#SpyCops conference. #SDS

CommonSpace reports from today’s [23 June] SpyCops conference, where a victim pushing for Scotland inquiry says ‘sinister, state sponsored method acting’ was one piece of a disturbing puzzle designed to crush dissent

“IF YOU can imagine a really good method actor, someone like Christian Bale, who can change the way he looks, or Robert DeNiro, and they become someone else and they live it, I think it’s a little bit like that. A really sinister, state sponsored version of method acting.”

Andrea (pseudonym) was what she describes as an “accidental activist” when she was introduced to Carlo Neri by a friend at an anti-war protest in London in 2002. She was not a “serious activist” but she was well-placed enough within different groups of campaigners that she held a position of trust.

This, she believes is why Neri (whose real name has not been revealed) targeted her to strike up a relationship in the course of his duties as an undercover police officer. Quickly, things between the pair became serious. As Andrea recalls, they were “in love”, they moved in together within months, and Neri proposed.

Well-liked within the activist and trade union community, nobody suspected that Carlo Neri and his elaborate back-story were entirely fictional. Andrea explains how Neri presented a believable story of why she was never able to meet his family, and played on her sympathies for the trauma he claimed to have experienced.

“He arrived with a story of difficulties in the family, and he had talked about a difficult relationship with his father. He said his mother was dead and his father was still alive but there had been domestic abuse in the family life,” she says.

READ MORE: ‘If someone seems too good to be true, they probably are’: Environmental activist speaks out on how undercover police shook her community

Only ten years later, after the relationship had ended, did the truth hit Andrea when she was presented with documentation which proved Neri was a police officer – not, as he had claimed, a locksmith – and that he was married with children. Neri is believed to have been a part of the Special Demonstration Squad, due to his focus on socialist and anti-fascist groups.

(added by me – Scotland’s Ex Chief of Police, Phil Gormley was SDS!!)

“Later, when things started to change and fragment, he dropped the bombshell that, when his father died, he just found out that his sister had been sexually abused,” Andrea recalls.

“It was so believable, but that story, it was like there was a preparation for it – it had been building up. And this was the bombshell: sexual abuse. I mean it’s huge, it’s a traumatic thing.”

This revelation served as the precursor for the end of the relationship, as Neri began to grow distant and emotionally volatile, claiming to have suicidal thoughts. Ultimately, he moved on to live with high profile trade union activists, something Andrea now believes to have been part of the plan.

And yet, at the time, the transition seemed entirely natural. “Bearing in mind I spent my life working in mental health, I believed all of it. He became tearful, he lost a lot of weight, he physically changed, his eyes changed, he looked different.”

This is why Andrea now considers Neri to be a skilled method actor, a talent she says was strategically honed by the police. Now actively involved in the Police Spies Out of Lives campaign, and the inquiry into undercover policing in England and Wales, Andrea has learned that her experience eerily mirrors that of other victims.

READ MORE: Scots #SpyCops victims set to cast light on ‘long-shadow’ of undercover policing at conference

“When you look at all the stories, they all had the same tactics – they all showed signs of breaking down, they all started to change, some more dramatically physically than others,” she explains.

READ IN FULL  https://www.commonspace.scot/articles/12929/woman-duped-relationship-undercover-cop-tells-how-he-used-tales-childhood-abuse-and





Richard Kerr, who was sexually abused by top people in the UK.
Eric Witchell is currently living in London aged 70, safe in the knowledge that a succession of senior MI5 figures have gone to extraordinary lengths to cover-up what he and his associates did in Belfast, London, Manchester, Liverpool and elsewhere…” 

Eric Witchell

“The UK security service MI5 benefited from the existence of a child abuse network of which Eric Witchell was a key member. 

“In Northern Ireland, MI5 exploited the network to gain leverage over influential politicians.”

Sir Michael Hanley, the former head of MI5. Hanley was reportedly picked by Lord Victor Rothschild to be the head of MI5.  SIR MICHAEL HANLEY, ROTHSCHILD, SEX

Sir Michael Hanley was Director-General of MI5 from 1972-1978.

Ian Cameron ran MI5 operations on the ground in Northern Ireland for Hanley.


Football Coach Coaxed Boys To Bedroom. #Lossiemouth

9th JUNE 2018

A football coach was charged with child abuse after contacting one of his victims offering to act as a soccer scout for his two sons.

Robert Russell lured young boys into his hostel bedroom and indecently assaulted them more than three decades ago.

But it was not until the 67-year-old got in touch with one of his victims, who has since grown up, that police became involved.

Inverness Sheriff Court was told that the father was “furious” when he received a letter from Russell, recalling the abuse he suffered at his hands. He then reported him to the police.

Russell, of Cooper Street, Elgin, yesterday admitted a sexual assault on one teenager and indecently assaulting three others.

The victims were aged between 15 and 18 at the time of the offences which took place between August 1977 and August 1984.

Fiscal depute Alison McKenzie told Sheriff Margaret Neilson that Russell was a registered coach with the Scottish Youth Football Association and a swimming instructor.

She said he was working with Highland League side Lossiemouth and its association with Lossiemouth High School in February 2017 when police arrested him.

At the time of the offences, Russell was teaching swimming at Dingwall Sports Centre, as well as being a community education officer with Highland Council.

The court heard he had stayed in a hostel flat in Dingwall where three of his victims were assaulted.

One boy was staying at the hostel when Russell fondled and carried out a sex act on him as he got ready for bed.

Two other boys who lived outside Dingwall were invited to stay in his hostel flat where he groped their buttocks or genitals or tried to grope them.

The other offence took place in the swimming pool area where he molested the same boy “so frequently he could not remember the number of occasions” said Mrs McKenzie.

Russell, who has no previous convictions, had his sentence deferred for a background report until July 5 and had his bail continued.

He was placed on the sex offenders register.




Operation Janitress & the Wonderland Club

Jan 18, 2001

COPS SMASH SICK CHILD PORN GROUP; Scot is among men questioned.

Byline: BOB DOW
POLICE were last night questioning a suspected Scots paedophile as part of Britain’s biggest-ever Internet child porn operation.
The man’s home was one of 24 raided in dawn swoops by forces across Britain.
Officers from Grampian Police seized a computer when they searched the house in Aberdeen.
Twenty-six other computers and a huge haul of photos, videos and magazines, were taken away in the raids, involving more than 100 officers from 13 police forces.
Most of the material is understood to feature sick scenes of children being raped and sexually abused.
Two teachers were among those being questioned last night.
The paedophile unit of the Metropolitan Police co-ordinated the swoops – codenamed Operation Janitress – on houses in Aberdeen, Derby, Liverpool, Hull, Hertfordshire, Reading, Leeds, Preston, Brighton and London.
Met sources say they have smashed a huge child porn ring after two years of work and more arrests will follow.
DCI Bob McLachlan, the head of the paedophile unit, said: “Those responsible believe that the Internet affords anonymity, but technology is increasingly sophisticated.
“These are real innocent children having horrible and heartbreaking things done to them to gratify the sick minds of some people.”
Last night, IT specialists were downloading and cataloguing thousands of pieces of material stored on disk.
A trial last week revealed the extent of paedophile use of the Internet when seven British men admitted conspiracy to distribute child pornography at Kingston Crown Court in Surrey.
The fee to join their organisation, known as the Wonderland Club, was 10,000 new child porn images.
Police discovered the club’s members had access to almost a million child porn images and could even watch children in America being abused by perverts live via Webcam.
The seven will be sentenced next month.

Massive paedophile operation leads to arrests

Thirteen suspected paedophiles were arrested and 27 computers seized in police dawn raids Wednesday in the UK’s largest ever police operation against child pornography on the Internet.
Videos, CD-ROMs and thousands of paedophile pictures — which included images of children being sexually abused — were also seized in raids in both England and Scotland. Those arrested reportedly included the housemaster of a Leicestershire public school.
Forces in Grampian, Derbyshire, Merseyside, Humberside, Hertfordshire, West Yorkshire, Somerset, Bedfordshire, Lancashire, Devon, Cornwall, Sussex and London took part in the raids, codenamed Operation Janitress. Police had worked with Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to track down some of those arrested.
Operation Janitress was the result of a two-year investigation, which began after a Gloucestershire man was arrested for the suspected abuse of his children. Police learned he was in contact with a London man who was allegedly running an online child pornography swap club.
DCI Bob McLachlan, head of the Met’s Paedophile Unit, explained that Wednesday’s arrests were the result of an intelligence-led operation targeted at stemming the distribution of child pornography via the Net.
McLachlan claimed that those who possessed such material were themselves guilty of child abuse. “Images like these are evidence of the sexual assault and rape of children — and anyone who buys or downloads them perpetuates the cycle of abuse,” he said.
He explained that while the use of the Web to disseminate paedophilic images was increasing, the police were developing new methods to combat the problem.
“We know that the Internet is increasingly used as a conduit for the exchange of pornographic pictures of children. Those responsible believe that the Internet affords anonymity, but police technology in this area is increasingly sophisticated,” McLachlan warned.
Last week, seven men pleaded guilty to their participation in what was then the world’s biggest Internet pornography ring to be uncovered. Those arrests came as part of Operation Cathedral, a massive international police operation involving 12 countries.


Tuesday, 13 February, 2001,

“This week sentences are expected to be handed down on seven men arrested almost three years ago as part of Operation Cathedral – a swoop against paedophiles that spanned 12 countries.
The seven men were part of 107 people arrested by police across the globe. Those arrested were part of the “Wonderland Club”, an online forum set up to swap and share indecent images of children.
Since Operation Cathedral more raids have taken place on both local and national levels against those trading child pornography on the net.
In early December 1999 20 police forces made arrests in 27 different locations as part of Operation Queensland.
The raids followed an investigation by Greater Manchester Police’s obscene publications unit.
Last month police forces in 12 regions took part in Operation Janitress which resulted in the arrest of 13 paedophiles as well as the seizure of computers, videos and images.
The raids were the end result of a two-year investigation that began with the arrest of Gloucestershire man who was suspected of abusing his children that led police, via one of his contacts, to an online forum where child pornography was swapped.”
READ IN FULL http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/1166135.stm

EVEN MORE on the Operation Algebra paedo ring – Scotland

JAMES RENNIE, 38, from Edinburgh, chief executive of LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender) Youth Scotland. The self-confessed “sex addict” was a trained teacher and youth worker. He held a senior administrative role in which he no longer had contact with teenagers at the advice centre. He had a boyfriend but trawled the internet for gay sex dates, picked up rent boys and advertised a porn collection on toilet walls. The court heard Rennie had links with paedophiles in America & Europe.  

