Children’s social care facing ‘grave crisis’, report finds

Children’s social services have never had an easy job, but recently the challenge has taken on a whole new dimension.

At the same time as the overall spending power of local authorities is falling, councils are grappling with new challenges like online grooming and the increased number of refugee children. 

An inquiry into the social care of children and young people, has found the system is struggling to keep pace with the rising numbers of children and families who need help, with nearly 90% of senior managers saying they find it increasingly difficult to provide children ‘in need’, including those with disabilities, families in crisis and those at risk of abuse and neglect, with the support they require.

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Children Inquiry heard repeatedly that local authorities are having to target dwindling resources toward children who have already suffered abuse or neglect, or those at a high risk of harm, rather than nipping problems in the bud. The shift toward late intervention makes it harder to engage with families before they reach crisis point. For some children this means, by the time social care services are involved, there is no option but for them to be taken into care.

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The Inquiry’s report ‘No Good Options’ is published as the numbers of child protection plans, when social workers believe a child is at risk of harm, have risen by over 29% between 2010/11 and 2015/16. Over the same period, the numbers of children being taken into care rose by 17%. Yet despite these increases in demand, local authority spending power has decreased by over 20 per cent in the same period.

The Inquiry also found a postcode lottery in how law and policy relating to children is applied in different parts of the country.  Figures indicate that local authorities are taking wildly different approaches to early intervention and identification of ‘children in need’, and rates of children taken into care vary significantly.

Evidence to the Inquiry suggests quality of social care, often determined by the relationship between professionals and the children and families they work with, is being undermined by staff shortages, high turnover of social workers and multiple care placements. In some local authority areas agency staff accounted for more than 40 per cent of social workers.

The inquiry also heard that while many local authorities involve children and young people in high level decisions about local services, too often children were not routinely involved in decisions about their own care. Some children didn’t even know why they were in foster care or residential care, rather than with their birth families.

Tim Loughton MP, who co-chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group for Children, has voiced concerns over whether the current ituation is sustainable.

‘Children’s social services have never had an easy job, but recently the challenge has taken on a whole new dimension. Our Inquiry found that there is huge variation in the way in which local authorities decide to support the most vulnerable children. Perhaps most strikingly, the proportion of children taken into care varies from just 22 per 10,000 in one local authority to 164 per 10,000 in another. This cannot simply be explained by differences in deprivation – it points instead to variation in policy and practice. Given we know that children in care are far less likely to gain good GCSEs and to go to university, and more likely to have poor physical and mental health, such a “postcode lottery” is deeply worrying.

‘I urge Ministers to focus on realistic resourcing of all children’s services, from prevention to early help for families, to care and child protection; and to look at ways to tackle the stark variation in standards across the country.’

We believe, children’s social care is in crisis across the country. Some services cannot even fulfil their legal duty to support children in need. This is happening right now and the evidence we have heard over the last year indicates that it could get even worse.

Increasing demand set against dwindling resources is placing intolerable strain on the system, at a time when children’s social care teams are having to deal with a host of new pressures and challenges, from refugee children to online grooming. It is time the Government recognised that asking children’s services to do more with less, ultimately results in misery for children and families.’

The report calls for:

  • A Government review of resourcing for children’s social care services, and a plan for incentivising investment in early intervention and prevention.
  • The Department for Education to commission an independent inquiry into variations in access to children’s services across England, and the impact this has on outcomes for vulnerable children.
  • A better approach to intervening in failing children’s services and a national program to allow senior staff to ‘buddy’ with staff in outstanding local authorities.
  • The Department for Education to support and incentivise local authorities to improve participation practices so that vulnerable children can play a meaningful role in their care.

No Good Options is available from www.ncb.org.uk/nogoodoptions from the 21st March 2017.

https://www.ncb.org.uk/news-opinion/news-highlights/failure-invest-childrens-social-care-services-ignores-rising-demand. https://archive.is/pYzUT


There is a “grave crisis” facing children’s social care, a year-long inquiry has revealed.

Services across the country are finding it increasingly difficult to support children in need.

And a postcode lottery is determining whether youngsters are ultimately taken into care or not, the joint report by peers, MPs and The National Children’s Bureau found.

Staff shortages mean local authorities are repeatedly having to target resources towards children who have already suffered abuse or neglect rather than helping families in need of additional support.

This makes it harder for social workers to engage with families before they have reached crisis point – by which time there may be no other option than for them to be taken into care.

The report also found:

90%

Of senior managers say they are finding it difficult to provide care they need

17%

Rise in number of children being taken into care in last four years

29%

Rise in children being deemed at risk of harm in last four years

stream_imgSocial services in some areas are only stepping in when families have already reached crisis point

In some areas agency staff accounted for more than 40% of social workers.

The Inquiry also heard that too often children were not routinely involved in decisions about their own care.

And some did not even know why they were in foster care or residential care, rather than with their birth families.

Anna Feuchtwang, Chief Executive of the National Children’s Bureau said: “There is a grave crisis facing children’s social care, with services across the country finding it increasingly difficult to fulfil their legal duty to support children in need.

“At a time when children’s social care teams are having to deal with a a host of new pressures and challenges, from refugee children to online grooming, it is time the Government recognised that asking children’s services to do more with less, ultimately results in misery for children and families.”

image_update_imgTim Loughton MP, co-chair of of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Children told ITV News there is a great concern for vulnerable children in the UK.

“We must remember there are a large number of children who need help, who have come into the care system, that’s increased by 17.5% since 2010.

“Yet the amount of money has not gone up and I’m concerned that those children are not getting the level of care that they need and deserve.

He added: “Our Inquiry found there is huge variation in the way in which local authorities decide to support the most vulnerable children.

“I urge ministers to focus on realistic resourcing of all children’s services…to look at ways to tackle the stark variation in standards across the country.”

http://www.itv.com/news/2017-03-20/childrens-social-care-facing-grave-crisis-report-finds/   https://archive.is/hTTSK


National Children’s Bureau | spotlight

https://spotlightonabuse.wordpress.com/tag/national-childrens-bureau/  https://archive.is/BVTKZ

Viscount Linley

David Armstrong-Jones,Viscount Linley 2nd Earl of Snowdon – Wiki

Chateau d’Autet located in the Luberon hills of the commune of Viens in the Vaucluse department, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, France. The château lies approximately 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) to the northeast of the village of Gignac, and roughly 85 kilometres (53 mi) north of Marseille. Built in the 19th century as a hunting lodge, the dilapidated house and surrounding neglected estate was bought in 1998 by Viscount Linley, who is reported to have paid £500,000. In addition to repairing the house, Linley planted fields of lavender on the estate nearby.

Sept 2012, Prince William and Catherine stayed at the château. Long lens photographers took topless photos of the Duchess from the D33 public road about 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) away (43°55′14″N 5°33′04″E) which were controversially published in French magazine version of Closer the following week.

Kate Middleton, Prince William Holiday in France Ahead of South Pacific Royal Tour


HIV, cocaine and the royals 23 April 2009 

Ian Strachan, jailed last year in London for attempting to blackmail a member of the British royal family with video tapes he claimed featured sex and drugs, has revealed in an interview with music magazine ‘Hot Press’, that he has over eight hours of footage.

Strachan claims to have footage of a royal aide indulging in oral homosexual sex and cocaine.

The royal aide was employed by Princess Margaret’s son, Viscount David Linley, who is 12th in line to the British throne. Because a UK media blackout ensured that little of the substance of the case was reported, this is the first time Strachan has told his story to the media.

Strachan, who says he was regularly invited to parties held by the viscount, says: “I got handwritten invitations, done by his hand.” He also says that on the video tapes which he possesses, “it was revealed that the death of Princess Margaret was not actually a stroke. My understanding is that she died from HIV contracted from Johnny Bindon, a gangster she used to date”.

Strachan also claims the tapes include footage of a younger royal and a well-known nightclub promoter with drugs, as well as discussions, involving a royal aide, about Princess Diana’s alleged murder. He also says that he met princes William and Harry “a couple of times”; he socialised with many members of the royal family; his grandfather played golf with Prince Philip, and he has pictures signed by the viscount of his other grandfather with Princess Margaret.

Also on the queen’s sister, Strachan says: “There was a big thing about when she burnt her feet in the bath and she blamed the maid. The actually story was she was out of her face on valium and gin – as she usually was.”

