10 years later, Sturgeon says they are GENERALLY taking tough action…. #Govanhill

21st NOV 2017

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Authorities are conducting a thorough and detailed investigation into allegations of child sexual exploitation in one of Scotland’s most deprived communities, the Justice Secretary has told MSPs.

Michael Matheson said members of Glasgow’s Govanhill community would be invited by Police Scotland to pass on any information around claims that Roma children are being routinely prostituted by parents and relatives.

But he stressed that officers currently have no evidence to substantiate the allegations which came to light in The Times newspaper on Friday.

“Although there is no evidence or intelligence to substantiate the allegations at the present time, these are being thoroughly investigated by Police Scotland and also by Glasgow City Council.”

Liberal Democrat MSP Liam McArthur called for reassurance for local people bringing forward fresh information.

“We’ve obviously seen atrocious abuse in areas such as Rotherham and in that instance there was evidence that concerns were dismissed or ignored,” he said.

“Will the Cabinet Secretary ensure that there are no barriers that might discourage people from coming forward with reports, particularly in the community itself.”

Authorities in Rotherham, Rochdale and Oxford came under fire for failing to tackle large scale child sexual exploitation predominantly by Asian men.

https://stv.tv/news/west-central/1402621-sturgeon-child-abuse-claims-should-be-reported-to-police/

IT JUST KEEPS GETTING WORSE

THIS ARTICLE IS DATED 4th August 2007

So ScotCops, Sturgeon & ScotGov have KNOWN ALL ABOUT IT & DONE NOTHING FOR 10 YEARS?! WHAT THE F*CK??


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A child prostitution ring which is sexually exploiting immigrant Roma children as young as nine is operating in Glasgow, the Sunday Herald can reveal. Police have been running undercover surveillance operations in empty homes and unmarked cars in the Govanhill area in the southside of Glasgow for months in the hope of catching those behind the ring and the men paying to have sex with children.

Our investigation has also uncovered: l That high-grade intelligence about the ring led to the mounting of the covert operations; l An eyewitness who saw at first hand the sexual abuse of Roma children on the streets of Govanhill; l The name of the key suspect thought to be the leader of the child prostitution ring – a Roma man from eastern Slovakia now living in Govanhill.

Last night, Superintendent Mike Dean, who is leading the inquiry from Gorbals police station, confirmed that undercover detectives were hunting those behind the child prostitution ring and called on the public to help the investigation.

Jim Miller, from Govanhill, told the Sunday Herald how he stumbled upon a child being forced into prostitution on Allison Street, one of Govanhill’s main thoroughfares. Miller has already given a statement to the police.

“Roughly two months ago,” said Miller, “I was out walking my dog at about 10.15 in the morning. The dog ran into a close which was filled with rubbish, bin bags and old bedding.

“It was dark, and as I walked through the close I saw a man with his trousers around his ankles having full sex with a young Roma girl who was about nine or ten. The man had made the girl stand on a car battery in order to have sex with her.

“The guy just looked at me,” said Miller. “I was flabbergasted. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. The wee lassie looked totally bewildered.”

Miller says he hurriedly left the close in order to get the police and spotted a Roma man waiting outside. At the same time the man he had seen having sex walked out of the close, as did the young girl. The Roma man, waiting outside, took the little girl by the hand and got into a nearby car, with a third man at the steering wheel, and drove away. Miller said he noticed that the girl walked with a limp.

 

The Sunday Herald knows the identity of the Roma man believed to have been pimping the child. Police sources confirmed that he was known to the police and a possible suspect in the child prostitution ring.

Miller quickly located two police officers, informed them of the events and passed on the car registration number. Miller says that when he returned to the scene there was a used condom and tissues at the site. “I was almost hysterical by this point,” said Miller. “I’d just seen a child being raped in broad daylight.”

Police say they have received various reports of child prostitution in the Govanhill area. The ages of the children allegedly involved ranged from nine to 14.

Police are concerned that allegations could ramp up racial tensions in an area already under inter-ethnic strain. Many locals in Govanhill from the Pakistani and white communities are openly racist about Roma people.

Miller stressed he was speaking out because a crime had been committed against children, not because he was racist. “What I have a problem with is what I saw happening to that little girl in that close. It made me feel sick.”

Another Govanhill resident, who wished to remain anonymous, claimed he saw an incident in which two boys aged between seven and nine – who appeared to be of Roma origin – were engaged in a sex act together in the backyard of his tenement building.

 

The man said: “I realise that this could be used as a recruiting sergeant by racists and the BNP, but I have to speak out as we are talking about child protection.” The man feared that the children may have been abused.

A senior police source said: “We’ve had directed and targeted surveillance based on intelligence about the abuse of children involved in prostitution. This intelligence specified particular areas in Govanhill and related to the Roma community. At least six separate incidents involving the alleged abuse of children have been reported to us.”

When asked if the allegations could have been exaggerated or made up by racist members of the community, the senior police source said: “In this case, I have to say that I think it’s a matter of no smoke without fire. There have been many allegations by people in the area about child prostitution.”

Undercover police officers involved in the Govanhill operations have been told that they must blow their own cover the moment it appears that a child is about to be abused. “We’re there to save kids, not wait for a child to be abused up a close before making an arrest,” the senior police source added.

There have so far been three separate periods of undercover surveillance in Govanhill – each lasting a week. The senior police source said: “Such action only takes place on the back of good intelligence, or if numerous sources of intelligence are saying the same thing.”

 

Superintendent Dean said: “We are aware of allegations about child prostitution in the Govanhill area. Certain police operations have taken place but have so far failed to identify the perpetrators. I would appeal to the public to come forward if they have any information about this matter. The abuse of children cannot be tolerated.

“If we find any evidence of child prostitution we will come down with the full force of Strathclyde Police.”

Dean said the allegations should not be seen as a reflection on the Roma community: “The Roma community would be up in arms itself if the people were aware of these allegations.”

He added: “If anyone is offered a child for the purposes of child prostitution I want to hear from them immediately. If they do have information but do not want to come forward I would challenge them to look at their conscience.”

Police sources say that the Roma man suspected of involvement in the ring was linked to agencies in Slovakia who brought Roma people to Scotland with the promise of jobs and housing.

The police say he makes some of his money in Glasgow as a gang boss by getting employment for Roma men in low-skilled labouring jobs or picking fruit and then taking a cut from everything they earn. He recently bought a new home in Slovakia. There is suspicion that he may also be involved in the drugs trade.

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/12766853.The_Child_Sex_Scandal_On_The_Streets_Of_Scotland/ http://archive.is/aCyOH


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http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15668542.Glasgow_child_sex_exploitation_claims_being_investigated_by_police/

CHILDREN as young as primary school age are being sold for sex on the streets of Glasgow, an investigation has revealed.

Community groups in Govanhill, one of Scotland’s most deprived areas, say Roma children are being sold by parents and relatives – and that the practice has been going on for decades.

The community has come under fire in the past for fly tipping and slum conditions

The community has come under fire in the past for fly tipping and slum conditions


THEY ARE NOT FLY TIPPING!!

THEY ARE HORRIFICALLY OVERCROWDED!

Sturgeon & her LET’S HAVE OPEN BORDERS & BEG FOR THE WORLD & HIS WIFE TO COME LIVE HERE!!

BUT THEN SHE JUST DUMPS THEM IN GOVANHILL & YOU DON’T SEE HER FOR DUST

The population of Govanhill has MORE THAN DOUBLED IN UNDER A DECADE


But authorities have failed to take action for fear of being branded racist – Govanhill has the highest Roma population in Scotland after a dramatic increase in 2004.

The community has come under fire in the past for fly tipping and slum conditions.

Locals have seen girls and boys propositioning people as they walk through the streets at night, reports The Times.

Cops say child sex exploitation enquiries were carried out ten years ago but residents say the problem has re-emerged.


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A police statement in 2007 confirmed that at least six instances of child abuse had been reported.

And two years ago councillors formally flagged the sickening problem – but residents say kids as young as primary school age are still being abused.

Olive Arens, the chief executive of Up-2-Us, a government-funded charity that works with vulnerable teenagers, was told the abuse was an “urban myth” when she flagged concerns.

She said: “The sexual exploitation of Roma children in Govanhill is a longstanding issue. You could see the activity.

“It was children and adults making deals in huddles. It is very clear what was taking place but nothing ever happened to stop it.”

In 2015 Crosshill and Govanhill community council recorded that “an issue had been raised regarding child prostitution within Govanhill” and that children were seen to be “wandering the streets at night” in its minutes.

Group leader of the time Joe Beaver said the police didn’t seem surprised by the report.

Social work also said parents were “using their own kids”.

A spokesman for the first minister said “these are deeply concerning claims” while a Glasgow City Council spokesperson added they were “fully alert to the risk of child sexual exploitation in Glasgow”.

Detective Superintendent Alwyn Bell, of Police Scotland, said: “Glasgow child protection committee and the numerous statutory and voluntary agencies represented have robust, well-established child protection procedures.

“Child sexual exploitation is a constant threat within our communities and an area all partners are alert to. As a partnership, we constantly review our procedures in an attempt to continuously improve our services and learn from good practice elsewhere.”

