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MP: I WANT THE TRUTH 16.02.16

EVENING TIMES – MAR 7, 1973 https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=biQ-AAAAIBAJ&sjid=lUoMAAAAIBAJ&pg=5008%2C930958Untitled.png

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The Secret Life of a Paedophile  (The Peter Righton Cover-up) via I Am Incorrigible on YouTube

CAN ALSO BE VIEWED HERE https://youtu.be/Hli-iPilDII


 NOTORIOUS PAEDOPHILE HEADED SCOTTISH CARE HOME INQUIRYPeter Righton, below, one of Britain's leading care workers while living a double life as a paedophile, led an investigation into allegations of cruelty at Larchgrove in Glasgow, left, in the 1970s
PETER RIGHTON, BELOW, ONE OF BRITAIN’S LEADING CARE WORKERS WHILE LIVING A DOUBLE LIFE AS A PAEDOPHILE, LED AN INVESTIGATION INTO ALLEGATIONS OF CRUELTY AT LARCHGROVE IN GLASGOW, LEFT, IN THE 1970S

SUN 24 AUG 2014

CHILD PROTECTION EXPERTS AND ABUSE SURVIVORS ARE DEMANDING AN INQUIRY INTO WHY ONE OF BRITAIN’S MOST NOTORIOUS PAEDOPHILES WAS PUT IN CHARGE OF AN INVESTIGATION INTO A CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN AT A GLASGOW BOYS’ HOME. THE SUNDAY HERALD HAS LEARNED THAT PETER RIGHTON – ONE OF BRITAIN’S LEADING CARE WORKERS, AND A MAN WHO LIVED A DOUBLE LIFE AS A PAEDOPHILE – HEADED AN INVESTIGATION INTO ALLEGATIONS OF CRUELTY AT THE LARCHGROVE ASSESSMENT CENTRE FOR BOYS IN GLASGOW IN THE 1970S.

THE INQUIRY RESULTED IN NO CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS BEING TAKEN, DESPITE 13 OUT OF 30 ALLEGATIONS OF VIOLENCE AND NEGLECT BEING PROVED. THE HOME, IN SPRINGBOIG, WAS UNDER THE CONTROL OF GLASGOW CITY COUNCIL, THEN GLASGOW CORPORATIONhttp://m.heraldscotland.com/news/13176430.Notorious_paedophile_headed_Scottish_care_home_inquiry/


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I was gonna do all my own research into Righton, but there are so many cracking blogs already out there that I simply cannot compete with. So am no even gonna try!! Also, I saw the opportunity to be lazy & so grab it with both hands!!

ANOTHER WHISTLEBLOWER SPEAKS: ESTABLISHMENT PAEDOPHILES

March 18, 2017  via https://scepticpeg.wordpress.com

“…if you’re not open and honest about what you are doing with your investigations and your inquiries, people will start to think that bad things are happening.”

Terry Shutt, a former detective constable, spoke to Tom Bateman on BBC Radio 4 in 2014 about his time investigating a paedophile network in the early 1990s and the shocking cover up to protect a member of the establishment as well as senior clergy.

Mr Shutt is yet another former police officer who has put his head above the parapet to make allegations of senior figures being identified during police investigations in to child abuse, but who claim those implicated were either never arrested or the police were ordered to shut down the case, as in the case of Clive Driscoll in Lambeth whose request to speak with MP Paul Boateng about what he knew about prolific paedophile, John Carroll, led to him being removed, and an ex Detective who gave a shocking interview to Brian Gerrish at UK Column

The case in question seems to be Operation Clarence, which I wrote a blog post about in September 2016.  READ IN FULL https://scepticpeg.wordpress.com/2017/03/18/another-whistleblower-speaks-establishment-paedophiles/


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THE FOLLOWING IS A SMALL SECTION OF THE BRILLIANT BLOG BY IAN PACE..

LARCHGROVE ASSESSMENT CENTRE FOR BOYS, GLASGOW. THAT EVEN PETER RIGHTON FOUND TO BE CRUEL!

AS A RESULT OF THE EXCELLENT REPORTING OF TOM BATEMAN FOR THE BBC RADIO 4 TODAY PROGRAMME, WHICH WAS FOLLOWED UP BY REPORTS IN THE INDEPENDENT, TELEGRAPH, MAIL AND METRO, MORE AND MORE PEOPLE ARE BECOMING AWARE OF THE ACTIVITIES OF THE SINISTER FIGURE OF PETER RIGHTON, WHOSE NAME APPEARS IN MANY CONTEXTS FROM CHILDREN’S HOMES TO PUBLIC SCHOOLS, AND MAY HAVE BEEN A SERIAL ABUSER ON THE SCALE OF JIMMY SAVILE, AS WELL AS LINKED TO MULTIPLE NETWORKS OF OTHER ABUSERS. AN INVESTIGATION INTO RIGHTON’S ACTIVITIES, AND HOW HE WAS ABLE TO MOVE EFFORTLESSLY IN TOP CIRCLES OF SOCIAL WORKERS AND CHILD PROTECTION EXPERTS, WHILST HARDLY MAKING A SECRET OF HIS PROCLIVITIES AND ACTIVITIES, NEEDS TO BE A CENTRAL PART OF THE FORTHCOMING INQUIRY.

THE BBC REPORT HAS NOW LINKED RIGHTON TO A HOME OFFICE REPORT WHICH HE ADVISED IN 1970 (RIGHTON WOULD LATER ADVISE THE BARCLAY REPORT IN 1980 AND GIVE EVIDENCE TO THE PINDOWN INQUIRY IN 1991), AS WELL AS TO ABUSE IN CHILDREN’S HOMES IN ROCHDALE AND NORTH WALES. RIGHTON HAS ALREADY BEEN LINKED TO MANY OTHER SCANDALS, AND ALSO APPEARS TO HAVE PLAYED A PART IN INFLUENCING CHILD CARE POLICY IN SUCH A MANNER AS TO FACILITATE THE ACTIVITIES OF HIMSELF AND OTHER ABUSERS, MAKING CHILDREN IN HOMES MORE VULNERABLE TO ABUSE.

BELOW ARE REPORTS FROM THE GUARDIAN AND THE TIMES FROM MARCH 8TH, 1973, CONCERNING THE LARCHGROVE ASSESSMENT CENTRE IN GLASGOW, FROM WHICH STAFF WERE THEN SUSPENDED FOLLOWING ALLEGATIONS OF CRUELTY. WHAT IS MOST STRIKING HERE IS THE FACT THAT RIGHTON HIMSELF, TOGETHER WITH RONALD BENNETT QC, ACTUALLY CONDUCTED THE INDEPENDENT INQUIRY.

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PLEASE TAKE A LOOK AT HIS BLOG. IT IS INCREDIBLE!  I AM WELL OUTCLASSED!

https://ianpace.wordpress.com/2014/08/20/the-larchgrove-assessment-centre-for-boys-in-glasgow-that-even-peter-righton-found-to-be-cruel/

https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/ianpace.wordpress.com/2014/08/21/peter-righton-his-activities-up-until-the-early-1980s/amp/


EXTRACT FROM  PIE: THE CALL FOR LAWYERS, SOCIAL WORKERS AND MEDICS

IN MARCH 1973, PETER RIGHTON, (WHO WITHIN 2 YEARS WOULD BECOME PIE MEMBER NO 51), THEN A ‘SENIOR OFFICIAL WITH THE NATIONAL CHILDREN’S BUREAU’ ASSISTED RONALD BENNETT QC, SHERIFF OF BERWICKSHIRE IN CONDUCTING AN INQUIRY INTO 30 ALLEGATIONS BY BOYS AT LARCHGROVE.

RIGHTON AND BENNETT SPENT 18 DAYS INTERVIEWING 53 PEOPLE BEFORE SENDING THE FINAL REPORT TO GLASGOW CORPORATION SOCIAL WORK & HEALTH COMMITTEE FOR ACTION. ONLY 13 ALLEGATIONS OF VIOLENCE AND NEGLECT WERE FOUND PROVEN ‘ON THE BALANCE OF PROBABILITIES’; 17 ALLEGATIONS WERE FOUND NOT TO BE CORROBORATED. INITIALLY SEVEN MEMBERS OF LARCHGROVE’S STAFF WERE CHARGED WITH ASSAULTING BOYS. NO MENTION IN THE PRESS WAS MADE OF ANY SEXUAL ABUSE ALLEGATIONS. IN FACT, AS THE GLASGOW HERALD REPORTED ON 7 MARCH 1973 THE CROWN AGENT, STANLEY BOWEN, HAD INSTRUCTED THAT NO PUBLICITY SHOULD BE GIVEN BY NEWSPAPERS TO THE SECTION DEALING WITH SPECIFIC ALLEGATIONS OF ILL-TREATMENT UNTIL CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS HAD BEEN COMPLETED. A FORTNIGHT AFTER WHICH, ACTING ON THE AUTHORITY OF HEATH’S LORD ADVOCATE AND MP FOR EDINBURGH PENTLANDS, NORMAN WYLIE QC, STANLEY BOWEN SAID THE REQUIRED STANDARD OF EVIDENCE ‘BEYOND REASONABLE DOUBT’ HAD NOT BEEN REACHED IN ORDER TO COMMENCE CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS. WITH CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS HALTED, NO FURTHER REPORTS OF THE SPECIFIC ILL-TREATMENT WYLIE QC AND BOWEN HAD ASKED NEWSPAPERS TO WITHHOLD WERE PUBLISHED.

FILES CONTAINING BENNETT AND RIGHTON’S REPORT WILL NOT BE RELEASED UNREDACTED UNTIL 2060 BY THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES SCOTLAND AND REDACTED COPIES WERE ONLY RELEASED IN NOVEMBER 2008. IT’S AS YET UNKNOWN WHETHER THE SPECIFIC SECTION CONTAINING ALLEGATIONS WHICH THE CROWN IN SCOTLAND WAS SO KEEN TO KEEP NEWSPAPERS FROM REPORTING ON IS AVAILABLE IN A REDACTED FORM – OR WHETHER WILLIAM HENDERSON’S 1974 OFFENCES AGAINST CHILDREN COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED BY AN INQUIRY INTO CHILD ABUSE AT LARCHGROVE CONDUCTED BY SOMEONE WHO WASN’T SEXUALLY ABUSING BOYS HIMSELF.  https://www.byline.com/column/27/article/376

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EXTRACT..  IN SCOTLAND, THERE HAVE BEEN ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL ABUSE MADE BY FORMER PUPILS AT THE ROMAN CATHOLIC FORT AUGUSTUS SCHOOL ON THE BANKS OF LOCH NESS. OTHER CLAIMS HAVE BEEN MADE BY THOSE WHO USED TO ATTEND NAZARETH HOUSE IN ABERDEEN AND LARCHGROVE BOYS’ HOME IN GLASGOW. https://spidercatweb.blog/2016/03/29/37-famous-scots-among-child-abuse-suspects-where-are-the-arrests-sco/


18.08.2014

(L) BBC NEWS  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-28793654 

(R) MAIL http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2727662/Paedophile-centre-historical-abuse-inquiry-visited-children-s-homes-Britain-took-boys-advising-Home-Office-child-care-system.html

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  1. Notorious paedophile headed Scottish care home inquiry
  2. Aangirfan Child Brothels
  3. https://spotlightonabuse.wordpress.com/category/peter-righton/

http://discuss.glasgowguide.co.uk/index.php?s=c539ce9f94d9c75fbf8c8e20f9f7d66c&showtopic=19380&st=30

the report found that 13 out of 30 allegations were proved and was highly critical of the corporation for allowing conditions inducive to violence to occur; later reports found that John Porteus, a houseparent, had sexually abused boys at Larchgrove in the late 1960s, and others testified to sexual abuse during this time. Righton and Bennett’s report did not deal with sexual abuse, and it was possible for a convicted abuser, Robert William Henderson, to gain a position towards the end of 1973, where he formed ‘an indecent association with a 13-year-old boy’. http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2507&dat=19741003&id=IZFAAAAAIBAJ&sjid=9aQMAAAAIBAJ&pg=5446,689534
Glasgow City Council are currently looking for any documentation connected with the case, whilst the council and Scottish government have called upon anyone who suffered abuse there to contact the police; it has been revealed that there are claims that staff of both genders were involved in the abuse of boys at the home (see ‘Notorious paedophile headed Scottish care home inquiry’, Sunday Herald, August 24th, 2014 http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home-news/notorious-paedophile-headed-scottish-care-home-inquiry.25120541).

