playing the piano as a child) was abused from the age of six by the politician and a group of men, which may have included a Lord and a judge
The politician liked it when she played the piano, Ms Baker recalled, getting her to sit on his lap while she did so.
She said: ‘He was part of it for four years. One of the core members. He was there quite often – I was one of his favourites.
‘I would know that face anywhere. I have lived with it and others in my head for over 20 years, I know every inch of him,’ Ms Baker added.
She says she and the other children, of varying ages, were given alcohol and were often filmed.
She believes a Lord and a judge may have been among her abusers, who she says also assaulted her inside buildings around Staffordshire.
Ms Baker has given a graphic account of her abuse to detectives and is now appealing to other victims to come forward.
Staffordshire Police were unable to say whether the politician is still alive, or whether he is still in public office.
Ms Baker claims police officers would stand guard in woodland on Cannock Chase, in Staffordshire, while she and other children were sexually abused
Assistant Chief Constable Jon Drake said the force had launched an investigation into Ms Baker’s claims.
He said: ‘Staffordshire Police is in the early stages of investigating a number of very serious allegations from the 1980s and 90s. Specially trained officers are carrying out a number of interviews with the victim to build up an understanding of what took place, and her recollections of all those involved.
‘We are determined to thoroughly gather any evidence which will allow us to bring those who may have been involved to justice, while taking a sensitive approach to supporting the victim throughout.
‘We will continue to interview her over the coming days, recognising the horrific nature of what we are investigating. To be clear, regardless of role, anyone who has been involved in criminal offences will be investigated to provide justice for the victim.
‘Child abuse is a terrible crime, whenever it occurs. We are keen to hear from anyone who knows more about the allegations, or any other victim of child sexual abuse.
‘In this specific case the victim has made the decision to waive her right to anonymity. Staffordshire Police wants to reassure anyone who has been a victim of any form of child or sexual abuse that their anonymity will be protected.’
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Was council worker murdered because he was about to expose VIP paedophile ring? Housing manager was killed ‘days after revealing he was going to report abuse’
- New report says Lambeth housing manager planned to expose sex gang
- It states he told colleagues of fears that senior figures could ‘get to him’
- The man was later found dead at his home in an apparent arson attack
- MP who investigated claims says he is certain there was a cover-up
- Murdered man’s daughter hopes her family will now finally get justice
The daughter of a man allegedly murdered to prevent him exposing a council paedophile ring has told of her anger that a report on the abuse was ‘covered up’.
Kiddist Forsythe was born three months after her father Bulic was beaten to death in his flat, which was then torched.
Mr Forsythe, 42, was a manager at the housing department of Lambeth Council in south London, which is now the focus of an investigation into historic sex abuse claims.
Trainee lawyer Miss Forsythe, 21, believes he was killed because he found out about the abuse and planned to blow the whistle.
She has now been shown a report from an internal 1993 council probe proving other colleagues knew about the paedophile activities.
It describes claims of rape, sex assaults and the swapping of child abuse videos. Lambeth staff, police and politicians are implicated. But the report was never published and was not handed to police at the time. Miss Forsythe said she was ‘shocked’ at its contents.
‘Some of the stuff in there is quite harrowing,’ she said. ‘I am angry – I think everyone should be angry, not just me because I’ve a personal interest.
‘For this to go under the radar for 20 years is terrible.’
Speaking of her father, she said: ‘From all accounts, he was a lovely, kind, patient man. It did seem he was proud of his work and wanted to do the right thing. So it seems he did know something, and he was getting ready to blow the whistle.’
Victims were taken to this Lambeth council housing department building in the 1980s and 1990s and abused in the basement, according to claims made in a report kept secret at the time
Mr Forsythe’s death in 1993 was the subject of a BBC Crimewatch appeal, which revealed three men were seen carrying files from his flat in Clapham the following day. His bedroom was later torched and the oven turned on.
His widow, Dawn, has said she believed someone ‘wanted to shut him up’.
John Mann MP, who investigated the claims in the 1980s, said he’s certain there was a cover-up and has urged any with information to come forward
The Lambeth report documents claim senior figures in the council were using its premises for the rape of women and children.
They allegedly used the basement of Lambeth’s housing headquarters because ‘sexual assault could be performed without fear of interruption’.
A senior staff member is accused in the report of watching material with ‘sadistic, bestial and paedophile themes’ which ‘may have been home-produced by staff or people with whom they associated’. A female employee reportedly claimed she was raped on council property alongside children and animals by senior figures in the council.
The report states: ‘The murder of Bulic Forsythe was seen by some witnesses as a possible outcome for anyone who strayed too far in their investigation or for those who asked too many questions.’ Three senior members of staff were sacked but no police investigation took place, despite the report recommending a criminal inquiry.
Dr Nigel Goldie, former Lambeth assistant director of social services, said yesterday he believed this was because of a culture of wanting to keep things ‘behind closed doors’.
‘People will be incredulous,’ he said. ‘How can it be that a report raising all sorts of issues of sexual abuse and a range of different kinds of rather weird practices could not have led to a more thorough investigation.’
The Metropolitan Police said it was considering the report as part of Operation Trinity, its investigation into alleged abuse at children’s homes in the borough.
Lambeth Council said it was ‘determined to do all we can to support this renewed push to tackle the issue, and ensure offenders who previously escaped justice are now held to account’.
Police let off Savile seven times
— Toll of paedophile’s victims hits 300 — BBC chief admits ‘terrible damage’
POLICE blew SEVEN chances to nail Jimmy Savile while the paedo was still alive, it emerged last night.
Scotland Yard — who last week said they had NO record of complaints about Savile — confessed a victim contacted them in the 1980s, as did another woman in 2003. Source: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/4610347/police-missed-seven-chances-to-catch-Jimmy-Savile.html
“Under caution, he told officers the first time he visited a Surrey school where he was said to have abused girls was with Princess Alexandra for a garden party”
The papers from a 2009 police quiz were released last week following a seven-month battle by the Daily Star Sunday. But the 26 pages – which exposed the evil pervert as a bully and a liar – came with 96 redactions (crossings out). Today we can reveal the documents had been vetted by Buckingham Palace – and that the serial sex attacker’s royal connections were removed. One reference Savile made about a cousin of the Queen was included in an internal police report released in January. But on Tuesday, when Surrey Police published the interview transcripts, there was no mention of her. Other references to royalty were also seemingly erased – and during our fight to obtain the records, police let slip Buckingham Palace’s involvement. Tony Smith, the force’s information access manager, made the reference as he explained why it was taking so long to release the documents. He told us that, as well as going to a senior police chief outside the force, the papers had gone “to Buckingham Palace to consider…because they are mentioned in it”.
Commentary: panel for inquiry into child sex abuse must stay Survivor of sexual abuse as a girl makes impassioned plea in open letter to Theresa May By Becky 13 January 2015 Dear Theresa May, You may have heard a small part of my story. I appeared in a report on Channel 4 News recently. I am one of the 70 survivors who, at a “listening meeting”, met the panel for the overarching inquiry into child sex abuse. I could not speak at the meeting. I felt threatened by the power plays of a small faction, and taken aback by some of the verbal attacks by these people on some of the panel members. Sexual abuse was my normality from the age of three or four. I was not aware that it was abuse until much later. When I was aware of it, I still did not believe that I had the right or the opportunity to escape it. There have been many times when I wished I was dead. It took two years of professional involvement to begin to challenge these beliefs enough for me to escape. Last year, I did. It was my counsellor who suggested that I engage in the inquiry. It was to be an exercise in empowerment. I fear the police because they featured in some of my earlier abuse, laughed at me as a teenager and put me in danger in my later years. Authority has always turned me away or removed my control. So when two of the panel members approached me after the meeting, I was unsure. Their honesty about their own experiences, work and passion in this area impressed me during the meeting. In talking to them afterwards, I felt a reassurance of their commitment to the survivors, and a beginning of trust. That in itself was a huge step forward for me. I began to engage via e-mail shortly afterwards. I received very encouraging and supportive replies. For the first time, I was able to tell the truth of what happened to me as a child and a teenager, and not be attacked or shut down. While I was aware that there was a small section of survivors that had concerns about the panel, the general feeling by the end of the meeting was of support for it, even from some of those who were originally opposed. Media reports appeared about a letter with 60-plus signatures from campaigners and a small number of survivors who opposed the panel. But I immediately realised that these were not signatures of those who had attended the meetings and met the panel. I am sure that there are a great many more than 60 survivors who support the panel. In the Press coverage, one man said that he had not met any survivor who had any confidence in the process and panel. But he did not ask me or the others like me who had engaged with it. The voices that grew noisier in the media claim to represent survivors. They do not. If anything, they are becoming like the people who have silenced me all my life. They speak with an authority that has been stolen from us. It is this group that is full of confidence in themselves that is being listened to, but what about the opinions of the rest of us? Where are the vocal women? For all abuse survivors, there will never be a panel with which we all agree. It is extremely hard for abuse sufferers to trust, but panel members have shown their commitment and are what we need: people who will fight for us, even if it makes them unpopular. The news before Christmas that the Home Office was likely to disband the panel has deeply affected me. I have learnt that the only thing worse than living a life without hope is to be given that hope, only for it to be excised. So where do I go from here, home secretary, when you announce that the panel is to be disbanded? Without hope, what is left? If this panel ends, I will not be engaging with another one. How could I trust again when even this promise can be broken so easily? The first voice of the inquiry would have been silenced. How many will follow? Yours sincerely, Becky Becky (not her real name) is a survivor of child sex abuse. Source: http://www.exaronews.com/articles/5452/commentary-panel-for-inquiry-into-child-sex-abuse-must-stay
Sir Cyril Smith sex abuse dossier seized by MI5
A dossier of sexual abuse allegations against Sir Cyril Smith, the late Liberal Democrat MP, which police claimed was “lost” was actually seized by MI5, according to a former special branch officer.
In 1974 the Conservatives invited the Liberals to form a Coalition government in which Smith could have been appointed a minister.
MI5 and Liberal party allegedly ‘covered up’ MP Cyril Smith’s four decades of abusing children
Police received at least 144 complaints by victims about late Liberal MP Sir Cyril, but MI5 and Special Branch put pressure on officers to drop investigations, new book claims
Police probe claims council covered up allegations of sex abuse at school to protect paedophile MP Cyril Smith
Detectives were already probing allegations that the late Liberal MP molested pupils at Knowl View in Rochdale
The file detailed alleged attempts by the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) to infiltrate government while seeking funding and trying to persuade MPs to legalise sex with children.
Put together in the early 1980s by the late Baroness Castle of Blackburn, it named about 16 high-profile politicians who “enhanced PIE’s ambitions”.
As well as key members of both the Commons and Lords, she found that senior police officers, headteachers and clergy had links to PIE.
Baroness Castle, who at the time was Euro MP Barbara Castle, took the claims to Don Hale, a campaigning newspaper editor in Bury, Lancs.
But Mr Hale says an astonishing operation kicked in to silence the claims.
He says he received a visit from Rochdale’s Liberal MP Cyril Smith, now widely believed to have been a prolific paedophile.
Mr Hale, 61, said: “Cyril tried to persuade me that it was ‘all poppycock’.
“He said Barbara had her ‘knickers in a twist’ since leaving the House and had become bored with wine lakes and sugar mountains in Europe. He played down the whole episode and wanted an assurance that I wouldn’t run anything.