Sentenced to 13 years  reduced  by 4 and half years

JOHN MURPHY  Had been a teacher at Claremont in East Kilbride & Special needs school in Ayrshire. sauna receptionist worked as a receptionist at a gay sauna and DJ in a gay bar as well as working part-time as a journalist. Police investigating the case found 117 paedophile images when they raided his flat.  

sentenced to a pathetic 2 years



NEIL STRACHAN, 41, from Edinburgh, service engineer with a paint firm. The convicted sex offender was jailed for three years in 1997 at Edinburgh Sheriff Court for abusing a boy aged between five and seven during his time as secretary of an Edinburgh-based boys’ football club. Started affair with teenager Colin Slaven on his release 

17 years reduced by 8 years  (despite at least TWO prior conviction


ROSS WEBBER,  from North Berwick, bank teller. The counter supervisor in Gullane, East Lothian had stored 188 indecent images between August 2006 and January 2008. 

8 yrs 9 months  reduced  by 13 months 

COLIN SLAVEN, Edinburgh, IT worker. Lived with Neil Strachan in the Dalry area, after beginning on-off affair with him as a teenager. After turning up to court so drunk he could hardly stand, he was found guilty of contempt by Lord Bannatyne. His bail was revoked and he was locked up for the rest of the trial.

sentenced to 3 years

CRAIG BOATH, 24, from Dundee, insurance clerk. An insurance claims worker who wanted to be a police officer. Investigators found a shocking video of a six-year-old girl, and thousands of photographs.

Sentenced to 9 years and 9 months

NEIL CAMPBELL, Well-respected member of  Jordanhill Parish Church, Access to sunday school kids – & Jordanhill Out of School club. Despite being married, he had a gay partner. Police discovered he used his wife’s e-mail identity online to persuade boys to perform sex acts. 

Sentenced to 3 years 4 months  



JOHN MILLIGAN, 40, from Govan, Glasgow, civil servant. Milligan had no life outside his Job Centre office and every night spent hours in front of his home PC. He had hardcore child pornography among the 125,000 images found by police experts who examined the gang’s computers. The court heard of his fantasies about missing Madeleine McCann. sentenced to 

sentenced to 17 years reduced by 3 years





HE IS  THIS BASTARD HERE  & he also got a pathetic 2 year sentence  




(Rennie was qualified but to my knowledge, never worked as a teacher)

Well, it seems as if Operation Algebra was quite a fitting name!!

Ooooh, one last thing……










OK, so the MSM aren’t complete bollox…

Below, I copied word for word from an old Daily Record article dated 25th Feb 1997. It really struck a chord wi me, not the content so much, as it’s “old news” but, it made me think about a couple of things.. Firstly, concerning child abuse,

What has changed since 1997?  

Very little in my opinion, the vast majority of people did nothing about it in 1997 & they are doing nothing about it now.

Over 20 years & the only thing to have changed is that there are more abusers & they are getting lighter sentences. it has got worse NOT better! 

& the second thing is the MSM. The Daily Record in particular. Over the years they have run several campaigns of a similar nature to this one, in a vain attempt to get the masses to wake up & actually DO SOMETHING.

I think we all slag off the MSM for peddling bullshit propaganda. Myself included!! & rightly so, when they print TOTAL BOLLOX!

But when it comes to the CSA epidemic we are now struggling to control.. They have been telling us for DECADES! & I have THOUSANDS & THOUSANDS of article clippings & screenshots & links to prove it!



Over 90% of the information that I have in my blogs & videos comes DIRECTLY from the main steam media. Without the MSM, we wouldn’t know EVEN A QUARTER of the info we do about CSA.. & that is an absolute FACT!!

But the more that people slag them off for spreading UTTER SHITE (which they absolutely do sometimes!) then the less likely it is that people will take what they say about child abuse seriously.. & WE NEED THEM to keep reporting about all the CSA in Scotland. Cause otherwise…  we’re kinda screwed!

So, wi that in mind, I am gonnae UNBLOCK the Daily Record!

But the Sun can get tae f*** cause it really is just an utter shite rag!!


GALLERY OF SHAME; Record Campaign – Charter for our Children.

This is Scotland’s gallery of shame. The perverts and paedophiles here range from teenagers to pensioners, church elders to teachers.  But they only represent a tiny fraction of the depraved and deviant who file through the country’s courts every year. And, chillingly, they are just the tip of the iceberg. Experts believe only one in every 20 child abusers is convicted. The Record believes action must be taken NOW to confront the plague of abuse that wrecks young lives and disgusts all right- minded Scots. 


EVIL Herriot, 38, abused vulnerable men with Down’s Syndrome at a home in East Lothian. He was jailed for seven years at the High Court in Edinburgh in January, but his victims’ families blasted the sentence as “far too lenient”. Herriot, of Edinburgh, could be free within three and a half years. 


DEAF MUTE Eaglesham, 66, carried out a series of sex attacks on a 10-year-old girl.  People in Bo’ness, West Lothian, where Eaglesham lived with his wife before starting a two- year jail term earlier this month are determined he will never return. An action group are collecting signatures throughout the town. 


PEOPLE power drove sick child molester Christie, 50, out of Stirling. The storm began in December, when he was put in a hostel after serving half a one-year sentence. Just days before his move Christie was arrested in Stenhousemuir over claims he frightened a girl of 17. He was later freed. 


TWISTED Alves, 28, was forced into hiding after it emerged she’d harassed two boys for sex. She was found lying naked on an 11-year-old boy. She failed to have sex with him only because he wasn’t fully developed. Residents forced Alves, who was jailed for six months, to leave her parents’ home in Stirling. 


BEARDED pervert Beaton, 35, hoarded a sickening stash of child porn. The researcher, from Broughty Ferry, was fined pounds 3000 at Dundee Sheriff Court in January. Sheriff Richard Davidson described Beaton’s porn, including magazines and blue movies, as “two bagfuls of filth.” 


PERVERT Smith, 58, was jailed in 1995 for sexually assaulting a girl several times in a Perth officewhen she was aged nine and 10. He was also convicted of sexually attacking a 17-year-old girl. On his release only months later he returned to live in his home just yards from a primary school in the town. 


DEPRAVED paedophile Harley was jailed for 15 years in April for abusing youngsters in his care. He preyed on terrified children as young as six while he was in charge of Merkland Children’s Home in Moffat, Dumfriesshire.  Harley, 50, pretended to be a fatherly figure but instead he molested them over five years. 


FLYNN was jailed for seven years in 1995 for plying an 11-year- old boy with drink, then raping him. The High Court in Glasgow heard Flynn, 27, was living with a friend when the boy called at the house in Auchinleck, Ayrshire. Flynn made him perform indecent acts before having sex with him. 


SEXUAL predator Kevin Drumgoole was jailed for 18 months in December, 1995, for molesting dozens of teenage tourists.  The Edinburgh bachelor lured them to his apartment and plied the kids, aged between 14 and 17, with booze then filmed himself performing sick sex acts. 


FOUR young lives were wrecked by Wood in a reign of terror which lasted 17 years. When he was finally confronted with his crimes he tried to commit suicide. Wood, 52, of Bo’ness, West Lothian, was jailed for 10 years in 1995. Lord Ross, the Lord Justice Clerk, said it was one of the worst cases he had come across. 


HOWARD was hounded out of a Drumchapel housing scheme because of his sick background. Evil Howard, 51, from Cookston, Northern Ireland, moved to Scotland after being convicted of a sex attack on a schoolgirl. In 1965 he was caged for attempting sex with a girl of six. He also has convictions for rape. 


SHAMED Scout leader Atkins was caged for 18 months in November 1995 for molesting four teenage boys in his troop. Atkins, 27, of Dalkeith, Midlothian, attacked the lads as they slept. Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard his crimes have left two of his victims with deep mental scars. 


SEX BEAST Taylor, 58, preyed on two girls as they slept, subjecting them to years of abuse between the ages of 10 and 13.  The victims wept as Taylor, of Grangemouth, Stirlingshire got two years in May, 1995.  Sheriff John McGowan said: “The damage you have done to them really cannot be measured.” 


BLACK carried out appalling crimes against young boys.  Unemployed Black, 49, of Aberdeen, admitted nine charges at the High Court in Edinburgh. His catalogue of abuse began 17 years ago and continued right up until his arrest in March 1995. He was jailed for 10 years at the High Court in Edinburgh. 


CHURCH elder Maitland carried out sick sex attacks on a 12- year- old girl. And the victim’s parents were furious when the 72-year-old was sentenced to just 12 months.  Maitland of Parkhead, Glasgow, abused the girl for a year, and was only caught after she told a friend, who alerted a teacher. 


MILLIGAN and her husband Andrew sexually abused a young girl for seven years.  They were jailed for a total of 13 years in 1995 for the sickening catalogue of abuse which began when the girl was just FIVE. They admitted abusing the girl at their homes in Methil, Fife, and Grangemouth, Stirlingshire. 


CHURCH elder Wallace tied up a girl and filmed himself in a kinky sex act with her.  He told the crying youngster: “The quicker you do as you are told, the quicker you’re finished.” Wallace preyed on the girl between the ages of 13 and 15.  Wallace, 41, of Hurlford, Ayrshire, was caged for two years in 1995. 