😭 SNIVELLING #Moray NONCE 😭 Raped Wee Girl (4) AND HE CRIES?! #Kinloss

 Paul Moffat

 March 17, 2017

A man who raped a young girl was caught after she told nursery staff she had been abused.

Paul Moffat wept in the dock yesterday as he was convicted of raping and sexually abusing the girl when she was just four.

The abuse took place on various occasions between January 2014 and April 2015 at an address in Kinloss.

Moffat, of Hopeman, denied the charge and insisted the girl was lying – but was yesterday put on the sex offenders register after a jury at the High Court in Glasgow found him guilty.

The jury heard that when experts looked through the 30-year-old’s computer and phone, they found he had been searching for “pre-teen sex” and “pre-teen underwear models”.

But Moffat denied he had made the searches and claimed anyone could have accessed his phone or computer because they had no passwords on them.

The court heard the offence came to light after the girl, who can not be named for legal reasons, told staff at her nursery that Moffat had abused her.

Advocate depute Sheena Fraser, prosecuting, said: “The police were called in and the girl then revealed more information to her mother about what Moffat had done.”

The young girl did not have to give evidence during this week’s trial, but the jury was shown a video of her interview by police and social workers.

They were then shown another recorded video of her being questioned by defence advocate David Moggach.

Moffat was remanded in custody pending background reports, and will b sentenced next month. He was also immediately put on the sex offenders register.

Judge Lord Matthews told him: “The jury has convicted you of a very serious offence.

“It was a relatively short case, but a particularly unpleasant one.”

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/moray/1197226/moray-man-who-raped-girl-4-was-only-caught-after-she-told-nursery-staff/  https://archive.is/UDNsie

Paul Moffat convicted of raping child in Kinloss in Morayhttps://archive.is/VZbxl

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Man on trial accused of raping girl aged four in Moray 13 March 2017

A man has gone on trial accused of raping a four-year-old girl in Moray.

Paul Moffat allegedly carried out various sex attacks between January 2014 and April 2015 at an address in Kinloss.

The jury at the High Court in Glasgow heard a recorded interview with the girl, a police officer and a social worker when she described what allegedly happened to her.

Moffat, 30, denies the charges against him.

The child, now six – who cannot be named for legal reasons – said the accused had her carry out sex acts on him and touched her.

The trial before judge Lord Matthews continues  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-39260572

Moray man on trial accused of raping four-year-old girl P&J 13 Mar 2017


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Scotland Considering CHEMICAL CASTRATION for Sex Offenders

The voluntary program to reduce the libidos of high-risk sex-offender convicts is under consideration in Glasgow by the Glasgow Health and Social Care Partnership. Participants would take medication and be subsequently monitored by law enforcement.

If the program is successful and further attacks are prevented, it could be expanded to the rest of the country.

“If sex offenders are volunteering to go through with his and willing to change to stop other people being hurt then they should be offered every support possible,” Margaret-Ann Cummings, whose eight-year-old son Mark was murdered by a pedophile in 2004, told the Daily Mail.

Worried about releasing these offenders back into the public, Cummings added that, “it is vital that authorities are not using the public as guinea pigs in an experiment here. Everything must be tightly controlled.”

In England, a similar program of chemical castration was tested at Whatton Prison in Nottinghamshire with 100 volunteers. Researchers involved with monitoring the situation found the results to be “encouraging.”

Unlike physical castration, the chemical process does not remove organs, and is not a form of sterilization. It is usually reversible by discontinuing treatment.

Chemical castration is currently a legal sentence for some of the worst sex offenses in the US states of Iowa, California, Louisiana, and Florida.

https://sputniknews.com/europe/201703151051586069-scotland-chemical-castration/


ONLY MY OPINION

I doubt very much chemical castration will have any sort of long-term lasting impact. To fix any problem we have to look at the root cause obviously. Concerning paedo, I am not going to go into it in any great detail. But in my opinion based on over 500 hrs of research, What causes paedo? MAN

It is WITHOUT DOUBT a 100% MAN-MADE problem. PAEDO MAKES PAEDO

*NOT ALL* abused children grow up to become abusers. But out of all the thousands of paedo I’ve come across.. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM was abused as a child. I am yet to find one paedo that wasn’t abused. Not always, but a lot of it tends to be generational & runs in families Nurture not Nature.

I have no idea what percentage of abused become abuser. I can make an educated guesstimate of about 50%. MAYBE. But I could very easily be wrong. I genuinely don’t know & before I can work it out, I’d need to know how many paedo & how many abused there are & to my knowledge we just don’t have that information. Not to a reasonably accurate standard anyway.  

Chemical castration WILL NOT solve any of the above. BUT, It’s worth trying. At best it may stop some paedo/sex offenders for a period. & if that’s the case, well, If it stops even 1 raping bastard then well, that makes it worthwhile no? At worst it may just act as a very slight deterant to a few. Look at the Justice System, realistically there is no deterant now, or certainly not enough of one. so anything is better than nothing. 

But as for long term..

COMPLETELY USELESS, TOTALLY WORTHLESS & UTTERLY POINTLESS. So therefore it amounts to nothing more than HUMAN EXPERIMENTATION.

But they are paedo & it’s better than using children or normal people or monkeys. All of which we know they do.

Yeah, i’m not exactly gonna lose sleep over them experimentating on paedo. 

 

TUAM: Mass grave of 800 BABIES found at Irish orphanage

12 Mar 2017

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Archbishop of Tuam Dr Michael Neary says he “wishes again” to apologise for the hurt caused by the failings of the Roman Catholic Church in relation to unmarried mothers and children.
Dr Neary has also called for an inquiry into “ all aspects of life” during the time when unmarried mothers and their children were placed in institutional care.
This inquiry should broaden the focus from one particular religious congregation, and instead address “the roles and interrelationships between Church, State, local authorities and society generally”, he said in a homily preached for the feast of St Aengus in Tuam cathedral on Saturday evening.
He also noted that the use of “highly charged emotive language” in the past week , while “understandable”, could be “counter-productive”.
The archbishop, who last week said he was “horrified and saddened” at confirmation of “significant” remains of infants on the grounds of the former Bon Secours home in Tuam, said it was “now timely” that “this dimension of our social history be addressed and thoroughly examined”.
The findings of the test excavation by the Commission for the Investigation into Mother and Babies home, published on March 3rd, involved taking samples, which were radiocarbon dated to the 1950s.
The home ran from 1925 to 1961, and local historian Catherine Corless has obtained death certificates for almost 800 children during that period.
“ This is a deeply distressing story for all of us, but especially so for those affected individuals and families. We can only attempt to understand the emotional upheaval which mothers suffered as they felt so helpless and isolated,” Dr Neary said.
“What is particularly harrowing is the report of high levels of mortality and malnutrition.
“ It was an era when ‘unmarried mothers’ – as our society at the time labelled women who were pregnant and not married – were often judged, stigmatised and ostracised by their own community and the Church, and this all happened in a harsh and unforgiving climate. Compassion, understanding and mercy were sorely lacking.”
“It is now timely that this dimension of our social history be addressed and thoroughly examined. To do so would begin the process of attempting to explain, but not to excuse, what happened in our not too distant collective past,” he said.
“ Perhaps we could begin with this fundamental question: ‘How could the culture of Irish society, which purported to be defined by Christian values, have allowed itself to behave in such a manner towards our most vulnerable’?,” he continued.
“There is an understandable sense of shared anger arising from this situation; people are deeply distressed and desperately upset by what they hear and read,” Dr Neary said.
“There is a danger, however, that when anger begins to die down, we may be tempted to move quickly to the next social problem from the past without having fully understood the complex and tragic historical situation before us,” he said.
Using “ highly-charged emotive language, while understandable in the situation, may prove to be counter-productive”, he added
An inquiry to address the “roles and interrelationships between Church, State, local authorities and society generally” should “ensure that the truth will emerge no matter how unpalatable it may be to those on whichever side of the present discussion”, he said.
“In this way we will be enabled to move genuinely forward,” he said.
“One hopes that the report of the Commission will enable that truth to surface in a clear and objective manner,” he said.
“Even today, there are huge challenges surrounding how we care for the disadvantaged in our society. In years to come our present society will inevitably be subjected to scrutiny and will most likely be found deficient in many areas to which we are blind at present,” Dr Neary said.
“We need to learn from the past in order to prevent similar injustices in our time, and so as to inform our future generations,” he said.
“I wish to again apologise for the hurt caused by the failings of the church as part of that time and society when – instead of being cherished – particular children and their mothers were not welcomed, they were not wanted and they were not loved,” he said.

11 Mar 2017

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UntitledThe religious order at the centre of the Tuam babies burial scandal has been paid €43.5m over the past 10 years by the private hospital group it runs.

Accounts for Bon Secours Health System Ltd reveal the payments were made to Bon Secours Sisters Ireland in respect of the leasing of buildings and interest on loans advanced by the order. The payments mean that, unlike many other religious orders in Ireland, the Bon Secours Sisters are in rude financial health.

However, the order has refused to say what it does with the money paid to it by the hospital group.

Its finances have come under sharp focus in recent days, with calls made in the Dáil and the Seanad for the order’s resources to be made available to survivors of the Tuam home and relatives of those who died.

The order operated a mother and baby home in the Co Galway town between 1925 and 1961. Historian Catherine Corless believes the remains of almost 800 children may have been buried in underground chambers at the property.

Bon Secours Health System Ltd has private hospitals in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick and Tralee, as well as a private clinic in Cavan and a care village in Cork.

People Before Profit TD Brid Smith Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

People Before Profit TD Brid Smith 

Its most recent set of accounts, for 2015, showed a payment of just under €4m was made to the order that year in respect of the leasing of buildings and interest on loans.

The accounts also revealed the hospital group generated a profit of €2.3m.

The order refused to discuss its finances when questions on the issue were posed by the Irish Independent. “The Bon Secours have no comment to make on the financial questions,” it said in a statement.

The refusal to comment means it remains unclear whether the order would consider making a financial contribution to survivors of the Tuam home or their relatives.

It is also unclear if the order will consider assisting financially with anticipated efforts to identify the remains discovered by the Mother and Baby Home Commission in Tuam.

The order said it was co-operating with the commission, but declined to go into specifics.

“The order is co-operating fully with it, which means that we cannot comment on any aspect of it as to do so would be to commit an offence,” the statement said.

Read More: ‘My dearest wish is that my sister is still alive’

Notes in the Bon Secours Health System Ltd financial accounts indicate there are plans for significant investment in the group of hospitals in the coming years. Some €9m was spent upgrading facilities in 2015 and further investment of up to €150m is planned by 2020.

The hospital group catered for almost 100,000 patients in 2015 and employed 350 medical consultants and over 2,700 additional personnel.