He said local communities should report “anything that appears suspicious or gives cause for concern”.

https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/1850898/children-are-being-sold-for-sex-by-their-parents-on-streets-of-glasgow/ http://archive.is/0AyjP

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How many Ex Prime Ministers is that now? I know of *SIX* #UKPaedoPMs

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http://www.exposingworldgovernment.com/2017/11/16/winston-churchill-was-serial-pedophile-who-liked-buggering-young-boys/  http://archive.is/bDm8P 


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When the first discussions about whether to decriminalize gay sex in the UK reached the cabinet, Winston Churchill was Prime Minister.
His words at that meeting set in motion the creation of the Wolfenden Report – a government sanctioned investigation into homosexuality. This would eventually lead to the partial decriminalization of gay sex.
But the Prime Minister did this at a time when LGBTI lives were totally closeted. And while leading the right-wing Conservative party.
So did he simply hold liberal views, or was he leading a secret double life?

‘Gross immorality’

Churchill’s first recorded brush with homosexuality happened when he was 21.
In 1895, as a young cavalry officer, he faced accusations of committing ‘acts of gross immorality of the Oscar Wilde type’ with fellow cadets at Sandhurst.
Sandhurst was as much a British institution then as it is today. It was the training ground for British Army officers who controlled the empire. More recently, modern day Princes William and Harry both trained at Sandhurst.
Churchill successfully sued the accuser for defamation being awarded £400 in damages.
But this story leads historian Micheal Bloch to describe him as ‘far from being straightforwardly heterosexual.’

Makes you proud to be British’

Bloch’s book Closet Queens explores a history of sex and secrecy in the UK’s corridors of power. In it, he details many examples of Churchill’s liberal views.
‘There is a famous story that when Winston Churchill was Prime Minister, he was woken one freezing February morning by a Downing Street aide bearing the shocking news that a male Tory MP had been caught having sex with a naked guardsman in St James’s Park.
‘Noting that it had been the coldest night of the winter, Churchill is said to have remarked: “Makes you proud to be British.”‘
The Daily Mail columnist Richard Littlejohn went on to say about this story that ‘even if this wonderful anecdote isn’t true, it ought to be.’
Churchill often made quick-witted one-liners like this. But even if we can’t be sure this story is true, we do know from the National Archives about his remarks at that all-important cabinet meeting.

How Churchill changed gay rights in the UK forever

After World War II there was an increase in arrests and prosecutions of gay men. Churchill, who had been beaten in an election immediately after the war, was now back in power. But the General Election of 1951 gave him only the slimmest of majorities in parliament.
By the end of 1954, in England and Wales, there were 1,069 men in prison for homosexual acts.
This prompted a UK cabinet discussion of the matter. The meeting considered whether the best way to stop the rise in prosecutions was simply to decriminalize homosexuality.
As Prime Minister, Churchill chaired that meeting. And in it he quite bluntly states, the Tory party would not accept responsibility for making the law more lenient towards gay men. He felt it was simply not the time.

 

How many Ex Prime Ministers we at now? #VIPaedo
WINSTON boy buggering CHURCHILL ~ see below
TED paedo-satanist HEATH ~ COUNTLESS
DAVID pigboy CAMERON ~ LOVES A GOOD PAEDO. Just ask Pat Rock
#MaggieThatcher ~ ELEVEN CONSECUTIVE NEW YRS EVE SPENT WITH SAVILE
GORDON Bug Eyed BROWN ~ PIE & 2 “INCIDENTS” of child rape
TONY miranda BLAIR ~ TWO convictions for cottaging 1974 & 1983 subject to D-notice

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JUST WAIT until people realise that AT LEAST three consecutive Prime Ministers ALL had a child die whilst they were in office

Cause MAYBE then people will see the truth

1. TONY BLAIR ~ His wife/witch miscarried.
2. DAVID CAMERON ~ Ivan
3. GORDON BROWN ~ Jenny

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Child Sex Abuse Cover Up: Police Whistleblower John Wedger Speaks Out

John Wedger said he was forced into early retirement by the Metropolitan Police

Sun, Nov 12, 2017

 

A FORMER detective commended for his work on the Baby P investigation is suing police after claiming he was bullied for exposing child abuse and corruption.

John Wedger said he was forced into early retirement from the Metropolitan Police after suffering a breakdown last year brought on by post traumatic stress disorder.

The former detective constable has begun a civil claim against Scotland Yard seeking damages for psychiatric injury arising from work-related stress.

Mr Wedger said he was bullied after filing an intelligence report alleging that some of his colleagues knew a prostitute was pimping out girls as young as nine but turned a blind eye.

READ MORE AUG 2017 Baby P ‘stepfather’ jailed for abuse against boy is denied parole  http://archive.is/7q3wp

He claimed he was told by a high-ranking Met officer to keep quiet or be “thrown to the wolves”.

 

 

 

Last night father-of-four Mr Wedger said: “I joined the police to serve the community and make a difference.

I have wholeheartedly, loyally and relentlessly pursued, arrested and prosecuted those I was tasked to target.

He said that once the form was completed it would be sent back to him. Pointing to a wastepaper bin he told me, ‘That’s where it will end up. I will never betray fellow rank nor will anyone else. Keep your mouth shut.’” On his last day with the unit he was called in by the same officer. 

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He said: “He offered me his hand, I reciprocated, and he said, ‘You must give your word that you will never look into child prostitution ever again.’ The experience left me traumatised and paranoid.” Mr Wedger joined the Child Abuse Investigation Command in the borough of Haringey where he became involved with the investigation in 2007 into baby Peter Connelly’s death. 
He was later praised and rewarded for the way he handled an interview with Peter’s mother, Tracey. 

In 2014, following the Jimmy Savile and Rotherham paedophile scandals, Mr Wedger repeated his claims of a cover-up and the bullying he suffered to a detective inspector, who he says ignored them.

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He then approached the Met’s department of professional standards and was interviewed over two days. Later that year Mr Wedger was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder. Due to his protracted time off sick he was placed on half pay, which plunged him into debt. 

Despite being placed under the care of an NHS mental health team and given counselling, he twice returned to work in 2015, first on the fraud investigation team and then on the road deaths unit. However, the return to work made his PTSD even worse. 

Screenshot_20171115-135342Mr Wedger, of Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, was finally given early ill health retirement last month after 23 years of service. 

He added: “I’m relieved to be out. I felt at the centre of a huge conspiracy and very much alone.” 

He is now being supported by his local MP, Sir Mike Penning, who has written to Met chief Cressida Dick for a response to the allegations. 

Sir Mike said: “There are some really serious answers to deal with both on what John says happened and the way he was treated afterwards.” 

A Met spokesman said: “We have received a civil claim from John Wedger. We are considering the claim and will respond in due course as required by the court procedures.”

https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/878384/baby-peter-detective-john-wedger-investigation-child-abuse-prostitution/amp   http://archive.is/a10Tz 

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Was owner of paedophile palace who kept list of secret VIP vistors murdered?

hghghgThe discovery of files that police said were destroyed has cast fresh doubts on the suicide ­verdict at the heart of the Westminster VIP paedo scandal.

Campaigners are demanding a review of the coroner’s verdict into the death of Carole Kasir and a new inquest.

Mrs Kasir ran the notorious paedophile brothel Elm Guest House in South West London. She may have kept a dossier of the perverted visitors’ names and photos from the early 80s.

The newly found files reveal her GP’s surprise at her apparent suicide. They also say syringes and vials found next to her body had not been analysed.

One source believes a fresh probe may expose a cover-up and reveal that Mrs Kasir, 47, who was found dead in her bed in 1990, had been murdered.

 
Carole, who was found dead in her bed, may have kept a dossier of the perverted visitors who came to Elm Guest House 

Andrew Bridgen, Tory MP for North West Leicestershire, is among those ­calling for ­another inquest.

He said: “There is a case for a fresh investigation into the anomalies raised by these documents. One is that her GP questioned whether she had committed suicide but there are also other anomalies.”

Among the prominent people said to have visited the guest house and engaged in sex – some with consenting adults and some with children – were a government minister, a high-ranking policeman, a member of the Royal Household, an MI5 officer, traitor Anthony Blunt and Sir Peter Morrison, the Parliamentary Private Secretary to Margaret Thatcher.

A police investigation in 2015 failed to prove claims Mrs Kasir had kept a list and picture of the visitors.

A source close to the original ­investigation said: “If there’s a fresh look at Carole’s death and a full investigation into what exactly was going on at the time then there’s a good chance these things could turn up. If that happens it will blow the lid off any cover-up and it could reveal that she was murdered.

“I don’t think there’s any doubt this place is at the centre of things. The fact these files were found after the Met said they didn’t exist shows there is ­information out there that we could get.”

The papers show diabetic Mrs Kasir, convicted in 1983 for possessing obscene videos and keeping a disorderly house, tried to kill herself previously and she was found with an overdose of insulin.

 
Traitor Anthony Blunt is thought to have been one of the regulars at the paedophile brothel
 
Sir Peter Morrison, who was Parliamentary Private Secretary, was also said to have visited 

Colin Peters, a Foreign Office barrister, was also named as an alleged Elm House regular. Notorious paedophile Sidney Cooke was linked to providing boys for VIP sex parties in London.

Elm House itself was said to be home to a sauna and a video suite where sick films could be made. A man who said he was taken there as a child claimed he was plied with drink and made to wear a fairy costume while abusers chased him.