FORMER Boys’ Brigade officer Porter set up his own club, then took photos of boys in the nude. He was jailed for three months at Paisley Sheriff Court in February, 1995.  The salesman, 39, admitted conducting himself in an indecent manner in Argyll and Renfrew-shire between 1985 and 1993. 


EVIL minister Robb committed a string of sex offences against young boys. Robb, 54, packed manses in Pollokshields, Glasgow, and Tarbert with model planes, ships and train sets to lure his prey. Once snared, the boys suffered horrific abuse. He was jailed for seven years in 1994 at the High Court in Glasgow. 


SHAMED cop Freeburn committed a string of sickening offences against young girls. The 40-year-old got just a year for fondling five girls in their beds at a house in Grangemouth, Stirlingshire. Even his sister, Cathy, 38, blasted the Falkirk Sheriff Court sentence. She said: “It’s bloody ridiculous. It’s not enough.” 


FOSTER dad McNally abused four young girls – one in his care while he was a social worker. He was exposed when a 22-year-old woman told police she was abused 10 years earlier when he babysat. McNally and his wife , from Oban, cared for 27 children at their home. He was jailed for three years in 1994. 


TWISTED weirdo McDonald stole shoes and clothes from little girls while working in 28 Scots schools as a locksmith. He had three previous convictions for similar offences. The 37-year-old, from East Lothian, stole confidential files on female pupils from more than 25 schools in the area. 


SEX beast McKirdy raped a 12-year-old girl but was only jailed for four years. He told the High Court in Edinburgh that he couldn’t remember raping the girl because he had taken drugs. Sick McKirdy, from Paisley, smirked and made obscene gestures as he was driven away to begin his sentence. 


BABYSITTER MacPherson tried to rape a four-year-old girl but got only four years jail. The child’s mum ran weeping from the High Court in Edinburgh when the sentence was passed. The 19-year-old pervert had tried to rape the girl at her Aviemore home after telling her he would make her bad dream go away. 


BACHELOR Parfitt used his position as a school artist to attack pupils – during lessons.  Parfitt, 31, of Cove, Dunbartonshire, worked as a school volunteer for 10 years before his sick attacks on boys and girls came to light. One victim was a seven-year-old boy. He was jailed for five years. 


DEVIANT Allan, 49, tried to rape a nurse after being released from jail for a sex attack on a youth. He was jailed for life in 1982 after forcing his way into the 27-year- old sister’s home. In 1978, he got four years after attacking a youth in Jersey. He is a prisoner in Edinburgh but is expected to be released soon. 


PERVERT teacher Hutcheson decided on a new career route after being convicted of molesting an 11-year-old girl – writing children’s books. Hutcheson, 58, of Edinburgh, walked free from court in 1994 with 200 hours community service. Parents had complained about him for 15 years. 


REILLY’s sordid abuse of three 12-year-old girls left them devasted and one tried suicide several times. The offences only came to light when one of the girls told a teacher, Reilly, of Hamiltonhill, Glasgow, admitted the offences over three years. he was jailed for eight years at the High Court in Edinburgh. 


SICK mum-of-two Mills committed sex acts with two boys. She was jailed for two months in 1992 at Hamilton Sheriff Court. Then 38, she assaulted the boys at her home in East Kilbride where she was looking after one of them. Sheriff George Crozier said Mills was guilty of “extremely serious offences”. 


PERVERT Cunningham, 53, preyed on little girls in St Andrews.  He was jailed for eight years last month for a reign of terror that lasted more than 20 years. Some of his victims – all aged between three and 13 – have been mentally scarred for life. Flasher Cunningham also interfered with some of the 10 girls. 


DEAF Duff posed as a priest as he prowled the streets and preyed on young girls.  Linlithgow Sheriff Court was told that he refused counselling.  Duff, 22, of Livingston, West Lothian, admitted three charges of lewd and libidinous behaviour.  He was locked up in a mental hospital in 1995. 


FORMER Rangers footballer Watson was jailed in 1992 for five years after abusing three girls. He admitted interfering with them between 1980 and 1990. The judge at the High Court in Edinburgh slammed Watson, 40. He is NOT the Kenny Watson who signed for Rangers in 1975 from Montrose. 


DEAF youth leader McMillan sexually abused two teenage boys in his home after meeting them through his work with kids. The Aberdeen man, 28, was put on probation for three years at the High Court in Edinburgh when he appeared for sentence in 1994.  He was also ordered to complete 240 hours’ community service. 


CARE worker Hogarth, 64, abused six young girls in children’s homes for seven years. 
The father of seven from Danderhall, Midlothian, was jailed for three years at the High Court in Edinburgh in 1992. And the judge demanded to know why social workers ignored the complaints of his victims. 


YOUNG stalker Sowersby could not control his sexual urges. He attacked a girl of 12 in his home town of Livingston, West Lothian. And just four days later, he dragged another 12-year-old into woods and tried to throttle her. He was jailed for seven years after the High Court in Edinburgh heard he could strike again. 


WEIRDO Sean Regan was dubbed The Beast by worried kids in Dundee. 
He was jailed for 30 days in 1993 for exposing himself to an eight-year- old girl in a city store. 
But when 25-year-old Regan was later rehoused, his new home was just yards away from a nursery school. 


GYM coach Allan Young , 54, from Glasgow, was given two years’ probation and 240 hours community service for touching a 10-year-old’s breasts and kissing her in the gym at Rutherglen, near Glasgow.  He told her he loved her.  He was cleared of abusing three other girls. 


TWISTED Dickson, 85, of East Kilbride, became the oldest convict in Scotland when he was jailed last year in Glasgow.  He got eight years for raping two young sisters, starting when one was only nine.  He was caught after he asked one sister to his diamond wedding, reminding her of her ordeal.

Jack, John, Julian & the Footie Paedo Ring

As you may have noticed, the past 10 or so days I have been researching footie paedo, but today I was looking into some thing slightly different. Today, i was researching paedo within the Scouts & the Boys brigade..  & whilst doing that, I came across Julian Danskin.
I won’t go into too much detail as you can read the 3 articles yersel.. All i am going to say he is a bastard paedo who lived/s in Fife & was a lawyer & a BBs company leader. He was also boss of East Fife footie team. (woo hoo! I love football so much!) 
Please read the articles as they are important!
My alarm bells went off somewhere around the first sentence of the first article! So off i went digging!  Only to find Danskin was on SFA board of Directors!  So within minutes & without actually meaning to, I was back amongst Celtic footie paedo?!!   

 if you go to page 4 you’ll see Kevin Kelly of course! SFA COMPANY CHECK
But the first name I immediately recognised wasn’t Kelly’s! It was McGinn.. So I googled JOHN McGinn & I was correct! kinda! 

JOHN McGinn is JACK McGinn grandson  wiki  But that is NOT the same McGinn that’s on the SFA director list! Cause the SFA director McGinn was born in August 1932 which would make him about 85 years old. Therefore about the same age as Jack McGinn! 

They are of course the same person Jack / John  & it was the name JACK McGinn that I rings bells with me! & I recognised the name, 

From researching yesterday’s blog!


John Christopher McGinn Company Check  & here McGinn is AGAIN wi Kevin Kelly


“Danskin, of Braemar, Largo Road, Leven, of conducting himself in a shamelessly indecent manner towards a 25-year-old when he was aged between 14 and 18. He was further convicted of using lewd, libidinous and indecent behaviour to a boy aged between 8 and 14. He was also found guilty of conducting himself in a shamelessly indecent manner towards the same victim when he was aged between 15 and 18. A fourth charge of lewd and libidinous behaviour towards a youngster aged between 10 and 14 was found not proven.   Danskin, the senior partner of Leven law firm Smith and Grant, committed the offences in Innerleven East Church hall, his offices and Silverburn House in Leven between 1985 and 1995 while he was Captain of the 1st Methil BB.”

And then in   July 2002 Danskin was struck off as a solicitor    DANSKIN v HMA

But then, to my absolute horror, I found an article about one of the boys Danskin had abused – Steven Paterson – who was so traumatise by what that bastard did to him, that he ended up overdosing on heroin & he died aged only 19. He was just a kid… 

In 2012, Alan James – one of the men convicted & jailed for blackmailing Danskin –  reappears at an armed robbery in Glasgow & despite DNA evidence proving him to have been at the scene, he walked?!

gaskshttps://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/window-cleaner-accused-of-armed-raid-858623               http://archive.li/O5xZn

But by the time I had read about Steven….  I couldn’t really face anymore! So i’m gonna call it a night, & I will just leave you with a very quick summary.

YET ANOTHER CHILD RAPING BASTARD that is a major player in Scottish football

& YET AGAIN linked to Celtic, Kevin Kelly, Jack McGinn etc..

How many is that we are up to now?



A couple of wee things jumped out at me from  this article  dated 1st Dec 1999  

“He had denied all the charges against him and referred to his accusers as ‘lying heroin addicts’ but was found guilty after a 12-day trial.”

It then says at the end…

“East Fife Football Club said Mr Danskin had been replaced as chairman”

The first bit, What a NASTY BASTARD, but of course he is.. he is a child rapist!!

& as for East Fife.. they should learn to shut their cakehole!

Cause TWO WHOLE YEARS LATER  he was still on the board of directors  (until Dec 3rd 2001)  I mean, let’s not pretend East Fife had cut all ties!! Or in fact ANY ties for that matter!


Below, a few lines from here  that i just dont like!


Julian Struthers Danskin v Her Majesty’s Advocate  4 Jul 2001


Celtic #Pizzagate

Well, I can honestly say that I never saw this coming!!

& what wi Celtic FC having such a FUCKING MASSIVE PAEDO PROBLEM



PDF of FBI logos https://spidercatweb.blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/fbi-pedophile-symbols.pdf


NONCE Noonan JAILED for 11 years

MAY 3rd 2018

Gangster Dominic Noonan, 53, has finally been convicted of child sex offences

Found guilty of 13 historical sex offences against four boys aged as young as ten

Was long suspected of being sex offender but police struggled to find evidence

Already serving sentence for arson, blackmail and perverting course of justice 

A gangster has been jailed for 11 years after being found guilty of 13 historical sex offences against four young boys aged as young as ten.