After it became known that Strachan, claimed to have incriminating video tapes involving the royals, he says his mother “was threatened on several occasions, as were other members of my family. I thought I might get shot in the head”.

He says that he has eight hours of footage and that “when the story came out it was all about the sex act and that was only a very small point in the tapes, to us. There was more shocking and probably damaging stories concerning basically nearly every senior member of the royal family”.

Strachan also reveals that he has an Irish girlfriend and that he plans to move here after he is released from prison.

“I love Ireland. Kinsale is a favourite place of mine,” Strachan says. “I haven’t been out in Dublin for a good four years now, but I really enjoyed myself when I was there.”

Strachan was sentenced to five years in prison after being convicted with Sean McGuigan, an Irishman living in London. Both protest their innocence of the blackmail charges. http://www.herald.ie/news/hiv-cocaine-and-the-royals-27909175.html  https://archive.is/l4OQ7


  1. Blackmail Target Linley Won’t Have To Appear In Court Telegraph 04/22/2008 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/04/14/royal-blackmail-target-vi_n_96591.html  https://archive.is/lvQ02
  2. Meet the Royal in the Sex, Coke Scandal http://radaronline.com/exclusives/2008/10/meet-the-royal-embroiled-in-sex-coke-scandal-php/  https://archive.is/KHYyp
  3. Unnamed Royal In Sex And Drugs Blackmail Scandal Daily Mail  31 October 2007 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=490216&in_page_id=1770&ct=5  https://archive.is/afYH
  4. Royal in gay sex video scandal outed  Sydney Morning Herald  31 Oct 2007 http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2007/10/31/1193618925070.html https://archive.is/3zSfT
  5. Royal Blackmail Target “On Verge” Of Going Public http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1567789/Blackmail-plot-royal-on-verge-of-going-public.html  https://archive.is/ExZZf   30 Oct 2007 
  6. The married royal, the lurid gay sex tape, and ‘a £50,000 blackmail plot by two men http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-559814/The-married-royal-lurid-gay-sex-tape-50-000-blackmail-plot-men.html https://archive.is/aV2gW  16th April 2008
  7. Royal in ‘gay sex blackmail plot’ egged on by stripper, court told http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1895763/Royal-in-gay-sex-blackmail-plot-egged-on-by-stripper-court-told.html  https://archive.is/p8Kzm   16  April 2008
  8. ‘Gay sex tape’ royal took drugs, court told – Telegraph  16 Apr 2008 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1895761/Gay-sex-tape-royal-took-drugs-court-told.html  https://archive.is/dOtC0
  9. Socialites jailed after being convicted of £50,000 Royal ‘gay sex’ blackmail plot
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-563580/Socialites-jailed-convicted-50-000-Royal-gay-sex-blackmail-plot.html#ixzz4XlV2msqj  https://archive.is/dijTA

 

Abuse in Britain’s boarding schools: why I decided to confront my demons May 4th 2014

EXTRACT ~ If Ashdown Houses pretty Georgian facade reminds you of Washington’s Capitol and the White House that’s because the architect, Benjamin Latrobe, had a hand in those, too. It is an excellent look for the entrance to a temple of education: it speaks of classical wisdom and the rule of reason. We boys weren’t allowed to go in that way, of course.

Today, 40 years since I last saw the school, we step in through Latrobe’s columned porch as though entitled. Nothing can touch us: we’re parents. Ruth, my wife, grips my hand. A friend who works in post-traumatic stress disorder warned us, quite gravely, of the risks when people visit scenes of past troubles; of hyper-arousal – sweats, nausea, high heart-rate. Or the opposite, hypo-arousal: a state of lethargy, a feeling of unreality. But I’m fine. Pulse steady. People hurt you, not places.

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READ IN FULL https://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/may/04/abuse-britain-private-schools-personal-memoir  https://archive.is/QTGQQ


Boris Johnson’s former prep school headmaster arrested on suspicion of child sex offences  11 Jul 2014

Clive Williams, who was head of Ashdown School in East Sussex for almost 30 years, is questioned by police in connection with alleged offences of sexual assault and child neglect against pupils

Boris Johnson’s former headmaster at his prep school has been arrested on suspicion of child sex offences.

Clive Williams, 69, who was in charge of Ashdown School in East Sussex for almost 30 years before he left in 2003, was questioned by police on Wednesday in connection with alleged offences of sexual assault and child neglect against pupils.

Mr Williams was interviewed by officers from Sussex police’s Operation Mitre, which has received complaints of past abuse from more than 20 past pupils spanning three decades.

Mr Williams has not been charged and has been released on police bail pending further inquiries.

Police said there were no safeguarding issues or complaints relating to current pupils or teachers at the school, whose alumni include the Queen’s nephew Viscount Linley and the actor Damian Lewis.

READ IN FULL http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/10960840/Boris-Johnsons-former-prep-school-headmaster-arrested-on-suspicion-of-child-sex-offences.html https://archive.is/ikk2L



http://blindgossip.com/?p=70195

(I’ve found nothing that corroborates the info in the following pic)

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wp-1486312302543.jpgwp-1486312285706.jpghttp://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/theroyalfamily/1921105/Royal-blackmail-plotters-jailed-for-five-years.html  https://archive.is/IdlPf

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/8964111/Viscount-Linley-my-father-Lord-Snowdon-would-tin-foil-the-TV.html 

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  4. Royal Sex and Drugs Blackmail
  5. Royal Sex and Drugs Scandal
  6. Royal Drugs Scandal
  7. Royal Sex Scandal
  8. Viscount David Linley Blackmail

PETER RIGHTON

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MP: I WANT THE TRUTH 16.02.16

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

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https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=biQ-AAAAIBAJ&sjid=lUoMAAAAIBAJ&pg=6456%2C1007154


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

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


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

SUN 24 AUG 2014

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

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


HTTPS://THENEEDLEBLOG.WORDPRESS.COM/OPERATION-GREENLIGHT/SCOTLAND/GLASGOW-CITY/LARCHGROVE-ASSESSMENT-CENTRE/


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

ANOTHER WHISTLEBLOWER SPEAKS: ESTABLISHMENT PAEDOPHILES

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


18.08.2014

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

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

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

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

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

Eel PIE Island. {why am I getting the distinct stench of Tavistock?}

Eel Pie Island – Wiki    Google map     Eel Pie Club  https://archive.is/VOzZ

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The following articles set off my alarm bells BIG STYLE. It has all the wrong people & some “buzz words” that i just don’t like!!  I haven’t dug any deeper YET. But I shall!

AUGUST 21, 2014

The Tiny island on the Thames that once held The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, and the UK’s Largest Hippie Commune

Eel Pie Landscape 3

Let’s take a walk along the towpath by the Thames, breathing in the heady scent of summer. See that island in the middle? That’s where we’re headed. And I’ve got a map, so I know it’s there!

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Map of Island

Past the gently bobbing riverboats moored at Twickenham,

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Until we reach a single footbridge.

Over the bridge 2

Here we go…

Private Island Sign

And we’re in!

Welcome to the exclusive and elusive Eel Pie Island, former site to the now legendary Eel Pie Island Hotel and one of London’s best kept secrets. It’s tiny expanse is home to just 120 residents, but don’t be fooled by its size- this little island holds an extraordinary history and quirky character all its own.

A postcard showing the Eel Pie Hotel c. 1900

Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city, it’s rumoured that King Henry VIII used the island during the 1500’s as a courting ground for his many mistresses, and from 1830 onwards its beautiful three-storey Eel Pie Island Hotel made it a popular leisure resort for holidaymakers. The island got its unusual name from the tasty eel pies that were sold by its residents to passing river traders. Although this specialty died out, the name remained.

A photograph from 1952

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Oh for the time when The Stones were a weekly fixture! Below, a young Mick Jagger plays a gig on the island with his unknown band in 1963 

With bands like these playing almost every week, it’s easy to see why many claim Eel Pie Island launched the UK’s first underground music scene. Gigs were infamously raucous and the liqueur (amongst other things) flowed freely. Crowded, loud, smoky, sweaty, and flooded with free spirits and new music lovers from all over the world, it was an escapist’s paradise and the perfect place to leave the daily grind behind.

Rave Island 1960

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Rave 6

Rave 7

Rave 5

Interestingly, the owner of the hotel and founder of the Eelpiland Club, Arthur Chisnell, often used profits from the club to help a number of hard-up teenagers who attended the gigs to get a better start in life. An avid social researcher and philanthropist, Arthur was also a bit of a bohemian at heart and had a wicked sense of humour. Check out these Eel Pie Island ‘passports’ that were issued to jivers in the 50’s and 60’s.