In the Dáil this week, People Before Profit TD Bríd Smith called for the order to be disbanded and its resources used to compensate families involved and to provide memorial services for the children buried in Tuam and other homes.

In the Seanad, Sinn Féin senator Máire Devine said profits from the hospital group “need to be given back to the Irish people and to the women and children who were so dreadfully treated”.

However, Maeve O’Rourke, the legal advisor to the Clann, a group assisting people give evidence to the commission, said compensation was not on its agenda at present.

Ms O’Rourke said access to records and archives was the key concern. “What people want right now is access to information and there are major concerns about the secrecy surrounding the commission of investigation,” she said.

Accounts reveal massive sums paid to order at centre of Tuam scandal  https://archive.is/iA5Mk


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Survivors of Ireland’s mother and baby scandal deserve justice Guardian https://archive.is/23UGh


4th Mar 2017

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http://news.sky.com/story/infants-remains-found-at-former-mother-and-baby-home-in-ireland-10788414  https://archive.is/MgCaE


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http://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/mother-baby-home-horror-there-3677328  https://archive.is/ZnETP

The #UK’s child deportations ‘most catastrophic child abuse’ in memory. #CSAinquiry

9th MARCH 2017

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A SCOT who was sexually abused after being forcibly transported to Australia almost 60 years ago is return to his homeland to expose the historic failures of the care system at the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry.

Melbourne-based grandfather Hugh McGowan, 68, spent three months travelling across the world as a vulnerable 13-year old after falling into state care when his mother’s family disowned her for becoming pregnant out of wedlock.

Initially the offer of a life in Australia appealed to the young teenager, but when he later changed his mind there was no way back.

“I was told – you’re going,” he said. “I later found out they had written a letter telling my mother [that I was emigrating] but it had never reached her. So they sent me without my mother’s approval.”

Mr McGowan was one of 4,000 child migrants who was sent to Australia and other Commonwealth countries from 1947 to the 1970s.

He claims to have faced indiscriminate sexual and physical abuse throughout his life in institutions but he never breathed a word to his loved ones for 40 years.

He spent his earliest days with his mother, the youngest of nine siblings, in The Knowe in Albert Road in Glasgow, a home for unwed mothers, and when they had to leave because of his age she could not manage to look after him without the support of her family, and he began 11 years in care.

“I never got to meet my mother,” he said.

Only a blurry memory persists: he as a tearful infant and a woman waving at him whom he thinks may be his mother.

It is understood Mr McGowan’s mother died aged 52.

After arriving in Australia, the 13-year-old was posted to the infamous Dhurringile Rural Training Farm for Boys in Tatura, Victoria.

He claims he again suffered sexual and psychological abuse, and was threatened by one abuser to keep quiet or facing being imprisoned in a detention centre.

For many years he bottled up the abuse, not telling anyone, even his wife.

The retired public service worker, who has two sons and three grandchildren, said: “While I had a good job and was not out of work very often, I struggled with relationships with colleagues because I didn’t know how to react with them. They found it difficult with me some of the time.”

Many victims of abuse, he said, have been unable to overcome the impact and have been engulfed by social problems, falling into addiction or struggling with mental health difficulties.

Mr McGowan came back from the edge after being plagued by with an addiction to alcohol.

He said: “That would have been me if it wasn’t for my family. They are my absolute reason for living.”

He added: “I do have a good life, but it was tough.”

Inquiry officials are to interview Mr McGowan this month over presenting his evidence to the inquiry.

READ MORE: Collapse of £60m police IT project leaves officers ‘struggling’, says Audit Scotland report

“My intention is to attend the inquiry. The fact that they dispatched me to Australia when I didn’t want to go and that they didn’t have the approval from my mother, it’s not good at all. The British Government failed us. They (care workers) had good intentions, but they failed in their duties. I’m not particularly looking for compensation, but I do think it is appropriate. I think we need acknowledgement by the governments (UK and Australian), particularly the British Government, that what they did was completely wrong.”

Mr McGowan tells his story tonight in the BBC 2 programme Growing Up in Scotland: A Century of Childhood. http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15143015.Scot_taken_from_mother__sent_to_Australia_and_abused_to_testify_at_inquiry/    https://archive.is/WqNk6


GROWING UP IN SCOTLAND SERIES  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08h4qb5

9 March 2017

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Investigator Margaret Humphreys tells UK inquiry that slavery, abuse, identity theft and lies, were human rights violations

The deportation of thousands of British children to Australia, Canada and Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), created the most catastrophic child abuse legacy in living memory, the national inquiry into child sexual abuse has been told.

The author and social worker Margaret Humphreys, who exposed the scale and suffering of tens of thousands of British children taken from families under the child migrant scheme – a policy that relocated children to areas of the Commonwealth, from the 40s to the 70s – said the physical and sexual abuse, conditions of slavery and terror, removal of identities, and lies that suggested the youngsters’ parents were dead, amounted to a catalogue of crimes against the children.

The removal of the identity of each child, and the fact that the children were taken so far away from anyone they knew and told they were orphans, aided the abuse, Humphreys said.

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA ), in full public hearings, is investigating the sexual abuse of children who were removed from British institutions and families between 1947 and the 70s, and taken to Australia and Canada by various charities and churches, including Barnardos, the Fairbridge Society, and the Sisters of Nazareth.

The children, once abroad, were kept in farm schools, where they suffered brutality and sexual abuse, were used as slave labour and deprived of a proper education.

Humphreys, who set up the Child Migrants Trust in 1987 has done more than any other individual to expose the way British children were taken from families and deported. In the last 25 years she has reunited more than a 1,000 individuals with their families in the UK.

Humphries said deported British children suffered the “greatest betrayal” because they were told their parents were dead when they were not. When she began helping individuals to find their families she started by looking for death certificates.

Telling the children they were orphans, she said, took away all hope that anyone would come and get them, and stopped them asking questions.

Humphreys met one mother who told how she would visit her son every week in a children’s home in Liverpool. “She told me she went to see her child regularly every Saturday in the children’s home, she used to go with sweets. But on this particular Saturday she went and no children were there … someone told her they had gone to Australia.”

She found out they had left just one and a half hours before her arrival. She managed to get to Lime Street railway station as the train carrying the children was pulling away. “She ran on to the platform and saw the children on the train … she was screaming and crying, ‘get the children off, stop the train’. Her boy put his face to the window and shouted, ‘I’ll never forget you mum.’”

When Humphreys later traced other children who had been deported with the boy, they described seeing a woman running and screaming on the platform as the train pulled away. When the boy arrived in Australia he was told his mother had died in the war. But he knew that was wrong.

It took Humphreys and the Child Migrant trust a month to find the mother after the former child migrant, as an adult, turned to her for help.

“So all of those years, when he was growing up, when he was an adult, when he was getting married, having children, she was there all the time – but missing from his life.”     The IICSA inquiry continues.  

SOURCE https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/mar/09/uk-child-deportations-of-50s-most-catastrophic-child-abuse-in-memory  https://archive.is/GZz0e


2nd MARCH 2017

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https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/mar/02/lawyer-criticises-child-abuse-inquiry-safeguarding-evidence-catholic-lambeth-council-boston-globe  https://archive.is/jJW8L


1st MARCH 2017 

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CSA Inquiry https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/uk-child-abuse-inquiry  https://archive.is/ePm9E

https://www.iicsa.org.uk/key-documents/1097/view/ChildMigrationProgrammescasestudy-Week2Timetable.pdf

 

 

 

 

Child Sexual Abuse inquiry judge urged to investigate #Dunblane boarding school #CSA #QVS

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Abuse inquiry judge urged to investigate Dunblane boarding school

March 5 2017, 12:01am

The Sunday Times

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The judge at the helm of an historic child abuse review in Scotland is being urged to investigate a top private school with links to the royal family.

Glenn Harrison, a former housemaster at Dunblane’s Queen Victoria School (QVS), has raised fresh concern that pupils were sexually abused by a paedophile ring during the 1980s and 1990s. He first blew the whistle 26 years ago but has written to Lady Anne Smith, chairwoman of the Scottish child abuse inquiry, making a new case for its inclusion in her review.

The prestigious school, attended by children of Scottish servicemen and women, did not feature on a list published in January that detailed more than 60 establishments under investigation.

The omission has raised eyebrows in legal circles and among child abuse campaigners who believe that there is a prima facie case for fresh examination of Harrison’s claims.

The Sunday Times understands that discussions about the school’s inclusion arose shortly after ministers announced the inquiry in October 2015. It was argued that as the independent boarding school is funded by the Ministry of Defence (MoD), it might fall within the remit of a mirror inquiry running in England and Wales.

On Friday, a spokesman for the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse said its remit was to consider institutional failure to protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation in England and Wales. Although the inquiry can consider failures by English and Welsh institutions outside those two countries, it said there are “no current plans to investigate issues” relating to Queen Victoria School.

The admission has prompted fresh calls for Lady Smith to include the Dunblane school in her abuse inquiry, particularly in light of Harrison’s approach. Simon Collins, a lawyer representing the charity In Care Abuse Survivors, said: “My view is that if abuse is alleged to have taken place in Scotland, then it should be considered as part of the Scottish inquiry.”

One lawyer, who asked not to be named, said it was “disgraceful” that QVS was not among the institutions named in January, which included leading private schools such as Gordonstoun and Fettes. However, a spokeswoman for the inquiry said more establishments in Scotland could yet be investigated.

Queen Victoria School, which counts the Duke of Edinburgh as its patron, has been dogged by claims that pupils were abused by high-ranking government officials since Harrison raised concern in a letter to parents in 1991.

At the time, he was convinced that young boys were in danger and claimed that a group known as Friends of QVS would often take boys away for the weekend, with the pupils returning “distressed but flush with cash”.

It was later claimed that Thomas Hamilton, the man who carried out the Dunblane massacre in 1996, was a paedophile who had close ties to the school. Several investigations, by the police and the now-defunct Scottish Schools Inspectorate, failed to find evidence to support Harrison’s concerns.

A spokeswoman from the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry, said: “We are currently undertaking over 60 investigations into individual establishments. We will announce further investigations in due course. The fact that a particular establishment was not mentioned at the preliminary hearing does not mean that it will not be investigated. We would encourage anyone with relevant evidence to come forward and share their experience.”

The MoD and QVS declined to comment.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/scotland/abuse-inquiry-judge-urged-to-investigate-dunblane-boarding-school-c8fztvwls  https://archive.is/pIE9B

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Fred The Weatherman faces child abuse trial for offences in Scotland

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http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/ex-weatherman-faces-child-abuse-trial-wdccb6l0f   https://archive.is/QIJHK


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Shamed TV weatherman Fred Talbot is jailed for five years for sex attacks on two schoolboys when he was working as a teacher

  • Famed This Morning weatherman attacked boys when he was a teacher
  • He indecently assaulted two pupils on school barge trips in 1970s
  • 65-year-old was convicted of two offences and cleared of eight others
  • Judge said he used his ‘extrovert personality’ to endear himself to boys
  • Talbot jailed for five years today as court hears he’s getting used to prison
Former TV weatherman Fred Talbot has been jailed for five years for sex attacks on young boys

Former TV weatherman Fred Talbot has been jailed for five years for sex attacks on young boys

TV weatherman Fred Talbot has been jailed for five years for indecently assaulting two schoolboys when he was a teacher.

Talbot, 65, a regular on the floating weather map in Liverpool’s Albert Dock for ITV’s This Morning show, was described as a ‘chancer’ who used his ‘extrovert personality’ to gain the trust of his victims.