Dominic Noonan, 53, also known as Domenyk Lattlay-Fottfoy, denied all charges against him in a month-long trial, but has now been convicted unanimously by a jury.

He is already serving an 11-year sentence for arson, blackmail and perverting the course of justice, passed in 2015. The latest sentence will start after he has finished serving that.

For decades, Noonan was suspected of being a predatory sex offender by the police, the public, fellow villains and even members of his own family.

But he did not have any criminal convictions for a sex offence to confirm the rumours – until now.

The defendant, from Moston, Manchester, was described as a ‘persistent sexual offender’ on the first day of his trial, as he pleaded not guilty to all charges including eight counts of indecent assault and attempted rape.

The court heard he groomed and molested boys after plying them with drink.

In his opening statement, prosecutor Darren Preston told Manchester Crown Court: ‘It is the prosecution case that over many years, the defendant engaged and was acting as a persistent sexual predator.

home and indecently assaulted him twice, ordering the boy not to tell anyone.

The second victim said he was 16 or 17 when he first met Noonan outside a pizzeria. He told how Noonan threatened him, accusing him of having called him ‘gay’, before he was beaten by a gang of teens with hockey sticks. He then indecently assaulted the boy on a few occasions, once in a disused shop.

A third victim said he was in his early teens in the 2000s when he met Noonan, who molested him on 20 or more occasions. He described how he would spend time driving around with Noonan and other young lads. He would be taken to parties where there was drink and drugs. Noonan would ply them with drink, but not get drunk himself. His victim described being ‘brainwashed’ into thinking the abuse was normal.

The fourth victim was aged in his mid-teens when he met Noonan in the 2000s, agreeing to renovate a pub for him. This victim was said to be completely under Noonan’s spell.

At the conclusion of his trial at Manchester Crown Court, Noonan was convicted of eight counts of indecent assault, one of attempted rape, two of inciting a child into sexual activity, one of sexual assault and one of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child.

One of 14 siblings, Noonan became the spokesman for the family following death of his brother Damian, aged 37, in a motorbike accident in the Dominican Republic in 2004, followed by the murder of his brother Dessie in 2005.

Dessie and Damian had worked on the door of the Hacienda in the 1980s and were then said to control the supply of drugs at the nightclub.

When they died, Dominic Noonan became the boss, or at least he gave the appearance of being the head of the family.

A cunning, intelligent individual, he admitted to being ‘thoroughly dishonest’ during his trial. He has trumpeted that he is anti-racist and has made much of being able to speak Urdu although, actually, he only knows a few phrases.

Over the years, Greater Manchester Police have found little difficulty in obtaining evidence to lock him up for everything from possessing a gun to arson and blackmail.

He has spent most of his adult life behind bars. But proving he was a predatory sex offender was another matter. In 2010, a rape charge was dropped. Shortly after he was released from a long prison sentence on licence, he was accused of raping a woman in a hotel room after celebrating his birthday but prosecutors dropped the case.

In 2013, he was cleared of child rape charges after the court heard his accuser had a history of making false complaints. He had been accused of molesting the boy of 15 in a flat in Bloom Street in Manchester city centre.

In 2014 Noonan, jailed for nine-and-a-half years for keeping a revolver under his car bonnet, scaled Manchester’s Big Wheel to protest against plans to recall him to prison.

Police, paramedics and firefighters had to rescue him in a £30,000 operation as more than 1,000 people gathered to watch in the city centre.

Officers said his ‘outrageous’ actions endangered the lives of tourists – including a petrified three-year-old boy – who were stranded aboard the Ferris wheel in Piccadilly Gardens for two hours.

The drama, which began after Noonan was told he had breached his licence conditions, started when he yelled: ‘I am going to jump.’

in 2016, he was found not guilty of engaging in a sex act in front of a minor, although he was convicted of perverting the course of justice by offering £5,000 to the boy’s family to get the charge dropped. The prosecution alleged that the boy covered his face with a poster as a ‘vulnerable’ adult man was intimidated into performing a sex act on Noonan in a bedroom, he was also convicted of arson and blackmail connected to a row over an ice cream van, and jailed for eleven years.

So, while police have tried many times, it is only now that Noonan has been brought to justice for sex offences.



The Godfather, The Krays, Massey, Domenyk & Paedophiles

Scottish Football Paedo ~ List & Links

  • YC = Youth Coach 
  • CEL = Glasgow Celtic 
  • GER = Glasgow Rangers
  • HIB = Hibernian
  • FBC = Fauldhouse Boys Club 
  • PART = Partick Thistle 
  • TTC = Torbetts Trophy Centre
  • W = Wishaw


  1. Joe Tonner           NUTZ!  Killies Mascot  here
  2. C Norris                Greenock Morton  here
  3. Stuart Beatties   GER  here
  4. Colin Sim             YC  W here
  5. Bob Allan             YC motherwell  here
  6. Michael Aird       YC  Hillwood Boys Club Glasgow here
  7. Anita Hall            YC (SFA registered!) female fired for “relationship” wi girl 14 here
  8. James Kinnen     YC  W here . here . here
  9. Stuart Brown      YC Stirling Albion here , here
  10. Ian Jolly                YC & ex copper Aberdeenshire here
  11. A. Douglas           YC  Barrhead. found not guilty….. here
  12. Kevin Kelly         CEL He knew! was honorary Boys Club & Saviles pal herehere
  13. Jock Stein            CEL He knew too! also honorary Boys Club & Saviles pal herehere
  14. McDade                YC   here
  15. Jack McGinn       CEL TTC BIG question marks worked wi King+Torbett TWICE here.
  16. Harry Dunn        GER  Liverpool, Chelsea, Leicester City here.  here.  here
  17. James Brown      YC  FBC  Shotts W.Lothian herehere
  18. Jim Torbett         CEL  TTC  MD of DrakeFellow/FairbridgeDrake/Scot Office- Sighthill. McCafferty used his vans here.  here
  19. Gordon Neely     CEL GER HIB Hutchison Vale, courses at Dalguise Dunkeld hereherehere
  20. Gerard King        CEL  YC  TTC here
  21. Frank Cairney    CEL  herehere
  22. H Stevenson        PART Physio  here
  23. John Hart             PART Physio   herehere here
  24. John Cullen          CEL Celtic view  here . here
  25. Neil Strachan      CEL Celtic view & links Henry to Celtic paedo via Rennie herehere
  26. Julian Danskin     Convicted paedo ex chair of East Fife. On SFA board of Directors wi Kelly & McGinn  here
  27. Jim McCafferty    CEL  HIB  TTC  FBC  YC  W Falkirk, Craigneuk Colts here   Fairbridge/ Drake took 2/3 kids a time on london trips wi Torbetts vans (yacht trips) here links to Crewe Alexandra & Bennell herehere .   here .   here .  

Aug 1999  PERVERT THREAT TO SPORTS KIDS; ‘One in five’ have been abused. 

  5. You brought shame on one of Britain’s greatest clubs; Sheriff’s anger as Celtic boys pervert is jailed.
  6. The Scotland star who finally blew the whistle.
  7. Pervert preyed on Celtic Boys; Exclusive Record uncovers sex abuse scandal at soccer boys’ club.
  9. SEX CRIME CHECK ON SPL STARS; Bid to stamp out perverts.
  10. BOYS CLUB PERVERT DUMPED BY CELTIC; Club axes contract with Torbett firm.

MAY 2018

  1. John, Jack, Julian & the scottish footie paedo ring
  2. Rennie, Jim Torbett, Fairbridge, Youthlink, Mr Watson & head of the footie inquiry! 
  3. McCafferty, Torbett, Fairbridge & The Footie  
  4. Head of the footie inquiry the church & the paedo ring – part 1  

APRIL 2018

  1. Apr 2018  Report into sexual abuse in Scottish football has been “delayed”  https://spidercatweb.wordpress.com/2018/04/30/martin-henrys-report-into-sexual-abuse-in-scottish-football-has-been-delayed/

MARCH 2018

  1. Mar 2018 Child abuse probe after police trawl 200,000 old files  https://spidercatweb.blog/2018/03/12/child-abuse-probe-after-police-trawl-200000-old-files/
  2. 500 youth coaches barred in Scotland for failing to undergo vetting checks  https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/mar/08/five-hundred-youth-coaches-barred-in-scotland-for-failing-to-undergo-vetting-checks


  1. Feb 2018 ‘Devil incarnate’ Barry Bennell sentenced to 31 years  https://spidercatweb.blog/2018/02/19/devil-incarnate-barry-bennell-sentenced-to-31-years/
  2. Feb 2018 Stirling Albion chairman suspended over youth coach sex abuse probe  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-43200122
  3. https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/scottish-news/2286024/stirling-albion-fc-chairman-stuart-brown-suspended-youth-coach-sex-abuse-allegations/


  1. Scottish youth football coach checks must be robust, says review https://spidercatweb.blog/2018/01/06/scottish-youth-football-coach-checks-must-be-robust-says-review/
  2. Jan 2018 Shotts football coach admits indecently assaulting young players in showers  https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/shotts-football-coach-admits-indecently-11899331
  3. Hamilton Accies coach & former player Matt Craig dies aged 22 after a long illness http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/15886876.Former_Hamilton_Accies_player_and_coach_Matt_Craig_dies_aged_just_22/


  1. Jury in Barry Bennell child abuse trial told to put ‘revulsion’ aside  https://spidercatweb.blog/2018/02/07/barry-bennell-child-abuse-trial/
  2. Dec 2017 Footie Paedo https://spidercatweb.blog/2017/12/20/footiepaedo1/
  3. Dec 2017 “Until recently nobody on the board of the SYFA had oversight on the safeguarding of children” https://spidercatweb.blog/2017/12/01/footiepaedo/


  1. Football sex abuse in Scotland: Almost 300 crimes recorded  https://spidercatweb.blog/2017/11/24/football-sex-abuse-in-scotland-almost-300-crimes-recorded/


