11th March 2018
SPECIAL SUNDAY MIRROR INVESTIGATION: Authorities failed to act over 40 years – despite repeated warnings to social workers – with up to 1,000 girls, some as young as 11, abused in Telford
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Up to 1,000 children could have suffered in Britain’s worst known abuse scandal – where sex gangs targeted girls as young as 11.
The rape hell of vulnerable young girls in one town – Telford – went on for a shocking 40 years, the Sunday Mirror can reveal.
As many as 1,000 children could have suffered at the merciless hands of perverts and torturers in Telford since the 1980s.
Girls as young as 11 have been lured from their families to be drugged, beaten and raped in an epidemic that, say victims, is still ongoing.
THREE people were murdered and two others died in tragedies linked to the scandal.
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- Social workers knew of abuse in the 1990s but police took a decade to launch a probe
- Council staff viewed abused and trafficked children as “prostitutes” instead of victims, according to previously unseen files
- Authorities failed to keep details of abusers from Asian communities for fear of “racism”
- Police failed to investigate one recent case five times until an MP intervened
- One victim said cops tried to stop her finding out why her abusers had not been prosecuted because they feared she would talk to us
The scale of the abuse uncovered in Telford – population 170,000 – is feared to be the most brutal and long-running of all.
The Rotherham toll was put at 1,500 – but that was in a community of 260,000.
Telford’s Tory MP Lucy Allan has demanded a public inquiry and said our findings were “extremely serious and shocking”.
If you or someone you know has been affected by the abuse in Telford, please contact the Sunday Mirror: geraldine.mckelvie@
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One 14-year-old, groomed and abused after her phone number was sold to paedophiles, said: “I hated what was happening and my abusers made my skin crawl but I was told that if I said a word to anyone they’d come for my little sisters and tell my mum I was a prostitute.
“Night after night, I was forced to have sex with multiple men in disgusting takeaways and filthy houses.
“I must have been getting the morning after pill from a local clinic at least twice a week but no one asked any questions.
“I fell pregnant twice and had two abortions. Hours after my second termination, I was taken by one of my abusers to be raped by more men.
“The worst moment came just after my 16th birthday when I was drugged and gang raped by five men.
“Days later, the ringleader turned up at my house and told me he’d burn it down if I breathed a word of what had happened.”
Documents which will be passed to the Home Office reveals authorities knew of the horrors a decade before investigating – and shows how they tried to hamper our probe.
We presented our findings to Professor Liz Kelly, from the Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit at London Metropolitan University.
She helped estimate the number of victims based on figures gathered by our investigators.
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Prof Kelly said: “We are acting as if we didn’t know about child sex abuse rings. We have an unfortunate capacity to choose to forget.”
Sheila Taylor, of the NWG Network, worked on the Rotherham Inquiry. She said the true scale of the Telford problem might never be known because many victims were unlikely to come forward.
She said: “There is probably a whole cohort of young people that are not identified. We are good at identifying white girls but are less able to identify young men, young people from ethnic minority backgrounds, from travelling communities, or with learning or other disabilities.”
A police investigation called Operation Chalice identified more than 100 potential victims abused between 2007 and 2009.
Cops also said there could be as many as 200 perpetrators – but just nine were caged and the case was then closed.
Today our investigation reveals the authorities were told of the abuse epidemic more than a decade before Chalice.
Our probe – backed by documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act – found two predatory paedophiles began targeting girls from a local children’s home in 1981.
One of the abusers earned thousands a night for years trafficking girls around the country for sex with hundreds of men, according to one victim.
In another case, a 14-year-old was groomed by an 18-year-old Asian man in 1985.
After she had his baby he passed her to friends to have sex with and allegedly rape her.
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The girl, now 47, says she reported her abuse to the council and school but does not believe action was taken.
She says her doctor said she was mentally ill and should take medication.
The vast majority of those targeted were young white girls but teenagers from the Asian community also fell victim.
One report commissioned by local Telford and Wrekin Council in 2013 admitted: “From the late 1990s professionals had concerns about the nature of some of the child sexual abuse cases presented to them.”
But it blamed “understanding and learning at that time” and “existing procedures”.
Two separate investigations were launched at the same time as Operation Chalice after two victims named dozens more abusers.
The victim in one case – groomed at 13, sold for sex and gang raped – said she pulled out of the investigation because she “didn’t feel she was being emotionally supported” by police.
Another victim claims officers discouraged her from pursuing her request for evidence after she told them she was speaking to the Mirror.
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Victims: Five dead as abusers’ tentacles leave trail of pain and tragedy
A mum and four girls have died in tragedies linked to the abuse.
Lucy Lowe, 16, was killed in 2000 along with her mother and sister after her 26-year-old abuser Azhar Ali Mehmood set fire to their house.
Cabbie Mehmood targeted Lucy in 1997 and she was just 14 when she gave birth to his daughter.
He was jailed for murdering Lucy, her mum Eileen and 17-year-old sister Sarah.
But he was never arrested nor charged in connection with any child sex crimes over his illegal relationship with the schoolgirl.
Lucy’s death was used as a warning to other girls, according to victims. One, drugged and gang raped by nine men two years later, said the threats drove her to attempt suicide.
She said: “I was scared my family would die like Lucy’s. I thought they’d only be safe if I killed myself.”
In 2002, 13-year-old Becky Watson died in a car accident that was reported at the time as a “prank”.
The Mirror investigation found she suffered two years of abuse by an Asian grooming gang which began when she was just 11.
Tragic diaries obtained by the Mirror reveal her torment at being made to “sleep around”.
Her mum Torron Watson said she repeatedly told police that Becky was being abused – and even gave them a list of suspects.
She told the Sunday Mirror: “Girls like Becky were treated like criminals. I was crying out for help but it felt like I had nowhere to turn. If Becky’s abuse had been properly investigated by the authorities more girls could have been saved from going through this hell.”
Vicky Round, a friend of Becky’s, was abused by the same gang who got her hooked on crack cocaine aged 12 and on heroin by 14.
She died aged 20 of a drugs incident and her sister Emma told us: “I have no doubt Vicky would still be here if she hadn’t been so badly abused – yet the people who made her life hell still walk the streets.”
Telford timeline of abuse
Early 1980s Vulnerable Telford girls are targeted by groups of mainly Asian men.
1996 A concerned resident claims she tells police about the activities of a key abuser selling underage girls for sex.
Late 1990s Files reveal social workers learn of the problem but do little to help.
2000 Lucy Lowe, 16, is killed alongside her mum and sister in an arson attack by abuser Azhar Ali Mehmood, who made her pregnant at 14.
2002 Abuse victim Becky Watson, 13, is killed in a road accident described as a “prank”.
2009 Becky’s friend Vicky Round dies in a drugs-related incident after enduring nine years of sex hell at the hands of a string of paedophiles.
2010-2012 Police probe dubbed Operation Chalice identifies a potential 200 abusers but only nine are jailed. Two further probes collapse.
August 2016 The Sunday Mirror reports that the problem is continuing outside underage discos in the town but some complaints provided by volunteer street pastors are not properly logged.