“He played down the whole episode and wanted an assurance that I wouldn’t run anything”
Don Hale, former newspaper editor
“I couldn’t give that and he went away very disappointed.” Mr Hale says the offices of his paper, the Bury Messenger, were then raided by Special Branch. He said officers waved a restrictive D-Notice and warned him of imprisonment if he failed to hand over secret papers obtained from Mrs Castle. He recalled: “I got to know Barbara very well and she was a real firebrand and when she got the bit between her teeth she would not let it go. “We had talked about a potential paedophile ring with MPs before but she said no one would listen and the national papers didn’t want to know. “She asked me if I would take a look and run a story from her point of view. “She objected to any funding of this organisation and was very concerned about the speed of their infiltration and the number of prominent names who were allegedly supporting them. “Barbara was horrified, too, at the prospect of Parliament approving legalised sex with children, often under the guise of educating them, and mentioned an influx of rent boys and unsavoury and unfortunate situations that had been covered up by the authorities.
Monstrous cover-up: How the Liberal party, police and MI5 concealed MP Cyril Smith’s industrial-scale child abuse
- For four decades, 29st politician was free to prey on vulnerable children as young as eight
- Police received at least 144 complaints from victims yet authorities blocked any prosecution
- New book serialised in Daily Mail details how Smith – who died in 2010 aged 82 – was repeatedly protected despite being arrested for sex crimes
- MI5 and Special Branch officers put pressure on police to drop investigations
- Child porn was found in Smith’s car but police were ordered to release him
- Liberal Party put his name forward for knighthood in 1988 in spite of rumours of his sordid activities swirling around Westminster
The shocking scale of the Establishment cover-up of former Liberal MP Cyril Smith’s sickening sex abuse of boys is revealed today. For four decades, the depraved 29st politician was free to prey on vulnerable children as young as eight. Police received at least 144 complaints by victims of the predatory paedophile yet the authorities blocked any prosecution – allowing Smith brazenly to continue his abuse. The Liberal Party even put his name forward for a knighthood in 1988 in spite of the rumours of his sordid activities swirling around Westminster. David, now Lord Steel nominated him for the honour despite knowing of the allegations about the bachelor MP for Rochdale, the ex-Liberal leader’s involvement emerging only in recent weeks after a Freedom of Information battle. At Smith’s 80th birthday party, a gushing message from current Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg was read out, which said: ‘You were a beacon for our party in the ’70s and ’80s and continue to be an inspiration to the people of Rochdale.’ Now, an explosive new book serialised in the Daily Mail details how Smith – who died in 2010 aged 82 – was repeatedly protected despite being arrested for a string of sex crimes. Written by one of Smith’s successors as MP for the Lancashire constituency, Labour’s Simon Danczuk, the book reveals:
- MI5 and Special Branch officers put pressure on police to drop investigations;
- child porn was found in Smith’s car but police were ordered to release him;
- he was repeatedly arrested for ‘acts of gross indecency with young lads’ in public toilets but no action was taken;
- Smith was a visitor to the notorious Elm Guest house in South-west London, now the focus of a Scotland Yard investigation into an alleged VIP paedophile ring;
- senior Labour figures’ support of the Paedophile Information Exchange helped keep Smith ‘hidden from scrutiny’.
In his book, Smile for the Camera: the Double Life of Cyril Smith, Mr Danczuk details Smith’s ‘rapacious sexual appetite’ and highlights chilling similarities between the northern MP and fellow paedophile Jimmy Savile.
For four decades, the depraved 29st politician (pictured above in 1972) was free to prey on vulnerable children as young as eight
David, now Lord Steel (centre) nominated Smith for a knighthood despite knowing of the allegations about the bachelor MP for Rochdale, the ex-Liberal leader’s involvement emerging only in recent weeks after a Freedom of Information battle
Like the DJ, Smith – who in 1973 appeared on Savile’s Clunk Click TV show – portrayed himself as a charitable man supporting young boys to provide cover for his sordid activities. But unlike in the Savile scandal, police forces around the country repeatedly investigated sex abuse allegations against Smith yet their efforts to prosecute the MP were constantly blocked. The book details how police officers were threatened with dismissal and gagged by the Official Secrets Act if they attempted to expose the politician’s sordid activities. Mr Danczuk, Rochdale MP since 2010, first raised Smith’s case in the House of Commons in 2012 after victims contacted him to tell of their ordeals at the hands of the ‘29st bully’. One young Liberal activist was sexually assaulted in Smith’s office in the House of Commons in the 1980s as other MPs, including then Labour leader Michael Foot, walked by. Days later, the Crown Prosecution Service revealed that his victims’ claims were investigated by police on three separate occasion – in 1970, 1998 and 1999 – but each time files were submitted to prosecutors, they were rejected.
The Liberal Party, bruised by the negative publicity surrounding the 1979 conspiracy to murder trial of its leader Jeremy Thorpe (right) and aware of Smith’s ‘electoral Midas touch’, was eager to sweep the problems under the carpet
The CPS belatedly agreed that Smith should have been prosecuted and Greater Manchester Police publicly acknowledged, amid ‘overwhelming evidence’, that he did sexually and physically abuse young boys. The book, co-written by Matthew Baker, reveals that as far back as the 1950s, Rochdale police had their suspicions about the politician. Smith, MP for Rochdale between 1972 and 1992, was governor of almost 30 schools. In the 1960s, he helped to open Cambridge House children’s home, where he abused boys, often subjecting them to spurious medical examinations. But when police launched an investigation, the chief constable of Lancashire personally intervened to stop it. In the 1970s Smith was arrested on a number of occasions in public toilets in London’s St James’s Park, a regular haunt for young male prostitutes after dark, but always walked free. The cover-ups continued in the 1980s when Smith’s car was pulled over on the motorway near Northampton and traffic officers discovered child porn in the boot.
At Cyril Smith’s 80th birthday party, a gushing message from current Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg was read out, which said: ‘You were a beacon for our party in the ’70s and ’80s and continue to be an inspiration to the people of Rochdale’
‘The police were naturally disgusted and wanted to press charges,’ says the book. ‘But then a phone call was made from London and he was released without charge.’ When Rochdale police first started investigating him in 1972 they were threatened by the council’s Liberal leader and, according to Mr Danczuk’s book, rumours of his activities were well known in Westminster for many years. But the Liberal Party, bruised by the negative publicity surrounding the 1979 conspiracy to murder trial of its leader Jeremy Thorpe and aware of Smith’s ‘electoral Midas touch,’ was eager to sweep the problems under the carpet . David Steel, who took over from Mr Thorpe as party leader, even recommended Smith for his knighthood despite knowing of the sordid rumours that surfaced in 1979 that the MP had abused young boys. The Cabinet Office had previously refused to disclose who had put Smith forward – claiming it would breach data protection rules – but the Information Commissioner’s Office ruled earlier this year that there was a ‘legitimate public interest’ in it being disclosed.
Lord Steel was unavailable for comment. Last year, he said he had asked Cyril Smith about the allegations of child abuse and accepted his denial of wrongdoing
Lord Steel was unavailable for comment. Last year, he said he had asked Cyril Smith about the allegations of child abuse and accepted his denial of wrongdoing. A spokesman for Mr Clegg said last night: ‘Clearly he would never have paid tribute to Cyril Smith if he had had any idea about these horrible allegations.’ The book also describes how Labour politicians’ support for a notorious paedophile group that campaigned to legalise sex with children helped Smith evade justice for years. Earlier this year the Mail revealed the extraordinary links between the National Council for Civil Liberties and the Paedophile Information Exchange. Labour’s deputy leader Harriet Harman, her MP husband Jack Dromey, and former Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt held key roles in the NCCL, which in 1975 granted ‘affiliate’ status to the group of predatory paedophiles. Smith was friends with PIE founding member Peter Righton and Mr Danczuk said the NCCL’s backing for PIE helped Smith’s crimes remain secret. ‘Worryingly, it seemed a fair few on the Left, including some who have subsequently become key figures in the Labour Party, were fooled into giving this hideous group shelter. ‘All of which helped Cyril’s cause and kept him hidden from scrutiny.’ Smith was a visitor to Elm Guest House, in Barnes, south west London, which is at the centre of the Metropolitan Police’s Operation Fernbridge. A Liberal Democrat spokesman said: ‘Cyril Smith’s acts were vile and repugnant and we have nothing but sympathy for those whose lives he ruined. His actions were not known to or condoned by anyone in the Liberal Party or the Liberal Democrats.’
‘I’ve come to examine you’: From bogus medical examinations to punishment beatings, how paedophile Cyril Smith used his powerful public image to abuse boys By SIMON DANCZUK The huge man, all of 29st, unlocked the door with his own key and burst into the teenager’s room. ‘Take your clothes off,’ he ordered the orphaned youngster, who was sick with the flu and had taken to his bed in the hostel instead of going to work. ‘I’ve been told you’re ill and I’ve come to examine you,’ the man declared. Yet this was no doctor, but a councillor and businessman, a respected and well-known figure in the local community.
Just like Jimmy Savile – whom he counted as a friend – Cyril Smith used his public image as a shield while manipulating his way into positions of influence over vulnerable young people he then ruthlessly abused. Above, Smith (bottom left) with children outside the House of Commons
‘He was a colossus, more than three times my size,’ the lad recalled years later, in graphic and disturbing testimony. ‘I remember his eyes watching me like a beast sizing up its prey. In the folds of fat around his neck I could see rivulets of sweat. ‘Shaking with fear, I did as I was told. He bent down and clasped me with huge hands like shovels. Suddenly he grasped my private parts and began to squeeze. I screamed. ‘Violence flashed in his eyes. “Now, now, lad. I’ll have none of your petulance. This is for your own good. I’m checking to see if there’s anything wrong with you,” he said, as he forced his way between my thighs again. ‘I don’t know how long it lasted, but it felt like hours. ‘When he rose there was a faint smile on his features, which twisted into a sneer as he said: “There’s nothing wrong with you, lad. You’re swinging the lead, trying to bunk off work.” ‘ “No,” I stammered. “I’ve never had a day off in my life. I’m sick.” ‘He lunged towards me and in one brutal movement threw me over his knee. Thwack, thwack, thwack. ‘His monstrous hand rained down on my bottom, smacking me until I thought I’d pass out. I cried out in pain, but that only made him hit me harder. ‘When he finished I was trembling and whimpering as he held me down and told me: “It had to be done, lad.” ‘Above his heavy breathing I could smell his rancid body odour. With a wet sponge, he then began to stroke me, rough hands sliding over the welts he had made. ‘He was humming to himself, broken every now and then by strange squeals of pleasure. “There, there,” he kept whispering, his breath bearing down on my neck. ‘When it was over he let me slide to the floor, cleared his throat and adjusted his braces. He pulled a handkerchief out of his pocket and mopped his brow. ‘ “You’ll know better now,” he said, and made his way out. ‘The door clicked shut. For a while the only thought I entertained was death.’ When he calmed down, the shattered youngster pulled his wits together. ‘I dragged my clothes on, gathered my things into a duffle bag and ran. I spent the next night huddled in a bus shelter,’ he said. ‘That winter of 1963 was the coldest in 200 years. But that was nothing compared to the chill left in me for the rest of my life.’ The sadistic bully who administered this beating at Cambridge House, a boys’ hostel in the Lancashire mill town of Rochdale — and in the process tainted this bright young man’s life — was Cyril Smith.