The files even raise a question mark about Mrs Kasir’s home country. The official report says she was born in Germany as Carole Weitzman, based on evidence given to the inquest by her estranged husband Haroon Kasir.

 
MP Andrew Bridgen is calling for another inquest
 
Tom Watson first brought the historic paedophile ring to public attention when he raised a question in the House of Commons 

But a close family member says she was born in London and may have had the surname Jones. A campaigner said: “The fact that there are question marks over the basics makes you wonder what else went wrong. The whole thing needs re-examining.”

Deputy Labour leader Tom Watson was told by the Metropolitan Police that all the documents relating to the ­inquest had been destroyed.

Now it has emerged that information is untrue. Hammersmith ­coroner’s court, which held the inquest has ­released ­redacted accounts of the coroner’s notes, seen by the Sunday People. Evidence given by David Walker, who was a GP from the practice where Mrs Kasir had been a patient for 14 years, cast doubt on ­whether she had killed herself.

The evidence said she had ­attempted suicide in 1982, when the guest house was raided, been hospitalised after an overdose in 1984 and had a drinking problem in 1989 and was a heavy smoker.

But he said: “When there are marital difficulties you see the patient in a ­depressed light. Sometimes she was cheerful and ­friendly. I would not expect her to ­commit suicide.”

The postmortem report and the ­poisons unit report both show she had no alcohol in her body at the time of death.

Elm Guest House was used by paedos including late MP Cyril Smith

 
Cyril Smith Liberal MP for Rochdale Lancashire
Late MP Cyril Smith was believed to have gone to Elm Guest House

Elm Guest House first came to public attention after MP Tom Watson raised questions in the House of Commons about a historic Westminster paedophile ring.

The house in Barnes, South West London, was said to have been used for child sexual abuse by VIP paedos in the 1980s. A 1982 leaflet published by the Conservative Group for Homosexual Equality said: “The facilities include a sauna, solarium and video studio.”

Just weeks later the guest house was raided by police. Carole and Haroon Kasir were convicted at the Old Bailey of running a brothel.

Visitors were said to have included the late Lib Dem MP and paedophile Cyril Smith.

Elm and the nearby former Grafton Close children’s home, run by Richmond Council, were subject to a police investigation, Operation Fernbridge, which led to the arrest and jailing of a Roman Catholic priest,Tony McSweeney, for three years in 2015.

John Stingmore, the former manager of the children’s home, was also arrested and charged and as the coroner’s papers show, was convicted as a paedophile after he left Richmond Council. Stingmore died just before he was due to face trial so one of the charges related to bringing a boy to Elm Guest House was never tested in court.

McSweeney’s offences did not involve the guest house.

In early 1983 Mrs Kasir was convicted with her husband Haroon Kasir of running a disorderly house.

Although the identities of many of the VIP visitors has been a source of speculation, police confirmed to a Channel 4 Dispatches programme that Smith – whose paedophile activities at Rochdale are currently being examined by the independent child sex abuse inquiry – did visit the guest house. The inquiry was also told that MI5 lied about knowledge they had he was a paedophile.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/secret-files-prove-carole-kasir-11506791      http://archive.is/8b4v7

Dennis Nilsen, Abe Jacob, Child Procurement & Murder.

Originally published on Nov 19, 2016 @ 15:05 Last updated Nov 12th @ 5.25pm 

  • Name: Dennis Andrew Nilsen  
  • A.K.A.: The Muswell Hill Murderer – The Kindly Killer
  • Born:  23rd Nov 1945 in Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire 
  • Characteristics: Homosexual – Necrophilia – Dismemberment. Although Nilsen admitted to engaging in masturbation as he viewed the nude bodies of several of his victims, and to have engaged in sexual acts with six of his victims’ bodies,[48] he was adamant he had never penetrated any of his victims.[49]
  • Number of victims: Unknown. Found guilty of 6. suspected up to 15.
  • Timespan:  1978 – 1983
  • Addresses: 23D Cranley Gardens  &  195 Melrose Avenue
  • Date of arrest: February 9, 1983 
  • Victims profile: Students or homeless men he picked up in bars
  • Method of murder: His victims would be lured to these addresses through guile and all were murdered by strangulation, sometimes accompanied by drowning. Following the murder, Nilsen would observe a ritual in which he bathed and dressed the victims’ bodies, which he would retain for extended periods of time, before dissecting and disposing of the remains via burning upon a bonfire, or flushing the remains down a lavatory.
  • Status: Sentenced to life imprisonment on 4 November 1983 currently incarcerated at HMP Full Sutton maximum security prison in Full Sutton in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England.

TIMELINE SOURCES
https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/north-east/1084492/dennis-nilsen-a-timeline-of-his-life/ 
https://www.thesun.co.uk/archives/news/364372/i-deserve-the-same-pain-my-victims-suffered-only-my-death-will-even-the-score/ 
http://murderpedia.org/male.N/n/nilsen-dennis-victims.htm 

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PART 4 Nilsen Interview Murder In Mind 1993 https://youtu.be/TG2ZRA9mJ-o


Nov 16th 2016  WHO WERE DENNIS NILSEN’S VICTIMS

It is unclear exactly how many men Dennis Nilsen killed. Although convicted for six murders, he told police he was responsible for far more.

At one time he boasted he was the “killer of the century” – and claimed to have murdered more often than Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe, who killed 13 women between 1975 and 1980. But he later admitted he had exaggerated the scale of his crimes.

He is believed to have killed about a dozen people. The six men he was found guilty of murdering were:

Kenneth Ockendon

The Canadian tourist was holidaying in London in December 1979 when he met Nilsen in a west end pub. They went back to the killer’s home, where Nilsen murdered him. In the weeks after, there were several newspaper articles about his disappearance.

Martyn Duffey

Hailing from Merseyside it has been reported that Martyn Duffey had a troubled childhood, spending some time in care and on the streets. He met Nilsen as he was trying to turn his life around in May 1980.

Billy Sutherland

Nilsen’s third victim was one of three men he killed from Scotland. He came from Edinburgh and met the murderer in a pub before heading to his flat after reportedly telling him he had nowhere to go.

 

Stephen Sinclair

The 20-year-old was Nilsen’s final victim and was killed in January 1983. His body was later found by police when they searched Nilsen’s flat a month later.  

 Malcolm Barlow

Malcolm was 24 when Nilsen murdered him. He was an orphan and had spent most of his time in care. In September 1981 he was found in the street by the serial killer and taken back to his flat.

John Howlett

He was the first to be murdered at Nilsen’s new address, 23 Cranley Gardens. He was reportedly never out of trouble with the police and met Nilsen on two occasions, first in 1981 and then again in March 1982 when he was killed.

 

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/aberdeenshire/1084728/dennis-nilsen-who-were-his-victims/

SOURCES
http://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-carl-stottor
http://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-douglas-stewart 
http://murderpedia.org/male.N/n/nilsen-dennis-victims.htm http://www.lifedeathprizes.com/real-life-crime/how-carl-stotter-and-other-victims-survived-dennis-nilsen-63159    http://archive.is/9jWID

Serial killer’s would-be victim condemns cash decision 

The man who cheated death at the hands of serial killer Dennis Nilsen has condemned a decision to give the murderer cash for a human rights claim.

Dennis Nilsen, who killed at least 17 men in the 1970s and 1980s has been awarded £55,000 to take his case to the European Court of Human Rights to try to publish his autobiography.

Carl David Stotter, 50, of Brighton, said he was enraged to hear Nilsen, who tried to suffocate and drown him, has been given aid – even though the victim has not received a penny in compensation for his ordeal. READ IN FULL.. http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/9261582.Serial_killer_s_would_be_victim_condemns_cash_decision/  http://archive.is/4Y3o8


https://www.thesun.co.uk/archives/news/364372/i-deserve-the-same-pain-my-victims-suffered-only-my-death-will-even-the-score/      http://archive.is/C2Yjk

Nov 17th 2016  How a childhood trauma put Dennis Nilsen on the path to murder  

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It was the autumn of 1951, the tattie holidays had been and gone, and all over the north and north-east youngsters were getting ready for the annual celebration of all things supernatural.

But for one wee boy, Halloween that year represented something far darker in his life than the ghosts and goblins of fables and myths and the evil grins on the carved neep lanterns carried door-to-door by guisers.

Dennis Nilsen’s dad Olav, who was a Norwegian soldier, spent little time at home, and eventually one day upped and left his wife and children for good.

That meant the young Nilsen, along with his mother Betty Whyte and his two siblings, going to live with his grandparents.

His grandad Andrew Whyte became the father figure in his life, and the pair became particularly close.

When he died, Nilsen was aged just five, still a few weeks short of his sixth birthday.

Effectively, it was the second time a “father” had left him, and he is convinced the trauma of his loss had a lasting impact of him and indeed put him on the path to murder.

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After his death on October 31, 1951, Mr Whyte’s body was returned to the family home

Nilsen’s mother took him to see his grandfather’s body – although she told him he was sleeping.

Nilsen believes it was this failure to explain death to him which provided the catalyst for his shocking crimes in later life

“My troubles started there,” he is quoted as writing in Brian Masters’s book, Killing for Company.