  1. Oct 2017 Former Barrhead Youth Football Club chairman cleared of sex abuse  https://spidercatweb.blog/2017/10/28/former-barrhead-youth-football-club-chairman-cleared-of-sex-abuse/


  1. Football chiefs to be quizzed by MSPs over child protection  http://www.briefreport.co.uk/news/football-chiefs-to-be-quizzed-by-msps-over-child-protection-5307393.html
  2. Sept 2017 Child protection chief at one of Scotland’s top boys’ football clubs has resigned  https://spidercatweb.blog/2017/09/20/child-protection-chief-at-one-of-scotlands-top-boys-football-clubs-has-resigned/

AUGUST 2017 

  1. Aug 2017 Rise in historic sexual crimes after high-profile Jimmy Savile and football coach cases https://spidercatweb.blog/2017/08/26/savile-effect-fife/

MAY 2018

JULY 2017
  1. Jul 2017  11 arrests made after 162 people contact football sex abuse inquiry  https://spidercatweb.blog/2017/07/14/11-arrests-made-after-162-people-contact-football-sex-abuse-inquiry/
  2. Jul 2017  More than 150 reported child sex abuse at Scottish clubs, say police  https://spidercatweb.blog/2017/07/11/more-than-150-have-reported-child-sex-abuse-at-scottish-football-clubs-say-police/
  3. Jul 2017  Police arrest 11 as part of Scottish Football Child Abuse Inquiry  https://spidercatweb.blog/2017/07/11/police-arrest-11-as-part-of-scottish-football-child-abuse-inquiry/
  4. Jul 2017 ROBBIE RUSSELL Elgin Youth football coach in court over historic sex offences dating back to 1980s https://spidercatweb.blog/2017/07/04/youth-football-coach-in-court-over-historic-sex-offences-dating-back-to-1980s/

JUNE 2017 

  1. June 2017 Scottish youth football: 47 coaches & officials disappear after being named as danger https://spidercatweb.blog/2017/06/29/fears-over-safety-of-scottish-youth-football-47-coaches-officials-disappear-off-radar-after-being-named-as-danger-to-children/
  2. June 2017 Glasgow football coach – horrific child images with animals- fails to start rehab after walkin free  https://spidercatweb.blog/2017/06/10/glasgow-football-coach-caught-with-horrific-child-images-with-animals-fails-to-start-sex-offender-rehab-more-than-a-year-after-walking-free/

APRIL 2017

  1. April 2017 Interview with ex footballer Andy Woodward about his child abuse  https://spidercatweb.blog/2017/05/10/andy-woodward/
  2. April 2017 PAEDO JIM TORBETT ARRESTED & DETAINED  https://spidercatweb.blog/2017/05/05/paedophile-former-youth-coach-jim-torbett-kicked-out-of-america/


  1. Feb 2017 Ex-footie starlet claims former Gers coach Harry Dunn tried to rape him  https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/scottish-news/2900398/ex-footie-starlet-claims-former-rangers-coach-harry-dunn-got-him-drunk-and-tried-to-rape-him-at-edinburgh-flat/


  1. Dec 2016 CHILD ABUSE scandal ‘not a numbers game’ as 21 forces investigate  https://spidercatweb.blog/2016/12/03/child-abuse-in-football/
  2. Dec  2016 Spike in calls to Moira Anderson Foundation in wake of #FootiePaedo https://spidercatweb.blog/2016/12/18/moira-anderson/
  3. Dec 2016 Police confirm 83 child abuse suspects in 98 clubs #FootballPaedo  https://spidercatweb.blog/2016/12/09/83-suspects-footballpaedo/
  4. Dec 2016 SCOTTISH FOOTBALL ABUSE SCANDAL McCafferty #FootballPaedo  https://spidercatweb.blog/2016/12/07/jim-mccafferty-admits-footballpaedo/
  5. Dec 2016  Rangers fired ‘inappropriate behaviour’ youth coach in 1990  https://www.scotsman.com/news/rangers-fired-inappropriate-behaviour-youth-coach-in-1990-1-4308768
  6. Dec 2016 PERVERT COACH & KITMAN JIM McCAFFERTY  https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/pervert-coach-kitman-jim-mccafferty-9420855

Nov 2016 #Football #Paedo: UK’s RIDDLED wi Paedo & #VIPaedo. Oh & #BigJockKnew  https://spidercatweb.blog/2016/11/25/112518/

May 2016 Offshore firms buying up Scottish football including Celtic, Rangers, Dundee & Dumbarton http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14523181.Revealed__the_offshore_firms_buying_up_Scottish_football/

Aug 2014 Boys club coach to face kid sex rap.  https://www.thefreelibrary.com/Boys+club+coach+to+face+kid+sex+rap.-a0378796155


March 2010  Tom’s life of reaching out to troubled youth recognised.  https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/tom-s-life-of-reaching-out-to-troubled-youth-recognised-1-1234179

Sept 2004  SFA REGISTERED Female football coach fired for friendship with girl (14) https://www.thefreelibrary.com/KIDS+SPORTS+SCANDAL%3a+Female+football+coach+fired+for+friendship+with…-a0122233938

March 2004 http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/3505864.stm

Dec 2001 https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/child-sex-abuser-released-after-just-16-weeks-in-jail-26252146.html


Aug 1998  TWO JAILED OVER PLOT TO BLACKMAIL SOCCER BOSS; Gay porn video threats. Leven Fife  https://www.thefreelibrary.com/TWO+JAILED+OVER+PLOT+TO+BLACKMAIL+SOCCER+BOSS%3B+Gay+porn+video+threats.-a060662554

FEB 1997


Martin Henry – The head of the footie inquiry, The church & the paedophile ring. – part 1

Very quickly I would like to say a big thank you to all those at Follow Follow for taking the time to read this & to share it. Truly appreciated & thank you also for all your kind comments.  

I was thinking…

One voice is never heard. Even 20 voices are never heard.. But an entire football stadium HAS & CAN be heard. (Even I’ve known about the song #BigJockKnew for years..& i don’t even like footie!) Rangers fans unbelievably managed to get #BigJockKnew accidental coverage on MANY CHANNELS, NATIONWIDE, PRIME TIME.  Imagine if they were to make a new song just like #BigJockKnew & the fans all sang it regularly.. Well they would do it again wouldn’t they?!  Just think of all the hundreds of thousand of people they could reach. That would be incredible & an immense help to the kids I would imagine… 

Many Thanks   Cat x 



  • Neil Strachan 41, Jailed for 3 yrs in 1997 for repeatedly molesting a boy. The former Celtic Boys Club official started preying on the boy when he was only 5 after befriending his parents. Strachan quit as secretary of Celtic East Boys Club after he was caught. Shared flat with partner Colin Slaven
  • Colin Slaven 23, Duff Street, Dalry.
  • Ross Webber 27, bank worker, Gilbert Ave N.Berwick
  • Craig Boath 24, insurance adjuster, Gourdie St, Dundee
  • Neil Campbell 46, Glendareul Av, married. He was a Jordanhill Parish Elder & part of the choir etc, also helped the Sunday School. & was involved wi Jordanhill Out of School club Church elder guilty of child porn 
  • John Milligan, civil servant Wanlock St, Govan
  • John Murphy Westmoreland St, Govanhill. Was a teacher but workin part-time as a DJ in a gay bar & receptionist in gay sauna. In 1995, Murphy was assistant principal drama teacher at Claremont High East Kilbride
  • James Rennie 38, Marionville Rd Meadowbank. By 1997 was an LGBT group worker & by 2003 was LGBT Chief Exec. Also on the board of YouthLink Scot



“It was from within the offices of LGBT Youth Scotland that James Rennie accessed the Hotmail account “kplover” he used to view & distribute vile images of children.”

Rennie was ordered to serve a MINIMUM OF 13 YEARS. But in 2011 he got his minimum cut by four-and-a-half years by appeal judges. Lord Clarke & Lord Philip reduced his sentence to EIGHT & A HALF YEARS minimum?!



Henry’s, Rennie’s & LGBTs business / account listings. All PDF downloads



“I am sure that colleagues will want to join me in welcoming to the public gallery a number of visitors from LGBT Youth Scotland, including Jamie Rennie, the chief executive, & Martin Henry, the convener of its board. I want to give a particularly warm welcome to Sarah Rowlinson, who is one of the Philip Lawrence awardees. She is also a member of the Scottish Youth Parliament & was recently appointed as the vice convener of the LGBT Youth Scotland board. I am certain that the members who attended the LGBT Youth Scotland reception that I hosted in the Parliament last year will recall the exceptional speech that Sarah Rowlinson made on that occasion. I welcome & congratulate our visitors


hytr(left) FATHER BRIAN GOWANS Chaplains’ Advisor to the Scottish Prison Service

President Rev Brian Gowans ICCPPC {International Commission of Catholic Prison Pastoral Care}

Mr Michael Mathieson & Mrs Maureen Watt welcomed us to have lunch with them although it was a very busy & Mimportant day in Parliament. With Fr Brian I also visited two very special prisons: Polmont Young Offenders, where he was chaplain for some years, & Castle Huntly Open Estate, where he is working at present. External Affairs  Minster announced the successful applicants for £7m of funding of projects in Malawi including grants to Christian Aid & Tearfund. In a subsequent Chamber debate Michael Matheson highlighted the work of Father Brian Gowans, a prison chaplain with SPS & expressed a desire to see work moving forward between the SPS & the Malawian Prison.  Until April 2013, I was also Safeguarding Adviser to the Catholic Archiocese of St Andrew’s & Edinburgh & Chair of the Archdiocesan Risk Management Group. In 2011, I was a member of a small delegation of safeguarding experts which met with His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI to discuss safeguarding in the Catholic ChurchArchdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh

The Ordination to the Diaconate of Jamie McMorrin, 3 May 2015, Scots College, Rome. With Deacon Jamie & Archbishop Cushley are the priests of the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh present at today’s Mass in Rome: Fr Nicky Welsh, Fr Brian Gowans, Fr Scott Deeley, Fr Michael John Galbraith, Fr Daniel Doherty, Fr Kevin Douglas & Fr Andrew Garden. Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh Archbishop Leo Cushley & Emeritus Bishop Keith O’Brien

Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh~ Martin Henry May 26th, 2015 at 11:42 am


  • was / is connected VERY closely with James Rennie – head of the paedo network & convenor of Henry’s Board
  • was / is VERY active with the police (Lothian & Borders)
  • was / is actively involved wi archdiocese in Edinburgh & Fr Paedo O’Brien
  • had / has access to young paedo through managerial role wi Stop it Now
  • had / has EVEN MORE access to young paedo through Fr Gowans who works at Polmont (youth offenders) – Gowans is also linked to Archdiocese in Edinburgh & he too is also pals wi Father O’Brien!!
  • Father Gowans worked in St Frances Xavier possible 1985

SOURCES scot/parlybusiness/report churchofscotland/2012/11/23/making-it-last

fr-oconnell-and-sir-tom-farmer-take-sir-toms-private-plane-to-london-to-a-meeting-about-pope-jp2s-visitFather Denis O’Connell thumbing a lift in the PRIVATE PLANE of HIBS OWNER & one of Scotland’s Richest men, Sir Tom Farmer

Farmer owned 90% of Hibernian, He invested nearly £3 million to rescue the club from receivership and he continued to fund developments of Easter Road Farmer was made a Knight Commander with Star of the Order of St. Gregory the Great, highest honour that the Catholic Church can bestow on a layman. He was also knighted by Lizzy in 1997. He supports the charity Mary’s meals (Oddly, Mary’s Meals popped up here too )

In 2006, Farmer donated £100,000 to the SNP to help fund their campaign for 2007 Scottish Parliament general election. Farmer commented at the time that it was not an indication of his political allegiance but that he wanted the SNP to be able to compete financially..    (£100,000.? was that Salmond’s price to…. “look the other away?”)

SNP, apparently Alex Salmond was “SADDENED” at O’Briens resignation Which I must admit, I find a tad odd. The bloke ADMITTED he’s a paedo! Surely Salmond should been pleased O’Brien was no longer in such a powerful position? Obviously not! As he couldn’t wait to sing his praises, even going so far as to pay tribute to Cardinal Keith O’Brien following his resignation






They really were good pals, they even shared love of travelling the country & “visiting” places! So much so in fact, that BOTH USED TO “VISIT” FORT AUGUSTUS ABBEY

Savile & O’Brien “visited” Fort Augustus Abbey!!


Savile & Fort Augustus Abbey

Savile & the Paedo priests of Fort Augustus Abbey


Sadly (or not depending on your viewpoint!) 

Sadly & conveniently Savile’s little pal upped & ALLEGEDLY popped his clogs recently! We were told the “dying” Cardinal asked for forgiveness






Back to Hibs, just for a second, what about Rod Petries the Hibs Chairman? What does HE know about O’Brien being a child rapist? Cause he was SO chummy with the Cardinal (who was a regular at Easter Road) that they renamed & christened the Hibernian squad…   “O’Briens 11”





McCAFFERTY the NONCE was kit-man & coach for HIBS AND CELTIC


& CHILD RAPIST NEELY  (below) was ALSO involved with HIBS AND CELTIC

In fact, the Scottish football abuse inquiry is mainly concentrating around SEVEN football clubs Celtic, Rangers, Motherwell, Partick Thistle, Hibs, Falkirk & Dundee United & THE TWO WITH THE BIGGEST PAEDO PROBLEM… CELTIC & HIBS! & they are blatantly linked by several paedo

Child protection chief Jim Stewart has resigned from Celtic Boys Club amid claims that bullying was ignored by bosses




Jailed for 3 years in 1997 for repeatedly molesting a boy. former Celtic Boys Club official started preying on the boy when he was only five, after befriending his parents. Strachan quit as secretary of Celtic East Boys Club after he was caught. The abuse had gone on for two years”

As we know, Neil Strachan – one of the paedo ring – worked for Celtic.

In 2011, Strachan‘s original 16 YEAR sentence was SLASHED to 9 YEARS

Coincidentally, James Rennie’s sentence was also MASSIVELY REDUCED

(above right) we have GERARD KING Ex-Celtic Boys Club coach & chairman. Who, years later, went on to get suspended from his job as PRIMARY TEACHER amid Child Sex Abuse scandal
King was at Celtic Boys Club with JIM TORBETT, who got two years’ jail in 1998 for abusing three former players, including future Scotland striker Alan Brazil, between 1967 and 1974. 


Torbett was said to have been sacked from the club in 1974 when allegations surfaced against him. But fresh claims were made that he abused more youngsters after returning to Celtic Boys Club for a spell in the 1980s and 90s. He denies the new allegations. King also worked at Torbett’s company, the Trophy Centre, but denies being close to him. He said: “Everybody has got different teams. I worked there for about a year but only on a Saturday afternoon” About his time as chairman of the boys’ club, he said: “That was about eight years ago. We left that to the younger ones – we did our stint.” King’s association with Celtic Boys Club dates back to the early 1980s. In 1982-83, he helped run the under-12 team which won an invitational event in Rotterdam, Holland.




  1. Kevin Kelly 1 & 2 BOTH knew what was going on BOTH Saviles pals! BOTH honorary members of boys club
  2. Jock Stein           
  3. Jack McGinn 
  4. Jim Torbett    
  5. Jim McCafferty   
  6. Gordon NEELY
  7. Gerard King
  8. Frank Cairney 
  9. Hugh Stevenson   
  10. John Cullen           CELTIC VIEW

“It was from within the offices of LGBT Youth Scotland that James Rennie accessed the Hotmail account “kplover” he used to view & distribute vile images of children”  source

copied from Martin Henry’s Linkedin….

I qualified in Social Work in 1974 In 1993 I was awarded the degree of Master of Philosophy (Child Protection Studies) from Dundee University. My professional career has been spent in child and public protection both in the local authority & until early 2008 with Lothian and Borders Police as Executive Officer of Edinburgh, Lothian and Borders Child Protection Office. From 2008 until October 2016 I was National Manager of Stop it Now! Scotland – the national programme for the prevention of child sexual abuse. I have served on a wide range of national and Government Working Parties on Child and Public Protection and am currently a Vice-Convenor of the Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group on Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse and member of the Scottish Executive Committee of the National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers (NOTA).

So by 2003, Hoorah Henry had been a qualified social worker for TWENTY NINE YEARS! & by 2003, he had NINE YEARS extra experience to back up his social work qualifications & his “degree of Master of Philosophy”

So can someone PLEASE explain to me how an apparently intelligent man with THREE DECADES of applicable qualifications & experience, somehow managed to share an office wi a nonce who was using the VERY SAME OFFICE to paedo around online & yet NOT NOTICE ONE SINGLE FUCKIN THING?!! 

& that was only a mere two years before he was an “Executive Officer of Edinburgh, Lothian and Borders Child Protection”
& THE VERY SAME YEAR, he also became the National Manager of Stop it Now Scotland?! Therefore, he was arguably, THE EXPERT in paedo, in the whole of Scotland…
& yet  STILL he didn’t manage to notice that HIS OFFICE was being used by HIS PAEDO STAFF, to do online paedo shite….. FOR YEARS?!!  WTF?
Expert wi paedo?? AYE…. I BET HE FUCKING IS!


P.S   “degree of Master of Philosophy (Child Protection Studies) from Dundee University.”  Aint so fabulous when you consider other social workers frm Dundee Uni)



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Nazareth House Aberdeen – “Battered” until he was “Black and blue all over my body”

APRIL 27th 2018

Nuns at Nazareth House were angry when police arrived to investigate
A man stripped and beat a boy “black and blue” in an assault at a children’s home, an inquiry has been told.

A witness at the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry, which is investigating the abuse of children in care, said that the man “battered hell” out of him at Nazareth House in Aberdeen in the 1960s when he was 11.

He said “I thought my time was up” and added that the nuns who ran the home would have been aware of the beating but did not come to see how he was.

The hearing in Edinburgh is now into the third day of examining four children’s homes, all of which have since closed, which were run by the Catholic congregation the Sisters of Nazareth.   https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/nuns-ignored-beating-of-boy-x7m3sfzrw

A man stripped and beat a boy “black and blue” in an assault at a children’s home, an inquiry has heard.

A witness at the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry said the man “battered hell” out of him at Nazareth House in Aberdeen in the 1960s when he was 11 years old.

He told the inquiry: “I thought my time was up.”

According to the witness the nuns who ran the home would have been aware of the incident but did not come to see how he was

Cops receive more than 300 complaints of alleged abuse by nuns at children’s homes 

The witness said the nuns who ran the home would have been aware of the incident but did not come to see how he was.

The hearing in Edinburgh is now into the third day of examining four children’s homes, no longer operating, which were run by the Catholic congregation the Sisters of Nazareth in Scotland.

The witness, now in his 60s, who cannot be identified, said he was attacked by the man – a regular visitor to the Aberdeen institution – after he was caught fighting or arguing with another boy.

He said: “He grabbed hold of me. He dragged me into a bathroom and battered hell out of me.”

The man had taken off the boy’s clothes, leaving him naked as he was punched, the inquiry was told.

“I was black and blue all over my body” said the witness, who could not recall how long the episode lasted.

He told senior counsel to the inquiry Colin MacAulay QC he has no idea why he was stripped, adding: “It’s not exactly a normal thing to do, is it, to a young boy? It’s a bit peculiar.”

He agreed he was shouting and screaming during the assault, which left him with bruises “all over my face, my back, my front and my legs”.

Pressed on whether the nuns would have been aware of the incident, he replied: “Yes definitely, they were aware but not one nun approached me.”

He told how he was unable to sleep that night and assumed he would not be going to school the next morning.

Former Shetland councillor found guilty of sexually abusing two girls

However, he said one nun told him: “Don’t think you’re getting away with not going to school.”

The witness told how the bus driver then referred him to the school headmaster and the police were called.