Smith posed as a tireless worker for children – at one point he was governor of 29 local schools and set up a youth charity, Rochdale Childer – using it all as a cover to prowl from classroom to classroom and youth club to youth club
In 1963, he was already an enormously powerful local figure, a political godfather with fingers in many pies. Known as Mr Rochdale, he later became the town’s mayor, then its Liberal MP, and for 20 years strutted the national stage. At Westminster, on television and in the media, Smith was a big man in every sense. He was one of the most popular faces in politics, using his oversized appearance, humour and in-your‑face northern bluffness to stand out in a world of grey, indistinguishable politicians. But just like Jimmy Savile — whom he counted as a friend — Smith used his public image as a shield while manipulating his way into positions of influence over vulnerable young people he then ruthlessly abused. And, like Savile, he deployed his professional success, powerful personality and highly placed contacts to ensure he was never held to account. It was only after his death in 2010 at the age of 82 that men like that victim from Cambridge House felt safe to speak out. Yet Cyril Smith’s dark side has always been talked about in Rochdale — and the whispers echoed through British politics. One of the most shocking elements of his story is how the truth was known to the police and in Westminster, yet concealed from the wider public, allowing a paedophile to hide in Parliament. When I first arrived in Rochdale as its prospective Labour candidate in 2007, I, too, was taken in by him. It was 15 years since he’d stood down as MP but he continued to cast a spell over the town.
I’d be woken at 2am by people asking for urgent help on a problem. When I pointed out it was the middle of the night, I’d be told: ‘Cyril would always help us whatever time it was.’ A working-class boy made good, he oozed supreme confidence and had a common touch that broke down barriers, shuffling around Rochdale market in carpet slippers to buy a bag of tripe. Although he was officially ‘retired’ from politics, he still sat in an armchair on street corners, smiling like some saintly monk while people queued to hear his homilies. Councillors couldn’t get elected without his backing. At first, I respected him for his homespun politics, his spit-and-sawdust grit and his passion. But in time, the scales fell from my eyes and I was confronted with absolute horror. Once you looked beyond the jolly clown playing for the camera, there was a sickening, dark heart.
I saw it in police files that had been hidden for years and I heard it in the desperate voices of grown men Cyril had abused as boys. As soon as the first victim approached me, there was no turning back. Every email, every phone call, every meeting uncovered more about his double life. And the more I found out, the more I came to realise that this wasn’t just about abuse, it was about power — and a cover-up that reached from Rochdale all the way to the very top of the Establishment. Smith posed as a tireless worker for children — at one point he was governor of 29 local schools and set up a youth charity, Rochdale Childer — using it all as a cover to prowl from classroom to classroom and youth club to youth club. His happiest hunting grounds were Cambridge House, a hostel for ‘working boys’ he helped set up with other politicians, and Knowl View, a residential school for children with learning difficulties, where he was a governor and had his own set of keys, coming and going at will. To sit before the men he abused there and listen to them recount their ordeals is an experience no one can prepare for. There is anger, confusion and a deep sense of shame as they recall violence, spanking and groping that will never be erased from their memories.
Sir Cyril was installed as governor at Knowl View (pictured) in 1992. Police say 13 of his alleged victims – at both Cambridge House and Knowl View – have now come forward
Smith would carry out bogus medical examinations as an excuse to fondle them, or beat them as supposed punishment for breaking the rules — then ‘comfort’ them afterwards. Those who defied him were hit and smashed against walls. Boys’ teeth were knocked out and their bodies treated like playthings. Other details of Cyril’s abuse filtered through to me almost casually. The cleaner in my office mentioned in passing how he once played for a football team as a teenager and Smith presented the awards every year. ‘He’d grope all the boys as he was presenting their medals,’ I was told. ‘We complained to the coach, but he said we’d have to put up with it because Cyril was the sponsor and paid for the do.’ I listened, horrified. It was presented as just another everyday story of Cyril abusing boys — as if everyone knew. I began to wonder how many other public figures over the years had received calls and letters about Cyril and not acted on them. I imagine there were a few.
Certainly, when I started to ask questions after getting elected, a fellow Labour MP approached me and told me to leave Cyril alone. ‘Don’t attack him, steer clear of him,’ he said. ‘It’s not worth it.’ It wasn’t just the words that irritated me, it was the look that followed. It more or less said: ‘Play the game, this is how it works, and if you want to join our club then obey our rules.’ One of the most troubling whispers that repeatedly reached me was that Cyril had been protected by MI5. But, initially at least, no one was prepared to go on the record about it. A former Labour MP I approached started to talk but went silent after a few sentences. ‘No good will come of this,’ he said nervously. ‘It’s best left.’ And then he shut the door on me. A former police officer I tracked down to his pub in Cheshire went white when I mentioned Cyril’s name. ‘I can’t talk about that time,’ he said, and again the door was closed. It was hard not to conclude that powerful forces were still at work to protect Smith’s name. But the voices of the victims could not be silenced, and in the autumn of 2012, in Parliament, I named Cyril as an abuser. After I spoke publicly, more stories flooded in, and not just from victims. Many — as I will describe in detail in the coming days of this series — were from police officers saying Smith’s crimes were widely known to them but their superiors refused to act. I was told of officers who found child pornography in the boot of Smith’s car, only for a mysterious call from London to tell them not to charge him.
It’s now known that on three separate occasions files were passed by Lancashire Police to the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Crown Prosecution Service containing details of Smith’s abuse. Yet on each occasion no prosecution was pursued. It is as though Cyril was untouchable
I was told how Smith’s case was used during police training on child abuse, with one instructor admitting there had been 144 complaints against him. Mysteriously, when this became known to her superiors, the instructor was silenced and moved to another job. I was told how Smith was repeatedly detained for acts of gross indecency in toilets in St James’s Park, London, only for orders to discontinue inquiries in each case. And I was told how, when other inquiries were completed and revealed compelling and disturbing evidence that Smith was a serial paedophile, they were ignored. It’s now known that on three separate occasions files were passed by Lancashire Police to the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Crown Prosecution Service containing details of Smith’s abuse. Yet on each occasion no prosecution was pursued. It is as though Cyril was untouchable. On one now notorious occasion, files of evidence on Smith held by Special Branch were removed by MI5 officers from the safe at police headquarters in Preston and taken to London. They were never seen again. This was just one of several cover-ups which I will reveal in detail later in this series. Some will no doubt argue that things have changed. The cover-up of Cyril’s abuse was a long time ago. The values of the Seventies are a lot different to the standards expected in public life today. People wouldn’t stand for that now. Awareness of child abuse has improved tenfold. No one would tolerate this kind of behaviour among colleagues, surely? I would like to believe this view, but all the signs I’ve seen suggest it’s not the case. Cyril wasn’t the only abuser in Rochdale, and he was influential enough to ensure that other abusers were allowed to hang on to his coat-tails and carry on, undetected by the authorities. The problem that the town has to face up to, I believe, is that paedophile gangs have been operating there for years. A leaked report to the local health authority, by a council HIV prevention officer named Phil Shepherd, warned that men from as far away as Sheffield travelled to Rochdale to abuse boys at Knowl View School. I will tell the full, horrifying story behind this report, and how it became public, later in this series. But it instantly invites the questions: Who was organising this? Who knew what was happening? Who chose to remain silent? A number of police officers have told me that Cyril was just the tip of the iceberg and, unfortunately, I expect more stories of his abuse to emerge. I think in time we’ll hear that there were more abusers in Parliament, more terrible cover-ups. And it won’t be just one political party that’s guilty of harbouring abusers. Additional reporting: Matthew Baker. Letter from Lord Steel http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/article-2829357/Letter-Lord-Steel.html Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2602802/How-Liberal-party-police-MI5-concealed-MP-Cyril-Smiths-industrial-scale-child-abuse.html
Cops Will Fix It: Jimmy Savile boasted his pals in police would protect him from child abuse claims
Savile created an inner circle of police who met weekly at his Leeds penthouse at what was dubbed the Friday Morning Club
Jimmy Savile boasted to detectives he had police contacts who helped him get rid of sex abuse claims. The pervert made the claims while being quizzed under caution by Surrey Police on suspicion of sexual offences. A separate report by Detective Superintendent Jon Savell looking into how the force handled three complaints said: “He explained he has contacts within the police and whenever he receives letters alleging that he has done something wrong he gives them to contacts who ‘get rid’ of them.” Savile created an inner circle of police who met weekly at his Leeds penthouse at what was dubbed the Friday Morning Club. Among members was a retired West Yorkshire Police inspector and another officer who is still serving. Up to nine serving or former officers and other pals “chatted and joked”. Seven alleged victims of Savile complained to police in Surrey, London, Sussex and Jersey while the disgraced television presenter was alive but the Crown Prosecution Service decided no further action should be taken. The Director of Public Prosecutions yesterday apologised for the failure to bring charges. Keir Starmer said there were errors by police in Surrey and also by the principal lawyer. He said he wanted the case to be “a watershed moment”. He added: “In my view, these cases do not simply reflect errors of judgment by individual officers or prosecutors on the facts before them. “These were errors of judgment by experienced and committed police officers and a prosecuting lawyer acting in good faith and attempting to apply the correct principles. “That makes the findings of the report more profound and calls for a more robust response.” Detective Supt Savell’s report says: “Savile made various comments about knowing senior police officers from Leeds and seeing them socially. “He stated that he gets letters from people trying to blackmail him and he gives these to the police.” He then named an inspector and said officers came to his home to have tea. The report says: “Savile also stated that officers read and destroyed the letters. If one of the letters concerned him then he could have it forensically examined as a ‘favour’ if he needed.” When asked if any of these allegations were investigated, Savile said the letters were kept for a “short time” before being destroyed.
An unnamed inspector from West Yorkshire Police also contacted Surrey Police to confirm “that he was known personally to Savile and that Savile gets many of these complaints”. One of the interviewing officers spoken with for the report said as far as he could remember he did not advise his superiors of Savile’s disclosures. It is unknown why not. Savile was close to former Prime Ministers Edward Heath and Margaret Thatcher and the Prince of Wales. It is not suggested that any of these people were aware of Savile’s crimes. No officers from either Surrey or West Yorkshire have been disciplined. However Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary is compiling a report and is expected to probe the claims. Savile was questioned under caution after Surrey Police received an allegation in 2007 that Savile had sexually assaulted a teenage girl at Duncroft Approved School for Girls in the late 1970s. Claims that the pervert had sexually assaulted a girl aged about 14 outside Stoke Mandeville Hospital around 1973 and suggested a girl aged about 17, again at Duncroft, perform a sex act on him in the 1970s also surfaced. Prosecutors decided in 2009 that no case could be brought because the alleged victims would not support action. However, in a third report for the CPS, Alison Levitt QC found Surrey Police did not tell them other complaints had been made. One victim said last night: “I want this to be investigated as I feel there must have been a cover-up. “I find it extraordinary that he was telling police that another force was aware of more allegations against him and it wasn’t followed up. “I can’t imagine nobody knew what he was doing. She added: “It’s one thing to strip him of his knighthood but it’s still not good enough when he could have been brought to justice when alive.” Last night a spokeswoman for West Yorkshire Police said there was no evidence of wrongdoing and that the allegations were not being probed. She said: “Police officers came into contact with Savile as part of their normal duties.” She added the officer who contacted Surrey police merely passed on Savile’s contact details. Surrey Police Assistant Chief Constable Jerry Kirkby said: “At the time, there was nothing to suggest the level of offending now being reported on a national scale. “The Force accepts more could have been done to encourage victims to support action. We have apologised.” Source: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/jimmy-savile-boasted-friends-police-1530688
Paedophile orgies in luxury flats and claims three boys were murdered by VIPs: Special report into the growing stench of a cover-up by the Establishment
The claim was as clear as it was chilling: behind the genteel façade of one of London’s most famous apartment blocks, children faced abuse on an industrial scale.