Talbot, who was cleared of assaulting three other boys, was sentenced by Judge Timothy Mort at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court today.

The judge told him: ‘You deliberately and indecently assaulted the two of them for your own gratification.’

Talbot, who sat in the dock wearing glasses and a purple jumper over a shirt and grey trousers, showed no emotion as he was jailed.

He appeared relaxed as he entered the dock and acknowledged people in the packed courtroom.

Suzanne Goddard QC, defending, said there was little that could be said in mitigation.

She said Talbot had lost a stone in weight during his time in custody but was ‘accustoming himself’ to life in jail.

Ms Goddard said: ‘He knows he must now receive a custodial sentence. He has come to terms with that.’

The jury at last month’s trial heard that Talbot was ‘obsessed’ with teenage boys throughout his teaching career and ‘could not help himself’ around them when under the influence of drink.

Among the prosecution witnesses at the trial were The Stone Roses’ singer Ian Brown who said Talbot gave masturbation practice as homework.

Prosecutors said Talbot’s modus operandi was to first establish his ‘good guy credentials’ and then to break down the proper teacher-pupil boundaries, leaving his victims confused as he made his advances.

Talbot, of Bowdon, Greater Manchester, was convicted of two counts of indecent assault in relation to two victims and cleared of eight counts of indecent assault in relation to three other complainants.

Talbot rose to fame when he presented weather forecasts from his floating map on ITV's This Morning

Talbot rose to fame when he presented weather forecasts from his floating map on ITV’s This Morning

Four of the complainants were teenage pupils at Altrincham Grammar School for Boys, where Talbot taught biology, while the other attended a high school in Gateshead, where the defendant was at teacher training college.

The former science teacher denied anything sexual or even inappropriate occurred between himself and the Altrincham pupils, while he said sexual activity with the Gateshead complainant only happened when the boy had turned 16.

Both of Talbot’s victims were assaulted on school canal barge trips in the Cheshire area in the mid 1970s.

The first victim, who thought he was 14 at the time, said the teacher abused him after a mock naked orgy involving up to 10 boys and Talbot.

Talbot told him to share a bed with him as there were not enough bunk beds to go round and performed a sex act on him.

It emerged that he had previously reported the weatherman to police on four separate occasions dating back to 1992 but no action had been taken.

The second victim, who also thought he may have been aged 14 at the time, was abused on another barge trip in similar circumstances.

Talbot sat in the dock wearing a purple jumper and grey trousers and was unemotional when sentenced

Talbot sat in the dock wearing a purple jumper and grey trousers and was unemotional when sentenced

He said that boys would take turns to sleep in Talbot’s bed during the trip and when it was his turn the defendant ‘started talking to me about sexual stuff’ before indecently assaulting him.

The complainant said when he was aged in his late 20s he wrote to ITV Granada to tell them Talbot had abused him.

The court heard that Talbot’s teaching career came to ‘an abrupt end’ in May 1984 following an indecent proposal he made to two pupils at his home.

He offered his bed for the night to the 15-year-old boys and said to them: ‘Make sure you leave room for me in the middle.’

Following the verdicts, it can be reported that a number of similar complaints against Talbot about offences said to have been committed in Scotland have been passed by police to the Procurator Fiscal.

The offences took place when Talbot was working as a teacher in Altrincham, Greater Manchester

Edinburgh-born Talbot moved at the age of seven to Sale, Greater Manchester, and later studied A-levels at Sale Grammar School.

After a spell at teacher training college in the Newcastle area he joined Altrincham Grammar School in 1974.

He resigned in disgrace in 1984 and went into television a short time later, with one of his first jobs on a Saturday morning children’s show.

The investigation was triggered in December 2012 following publicity into a separate historic abuse inquiry at another Altrincham school, St Ambrose College, which led to a nine-year jail term for ex-teacher Alan Morris.

Judge Mort told Talbot: ‘You are a man of 65 with no previous convictions. You have been convicted by a jury from clear evidence of indecently assaulting two boys when you were a teacher.’

The judge outlined the offences and Talbot’s background as a teacher.

He said Talbot’s approach to teaching was ‘different’ and ‘less formal’ than other staff members at the school and described him as a ‘popular’ teacher.

He said he may have taken pupils on as many as 38 trips and told Talbot the offences he had been convicted of were not isolated incidents.

Judge Mort said: ‘You had, on other occasions, abused your position to offend.’

The judge said both victims had been affected by the abuse by Talbot, with one suffering from mental health issues since the incident.

One of the victims made repeated complaints about Talbot to police before he was charged.

Judge Mort said aggravating features included the degree of planning of the offences, the use of alcohol on the victims and the abuse of trust.

He said: ‘You calculated the boys would be too confused, guilt-ridden or embarrassed to disclose what happened.’

Judge Mort sentenced Talbot to two and a half years for each offence, to run consecutively. He said he would serve half his sentence before being considered for release on licence.

Ian Brown, the former singer with band The Stone Roses, gave evidence against Talbot during the trial

Ian Brown, the former singer with band The Stone Roses, gave evidence against Talbot during the trial

Investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Graham Brock from Greater Manchester Police said after the hearing:

‘While working as a science teacher Fred Talbot organised many trips with pupils. It was during these trips that he plied boys with drink and orchestrated situations to be alone with his victims in order to indecently assault them to feed his own sexual desires. You can imagine the excitement of a teenage boy setting off on a canal trip with friends and a teacher, who he should expect to look after him, only to return with his childhood destroyed. Put simply, these offences reflect an abhorrent abuse of trust by a man who has proven to have no regard for the innocence of youth he was employed to nurture. Had these offences occurred today, they would be considered child sexual exploitation and tackling this heinous crime is the absolute priority for Greater Manchester Police and our partners under Project Phoenix. Protecting children is everyone’s responsibility and it is crucial that we work together to identify individuals who prey on vulnerable children.!

More claims against former weatherman revealed: Scottish prosecutors will study new allegations

A judge who jailed Fred Talbot for five years for indecently assaulting two schoolboys when he was a teacher has said details of alleged abuse involving the TV weatherman in Scotland can now be reported.

Police investigating incidents of alleged abuse involving Talbot revealed yesterday they had submitted a report to Scottish prosecutors.

Neil Usher, prosecuting, made an application to Judge Timothy Mort to lift an order banning reporting of the other alleged offences, which are said to relate to events over a 13-year period, from 1968 to 1981.

Talbot, pictured in 1990, is also facing more claims which are now being looked at by Scottish prosecutors

Talbot, pictured in 1990, is also facing more claims which are now being looked at by Scottish prosecutors

He asked the judge to allow reporting of all that was heard in evidence during Talbot’s trial and said he believed it was unlikely there would be further prosecutions in Scotland.

Mr Usher said: ‘A final decision has not yet been taken as to whether there will be a subsequent prosecution in Scotland. The indications are that’s not likely.’

Judge Mort said: ‘I will lift that restriction.’

A report relating to the allegations was received from Police Scotland yesterday and is being considered by the procurator fiscal.

A statement from the Crown Office in Scotland said: ‘The procurator fiscal has received a report relating to incidents involving a 65-year-old man, said to have occurred between January 1968 and January 1981. The report is currently under consideration by the procurator fiscal.’

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2993335/TV-weatherman-Fred-Talbot-jailed-five-years-sex-attacks-boys.html#ixzz4Zvehwxrb  https://archive.is/piRO0


Nuclear bunker houses ‘Wiltshire’s biggest cannabis factory’ #HumanTrafficking 

February 23, 2017

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A large-scale cannabis factory has been found in an underground former nuclear bunker, Wiltshire police have said.
Several thousand cannabis plants with an estimated street value of £1m were seized in a raid on RGHQ Chilmark.
Six men were arrested on suspicion of cannabis production following the midnight raid on Wednesday.
There are 20 rooms in the building with almost every one converted for the wholesale production of cannabis plants, police said.
The former Ministry of Defence bunker, was built in the 1980s to protect local dignitaries and government officials in the event of a nuclear attack. Described as “almost completely impenetrable”, Wiltshire Police had to wait for the suspects to leave the bunker before they could gain access.

Det Insp Paul Franklin, said it was only after getting through the nuclear blast doors, that the “enormous set up” was discovered.

‘Largest crops’

“There are approximately 20 rooms in the building, split over two floors, each 200ft long and 70ft wide,” he said. “Almost every single room had been converted for the wholesale production of cannabis plants, and there was a large amount of evidence of previous crops.”

He added that he was convinced it was “one of the largest crops ever discovered” in the county.

Three men, aged 15, 19, and 37, all of no fixed abode, were arrested on suspicion of cannabis production.

A further three men, aged 27, 30 and 45, all from Somerset, were arrested on suspicion of cannabis production and human trafficking offences.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-39064526  http://archive.is/MaFFI


Illegal immigrants tended £100,000 cannabis farm to pay back their traffickers

Two Albanian illegal immigrants who were caught tending a £100,000 cannabis plantation in a Gloucester warehouse have been jailed for four months each.

Muj Toskaj, 24, and Blerim Mustavataj, 29, were told at Gloucester Crown Court that they will be deported at the end of their sentences.

The pair had both come to Britain to try to find legitimate work but when they could not they were pressurised to pay the people who trafficked them into the UK, the court was told.

They were then both recruited to live in a warehouse in Barton Street, Gloucester, where the plantation was growing and their role was to keep it watered.

“That turned out to be a fairly dead end. He was then directed towards this cannabis unit and was told he would be paid £80 a week to water the plants.”

Both admitted a charge of cultivating cannabis on January 15 this year and Judge Michael Harington accepted they had a ‘lesser role’ in the illegal operation.

Jailing them for four months each he said he understood they would be deported at the completion of their sentence if not before.

Prosecutor Caighli Taylor said police raided the warehouse on 15 Jan and the defendants were the only people there. A professional growing set up was found and there were 189 thriving cannabis plants, all healthy, mature and in a flowering state.

The estimated cannabis crop from the plants would be between 5 and 15kg with a value between £50,000 and £150,000

albanians-blerim-mustavataj-1There were hydroponic lamps, oscillating fans, extraction hoses with filters to mask the smell and the walls were all painted white to reflect the heat.

The two defendants had a small living area with beds, a fridge and a freezer.

Neither man made any comment after being arrested, said Ms Taylor.

“It is accepted that the defendants were essentially gardeners,” she said.

“You are both in this country illegally and obviously you will both be returned to Albania in the near future. Your circumstances have been explained to me and it seems to be accepted that you were both put under pressure and there were threats.”

Sabhia Pathan, for Mustavataj, said he had travelled via Austria and Belgium to get to the UK. He was then trafficked into the country and had been in the warehouse for only two-three days before he was arrested.

“His initial hope was to look for work in car washes having been advised that would be his best course of action,” she said.

“That turned out to be a fairly dead end. He was then directed towards this cannabis unit and was told he would be paid £80 a week to water the plants.

“He came to earn money to pay for rising medical bills for his mother, who is extremely ill. But those who trafficked him demanded £5,000 and threatened that his immediate family in Albania would be subject to various degrees of violence if he did not pay.”

 

albanians-blerim-mustavataj-2For Toskaj, solicitor Gareth James said he had been there about a month at the time of his arrest. He played no part in abstracting electricity to power the growing system and he had not been involved in an earlier crop which had been harvested before he got there.

“His mother has also fallen ill in Albania,” he said. “He is an economic migrant who has no legitimate means of support in this country.”

Jailing the men Judge Harington said it is plain from what the police found that this was a sophisticated and substantial operation.

He said: “You are both in this country illegally and obviously you will both be returned to Albania in the near future. Your circumstances have been explained to me and it seems to be accepted that you were both put under pressure and there were threats.”