September 2016 MP Lucy Allan calls for a public inquiry but police and council officials in Telford write to Home Secretary Amber Rudd saying this isn’t necessary.
March 2018 The Sunday Mirror reveals there could be up to 1,000 victims of the scandal and links five deaths to the abuse.
Response: These horrific crimes are a No.1 priority say police and council
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Police and local authority chiefs yesterday said all reports of child sex exploitation were taken “extremely seriously”.
Martin Evans, Assistant Chief Constable for West Mercia Police, said: “We are aware of the information you have provided.
“Tackling such horrific offences is the number one priority for police in Telford and we have not only increased officer numbers to tackle this type of offending, but use all of our resources and technology available to prosecute anyone who sexually offends against children whether that offending took place today, yesterday or decades ago.
“Operation Chalice in 2013 was one of the first national complex critical investigations into grooming offences. It centred on historic offending in Telford and Wrekin and ultimately resulted in seven men jailed for a total of 49 years.
“Over the subsequent years we have continuously focused on this area, whilst working very closely with our communities to ensure there is confidence to report issues people become aware of. Last year officials from the Home Office paid thanks to the commitment of staff working to protect young people at risk from sexual exploitation.”
A spokesperson for Telford and Wrekin Council said yesterday: “Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is a vile, evil crime. It’s an issue right across the UK and has been for a long time.
“Telford will be covered by the national CSE review. We welcome this. All agencies continue to work very closely together and this remains our top priority.
“Our approach to CSE is now very different from 10-20 years ago. We have learned lots of lessons and are constantly on the lookout for indicators of CSE so that we can pass information on to police and bring these evil criminals to justice. Indeed, further cases are now coming to court.”
An OFSTED inspection into Telford’s child services in 2016 said: “Work with children and young people at risk of sexual exploitation is very strong… work to protect children who go missing from home or care is thorough and improving.”
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4th March 2018
A PROFESSOR of social work who has defended child abusers and ran a care home where a teenage girl was ordered to strip by male staff has been urged to quit.
Mark Smith, of the University of Dundee, has written extensively about child abuse, often questioning convictions. He previously oversaw St Katharine’s residential children’s home in Edinburgh at a time when male staff ordered a newly-arrived teenage girl to strip. She was later ordered to get out of bed by male staff who carried out regular searches by putting their hands inside her pyjamas. The practice only stopped when she began going to bed with clothes under her nightwear.
It also emerged during an investigation by Edinburgh Council that she was burned with a cigarette, and denied both anti-depressants and access to education. The council this week upheld her complaints about the treatment and apologised.
Smith, who was principal of Secure Services overseeing the care home at the time of the abuse, said he “did not recognise the picture presented” by the probe and said he was not spoken to by council investigators.
Smith has written a series of articles which question evidence against convicted child abusers, including a man who used an electricity-generating device to torture youngsters. Smith described the electrical charge as “mild” and insisted the prosecution was “odd”.
The leading Scottish social worker also claimed he had not “come across a case yet where I have been convinced of guilt”.
In another article, Smith accepted that his questioning of cases of historical abuse leaves him open to “accusations of being at best an apologist for child abuse or perhaps even a fellow traveller”.
In one article, he said: “I found myself thinking on hearing of some charges: ‘I’ve done that’.”
Smith has robustly defended his comments and rejected criticism, however there have been calls for him to be removed from his academic post.
The former Director General of the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency and the chief executive of the Scottish Social Services Council are among his critics. The woman who complained about her treatment in St Katharine’s insisted “his position in the field of social work is untenable”, while another abuse survivor simply said Smith “should be sacked”.
The leaders of three charities which work with child sexual abuse survivors have also said Smith should consider his position.
The University of Dundee stands by Smith’s “academic freedom”.
‘I HAVE NOT COME ACROSS A CASE OF ABUSE YET WHERE I AM CONVINCED OF GUILT’
PROFESSOR Mark Smith is facing calls for him to be sacked from his post at the University of Dundee over his claims that evidence against convicted child abusers is “flimsy” and statements by him that he hasn’t come across a case yet where he has been convinced of guilt.
Smith teaches the next generation of social workers at the university and was previously Principal for Secure Services in Edinburgh, which gave him oversight of St Katharine’s residential children’s home.
Smith was at St Katharine’s at a time when male staff ordered a newly-arrived teenage girl to strip. She was also repeatedly ordered to get out of bed by male staff who carried out searches by putting their hands inside her pyjamas. An investigation by the council upheld her complaints about the treatment.
The care home became notorious in 2016 when former c ouncil carer Gordon Collins was jailed for 10 years for sexually assaulting female residents aged between 13 and 15 at St Katharine’s and at a Northfield children’s home between 1995 and 2006.Smith did not work with Collins.
Another former St Katharine’s employee, Kevin Glancy, was jailed for 15 months and placed on the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years in 2008 – five years after he had left St Katharine’s – for possessing 239 pictures and 70 video clips of children being abused. Glancy was employed at St Katharine’s when Smith was in charge.
Smith was unit manager at St Katharine’s from 1994 until 1996. He was then the City of Edinburgh Council’s principal of Secure Services, based at and overseeing St Katharine’s, from 1996 to May 2000, when he left and took up a post at Strathclyde University.
Last year Smith wrote an article entitled “Criminalising everyday care” in which he said he had “come uncomfortably close to cases of historical abuse over the past dozen or so years” and had given evidence to both prosecution and defence and been a witness in cases where he has “worked directly with the accused”.
He wrote: “I have not come across a case yet where I have been convinced of guilt. In fact, I have been horrified by the flimsiness, indeed the banality, of the evidence that finds its way to court. Not only that, I found myself thinking on hearing of some charges: ‘I’ve done that’.”
Smith has insisted he was not referring to cases involving former St Katharine’s carers Collins and Glancy. There is no suggestion Smith was aware of any of the criminal behaviour by Collins and Glancy at the time of their offences. Smith denied teenagers were strip searched at St Katharine’s when he was in charge.
Smith has previously written about former colleague Michael Murphy, known as Brother Benedict, who was jailed in 2008 for torturing young boys at St Ninian’s List D school in Gartmore. Murphy was originally convicted in 2003 for force feeding boys vomit, whipping them with knotted boot laces and administering electric shocks, but appeals meant he was released in 2003 after nine days behind bars. He was finally jailed for a year in May 2008.
In the article written for child care workers in June 2008, Smith said he “watched a former colleague, a 74-year-old religious Brother whose entire life had been spent helping others, jailed. His crime was to have used an electricity-generating device as an instrument of torture to punish boys … of course had the Brother involved actually electrocuted kids then a jail sentence would seem only appropriate. But he hadn’t.”
Smith said the device, which he described as “Brother Ben’s machine”, worked when boys held two rods while the handle was turned to generate a “charge” which he described as “mild”. Smith said: “When practices such as this are construed and indeed prosecuted as torture or punishment there is something very odd going on.”
Murphy was jailed again in June 2016 for torturing and sexually abusing boys at St Joseph’s List D School, in Tranent, in the 1970s. During the trial victims said he had laughed when administering electric shocks to boys using a hand-wound generator.