Every weekend, groups of vulnerable boys from local care homes were being smuggled to an address in Dolphin Square, Pimlico. There, after being plied with alcohol, they suffered sickening sexual assaults.
The paedophile ring orchestrating these crimes had, over time, come to believe it enjoyed immunity, a whistle-blower told police at the time.
After all, members were said to include a cross-section of Britain’s most influential politicians.
‘I had been specifically told that we were dealing with Conservative MPs,’ that whistle-blower, John Mann, recalled to me this week. ‘That’s one of the things which stood out for me.
‘Another was how violent it sounded. There was talk of dogs being involved and beatings. I would describe it as quite awful; the sort of thing you don’t easily forget.’
Mann, who is now a prominent Labour MP, originally stumbled across claims of abuse at Dolphin Square in 1988, when he was an ambitious young councillor in the South London borough of Lambeth.
At the time, he was leading an inquiry into endemic corruption in the Left-wing council’s housing department, where millions of pounds of taxpayer money was being syphoned to crooked building contractors.
‘The whole place was rotten to the core,’ he recalls. ‘I was leading a team of three or four employees looking into it. The scale of corruption was enormous. It involved criminal gangs. Two of our sources were drivers for [the Krays’ gangster rival] Charlie Richardson.’
During the course of this 18-month investigation, Mann had, however, uncovered evidence of a very different sort of organised crime: that a shady group linked to the building fraud was also running child sex rackets.
‘My team was getting tip-offs about all sorts of things,’ he says. ‘But this particular one was very precise. We were told that young boys from Lambeth care homes were being recruited as rent boys. Many went to Dolphin Square.
‘We were told this by several sources. It was very specific: there were sex parties there, and they involved Tory MPs.’
Initially, Mann says he ‘couldn’t work out what to do’ with this information, since ‘sex crimes weren’t something we were supposed to be investigating’.
But soon, realising the gravity of the situation, he decided to call a meeting with two officers from Streatham police station in South London.
‘I told them everything, and they promised to look closely into it,’ he says.
So far, so straightforward. But three months later, Mann heard a knock on the door of his office on South Lambeth Road. It was the two policemen. They apologised, but told me they had been forced to close their entire investigation,’ Mann recalls.
‘They’d been forced to drop it. Pressure had come from on high in the police service. There was nothing they could do about it. They were very unhappy.’
A string of prominent figures from all three major parties have so far been implicated in the scandal, most notably Cyril Smith (pictured)
With that, the Dolphin Square child sex scandal of 1988 was brushed under the carpet.
And there it might very well have remained were it not for an extraordinary series of events which began at exactly 12.06pm last Friday.
That was when the Metropolitan Police issued a press release revealing that it has launched an inquiry, ‘possible homicide’, linked to an establishment paedophile ring believed to have operated at Dolphin Square and other locations 30 years ago.
News of the inquiry, Operation Midland, came as an alleged victim, known as ‘Nick,’ gave two harrowing interviews detailing his ordeal at the hands of ‘very powerful people’ who ‘controlled my life for … nine years’.
Speaking to the BBC, ‘Nick’ told how he was originally ‘handed over’ to the group by his own father, an active paedophile, in the late 1970s.
‘They created fear that penetrated every part of me,’ he said. ‘I’ve never experienced pain like it. I hope I never do again.’
The group was ‘very organised’ and included leading members of the judiciary, military, and security services, along with politicians. It would hire chauffeurs to pick up victims and ferry them to sex parties or ‘sessions’.
After several hours of carousing, the ‘sessions’ would descend into ‘private time’, where ‘you’d have to perform various sexual things, but it would always culminate in being raped’.
On occasion, events took an even darker turn. For in an interview with Exaro, an investigative website, ‘Nick’ made the extraordinary claim that in addition to abusing victims, the gang had killed at least three of them.
He recalled seeing one small boy murdered in the presence of a former Tory Cabinet Minister, and another asphyxiated by a Conservative MP at a central London townhouse.
‘I watched while that happened. I am not sure how I got out of that,’ he said.
The third murder is said to have occurred in broad daylight on a street in South-West London in 1979, when a member of the group deliberately ran over and killed a boy aged between 11 and 12.
‘Nick,’ who claims to have visited Dolphin Square on at least ten occasions (and recalls its ‘dimly-lit, musty corridors’), has supplied Operation Midland with a written account of his ordeal and been interviewed extensively by investigators, passing them names of the Tory MP and the Cabinet Minister.
He has also identified a third abuser, Sir Peter Hayman, a former diplomat prominent in the Paedophile Information Exchange, a pro-paedophile lobby group endorsed at the time by the National Council for Civil Liberties, run by the future Labour grandees Harriet Harman, Jack Dromey and Patricia Hewitt.
The three boys identified by ‘Nick’ are doubtless not the only alleged victims now on Operation Midland’s radar.
On Wednesday, for example, the father of Vishal Mehrotra, an eight-year-old boy murdered in the 1980s, went public with the claim that his son also died at the hands of a Westminster paedophile ring.
The late Sir Peter Hayman was a former diplomat prominent in the Paedophile Information Exchange
Vishambar Mehrotra, a retired magistrate, told the Daily Telegraph how he received an anonymous phone call following his son’s disappearance on a Putney street in July 1981.
It purportedly came from a male prostitute who believed Vishal had been taken to Elm Guest House, a gay brothel in nearby Barnes allegedly frequented by high-profile sex offenders, including several figures now implicated in the Dolphin Square scandal.
At the time, Mr Mehrotra passed a 15-minute tape recording of the call to detectives, but claims they never properly investigated the allegation.
Part of Vishal’s body was found in woodland in West Sussex in February 1982. His legs, pelvis and lower spine were missing, along with his outer clothes and Superman underpants.
‘Now it is clear to me that there has been a huge cover-up,’ Mr Mehrotra said. ‘There is no doubt in my mind.’
The very idea that grown men might have killed small boys for sexual gratification might sound outlandish, but it’s not without precedent.
In a notorious 1989 court case, Sidney Cooke and three other members of a paedophile gang dubbed The Dirty Dozen were convicted of killing 14-year-old Jason Swift, who had been gang-raped.
Cooke was later implicated by one of his co-accused in that case, Leslie Bailey, of having also been involved in the 1984 abduction, rape and killing of seven-year-old Mark Tildesley, although only Bailey was eventually charged, having pleaded guilty to Mark’s manslaughter.
Police are believed to have tried recently (without success) to persuade the now 87-year-old Cooke to assist with recent inquiries. He is understood to have refused to help, and is not believed to have had personal links with MPs, judges or other VIPs.
Wherever they lead, this week’s developments will, nonetheless, add weight to claims — first aired by the Labour MP Tom Watson in October 2012 — that a ‘powerful paedophile network’ with links to Parliament operated with impunity in the 1970s and 1980s, using friends in high places to stay ahead of the law.
A string of prominent figures from all three major parties have so far been implicated in the scandal, most notably Cyril Smith, the Lib Dem MP for Rochdale, and Sir Peter Morrison, Margaret Thatcher’s private secretary.
The former Home Secretary Leon Brittan, has, meanwhile, been accused of ignoring or burying a dossier, given to him by the Tory MP Geoffrey Dickens in 1983, which named eight MPs as members of the sex ring. He denies the allegation.
Over the past year, I have devoted much of my time to investigating these child sex scandals, along with others involving the Paedophile Information Exchange, the Labour peer Lord Janner, and the Tory backbencher Sir Nicholas Fairbairn.
While a definitive ‘smoking gun’ is yet to emerge, the surprising number of parallels between the cases, and the weight of evidence to support the often-outlandish claims at their centre, leaves me in little doubt that some sort of Establishment paedophile ring existed in Britain in the 1970s and 1980s. And it seems increasingly likely many of its members were protected by the security services.
With this in mind, three police investigations are duly underway: Operation Midland, Operation Fernbridge (focusing on Elm Guest House) and Operation Fairbank (looking at political figures). A fourth, Operation Cayacos, is scrutinising the late Peter Righton, an influential social worker and convicted paedophile.
A source with knowledge of their progress told me this week that investigators currently believe Establishment paedophiles used flats at Dolphin Square as a ‘dropping-off point’ for young prostitutes.
‘Kids were brought there, and often partied there, but were sometimes also ferried to the Dorchester, or the Ritz, or addresses in central London,’ he said.
‘They were like lumps of meat in the back of a car. It [Dolphin Square] was a very convenient, and discreet, dropping-off point.’
The vast complex of 1,250 flats on a 7.5-acre plot close to the Thames was built in 1937 to provide homes for individuals its developers described as ‘notable in public life or society’.
Past tenants include the Far-Right political leader Oswald Mosley, Harold Wilson, Christine Keeler and Princess Anne, who (after moving out) allegedly claimed to be tired of ‘nosy neighbours, noisy traffic and the sight of hookers plying their trade nearby’.
By the late 1980s, it housed 51 MPs, 16 peers, 12 generals and six admirals. More recently, such noted Parliamentarians as William Hague, Alastair Darling, Malcolm Rifkind, Menzies Campbell and Mo Mowlam called it home.
The vast complex of 1,250 flats on a 7.5-acre plot close to the Thames was built in 1937 to provide homes for individuals its developers described as ‘notable in public life or society’
Dolphin Square, just a few hundred metres along the Thames from Parliament, has always contained its own shops, restaurants and leisure facilities, but — unusually — was not gated, meaning outsiders could come and go. Some of its units could also be rented on short-term lets, making them perfect for non-residents to hold decadent parties or conduct fleeting affairs.
Intriguing in light of recent events is the fact that in 1994, a small-circulation magazine called Scallywag published a lengthy article detailing rumours that politicians had been abusing children at Dolphin Square for 20 years.
‘We often have underage boys wandering around, totally lost, asking for a particular flat,’ a source there purportedly told it.
Scallywag was, however, the very opposite of a reliable source. It had achieved notoriety in 1993 after being sued by the Prime Minister John Major for reporting entirely fictitious rumours that he’d had an affair with a Downing Street caterer.
Its coverage of Dolphin Square was also riven with factual errors. Indeed, it centred on the entirely false premise that a paedophile ring was being run there by the late former Tory treasurer Lord McAlpine.
Only one source was named for this very serious allegation: a former care home resident called Steve Messham.
In 2012, the same Mr Messham resurfaced on BBC Newsnight. He again alleged that he had been abused by a ‘senior political figure’, who was later identified on social media as Lord McAlpine, only to realise — after being shown a photograph of the Conservative peer two days later — that it was a case of mistaken identity.
The ensuing controversy saw the BBC pay £185,000 in damages, and led to the resignation of its new director-general George Entwistle.
All of which neatly illustrates the difficulty of separating truth from fantasy when dealing with historic sex abuse, along with the scale of
the challenge now facing investigators if they are to assemble sufficient evidence to secure any convictions.
The testimony of ‘Nick’ provides another case in point. A professional man, who has no criminal record or apparent mental health issues, he is considered a trustworthy witness.
However, there is at present no physical or documentary evidence to back up many crucial aspects of his story about the Dolphin Square sex ring (I have searched in vain, for example, for contemporary newspaper articles about a small boy being mown down on a London street in broad daylight).
Neither are the police believed to have found anyone capable of providing reliable testimony that corroborates many of ‘Nick’s’ claims.
This fact may explain why the BBC have (unlike the news website Exaro) so far held back from broadcasting some of the more explosive aspects of his story, including suggestions that he witnessed murders carried out by senior Tories.
It may also explain why the police chose so publicly to announce their murder investigation — believing, perhaps, that media coverage might be a good way to persuade other victims to come forward.