Passport 1

Passport 2

But when the club failed to raise the £200,000 required for much-needed repairs it was forced to close, and the hotel was eventually occupied by a group of anarchists. The island quickly grew into an oasis for society’s waifs and strays, becoming the UK’s largest hippie commune by 1970.

Eel Pie Hotel c. 1970

Hippy gathering on the banks of Eel Pie Island c. 1970

I get the feeling there’s more to this secretive island than meets the eye. Unexplored paths and secret gardens beckon…

But we’ll have to leave that for another day. The light is fading, and twinkling lights guide the way. Back we turn, past the artists’ houses,

Artist's Studio Night 1

Back over the bridge,

Bridge 2

And with one last glance over our shoulders, we leave the Eel Pie isle behind and head towards the gathering dusk.

A book has been published on the history of Eel Pie Island that includes many interviews, images and anecdotes from those who spent time there. It’s available for purchase here.

You can also take a look at this short documentary from 1967, which shows footage of the Eel Pie Island Hotel and details how the club helped several who attended gigs there.

www.messynessychic.com/2014/08/21/the-tiny-island-on-the-thames-that-once-held-the-rolling-stones-david-bowie-and-the-uks-largest-hippie-commune  https://archive.is/CvGj3


Island that rocked to Bowie and the Stones stakes claim as true home of British R&B

Museum planned to celebrate the Eelpiland dance club, the 1960s venue in the middle of the Thames

Rolling Stones at Eel Pie Island

 

The Rolling Stones at Eel Pie Island

 

Back when rock music was deemed antisocial, and even traditional jazz bands were frowned upon, it cost just fourpence to gain entry to a place where the young were free to dance, drink and kiss. The Rolling Stones, a teenage David Bowie, Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton, the Who and Pink Floyd all first found regular audiences in this hidden haven.

The venue was Eel Pie Island: a tiny enclave in the middle of the river Thames at Twickenham, which is now claiming its place in Britain’s cultural history. A museum dedicated to the island’s past glory as the centre of a British R&B boom is set to have a permanent home. Curator Michele Whitby has been promised £8,000 from the London mayor’s office and now has until next month to raise another £4,000 on a crowdfunding site to see her scheme come to life.

“I want to run a museum just a stone’s throw from the island itself, in Twickenham’s main street,” she said. “People describe Eel Pie Island as like nowhere else and so seven years ago I wrote a book about it. Now I have a fantastic wealth of material to share.”

Whitby, 49, now lives on a boat moored to the island, but first arrived on its shores aged 21, when she rented space for a photographic studio. “The Stones had 15 dates here early in their career and were paid around £45 for a gig; good money then, although you could not get tickets to see them for that now,” said Whitby. “I made a montage of photographs of the band from 1963 and sent it to them. It came back signed by them all ‘to Eel Pie Island’.”

The Jazz Club at Eel Pie Island in January 1967

 

The Jazz Club at Eel Pie Island in January 1967

Once known as Twickenham Ait, the island takes its current name from the snacks once sold to passing traders from its banks. It was a leisure destination as early as the beginning of the 17th century and a map of 1635 marks a plot of land with “hath bin A Boulding Alley”.

Henry VIII is said to have used it for discreet courting. With the construction of the grand, three-storey Eel Pie Island hotel in 1830 it became a popular holiday destination for the rest of London.

But its modern influence dates from the launch of the Eelpiland dance club in 1956. When an arched footbridge to the mainland was built a year later, clubbers paid fourpence admission and were wrist-stamped as they queued to join dancers in the ballroom adjoining the neglected hotel. They were given a passport instead of a ticket, underlining the notion that different social rules prevailed.

A beatnik jazz party on Eel Pie Island in August 1960

 

A beatnik jazz party on Eel Pie Island in August 1960

The passport read: “We request and require, in the name of His Excellency Prince Pan, all those whom it may concern to give the bearer of this passport any assistance he/she may require in his/her lawful business of jiving and generally cutting a rug. Given under our hand this first day of November 1963 PAN Prince of Trads.”

For Whitby, and for older fans who saw the Stones or Eric Clapton play, Eelpiland is the birthplace of a youth movement, comparable to the Cavern Club in Liverpool, the Wigan Casino, the pubs of Canvey Island or the Hacienda in Manchester. “Fans used to have to get there by ferry before they built the bridge and even then there was very little residential accommodation here,” said Whitby. “It was all boatyards. They thought the police would find it more difficult to come over and so they were free to make more noise.”

The stage at Eel Pie Island

 

The stage at Eel Pie Island.

Last year Whitby put together artefacts and memorabilia for a pop-up museum, housed in two rooms in Twickenham library. It also told the story of the remarkable Arthur Chisnall, the antiques dealer and philanthropist who set up the club. He started by booking trad jazz stars, such as Acker Bilk and George Melly, at the weekends, but the bar and large, sprung dance floor also made it suitable for rock’n’roll gigs. Chisnall, a pipe-smoking guru in tweed, booked visiting American blues stars such as Buddy Guy and Howlin’ Wolf.

“Arthur really was the centre of it,” said Whitby. “He was not a massive music fan, but was fascinated by young people and their problems in a genuine way. A lot of people have told me that he changed their lives for the better.”

The pop-up museum contained a recreation of Arthur’s living room in nearby Strawberry Hill, with his original desk. In June 1961, on the club’s fifth birthday, he was interviewed by the News of the World. “This place started as a jazz club. Now it is one of the biggest political discussion centres in this part of greater London. There are 8,386 members. The bands only play at weekends. During the week the members jam the bar … while discussing all sorts of serious topics. We are not tied down to any one line of political thought,” he said.

Watching the Stones at Eel Pie Island

 

Watching the Stones at Eel Pie Island.

By the end of Chisnall’s reign the club had also welcomed the Yardbirds, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, the Tridents with Jeff Beck, and Long John Baldry and his Hoochie Coochie Men, featuring Rod Stewart. In his 1998 autobiography, All the Rage, Ian McLagan, keyboard-player with the Small Faces and the Faces, recalled supporting the Stones at Eelpiland and first meeting Rod “The Mod” Stewart, dressed up and “on the pull”. “It was one of the best places to hear blues bands at the weekends,” McLagan wrote.

Chisnall lived on until 2006, but lack of funds closed down his club in the late 1960s. Threatened with demolition, it briefly reopened as Colonel Barefoot’s Rock Garden, when Black Sabbath and Pink Floyd performed. But eventually squatters and anarchists took over and the hotel was home to 100 hippies.

“One particularly cold winter, squatters started cannibalising the building for firewood and in 1970 it was pretty much destroyed by fire,” said Whitby. The coveted homes of the 1970s residential block Aquarius now stand on the site, surrounded by a small community of artists living and working in former boathouses. The maverick inventor of the wind-up radio, Trevor Bayliss, is a proud local and would surely approve of Chisnall’s vision for the island: “You must realise that what goes on here is the expression of the latent desire among the young to get away from mass media and regimentation,” he said during Eelpiland’s heyday

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/jul/09/eel-pie-island-british-r-and-b-bowie-stones-museum  https://archive.is/EVuST

The Boathouse, Twickenham https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Boathouse,_Twickenham

The property was previously known as Dick Waite’s Boathouse, and was built in the late 1960s as part of a redevelopment of Sims’ Boatyard, a builder of racing boats. The structure originally provided meeting rooms, commercial film and recording studios, offices and residential quarters for use of the boatyard. The building was dilapidated in 1976 when Pete Townshend of The Who bought it from Bill Sims[3] and remodelled it to house his Eel Pie Studios.Townshend and Delia de Leon, a disciple of Meher Baba, started the Meher Baba Film Archive at the studios in the 1970s under the name Meher Baba Oceanic Centre. The film archive moved from The Boathouse to Norwich, Norfolk, in 1990

Eel Pie Studios was already in business at 45 Broadwick Street when Townshend bought the new building. Although operation of the company took place at both locations, the studios in The Boathouse later became known as Oceanic Studios. The studios were occupied by the band Cocteau Twins in the 1990s, who called it September Sound, and also the band Lightning Seeds. Townshend sold the property in 2008 to Hi2 Limited and it now is a residential dwelling. However, Townshend retained ownership of the Dutch barge.

  https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eel_Pie_Island
  https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eel_Pie_Studios
  https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Method_Music

 https://forum.davidicke.com/showthread.php?t=222773&page=2645

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

 Paul Moffat

 March 17, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Moffat, 30, denies the charges against him.