One survivor of Brother Benedict’s abuse, who asked not to be named, said Mark Smith “should be sacked” for his views, adding: “There is no way he can present himself as an expert in social care while defending, downplaying or sympathising with an abuser who has twice been convicted.”
In another article in 2010 Smith admitted that questioning cases of historical abuse risks “accusations of being at best an apologist for child abuse or perhaps even a fellow traveller.”
Abuse survivor David Whelan, of campaign group Former Boys and Girls Abused (FBGA), said Smith was attempting “to discredit genuine victims. I would go as far as to say he’s an apologist for child abusers”. Whelan said Smith “should not be teaching students studying social work”.
He added: “It’s perverse to say the least and institutions such as the University of Dundee that supports such individuals are no better than the failed care institutions of the past. By allowing such individuals to teach they are colluding in covering up the systemic failures of the past Scottish care system.”
Laurie Matthew, the director of 18 and Under, a Dundee charity which works with abused children, said: “I was astounded at his comments. He shouldn’t be educating social workers if those are his views.”
Former MSP and ex-head of the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency, Graeme Pearson, said Smith’s views “demonstrate an alarming absence of self-awareness and a casual approach to the standards of child protection”.
Pearson said he found “assertions questioning the evidence given by numerous witnesses over the years of the disgusting behaviours they endured as children ‘in care’ deeply worrying. In that light Mr Smith would do well to consider whether he is best placed to continue with his work teaching the social workers of the future”.
Academic Dr Sarah Nelson, author of Tackling Child Sexual abuse, said: “Professor Smith is of course entitled to express his views but having followed his writings and his research projects for at least 15 years, I’ve found them throughout this time questioning of the credibility and integrity of those who tell of maltreatment experiences in residential settings; trivialising of practices towards children which would be cruel or unsafe, in whatever time they were set; and perennially questioning of the guilt of abusers convicted, charged or accused.”
Janine Rennie, chief executive of Wellbeing Scotland, a charity for child abuse survivors, said: “I am horrified that this individual has been involved in the care of children and equally appalling is his role in training social workers.” She added: “He needs to consider his position and the university should reconsider the appointment of Mark Smith.”
Anna Fowlie, chief executive of the Scottish Social Services Council, the regulator responsible for raising social work standards, said: “As the body responsible for ensuring a safe and skilled social service workforce these matters cause us serious concerns.”
She added: “The recruitment of suitable staff to teach future social workers is the responsibility of the individual universities.”
A spokesman for the University of Dundee said: “The university is aware of the many sensitivities in the area of care addressed in Professor Smith’s work. We support the freedom of our academics to research and investigate issues which are not always comfortable or without controversy, and to discuss and debate their findings.”
STRIP-SEARCHES AND CIGARETTE BURNS: INSIDE ST KATHARINE’S CARE HOME
A STRIP-SEARCH was ordered for a newly-arrived teenage girl at secure children’s home St Katharine’s in Edinburgh at a time when Mark Smith was principal of Secure Services, despite strict rules forbidding the practice.
The 15-year-old was also repeatedly ordered to get out of bed by male staff who carried out searches by putting their hands inside her pyjamas, according to a report by Edinburgh Council. The searches only stopped when she began wearing clothing under her pyjamas.
Edinburgh Council has apologised, reviewed search procedures and issued updated guidance to care home staff.
An investigation by the council uncovered evidence that girls were routinely ordered to strip in a bathroom and emerge in front of female staff wearing a towel before being told to move their arms and legs, a process which the council said was humiliating and should not have happened.
The probe also found that the complainant was denied prescription anti-depressants, burned by a member of staff with a cigarette, and had her time in education cut from five days to two and a half days a week. These events happened at a time when Mark Smith had oversight of St Katharine’s.
The woman, now in her 30s, asked not to be named. She said: “Smith’s position in the field of social work is simply untenable.”
Edinburgh Council began an investigation into practices at St Katharine’s after the Sunday Herald revealed records from the home were destroyed despite strict regulations that files must be retained for 100 years.
The council found “a series of procedural errors” meant the complainant’s files were “wrongly identified as a closed adult social work file several years past its destruction date”.
During the investigation it emerged the complainant claimed she was told to remove her clothes by men who worked at St Katharine’s. She said: “Two aggressive male staff members who towered over my 15-year-old frame told me they needed to perform a strip-search.” She refused, and two female members of staff carried out the search.
The council report into her complaints about her time at St Katharine’s in the late 1990s, when Smith had oversight, revealed children were regularly told to strip.
The report, signed off by Alistair Gaw, an executive director at the council, said young people were first “put into a bedroom isolated from other residents” before they were ordered to strip in a bathroom and hand their clothes to staff. The teenagers were then told to “move their arms and legs up and down” while wrapped in a towel.
“This process would have been humiliating and intimidating for any young person and does not appear to have been in keeping with departmental procedures,” the report said.
Investigators also upheld a complaint that male members of staff regularly demanded that the complainant got out of bed and then searched the teenager by “placing their hands on your body”. The report acknowledged evidence that the practice only stopped when she “started to wear clothes under your pyjamas”. The report said: “Two male members of staff should not have been searching you in your room at night”.
Smith confirmed that he wrote the search protocol but insisted they were undertaken by staff of the same gender. He insisted “there were no strip-searches” and residents would wear a dressing gown or towel when searched. He also said he wasn’t interviewed as part of the council’s investigation.
The investigation also found evidence that the complainant’s GP was “unhappy that staff at St Katharine’s Centre delayed in providing [anti-depressant] medication”. Staff intervened because they “felt that the doctor should not have prescribed Prozac”.
The investigation also upheld a complaint a staff member burned her with a lit cigarette. They crushed a cigarette against her wrist and told her not to tell anyone. The burn went untreated and scarred her. The council apologised for “distress caused”.
The council also apologised for “denial of education” which prevented the teenager from gaining qualifications which would have secured a place at university.
She said: “These incidents happened in a context. The culture allowed it to happen. I felt like I was completely worthless, and the staff could do whatever they wanted to me. I was treated as if I didn’t matter. I was treated like an animal.”
Smith said he was not aware of the burning incident. He said decisions on medication were made by a psychiatrist and decisions on education by the council’s education department.
Edinburgh Council’s investigation dealt with a further allegation by the complainant that Smith ripped up a letter in which she detailed claims about abusive staff. The woman said that she had a “one-to-one meeting” with Smith to discuss her concerns. She alleges he “refused to accept” the complaint and “ripped up the written document”.
The investigation found an archived log which noted that the meeting to discuss a complaint about staff took place. The investigation report said information retrieved during the probe “backs up your accounts of the issues you have raised”.
The report added “we have not retrieved any evidence that refutes any allegation that you have made” and the investigator “has no reason to doubt your credibility”.
Smith said all complaints were “investigated externally to the unit” and insisted he was “not in a position to close down complaints”.
He added: “If any complaint has been upheld retrospectively then, again, I was not aware of it or given any opportunity to respond to it.”
A spokesman for Edinburgh Council said: “A thorough investigation of the complaints has been carried out. We have apologised in full for the distress caused to the former resident who has our continued support.”