After all these years, attempting to substantiate even vague details of Labour MP John Mann’s tale is equally difficult. Only two members of the small team who worked with him at Lambeth are still believed to be alive. The location of one, Hayley Graham, is currently unknown, but this week I tracked the other, Jack Organ, to Almeira in Southern Spain.
Here, the 73-year-old retiree lives with his wife Paula Strudwick, who coincidentally is a former dominatrix who in 1997 made headlines after telling the News of the World about her lengthy affair with the Tory minister Jonathan Aitken.
Organ told me that in September he was contacted by police officers from London working on the Dolphin Square sex inquiry. However, he was unable to offer them much help.
‘I remember rumours of abuse, involving homosexuality in Lambeth children’s homes. There was talk of important people being involved. But it was hard to pin down anything specific.
‘The police were searching for hard evidence. They offered to come and see me if I had any. I just can’t remember the sort of details they are after.’
Time will tell whether other lines of inquiry yield more fruit. The tragedy, of course, is that if police had mounted a thorough investigation 30 years ago and these allegations had been tested in court, the fate of ‘Nick’ and so many other young men is likely to have been very different.
That is why it is vital this new investigation is utterly rigorous. Only then will Dolphin Square finally give up its secrets.
Additional reporting: Rebecca Camber.
2,000 UK police suspected of corruption: Report
A UK Home Office report says at least 2,000 police officers have been suspected of various offenses such as tipping off criminals and stealing. The report published on Saturday was based on an analysis by the department’s researchers, showing that at least 2,000 officers of all ranks have been implicated in corruption. According to the report based on data from 2003, the officers have been accused of leaking information to criminals, stealing property during raids as well as abusing their power to receive money and sexual favors from the public. “Corrupt activities across these examples have included the protection of criminals for financial payments, the theft and recycling of drugs to criminals, the stealing of money from crime scenes, and the fabrication of evidence to obtain convictions,” the report read. In addition, the report said there were cases in which suspects might have been informed ahead of a raid, because when officers arrived at the scene there was no incriminating evidence and they already “had the kettle on.” The report has prompted the Home Office Select Committee to launch an investigation next month into police corruption. The committee’s probe will focus on the police’s relationship with organized crime and the infiltration of forces by criminal networks. Minister of State for Policing Mike Penning has commented on the analysis, saying, “The public expect the police to act with honesty and integrity and it is right that the full force of criminal law is available to punish and deter acts of corruption by police officers.” The report follows a recent review of London police files, revealing a shocking level of corruption among officers. According to the review published in August, the Scotland Yard is holding 260 crates of documents on police corruption. CAH/HSN/KA
Police force apologises to 59 alleged victims in 30 child abuse cases over bungled investigations
- Some cases involve young children and ‘very serious crime’ including rape
- One police officer has been suspended while 11 are on restrictive duties
- Alleged failings include failure to arrest suspects and investigation delays
- Deputy Chief Constable said he was ‘determined to rectify things quickly’
- Investigations referred to police watchdog – largest referral of its kind in force’s history
Deputy Chief Constable Derek Benson has apologised after a review ‘uncovered problems with the effectiveness’ of 59 child abuse investigations
Essex Police has been forced to apologise to 59 alleged victims after a major investigation was launched into its handling of dozens of child abuse investigations, including cases of rape.
One police officer has been suspended while 11 have been put on restrictive duties after the force ‘uncovered problems with the effectiveness’ of the investigations.
Some cases – which include 17 historic casing dating back to the 1960s and 1970s – involve very young children and allegations of ‘very serious crime’, including rape.
Alleged failings include failure to arrest suspects, issues of supervision, necessary safeguarding steps not being taken, delays in investigations and officer workloads being over-stretched.
All cases have now been referred to the police watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints Commission – the largest referral of its kind in the force’s history.
The watchdog already has two investigations under way into the conduct of five officers from the team, including allegations an officer fraudulently signed a complainant’s statement and a probe into the force’s response to reports that a girl was allegedly the victim of child sexual exploitation.
Deputy Chief Constable Derek Benson said he had been ‘disappointed’ to learn of what had happened and was ‘determined’ to rectify the situation.
Apologising publicly to the alleged victims, he added that resources within the child abuse unit had been ‘undoubtedly stretched’ at times.
He said: ‘I was very disappointed to learn of this and I am now determined that we find out exactly what has happened and rectify things quickly, not least for the victims.
‘We have contacted the families of those involved in these investigations to let then know what is happening and apologise for the undoubted distress.’
Seventeen of the cases are historic and date back to the late 1960s and early 1970s – which were reported to police between April 2011 and November 2014 – as well as 13 more recent alleged offences.
Mr Benson said the extent of the problems were uncovered by an experienced retired detective, who was brought in to review the live investigations being conducted in the north of the force area.
That resulted in two voluntary referrals to the IPCC.
A further 28 involving the North Essex child abuse investigation team (CAIT) were later put forward following further investigation.
Concerns had first been raised following a restructure at Essex Police in September last year.
Mr Benson said that, at the end of 2014, the first action was made to put police on restrictive duties. None of them currently work in child abuse investigations.
He said: ‘If individuals have failed in their duties then they will be held to account, but we will also look at the possible aspects of why this has happened.’
One police officer has been suspended while 11 have been put on restrictive duties after the force ‘uncovered problems with the effectiveness’ of the investigations. Pictured: Essex Police headquarters in Chelmsford
Most of the cases, which he said were a combination of historic and recent allegations, were said to relate to the north of the county.
Mr Benson said that officers had been working to contact victims over the past few days and, where possible, made personal visits.
He said: ‘I have written to the victims to explain what is happening and apologise for any hurt or distress that the content of that letter might cause.
‘In that letter I have provided details of other agencies who can provide support to victims and also details of a dedicated phone line we have set up should anyone have concerns.
‘My message would be this was an issue identified within Essex Police by our own officers. We took control and are putting it right.
Essex police and crime commissioner Nick Alston (above) said child abuse victims had been ‘let down’
‘These are difficult and complex investigations. We set ourselves the highest of standards. When we come up short, when we make mistakes, we are accountable and responsible.
‘Part of that responsibility is putting in place the measures necessary to properly safeguard the vulnerable victims of crime and to ensure the investigations into any crimes they have reported to us are dealt with properly, promptly and professionally.’
Asked if the failings could have allowed child rapists to escape prosecution and reoffend, he said: ‘I think that is a fundamentally important question that we all need to know the answer to, especially the victims.
‘I would not seek to suggest how the IPCC investigation might go and it would be wrong of me to speculate on what they might find.
‘What I can say, is it is an absolute priority for us to properly safeguard vulnerable victims and carry out thorough, professional investigations.’
He added that those wanting to report child abuse should not be put off by today’s announcement.
The 30 investigations will be carried out by Norfolk and Suffolk Police’s Joint Professional Standards Department under the direction and control of the IPCC.
The IPCC said that, in some cases, officers in the unit may have failed to arrest suspects, carry out investigations properly and quickly enough and refer suspects to prosecutors.
Mary Cunneen, IPCC commissioner for Essex, said: ‘Child abuse ruins people’s lives, so it is important police get these investigations right and victims feel confident their cases will be properly handled.
‘The concerns regarding investigations carried out by Essex Police’s north CAIT are serious and I appreciate this news will be very distressing for victims and their families.
‘It is vital that our investigations are able to establish what happened in the north CAIT investigations and why.’
Essex police and crime commissioner Nick Alston said child abuse victims had been ‘let down’.
He added that ‘firm and swift action must be taken’ against any officers found to have ‘failed in their fundamental duties’.
He said: ‘Nothing is more important in policing than to keep the most vulnerable members of our communities safe.
‘Where victims have been let down, it is essential that steps are taken urgently to protect them from further harm and to bring those who harmed them to justice.
‘As police and crime commissioner for Essex, I am clear that victims of crime must be at the heart of our policing and criminal justice system.’
He added: ‘It is right and proper that the independent police watchdog is investigating these alleged failings, and I welcome their involvement. However, it is also the case that such investigations can take a significant period of time before reporting their findings.’
Essex Police have invited children’s charities Barnardo’s, The Children’s Society and the National Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Children to deliver expert advice on improvements that need to be made.
A special helpline has been set up for victims of families worried about child abuse investigations by Essex Police. Those concerned can contact 01245 282103.
More than 300 young people have been groomed and sexually exploited by gangs of men in Oxfordshire in the past 15 years, a damning report into the failures of police and social services to stop years of sexual torture, trafficking and rape will reveal, the Guardian has learned.
The victims, mostly girls, come predominantly from the city of Oxford, increasing concerns that the grooming and exploitation of vulnerable young people by groups of older men is not confined to the inner cities. One senior investigative source said: “If you think you haven’t got a problem in your city or town, you are just not looking for it.”
Police and social services in Oxfordshire will be heavily criticised for not doing enough to stop years of violent abuse and enslavement of six young girls, aged 11-15, by a gang of men. Such was the nature of the abuse, suffered for more than eight years by the girls, it was likened to torture. All of the victims had a background in care.
A serious case review by the Oxfordshire safeguarding children’s board, to be published on Tuesday, will condemn Thames Valley police for not believing the young girls, for treating them as if they had chosen to adopt the lifestyle, and for failing to act on repeated calls for help.
Oxfordshire social services – which had responsibility for the girls’ safety – will be equally damned for knowing they were being groomed and for failing to protect them despite compelling evidence they were in danger. One social worker told a trial that nine out of 10 of those responsible for the girls was aware of what was going on.
The serious case review has put a figure on the numbers exploited to give an idea of the scale of the problem. The report will say more than 300 young people have been subjected to grooming and abuse between 1999 and 2014 in Oxfordshire alone.
The attempt to quantify the scale of abuse mirrors the work of the Jay report into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham, which said 1,400 young people had been subjected to grooming and abuse between 1999 and 2013.
An insider said the report was “brutal” in its condemnation of Thames Valley police and Oxfordshire social services.
Weeks before the publication of the serious case review, the chief executive of Oxfordshire county council, Joanna Simons, announced she would be stepping down in the summer, a move questioned by the Oxford East MP Andrew Smith, who said he was “concerned at the decision and how it had been taken”.
The council said she would not be replaced and the authority was reorganising its management structure. In a joint message with the council in January, Simons said that in order to protect frontline services, the authority would be making changes to its top team which would involve the departure of the chief executive.
The case echoes the child exploitation scandals in Rotherham, Rochdale and Derby involving gangs of men of Asian background targeting white girls in care. In Oxford, however, the grooming, sexual torture and trafficking took place on the streets of the Cowley area of the city, in churchyards, parks, a guesthouse and empty flats procured for the purpose of drugging the girls and handing them around to be gang raped and brutalised.
A 12-year-old victim was branded by the men and, when she fell pregnant, subjected to a backstreet abortion in a house in Reading. Over six years, she was repeatedly raped by groups of men in what she described as “torture sex”.
Key findings in the serious case review will expose how police officers and social workers did not listen to the girls when they spoke of the abuse they were suffering, did not believe them and dismissed them.
The girls and some of their abusers crossed the police and social services radar multiple times. In 2006 alone, the police received four complaints from the young girls about the men, with their accounts corroborated in some cases. One victim reported the abuse twice to police in 2006. She told officers: “They are doing it to other girls, little girls with their school uniforms on.”
There were thousands of contacts between both agencies and the girls and they were reported missing at least 450 times. One victim, known as Girl C, has spoken of how her foster mother reported her missing 80 times.
The number of young people identified by the report – more than 300 – as victims of child sexual exploitation in the last 15 years is considered a robust figure because the girls have all been spoken to by police or social services.