#CSAInquiry #Scotland: Survivors have ‘NO TRUST LEFT’ & were left feeling ‘groomed’ by @ScotGov

22nd Feb 2017

Child abuse survivors left feeling ‘groomed’ by Scottish Government

SURVIVORS of child abuse say that continued failures by the Scottish Government have left them feeling “groomed” all over again.

In an interview with Good Morning Scotland, survivors groups say they “continue to be failed” by the government after a third member of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry panel resigned.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney

Deputy First Minister John Swinney announced yesterday he would not appoint a successor

They also said survivors feel there’s “no point” in engaging with the inquiry further because they feel the process has become too “legalistic” and they have been “denied” an opportunity for redress.

The inquiry is now being led solely by Supreme Court judge Lady Anne Smith.

Glenn Houston, who was the last original member of the board, stepped down from his role yesterday with immediate effect, due to a potential “conflict of interest”.

Alan Draper of Care Abuse Survivors Group says he is “concerned” over Mr Houston’s “commitment to the whole process” and that survivors have had “no announcement” from education secretary John Swinney as to why he feels Lady Smith should act alone.

Mr Houston’s departure follows the resignation of the inquiry’s original chairwoman, Lady Susan O’Brien and fellow panel member Michael Lamb.

Mr Draper said: “Glen Houston and Professor Lamb had expertise in the whole field of child protection, that expertise will now be missing. This limits the inquiry’s capacity to focus on the key issues. Survivors themselves are at the centre of the inquiry – it’s now too legalistic for us, it looks far too narrow.”

Groups also say survivors in Scotland are not given redress, compared to other inquiries in Northern Ireland and Australia.

Andy Lavery from White Flowers Alba said that less than 200 victims are now in contact with the inquiry out of an estimated 6000 that experienced abuse, because they face “no prospect of justice”.

What’s the point of the inquiry? It doesn’t mean anything if you’ve suffered abuse

Mr Lavery said: “This is a disgrace and it’s terribly sad. I don’t know anyone who wants to testify now.

“Northern Ireland had care and redress, but there’s none of that here. What’s the point of the inquiry? It doesn’t mean anything if you’ve suffered abuse. This isn’t right or equality. It isn’t justice in our 21st Century. We deserve honesty and we deserve parity with other enquiries. All John Swinney has got to do is assist Lady Smith – get the manual from Sydney [inquiry], get staff and get this up to speed. Let’s crack on with it but that means building trust. We need action, not getting groomed again.”

Susan O'Brien claims she was forced out

Susan O’Brien claims she was forced out

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry, set up to focus on allegations of abuse in formal institutional care settings, is expected to last four years.

John Swinney argued it has a “very broad” remit which does not include redress, but that it was a “significant issue” he was examining with survivors groups.

He said: “The inquiry is doing exactly what it’s commissioned to do which is to pursue justice and accountability. If there is a question of redress that is also responsibility of the state. It’s why the government is legislating in Parliament the Limitation Bill, which removes legal obstacles for victims seeking due recourse for abuse that took place in the period after September 1964.”

He added that the appointment of Lady Smith as chairwoman was a “success” after the resignation of Lady Susan O’Brien – who quit over claims she made comments that were “offensive to survivors”.

Mr Swinney added: “When the previous chair resigned survivors groups wanted the inquiry to be led by a senior judge. That’s not a limitation – the inquiry has the ability to appoint assessors who can look at particular specialisms. I want survivors and the public to have confidence in the inquiry and there’s every reason why that should be case.”  https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/623408/child-abuse-survivors-left-feeling-groomed-by-scottish-government-after-inquiry-sees-third-resignation/  https://archive.is/OhyZr



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“Lady Susan O’Brien – who quit over claims she made comments that were offensive to survivors” 

THAT IS NOT THE TRUTH!  SWINNEY IS A DOWNRIGHT LIAR

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wp-1487770492882.jpgChild abuse survivors’ groups have said they have “no trust left” in Scotland’s Child Abuse Inquiry.

White Flowers Alba and In Care Abuse Survivors Group both called for urgent answers from the Scottish government on the future of the inquiry.

The probe has been plagued by problems and all three original panel members have now resigned.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney said he understood the concerns but told the BBC the inquiry was gathering momentum.

Glen Houston resigned from the panel on Tuesday. He said his new appointments to the boards of two public sector organisations meant there was potentially a conflict of interest with his work on the abuse inquiry.

The other two original panel members, Susan O’Brien QC and Prof Michael Lamb, stood down within days of each other last year, complaining of government interference.

In July 2016, senior judge Lady Smith was appointed as the new chairwoman following Ms O’Brien’s resignation.

The spokesman for the survivors’ group White Flowers Alba, Andi Lavery, claimed there were fewer than 200 survivors now in contact with the inquiry and said there was “no trust left”.

“It’s an absolute disgrace and it’s so terribly sad. I don’t know anybody that’s left that wants to testify and we’re in contact with quite a number of survivors,” he told BBC Radio’s Good Morning Scotland programme. At the end of the day, if you’re abused in Scotland you face no prospect of either justice, accountability or redress. But if you’re abused in Carlisle or Belfast, you face them in their inquiries. That’s not right, it’s not equality and it’s not justice.”

The inquiry was launched in October 2015 and charged with examining historical allegations of child abuse in residential accommodation in Scotland.

It is due to report in 2019.

Also speaking on BBC Radio Scotland, Alan Draper, of the In Care Abuse Survivors Group, said survivors were concerned about the resignation of Mr Houston and the Scottish government’s decision not to replace him on the panel.

“It looks too legalistic to us. All we’ve got now is a High Court judge, QCs and solicitors involved in the inquiry team and no external expertise. This looks far too narrow,” Mr Draper said.

Failed in care

The group have also demanded that Mr Swinney tell them why the inquiry will not consider redress for victims.

Mr Draper told BBC Scotland: “We’ve continued to ask John Swinney that this be part of the remit. We’ve been denied this remit. What survivors tend to feel [is that] we were failed when we were in care. We continue to be failed by the Scottish government and we continue to be failed by the inquiry – why should we engage with it?”

But Mr Swinney insisted the inquiry had a “very broad remit” and would ensure justice was delivered to abuse survivors.

He also defended the decision not to appoint a successor to Mr Houston, saying that survivors’ groups had told him “very strongly” they wanted the inquiry to be led by a senior judge.

Pursue justice

The deputy first minister told the BBC that Lady Smith also had the ability to appoint assessors to “enhance the expertise of the inquiry. I completely understand the concern of survivors and I’ve engaged with survivors on a number of occasions since I took over responsibility of the Child Abuse Inquiry and I will continue to do so,” he said. The inquiry is gathering evidence, it’s gathering momentum, it’s gathering input from individuals who were the victims of abuse. So the inquiry in that respect is doing exactly what it was commissioned to do which is to pursue justice and accountability for the survivors of abuse.  On the question of redress, I acknowledge this to be a significant issue, but it’s an issue for the government to address in consultation with the survivors. It’s not for me to pass this to the inquiry.”

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-39052276   http://archive.is/sPzIz


Compensation hope for Scots Survivors of Institutional abuse

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A scheme to compensate victims of in-care child abuse is being considered by Scottish ministers for the first time.

After decades of campaigning by victims’ organisations, John Swinney has acknowledged that financial redress “could play a part in Scotland in the future”.

In a letter to a Holyrood committee, the deputy first minister said that it would be inappropriate to wait until the Scottish child abuse inquiry had been completed before progressing with a compensation scheme. He suggested that a further three-month consultation would be required before ministers could reach a final decision on redress.

There was cautious approval for Mr Swinney’s letter but one leading campaign group said it was considering withdrawing from the inquiry because of the resignation yesterday of a third member of its panel.

Glenn Houston, an expert in health and social care, was appointed when the inquiry was founded in October 2015. He said he was quitting because he had accepted positions on the boards of two public bodies and felt that conflicts of interest could arise.

Last summer two members of the inquiry, Susan O’Brien, QC, the first chairwoman, and Michael Lamb, a psychologist, both quit.

Ms O’Brien is now suing the government for £500,000 and Professor Lamb said that the inquiry was “doomed” because of political interference. 

“Survivors are considering withdrawing from this whole process until they are satisfied that survivors are placed at the centre of the inquiry”

The present chairwoman, Lady Smith, a high court judge, is the only remaining panel member. Mr Swinney pointed out that this was normal practice in Scotland, where public inquiries usually have only one adjudicator.

Mr Houston’s decision outraged Alan Draper, spokesman for Incas (In Care Abuse Survivors), who said that the inquiry had become “a process of failure”. He deplored its reliance on legal opinion, a factor that could deter abuse victims from coming forward.

Mr Draper said: “If Mr Houston was dissatisfied he should have the courage to say so. Accepting these two jobs implies he was looking for a way out. There is concern that the inquiry is dominated by the legal profession, without any balance from other professional groups who have a detailed knowledge of child abuse and its impact for survivors and their families. Survivors are considering withdrawing from this whole process until they are satisfied that survivors are placed at the centre of the inquiry. The inquiry is about the failure of the establishment to protect them from harm. This failure is continuing.”

However, Mr Swinney’s letter to the education and skills committee offered “a glimmer of hope”. Mr Draper said: “His words seem to indicate that redress is important. Worldwide there has been a move towards compensation but Scotland has been very slow.”

In his letter Mr Swinney noted that Lady Smith had specifically raised the possibility of a redress scheme when she made her opening statement to the inquiry. “We need to be mindful of the length of time some survivors have been waiting and that some survivors are elderly and frail,” he added.

His determination to have a formal consultation on redress prompted unease. Iain Gray, Labour’s education spokesman, welcomed the acknowledgement that survivors should not wait until the abuse inquiry was completed before compensation was paid but added: “This process is still being dragged out, especially considering how long survivors have been waiting.”

Under the terms of its remit, the Scottish inquiry is scheduled to conclude in 2019.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/scotland/compensation-hope-for-scots-victims-of-child-abuse-in-care-c5mpcv8ld  http://archive.is/reQOf



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  2. Former boss of child abuse probe sues Scottish Government for £500,000  https://archive.is/nnNmt
  3. CSA Inquiry Scotland: It’s 2 down 1 to go as Chairwoman quits  https://archive.is/4rDTg
  4. Scottish child abuse inquiry witnesses ‘deserve answers’
  5. Fresh controversy engulfs troubled Child Abuse Inquiry #CSA #Scotland
  6. #CSA Inquiry. #Survivors spell out fears to Swinney & give him “one last chance”
  7. John Swinney to meet with historic child abuse survivors #SCSAinquiry #CSA
  8. CSA inquiry row ‘centred on use of public cash’, says BIG FAT LIAR Swinney
  9. Lady Anne Mather Smith to Head #Scotland’s #CSAinquiry. Hmm…
  10. Lady Smith #ReleaseTheTape

*BINGO* It’s a FULL HOUSE as the third Scottish child abuse inquiry panel member resigns

21st Feb 2017

 

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry has been hit by another resignation, leaving it with just one panel member.

Glenn Houston said he has accepted two other public appointments and resigned from the panel to avoid any potential conflict of interest.

He is the third original panel member to resign from the inquiry.

Susan O’Brien QC quit following claims she had made comments that were ‘’offensive’’ to survivors while professor Michael Lamb stepped down after saying the review is ‘’doomed’’ due to interference by ministers.

Ms O’Brien was replaced by senior judge Lady Smith, who will now lead the inquiry on her own.