Smith said he found it “very odd” the council carried out its investigation without consulting him.
He added: “The picture presented by the former resident of St Katharine’s … is not one I recognise. Because of the nature of secure accommodation, there were violent incidents (and still are in such units) and my colleagues and I used recognised restraint techniques to protect children and ourselves where necessary.
“Residents were never hit, however, and if they were unhappy about any aspect of their care there were multiple ways of raising the issue. At the time, they had access to their social worker, who visited weekly, a children’s rights officer, children’s advocacy groups, and parents. They had access to an established external complaints process.
“More recently, those concerned about their care experience, historically, have access to the National Confidential Forum and to the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry.”
PROFESSOR MARK SMITH IN HIS OWN WORDS
THE Sunday Herald went to the University of Dundee to interview Mark Smith last week, but he was not at his office. We then asked a press officer if we could interview Smith but he chose to respond in writing using the press officer as an intermediary.
He said raising questions of wrongful and false allegations is “an entirely legitimate academic interest” and he does “appreciate that this is a very sensitive area … but I believe we must be honest in our examination of the complexity of care work and the reasons why former residents might seek to interpret or re-interpret their experiences in a particular way. That does not make me an ‘apologist for child abuse’ and I strongly refute any such description.”
Smith accused the Sunday Herald of a “witch hunt based on guilt by association or, more worryingly, guilt where there is not even association”.
When asked about his comments defending Brother Benedict, Smith confirmed they worked together and said the case inspired him to become an academic.
When asked to justify his defence, Smith said: “The device in question generated static electricity. It was similar to the Van de Graaf generators used in science labs across the country – its impact was no greater. I know this from personal experience and [in the trial] several former pupils testified to this effect. It is legitimate to assert from personal experience that this was not abuse.”
He added: “In terms of the [Brother Benedict] case I have only ever questioned the interpretation of allegations surrounding the Van de Graaf generator and whether the minor electric shock produced by a hand-cranked generator constituted abuse. I have never commented on any other aspects of the allegations.”
When asked whether his article entitled “Criminalising everyday care” is a defence of child abusers, Smith said: “There is nothing in this article that defends child abusers – I don’t defend child abusers. I question the criminal justice system’s responses to credulously believing every claim. I am not alone in this as recent events in England testify, for example … the ‘Nick’ case, in which allegations against prominent figures have been shown to be wholly without substance. There are equally valid questions to be asked in respect of responses to historical abuse.”
When asked about his comments – that he has not come across a case yet where he has been convinced of guilt and he found himself thinking on hearing of some charges “I’ve done that” – Smith said these comments are “in relation to the application of historical standards to present-day care. This is in contravention of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which prohibits the application of retrospective justice. My legitimate interest is in miscarriages of justice”.
Smith added that he has “never denied that abuse takes place in residential care” and said he knows “as much as anyone the importance of delivering justice for victims but that does not mean I automatically accept every claim of abuse unquestioningly”.
In an article published in the Sunday Herald on November 26 ,2017 (St Katharine’s Secure Unit: a history of abuse) we stated that Mark Smith worked “alongside” Gordon Collins, who was jailed for sexually abusing children at St Katharine’s Centre, a secure unit, and at Northfield, another Edinburgh Council care home, between 1995 and 2006. Mark Smith was principal of Secure Services until 2000 and did work at St Katharine’s until then but he did not work alongside Gordon Collins and does not know Collins personally or professionally. We are happy to clarify this matter and set the record straight.
Social Work Professor Mark Smith denies he is an “apologist” for child abusers http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15684392.Social_work_professor_denies_he_is_an__apologist_for_child_abusers_/
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A WOMAN has been fined for trying to extort money from a man she claimed had molested her as a child.
Jade Christie said a therapist had helped her to remember the incident. The 25-year-old then threatened to tell everyone if the unnamed man did not give her £2,500 that same day.
Elgin Sheriff Court was told that the man, who lives in Keith, Moray, had not heard from Christie for a long time until he suddenly got a text message from her in March 2014.
The message read: “I remember what you did to me. I suppressed the memory. I went to the therapy because I was depressed and had such low self-worth and didn’t know why. She tapped into my mind and let me remember what you did in (XXX’s) house while I was asleep in bed with my purple silk PJs. She says I can take you to court for compensation for a life of trauma. She says it’s your fault when I tried to kill myself when I was 15.”
It continued: “You have a choice. You can pay £2500 into my bank or I take you to court for it… I will give you until 6pm or I’m telling them. Your choice. Which way do you want to pay?”
Christie added: “No amount of money will make what you did hurt any less … I bet you thought you had got away with it after all these years. You asked if I was awake. You knew and you didn’t even care.”
Fiscal Kevin Corrins described the man’s reaction to the message as one of “complete shock”. Mr Corrins told the court the man received another text after calling Christie’s mother to tell her what had happened. It read: “You thought telling my mum first would have worked. Lucky I told a family friend when I was 15.”
The Keith man then received a third and final text that same day. It read: “You will pay one way.” The man went to the police. When formally interviewed, Christie claimed she had demanded money because, if paid, it would provide proof of his guilt.
Christie, who entered the court dock heavily pregnant, admitted attempting to extort the money. The court heard that she had been suffering with a drug problem at the time the texts had been sent. It was also stated in her defence that she had been diagnosed as having Borderline Personality Disorder.
Christie, whose address was given as being in Inverness, was fined £56.
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Bennell, described as the “devil incarnate” by the judge, was convicted of abusing 12 boys aged eight to 15 between 1979 and 1991.
Judge Clement Goldstone QC said Bennell, 64, was “sheer evil”.
He will serve half of a 30-year sentence in custody, with the rest on license.
He was also sentenced to an additional year on license.
Bennell shook his head as the judge sentenced him and there was clapping from the public gallery as he left court.
“To those boys you appeared as a god… in reality you were the devil incarnate,” Judge Goldstone said.
“You stole their childhoods and their innocence.”
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Bennell remained impassive in the dock, staring at the floor, as victims’ statements were read.
He was ordered to attend Liverpool Crown Court for the hearing, having previously appeared via video-link throughout the five-week trial due to illness.
The judge said Bennell, who worked at Manchester City and Crewe Alexandra, was “hell bent” on abusing boys, and left a “trail of psychological devastation”.
“If the boys tried to resist you convinced them their football careers would suffer,” he said.
Outside court, victim Andy Woodward said: “No sentence is long enough for that man and right to the death he didn’t show any remorse or say sorry to anyone.
“I’m proud that I did speak out. If I hadn’t have done, we all wouldn’t be stood here now today.”
Another victim, Micky Fallon, said: “Today we looked evil in the face and smiled because, Barry Bennell, we have won.”
Bennell worked for Crewe Alexandra and Manchester City’s youth teams
Gary Cliffe, another victim, said: “We did not forget, we came after you Bennell and now you are in prison due to us.”
He urged other victims to come forward, saying: “The hurt is not yours to carry, it is his.”
And Chris Unsworth added: “This is a testament that love will always conquer evil.”