But the numbers are likely to be an underestimate. Figures from Thames Valley police reveal that 220 of the 2,000 child abuse cases reported across the force in 13 months from July 2013 to August 2014involved child sexual exploitation.
Nearly 700 children and young people suspected of being at risk of exploitation have been referred to new specialist police and social services units in Thames Valley between November 2012 and November 2014; 250 in Berkshire, 237 in Buckinghamshire and 206 in Oxfordshire.
It was not until 2011 when DCI Simon Morton trawled through missing persons reports, health records and social services data that Thames Valley police began to link the girls’ repeated patterns of going missing, returning and going missing again with the activities of the men – some of whom were known to police for drug crimes.
After a groundbreaking two-year investigation, Operation Bullfinch, seven men – including two sets of brothers – were convicted at the Old Bailey in May 2013 of 43 offences, which included trafficking, forcing girls into prostitution, procuring an illegal abortion, rape and physical violence.
Brothers Akhtar and Anjum Dogar, Bassam and Mohammed Karrar, Kamar Jamil, Zeeshan Ahmed and Assad Hussain, who were all from Oxford, were given sentences ranging from a minimum of seven to 20 years in prison.
South Yorkshire Police accused of covering up widespread sexual abuse in Sheffield on a scale ‘bigger than Rotherham’
- South Yorkshire Police accused of ignoring reports of sexual exploitation
- Former officer claims the ‘size of exploitation was massive in Sheffield’
- Tony Brookes, who served for 30 years, said it is ‘bigger than Rotherham’
- Force allegedly received 200 reports of potential victims from 2007 to 2010
South Yorkshire Police has been accused of ignoring hundreds of reports of sexual abuse against young girls in a widespread cover-up deemed ‘bigger than Rotherham’.
Tony Brookes, a former police constable with 30 years’ service, claims the force knew that girls as young as 12-years-old were being raped and assaulted but chose to ignore it.
It is understood that more than 200 girls were reported to the force as being potential victims of sexual exploitation in Sheffield, mainly between 2007 and 2010.
Mr Brookes, who has now left the force, said he believes the ‘size of the exploitation was massive in Sheffield’, adding: ‘I think bigger than in Rotherham’.
Tony Brookes, a former police constable with 30 years’ service (pictured), claims South Yorkshire Police knew that girls as young as 12-years-old were being raped, abused and assaulted in Sheffield but ignored it
It is understood that more than 200 girls were reported to South Yorkshire Police (pictured) as being potential victims of sexual exploitation in Sheffield between 2007 and 2010. It comes following the Rotherham scandal
South Yorkshire Police came under fire during the inquiry into the Rotherham sex abuse scandal, during which it emerged that 1,400 children were abused in the town over a 16-year period.
The force’s former Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright resigned in the wake of Professor Alexis Jay’s report into the widespread abuse, which found that authorities had failed to act after hundreds of young girls were forced into prostitution and trafficking.
Now, Mr Brookes and fellow former South Yorkshire Police officers have claimed a similar large-scale sex abuse scandal has been ongoing in Sheffield.
Tonight, Rotherham MP Sarah Champion said on Twitter: ‘Very very disappointed to hear that South Yorkshire Police let down the children of Sheffield too, but sadly not surprised.’
Two former officers, Jon House and Paul Broadbent, are currently being investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission over their handling of child sexual exploitation allegations in the town, the BBC reported.
The corporation also obtained a document from the force’s intelligence base which apparently shows that girls aged as young as 12 to 15 were subjected to abuse including rape, trafficking, physical assaults, abduction and threats to kill.
It is alleged that in many cases there was no evidence of police action being taken.
One victim, remaining anonymous, told the BBC she was surprised with the way the force handled the situation when she reported allegations of abuse.
She said: ‘I had one of those video interviews and they took my clothes but I never heard anything back from that. I can’t believe they haven’t really done anything.’
However, the force did investigate some of the claims – including one probe called Operation Glover, which led to a group of Iraqi-Kurdish men being imprisoned for 10 years.
Sarah Champion, a Rotherham MP, took to Twitter this evening following the reports of Sheffield sex abuse
Mr Brookes, an ex-officer, said he believed the alleged sex abuse in Sheffield (pictured) is ‘bigger than Rotherham’. Professor Jay conducted a report into widespread sexual exploitation in Rotherham last year
Mr Brookes said that following the successful prosecution, at least two detectives urged senior officers – including Mr House and Mr Broadbent who are both now under investigation – to continue their inquiries.
However, he said that despite offering to head-up a unit dedicated to supporting victims and gathering evidence, the force seemed to turn a blind eye.
He told BBC News at 10: ‘He said to me, ‘go and spend an hour or two with each girl and find out what’s happened to them and tell them there’s not enough evidence to go on.”
The BBC reported that the force launched a new investigation into the sex abuse claims in 2009 after Sheffield City Council raised concerns and pumped £50,000 into a police investigation.
Gary Birchall, a former analyst, said he was asked to report on the operation but was told the whole probe had been shelved after he advised a full investigation should be launched.
The claims echo those of Ann Lucas, who formerly ran the city’s sexual exploitation service.
Ms Lucas revealed last October that details of alleged abusers were regularly passed to the force but claims that senior officers failed to act.
She said that more than 660 young people, mainly girls and some as young as 11-years-old, were referred to Sheffield’s sexual exploitation service between 2011 and 2013. However, she said none of the reports resulted in prosecutions.
Gary Birchall, a former police officer in South Yorkshire, said he was asked to produce a report on a probe into sex abuse claims several years ago but was later told the operation had been shelved by senior officers
A Sheffield victim, remaining anonymous, told the BBC she was surprised at how police handled her report
Tonight, Dr Alan Billings, the current Police and Crime Commissioner of the force said he had been speaking with abuse victims to ‘try to understand their frustrations’ and urged others to come forward, insisting: ‘They will be listened to and taken seriously.’
He told ITV News: ‘I was elected in November to hold the Force to account, but I am not confident that we know everything that should be known about the past – which is the crucial first step for the Force to get itself into a better place.
‘Steps are being taken to address these issues and I recently announced an extra 62 officers for the Public Protection Unit where issues of child abuse are investigated.
‘Since my appointment in November I have spent time with victims, survivors and their families to try to understand their frustrations. I have been listening to their stories and experiences.
‘This is already providing me with information I am communicating to South Yorkshire Police in order to help them address the areas they need to improve.’
Responding to the claims, South Yorkshire Police said in a statement: ‘We have developed strong processes to ensure all information and intelligence received about sexual exploitation is collated, shared with partners and reviewed on a very frequent basis to see if any further action can be taken.’
Both Mr House and Mr Broadbent refuted any suggestion that they did not wholly support investigations into sexual exploitation while serving officers, the BBC reported.
A Sheffield City Council spokesperson said: ‘We can confirm that £50,000 was paid to South Yorkshire Police to help fund an investigation they ran into child sexual exploitation, called Operation K-Safe.
‘It is a horrible and sad fact that child sexual exploitation happens everywhere in the country. We will continue to use every tool at our disposal to prevent it and urge anyone with any knowledge, or suspicion, about child sexual exploitation to come forward and report it.’
A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: ‘Operation Glover resulted in six men being convicted. Two of the men convicted were each jailed for ten years and two others received substantial custodial sentences for sexual offences.
‘The operation also led to further offences being uncovered and further prosecutions.
‘South Yorkshire Police received a complaint about the closure of Operation Glover and this was referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC)’.
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South Yorkshire’s former Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright resigned in the wake of Professor Alexis Jay’s report into the widespread abuse, which found that 1,400 young girls were targeted in Rotherham
The cops pounding the beat who are convicted criminals: More than 300 who have committed offences including sex attacks and violence are still serving
- More than 300 police officers are still walking the beat despite convictions
- Offences include sex attacks, violence, drug possession and child porn
- Among them is a chief inspector and a detective chief superintendent
More than 300 police officers have been convicted of crimes in the past three years and many are still serving.
Offences include sex attacks, violence, drug possession and viewing child pornography.
Figures show 309 police officers and police community support officers have been given criminal records since the start of 2012 – equivalent to around two a week.
More than 300 police officers have been convicted of crimes in the past three years and many are still walking the beat
Among them are several senior officers, including a chief inspector, a detective chief superintendent and two sergeants.
Separate figures show at least 295 police officers and PCSOs with convictions are serving with forces, potentially at odds with guidelines that insist on ‘proven integrity’.
The statistics may be the tip of the iceberg as only 25 out of 45 forces responded to requests for details under freedom of information laws.
Forces also refused to disclose the names of officers involved in crimes even though they would have been identified in court, arguing that this would breach data protection rules.
Crime-fighting charities expressed concern last night. Lucy Hastings, director of Victim Support, said: ‘Victims of crime will clearly find these figures alarming.
‘It is critical that victims know they can trust the police so that they have confidence to report crimes.
‘But, understandably, it can be incredibly difficult to speak out about a crime committed by a police officer – someone we expect and trust to abide by the law.’
One officer caught breaking the law was former Chief Inspector Tanya Brookes, described by a judge as a ‘disgrace to her uniform’ after being jailed for two-and-a-half years for fraud in May last year.
Chief Inspector Tanya Brookes was described by a judge as a ‘disgrace to her uniform’ when she was jailed for fraud
The officer, who left Surrey Police after her conviction, made £11,000 cheating shops by forging vouchers or claiming refunds for goods she had bought at a discount online.
In another case, Det Chief Supt David Knopwood was sacked by West Yorkshire Police for gross misconduct after admitting driving while twice the legal alcohol limit. He was banned from driving for 12 months and fined £1,000 in May last year.
Disgraced PC Christopher Little, who served with Durham Constabulary, was sacked after admitting child porn charges.
Magistrates heard he had six indecent movies featuring children on his computer, including one of a man sexually abusing a five-year-old boy. He was given a three-year community order in November 2012.
A total of 178 officers from the Metropolitan Police, Britain’s biggest force, were convicted of offences between January 2012 and the end of March this year.
They included two sexual offences, four of violence, three thefts and 19 traffic violations. Of these officers, 54 are still serving with the force.
Greater Manchester Police said 12 police officers and five PCSOs had been convicted. Ten were serving with convictions.
Devon and Cornwall Police said five police officers and five PCSOs had been given criminal records since 2012, while another five had convictions that were mostly ‘prior to recruitment and as juveniles’.
Chief Constable Jacqui Cheer, of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, said: ‘The decision by a force to retain someone with a conviction will have been carefully considered and only taken following a clear, national and regulated process.’
The Home Office said: ‘The vast majority of police officers do their job honestly and with integrity.
‘But the good work of the majority threatens to be damaged by a continuing series of events and revelations relating to police conduct.’
Not a single police officer will be disciplined over failure to investigate Rochdale sex gangs who abused hundreds of young girls over six years
- Seven police officers were served with misconduct notices over scandal
- Six were given ‘management advice’ and one was allowed to retire
- Police failed to properly investigate the abuse and support the victims
- Hundreds of young girls were abused by predominantly-Pakistani gangs
- Nine men were jailed but victims say abusers are still walking free
No police officers will be disciplined despite failing to properly investigate the systematic rape and abuse of young girls in Rochdale, it was revealed today.
Seven Greater Manchester Police officers were served with misconduct notices but after a four year investigation six were given ‘management advice’ and one was allowed to retire.
The Rochdale scandal saw hundreds of vulnerable young girls fall into the hands of Asian grooming gangs because the authorities failed to protect them over at least six years.