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry is examining historical allegations of the abuse of children in care and has been taking statements from witnesses since last spring.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney said a successor to Mr Houston will not be appointed and the inquiry will “take the same format” as every other public inquiry established in Scotland under the Inquiries Act 2005.

Mr Houston said: “Due to a change in priorities in my working life, last year I applied for positions as a non-executive director to the boards of two public-sector organisations, the Northern Health and Social Care Trust and the Disclosure and Barring Service. “I have now been successful in those applications and the appointments have been made. Lady Smith and I have discussed the potential that at some future time, a perception of conflict of interest may arise between these appointments and my work as a panel member on the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry. After careful consideration of both the time commitment required to fulfil these new roles and the potential, however small, for perceptions to arise of conflict of interest, I have tendered my resignation to the inquiry. I remain fully supportive of its work, which I believe is on course to complete the important tasks which have been set for it, and I wish it very well for the future.”

Staff for the inquiry are said to be working to contact people in countries like Canada, Australia and New Zealand who may have suffered abuse in Scotland, or after being sent abroad as part of past care arrangements.

At a preliminary hearing last month, Lady Smith stressed the inquiry is independent of government, police, prosecutors and other organisations.

The inquiry covers the period within memory of anyone who has suffered abuse, not beyond December 2014. Public hearings will begin on May 31.

Lady Smith said: “Mr Houston has made a valuable contribution to the work of the inquiry during his time as a panel member and I am very grateful to him for his support. “I fully understand his decision and wish him well in his new ventures.”

Mr Swinney said: “I want to thank Mr Houston for his service. I know this was not an easy decision for him to reach but he can be very proud of the contribution he has made to the establishment of the Child Abuse Inquiry and to ensuring its continuing progress. Following consideration of the matter, at this stage in the inquiry’s work, I have decided not to appoint a successor. Lady Smith will continue as chair of the inquiry and as sole panel member.”

http://www.scotsman.com/news/third-scottish-child-abuse-inquiry-panel-member-resigns-1-4372555  http://archive.is/l0mp6

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  2. CSA Inquiry: Chairwoman’s Letter of Resignation to John Swinney
  3. CSA Inquiry Scotland: It’s 2 down 1 to go as Chairwoman quits
  4. Scottish child abuse inquiry witnesses ‘deserve answers’
  5. Fresh controversy engulfs troubled Child Abuse Inquiry #CSA #Scotland
  6. #CSA Inquiry. #Survivors spell out fears to Swinney & give him “one last chance”
  7. John Swinney to meet with historic child abuse survivors #SCSAinquiry #CSA
  8. CSA inquiry row ‘centred on use of public cash’, says BIG FAT LIAR Swinney
  9. Lady Anne Mather Smith to Head #Scotland’s #CSAinquiry. Hmm…
  10. Lady Smith #ReleaseTheTape

Group of women who say they were abused by Sir Edward Heath also claim their parents ran a satanic sex cult that was involved in 16 murders

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  • They say that the cult regularly slaughtered children as ritual sacrifices in church
  • The woman claim that the former prime minister was part of a paedophile ring
  • If the allegations are true it would make the cult the worst child murderers in British history

A Group of women who say they were abused by Sir Edward Heath also claim their parents ran a satanic sex cult that was involved in 16 murders  01:15, 20 Feb 2017

They say that the cult regularly slaughtered children as ritual sacrifices in church

The woman claim that the former prime minister was part of a paedophile ring

If the allegations are true it would make the cult the worst child murderers in British history

A group of women who say Sir Edward Heath abused them as children have also accused their parents of being involved in up to 16 murders.

The farce came as police probe incredible claims that the former prime minister was linked to a paedophile ring that killed as many as 16 children – which would make them the worst child murderers in British history.

The seemingly far-fetched allegations have been made by a family who allege that the politician was part of a satanic sex cult run by their own parents.

A group of women who say Sir Edward Heath abused them as children have also accused their parents of being involved in up to 16 murders

Police are probing incredible claims that the former prime minister was linked to a paedophile ring that killed as many as 16 children

They say that the cult regularly slaughtered children as ritual sacrifices in churches and forests around southern England and also participated in similar ceremonies in Africa.

They claim their mother and father – who is said to have known the former Conservative leader – were responsible for slaughtering children ranging from babies to teenagers – yet they evaded justice.

The paedophile ring – which they say Sir Edward was part of – stabbed, tortured and maimed youngsters in churches and burnt babies in satanic orgies before men, women and children gorged themselves on blood and body parts, police have been told.

 If the bizarre allegations were to be proved, the parents who allegedly led the killings would be responsible for murdering more children than Fred and Rose West.

They would also be on a par with Thomas Hamilton, who shot dead 16 children in the 1996 Dunblane school massacre.

The women’s lurid claims were dismissed by police in 1989 when they came forward. Sir Edward’s name was never mentioned to police at the time. It was only last year that he was named for the first time after one of the claimants said she had ‘remembered’ a man called ‘Ed’ was a prime mover in a network of paedophile abusers.

But there is no suggestion that Sir Edward killed any children himself in the women’s accounts.

Wiltshire Police have spent more than a year investigating the allegations as part of an inquiry that has cost taxpayers over £883,431 and irretrievably tarnished the reputation of the unmarried politician, who died in 2005, aged 89.

Last night Sir Edward’s godson, Lincoln Seligman, said: ‘I understand that these claims from the 1980s were at the time dismissed as complete fantasy by police. It is disappointing that these wild allegations have been reheated and randomly attached to Edward Heath’s name.’

A Wiltshire Police spokesman said: ‘We are not prepared to discuss this as this is an on-going investigation.’

GODSON HITS OUT AT CHIEF’S CLAIM

The godson of Sir Edward Heath reacted angrily yesterday after it was claimed that a police chief is ‘120 per cent’ sure that sex abuse allegations against the former prime minister are genuine.

Wiltshire Chief Constable Mike Veale was reported to believe child abuse allegations against the late politician – which include lurid tales of satanic child slaughter – are ‘totally convincing’.

Mr Veale, whose force has been investigating the claims for 18 months, is also said to believe that Sir Edward was a paedophile whose crimes were covered up.

Police have established that, contrary to claims that Sir Edward could not have committed the crimes because he never drove a car and always had a police driver with him, he did drive and once had a car.

But the claims have infuriated Sir Edward’s godson, who dismissed it as a ‘PR hustle of some sort’ by the Wiltshire force ahead of an official report into the investigation. Lincoln Seligman, who has described the probe as a ‘witch-hunt’, has questioned how police can say the allegations are true, just on the basis that he may have driven a car.

Yesterday Mr Veale said: ‘The legal role of the police service is to, on behalf of the public, impartially investigate allegations without fear or favour, and go where the evidence takes us

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4240690/Sir-Edward-Heath-accusers-claim-parents-ran-sex-cult.html  http://archive.is/lpyzr

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Police ‘120 per cent sure Sir Edward Heath was a paedophile’

More than 30 people have claimed the ex-Prime Minister sexually abused them, says a source

Police are “120 per cent sure” Sir Edward Heath was a paedophile, it was ­reported last night.

More than 30 people have claimed the ex-Prime Minister sexually abused them, says a source

The individuals are not knn to each other but are said to have given “strikingly similar” accounts of incidents to Wiltshire cops.

Police have established that, contrary to claims, Sir Edward did have a car and could have driven himself after being deposed as Tory leader in 1975, aged 58.

Wiltshire Chief Constable Mike Veale is also understood to support claims alleged crimes by Sir Edward, who died in 2005 aged 89, were reported to cops years ago but covered up by the Establishment.

Some of those who said Sir Edward abused them are believed to have told police they went on to commit sexual abuse crimes themselves as a result.

A probe into Sir Edward, called Operation Conifer, was set up in 2005. 

Mr Veale, who aims to publish a report in June, was pressured to abandon the inquiry last year after separate claims of a paedo ring at Westminster involving ex Home Secretary the late Lord Brittan and ex defence chief Lord Bramall, were groundless.

Claims Sir Edward was involved in Satanic orgies have been dismissed as “fantasy” by an expert asked to review the case.  http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/police-120-per-cent-sure-9848136    http://archive.is/SP5qT


Sir Edward Heath WAS a paedophile, says police chief: Astonishing claim is made that the former PM is guilty of vile crimes ‘covered up by the Establishment’ 

  • More than 30 people have come forward with claims about the former PM 
  • And they are said to have given ‘strikingly similar’ accounts to Wiltshire Police 
  • The county’s chief constable has said that the allegations are ‘totally convincing’
  • Pictures have emerged of Heath driving – despite it being claimed he didn’t have a car 

Edward Heath with his piano at his home Arundells in  Salisbury, Wiltshire

Edward Heath with his piano at his home Arundells in Salisbury, Wiltshire

The police chief investigating claims that Sir Edward Heath was a paedophile is convinced the allegations are ‘120 per cent’ genuine, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

More than 30 people have come forward with claims of sexual abuse by the former Conservative Prime Minister, according to well-placed sources. 

And they are said to have given ‘strikingly similar’ accounts of incidents to Wiltshire Police – even though the individuals are not known to each other.

The Mail on Sunday has been told that Wiltshire Chief Constable Mike Veale regards the allegations as ‘totally convincing’, and plans to publish a report in June.

Detectives have established that, contrary to claims that Sir Edward could not have committed the crimes as he ‘never drove a car’ and ‘always’ had a police driver with him, he did drive – and did have a car.

They have photographic evidence that shows he is a driver, and have established that he had a driving licence. He also bought a Rover 2000 after being deposed as Tory leader by Margaret Thatcher in 1975, when he was 58.

Astonishingly, Mr Veale is also understood to support claims that Sir Edward’s alleged crimes were reported to police years ago but covered up by the Establishment.

Some of those who said Sir Edward abused them are believed to have told police they went on to commit sexual abuse crimes themselves as a result.

The investigation into Sir Edward, called Operation Conifer, was set up in 2015 in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.

Mr Veale came under pressure to abandon the inquiry last year after separate claims of a paedophile ring at Westminster involving former Home Secretary, the late Lord Brittan, and former Defence chief, Lord Bramall, were found to be groundless.

Wiltshire Chief Constable Mike Veale regards the allegations as ‘totally convincing’, and plans to publish a report in June

Allegations that Sir Edward was involved in satanic orgies have been dismissed as fantasy by an expert asked to review the case.

However, The Mail on Sunday has been told that Mr Veale believes the paedophile allegations are genuine. A source said: ‘Mr Veale believes in them 120 per cent and thinks they are totally convincing.

‘There are very close similarities in the accounts given by those who have come forward. The same names used for him, the same places and same type of incidents keep coming up.

‘What stands out is that the people giving these accounts are not connected but the stories and the details dovetail.

‘It contains disturbing stuff. Investigators have been shocked by what they have learned.’

Another source said: ‘The police were initially sceptical about the allegations, but now believe them. And they have come round to the view that they were covered up in the past because of who Heath was.

DO THESE PHOTOS UNDERMINE EX PM’S DEFENCE 

Sir Edward Heath seen with his car in Weymouth, despite claims he never drove

These are the photographs that appear to disprove the notion that the allegations against Sir Edward cannot be true because he ‘never drove a car’ and was always accompanied by police.

Both were taken in October 1975. In the main picture on the right, Heath is standing by the driver’s door of the Rover 2000 he bought after Margaret Thatcher ousted him as Tory leader in February that year. In the picture on the left, he is seen arriving at the Tory Party conference in Blackpool – in the driver’s seat.

The Mail on Sunday has learned that Wiltshire Police has also obtained photographic evidence of him driving.