In a statement outside court, Bennell was described as a “predatory paedophile” by Cheshire Police’s detective inspector Sarah Oliver.
“He was a predatory paedophile and to this day there is no evidence that he has any remorse or regret for the dreams he has shattered and the lives he has damaged,” she added.
She said that although “no term of imprisonment can ever return a childhood taken away”, “I hope that this sentence will serve as a beacon of light to others that have been abused.”
At the scene
By John Harrison, BBC News, at Liverpool Crown Court
Bennell shook his head as the judge at Liverpool Crown Court detailed his horrific crimes.
The ex-football coach had earlier listened to the impact statements of some of his victims.
Some spoke of feeling suicidal. Two said they felt unable to have children after suffering abuse.
Others spoke about using drink and drugs to numb the mental anguish they suffered in later years.
After reading out his statement, Gary Cliffe, one of Bennell’s numerous victims, walked towards the dock asking: “Barry, Barry, why?”
Bennell did not give him an answer.
Earlier, victim impact statements were read to the court, with one saying Bennell “took his one and only childhood”.
One statement, from a man abused when he was aged 12-13, said: “I did not want it, did not ask for it. That monster decided it was fun to use me as a sex toy.”
Bennell was previously convicted of of child abuse on three occasions. He received jail sentences in the UK and in the US in 1995, 1998 and 2015.
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- Caroline Thomson is no stranger to being at the vortex of a major scandal
- In previous role at the BBC, she was dragged into the Jimmy Savile controversy
- There was widespread criticism of Ms Thomson when she left the BBC
- She left with a £670,000 pay-off — more than twice her £330,000 salary
Beleaguered Oxfam trustee Caroline Thomson, who made a ‘full and unqualified apology’ to Britain and Haiti, is no stranger to being at the vortex of a major corporate scandal.
In a previous role at the BBC, she was dragged into the controversy over the cover-up of paedophile DJ Jimmy Savile’s activities, as well as a row over excessive pay-offs for BBC executives.
There was widespread criticism of Ms Thomson — who uses her maiden name rather than her title by marriage, Lady Liddle — when, before she became chairman of Oxfam’s trustees, she left the BBC (where she was chief operating officer) with a £670,000 pay-off — more than twice her £330,000 salary.
Astonishingly, she got this eye-watering sum even though she wanted to quit.
Indeed, she was one of several BBC bigwigs who left with huge pay-offs — totalling £4 million in one year — after the Savile scandal.
As a result, Margaret Hodge, then chairwoman of the Commons spending watchdog, said there was ‘gross incompetence’ in the way the BBC handled the golden handshakes.
The MP had questioned senior BBC executives and said it was an ‘unedifying experience’ watching them ‘try to avoid responsibility’.
During questioning, former BBC director general Mark Thompson defended the severance payments, denying that the Corporation had ‘lost the plot’.
In reference to Ms Thomson, Ms Hodge said her redundancy pay-off was effectively paid to ‘compensate’ her for missing out on the job of director-general during the fallout from Savile.
To compound matters, when one shamed BBC executive repaid part of his £300,000 settlement, Ms Thomson was asked if she would do the same.
With haughty disdain, she replied: ‘No. I’m not.’ Insisting that the licence-fee-payers’ funded money was her contractual entitlement, she said: ‘I would have earned a lot more when I was working for ITV.’
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This debacle followed the Jimmy Savile scandal when it was alleged that the BBC had pulled a BBC2 Newsnight investigation into allegations that the DJ had indulged in under-age sex and that Ms Thomson, along with other executives, failed to heed warnings that Savile was a serious paedophile.
‘In retrospect,’ she said after Savile died, ‘no one thought of it as a story about the BBC. I look back now and say: ‘Why didn’t I think it was a problem?’ But I didn’t.’
After quitting the BBC with her pay-off (including £14,000 for lawyers to negotiate the deal) and a £1.9 million pension pot, she became executive director of the English National Ballet.
Asked why she didn’t take a job in commercial TV (where she’d said she’d have earned much more), she responded: ‘I felt bruised by the manner of my departure and the speed of it. I wanted to do something different.’
Caroline Agnes Morgan Thomson, 63, has strong political links. Her father was Labour MP for Dundee before defecting to the SDP, became head of the Independent Broadcasting Authority and was ennobled as Baron Thomson of Monifieth.
After studying at York University, Ms Thomson joined the BBC as a trainee journalist. There, she met her future husband Roger Liddle, an early SDP activist who was a very close friend of Peter Mandelson, with whom he co-authored The Blair Revolution, which championed an EU ‘of deeper economic integration among nation-states bound together by common rules and united by a clear social purpose’.
They also said: ‘The single currency is the natural complement to a single market’.
Liddle then became a policy adviser to Blair on Europe, in 1997, and joined him as an aide in No 10 for seven years.
But ‘Mandelson’s bagman’ became embroiled in a sleazy cash-for-access scandal.
Another Mandelson crony, Derek ‘Dolly’ Draper, was caught telling an undercover reporter posing as a businessman that he could provide early sight of confidential government reports and that in exchange for money he would open government doors to him — one being that of Liddle’s office.
Draper duly pressed Liddle into service and the latter was quoted telling the undercover reporter: ‘There is a circle and Derek is part of the circle . . . Whenever you are ready, tell me what you want, who you want to meet, and Derek and I will make the call for you.’
Blair rejected demands to dismiss Liddle who denied the allegations — the consensus being that he was saved solely because his reported remark was not tape-recorded.
After Downing Street, Liddle was an adviser to European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso and having been ennobled for long service as a Blairite ultra is a key figure in the Lords in the battle against Brexit.
During a debate about leaving the EU, he declared his intention to fight Brexit as long as he lived.
As for his wife, she continues to amass well-paid public jobs: chairman of Digital UK (which is responsible for digital terrestrial TV); a director of UKGI (a government quango responsible for corporate governance); as well as two in the private sector, a director of Vitec Group (which provides services for broadcasters) and on the board of CN multi-media group.
Thomson once said women in business ‘must have the self-belief to say you don’t understand some-thing in meetings . . . Men always say when they don’t get things.’
Yet by her own admission, she did not ask the right questions about Jimmy Savile. Might she now be asking similar questions of herself about Oxfam?
… AND LABOUR MONEY MAN WHO BECAME CHARITY’S TREASURER
A former adviser to Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, David Pitt-Watson, 58 — Oxfam’s honorary treasurer since 2011 — was finance director of the Labour Party from 1997-99.
He was offered the post of Labour general secretary in 2008 but decided not to take it — to the disappointment of Brown, then PM.
The City fund manager’s influence at Oxfam — along with his links to the Labour Party — may partly explain why the charity has become highly politicised and veered dramatically to the Left.
In 2014, Oxfam was criticised for a faux film poster, showing a broiling sea under clouds titled: The Perfect Storm. Added were the words ‘starring zero hours contracts, high prices, benefit cuts, unemployment, childcare costs’.
A message above read: ‘Lifting the lid on austerity Britain reveals a perfect storm — and it’s forcing more and more people into poverty.’ Meanwhile, on Twitter Oxfam invited people to hear how ‘we investigate the reasons why so many people are turning to food banks in Britain 2014’.