In 2012 nine Asian men were jailed for a total of 77 years for rape and trafficking after they preyed on girls as young as 13, plying them with drugs, alcohol and money before passing them round the group for sex.
No further action: Seven police officers who were served with misconduct notices over the abuse scandal in Rochdale (pictured), will not face disciplinary action
A subsequent report said the girls were allowed to fall into the hands of Pakistani grooming gangs because police and social workers may have been scared of seeming racist.
It sparked an investigation conducted by the force’s professional standards branch, and supervised by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), which today highlights a number of significant failures.
Its report, published today, concludes that the officers placed too much emphasis on the credibility of the victims, and not enough on the crime.
The seven officers investigated were interviewed about their decision-making, handling of investigations, and victim care.
They were the former divisional Chief Supt, John O’Hare, a Superintendent, plus two Det Chief Inspectors, two Detective Inspectors, and one Sergeant.
One Detective Inspector was found to have a case to answer for misconduct but retired before the inquiry could be completed.
Nine men, including these eight, were jailed for a total of 77 years for rape and trafficking after they preyed on girls as young as 13-years-old
By the summer of 2013 force investigators had identified the Det Insp should attend a formal misconduct hearing but they left the force in January 2014.
The investigation – titled Operation Span – exposed flaws across all agencies in response to the challenges associated with child sexual exploitation, including a lack of understanding of the complexity of the issue.
Other failures were identified as issues, with information being shared across agencies that used different IT systems, GMP’s focus being on addressing serious acquisitive crime, and officers not having the necessary skill set.
It also said the ‘churn’ of staff at Rochdale, particularly in the inspecting ranks, meant that leadership of the issue could not be maintained, and there was little in the way of effective handover.
Shame: The abuse of the jailed gang began at two takeaways in the Heywood area of Rochdale, including the Balti House (pictured), which is under new ownership
The investigation identified one detective sergeant who made individual errors in his handling of the investigation, but it found that he had raised concerns about a need for more resources but was not supported by his superiors.
Others who were served notices included the former divisional chief superintendent, a superintendent, two detective chief inspectors, and two detective inspectors.
They all received management action in respect of their performances.
The report was split into two parts, one looking at the handling of the complaints made by two separate children, and the other looking into the wider decision-making by the Rochdale senior leadership
FAILURES THAT LEFT ABUSE VICTIMS TO THEIR FATE IN ROCHDALE
There were signs for many years that men were using vulnerable young girls in Rochdale for sex, but no action was taken. Here we highlight the failures.
From the outset, social workers failed to regard the teenage girls being passed around for sex among a gang of Asian men as victims.
That was despite more than 100 reports of abuse from the victims, health workers and elsewhere linked to men working in taxi and takeaway businesses dating back to 2004, and involving children as young as ten. Instead the girls were treated as their attackers treated them, ‘like prostitutes’.
Victims as young as ten were seen as ‘making their own choice’ and ‘engaging in consensual sexual activity’.
In one case a parent making a complaint was told his daughter was ‘hanging out with a bad crowd’.
As a result of this catastrophic dereliction of duty, information was not systematically passed to the police, and the terrified victims were left at the mercy of a gang of violent sexual predators.
Just as social workers failed to protect the victims from the rapists preying on them, so the police failed for years to grasp the nettle and launch a serious investigation. As well as reports from social workers, Greater Manchester Police received 44 referrals from the NHS about the abuse.
In 2009 one victim, known as ‘Suzie’, made a detailed complaint about the attacks. Arrests were made but the case was dropped by state prosecutors. It was not until a year later that a full investigation was launched. Police also failed to demand proper bail restrictions on the attackers.
Even after the trial, the police refused to acknowledge the racial element of the crimes, saying it was wrong to get ‘hung up on race and ethnicity issues’.
CROWN PROSECUTION SERVICE
An early police investigation in 2009 was passed to prosecutors but astonishingly no action was taken. Instead a senior CPS prosecutor ‘refused charge’, claiming it was unlikely to lead to a successful trial.
That was despite the existence of forensic evidence including DNA swabs from a victim’s underwear.
It was two years before that decision was overturned. Yesterday’s report found prosecutors thought the main victim would be seen by the court as an unreliable witness, and blamed the cost of bringing the case and ‘officer workload’ for the decision.
THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY
Members of the community would have known about the abuse of white girls being carried out by Pakistani men but did nothing to stop it. Jack Straw, the former Justice Secretary, said there was ‘denial’ around the issue.
He said: ‘These are small communities so people would have a rough idea that there is a group of men who are abusing white girls in this way. That has to be dealt with there, as well as much more effective police and social services action.’
Police ‘took part in Rotherham child sex abuse and ignored pleas from victims’ it is claimed as the IPCC watchdog says it is probing 194 complaints over the scandal
- 54 police officers named by victims as turning a blind eye to child abuse
- Women claim police failed to act whenever they reported local sex gangs
- Trial into six abusers heard evidence some officers were part of the ring
- Alleged to have raped schoolgirls, shared drugs and tipped off ringmasters
Pc Hassan Ali (pictured) was under investigation accused of being part of the Rotherham sex ring when he died last year. At least 54 police officers are accused of turning a blind eye to the abuse
At least 54 police officers operating in and around Rotherham are accused of turning a blind eye to more than a decade of horrific child abuse by gangs of Asian men.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating 194 allegations against officers who are said to have ignored the desperate pleas of terrified schoolgirls while they were being repeatedly raped.
Some are even claimed to have been part of the paedophile sex ring.
Victims say at least one constable molested girls. Others are said to have tipped off the grooming gang’s gun-toting ringmasters as to when their South Yorkshire colleagues were closing in.
The scale of the investigation came to light in the trial of rapist brothers Arshid, 40, Basharat, 39, and Bannaras Hussain, 36 – three of the first six people convicted yesterday for carrying out a devastating catalogue of abuse on local girls.
The trio – known as Mad Ash, Bash and Bono – targeted 15 vulnerable girls, one aged only 11, over a sixteen year period. They subjected them to brutal rapes and regular beatings after impressing them with their supposed wealth, drugs, guns and cars. Arshid forced one girl to have two abortions before she was 16.
The men were given access to their victims by trusted local foster carer Karen MacGregor, 58, and Shelley Davies, 40.
MacGregor took in girls – all of whom were white – from children’s homes in the area, offering them a safe and comfortable living environment in her ‘Hansel and Gretal house’.
But once they were in she pimped them out as prostitutes, making them ‘earn their keep’ by having sex with a succession of men who were often double their age.
The women, along with the brothers’ uncle, Qurban Ali, 53, were all found guilty of child sex offences. They will be sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court tomorrow.
According to an independent inquiry by Professor Alexis Jay, more than 1,400 girls were abused in Rotherham from the late 1990s well into the 2000s, predominantly by gangs from the town’s Pakistani community.
A National Crime Agency investigation was launched last June. It has identified more than 300 suspects and 9,000 lines of inquiry.
However, it was only during the last two month’s trial that size of the probe into alleged police wrongdoing regarding the abuse was brought to light.
Brothers Arshid (left), 40, and Basharat Hussain (middle), 39, were yesterday found guilty of committing multiple rapes and indecent assaults on teenagers in Rotherham. Their younger brother, Bannaras Hussain (right), 36, admitted ten charges – including rape, indecent assault and assault occasioning actual bodily harm
The Hussain brothers’ uncle, Qurban Ali (left), 53, was also found guilty of conspiracy to rape. Shelley Davies, (right) 40, was found guilty of conspiracy to procure prostitutes and false imprisonment
The court was told that one officer had sex with under-age girls, handed drugs to the grooming gang and tipped them off when colleagues were hunting for children in their possession. The constable denies the allegation.
Another is said to have helped to broker a deal in which Arshid Hussain returned an abused girl to police on the promise he would not be arrested.
Most of the claims made to the IPCC are similar: that agencies knew what was happening but failed to act.
Since the scandal was uncovered in 2013, the watchdog has received 194 allegations of police misconduct.
The victims – as made apparent during the first trial into the abuse – tend to recount the same story of not being believed or being simply ignored when they reported their perpetrators to South Yorkshire Police.
The police watchdog is now involved in 54 ongoing investigations into ‘allegations about how South Yorkshire Police dealt with child sexual exploitation in Rotherham’.
These cover a range of accusations, from a failure to act on reported child sexual exploitation to corruption.
The IPCC said it is undertaking ‘ongoing research and analysis work’ into the claims made by 41 complainants to date.
Ninety-two of the allegations relate to police officers who have been identified. The other 102 involve as yet unidentified officers.
Of the 54 officers named so far, 26 have been told they are being investigated. The remaining 28 are still being examined.
During the Hussain brothers’ trial, one woman spent three days describing how she was repeatedly abused and assaulted from the age of 11.
Karen MacGregor, described in court as a ‘mother figure’, took in girls from children’s homes purporting to give them a safe haven and support – only to then have them abused
She told the jury how she told a detective called Kenneth Dawes about what happened but no action was taken.
She said: ‘He used to have sex with girls and he used to take drugs from people and pass them on to Ash.’
The jury was told Pc Dawes was arrested in 2015 and is currently under investigation.
Another police officer who was mentioned in the trial – Pc Hassan Ali – died last year following a road traffic accident in Sheffield.
Pc Ali was told he was under investigation by the IPCC on the day he was killed. The probe followed complaints about his dealings with alleged child sexual exploitation victims.
IPCC deputy chair Rachel Cerfontyne stressed that the watchdog are committed to getting to the bottom of all allegations brought forward from victims.
She said: ‘Our investigative work examining allegations about how South Yorkshire Police responded to reported child sexual exploitation in Rotherham continues to expand.
‘This is complex work dealing with non-recent allegations and involving vulnerable and traumatised victims. We are committed to ensuring the allegations are investigated sensitively and thoroughly.’
South Yorkshire Police are not the only authority engulfed by accusations they let down the vulnerable local girls.
Victims have also pointed the finger at Rotherham Council representatives for a series of failures during their horrific ordeals.
One woman described how a councillor was involved in a deal with Arshid Hussain to return her when she and him went missing.
She told the court the councillor had rung Hussain and arranged for her to be dropped off at a petrol station on the understanding ‘he wouldn’t get done’.
Another victim, who said she was made to work as a teenage prostitute, told the jury she had proof police and social workers knew that she was being abused by Arshid Hussain in 2000.
She said: ‘Why did they leave it 15 years before knocking on my door and saying they knew?’
The tearful mother of one of the victims told the trial how she found an exercise book in which her daughter had recorded heartbreaking details of the abuse to which she was subject.
The woman said the police and social services were not interested in the book and she later burned it.
Some of the women cited distrust of the police as they told the court why they went to the media to tell their stories before they went to the authorities.
One said: ‘The only reason the police started this investigation was because The Times printed my story.’
Dr Alan Billings, police and crime commissioner for South Yorkshire, said: ‘People weren’t listened to the first time around and that was a disgrace and that’s the scandal of what happened in South Yorkshire at that time.
‘I do hope now they realise that this time they would be listened to if they come forward.’
VICTIM: TRIAL ‘ONE OF THE HARDEST THINGS EVER…BUT SO WORTH IT’
One victim of the Rotherham gang said going through with the investigation was one of the hardest things she had ever done – but concluded that it was ‘so worth it’.
The woman hoped her experience would give others the resolve to come forward and put more child abusers behind bars.
She was just 14 when she was groomed and came to fear for her life at the hands of controlling and violent Arshid Hussain.
He preyed on the teenager after meeting her at a party in the late 1990s, and would wait for her outside school. Soon he was having sex with her, despite knowing her age and being a decade older.