In the years after his grandfather’s death, Fraserburgh-born Nilsen spent some time in the nearby village of Strichen before joining the Army Catering Corps and serving across the world, as well as closer to home at Fort George near Inverness and Ballater.“It blighted my personality permanently.”

He later moved to London and joined the Metropolitan Police as a cadet, before leaving and embarking on a career at the Job Centre where he was working when his string of gruesome murders was uncovered.

So what was it, more than 20 years after the death of his grandfather, that drove Nilsen to kill for the first time?

Does he still view that childhood bereavement as the genesis of a series of killings which to this day make him one of the most notorious figures in British criminal history?

And does he now – many years after her death – understand his mother’s reluctance to explain the death to a five year old?

I never got an answer to those questions, but in his letters to me Nilsen did speak about his childhood in more general terms, despite telling me that asking about memories from his childhood was a “dangerous invitation”.

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He said: “I don’t think your readers are interested in anything abrasive to disturb their peace at the breakfast table of their comforts. So I will keep my reporting moderate and omit the personal and emotional traumas of social and family interactions.”

He told me there was an instance recently when memories of his childhood came flooding back as he watched TV.

“Alex Salmond was being interviewed live and he was standing on the grassy back of the River Ugie in front of one of the two ‘Ald road Brigs’ which were so familiar to me in Strichen in the childhood years I spent there prior to me joining the British Army.”

He then pointed out that he joined the “British Army”, not an independent Scottish Army, as although “born a Scot”, he remains welded to his Britishness.

He also said he has “never been ashamed of my (then) Buchan Doric speech” or his working class origins. He added: “Or the Protestant work ethic which was most naturally drummed into me from the first.”

When asked about specific places where he spent his youth he said:

“Fraserburgh harbour, Kinnaird Head and Waughton Hill. Well, in my formative years, they stood as physical and psychological ‘permanences of uncritical stability in my early boyhood. They stood as strong facts that would outlive and outdistance all we passing and temporary actors on its solid stage of confused human events. Here is a recollection of the summer of 1954 and I am sunbathing on Fraserburgh beach aged nine. There is a sudden summer shower of rain. Luckily, it almost immediately passes. I wander off on my own, through the harbour with its ‘painted’ herring boats, and off towards the point, up along the rugged cliffs. I look out over the vast scale of distantly blue horizons. I’ve never seen the sea so deep blue. I’ve never seen the sun so smilingly and cheaply easy with its free intensity. I’ve never felt such a tingle of joy on my skin. If you have all this, I thought, who would have need of a God?”

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/north-east/1086773/how-a-childhood-trauma-put-dennis-nilsen-on-the-path-to-murder/ 


Nov 18th 2016  What happened when extracts from Nilsen’s autobiography leaked online

Dennis Nilsen

When supposed extracts from Nilsen’s autobiography were leaked online, there was an uproar.

Among those voicing their anger were relatives of the men who the Fraserburgh-born killer had murdered.

Seaton Sutherland is the younger brother of Billy, one of three Scots killed by Nilsen.

The Edinburgh man met the murderer in a pub before heading to his flat after reportedly telling him he had nowhere to go.

Mr Sutherland said at the time of the publication: “This man is a monster and he should not be allowed a voice. This is attempting to glorify what he did. It is disgraceful that reputable sites are being used to get round the ban. Gag the monster before it’s too late and before more damage is done.”

READ IN FULL https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/north-east/1087600/what-happened-when-extracts-from-dennis-nilsens-autobiography-leaked-online/

FROM afar it looked such an innocent scene. A closer peek exposed real horror.

A boy sat on the rocks by the sea playing on his own. In front of him lay crabs and small fish. With his penknife, he was slowly cutting them up, watching them wriggle.

Torture was the game. It was only fish some locals said, but did they think that way when he hurt their cats and dogs, torturing them to death?

It was the early Fifties in Fraserburgh in the north east of Scotland. A fishing town built on the edge of the wild North Sea. It was a lonely place and little Dennis was a lonely child.

Hard work, marriage, maybe children is what people expected in that area they called the Broch.

Little did the locals suspect that in their midst was a young boy who on November 4, 1983, would emerge as a serial killer.

In London in February 1983, a Dyno Rod worker had been called to deal with some drains from which the most gut-wrenching stench had been wafting for weeks.

As all the tenants of the nearby flat watched, he prised off the lid of the nearest stank and reeled back in horror. The drain was clogged with lumps of rotting flesh.

The drain served the house at Cranley Gardens in Muswell Hill in the north of London.

The engineer replaced the stank and left the scene. The cops were going to have be called in, but sooner than he thought.

Late that night, one of the residents heard a noise. Peering past the edge of their curtains they witnessed a spooky sight.

In the dark, someone was at the stank, pulling masses of rotting flesh from the drains, slopping them into black bag after black bag.

It was their neighbour Dennis Nilsen. A civil servant who kept himself to himself.

Why would he be pulling that mess from the drains in the dark? The CID was called.

It took the forensic team little time to confirm the rotting flesh was human. Up in Nilsen’s flat he had a caller – Detective Chief Inspector Chris Jay.

“We want to interview you regarding the flesh in the drains. The human flesh,” he said. “What is that smell?”

“I think you’ll find what you’re looking for in bags in my flat,” Nilsen replied.

Around that Cranford Gardens flat, rubbish bags and packing crates were in every room. As the first bag was sliced open, an arm fell out. In others, two human heads were found.

At the station, Dennis Nilsen confessed. Quietly and politely, as usual, he related terrible accounts in detail.

He hadn’t murdered only two people as the skulls in the bags might suggest, but 15. All young men, all picked up in pubs. Most he had sex with, some he couldn’t remember their names. He had strangled them then slept with the bodies of some. He carved them up, boiled the flesh in a pot or burned them in the garden.

As if this wasn’t bad enough, later he confessed to seven more killings and, incredibly, his part-time flatmate, Martin Hunter Craig, was never aware of Nilsen’s sick murder spree.

Nilsen started killing in 1978. He and a boyfriend had split up and he had taken to boozing, clubbing and casual sex.

The whole scene left him feeling even lonelier. On December 29, 1978, he picked up a young man in a pub who stayed the night. The next morning, Nilsen knew the man would leave and couldn’t take it any more.

Calmly he had strangled the man with a tie then drowned a bucket. That him in a night he slept with the body, keeping loneliness at bay in his own sick way. Eventually, he hid the body under his floor for seven months, spraying his house with air freshener to try and keep the stench at bay.

One night he carried the corpse to his back garden and burned it.

At the time, Nilsen couldn’t recall the man’s name. Years later when shown a picture, it all came back. He was Stephen Holmes, a 14-year-old boy. Once he started Nilsen couldn’t stop. At his then house in Melrose Avenue, others followed. Martyn Duffey, Billy Sutherland, Douglas Stewart, Malcolm Barlow and others he couldn’t name.

They were strangled then drowned. Bathed to clean them up and put to bed.

In Melrose Avenue they were dumped in awardrobe then for months under the floorboards.

They were then cut up and disposed ofwell away from his house or simply put out with the rubbish. The torsos were sometimes burned in a fire at the bottom of the garden. He’d be burning corpses all day, yet still the neighbours didn’t notice.

The house was reeking with the stench no matter how hard he worked.

Nilsen was too prolific and it began to show by frequent complaints from neighbours about the smell. Eventually, in a desperate effort to break his killing habit, he moved to a top floor flat in Cranley Gardens with one crucial aspect – no access to a garden.

If he couldn’t burn bodies, how could he kill? But it didn’t stop him for more than a blink. That’s when he started cutting up the bodies. Boiling them to remove the flesh and stuffing the rotting body parts down the drains.

John Howlett, Graham Allan and Stephen Sinclair – his last victim and a sad reminder of home. Stephen was a young man from Perth, still wearing the blue and white scarf of his local team, St Johnstone.

Listening to Nilsen’s detailed, gory confessions, the cops must have been sickened to their souls. But why had Nilsen killed?

“The killer’s not here,” he said. “The killer’s in Number 10,” meaning Downing Street.

Nilsen was referring to most of his victims being drifters and loners, rejected by society and uncared for by the government. An unusual statement for a serial killer to make? Not for an active trade unionist, ashe was.

As the trial drew closer, the people of Fraserburgh must have been sitting on a knife edge. It wasn’t often that one of their few numbers achieved fame. Now one was about to become infamous. Meantime, Dennis Nilsen was writing all day in Wormwood Scrubs. Notebooks in which he spelled out a great deal, especially the role of that town in turning him into the evil killer he became.

“My troubles started there,” he wrote. “Fraserburgh blighted my personality permanently.”

When a child, Nilsen’s mother and father had a stormy relationship. As a result, he spent most of his time with his maternal grandmother and grandfather and loved the latter dearly.

When his grandfather died at sea, the six-year-old Nilsen was heartbroken but coped in his usual way – silence.

At the old man’s funeral, Nilsen was forced to go and witness the body in its coffin in a darkened room. The event had a severe impact on the boy and it would influence the man he’d become.

“I have spent all my emotional life searching for my grandfather,” he admitted.

Is that why he had killed? To regain a little of his grandfather that his austere upbringing in Fraserburgh never allowed?

Not that there was much sign early on in his adulthood of the man who was to emerge. First, he joined the army, serving in Northern Ireland for six years.