Pitt-Watson (pictured), also an executive fellow at London Business School, was chairman of the United Nations environment programme’s finance initiative in the run-up to the Paris Climate summit.
The son of a cleric his grandfather was moderator of the Church of Scotland in the Fifties. He has written a number of books and pamphlets but denies he’s a member of an ivory-towered elite.
‘I have never understood the notion that there is a divorce between the real world and the academic world,’ he says.
‘I don’t get it. The academic world is there reflecting, explaining, understanding the real world.’
Ex-paratrooper, 51, who trained Prince William and served alongside Prince Harry is on the run after being convicted for child rape
- Police hunting Wayne Domeney after he is found guilty of 13 child sex offences
- During his army career, he took Princess Diana on a tour of Bosnian minefields
- The 51-year-old also met Prince Charles and served with the prestigious 2 Para
- Once described Prince William as ‘down to earth’ and Harry as ‘one of the lads’
- He was convicted at Birmingham Crown Court after failing to show up for trial
- Do you know or serve with Domeney? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Wayne Domeney, 51, is being hunted by police so he can be sentenced for a string of sex offences spanning over a four-year period.
The former soldier is believed to be in County Durham, possibly the Consett area, and an arrest warrant has been issued by the court so he can be sentenced.
During a career spanning almost 25 years, he served with the prestigious 2 Para, took Princess Diana on a tour of Bosnian minefields and also met Prince Charles.
Wayne Domeney (pictured with Prince Charles) is believed to be in County Durham and is wanted by police so he can be sentenced
The 51-year-old was found guilty of 13 offences at Birmingham Crown Court on February 2 after his trial went ahead without him when he failed to show up.
It is thought that he may be using his army survival techniques to hide in woodland or seeking shelter with family members in the North East of England.
Domeney, who was previously known as Wayne Rackham, was convicted of four counts of rape on a young girl and three counts of assaulting a girl by penetration.
He was also found guilt of three counts of sexual activity with a child, two counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and one count of intimidating a witness.
Inspector Keith Wardle, of Consett Police, said: ‘I’d advise people not to approach him.
‘If anyone thinks they have seen this male they should contact police immediately.
Domeney (circled) signed up to the Army in 1985 and became a Warrant Officer Sergeant Major, touring Iraq and Afghanistan as well as serving in Northern Ireland.
The 51-year-old (circled) was found guilty of 13 offences at Birmingham Crown Court on February 2 after his trial went ahead without him when he failed to show up
‘I am not saying he is dangerous, but he is wanted for serious offences and he will, no doubt, get a serious custodial sentence.’
Domeney signed up to the Army in 1985 and became a Warrant Officer Sergeant Major, touring Iraq and Afghanistan as well as serving in Northern Ireland.
He met Prince Charles during a Colours Parade and boasted that the royal ‘always remembered me’ when they would see each other at future events.
In September, he told The Mirror: ‘He knew I was the boxing champ. I said. “We’ve got two pints of Guinness, will you toast the regiment?” So he stayed for a few pints.
‘We were joking about his posh voice so he put on a cockney accent. He was having a good time. I met him after at events and he always remembered me.’
Domeney also boasted about training Prince William in the UK, describing him as ‘down to earth’, and said Prince Harry was ‘sound, one of the lads’ during their time serving together in Afghanistan.
The pervert’s royal connections also stretched to the princes’ mother Diana, whom he escorted through Bosnia as she visited minefields in 1997.
Domeney boasted about training Prince William (left), describing him as ‘down to earth’, and said Prince Harry (right) was ‘sound, one of the lads’ during their time together in Afghanistan
The pervert’s royal connections also stretched to the princes’ mother Diana, whom he escorted through Bosnia as she visited those affected by minefields
Reminiscing about the time he spent with her, Domeney said she was ‘very determined’ about her charity work and ‘wanted to know what it was really like’.
In 2009, the year he left the British Army, the former boxing champion was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.
In September, he called on the Government to do more to help former soldiers with PTSD and told how he served with Prince Harry in Afghanistan.
A year after leaving the Armed Forces, he ended up working at a school in Warwickshire, covering behaviour management.
Speaking about his time at the school to the Mirror, he said: ‘Some say they were naughty kids but they just struggled. I’d tell them Army stories and they loved it.’
His marriage ended in 2014, after the allegations against him came to light, he left his job at the school and ended up sleeping rough in woodland using his military survival skills to stay alive.
He is formerly of the Bulkington area of Bedworth and may also have links to Aldershot in Hampshire.
Police now believe he is in the North-East where he has family members.
Jurors in the trial of former football coach Barry Bennell have been told to put aside their “revulsion” for the convicted paedophile as they consider their verdicts.
In her closing speech on Tuesday, defence barrister Eleanor Laws QC told Liverpool Crown Court the 64-year-old had become a “sitting target” after admitting to child sexual offences in the 1990s.
She said: “It may be tempting, in light of what I have said to you, it may tempting – in particular if you have loved ones at home – to think, ‘well, who cares about getting it right, he’s a convicted paedophile’.”
Barry Bennell denies 48 offences of child sexual abuse
But she told the jurors to put their “understandable potential revulsion about him” to one side.
She added: “The defendant is a known target and he coached these boys.
“They know when making allegations, whether truthful or not, that they are making allegations against a convicted paedophile.”
She detailed compensation claims made by some of the complainants and contact they had had with solicitors.
The court heard one of the complainants, as well as two victims Bennell had previously pleaded guilty to abusing, had launched a civil action against Manchester City in March 2016.
Andy Woodward arrives at Liverpool Crown Court with partner Zelda Worthington
Ms Laws told the court Andy Woodward, who waived his anonymity to speak out about abuse by Bennell, had previously lied in a compensation claim which was turned down by Crewe Alexandra.
She said: “People who have been victims are all different and all behave in different ways.
“Some, as you know with Andrew Woodward, some lie in order to obtain money.”
She urged the jury to look “very carefully” at each of the 11 complainants in the case.
“We would say you can be sure there is no detail that any of the witnesses give that could only have come about or come to light as a result of being abused by Barry Bennell.”
She said there was publicity surrounding his guilty pleas to offences in the 1990s and a documentary was aired about him in 1997.
She said: “There has been a great deal of publicity and indeed a great deal of contact between complainants.”
Ms Laws told the jury Bennell’s time in prison for offences he admitted in the past had had a “profound effect” on him.
She said: “It’s an inescapable fact that the man we see on that screen is a different man to the man who was abusing those boys.”
Bennell denies 48 offences of child sexual abuse, alleged to have happened between 1979 and 1990, but the jury has been directed to return not guilty verdicts in respect of three counts.
Beginning his summing up on Tuesday afternoon, Recorder of Liverpool Judge Clement Goldstone QC told the jury of five men and seven women: “It is your task to consider and evaluate those arguments and the evidence coolly and dispassionately and, as both counsel have emphasised, without emotion, be it sympathy on the one hand or hostility on the other.”
The judge is due to continue his summing up on Wednesday.