Officers later took him back to the home at Nazareth House, he told the inquiry, at which point a nun “took me into a wee side room and pulled me up for getting the police involved”. He added: “I told her it was the headmaster who called the police, not me.”

The witness said police had a word with the man but he did not believe the man was prosecuted.

“The annoying thing is he was back in the home that night, the next night after he assaulted me,” the witness added. “He was there every night for the next four years that I was there.”

The witness earlier told how the man would regularly turn up at the home at night, but he did not know what the purpose of the visits was.

“All the kids were terrified of him,” he said.

The witness also told how the nuns at the home were “quite abusive” and left him with a phobia of nuns ever since.
The inquiry, before Lady Smith, continues. https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/man-stripped-beat-boy-black-12431851


APRIL 25th 2018



APRIL 24th 2018

A senior figure in the Catholic Church has been accused of orchestrating a “hostile rejection” of claims nuns were involved in the abuse of children.

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry is currently hearing evidence relating to alleged abuse at four former children’s homes run by the Sisters of Nazareth.

Yesterday a lawyer for the victims said Archbishop Emeritus Mario Conti had dismissed the allegations at Nazareth House in Aberdeen while bishop in the city, even allegedly referring to survivors as “the opposition”.

The inquiry also heard the congregation had previously denied there had been volunteers working in its establishments, despite the conviction earlier this year of a man who sexually abused three children at a home in Glasgow in the 1980s while working as a volunteer.

The Sisters of Nazareth ran children’s homes in Aberdeen, Cardonald in Glasgow, Lasswade near Edinburgh and Kilmarnock in Ayrshire until their closure in the 1980s.

The inquiry, led by Lady Smith, yesterday heard police have received 308 complaints about 194 people associated with the institutions over a 50-year period.

Two senior figures from the order, who are not the subject of abuse allegations, sat in the public gallery as former residents spoke of a catalogue of abuse, including beatings, force-feedings and humiliations administered for wetting the bed.

One former resident, known only as “Rose” and now in her 70s, described one of the nuns at Nazareth House in Aberdeen as a “witch” who would bang children’s heads together or off walls if she considered them to be misbehaving.

The woman, who lived at the home in the 1940s and 1950s, said the children were made to bath in Jeyes Fluid, a disinfectant.

Simon Collins, a solicitor representing In-Care Abuse Survivors (Incas), said there had been a refusal to believe survivors in the past which had led to “missed opportunities”.

He said: “The attitude of the Catholic Church will also feature (in the upcoming evidence), with some letters from the then Bishop Mario Conti of Aberdeen of particular interest.

“In one, while discussing arrangements for refreshments at some sort of demonstration in favour of the Sisters, he makes what appears to be a reference to survivors as ‘the opposition’.

“In another, he issues the challenge that ‘Those who call others to account for their actions must be prepared to defend their own when they make allegations.’ Such remarks were certainly felt by survivors as pressure and threats.”

He added: “It is hard to avoid the thought that the bishop’s apparent anger and energy might have been more productive at the time if it had been put into more serious investigation of allegations as opposed to hostile rejection. He would be an interesting witness in this chapter.”

David Anderson, representing the Bishops’ Conference, said it was clear that not taking matters seriously in the past had been the “wrong thing to do”.

Giving evidence on behalf of the Sisters of Nazareth last year, Sister Anna Maria Doolan admitted children had been abused and said the order was “very sorry”.  The inquiry continues. https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/archbishop-conti-accused-of-calling-child-abuse-victims-the-opposition-1-4729804

YOUNG girl was told “the devil was inside” he as she was beaten by a nun at a Scots children’s home.

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry heard claims of beatings at the hands of nuns, force-feeding to the point of vomiting, being locked in a dark room and being made to bathe in disinfectant.

Children were also told that nobody wanted them, the inquiry heard, while one witness said she was told “the devil was inside me” as a nun hit her.

“The psychological damage I saw people suffering … it’s unbelievable,” another witness told the hearing in Edinburgh.

The inquiry heard that police in Scotland have received more than 300 complaints of alleged abuse over a 50 year period at children’s homes run by a Catholic congregation. Officers have received 308 complaints about 194 people associated with institutions run by the Sisters of Nazareth from the 1930s to 1980s. The figure emerged as witnesses recounted a number of incidents of abuse they said they suffered at the order’s home in Aberdeen around the 1940s and 1950s.

The inquiry has begun hearing evidence about homes run by the order in four locations including: Aberdeen, Cardonald in Glasgow, Lasswade near Edinburgh and Kilmarnock in Ayrshire.

In opening remarks, Laura-Anne van der Westhuizen, representing Police Scotland, told chair Lady Smith: “Since 1995, police investigations have been undertaken in relation to reported abuse dating back to the 1930s within the Sisters of Nazareth institutions. Police Scotland has recovered records of complaints received from 308 former residents against 194 persons associated with children’s residences within Nazareth House institutions between 1934 and 1984. To date, 58 files concerning Sister of Nazareth institutions have been provided to the inquiry.”

One witness said today: “We were never loved, ever, by any of them.”

The woman now in her 70s, who cannot be named, was at the Aberdeen home in the 1940s and 1950s. She said she rarely saw her siblings and did not know her surname until she was 12 years old.

The witness told how one nun would make misbehaving children get down on their knees in front of her and she would bang their heads together.

She also recounted having to dust coffins which she believed contained the bodies of nuns and smelt of “death”. “You can’t forget that smell,” she said.

Mark Lindsay, solicitor for the Sisters of Nazareth, earlier repeated an “unreserved” apology to anyone abused in the congregation’s care. The inquiry continues on Wednesday. https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/2551156/nuns-abuse-devil-sisters-of-nazareth-child-abuse-inquiry/

More MSM from April 24th

John Shields and Mallard Care Home









Aug 2015 New police inquiry ordered into allegations of historic abuse at Church of Scotland care home in Springburn  https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/crime/new-police-inquiry-ordered-allegations-6261525
Mar 2014 Police investigate abuse allegations at church care home for vulnerable kids  https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/police-investigate-abuse-allegations-church-3198102
Dec 2015 Swinney in fight to clear father









ORIGINAL SOURCE   ~ As we said Tedward Scissor Hands.  by holliegreigjustice   http://holliegreigjustice.wordpress.com/U2017/10/10/as-we-said-tedward-scissor-hands/

MI5 agents can commit crime in UK, government reveals

2nd March 2018

MI5 agents are allowed to carry out criminal activity in the UK, the government has acknowledged for the first time.

The prime minister was on Thursday forced to publish the text of a direction to the Investigatory Powers Commissioner’s Office, the spying watchdog, on governing “security service participation in criminality”.

It instructs the IPCO to oversee the participation of MI5 agents in criminal activity, which was previously conducted by the now-defunct office of the Intelligence Services Commissioner, under a secret order referred to as the “third direction”.

However, guidance about when British spies can commit crimes, and how far they can go, remains confidential.

The commissioner, Lord Justice Sir Adrian Fulford, said: “I welcome the government’s decision to make public my oversight of this sensitive area of work.”

The order was published after a legal battle by the human rights groups Reprieve and Privacy International.

Maya Foa, the director of Reprieve, said: “After a seven-month legal battle the prime minister has finally been forced to publish her secret order but we are a long way from having transparency.

“The public and parliament are still being denied the guidance that says when British spies can commit criminal offences and how far they can go.

“Authorised criminality is the most intrusive power a state can wield. Theresa May must publish this guidance without delay.”

Millie Graham Wood, a solicitor at Privacy International, said there was no justification why the secret direction was not published earlier.

“Had we not sought to challenge the government over the failure to publish this direction, together with Reprieve, it is questionable whether it would have ever been brought to light,” she said. “It is wrong in principle for there to be entire areas of intelligence oversight and potentially of intelligence activity, about which the public knows nothing at all.”

The MI5 website says agents are “one of the most significant information gathering assets we have”, adding “intelligence from our agents is critical to keeping the UK safe”.

It also states: “Public views of what MI5 agents do are often based on fiction and not always accurate. There are many misunderstandings about what our agents do, as we cannot say much about those who help us, given our commitment to protect their identity.”


WATCH Stormzy Brit Awards takedown of Theresa May’s handling of Grenfell.

I uploaded Stormzy’s video on to youtube last night. This morning I received this…

So, here is the video!

(Apologies for the quality, its the best I could find!)

On Vimeo

Stormzy ends Brit Awards with ferocious takedown of Theresa May’s handling of Grenfell http://metro.co.uk/2018/02/21/stormzy-ends-brit-awards-ferocious-takedown-theresa-mays-handling-grenfell-7332283/

‘Devil incarnate’ Barry Bennell sentenced to 31 years

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.”

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.

Steven Walters, Gary Cliffe and Chris UnsworthGary Cliffe (centre) said outside court: “We did not forget, we came after you Bennell and now you are in prison due to us.”

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.”

Barry BennellBennell 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.


Mum dies of heart failure during court case

Screenshot_20180219-152745The tragic mum-of-four who collapsed in court [during] a family hearing died from heart failure it has been confirmed.

… [Hayley’s] parents noticed her eyes rolling into the back of her head before she began to fit.

… Her parents and sister watched in horror as her mum screamed: “Hayley. Oh My God. Please save her please.”

A spokesman for Hull Coroner’s Office confirmed the cause of death was hypertensive heart disease – and toxicology tests all came back negative, meaning there was no trace of any substance found.

Ms Gascoigne’s family said they believed her death was “exacerbated by stress” caused by the court hearing and the events leading up to it.

… Two court rooms were also brought to a standstill as the defendants were ordered out of the building.

After 40 minutes Hayley was put on a trolley and taken via a lift out of the building to one of three waiting ambulances.

She was taken to Hull Royal Infirmary but was pronounced dead.
Her funeral will be held on Tuesday, February 28.

Read in full

SHAME on Judge Jessica Pemberton!