In the gay bars, he preferred to be called Des. During that time he had served as a cook, something some folk would make much of in trying to explain him dissecting bodies and cooking the meat.

Had he got up to his murderous tricks in Ulster, Germany or his other postings?

After 12 years, he left the army after a fall out with his squaddie boyfriend and went to London. There he signed up with the Metropolitan Police. Though intrigued by the visits to the morgues, it didn’t suit him and soon he was working for the Civil Service.

He was a well-liked colleague who, although quiet, still found the motivation to be the shop steward. Fighting the good fight on behalf of his colleagues. All along he was trawling gay bars seeking out his next victim.

On October 24, 1983, Nilsen stood at the Old Bailey charged with six counts of murder and two of attempted murder. He pled not guilty to them all. Not that he denied the killings. He had never denied those. Just that he wasn’t responsible due to mental illness.

Dr James MacKeith and Dr Patrick Gallwey appeared for the defence. They both blamed his childhood and said he had been mentally ill. Trouble was one psychiatrist was forced to retract his diagnosis of diminished responsibility, while the other used such complex technical terms that the court struggled to follow him. Dr Paul Bowden appeared for the prosecution, claiming Nilsen had some mental abnormality, but was still in control of his actions.

Later, the judge would instruct the jury that a mind can be evil without being mad.

But the strongest witnesses were the Nilsen escapees – Paul Nobbs, Douglas Stewart and Carl Stotter. Amazingly, Nilsen had picked up and tried to strangle all three, yet they had escaped to tell the tale. And tell it they did about the closest escapes of their lives.

There were even earlier reports that should have alerted the cops. Like the young man who complained that he had stayed with Nilsen and discovered him taking him pictures of him in his sleep.

All that got was a police warning. On the November 4, 1983, the jury returned with a majority verdict. Guilty on all counts of murder.

At first Nilsen was sentenced to a minimum of 25 years in jail but returned to court to have a whole life term imposed. He is a man who will never walk free again.MJail time is neither happy nor trouble free for Nilsen. Now and then another con will try to take the life of the evil killer. But Nilsen also writes and speaks.

A few years back he wrote a book Nilsen: A History of a Drowning Man and had secured a publisher.

The manuscript reveals a great deal of detail about his murders, including many for which he has not been tried. The Home Office thought differently and after legal action, the book was banned.

Nilsen also makes himself available to many researchers and academics, some of whom believe he has killed at least 28 souls. Now it seems clearer that one of his reasons for killing was very simple – he didn’t want to be alone.

One of his former governors, now Professor Wilson, recalls interviewing him for an article on the nature of evil in his cell at top secure HMP Whitemoor.

After a couple of hours, Wilson went to take his leave. Nilsen looked into his eyes, put his hand on his arm and politely asked: “Do you have to go?”

It was the phrase he used with most of his victims. When they said ‘yes’ he killed them.

Of his time in the hell that is Full Sutton jail, Nilsen wrote a great deal.

“Full Sutton is a soap opera with added blood. You don’t serve your sentence, you survive it,” he wrote.

Later he would write: “Dying in prison is not such a great problem as living in prison.”

That is from a man who knows. The wee boy from the Broch grown into a serial killer. A lonely, lethal man who will die in jail.   http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/exclusive-twisted-secrets-of-scots-serial-997994    http://archive.is/dYhV1 


The Mirror February 1983

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Islington social worker Abraham Jacob procured boys for serial killer Dennis Nilsen

Vice Boys King Touted For Mass Killer (18.05.86) The People, 18th May 1986

See also:

https://spotlightonabuse.wordpress.com/2014/07/30/vice-boys-king-touted-for-mass-killer-18-05-86/   http://archive.is/RXi5f

29 May 2014    Lambeth Police Station Paedo Sex Ring Dungeon Scandal 

http://tapnewswire.com/2014/05/lambeth-police-station-paedo-sex-ring/        http://archive.is/3qXuy 

Boys On Evil Abe’s Rack (18.05.86)  The People, 18th May 1986

https://spotlightonabuse.wordpress.com/2014/07/31/boys-on-evil-abes-rack-18-05-86/     http://archive.is/ADvil 

 

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7th Sept 2003  Memoirs of a Serial Killer – the story of the autobiography of Dennis Nilsen – Sunday Times Magazine cover story 

Image1 While serving life, Dennis Nilsen has written a book explaining what drove him to strangle 12 men. But should he be allowed to tell his story? Russ Coffey, who has exclusive access to his letters and autobiography, reports

Late at night in August 1998, the serial killer Dennis Nilsen is writing to me from Whitemoor prison, Cambridgeshire. Fifteen years before, he was sentenced to a minimum of 25 years on six counts of murder. He had previously admitted to luring 12 men back to his north London flat over a four-year period, and strangling them. At the time of the trial only six could be identified.

Nilsen didn’t drive, so without the possibility of removing their bodies from his home, he dismembered the corpses, then buried the remains beneath the floorboards or flushed them away.

As he hammers out his garrulous letter on an antiquated typewriter, Hamish and Tweetles the budgerigars flap freely around his cell, which contains a desk, a toilet and a bed. He won’t be allowed a television for another year, but copies of The Guardian and Private Eye lying on the floor are evidence of his interest in the outside world; a world that, by and large, would prefer never to hear from him again.

Nilsen’s letter discusses an autobiography he has written that, he says, tries to show why he became a killer capable of such depravity. The 400-page manuscript is in four separate parts. It includes an analysis of his stunted emotional and sexual development; a description of life as a prisoner that he has mainly spent in a vulnerable prisoners’ unit (he calls it a “ghetto for nonces”); and an explanation of why he feels it is important that those who have never met him should see beyond the label of “monster”. Though far from complete, it is unique. Nilsen is the only serial killer to have attempted this kind of self-analysis.

“I serve my time as an extreme example of human contradiction in the wide continuum of human nature and its actions,” his letter says. He continues: “I am not contained, mute and immobile in a glass jar as some kind of eternal official specimen of popular ‘evil’. As I am alive I must live as a man.”

To be human, he believes, is to be allowed the freedom to explore the reasons why he became a killer. In another letter sent to me in May 2003, he says: “I seek only to reach out to engage with the human dimension which is anathema to rigid officials of the retribution machine who are content with the official view of men like me as eternally and evilly sub-human and monstrous.”

His letters and essays make it clear he believes in his own humanity, despite his past actions. And though he is not campaigning for release (in 1994 his sentence was changed from a minimum of 25 years to a whole life tariff) he wants to exercise what he sees as his right to be heard. He writes: “I know the Home Office will keep me in for natural life one way or the other. Punishment does not come so much from a prison sentence, but from the knowledge of what one has done, a fact in itself never to be adequately redressed.”

There are three known copies of the full first draft of his autobiography, The History of a Drowning Boy: the original with his friend Mark (who has asked not to be identified), a second 
with the cult gay writer P-P Hartnett, and a third that his solicitor holds pending a decision at a judicial review in the High Court on October 20 on whether he should be allowed to continue working on it. In March 2002, this copy was intercepted by the Home Office when Nilsen’s solicitor, Nick Wells of Tuckers, sent it in for his client to edit. They did so on the grounds that it contravened the regulations that say inmates cannot have material sent in and out of prison if it concerns a book about their crimes.

Since then, Nilsen has said in a letter that his work “is not about the events of 1978-83 alone, but concerning how a man developed over the 58 years of his existence. There are laws governing publications in this country…The Obscene Publications Act… the laws of Libel which anything I write is subject to like anything else”.

“[My work] is written from an overtly moral perspective full in the knowledge of my own faults and failings and criminal culpability, for which I accept full responsibility … No man lives in a vacuum but in tandem with his society… to explain how he develops over the years… for better and for worse.”

At the High Court hearing, counsel for the Home Office will meet Nilsen’s barristers, Flo Krause and Alison Foster QC. The court judgment will not consider future publication or debate whether an analysis of the extremes of human evil is legitimate. It will simply decide whether the Home Office’s interception of the work under the prison rules is legally valid, and if the freedoms of expression and correspondence granted by the Human Rights Act take precedence and the document should be returned to Nilsen.

His plea is that he has the right to tell his own life story, for he writes: “There is nothing in Prison Rules, Standing Orders, or Laws of England which prohibits me (or anyone) writing a book for publication.” But the question remains: have his crimes forfeited this right?

At 4.25pm on Friday the 4th of November 1983 the State through the agency of the Judicial system made its pronouncement on me. The anonymous jury, having gained its thrills and shocks from this theatre of the absurd had finally, by a majority of 10-2, agreed with the judge’s and prosecution’s view of me and my past actions. The media would take up the clarion call of me as ‘Evil beyond belief’. The flashbulbs flashed and the wolves howled and in the universal public consciousness I joined the ranks of the damned alongside Crippen, Haigh, Brady, Hindley, and Sutcliffe.” So says Nilsen in his 2001 essay, Brain Damage, written after he began his autobiography.

Since his conviction, he has been in eight different prisons, spending his free time reading, writing, painting and composing music on a portable keyboard. Although during the 1980s Nilsen wrote in journals and engaged in voluminous correspondence (he still corresponds with “an actor, a teacher, a male ballet dancer, a gay writer, a psychology graduate, and a post office clerk”, as well as his friend Mark), it was his move in 1991 to a vulnerable-prisoner unit at Full Sutton prison in North Yorkshire for his own safety that gave him an incentive to focus his thoughts.