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I d’no what anyone else thinks but that sound distinctly like a threat to me
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21st Jan 2018
A VICTIM of abuse at Smyllum orphanage has revealed how Jimmy Savile later tried to rape him in the back of his Rolls Royce.
Adam Taggart, 58, was on a camping trip in the Highlands when the DJ stopped his car and lured him and another boy into the back with offers of alcohol and cigars.
Adam, then aged 12, revealed how the paedophile ordered his driver to take the other boy for sweets and ice cream at a shop so Savile could attack him.
He said: “I was only alone with Savile for a few minutes, and in the time it took for his driver to take my pal to the shop for ice scream and sweets, Savile sexually abused me.
“If we’d been alone for any longer, I believe Savile would have raped me.”
Afterwards, Savile told Adam, who was on a trip to Aviemore with children from the Dunavon children’s home, nobody would believe him if he told anyone what happened.
Later, the TV presenter, whose extensive sexual abuse of children and young people was only exposed after his death in 2011, even sent Top Of The Pops tickets to Dunavon.
Adam, who had earlier lived at Smyllum orphanage where nuns have been accused of overseeing a cruel regime marked by physical abuse, was in a party of boys taken camping to Loch Morlich when he and a pal tried hitching a lift to the campsite.
Savile with his Rolls Royce (Chris Ware/Keystone Features/Getty Images)
He said: “We were thumbing a lift when a white Rolls Royce stopped at the side of the road.
“When we got to the car, we recognised Savile immediately.
“My pal said, ‘You’re Jimmy Savile’ and Savile replied he wouldn’t need to introduce himself.
“He asked what we were doing. We explained we were camping. He asked where we lived and we told him a children’s home.”
Adam, who reported the abuse to police as part of the nationwide investigation into Savile after his death, believes the DJ attacked him in 1972 or 1973.
He explained: “Time had no meaning because we never celebrated birthdays at the children’s home. The summer it happened was very hot and I was about 12 or 13 years old.
“Savile told us to get into his car, so we did. It was really posh. There was a cabinet with drinks and a box of cigars. Savile told us to take them.
“When we passed other pals, we hung out the window with a cigar in one hand and a miniature of alcohol in the other, showing off.”
Inside Smyllum Park
Adam believes Savile singled him out.
He claimed: “I’d been in care at Smyllum Park from weeks old. I was abused there before going to Dunavon. Savile sensed I was the one he should pick.”
Savile asked if the boys wanted to see Cairn Gorm, and ordered his driver to take them to a tourist area with a view of the mountain.
Once parked, Savile asked if they wanted sweets, and told the driver and the other boy to go to the shop. As soon as they were alone, Adam claims Savile molested him. The dad-of-four said: “Savile grabbed me on to his knee and abused me.
“He only stopped when we could see my friend coming back to the car with the driver. He said nobody would believe me if I told.
“I was in shock. Savile acted like nothing had happened.
“I remember refusing to take an ice lolly.
“Savile was wearing shorts and a T-shirt, and lots of rings on his hands. He wore gold chains and a crucifix.”
Adam said he ran from the car.
He did not expect Savile to send the Top Of The Pops tickets, but he did and five girls from Dunavon went to see the show. Adam said: “The girls talked about it for months afterwards. I kept silent, but couldn’t watch him on the television without feeling sick.”
Adam said he only ever talked about Savile’s abuse to one social worker, but was devastated when nothing happened.
He said: “I think I was about 14 or 15 when I confided what had happened to a social worker I thought I trusted. He said he would do something about it, but he never spoke about it again. I stayed silent until Savile died.”
Adam, who gave evidence of the abuse he claims he suffered at the notorious Smyllum children’s home in Lanark to the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry in November, reported what happened to the police.
The national inquiry into Savile’s decades of abuse, identified five other Scottish cases. The grandfather is due to return to give evidence about Savile and Dunavon children’s home, in Strathaven, to the inquiry.
He is speaking out publicly for the first time because he believes other victims may still be suffering in silence.
Adam said: “Savile behaved as if he could do what he wanted and nobody would believe someone like me, or do anything to stop him.
“I’m speaking now because I hope it gives courage to the others I suspect are still out there, suffering in silence. The only way to lift the burden of abuse is to speak out. I regret not doing so more forcibly years ago, but we lived in different times.”
Adam, who admits his life spiralled into homelessness, drink, drugs and even prison as he struggled to cope with what had happened to him while in care, said Savile’s taunts never left him.
He said: “I must take responsibility for the stupid things I bitterly regret doing in my life.
“But I now understand the abuse I suffered as a child had such an overwhelming impact, it destroyed the person I should have been.”
Lawyer Cameron Fyfe said: “It is not at all unusual for child abuse victims such as Adam often go on to develop problems in later life, such a drink, drugs, or even crime. He should be commended for turning his life around and getting the help he needs.”
Police Scotland said: “We received a report and the relevant information was passed to Operation Yewtree in January 2016.”
He targeted the vulnerable. This is absolutely typical of how Savile operated
By Professor David Wilson, Criminal Psychologist
Savile was one of the most prolific child abusers we have ever seen in this country.
He was an indiscriminate predator who abused both boys and girls, although the majority were girls.
He not only used opportunities to abuse the children who came his way, he also constructed opportunities like the one described by Adam Taggart, to give him access to victims.
Savile spent a lot of time befriending children who came from children’s homes, as well as the people who ran them.
His behaviour in this case is entirely typical of instances when he had little time. We call this opportunistic grooming.
Savile also used his celebrity to dazzle victims.
Telling them he would send them tickets to Top Of The Pops was part of his modus operandi.
He was also careful to pick children or young people who had a measure of vulnerability.
He would have picked up on something most of us would not have seen, almost like a predator’s sixth sense, and chosen someone he believed would not have “told”.
That was why he was able to continue abusing from the 1950s.
Savile hid in plain sight and was extremely adept at using his celebrity status to hide the abuse he was inflicting on children.
Many people close to him would have known what he was doing, evidence shows Savile worked in tandem with several of them. But others may have been dazzled.
However, a number of people reported that they did not “like” Savile, and his behaviour towards someone he saw as a threat would be adversarial.
The author Val McDermid, who based a character in one of her Wire In The Blood books after meeting him while she was a journalist, was a very astute judge of Savile’s character.
He could almost be described as “nasty” towards anyone he perceived to be challenging the public persona he had created for himself.
I agree with Adam when he describes feeling the sense of a burden being lifted from his shoulders once he was able to talk about what happened.
I echo his encouragement to anyone who is still suffering in silence to speak out.
Criminal psychologist Professor David Wilson is presenter of television’s hugely popular Voice Of A Serial Killer series
Shamed paedophile priest tells child abuse inquiry: It is abhorrent that I could do that…I’m totally sorry
A paedophile priest convicted of abusing four young boys in his care has told the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry he is “sorry”.
We revealed last week how Bernard Traynor, 64, had been called to give evidence to the investigation into care home abuse.
He was convicted of six charges of indecent assault in 1995 for abusing boys in the 1970s while helping out at a children’s home in Newcastle, but said he regretted his “abhorrent” crimes.