The woman hoped her experience would give others the resolve to come forward and put more child abusers behind bars
The victim, who cannot be identified but who is referred to as ‘Jessica’, said: ‘It has been 16 years we have waited for this. It has not sunk in yet. This can give me some closure, for me my life starts now. It has been such a mess, I can finally move on.
‘The investigation started two-and-a-half years ago and it has been one of the hardest things I have had to do, but it is so worth it. It’s an emotional rollercoaster.
‘I think a lot of people will come forward now, and think ‘if they can get justice after nearly two decades, so can I’.’
Earlier, Jessica told the BBC: ‘Very quickly he started being controlling. I wasn’t allowed to do anything without his permission.
‘He isolated me from friends and family and it became the only person in my world was him.
‘He was very violent towards me. There were times when I thought he was going to kill me.’
Five police officers breached their public duty by “massaging” their accounts of a stop and search carried out on a man who later died, a disciplinary hearing has been told.
Habib “Paps” Ullah, 39, from Slough, Berkshire, was pronounced dead at Wycombe general hospital on 3 July 2008, about one-and-a-half hours after the car he was travelling in was stopped by Thames Valley police officers in High Wycombe.
The officers – DS Jason Liles, DC Richard Bazeley and PCs Kate Granger, Chris Pomery and Howard Wynne – are accused of gross misconduct in relation to the incident. Liles is also accused of gross misconduct in relation to slapping Ullah, who had three children, on the back.
All the officers admit deleting details which were included in their draft statements from the versions given to the Independent Police Complaints Commission. But they say that they did so on the advice of a Police Federation lawyer and deny all charges against them.
Concluding the case against the officers on Thursday, Gerard Boyle said: “Thames Valley police officers should always demonstrate the highest standards of behaviour and act with honesty and integrity.
“These five police officers … know that their duty as a public servant was to provide an undersigned statement that was as full, detailed, accurate account.”
Instead, they “massaged” their initial statements, said Boyle, listing among the most serious deletions those referring to the use of force, including:
- Bazeley removing his description of the slap on Ullah’s back as being delivered “with some force”
- Wynne’s deletion of his description of another occupant of the car shouting: “You’re strangling him”
- Pomery replacing the word “grabbed” in relation to Ullah’s neck with “held”
Referring to the claim that the amendments were made on the advice of a lawyer and that the officers had subsequently expressed misgivings about the changes, Boyle said: “They should not have required the benefit of hindsight to realise that deleting relevant material was simply an unacceptable thing to do.”
With respect to the back slap, the three-person panel at Shaw House, Newbury, heard that Liles delivered the blow when Ullah turned his back after bring asked by officers, who believed he had swallowed drugs, to spit out or show what was in his mouth.
Boyle claimed that, in his evidence to the hearing, Liles added an “embellishment”, not mentioned in his earlier statements, claiming that Ullah had stepped away as he turned his back. The lawyer described this as an attempt “to try to justify a blow which he knew, in the prevailing circumstances, was simply too hasty.
“The officer overreacted too hastily and he didn’t give Mr Ullah an opportunity to comply with the communication.”
In his closing submissions, Kevin Baumber, counsel for the officers, said they had spoken honestly and openly when asked questions about their original statements and that there was no suggestion of a cover-up. He also insisted that they were entitled to rely on legal advice given on the understanding that they were potential suspects.
Baumber said the strike by Liles was an instinctive act, carried out in a high-pressure situation in a bid to prevent a medical emergency, and that the officer could just as easily have been criticised for not administering it.
“The [presenting officer’s] submission is this: that he acted too quickly to save a life and that is a dangerous premise to endorse,” said Baumber. “You may conclude it would have taken a very poor piece of policing to conclude that the thing in his mouth was not class A drugs.”
Following the closing arguments, the legal adviser to the panel said that the police officers could only be found to have committed gross misconduct if their lawyer’s advice was wrong and even then only if it was unreasonable to rely on her advice. He also said the solicitor was correct in advising the officers as potential suspects.
The sanctions for officers found to have committed gross conduct range from no further action at one end of the spectrum to dismissal without notice at the other.
The panel is expected to give its decision on Monday.
Hot Buzz! Policeman sacked for smoking cannabis while on duty after a colleague smelled weed coming from his patrol car
- PC Kirk Van Niekerk was supposed to be searching for a missing person
- caught after a colleague noticed a pungent aroma wafting from the car
- He denied smoking cannabis on duty but tests found traces in his system
- A panel in Birmingham yesterday found him guilty of gross misconduct
A policeman was sacked yesterday after being caught smoking cannabis in his marked patrol car.
PC Kirk Van Niekerk, who had been an officer for West Midlands Police for more than six years, was supposed to be searching for a missing person when he used the drug in the early hours.
He was caught after a colleague noticed a pungent aroma wafting from the car and reported him.
Niekerk, a married father of one, denied smoking cannabis on duty but tests found traces in his system. Yesterday, a panel found him guilty of gross misconduct.
PC Kirk Van Niekerk was caught after a colleague noticed a pungent aroma wafting from the car and reported him (file picture)
Niekerk was caught when PC Nigel Weston approached his patrol car at 3am on November 19, 2014.
Deputy Chief Constable Dave Thompson told the Birmingham hearing: ‘These are important areas that lie at the heart of being a police officer.
‘The public expect high standards from police officers.
‘The officer has smoked drugs on duty and he has potentially put the public at risk and lied in subsequent interview.
‘As a result of this, the decision of the panel is to dismiss him without notice.
‘It demonstrates behaviour that falls well below standards and indicate he is a controlled user of cannabis.
‘We have found the officer smoked cannabis in his vehicle on November 19, 2014.
‘We note that he is sorry. We are not quite aware what he is sorry for.’
The panel heard Nierkerk was smoking the drugs while investigating a missing persons’ inquiry.
Nierkerk, who was based at the Newtown police station in Birmingham, took a drugs test on November 26, 2014 (file picture)
Natalie Dent, representing the force, said: ‘PC Van Niekerk was on a night shift at about 10pm on November 18, 2014.
‘He was conducting a missing persons search investigation.
‘At about 3am on November 19, 2014, PC Weston, a dog handler, was exercising a police dog on Perry Park near the Alexandra Stadium in Perry Barr when he noticed PC Van Niekerk driving towards the exit of the car park on Church Road.
‘The officer stopped alongside his car to speak to him. PC Weston immediately challenged PC Niekerk about the strong smell of cannabis inside his car.
‘He said it always smelt like that.’
Nierkerk, who was based at the Newtown police station in Birmingham, took a drugs test on November 26, 2014.
Miss Dent added: ‘The results of the test were ready on December 3 and confirmed traces of cannabis.
‘It was more than three times the accepted cut-off for passive smoking.’
Niekerk admitted to professional standards he had taken cannabis in the past and was suspended by West Midlands Police force on December 4 last year.
John Williams, representing Niekerk for the Police Federation, said: ‘He had asked me to tell the panel he was sorry.
‘He felt that he and his family had been put in the limelight and perhaps in this current time they should not have been.’
Soho policemen nicknamed The Sheriff and The Gruffalo are arrested by colleagues probing a ‘West End bribery ring centred on a club where A-List stars are entertained by dwarves’
- Officers from Met Police’s licensing unit arrested by anti-corruption team
- Claimed they took cash from security firms and got clubs to hire doormen
- Owner of Cirque le Soir, Ryan Bishti, 35, arrested on suspicion of bribery
- Questioned over claims police had inappropriate relationship with clubs
Soho policemen nicknamed ‘The Sheriff’ and ‘The Gruffalo’ have been arrested by an anti-corruption investigation probing a ‘massive West End bribery ring centered on an A-List nightspot’.
Sergeant Frank ‘The Sheriff’ Partridge, 42, and PC Jim ‘the Gruffalo’ Sollars, 55, are at the centre of a scandal that also involves one of London’s most decadent nightclubs, Cirque le Soir.
The pair from the Met’s licensing unit in Westminster were arrested on ‘conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office’ and questioned by anti-corruption command officers last year, reports the Times.
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Celebrity haunt: Cara Delevingne and Rihanna are among the stars that frequent nightclub Cirque le Soir. Pictured, the pair with the ringmaster of the circus themed club, Tom Eulenberg
A-list: Miley Cyrus, pictured kissing a member of staff dressed as a baby at the club, and Rita Ora have also been spotted at the decadent venue known for boasting fire breathers and dwarves as entertainment
It is alleged the officers took money from securities firms and in return pressured Soho clubs and bars into hiring their staff on the door.
Partridge, nicknamed after the way he patrols Soho, and Sollars, named after his tendency to dine at the area’s restaurants for free, have both been suspended since their arrests.
An eight-month probe has garnered 14 arrests, including two other officers and figures connected to firms TSS Security and Profile Protection.
The glamorous Cirque le Soir boasts stars such as Leonardo Dicaprio, Cara Delevingne and Rihanna as guests, but now the club has found itself under scrutiny for the behaviour of its staff rather than the celebrities through its doors.
Owner Ryan Bishti, 35, was arrested on suspicion of bribery as part of the Met’s anti-corruption probe, last week.
He was questioned over allegations that officers responsible for handing out entertainment and alcohol licenses in Soho, were given cash payments from members of the nightclub industry.
As well as Mr Bishti, his circus-themed club’s ringmaster Tom Eulenberg, 36, was also arrested this week in relation to claims relating to officers enjoying free hospitality at Soho nightclubs, it is believed.
PC Jim ‘The Gruffalo’ Sollars, 55, pictured left, and Cirque le Soir’s owner, Ryan Bishti, were both arrested during the Met Police’s anti-corruption investigation
The glamorous Cirque le Soir club, pictured, is based in central London near Carnaby Street in Soho
Cirque le Soir is no stranger to the spotlight, previously gaining publicity when it emerged a promoter told guests that ‘fat girls’ would not be welcome at the venue.
A long list of rules also included: ‘2. Bring £20 cash incase (if everyone is super stunning I am sure I can speak to the door girl to either make it cheap or get you in completely free).
A spokesman later distanced the club, which has entertainment including fire breathers and has a team of dwarves in fancy dress, from the message and said it was a ‘globally identified brand known for celebrating diversity.’
However, the recent revelation is the second time Mr Eulenberg has found himself involved in criminal proceedings in less than a year.
Tom Eulenberg, pictured left, appeared in court over claims he allegedly assaulted a former colleague while rapper Tyga performed at Cirque le Soir last year
Mr Eulenberg was pulled up in court last year over claims he had allegedly assaulted a former colleague.
During a hearing at City of London magistrates’ court he was accused of punching the club’s manager James Hoffelner in front of guests, in May.
Mr Eulenberg allegedly told Mr Hoffelner to ‘open the f***ing door’ of the fire escape at Cirque Le Soir so that hip-hop star Tyga, could enter without being mobbed by fans.
When the manager replied: ‘Open the f***ing door? Who do you think you’re talking to?’ it is believed a fracas ensued.
Eulenberg, who lives in a £500,000 flat in Earl’s Court, London, will return to court for trial on February 29.
Both Ryan Bishti and Tom Eulenberg were contacted for comment but were not available to reply.
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Part 2 shows a Police officer disregard a rape case
“domestic rape should be treated as petty rape“
Break the law for a Chinese takeaway
Part 3 the police play hide and seek instead of protecting people
Part 4 police officer ignored a rape case
Ignored a victim because the football was on
Ignored a incident because he was eating a meal
Fiddling crime statistics no portray a false outcome
Part 5 Giving people a criminal record to hit government targets
Police use smear tactics to target activists