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

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

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


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Scotland Considering CHEMICAL CASTRATION for Sex Offenders

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


ONLY MY OPINION

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

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

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

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

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

But as for long term..

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

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

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

 

Two #HumanTrafficking victims MISSING WITHOUT TRACE

Tang Chien DANG (left) and Thang Vu TAN (right)

(their age isn’t mentioned but they look pretty young to me & the article does say two boys?! )

March 13, 2017 12.45 pm

mPolice are searching for two victims of human trafficking who have been missing in the South West for a month.

The Southwest Regional Organised Crime Unit, known as Zephyr, has issued an appeal for witnesses in relation to the safeguarding of the two boys, both from Vietnam.

Tang Chien Dang and Thang Vu Tan were identified as ‘gardeners’ during the course of an extensive people trafficking investigation, Operation Astoria.

Both were kept in ‘appaling conditions’ according to a report on court proceedings which saw six defendants convicted of their role in the conspiracies to produce millions of pounds worth of Cannabis across the South West.

 
Some of the plants discovered by police when they raided the cannabis factories

Tang Chien Dang was the gardener at a cannabis factory in the Swindon area.

Police discovered 302 cannabis plants when they raided the property at Whittingham Drive, Wroughton last February. They also found that Tan, whom police believe is “slightly older” than 15, was kept in “dangerous and degrading” conditions.

Tan and Dang were found to be victims of human trafficking during the course of the police investigation and no criminal proceedings were brought against them.

Both young men were placed into the care of the Social Services and have subsequently gone missing from their respective locations within the South West Region.

A/Det Insp Nick Eckland, the Senior Investigation Officer of Operation Astoria said “I would appeal to the Vietnamese communities of the South West and beyond to come forward and identify the whereabouts of these two young victims. It is important that we can find them to make sure they are safe and free from re-exploitation in the future”

Both young men were known to have further links to London and Scotland.

“Human Trafficking and Modern day slavery are extremely high on our agenda across the region, we are absolutely committed to working with our partners to ensure that victims are safeguarded against and offenders are brought to justice. Operation Astoria was seen a series of significant convictions but we do not rest on our laurels, we now work with our Criminal Finance Team to strip these defendants of their assets, we work with the Courts and the Crown Prosecution Service to consider Anti-Slavery Orders against those offenders who sit right at the very top of this criminal network, and where we identify that an individual is here illegally for the sole purpose of committing serious and organised crime, working with the Immigration Service, we’ll deport them.”

Anyone with any information regarding the whereabouts of Tang Chien DANG and Thang Vu TAN or in relation to human trafficking and modern slavery offences can phone 101 or crime stoppers on 0800 555111 anonymously or via https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information-online/

 http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/police-search-for-two-human-trafficking-victims-missing-without-trace/story-30199379-detail/story.html#CSc5F361Zel1eKgH.99  https://archive.is/WLrDv

TUAM: Mass grave of 800 BABIES found at Irish orphanage

12 Mar 2017

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

11 Mar 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

People Before Profit TD Brid Smith Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

People Before Profit TD Brid Smith 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


4th Mar 2017

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


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

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

9th MARCH 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

9 March 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


2nd MARCH 2017

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


1st MARCH 2017 

EVEN MORE

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

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

 

 

 

 

Mind Control & Paedophilia: BOOKS & PDFS

WHERE POSSIBLE I HAVE GIVEN  2 DIFFERENT LINKS JUST TO ENSURE EVERYONE CAN ACCESS & IN CASE ANY LINKS BREAK


THE SEARCH FOR THE “MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE” THE CIA & MIND CONTROL https://files.acrobat.com/a/preview/201dad4c-d76a-4015-8c9c-cc338efcb920          http://wikispooks.com/w/images/d/d9/CIA_Search_for_the_Manchurian_Candidate.pdf 

OCCULT THEOCRACY    by Lady Queenborough & Eidith Starr Miller https://files.acrobat.com/a/preview/76eff160-ad64-47bd-b66e-491ec0ebd684      http://www.whale.to/c/occult-theocracy.pdf

The Andy Pero Story. Project Superman – Mind Control Experiments                       https://spidercatweb.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/project-superman-mind-control-and-the-montauk-projects.pdf      http://archive.li/px85R

Cathy O’Brien’s Tranceformation America https://spidercatweb.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/tranceformation_america.pdf     audiobook   https://youtu.be/lzsYmdA_8-0

JAMES CASBOLT  MI6 Buried Alive  https://spidercatweb.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/james-casbolt-mi6-buried-alive.pdf  audiobook  https://youtu.be/CPbLXP2n4WI

OPERATION MIND CONTROL  http://www.rense.com/general96/Operation_Mind_Control.pdf  https://spidercatweb.files.wordpress.com/2017/02/operation_mind_control.pdf

Jose Silva The Silva Mind Control Method  https://archive.org/details/JoseSilvaTheSilvaMindControlMethod  https://spidercatweb.files.wordpress.com/2017/02/jose-silva-the-silva-mind-control-method.pdf


THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES BRICE TAYLOR   https://spidercatweb.files.wordpress.com/2017/02/brice-taylor-thanks-for-the-memories.pdf   http://files.meetup.com/562554/Brice%20Taylor%20-%20Thanks%20for%20the%20memories.pdf       

BriceTaylor & TedGunderson (2hrs approx) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cb3KTQyP3zE 

MKULTRA-CIA Mind Control Research and Documentation  TED GUNNERSON  http://tedgunderson.info/index_htm_files/MKULTRA–CIA%20Mind%20Control%20Research%20and%20Documentation.pdf  https://spidercatweb.files.wordpress.com/2017/02/mkultra-cia-mind-control-research-and-documentation.pdf


FRITZ SPRINGMEIER

BLOODLINES OF THE ILLUMINATI  https://spidercatweb.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/bloodlines-of-the-illuminati-2002-fritz-springmeier.pdf   audiobook  https://youtu.be/PRAx3aColPg

The Illuminati Formula Used to Create an Undetectable Total Mind Controlled Slave http://loveforlife.com.au/files/total_mind_controlled.pdf  https://spidercatweb.files.wordpress.com/2017/02/total_mind_controlled.pdf

Deeper Insights into the Illuminati Formula  https://archive.org/details/pdfy-r4h3bvzSoE3Ln9Y7    https://spidercatweb.files.wordpress.com/2017/02/deeper-insights-into-the-illuminati-formula-by-fritz-springmeier.pdf

BE WISE AS SERPENTS  https://files.acrobat.com/a/preview/a7a34de5-4893-412a-a417-50212f566410       http://whale.to/b/springmeier9.html


PAEDOPHILIA

Playboy, Child Playmates, Violence, Kinsey, Sex Ed & Gender Identity https://spidercatweb.blog/2017/02/17/playboy-kinsey-paedo/

Boys on their contacts with men  Theo Sandfort  https://www.ipce.info/host/sandfort_87/index.htm

Paedophilia, The Radical Case   Tom O Carroll  PDF  https://www.ipce.info/host/radicase/radical_new_cleaned1.pdf

Paedophiles & Sexual Offences Against Children   Dennis Howett https://www.ipce.info/host/howitt/index.htm

The Sexual Life Of Children   Floyd M. Martinson https://www.ipce.info/host/martinson/index.html

Positive memories  T. Rivas   PDF https://www.ipce.info/host/rivas/pdf/pos_mem_2nd_ed.pdf

Reconstructing Paedophilia   Jonelle Naudé https://www.ipce.info/host/naude/naude.htm

R. vs Sharpe     John Robin Sharpe    https://www.ipce.info/host/sharpe/index.htm

Pedophilia   Horst Vogt   https://www.ipce.info/host/vogt/vogt_content.htm

The man they called a monster   Paul Wilson https://www.ipce.info/host/wilson/index.htm

The Child-Lovers    Glenn D. Wilson & David N. Cox https://www.ipce.info/host/wilson_83/index.htm

Major search launched for missing man after belongings discovered near clifftop

khjgv.JPGA major search has been resumed this morning following the discovery of a missing man’s belongings near an Aberdeen clifftop.