HAYLEY’S FB page: https://www.facebook.com/hayley.gascoigne.9

“Shock Death”: Mom of 4 Drops Dead in Court after Custody Ruling

WOMEN’S COALITION NOTE: Social services had led the public to believe that Hayley had gone into the bathroom and taken a drug, and that is what caused her death. This was obviously to deflect blame from the judge and them. Now it is confirmed that was not the case. Hayley was clean and it was just the shock of the judge’s ruling taking her precious children away from her that caused the heart attack. Her Facebook page is proof of just how much she loved and was devoted to her children as there are tons of pictures and collages of them.

Hayley’s death is the tragic result of the systemic discrimination against women in family courts around the world resulting in the loss of custody of our children. Women must unite and demand a new system which gives us the power to keep and protect our children.

REVISION: The article said that Hayley died AFTER a family court hearing, which makes it sound like she did not die in court in front of the judge who just ruled to take her kids away. So “after” was replaced with “[during]”.


‘We must act before another child is killed’: Warning over abuse linked to witchcraft and possession beliefs in UK

Exclusive: Experts call for Government funding to tackle abuse being ‘hidden in plain sight’

Lizzie Dearden Home Affairs Correspondent

Thousands of children could be abused because relatives believe they are witches or possessed by evil spirits in Britain, it has been warned.

Experts fear another child will be murdered if efforts to prevent abuse linked to faith and belief are not urgently stepped up, following the horrific deaths of young victims including Kristy Bamu and Ayesha Ali.

The first ever Government statistics on the issue showed that witchcraft and possession were linked to almost 1,500 potential abuse cases across the UK in a single year but the figure is thought to be an underestimate.


“These beliefs are very real and on occasion people are going to take this to extremes where a child can be murdered,” said Inspector Allen Davis, who leads the Metropolitan Police’s response to the issue.

“There are a number of ways that an adult will try to rid the child of the evil they believe is within them.

“They might try to burn it out, cut it out, strangle it out, drowning can be involved, or starving and beating.”

Several children have been killed in the UK as a result of horrific abuse meted out by guardians who believed they were possessed or witches, including an eight-year-old girl who was tortured and 15-year-old boy who drowned during an exorcism.

Each harrowing case has sparked calls for action, but attention has quickly faded and activists are battling to raise awareness among social services, teachers, police and other authorities.

Dr Lisa Oakley, chair of the National Working Group for Child Abuse Linked to Faith or Belief, said: “We know these practices are occurring so we want to be acting now so we don’t have another high-profile case.

“You’ve then got a child who is severely damaged or not here anymore, and that’s a high price to pay.

“We’re saying we don’t want to get to a point where there is another high profile case.”

Dr Oakley, who is a senior psychology lecturer at the University of Chester, said the abuse stems from “genuine belief systems” where people believe they are doing the right thing for a child.

Cases have been found in all regions of the UK and across a range of different communities and religions, but a survey of more than 1,300 teachers, social workers, police officers, medics, community workers and religious figures showed that only a third could spot signs of abuse.

Research by the working group indicated that only half of respondents knew how to respond properly and a quarter had training on the issue.

Insp Davis warned that abuse related to witchcraft and demons was being “hidden in plain sight” because it is not properly understood.

“We’re not recognising the signs, we’re not sharing the information, we’re not identifying people who are vulnerable,” he said.

“The beliefs in witchcraft and spirit possession are very broad and go across a far larger swathe of the world than you would expect.

“These beliefs are common within both Christianity and Islam and we get victims from both.

“Evidence suggests that areas of Africa are affected by it but this is not a black African problem. This is far broader, these beliefs are widespread across many parts of the world and were widespread in this country not so long ago.”

A cursory internet demonstrates the demand for “exorcisms” and other religious services in Britain.

One self-declared Deliverance Ministry offers services in person or over Skype that claim to “cleanse demons and evil spirits” – for a price.

Its website blames the supernatural for everything from depression to sexual abuse, marriage breakdown, financial issues and health problems, proscribing “exorcism with inner healing”.

One Muslim practitioner claims to exorcise Jinn spirits in his East London home for £60 a time and similar Ruqyah services can be found in several British cities.

Mainstream Christian denominations also offer exorcisms, although the Church of England urges believers to contact advisers confidentially on psychic phenomena “because of the danger of adverse and sensational publicity”.

Leethen Bartholomew, who oversees work to tackle faith-linked abuse as head of the National FGM Centre, said the beliefs do not always result in physical action against a child.

He explained that parents who believes their children is a witch or possessed might first employ “safety behaviours” like protective talismans or amulets, and ask for deliverance through fasting and prayer before starting physical measures.

“All of these things are done for a purpose, they’re not random,” Mr Bartholomew said. “The idea is that the child is no longer there, the child’s body is possessed by something that’s evil.”

“The information from my research is that it’s much more prevalent,” said Mr Bartholomew, who is working towards a PhD adults accused of being possessed or called a witch.

“The prevalence of it internationally has also been increasing.”

He said there was “still a lot of learning to be done” as prevention work by Barnardo’s and other charities continues alongside projects by the Metropolitan Police and London Mayor’s office.

Research shows children are singled out for the accusations because of “difference”, which can include being a twin, albino, having mental health problems, epilepsy, bed-wetting, sleep walking, being rebellious or gifted.

“A child normalises that abusive behaviour and blames themselves, because they’re very young, they’re vulnerable, they will think of themselves as witches,” Insp Davis said.

“This is why there is the opportunity for professionals and communities to recognise that harm because if a child is talking about someone accusing them of being witch, they need to take that really seriously.”

He said police cannot “arrest our way out of” the issue, which can be linked to other concerns including honour-based violence and female genital mutilation (FGM).

“The beliefs that underpin the abuse are far, far wider than most people would think…we’re not here to criticise those beliefs but when they turn into the abuse of children, we all have to step in,” the officer added.

“Our primary concern is safeguarding children as a preventative measure where we can intervene before a crime has taken place and ultimately before a child is murdered.”

He said raising awareness had been a “challenge” and urged agencies including police, social workers, teachers and health professionals to take up training so they can spot the warnings signs.

Dr Oakley said child abuse linked to faith and belief had not had the “same Government buy-in or support” as FGM, but public awareness and intervention was desperately needed.

“We are calling on Government ministers to consider this issue and start to give us backing to tackle it,” she added.



Victoria Climbie, 11

Died: 25 February 2000, London

Victoria was born in Ivory Coast and brought to the UK by her great-aunt Marie-Therese Kouao, who moved in with her boyfriend Carl Manning in 1999.

Numerous people who came to contact with the family reported concerns to social services but no action was taken and Victoria’s abuse worsened, with her aunt initially blaming her incontinence.

A childminder heard Kouao calling the child a “wicked girl” before she told pastors that she believed Victoria was possessed by an evil spirit.

Two pastors supported her claim, with one saying he would fast on Victoria’s behalf and pray for deliverance from “witchcraft, bad luck and everything bad or evil”.

Days later, Victoria died after being starved for days while tied up in a black plastic bag with her hands and feet bound, lying in her own excrement without heating between being beaten and burned.

She was rushed to hospital suffering from a combination of malnutrition and hypothermia and was declared dead the next day, with a pathologist finding 128 separate injuries and scars in “the worst case of child abuse I’ve encountered”.

Kouao and Manning were jailed for life for murder, and the Government commissioned an inquiry into the “deeply disturbing” failures by social services, police, housing authorities and hospitals.

Two social workers from Haringey Council were dismissed for gross misconduct.

Nusayba Bharuchi, four

Died: 16 December 2010

Nusayba was disembowelled by her mother after she accused her of being possessed, with her father finding her body.

Reports said the child’s heart and other organs had been removed and placed in different rooms.

Her mother was detained under the Mental Health Act after allegedly being found by the corpse, rocking back and forth, chanting and listening to Quranic verses on an mp3 player.

Neighbours said they had been hearing “terrible screaming” in the night.

Kristy Bamu, 15

Died: 25 December 2010

Kristy and four of his siblings had come to London from Paris to stay with his sister Magalie Bamu and her partner Eric Bikubi for the festive season.

The couple, who were said to be obsessed with kindoki, the word for witchcraft in their native Democratic Republic of the Congo, accused him of putting spells on a younger child and started days of sadistic abuse.

Kristy was singled out after wetting his pants and his siblings were starved of food and water for three days and nights while praying for “deliverance”.

His sisters, aged 20 and 11, were also beaten but escaped further attacks after “confessing” to being witches, while they and their brothers aged 13 and 22 were then forced to take part in the torture.

Prosecutors said Kristy “pleaded to be allowed to die” while being beaten with a metal bar, hammer, floor tiles and bottles.

The siblings were placed in a bath for ritual cleansing on Christmas Day but Kristy was too weak and slipped under the water.

He died of a combination of drowning and the beatings, with a post-mortem finding 130 separate injuries.

Ayesha Ali, eight

Died: 29 August 2013

Ayesha’s mother, Polly Chowdhury, was brainwashed by her girlfriend into believing her daughter was possessed, “evil” and had “bad blood” after her father left their home in East London.

Kiki Muddar manipulated the mother using a bizarre cyber fantasy world, bombarding her with more than 40,000 texts, including one reading: “You have no right to ever love or like your evil daughter”.

During the court case that saw both women jailed was played a recording of a telephone call to a friend where Muddar vowed to kill Ayesha, calling her a “witch”, adding: “I’ll f***ing drown her in the bath.”

Chowdhury eventually believed a Muslim spirit guide called “Skyman” instructed them to abuse her daughter via text messages.

Neighbours heard Ayesha screaming and pleading “I don’t want to be bad”, while a handwritten note by the child described how she “hated getting punishments” but was trying to be good.

Ayesha was found dead in her bedroom at their flat in Chadwell Heath, east London, in August 2013.

A blow to the head was ruled to be the cause of death but more than 50 injuries, including bruises, carpet burns and a bite mark, told of the extent of the abuse.

When paramedics found the child dead, the court heard that Muddar told them: “Ayesha is always naughty. She was a naughty child and her mum thought she was possessed by the devil.