The issue was first raised by former Cabinet Secretary Lord Armstrong, who worked with Sir Edward in No 10. Lord Armstrong said Sir Edward – whom he described as ‘asexual’ – had a 24-hour police guard and driver from the day he became PM in 1970 to his death in 2005, and did not have his own car.

‘When he was at home he had two policemen on the gate, he had the personal protection officer from Scotland Yard in the house, he never drove a car himself, he always had an official driver,’ said Lord Armstrong. ‘It seems highly unlikely he could have escaped all that to do the kind of thing that is described.’

Sir Edward Heath again pictured driving, this time leaving leaves the conference for the sea breezes of Weymouth

Sir Edward Heath again pictured driving, this time leaving leaves the conference for the sea breezes of Weymouth

Sir Edward bought the Rover after losing the chauffeur-driven car he was entitled to as Prime Minister, then Opposition leader.

A confidant of the former PM said: ‘He definitely could and did drive, though was a notoriously bad one. When he went to music concerts in Salzburg and hired a car, he was meant to drive it because his British police guards weren’t officially allowed to.

‘But they insisted as they were frightened he was going to crash.’

‘They will not be deflected by the rich and powerful trying to do the same now. Mike Veale is doing a great job and should be congratulated for his courage.’

The disclosures come after several senior politicians dismissed the allegations against Heath as absurd and unfounded. Former Tory Foreign Secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind complained Heath’s reputation was being ‘besmirched’. Heath’s sexuality has been the source of much speculation over the years. Some believed he was gay, others said he was ‘asexual.’ At one point, he was being investigated by no fewer than five police forces – the Met, Wiltshire, Hampshire, Kent and Jersey.

The claims, some of which have been proved false, include alleged links to a convicted brothel keeper known as Madame Ling-Ling. A paedophile dossier compiled by Labour peer Baroness Castle said he offered young boys trips on his yacht, and in a separate incident one man claimed Sir Edward picked him up hitchhiking in Kent as a 12-year-old in the 1960s and lured him to his Mayfair flat.

Labour MP Tom Watson also said he had received allegations about Sir Edward. However the claims Mr Veale is investigating, which date from the 1960s to 1990s, are not linked to the discredited evidence of the man known as ‘Nick’, who alleged a high-level paedophile ring.

One of the key counter-claims made when the allegations first surfaced came from former Cabinet Secretary Lord Armstrong, who worked with Heath when he was Prime Minister. He said Heath ‘never drove a car’ and always had at least one policeman with him from 1970 until his death in 2005.

Labour MP Tom Watson also said he had received allegations about Sir Edward

Labour MP Tom Watson also said he had received allegations about Sir Edward

The fact that Sir Edward could drive was confirmed last night by a friend, who said the former Prime Minister bought a car in 1975, although Sir Edward was later given a chauffeur-driven car and police guard after IRA death threats. 

Asked if Mr Veale believed the allegations against Sir Edward were ‘totally convincing’, a police spokesman said the Chief Constable was determined to ‘ensure the investigation is proportionate, measured and legal’ and that the job of the police was to ‘impartially investigate allegations without fear or favour and go where the evidence takes us. It is not the role of the police to judge the guilt or innocence of people in our criminal justice system.’

Further asked if Mr Veale had ‘120 per cent’ faith in the allegations, the spokesman declined to comment.

Police refuse to call off the dogs after VIP child sex ring fiasco

Launched in 2015 to investigate allegations against Sir Edward Heath, Operation Conifer has been dogged by claims that it traduces the reputation of a Prime Minister who died more than a decade ago and could not be put on trial.

The operation, which has a staff of 17 and has run up a bill approaching £1 million, did not get off to a good start when Wiltshire Chief Constable Mike Veale had to apologise for launching it in front of cameras outside Sir Edward’s former house, Arundells, in Salisbury.

Demands to call it off grew last November when Scotland Yard was forced to abandon its Operation Midland investigation into similar claims of a VIP paedophile ring in Westminster. 

After a flurry of false accusations, Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe apologised to former Defence chief Lord Bramall, ex-Tory MP Harvey Proctor, DJ Paul Gambaccini and Lady Brittan, widow of the late Lord Brittan.

A police officer stands at the gate of Arundells, the former home of  Heath when the probe was launched

Pressure on Operation Conifer mounted after this newspaper revealed how an expert, brought in by police to assess claims that Heath was linked to paedophiles who held satanic orgies, dismissed them as fantasy.

Days after The Mail on Sunday report, Mr Veale came out fighting and insisted Operation Conifer was not a ‘witch-hunt’. 

In a surprise statement released on December 2, he said he refused to ‘buckle’ to demands to abandon the inquiry, and stressed his officers had not spoken to ‘Nick’, the man at the root of Operation Midland.

The Heath investigation was not a ‘fishing trip’, he said, adding that he was ‘duty-bound’ to go ahead with it ‘without fear or favour and go where the evidence takes us’.

He accused his critics of ignorance, and rebuked them for using ‘inappropriate and unacceptable pressure’ in an attempt to halt the inquiry.

Mr Veale said a ‘significant number of individuals’ had alleged abuse, but refused to say how many or give details of the only two people to be arrested.

He even said the findings of the investigation may never be made public, stating: ‘A confidential closing report will be written… and at that time I will take advice as to what I can legally put in the public domain.’ 

Police were ‘testing, checking and challenging the evidence and ensuring our approach is proportionate and justified’, he said.

Mr Veale argues that although Sir Edward died in 2005, other offenders may still be alive and victims could require support. 

‘If the force had received allegations of non-recent child abuse against a former Prime Minister and done nothing, what would the reaction have been?’

Margaret Thatcher and Edward Heath at the Conservative Party Conference in Blackpool

Margaret Thatcher and Edward Heath at the Conservative Party Conference in Blackpool

Lincoln Seligman, Sir Edward’s godson, responded to Mr Veale’s December statement by saying: ‘If they have uncovered no evidence after 18 months they should say so. 

And if Conifer is wound up, [Sir Edward] deserves to be exonerated as publicly as he was initially smeared. Shuffling the inquiry’s findings off into the night is not acceptable.’

Other aspects of Operation Conifer have also come under fire. Wiltshire Police interviewed key figures at Private Eye because the satirical magazine joked about unmarried Sir Edward’s sexuality 40 years ago.

They wanted to know if its nickname for him, ‘Sailor Ted’, in his days as PM from 1970 to 1974, was a reference to rumours that he was gay.

Police even asked current editor Ian Hislop what he knew about Heath, despite Hislop being a teenager during the period under investigation.

Officers have also tracked down former Downing Street staff to ask them if young men were ever sneaked into No 10.

Times writer and ex-Tory MP Matthew Parris dismissed the allegations, saying: ‘If Heath was a child abuser, I’m an aardvark.’

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4238188/Sir-Edward-Heath-paedophile-says-police-chief.html?ito=social-twitter_dailymailUK  https://archive.is/a9d82

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  1. Findings of Sir Edward Heath sex abuse investigation ‘may never be made public’ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/12/02/findings-sir-edward-heath-sex-abuse-investigation-may-never/  https://archive.is/TbElJ
  2. Mother claims a child vanished after going on Sir Edward Heath’s yacht – Daily Mail  Aug 7th 2015  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3187665/Mother-claims-told-police-child-vanished-going-Sir-Edward-Heath-s-yacht-officers-warned-not-investigate-above.html  https://archive.is/Cck6h
  3. Eleven boys went on Edward Heath’s yacht but I counted only 10 who left http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/eleven-boys-went-edward-heaths-6209310  https://archive.is/8Qyh9
  4. A satanic injustice: Police were warned that Edward Heath ritual child abuse claims were ‘fantasy’ but are ploughing on with £700,000 probe 
  5. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3974750/A-satanic-injustice-Police-warned-Edward-Heath-ritual-child-abuse-claims-fantasy-ploughing-700-000-probe.html Daily Mail  https://archive.is/QpWkd
  6. Sir Edward Heath accuser is a ‘satanic sex fantasist’: Police warned by OWN expert that ritual abuse claims are false – including how the former PM ‘went to candlelit forest for paedophile parties’  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3974750/A-satanic-injustice-Police-warned-Edward-Heath-ritual-child-abuse-claims-fantasy-ploughing-700-000-probe.html#ixzz4Z8E9Z6bF


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Police warn of 5,000 files on alleged child abuse


wp-1487315036787.jpgFeb 16th 2017

Police Scotland has revealed it has at least 5,000 files detailing child abuse alleged to have been carried out in care institutions or by prominent people since 1964.

The figure came to light in a Police Scotland document warning the cost of the Scottish Government’s historical abuse inquiry could rise.

A document produced by Police Scotland for MSPs suggests the cost of removing the time limit for victims of childhood abuse to seek civil damages in court may have been underestimated.

Police Scotland issued the warning in response to the Limitation (Childhood Abuse) Scotland Bill, which intends to remove the current three-year time bar, or limitation, for bringing a civil court claim for damages in some cases of childhood abuse.

Financial documents published alongside the bill, which is being examined by MSPs on Holyrood’s Justice committee, estimate the change in the law would result in about 2,200 claims in the courts initially – at a cost of £1,017,400.

In a written submission to the committee, Police Scotland reiterated its support for the Bill but added it estimated the force held at least 5,000 files dating back to 1964 relating to reports of child abuse and neglect “within an institution or care setting or involving a person of public prominence”.

The force said: “As such, Police Scotland is of the opinion that the reference point is a conservative estimate and the impact on the Scottish courts may be more significant that suggested in the financial memorandum. Police Scotland would suggest that there is opportunity to further scope the bill’s financial impact.”

The submission said the legislation was likely to have “significant resource (human and financial) implications” for the force and a “far-reaching impact” on individuals, groups and organisations. The concern was echoed by the Association of British Insurers, which said the 2,200 claims estimate “fails to take into account the potential effect of the bill in encouraging more cases to be brought or of previously heard cases to be resurrected.”

A Scottish Government spokesman said: “Having listened to the views of survivors, we are legislating to remove the time bar preventing civil action to be taken after the limitation period has expired.

“Cases would only proceed to court on the basis of robust and compelling evidence. “We will carefully consider all of the submissions to the committee.”

http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/police-warn-of-5-000-files-on-alleged-child-abuse-1-4369006

Compensation hopes fade for oldest child abuse victims

16th Feb 2017

20170216_225934The oldest survivors of child abuse in Scotland fear they are being denied any hope of winning compensation.

The Scottish Government is opening the way for hundreds of victims to seek damages through the courts but the change will not apply to cases pre-dating September 1964.

Ministers considered whether or not the so-called 1964 rule could be changed retrospectively but were advised doing so would contravene the European Convention of Human Rights.

Campaigners say the oldest survivors are dying out with no prospect of receiving justice.

Deputy first minister John Swinney has pledged to seek out a solution as quickly as possible.

Frank Docherty, of the In-Care Abuse Survivors charity, claims he suffered years of abuse at the hands of nuns at the Smyllum asylum in Lanark.

He said the experience was still raw despite the incidents taking place more than 60 years ago.

“You were brought up to revere these people and respect them,” he said.

“But they ridiculed you in front of the rest of [the children]. There are some things that never leave you. She made a habit of pulling you up during the day and saying ‘remember boy, what you’ve got to get before you go to bed’.”

Mr Docherty said four committee members had died in the past year without getting closure.

He added: “Why can Australia do it? Why can Ireland do it? And Canada? And yet here, they have got a cut-off date… The only way we can get back or hurt these people is money.”

The Scottish Government is searching for a solution to the 1964 impasse.

Northern Ireland’s child abuse inquiry has recommended a state-backed scheme which could provide compensation payments of up to £100,000, with contributions from institutions that ran the homes where abuse took place.