Personal belongings apparently relating to Benjamin Ludwig, a 34 year old German man, were found on a coastal path in the Cove area.

Police were contacted at around 12.20pm yesterday afternoon by a member of the public who had seen a male wearing a red waterproof jacket in the same area the day before.

Officers said they were keen to establish if that was Mr Ludwig.

As a result of this information, resources from HM Coastguard and the Aberdeen lifeboat carried out searches of the coastline around Cove where the male had been seen.

Inspector Mark Stephen of North East Division said: “Personal belongings apparently relating to Benjamin Ludwig, a 34 year old German were recovered near the cliff top on the coastal path near Cove. We are keen to establish if he was the male wearing the red waterproof jacket and that he is safe and well.  At this time we don’t know what Mr Ludwig’s connections are to the area. I would ask that anyone who has any knowledge of the current whereabouts of Mr Ludwig, where he has been staying or any other information about him to get in touch with us on 101. Similarly if you were the male wearing the red waterproof jacket in the area on Sunday 5 March and are unconnected to Mr Ludwig we would like to hear from you too”.

 https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/aberdeen/1188286/major-search-launched-missing-man-belongings-discovered-near-aberdeen-clifftop/

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

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Abuse inquiry judge urged to investigate Dunblane boarding school

March 5 2017, 12:01am

The Sunday Times

 Anne Smith is chairwoman of the Scottish child abuse inquiryl

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The MoD and QVS declined to comment.

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

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TOM JONES INTERVIEW 2 WITH ORNA KIESEL BLOODSTAINED SHEETS, STATEMENT UNDER OATH

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Tom Jones & the CHILD RAPE allegations that just won’t go away  {part 1} https://spidercatweb.blog/2016/04/27/tom-jones-2x-child-rape-allegations/   https://archive.is/bXQ50

 

 

 

 

 

Scottish #ChildAbuse compensation payouts could total £200 million #CSA

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The cost of providing compensation to child abuse survivors could reach at least £200 million in Scotland, MSPs have been told.

Holyrood’s Justice Committee heard the estimate stemmed from projections based on a compensation system for abuse victims in Jersey.

MSPs were told the scale of the sums which could be involved was “highly significant” as they were urged to look at the potential impact it might have on the work of voluntary organisations today.

They also heard ministers’ estimates that a legislation change could result in about 2,200 compensation claims may be “conservative”.

The committee is currently examining the Scottish Government‘s Limitation (Childhood Abuse) (Scotland) Bill.

The proposed legislation would abolish the current three-year time bar, or limitation, for bringing a civil court claim for damages in some cases of childhood abuse.

Alistair Gaw, representing Social Work Scotland, said access to justice is undoubtedly “overdue” for survivors.

But he asked MSPs to consider what the outcome might be in terms of resources.

He said: “The isle of Jersey went down a route which didn’t involve courts and was actually an efficient and effective route of providing compensation. If you scale up even what happened there to the Scottish scene, you’ve got an average cost of around £40,000. In Scotland that would involve about £200 million if we had the same kind of numbers, which would be around 5,000 in Scotland.”

A Scottish Government memo accompanying the Bill suggests the planned changes could spark 2,200 new legal actions.

But a Police Scotland representative indicated a search of records for the old Strathclyde area alone suggested there were around 4,400 potential cases the force was aware of.

Detective Chief Superintendent Lesley Boal told MSPs: “We have said that we think that 2,200 might be conservative.”

She said a focus on the Strathclyde patch has uncovered 115,000 family protection and sexual crime files, with the vast majority from the year 2000 onwards.

From that, officers identified 2,300 relevant files relating to 4,400 victims from that area.

She also told how recent ongoing investigations into abuse in football have resulted in 140 referrals to Police Scotland, with 36 investigations raised and “well over 100 victims”.

Earlier, the committee was told the legislation could create an administrative and financial burden for local authorities.

Council umbrella body Cosla said it supports the intent of the legislation, but it highlighted ”a potentially significant impact on local authorities – both financial and practical”.

In its written submission, it said: “While impossible to quantify the potential volume of claims, the overall impact of the legislation on local authorities is likely to be extensive, complex and not limited to successful claims.”

MSPs also heard the current time limit on people who were abused as children seeking damages in court represents a “real barrier” to access to civil justice.

The Scottish Human Rights Commission said in a written submission: “Survivors have expressed the view that the limitation regime also contributes to their sense of self-blame, feeling that they are being further victimised for their failure to take action within the limitation period, which for many survivors was their 19th birthday.”

http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/15123511.Child_abuse_compensation_payouts_could_total___200m__MSPS_told/   https://archive.is/ZdL84


Scots child abuse victim payouts could total £200m STV news https://stv.tv/news/politics/1381912-compensation-for-scots-abuse-victims-could-total-200m/

Scots child abuse payouts could cost £200m, MSPs told  BBC News  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-39116477

Fred The Weatherman faces child abuse trial for offences in Scotland

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


2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Kim Jong-nam, Porton Down & VX Nerve Agent

VX (nerve agent) 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VX_(nerve_agent)#Treatment

VX (IUPAC name: O-ethyl S-[2-(diisopropylamino)ethyl] methylphosphonothioate), an extremely toxic organophosphate, is a tasteless and odorless liquid with an amber-like color that severely disrupts the body’s nervous system and is used as a nerve agent in chemical warfare. Ten milligrams (0.00035 oz) is sufficient for it to be fatal through skin contact, and the median lethal dose for inhalation is estimated to be 30–50 mg·min/m3. As a chemical weapon, it is classified as a weapon of mass destruction (WMD) by the United Nations Resolution 687. The production and stockpiling of VX exceeding 100 grams (3.53 oz) per year was outlawed by the Chemical Weapons Convention of 1993. The only exception is for “research, medical or pharmaceutical purposes outside a single small-scale facility in aggregate quantities not exceeding 10 kg [22 lb] per year per facility”.[3]

The VX nerve agent is the best-known of the V-series of nerve agents and is considered an area denial weapon due to its physical properties. It is far more potent than sarin, another well-known nerve agent toxin, but works in a similar way.

Dugway sheep incident  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dugway_sheep_incident

Death of Kim Jong-nam  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Kim_Jong-nam


23rd – 26th Feb 2017  Kim Jong Nam

PORTON DOWN

Declassified, Porton Down Human Experimentation SARIN, PYREXAL & VX VAPOUR  https://spidercatweb.blog/2015/12/03/human-experimentation-declassified-files-porton-down-sarin-pyrexal-vx-vapour/

https://spidercatweb.files.wordpress.com/2017/02/porton_down_bell_documents.pdf

NERVE AGENTS GA, GB, GD, GF, AND VX Final AEGL https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2014-11/documents/tsd21b.pdf  https://spidercatweb.files.wordpress.com/2017/02/tsd21b.pdf

Brian_Balmer_presentation.pdf http://www.who.int/global_health_histories/seminars/Brian_Balmer_presentation.pdf

Making the UK safer: detecting and decontaminating chemical and biological agents https://royalsociety.org/~/media/Royal_Society_Content/policy/publications/2004/9714.pdf

UK Porton Down WMD Expert Dies In Aircrash – UK Indymedia https://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2004/10/300081.html     https://archive.is/fXpHn 25 Oct 2004Porton Down’s commercial arm is of course Bioport, supplier of the ill-tested … http://www.mod.uk/linked_files/iraq/wmd.pdf … after my wife had retreived still secret ‘Court of Enquiry’documents into the death of

 

Lanark’s Smyllum orphans to have their say at #CSAinquiry

FRI 24th Feb 2017

The inquiry into historical child abuse in Scotland has confirmed that events at Lanark’s former Smyllum Orphanage will be investigated as part of the probe.

And fears that now elderly former residents of the home will be prevented from giving evidence because their allegations are ‘time-barred’ have been swept away.

Over the years the Gazette has published harrowing accounts of the treatment of the orphans of the insitution that finally closed 30 years ago.

These allegations have ranged from regular bullying by staff to even an alleged cover-up of a murder at the orphanage.

However, a few have also come forward to testify that they were treated well and were happy during their time at the orphange, run by the Sisters of Charity Order for a century before being handed over to council control in the ’60s.

Now these ageing ‘Smyllum Kids’ are to be invited to tell their stories to the official Scottish Government inquiry into child abuse at 60 Scottish insitutions, ranging from religious order-run orphanages like Smyllum to top private schools such as the ones attended by Tony Blair, Prince Philip and the Prince of Wales.