His first bout of written introspection took place while on remand for his murders. Confronted with what he had become and how much he had destroyed, he filled 50 exercise books with his thoughts. These he subsequently gave to the biographer Brian Masters, who used them for the award-winning study Killing for Company: The Case of Dennis Nilsen.

In May 1992, Dr Pawlowski of the Connecticut State Penitentiary asked Nilsen to write a “sexual history” to assist him in his studies on serial killers. Drawing on what he had written in the late 1980s, he started writing it on prison notepaper. That summer he was also approached by Central TV, which wanted to interview him. For its research it asked for anything he had written. To make it easier to read, the producer Mike Morley gave Nilsen a battered old iron-framed typewriter. Stamping through the tattered ribbon, Nilsen started writing: “This is a narrative compilation including what I believe to be the salient features of my sexual history. I have spent almost 9 years in a climate of long and detailed introspection, without counselling or therapy of any positive kind. Therefore it has fallen to me to probe the secret recesses of my personality in the hope that I may understand the engine of my actions and effect solutions to problems in a non-destructive way.” This became the introduction to what are now his draft memoirs.

In 1993, Nilsen was moved to Whitemoor, where he passed the hours with his Casio keyboard and tape recorder, on which he recorded what he called his “symphoniettas” and “opuses”. A year later he was informed that he was to serve a “whole life tariff”. A few years later, he wrote to me of how he felt about those subject to such a sentence: “We are dead men locked in a tomb; the living dead, privileged by selective animation. We are required to be neither seen nor heard.”

An “indeterminate sentence” is something Nilsen seems to accept as the rightful consequence of his actions, although it is clear that in later years he has felt the strain. He wrote in 1999: “Release is not a present aspiration, as I deserve a long period of imprisonment as punishment. That was never a point of contention in my opinions. What I condemn is the poor, negative quality of life for so many long-termers inside.”

A few years earlier, in 1996, the author and former ITN newscaster Gordon Honeycombe had expressed an interest in telling Nilsen’s story. They agreed that Nilsen already had half an autobiography and that he should finish it, so Nilsen typed another 200 pages about his life after his arrest. Honeycombe worked on compiling additional information for two years, during which time the Home Office formally stated that it had no interest in the manuscript in a reply to a prisoner’s request form from Nilsen.

However, two years later, Nilsen’s relationship with Honeycombe came unstuck. Nilsen wanted him to act as an editor and agent for his own words; Honeycombe, whom Nilsen describes as “quite a gentleman”, wanted to combine Nilsen’s words with other views to give what he saw as the “complete picture”. Nilsen now gave the job of editor to the cult gay author P-P Hartnett, with whom he had struck up a friendship. Later, Nilsen felt he couldn’t endorse Hartnett’s version. He told me in a letter in April 1999: “I have not seen the first edit, nor is the Home Office allowing me to see it. However, Mark has described its shape and read extracts from it onto tape. I heard it before it was confiscated by the prison authorities. From what I know about it, it is unsuitable in its present form. Paul [Hartnett] has been on this editing process for about a year. He has stamped his own personality so much onto the text by his additions that the form presented now misrepresents what I had intended. The entire shape of the edition is not what I wanted. If allowed to I could have done the job myself in a month, two at the outside. (It only took me four months to write.)

“He has me projecting thoughts, feelings and a persona which is most definitely not me. This is an autobiography – not a biography

When I first wrote to Nilsen in 1998 after hearing about his project, he told me he was keen to have the book published because Brian Masters’s biography, although the “only serious attempt to understand my situation and its development”, ultimately failed to provide an understanding of the man behind the crimes. He wrote: “He misses insightful clues in the first part of the narrative and in the second part I vanish into a muddled array of psychobabble. The human is never explained, or answered.” He says elsewhere with typical cattiness: “I’m afraid to phone him in case all I get is his answering machine saying, ‘Please speak after the high moral tone.'”

After my initial contact, I’d expected a reply, but not the 16-page dissertation that arrived a week later. Gitta Sereny’s book on the child killer Mary Bell was hot news at the time. His letter began: “The Mary Bell controversy is generated by a fear, on foundations of hypocrisy, by Society which becomes deeply agitated when the spotlight of close examination falls upon itself and own hallowed myths.”

“History had dismissed the traumas of Mary Bell from its consciousness merely by placing her outside the realms of human experience, with the expedient use of the label ‘monster’, and shelving her inside a penal institution. This method spared society from having to acknowledge their association with her name and saved them the bother of having to think too much of her actions as a human in a community. Justice was done and she was gone – out of sight and out of mind. Her voice is always the voice of others.”

Over a seven-month period, Nilsen wrote nearly 30,000 words of autobiography, politics, poetry and chat to me on the understanding that one day they may be published. It was remarkable how confessions like the following soon seemed as commonplace a fixture on the doormat as a bank statement: “Millions of people are alienated and marginalised but not everyone finally reacts extremely to this situation. Millions accept their status, and struggle on the best way they can in the poverty of their limited personal aspirations. That’s how they get by the pressures of industrial society and this experience called normal life.”

“I never lived in dreams of winning the pools as a solution to psychological impoverishment. I was never materialistic. My needs were the needs of a ‘dog’ who had never been cuddled, patted, wanted, praised or rewarded. I was a viable human being forced by early circumstances into the role of ‘lone wolf’. It was my genetic inheritance which decreed that I would possess the difference which would mark me out from ‘the norm’. It was not these differences which spawned destructive behaviour later on in life but an utter repudiation of them by my parents, peers and a conventional repressive society then extant.”

I had never felt particularly uncomfortable writing to Nilsen, because it was in a professional capacity, but I was aware that in having any empathy for his arguments I was in danger of being manipulated, as were his other correspondents. This abstract concern became more specific when I eventually met Nilsen’s friend and sole remaining visitor, Mark, who had agreed to show me the manuscript.

The 12-year relationship between Mark and Nilsen is mystifying. Mark, a businessman, lives with his family in Bedfordshire. As he brought me a cup of tea in his office, Nilsen’s painting Bacardi Sunrise lying by the desk, he said: “You must think I am very, very odd.” He says he is not a “fan” of Nilsen, but that he has become a friend. “I had wanted to find out what had made this apparently ordinary bloke who used to live near me do what he did. I wrote him a letter and one thing just led to another,” says Mark. After his initial letter in 1991 it wasn’t long before Mark visited Nilsen; eventually he would become his only regular visitor other than Lord Longford. Early in their acquaintance, Mark was surprised to find Nilsen asking if he wanted to have all his old belongings, which would otherwise be thrown out under prison rules on storage. These are now part of an archive that is kept in a secure place.

Mark visits Nilsen at Full Sutton prison, North Yorkshire, when he goes to visit family in the northwest, and they write as often as they can. Their letters are mainly chatty, Nilsen inquiring after Mark’s family and business and unloading what has been happening to him that week. In return for his nonjudgmental friendship, Nilsen has placed absolute trust in Mark. For him, Mark and the book project are all that there is.

letters to his one-time editor P-P Hartnett, Nilsen makes it clear he considers the draft manuscript very much a work-in-progress. In one letter he suggests to Hartnett that he may consider putting in another character, provisionally called Sed Nislen (Nilsen always calls himself Des), who would put questions and demand answers from the narrator, to give the book balance. He writes: “My name is Sed Nislen. Pardon the intrusion but somebody needs to introduce a bit of sanity into this narrative. Somebody needs to challenge a life where all these explanations are merely self justifications and barely disguised appeals for understanding in outrageous bouts of self-pity. Poor little you, eh? What about the poor little victims in all this; 12 men murdered and dozens of others damaged for life. Nilsen, who do you think you are? How dare you exult in this putrefaction of infamy.”

Nilsen’s draft autobiography suggests that he can in part “exult” in this way because, as he says in part one, “In crimes of emotional and sexual psychology and other deep-rooted problems there but for the grace of God goes anybody. The sex drive and its attending aberrations are very much part of wider society.”

In 1999 he wrote to me: “In 1978 [when Nilsen started his killing spree] I entered a pit of imbalances which scored 10 out of 10 and this became unbearable to the point of acute desperation. In the past I had had always a couple of points in my favour. Now I had nothing: I drank and became a murderer to begin the cycle. More drinking at the despair I was a murderer and more murders. It was a downward spiral. There was no one I had trust in to turn to but a small dog who could offer no solutions. Man knows not what alienation is until he has experienced the severity of absolute detachment I was feeling on the morning of 30th December 78…”

“The psychological struggles and rages had festered for years. I do not use my own victim past as an excuse for my subsequent actions but as an explanation of how an accumulating set of adverse circumstances assisted towards the impact of aberrant actions. I explain but do not excuse.”

“We are not talking about studious ‘evil’ but human inadequacy. Men will admit to potent criminality or controlling powerful ‘villainy’ but not ‘inadequacy’. My crimes flowed from personal inadequacy developed over a lengthy period.”