Asked if Scotland could follow Northern Ireland’s example, Mr Swinney said: “There is that possibility, certainly for the pre-1964 cases we’d have to consider something of that nature, because there’s no legal route for us to open up those cases any further than 1964.

“The government has moved very swiftly to take forward the various changes that we’re making. The historic child abuse inquiry has been established under this Government. The Limitation Bill is a big departure of legal principal. The Government has taken steps as quickly as possible. It is of an urgent nature. I readily acknowledge the fact that some survivors are worried that this takes time, but we will address that as quickly as we possibly can and come to conclusions based on the dialogue that we take forward.”

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Holyrood’s justice committee is currently considering plans to remove the current time bar for bringing a civil court claim for damages within three years of the abuse taking place but it would not enable abuse survivors from before 1964 to seek redress in the civil courts.

MSPs were told on Thursday that the cost of removing the limit for victims of childhood abuse “may have been underestimated”.

Police Scotland warned the impact of the Limitation (Childhood Abuse) (Scotland) Bill could be much higher than expected.

Financial documents published alongside the bill estimate the change in the law would result in about 2200 claims in the courts initially.

In a written submission to the committee, Police Scotland reiterated its support for the bill but added it estimated the force held at least 5000 files dating back to 1964 relating to reports of child abuse and neglect “within an institution or care setting or involving a person of public prominence”.

The force said the legislation was likely to have “significant resource (human and financial) implications” for the force and a “far-reaching impact” on individuals, groups and organisations.

The proposals are also supported by the Former Boys and Girls Abused in Quarriers Homes (FBGA), Scottish Human Rights Commission, Victim Support Scotland and the Law Society of Scotland.

https://stv.tv/news/scotland/1380924-compensation-hopes-fade-for-oldest-child-abuse-victims/  http://archive.is/CUStl

Severely disabled child of incestuous rape seeks compensation

screenshot_20170216-003928A severely disabled man who was born following the incestuous rape of his mother has won the right for his application for compensation to be reconsidered by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).

The man, a 29-year-old known only as ‘Y’, was born after his mother was raped by her father. Y has a genetic disorder, epilepsy, learning and development difficulties, as well as hearing and sight problems The CICA rejected Y’s original claim on the basis that he was not a victim of the man’s actions as he did not exist as a person at the time the crime was committed. 

Lawyers for Y say that the rape led to him being born with mutated genes which raised the chance of subsequent health problems from 2% to 50%.

Y’s mother had previously successfully claimed compensation as a victim of unlawful sexual violence but when Y himself tried to get compensation as a victim of the crime, it was rejected by the CICA. His appeal to the First Tier Tribunal was also rejected.

Now, in what could be a landmark decision, the Upper Tribunal has referred Y’s claim back to the CICA for reconsideration.

CICA’s counsel, Ben Collins QC, said that although Y had endured “grave suffering” and the appeal “in no way detracts from its recognition of that,” the decision was flawed because if the crime had not been committed then Y would not have existed.

The 29-year-old man was born after his grandfather raped his mother

“The harm of which Y complains was done not when Y was in the womb but in the very act of creating him,” he said according to the BBC. “It is his own genetic make-up of which he complains.”

Upper Tribunal judge Howard Levenson said: “Clearly, at the time of the claim the applicant is a person. There is no provision in the scheme that the applicant must have been ‘a person’ at the time that the crime of violence was committed.

“In everyday terms and in common parlance, it seems to me that he has suffered injuries. Those injuries have been sustained in and are directly attributable to a crime of violence.”  SOURCE http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/severely-disabled-child-incestuous-rape-seeks-compensation-1606813


Child of incestuous rape seeks compensation BBC NEWS

 

Loretto School

Linkfield Road MusselburghEast Lothian  EH21 7RE   MAP

WEB https://www.loretto.com/

WIKI  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loretto_School

Founded in 1827, Loretto is an independent boarding and day school for boys and girls aged 0 to 18. The campus occupies 85 acres (34 ha) in Musselburgh, East Lothian.[1] It has approximately 600 pupils.


Twelve-year-old Don Boyd, smart in his Loretto Junior School uniform of blue serge shorts, open-necked shirt and long red stockings, was about to undergo a particularly “special”, secret lesson as he crept towards North Esk Lodge

This would be a private lesson, the first of many. Just the young boy and his charismatic, popular and – although the schoolboy didn’t realise it at the time – predatory, paedophile French teacher

It was a lesson in life that pioneering 19th century headmaster Dr Hely Hutchinson Almond – whose “mind, body and spirit” values are at the heart of a school that counts Alistair Darling, Andrew Marr, Norman Lamont and racing driver Jim Clark among its past pupils – surely would never have tolerated.

Inside North Esk Lodge was Guy Anthony Ray-Hills’ bedroom.

It smelled of gelatine cream, aftershave and semen. It reeked of sex and secrets, of terrible child abuse and broken childhoods.

Within this small bedroom on the top floor of North Esk Lodge, a ten-minute walk from the gates of prim Loretto School at the heart of Musselburgh in the late 50s and early 60s, curious, innocent boys – often deprived of parental affection at a lonely boarding school – were treated to Ray-Hills’ full and undivided attention. They were stripped, abused and repeatedly raped.

Boyd kept secret how he became one of the outwardly respectable French tutor’s “special friends” for decades. It tainted his life and relationships and hovered quietly in the background as his career in filmmaking led to working with stars like Sir Laurence Olivier, John Hurt, Richard Harris and Dame Helen Mirren, producing iconic movies such as controversial 70s film Scum, writing screenplays and directing.

He blurted his secret out, bizarrely, in an explosive moment after his father’s death, when a friend showed off a collection of antique guns, fired one and the blast somehow broke the lock on decades of suppressed anguish.

Today he’s back in Edinburgh, just a few miles from where Ray-Hills systematically abused him, to work with the Traverse Theatre and launch a new project which aims to beam live theatre to cinema audiences across the country.

It’s also an appropriate location to launch his first novel, Margot’s Secrets, with its themes of sexual abuse and mind manipulation, deep- rooted secrets and lives warped by depravity which run brutally close to Boyd’s own experiences. So close, that one of his key character’s own account of being brutalised by his teacher – even down to the animal nicknames Ray-Hills gave his pupils and the school uniform – could not be anything other than Boyd’s own story.

“One of the victims is drawn from my own experience,” nods Boyd during a break at a rehearsal room in Leith. “And yes, one of the other characters is the personification of what I imagine my former teacher might become as they enter the adult world away from boarding school. He is charming and dangerous. Intelligent, perceptive and a very, very clever manipulator of people.”

Here in Edinburgh, so close to that small bedroom, Boyd might be expected to harvest fresh bitterness and anger at his betrayal.

“But I’m one of the lucky ones,” he stresses. “I can come back to Edinburgh which I feel is my ‘home’ and be completely forgiving to Loretto. It was a brilliant school educationally, there was the highest order of teaching staff and it gave me the opportunity to learn so much. One has to move on. You have to rationalise, otherwise you go around with a scar that never heals, a constant reminder of something that happened a long time ago.”   READ IN FULL http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/sexually-abused-during-his-time-at-loretto-school-don-boyd-returns-to-edinburgh-and-launches-a-book-incorporating-his-abuse-1-1306831   http://archive.is/dDmVm


  1. Don Boyd: A suitable boy | From the Observer Aug 18th 2001
  2. Dad recalls horror of confronting paedophile Hugh Mitchell and wife Gill  31st Oct 2015
  3. Wings Over Scotland | Fast work June 14th 2016
  4. Sandra Dick Online: January 2012
  5. paedophile information exchange Ian Pace
  6. I am in total shock. It feels as if I am being hung, drawn Herald Scotland
  7. City teacher charged with sexual abuse – The Scotsman  13th June 2002

Robert Key born in Plymouth, the son of Maurice Key, afterwards Bishop of Truro.[1] At the age of 10 he was part of a school walk on Swanage Beach in Dorset where he and six friends discovered an old wartime mine which detonated; only Key and one other boy survived.[2][3] He went to Salisbury Cathedral School, then independent Sherborne School. He studied economics at Clare College at the University of Cambridge, receiving an MA and CertEd.

He taught at the Loretto School in Edinburgh from 1967–9, then taught economics at Harrow School from 1969–83.

Robert Key MP was bestestest of pals wi Ted Heath here he was also

  1. Member of the Defence Select Committee
  2. MP for Salisbury since 1983 and was a parliamentary private secretary in Margaret Thatcher’s government.
  3. Junior minister for the environment and, later, transport under John Major. He served as a shadow minister between 1997 and 2003. here   
  4.  Ted Heaths parliamentary private secretary here

SOURCES

Who was Ted Heath  http://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/news/13557620.Who_was Ted_Heath_/  https://archive.is/mc2NW

Salisbury MP Robert Key is to step down http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/4772527.Salisbury MP_Robert_Key_is_to_step_down/  https://archive.is/n6HDm

Robert Key resigns as trustee of former prime minister Sir Edward Heath’s charity in funding row http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/conservative/9814398/Robert-Key-resigns-as-trustee-of-former-prime-minister-Sir-Edward-Heaths-charity-in-funding-row.html  https://archive.is/tl7HM

Lady Smith #ReleaseTheTape

Written by BRIAN GERRISH  Tues 7th Feb 2017

http://www.ukcolumn.org/article/lady-smith-releasethetape  https://archive.is/ahiyj

Do we just have to take Lady Smith’s word for it that there is no crass racism in the Scottish judiciary?

Both north and south of the border, the leadership of the Government-appointed child abuse inquiries has proved to be a fluid office, with several resignations from both the Scottish and the England-and-Wales inquiries. Lady Smith, the latest chairwoman of the Scottish child abuse inquiry, has a credibility problem.

Robert Green was sentenced in Aberdeen on 17 February 2012 for the “crime” of bringing attention to the plight of alleged multiple sexual abuse victim Hollie Greig. Several members of the public who attended the sentencing that day have reported hearing  Sheriff Principal Edward Bowen uttering the following to Mr Green:

How dare you, an Englishman, come to Scotland to tell us what to do? We know how to run the justice system here in Scotland.

This alleged outburst is not reflected in the court transcript. (It would not even have been accurate racism, as Mr Green is a Welshman.) A complaint on the matter, a prima facie case of biased and unlawful judicial behaviour, was considered by none other than Lady Smith. Her decision on the matter was to tell Mr Green that she had listened to the audio recording of the sentencing session and that she could assure him that no such remark was made.

She insisted to Mr Green that there was no need for her to allow him to listen to the recording himself; he had to take her word for it.

Even the transcribed outbursts of Sheriff Bowen in the same sentencing session are eyebrow-raising, to say the least:

Only someone stupid or obsessed with their own importance would do what you have done. I suspect of you that it is the latter.

and

By your campaign you have sought to undermine the criminal justice system and the Scottish Government as a whole.

Are these the remarks of a senior judiciary independent of the Scottish state and committed to impartial trial?

David Scott of Northern Exposure asked the then Chief Constable of Police Scotland, Sir Stephen House, the following on 8 February 2015 regarding this matter:

I require an answer to the following question: If a complaint is made, a sworn statement delivered by Mr Green, and documentary proof provided that the court transcript is not a true and accurate record of events, but rather omits phrases uttered by the Sheriff concerning Mr Green’s nationality, would Police Scotland consider this sufficient information to initiate a full and thorough investigation into this matter?

The police response was two months in coming and dismissed the query altogether.

Can we have confidence in the Scottish Government-initiated child abuse inquiry in these circumstances? 

http://www.ukcolumn.org/article/lady-smith-releasethetape  https://archive.is/ahiyj


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