Almost all the allegations of maltreatment at Smyllum which have come to the Gazette’s attention relate to the time when it was still run by the Sisters of Charity.

This means that most of the surviving orphans are now in their 60s or older and were alarmed when, intially, it seemed the inquiry would only consider evidence of abuse after the year 1963.

Almost all claims of maltreatment at Smyllum allegedly happened in the years between World War Two and the early ’60s and so many thought they would be ‘gagged’ and their distressing tales never told to the official investigation being conducted by Lady Smith.

She and her inquiry team are expected to produce a report in 2019 with recommendations for future action.

It is thought that few if any of the alleged Smyllum abusers are still alive and so legal proceedings against individuals resulting from the inquiry are thought unlikely.

Confirming all former Smyllum orphans will have their say, a statement from Lady Smith’s inquiry team said this week: “Smyllum Orphanage is an institution listed as one of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry’s current investigations. The inquiry will cover evidence within living memory of any person who suffered such abuse.”

http://www.carlukegazette.co.uk/news/lanark-s-smyllum-orphans-to-have-their-say-at-abuse-inquiry-1-4375529  http://archive.li/8jICD


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  2. Scandal of the orphans lost in unmarked graves  Express Feb 23, 2014 http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/461336/Scandal-of-the-orphans-lost-in-unmarked-graves
  3. EXCLUSIVE: MacAskill snubs abuse survivors Express Aug 10, 2014 http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/497535/EXCLUSIVE-MacAskill-snubs-abuse-survivors
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  5. Forgotten orphans of Smyllum laid to rest by nuns in umarked graves Sep 14, 2003  http://www.scotsman.com/news/forgotten-orphans-of-smyllum-laid-to-rest-by-nuns-in-umarked-graves-1-1293737

Sisters of no mercy | The Guardian Saturday 12 April 2003

In the pre- and post-war period, orphans were often sent to homes run by religious orders, such as the Sisters of Nazareth. There they found a disciplined regime which, they say, tipped over into violence. Now, decades later, more than 500 former inmates are suing the nuns for damages. Beatrix Campbell reports

  

Fred Aitken is 70 years old and still he is haunted by sounds – the racket of children “banging their heads against the walls of the dormitories”. The walls were in a gothic mansion called Nazareth House, an orphanage in Aberdeen where Aitken was dispatched when he was six. There, he says, nuns regularly beat him and made him witness the violent degradation of other children. Sleep was routinely interrupted by their constant checks for children wetting their beds and the beating that followed. One bed-wetter was held out of the window by her ankles as punishment. “You woke up to this thrashing. Nuns with leather straps hanging from their waist beside their rosary beads. The strap was socially acceptable. The excuse is that it was normal in those days.”

Aitken, who now lives near Chester, was taken to Nazareth House after his mother died in the 1930s. He ran away constantly, and in his early teens one of his older sisters, then living in one room, took him in and tried to take care of him. He avoided school, sauntered around shops, cinemas, anywhere warm, until he was picked up and sent to an approved school for “delinquents”. He joined the RAF and although other young men lay in their beds weeping for their mothers, Aitken thrived: the military were “the first people who treated me as a human being. I was clothed, fed, paid a weekly wage. And they didn’t beat me.” Even then Aitken was shadowed by unhappiness. In the 1960s, when he was in his 30s, he sought help. “I told a doctor about the nuns. The man said he thought I was fantasising.” It was only 30 years later, when other Nazareth House survivors began to speak out about their experiences, that his childhood and its bleak effects could no longer be dismissed as his imaginings.

The Poor Sisters of Nazareth were founded in the mid-19th century in Hammersmith, London, to take care of the young and the old. For more than a hundred years, Nazareth Houses all over Britain were home to thousands of children. They aren’t children’s homes any longer. These days the nuns look after old people. And the Poor Sisters aren’t poor (the order has £154m in the bank) – they’ve been rebranded and they’re simply Sisters.

Now the Sisters of Nazareth – the order also has houses in Australia, South Africa, the United States and Ireland – are the subject of an international campaign to call them to account for a regime of violence. In a symbolic trial in Aberdeen in 2000, one nun, known in her childcare days as Sister Alphonso, was convicted of cruel and unnatural treatment. And 40 nuns belonging to the Poor Sisters of Nazareth and the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul are named in a civil action by more than 500 people, mostly middle-aged or elderly, who are claiming compensation from the orders. It is to be a test case, in which 11 former inmates will appear in court, and is expected to be heard in Scotland later this year.

Ranged against them are the Catholic hierarchy, the asylums’ insurers, who insist that there must be no admission of liability, and a sceptical hauteur that flourishes across the political and legal establishment. It was voiced at the highest level last year when the reforming Lord Chief Justice, Lord Woolf, claimed that many convictions of people accused of abusing children in institutional care were flawed and that the law was in need of review. Archbishop Mario Conti, Scotland’s most senior Catholic churchman, has accused the former Nazareth House inmates of being seekers not of justice but of “pots of gold”.

Six years ago, Joseph Currie was wandering past Nazareth House in Aberdeen, the place where he, too, spent his childhood. In the grounds, he noticed that where once there were playing fields there was now a children’s nursery. Currie was horrified and took himself to the police to tell them about his memories of the place he remembered as the “House of Hell”.

Currie, now in his early 50s, lives in a Glasgow tenement. Everything in his flat is neatly arranged – his shoes, his clothes, his videos, his crockery, his correspondence. Every surface is wiped clean. This is not the work of an obsessive, he says, just typical of an orphan. The military and emergency services found those abandoned, bereaved children attractive recruits because, though they lacked education, they knew how to iron their shirts, polish their shoes and obey orders.

On the shelves around his Victorian tiled fireplace Currie displays old toy fire engines – it was his boyhood ambition to be a firefighter. On the mantelpiece there is a fading photograph of him in a grey bow tie with the queen of the Eurovision Song Contest, Katie Boyle. They’re at the annual bash of the contest’s fan club. Currie is one of the organisers. He is a fast-talking, busy man, a retired postman, “a bit of a cheeky chap, straight to the point”, he says of himself. But though he is active in progressive politics and his music club, says, “I’m also very lonely, I have to admit that.”

He was put in Nazareth House when he was two. According to his social services records, his family was “destitute” and his mother admitted selling a pair of shoes for food. Joseph had been left alone in verminous conditions. But there was worse to come. He remembers Nazareth House as dour and cruel. For years after he left in 1967, he tried to put the place out of his mind. But that walk beside his old home provoked a rush of recollections. “As a precaution, in case I died,” he made a tape-recording and put two pieces of paper in an envelope. The papers showed a copy of a newspaper photograph of Aberdeen’s Nazareth House. He had put a cross by one of the windows in the eaves. On the other piece of paper he mapped all the features of the room behind that window, its pipes, floorboards, walls, doors, a cupboard. He sent the envelope to Cameron Fyfe, a Scottish solicitor, with a note naming the boy with whom he had shared that room. His map also showed a plywood panel, a false wall, and behind that panel, he said, were some significant documents.

Joseph Currie, the orphanage child, had something important to say, but there was no one to tell it to. So he wrote to God. Now, 30 years on, he wanted the police and his solicitor to find those hidden documents because, he believed, they would confirm his recollections of his time at the orphanage. Currie took Cameron Fyfe, other lawyers and Nazareth House officials to the building, to the locked door of his former bedroom. When finally a key was found, they went in: the room was almost as he had left it, and behind a plywood panel there were his childhood documents, exactly as he had predicted.

One of them, dated Sunday April 2, 1967, pledges: “I will keep these promises seen here.” The boy forswears spending his pocket money, bad language and playing at fire engines, but the letter begins with “No Dirt At All”, the ‘No’ underlined many times. “The real meaning of ‘dirt’ was sexual abuse,” Currie says, “I felt dirty. It started when I was about eight. A man who came in as a volunteer to help bath the kids started molesting me in the bath and in the toilets.”

Currie also told his priest about the “dirt” in confession, “but he was deaf and he would say ‘speak up’. I’d come out and all the other boys would be laughing.” He told a teacher about his embarrassment and she suggested that he could go into any church. “So I went to St Mary’s Cathedral in Aberdeen and I said, ‘There’s this man comes to the home and plays with my private parts.’ The priest asked me his name and whether he was still doing it. He said, ‘Pray for him my son.’ He knew the guy because he came to Nazareth House. I thought maybe he’d do something about it. But it didn’t stop the man coming in.” The priest to whom he made his confession, he says, was Father Conti.