The first section of the book, Orientation in Me, deals with Nilsen’s life up until his arrest. The crimes are not dwelt on, but the account of the growth of his inner sexual fantasy life makes for very uncomfortable, potentially pornographic reading. Less controversially, Nilsen talks about his emotional isolation as a child, growing up in a remote and bleak fishing community in Fraserburgh, Scotland, with, he says, little tactile or emotional contact with his family. He suggests that his grandfather may have abused him. He discusses his obsession with movies, and how he would take solace in their fantasy world. As a boy he says: “I didn’t have a father so I invented one on the silver screen.” At 16 he left home to join the army; he was stationed in Arabia, Germany and Cyprus, and death became an intrinsic part of his sexual fantasies.

Throughout his London life in the late 1970s, working at the job centre in Soho’s Denmark Street, drinking heavily at weekends and trying to satisfy himself emotionally with casual gay pick-ups, the world of illusion became all-consuming until eventually he writes in his book: “fantasy exploded into reality by my loss of control over it, all moral restraints loosened by alcohol. Until then my fantasy world had been an unacknowledged problem. After the first death it became ritual, a cruel medicine to sedate encroaching insanity”.

Referring to his teenage life, for example, he confesses to strangling a cat to see “the process and reality of death”. But Nilsen did not seem to be grasping the reality of death, and there are points where the autobiography leaves you questioning if you are reading fact or fantasy. This incident is suspicious, as it was “remembered” long after Nilsen gave the biographer Brian Masters the facts he thought relevant to his condition. Nilsen attributes many of these late memories to inhibitions released through cannabis, which he tried for the first time in prison.

Dr Pat Gallwey, Nilsen’s defence psychologist at the trial, thinks Nilsen was suffering from a rare mental condition that made him intellectually but not emotionally able to understand his actions. He said: “Nilsen was terribly isolated, with a highly developed fantasy life. This, unchecked, led him to become increasingly schizoid. During his period of offending, he was on the brink of total psychosis.”

At the trial he argued that it was, perversely, the killing that stopped Nilsen from descending into all-out madness, and that enabled him to function so seemingly normally – going to work, drinking with colleagues and campaigning for the trade unions – while under his floorboards bodies were rotting.

Sections two to four of the book are concerned with the life of “specimen of evil prisoner B62006”, as Nilsen now describes himself. He defends those the other prisoners denounce as “nonces” as people with terrible psychosexual problems who need help more than anything; certainly if they are ever going to be released back into society. He writes: “The system takes the damaged products of society, and at great cost to the community, damages them a bit more.”

In his various writings he often compares the crimes of sex offenders to those of terrorists, seemingly unable to understand why people find someone such as himself more “monstrous”. Dr Gallwey believes that central to understanding Nilsen is his chronic sense of worthlessness, which reveals itself in his grandiosity, and presumably his constant desire to challenge preconceptions of relative wickedness. Throughout the book, anecdotes are interwoven with meditations on such subjects as the “false public perceptions” of him, censorship, rehabilitation and remorse.

It is difficult to know what form, if any, Nilsen’s remorse takes. Nilsen says in his essay Anatomy of an Official Conclusion (a reply to an official report in which his category-A status was reviewed): “Just because I do not make demonstrative expressions of remorse does not rule out that I can and do feel great personal remorse for the damage my actions have caused. Weeping and pain is a very personal circumstance not open to exhibition at official interviews. Remorse is not just saying it, it is doing it.” He says that his full co-operation and behaviour in prison is all part of his remorse, and remorse for him is deeply personal. He avoids blaming his drinking for his crimes. “I was never addicted to alcohol,” he says in a letter. “My alcoholic consumption was episodic with long gaps between binges. The imbibing was a vital component in the ritual. My addiction was wedded firmly to the ritual.”

Yet the treatment of the bodies of his dead, his “invulnerability” to their “squalor”, was described by Masters as what made him “finally unrecognisable” as a human. Nilsen tries to defend this accusation, saying in part one of his manuscript that he derived no pleasure from the disposal and it made him violently ill. But this is hard to defend, as he repeated the crime 12 times.

In The History of a Drowning Boy, he also denies a confession made after the trial that the whole process “thrilled him intensely”, saying: “I was under constant pressure from almost everyone I spoke to, to admit that I had enjoyed killing. After my trial, in order to give Brian Masters a ‘happy’ ending to his book on me, I wrote to him saying I probably did enjoy it. I was grasping for an explanation, a certainty instead of leaving the whole sorry conundrum hanging diffused in the air.” That “sorry conundrum” is what he is trying to explain with The History of a Drowning Boy.

But with a book that will no doubt cause such offence, what support does he have for offering it to the world? If Nilsen is allowed access to his manuscript, the consequence will be to bring the possibility of publication of the book at some time one step closer.

The human-rights barrister John Cooper says: “It will be up to the court to engage in a balancing exercise of the public interest of upholding the Human Rights Act, and the public interest of not seeing someone benefit from their crime.” Though Nilsen does not seek to profit financially from his book, claiming that any monies would be sent to a victim-support charity, in the eyes of the law, publication of his work would be seen to benefit him in terms of his increased notoriety.

Nancy Collins, a senior solicitor for the Prisoners’ Advice Service, thinks the judge should recognise freedom of expression as being one of the cornerstones of a democracy. Even if a judge were to decide that a portion of the book should be withheld, she doesn’t believe that “an absolute prohibition is a proportional response to the problem”. Ultimately, it may come down to whether the judge deems Nilsen’s writing to be in the public interest or a form of voyeurism.

One victim who got away, Carl Stottor, who even went to the lengths of writing to Nilsen in an effort to understand him, has said in a newspaper interview that the world doesn’t need Nilsen’s own words: “He was a nobody, and he has become a somebody through killing. It is wrong to keep feeding the myth.”

Early in our correspondence, I asked Nilsen how he would justify publication of his book to those who might be offended. “A book is not a publication which is piped, unsolicited, into the living room,” he replied. “It is a medium of choice and ideal for any contentious subject matter. It is entirely by choice that people will read History of a Drowning Boy. It is certainly no whitewash of my life. I have written my past candidly, I can do no other. I make no attempt to “pretty-up” my history. It was what it was. Those who suspect that they might be hurt by its contents will, I trust, decide to stay well clear of it. As for moral justification? Well, I will fall back on the words of the Swiss philosopher/poet Henri Frederic Amiel: “Truth is not only violated by falsehood; it may be outraged by silence.”

I refuse to take the easy comfortable road of silence. I cannot justify to my conscience my murders, but explaining my life is something I am bound to do.”

But what of his living victims – such as Carl Stottor, Paul Nobbs and Douglas Stewart – who got away? Nilsen’s reply is: “Apologies are on the whole sentiments of the self-seeker when one accepts the enormity of homicide. Victims are misrepresented as the ‘wounded seeking compensation’ when they are ‘the hurt who seek to be healed’. I’ve known some miscreants who have made a science out of the word ‘sorry’. It’s cheap. More importantly, it’s easy.”

It would seem that Nilsen says he is offering the victims some kind of explanation. Dr Gerard Bailes of the East Anglia forensic service, however, believes that this is not the kind of explanation victims are seeking. “The sort of explanation that victims want is more usually some fact that can give them closure, like the location of a body,” he says. “A book such as this could very possibly trigger a traumatic response.”

Aside from his writing, Nilsen enjoys pointing out that he has also composed more than 80 “symphonic suites”, painted and written poetry. He brags in a letter to me in November 1998: “It was never preordained that I would end up killing people. There are 66,000 people in prison. How many of these have tried to write a book? How many can, with no formal training act in a standard play, ‘live’ on the stage for 92 minutes? How many can write, score, direct and play in a 32-minute video? How many can with no musical experience compose perform and record 30 hours of original music in three years? Having a creative ego is not so much a boast as a fact.”

If it is a boast, it is also a lament for what he could have done with his life. Considering what Nilsen did become, it is inevitable that someday some of Nilsen’s writings will fall into the public domain. The control over all his writings rests with Mark, who has no intention of doing anything with the work without Nilsen’s permission. In the event of Nilsen’s death he will treat the archive in accordance with the wishes contained in Nilsen’s will.

In the last letter I received from Nilsen, dated Friday June 13, 2003, he says he is feeling his 58 years, and can no longer write late into the night. He jokes that he has asked to be put on Braille translation so he can tell David Blunkett what he thinks of him. His budgies have passed away, and he says, in a comparison many will find appalling: “The horror comes always from the stark realisation that no life is replaceable, whether it be that of a small bird or person.”

Despite his fatigue, his defiance is still there. He says: “If I just sat amid my ‘creature comforts’ and let the Home Office roll over me, without challenge, without protest, then that would prove my profile of immorality. I “challenge” because I have more to address than is ordinary. One rehabilitates oneself according to time in human proportions, day by day, little by little – the hard long road of penitence.”

http://russcoff.typepad.com/russcoff/2004/06/cofessions_of_a.html   http://archive.is/xk7o 

Gordon Brown backs Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader: ‘People want to see change’

Gordon Brown has dramatically backed Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, saying his war on rising inequality and stagnant wages is “absolutely right”.

The former Labour prime minister praised his left-wing successor’s policy priorities and growing popularity with the public, adding: “Jeremy is a phenomenon”.

Mr Corbyn was successfully tapping into rising public anger over the unfair effects of globalisation, after centrists appeared to show they had “no answers”, Mr Brown said.