The care of the four boys had been arranged in Scotland and, on Friday, Traynor said it had been “totally wrong” that he had been allowed to be a house parent at the St Vincent’s home without training or proper supervision.
Traynor said: “It is abhorrent to me now that I could do that. I don’t in any way feel proud for what I’ve done.”
The paedophile abused a 10-year-old boy after the child was moved from Smyllum Park orphanage in Lanarkshire where he had been in the care of nuns.
Traynor said he was “ashamed”, and added: “I hate that aspect of myself and there’s nothing I can do, nothing I can say other than I’m totally, totally sorry.”
He stopped being a priest when his crimes came to light in 1995 but had not been formally defrocked until 2012.
The inquiry also heard evidence from a nun, 73, who denied she had “blacked out” an incident in which she is alleged to have brutally beaten a young boy who found her in the arms of another nun.
In September, we revealed 402 residents at Smyllum died between 1864 and when it shut its doors in 1981. They are feared to be buried in a mass unmarked grave at St Mary’s Cemetery in Lanark.
The inquiry will also examine other care institutes across Scotland with Lady Smith not expected to report her findings until 2019
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Alexander Watt abused youngsters in the 80s when he was a member of controversial religious organisation.
A member of a religious sex cult who abused children has been warned he faces jail.
Alexander Watt, 68, belonged to the controversial Children of God organisation when he carried out sexual offences against two youngsters in Renfrewshire and on the east coast in the 80s.
Paisley Sheriff Court heard that father-of-10 Watt attacked a girl aged between four and eight and a boy aged between seven and nine.
Watt, of Dumbarton, pled guilty to four charges of assault and lewd, indecent and libidinous behaviour against the children.
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Last April we began tracking a new organisation which was claiming to represent the interests of survivors of child sexual abuse. The “Fresh Start Foundation”—yet another “foundation” with a name which could easily be confused with a number of others, rather like the “Knight Foundation”—had a very interesting list of founding officers, many of whom were already known to us: Christine Margaret Gow, Neil James McKechnie, Andrew Christopher Peacher, Penny Pullen, David Scott (UK Column’s “Albion Rover”), and Alexander Smith. Mr McKechnie is a friend of Belinda McKenzie, and Christine Gow has done her fair share of posting illegal posts about RD’s children.We note that Andy Peacher and Alexander Smith were dropped from the board of directors last month, and replaced by three new directors (Janine Danielle Rennie seems to have been listed twice in error).
And what would any dodgy non-charity “foundation” be without the blessing of Belinda McKenzie?
At the Fresh Start Foundation’s inaugural conference last year, invited speakers included Robert Green and Wilfred Wong, with video contributions from Brian Gerrish, David Icke, and Kevin Annett. Hail, hail, the gang’s all here!
The Fresh Start Foundation had its own crowdfunding page (of course!), though that seems to have gone tits up after only three donations (including one from Penny Pullen).
To be honest, having noted the existence of the thing, we hadn’t really paid it a great deal of attention until last month, when we noticed that one of the directors, David Scott, had directed a particularly ugly UK Column video at a grassroots child sexual abuse survivors’ organisation, ShatterBoysUK.After noting that Daniel Wolstencroft of ShatterBoysUK sits on the Victims and Survivors Consultative Panel (VSCP) in the IICSA inquiry, Mr Scott focussed on the fact that Mr Wolstencroft’s name had somehow been misspelled in the organisation’s Companies House page. Quel horreur!
Brian Gerrish: How can Daniel have a different name on Companies House and different name when he is representing CSA survivors at the Independent Inquiry?
David Scott: Well this is the question, we have asked this question, we haven’t had an answer. We’ve had answers but no justification. It was claimed to be a spelling mistake, and then it was claimed to be a spelling mistake by a lawyer, then it was claimed to be a spelling mistake by the lawyer’s typist, but there’s nothing been provided to substantiate this.
Mr Scott extrapolates from the fact that someone somewhere along the line misspelled Mr Wolstencroft’s name to…well, it’s not completely clear. He makes some rather vague allegations about ShatterBoysUK being dodgy in some unspecified way, and states that there was once a fraud case involving someone with the same name, and hey, who knows, it might have been the same Daniel Wolstencroft, but who knows? (It’s not.) The issue is left hanging, the smear complete.
This was the shot across the bow. As Outlaw Jimmy put it on his blog at the time,
These claims have now spilled over onto social media, and from what I have been observing myself, and from what a number of sources are also telling me, it now appears that a closely-linked group on social media have now picked up on this, and ganged up on Mr Wolstencroft, surrounding him like starving jackals, demanding that he explains to them personally how the spelling error occurred on the Companies House Website, and if he is in fact the person that UK Column have referred to as having been involved in a fraudulent insurance claim.
Mr Wolstencroft has I believe, ‘blocked’ those accounts now, and UK Column as I understand it are now backtracking on the claims they made in their video.
A group of Twitter users, fronted by David Scott and his wife Lesley Scott, who goes by the name “Cat Scot” (aka WildCat or CalamiTcat) online, have led the charge, in a blatant attack on Mr Wolstencroft, ShatterBoysUK, and anyone who tries to support them.
When regular HR commentator Sheva Burton attempted to stand up for Mr Wolstencroft, she too was targetted:
The question is, why would the “Fresh Start Foundation”, which bills itself as a voluntary organisation devoted to “CSA support, recovery, seeking truth & justice”, see fit to attack genuine advocates for survivors of child sexual abuse. The answer may be partially uncovered in their mission statement, found on their web page:
The Fresh Start Foundation (FSF) is an Independent Peoples Inquiry into all forms of Child Sexual Abuse in Scotland. Having witnessed the failures of existing authorities to protect the children of this nation, and having seen the loss of confidence in the official enquiry, we have concluded that ordinary Scots must stand up to this challenge. The resignations from the official enquiry, and the governmental interference cited as reasons for those resignations, were the last straw. We, the people, will investigate what has happened and what is happening. Our governments, and those institutions charged with delivering justice, have failed. We will no longer endure that failure. We have decided to act.
This investigation will not be limited only to abuse within an institutional context but will look at every form of abuse that has occurred and is occurring. Thus we are determined to address abuse within institutions, Satanist Ritual Abuse, trafficking and abuse for commercial gain in the sex industry, abuse by informal networks, multi-generational abusive families and any other form of sexual abuse reported by victims and survivors.
In acting we seek the truth. We investigate to discover the truth. The truth, it has been well said, will set you free.
In other words, they have aspirations to unseat the current Independent Inquiry and replace it with their own, and anyone who gets in their way will be targetted. Mr Wolstencroft had the utter temerity to get himself appointed to the VSCP…how very dare he!
In the broader sense, this kind of attack represents the aims of a small, fanatical group of believers in the myth of “Satanic ritual abuse”, whose goal is to undermine and destroy other narratives and replace them with their own. It’s ugly and brutal, and yet it also may serve to shine a light on the behaviour of the Hoaxtead mobsters and their friends.
VIA HOAXTEAD REASEARCH https://archive.is/apEA3