Archbishop Conti has strongly denied Currie’s claims, indeed he denies that he ever, “either in the context of confessional or outside the confessional, received any complaint of any kind of abuse relating to the care of children in Nazareth House”. The archbishop also accused Currie of being unreliable. Currie had likened some of his childhood documents to a diary, but the archbishop insists, “only three sheets of paper were found, two containing aspirations Joseph had listed for himself and the other listing the timing of the Benny Hill show on TV”.

Currie is one of the more than 500 bringing the action against the Sisters of Nazareth and the other orders. His childhood memories of the orphanage are filled with emotional and physical terror. He had lost his family, and letters from his siblings and his mother were never given to him. For a minor misdemeanour, children had to kneel down and face the wall of the main corridor while nuns passed. “Some would smack you as they came by. You’d hear their footsteps but you didn’t know who they were. It was a form of mental torture.”

Another inmate, Helen Cusiter, returned to Nazareth House six or seven years ago, to visit a woman who was working there. An unexpected encounter with one of the nuns she’d known when she was at the orphanage – Sister Alphonso – changed her life.

“I started screaming. She asked me to go upstairs and tell her how I was getting on. She started to tell me how wonderful it was working with the old people, but her hands were shaking. She asked, ‘What do you remember about your childhood?’ I said, ‘Every bit.’ She said, ‘I was young at the time and I was just following orders.’ She never said, ‘I’m sorry.’ “

Cusiter fled home from that meeting with the nun. “I had a panic attack – I thought I was having a heart attack. Then there were all these flashbacks.” Her days and nights were haunted. Her own fond family life with her husband and children was swamped by her fears: “What if I was in a crash with my husband and Sister Alphonso got my children? What if I ended up in Nazareth House as an old person?” She became imprisoned in the safety of her own home. She was overwhelmed by shame – ashamed of leaving other children behind, of failing to protect them from harm.

Eventually, four years after her encounter with Sister Alphonso, she went to a solicitor. “He sat, feet on the table, and said there were several options. ‘Is it money you’re after?’ I said no.” Instead she decided to go to the police. “I was passed to the child abuse unit at the age of 39.” That was in 1996. Grampian police advised her to get a lawyer and began to interview other residents, crosschecking dates and names to verify the growing archive of allegations against the order.

Cusiter became one of the former inmates whose evidence initiated the unprecedented criminal prosecution in Scotland in autumn 2000, when Sister Alphonso, appearing as Marie Docherty, was convicted of four charges of cruel and unnatural treatment. Sheriff Colin Harris ordered that several other charges be rejected and said that he would only admonish, rather than imprison, her because of her age and her health.

Cusiter recalls a particular incident when Sister Alphonso came for her while she was playing on swings. “She took me off by the hair, twisted me round and threw me against the church wall,” she says. “She broke all my front teeth, my face was a mashed mess, the other kids were all screaming.” Helen Howie, a 77-year-old woman who had been raised in the orphanage and later worked there as a helper, still remembers the blood on Cusiter’s face. “Sister Alphonso didn’t use leather straps, she used her fists, she had some strength.” When the child was taken to the dentist, he asked, “What’s all this bruising?” She fell, he was told.

Cusiter was eight when her mother disappeared and she and her five brothers and sisters were taken from Glasgow to Aberdeen’s Nazareth House. There were separate quarters for boys and girls, and the siblings were allowed no communication, though they would see each other across a crowded church on Sundays and on the school bus. After leaving Nazareth House, the six were never again in the same room together. Helen’s younger brother grew up a distressed, drifting young man. “Most of the time he was like a recluse. Finally, he took his own life. He told me he’d been sexually abused by a priest. He’d never told anyone. It was so tragic.”

Of her time at the orphanage, Cusiter remembers the raucous insults that came from the mouths of the supposedly pious sisters: “They’d say, ‘No wonder your mother left you… whore… freak… Glasgow trash… I’d have left you… you’re just Glasgow tinks.’ “

Like other inmates, Cusiter vividly recalls night-time. “They’d come round the beds and make sure you were in the right position – flat on your back with arms crossed out of the covers (otherwise you’d be touching yourself). If you were lying on your side, you’d be yanked back. They’d lift the covers to see if your bed was wet. If it was, then you’d be yanked out, called all filthy names.”

Some former residents say they were sexually abused – Cusiter remembers a driver who “would touch up the boys and the girls” and, she says, a child would often be used to keep watch while one of the handymen pursued his sexual relationship with a nun – but most of the cases against the Sisters of Nazareth concern physical violence. Mealtimes, predictably, were the occasion of routine power struggles between nuns and children. Cusiter says she was force-fed: “She’d be pulling your head back, then she’d hold your nose so you couldn’t breathe, until your mouth opened, and she’d shove food in. Then you’d choke and the food would end up on your plate again and she would force-feed you your own vomit. That started from the moment I went in there.”

Other inmates have similar memories. A retired telephonist living in an elegant Glasgow apartment block for senior citizens recalls that “several of the children were force-fed. One of them was my sister. She was three or four years old. I saw it.”

She had been sent with her sisters to Glasgow’s Nazareth House from their home in the Highlands after their mother was diagnosed with tuberculosis, a disease that was still “like a death knell in the 1950s”. She was eight. Her first night was marked by her younger sister’s screams as she was taken off to a separate dormitory. She, too, remembers the nuns’ nocturnal inspections.

“Wetting the bed was a nightmare – they’d strip the covers off and the child would be made to stand with the wet sheets for hours, to set an example. They stood there like ghosts, covered in the wet sheets. My sister didn’t wet the bed at home, but one night she was crying and came to us and said she’d wet the bed. So we swapped our sheets for her, rinsed the wet one out and went to dry it on the radiator. But it was off. So we sat on the sheet to dry it – we were only children. My sister got caned on the hands and the back for that. The nun would roll her sleeves up, so she got a real good whack. I felt she took relish out of that.”

Punishment was perpetually lurking: “You never knew when or what. There is still never a day when my sister does not fear being punished for something. We were just miserable people, that was all.”

Enduring companionship between friends and siblings seemed to be discouraged. Sometimes companions simply disappeared. The retired telephonist has never forgotten the summer of 1955 when the children of Cardonald Nazareth House in Glasgow went to Aberdeen on an exchange. This was their holiday. “We were taken to the beach, it was so grey and wild and windy, we were frozen.” The girls were told to change into their swimsuits while the nuns huddled together in a beach hut. “My sister and her friend Betsy Owens were playing with a beach ball. It blew into the sea and they went into retrieve it, a stupid plastic ball – of course, they wouldn’t have dared do otherwise. Betsy was drowned. We saw her being brought out of the water.”

Her younger sister has never forgotten that day: she could scarcely swim, but managed to grasp a long log. “I held on tight but the waves kept dashing me against the wood and my leg was badly gashed. Eventually I was rescued by a small boat, but it was terrifying.” Her big sister saw her being lifted out of the water, “all cut and bleeding. One of the nuns said: ‘You watch you don’t get blood on your dress or you’ll catch it.’ My sister and I have tried unsuccessfully to follow this up. There was no record of Betsy after that incident, nothing. No prayers. No mass. Nothing.”

The Edinburgh lawyer representing Nazareth House, Dr Pamela Abernathy, insists, “No one still alive who was intimately connected with Nazareth House at the time has any recollection of such an incident, nor are there any records of the death of any child during that period.”

When the retired telephonist recently began to make inquiries about Betsy Owens, the order responded by denying any knowledge that she herself had ever been there that summer. They said there were no records of her presence. It seems that, she, like Betsy Owens, might never have existed. But in her collection of personal records, there is the evidence: a telegram adorned with top hats and lucky horseshoes, addressed to her at Aberdeen’s Nazareth House on August 3, 1955, saying, “Happy Birthday Darling, from Mummy.” She was there.

This woman, like Currie and Cusiter, has joined the civil action against the Sisters of Nazareth because they believe it is the only way of calling the order to account. She and her sisters were in Nazareth House for just 18 months – they left when their father, who regularly made the long trek across the country to see his daughters, suddenly arrived in his work clothes to take them away. To this day, she doesn’t know what had so alarmed him – all visits were patrolled by nuns who remained in the room, like sentries. The children didn’t speak about what had happened, “none of us did, believe it or not”. But it left the family with inconsolable sadness. “We had wonderful parents. Right to her death, Mum kept saying, ‘If only I hadn’t got ill.’ She thought it was her fault. It broke her heart.” Her father took the child to the local priest “to explain what he’d discovered and how angry he was for his children, but the priest never took it up”.

Her own efforts to challenge the hierarchy of the church have been distressing and her association with the public campaign against the Sisters enraged other members of her congregation. “I was spat on. After we pray, we shake hands, but one woman refused and said I was bringing the church down. I said, ‘No, this is about crimes against children.’ “

She is outraged by suggestions that her motivation is securing compensation. “I didn’t want money. We have tried every way to get the church to accept what happened, but they’ve done nothing. Nothing. These are major things, the experience was a severe danger to people’s lives.” She points out that “15 members of my group have taken their own lives. I am all right, I’m surviving. I don’t need financial help. Money would never take away what happened – God’s representatives on earth behaving in such an appalling manner.” She had worried about what had happened for years. “I need answers, not just about Betsy but about the whole damned thing. I telephoned Cardinal Winning, and asked him to do something about all the things that were coming to light about Nazareth House. He said very little, I would have liked him just to say sorry. He wasn’t prepared to accept that it was the truth. I felt terrible all over again.”

Kathleen Batey, a 47-year-old cleaner living near Newcastle United Football Club’s mighty stadium, is not one of the campaigners seeking legal redress. She has never consulted lawyers, nor sought compensation from the church. “I don’t want their money,” she says. “I just want it out of my mind.” And, like all of those involved in the civil action, she wants to have her story heard.

Kathleen Batey’s back is lined with a ladder of scars – they are the relics of her life at Nazareth House in Tyneside, received, she says, when nuns took off the belts buckled round their habits and beat her. She was sent to the orphanage, with her brother, when she was five – her grandmother had just died, her mother had left, and her father felt he could not take care of the children. She remembers Nazareth the house as “spooky, horrible”. She, too, remembers children being force-fed, and also being required to work. “There was a big polished floor, it was really polished. They’d cut up woollen jumpers and we had to put them on our feet and we had to skate on the floor and make sure the shine came up. If you did it wrong, you got a clip.” Or worse. “The nuns would take off the belt and just hit you with it. It was just the routine.”

The punishments accelerated, she says, after she and her brother began running away. In vain, they’d find their father, but before long the police would turn up to take them back. Their father didn’t stop them: “I thought there was nobody. Dad didn’t want us, nobody loved us, no one took care of us.” The violence in the orphanage didn’t seem exceptional to her, just part of life.

What often makes detection of childhood abuse difficult for the police is that it’s an adult’s word against a child’s, and there often isn’t any surviving physical evidence (a sign, say the sceptics, that abuse didn’t happen or that it didn’t cause any harm). This may be qualified in cases of alleged institutional abuse because there is sometimes a chain of corroboration. Cameron Fyfe says there’s no great problem of proof in this case: individuals who have not seen each other for years, who may scarcely remember each other, are corroborating each other’s narratives. They are recalling what were, after all, very public regimes of pain and punishment.

The survivors have to get past the argument that the religious orders merely delivered the discipline that was standardised, sanctioned and universal in those days. The Sisters of Nazareth lawyer, Dr Abernathy, points out that Nazareth Houses were overseen by local authorities and by the government. There were frequent visits by “children’s officers, town councillors, inspectors, including doctors and psychologists from the home and health department”.

None the less, there have been scandals and debates within the church about the ill-treatment of children for decades. Eoin O’Sullivan, the Irish historian of Catholic orphanages and schools, cites a very public challenge to the church by Father Flanagan, the priest whose humane childcare was the model for Spencer Tracy in the film, Men Of Boys Town. This embarrassed both church and state in the 1940s. “Violence was an intrinsic part of the culture of these institutions,” O’Sullivan says; they were committed to the “destruction of will”. He has unearthed state archives revealing many complaints about cruelty and inspectors’ concerns about “dangerous and undesirable punishment”. Violent discipline, he says, was not uncontested.

Father Tindall, the church’s child protection coordinator in the north-east of England, ventured: “Too much of the organised culture of the church was very disciplined and rule-bound, and gave an opportunity for people under pressure to use the language of discipline to be punitive.”

What was it, though, that caused such cruelty by women? Sister Margaret McCurtain, a glinting Dominican scholar and one of Ireland’s best-known Catholic reformers, suggests the “sexual oppression of nuns could emerge later in the form of cruelty”. She also comments that the very notion of charity was “a virtue that never brought with it affectivity.” Feminist scholar Ailbhe Smyth adds, “Christianity tells us that we have to help the poor, but we don’t have to like them. It is a Christian duty, for your greater glory, not theirs. There is, in this context, an absence of any recognition that tenderness should be the norm in relations between adults and children.”

The orphanage survivors’ civil case must show that their complaints refer not just to rogue nuns but to a regime for which the order itself was responsible. Cameron Fyfe insists that similar stories have surfaced against the Sisters of Nazareth in Australia and Ireland, where their practices, such as the response to bed-wetting and the force-feeding, “were very similar and esoteric”. Fyfe argues that the cultures of orphanages and schools tend to be specific and different – he also represents clients who were in the hands of the de la Salle monks in Britain, against whom there are more allegations of sexual abuse than there are against the Nazareth House nuns.

The Nazareth House children face another difficulty: the time bar. “After a real struggle, we have persuaded the legal aid board to support 11 test cases,” says Fyfe. All of these concern allegations of ill-treatment after 1964. The current limit on cases before that date is being challenged in the courts, and members of the Scottish parliament are mooting a change in the law. If that fails, Fyfe intends to take the challenge to the European Court of Human Rights.

Cases are being compiled in England, too, though there seems to be some reluctance to prosecute physical abuse. Sex with children is a crime, but “reasonable chastisement is still a lawful reason for inflicting pain on children,” explains David Spicer, a barrister and former chair of the British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.

Dr Abernathy denies the allegations of cruelty and abuse, and argues that for 130 years the Sisters of Nazareth “devoted their entire lives to the care of orphans, abandoned children, children from broken homes and in many cases children referred from the courts. Many of these unfortunate children suffered consequential emotional disturbance, and some of them no other institutions would accept.”

Francis Docherty is 58 and runs a helpline, Historical Survivors of In-Care Abuse, whose cases include people as old as 95 who are still suffering, still searching for their lost brothers and sisters, still trying to sort things out. He was brought up in Smyllum Park orphanage in Lanark, run by the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul. “The horrifying thing was that being hurt by implements was bad enough, but to see a holy person, a righteous person with – I don’t want to exaggerate – a face full of hate, an angelic, holy face turning into a face of horror, a woman crunching her teeth in hate, going berserk, screaming while you are pleading for mercy, the wee leather boots just booting into you. Bruises go away, but the horror stays in your mind.”

Docherty, too, has joined the action against the Daughters of Charity and the Sisters of Nazareth. “This isn’t revenge against the Catholic church, we just want them to come out of denial. They’ve always ruled by fear. It’s their power mania. These people told you that you were the scum of the earth. Maybe you started to believe it.”

Docherty worked for most of his life as a driver, and for as many years he has been “in and out of Alcoholics Anonymous. I haven’t taken a drink for more than five years,” he says. He is never surprised by attempts to discredit people like himself. “We’ve had a lifetime of being accused of being liars and cheats, searching for a pot of gold.” Archbishop Conti has not only accused the victims of seeking pots of gold, he has told them that, “on your part, there is a need to forgive”. That’s not up to the Archbishop, says Docherty. “It’s up to us whether we want to forgive. Give us an apology. All we want is for the Catholic church to change its ways and let us live in peace.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2003/apr/12/religion.childprotection http://archive.li/Zxf7L


Blogs/Websites

  1. Smyllum Park orphanage. The UK & Ireland Database  https://theukdatabase.com/uk-child…/smyllum-park-orthanagechildrens-home/
  2. The Children’s Homes website – Smyllum Orphanage  http://www.childrenshomes.org.uk/LanarkSmyllum/
  3. Smyllum Park, Lanark | theneedleblog   https://theneedleblog.wordpress.com/operation-greenlight/…/smyllum-park-lanark/

 

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

February 23, 2017

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

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

‘Largest crops’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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