 

“People feel rightly or wrongly that the problems that they have – stagnant wages, inequality, polarisation between rich and poor, public service not being properly financed – they ascribe that to the failures of governments, centrist governments that have not been able to manage globalisation,” he said.

On Mr Corbyn’s shock rise, Mr Brown said: “He has come through because he expresses people’s anger at what’s happened – the discontent.

“When he attacks universal credit, he is speaking for many people, when he says the health service is underfunded, he is speaking for many people.”

The Labour leader still had to show he had “a plan for the future that is credible and, therefore, a programme that is electable”.

“That’s the challenge for any left-wing or progressive party,” Mr Brown told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

He also expressed confidence in John McDonnell, the Shadow Chancellor – and bête noire of many moderate Labour MPs – noting he had backed Bank of England independence.

The endorsement is in stark contrast to Tony Blair’s warning that Mr Corbyn’s policies would be a disaster for the country.

Mr Blair has called for a return of centre-ground politics, once warning Mr Corbyn’s “populist policy making” would be a “very dangerous experiment for a major western country”.

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In the interview, Mr Brown denied he was moving to the left, but argued Mr Corbyn’s success was because New Labour “did not finish the job” of curbing inequality and bad banking practices.

He had “articulated a view of a fairer society” by pinching the “for the many not the few” slogan first used by the Blair government, he noted.

Mr Brown said the rise of Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron, in France, also flowed from anger over economic failure, adding: “We are in a new world.”

The intervention comes after Nick Boles, a former Conservative minister, broke ranks to call for an end to “austerity” in this month’s Budget.

The David Cameron ally broke ranks by urging the Chancellor to rip up seven years of Tory economic policy, abandoning the flagship target to wipe out the Budget deficit.

Mr Boles also warned Theresa May and Philip Hammond they would be defeated at the next election if – after seven years – they persisted with trying to balance the books, as public support fades.

And he sided with Labour by arguing that higher investment spending was needed to “generate a return to the economy” and end Britain’s productivity crisis  http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/gordon-brown-jeremy-corbyn-labour-leader-backs-phenomenon-people-change-left-wing-centre-tony-blair-a8047291.html    http://archive.is/w4zIF 

Paedophile Rolf Harris in new bid to overturn convictions

Nov 7th 2017

  • Rolf Harris, 87, applying to get 12 sex convictions overturned at Court of Appeal
  • Artist was convicted of 12 indecent assaults against four young girls in 2014
  • Also convicted of catalogue of abuse against daughter’s friend over 16 years
  • But Harris hired private investigator who traced witnesses with fresh evidence
  • Father of victim, aged eight, said entertainer couldn’t have groped his daughter as he wouldn’t have allowed her out

Rolf Harris arrives at the Court of Appeal in London today to launch a fresh bid to challenge indecent assault convictions

Rolf Harris arrives at the Court of Appeal in London today to launch a fresh bid to challenge indecent assault convictions

Rolf Harris could have all 12 of his sex convictions quashed after the father of his youngest victim claimed the assault could not have taken place.

The disgraced entertainer, 87 launched a bid at London‘s Court of Appeal on Tuesday as he claims fresh evidence proves he did not have the right to a fair trial.

The entertainer, 87, was jailed for five years and nine months in 2014 for assaulting an eight-year-old and two teenage girls and abusing his daughter’s friend.

But now those convictions could be overturned as three judges will examine the 12 counts and decide how to proceed.

The cartoonist, singer and TV presenter hired private investigators to track down key witnesses including police officers.

The father of the youngest victim told a court due to her age he would not have let her go to a community centre where she said Harris groped her in Portsmouth in 1969.

The victim’s father said he would have known if Harris was there at the time of the offence as it would have been ‘common gossip’ and he simply ‘would not allow her to go’ because of her age.

Harris’s defence barrister Stephen Vullo QC said: ‘Is the reality just blindingly obvious that he just never attended?

‘In my respectful submission this is classic fresh evidence – it is real and an issue that was not raised at trial.’

Harris's renewed application for permission to appeal will be considered by three judges today

Harris’s renewed application for permission to appeal will be considered by three judges today

Mr Vullo called retired detective superintendent Graham Piper and retired detective constable Peter Spencer, who worked at the police station 50 yards from a community centre in Leigh Park, Portsmouth, where Harris was said to have molested a young autograph hunter.

Both repeated their testimonies they gave at trial that they were not aware of Harris ever attending the community centre.

They said they would have known if he had so done because of the celebrity’s draw.

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But under further cross examination from prosecutor Jonathan Rees QC they both admitted that Harris could have attended the centre, between 1968 and 1969, without their knowledge.

Mr Vullo said: ‘He has absolutely no motive to undermine this court – he is, in my submission, an honest witness.

‘It is possible, I suppose, that he (Harris) turned up to the centre and then disappeared without anyone knowing – or actually is the reality just blindingly obvious that he just never attended?’

Mr Rees said the submissions put forward by the defence do not add ‘to the weight of the evidence that was before the jury’.

At the end of today’s hearing, Lord Justice Treacy announced the court would not give a ruling immediately after submissions from both sides were completed.

He said the application ‘requires careful consideration and assessment’.

Harris was convicted of 12 indecent assaults at Southwark Crown Court in June 2014 – on the eight-year-old autograph hunter, two teenage girls and abuse against his daughter’s friend over 16 years.

He was then stripped of his hat-trick of honours following those verdicts, including an MBE in 1968, an OBE in 1977 and a CBE in 2006 after he was jailed for five years and nine months.

A few months later he was found guilty he failed in an attempt to bring a challenge to a judge who refused his application for permission to appeal.

In May this year the former Animal Hospital presenter was formally cleared of unconnected historical sex offences which he had denied.

A second jury trying the shamed TV star over claims he molested three young female fans had been discharged after failing to reach verdicts.

He was released from HMP Stafford on 19 May after serving less than half the sentence.

The Australia-born artist insisted his convictions in 2014 left him ‘vulnerable’ to fake claims from liars looking to make a quick buck or a spot in the limelight.

Harris, formerly of Bray, Berkshire, is the highest profile celebrity to be tried under the Metropolitan Police’s Operation Yewtree probe, launched in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.

The hearing continues

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5057473/Paedophile-Rolf-Harris-new-bid-overturn-convictions.html

ROBERT GREEN – Attacks by the Mainstream Media

From: Robert Green
Sent: 07 November 2017 18:27
To:**************
Subject: Attacks by the Mainstream Media

 

Once again, I would like to thank so many people for offering their support over recent attacks on me by sections of the mainstream media.

It is odd that for almost nine years, the press and broadcasters have largely ignored the Hollie Greig case, despite many blatantly controversial issues, not the least of which was the proven breaches of the law over the case by the Scottish government, as ruled by the Information Commissioner on 26th May 2011.

Accurate and widespread published reporting of the facts at the time may even have brought down the government then led by Alex Salmond, but only one brave editor, Steven Raeburn of The Firm, was prepared to stand up to the bullying of Mr Salmond and his powerful accomplices.

Then suddenly, a few weeks ago, following knowledge that I had relayed an expert witness dossier to Operation Conifer in its investigation of Sir Edward Heath and others, I found my name and that of Hollie thrust into the limelight, although always being attacked. Clearly, the establishment that has so ruthlessly attempted to destroy the said investigation seems to have discovered that Hollie`s case is worth mentioning after all.

Moreover, it may not be entirely coincidental that the three publications that have attacked me, The Sunday Times, the Daily Mail and Private Eye, are precisely the same ones that have had their journalists named.along with Heath, on the dossier.

Are they really so concerned about Sir Edward`s reputation, or are  they more worried about protecting their own skins ?  

With growing evidence of the widespread existence of sexual transgressions at the highest level of the establishment, it is possible that we may be somewhat nearer to the full revelation of the UK`s grimmest secret – the elite`s concealed sexual abuse of children.

 
Robert Green

Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry is ‘barely scratching the surface’

20171107_150127-11997998392.jpgCAMPAIGNERS have claimed the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry is “barely scratching the surface” in investigating historic abuse in care.

Janine Rennie, chief executive of Falkirk-based counselling charity Wellbeing Scotland, said her own organisation’s files contained allegations made by past residents of upwards of 140 children’s homes.

Meanwhile statistics suggest that over the period covered by the inquiry tens of thousands of children in care are likely to have been abused, she said, and claimed Wellbeing Scotland alone was in touch with 1,500 people who had suffered as children in care.

However the child abuse inquiry plans to investigate only 60 homes and is thought to be in touch with around 300 survivors, she claimed.

“The inquiry is saying it will investigate 60 homes but we are dealing with more than double that and that is only sampling a third of our records,” she said. “They are only scratching the surface.”

The claims came as survivors of childhood abuse in state care held an event in Glasgow’s George Square calling for more of those affected by abuse to come forward.

They also follow a week of evidence at the child abuse inquiry in which former Scottish Government Chief Social Work Adviser Professor Angus Skinner told its chair Lady Smith that the scale of abuse had been vastly underestimated, admitting: “We just didn’t believe that there could be so much.”

Ms Rennie said many of those in touch with Wellbeing Scotland (formerly Open Secret) were unwilling to participate in the inquiry. “We are trying to get as many people as possible to come forward, but they lack trust in the Scottish Government, she said. “There is still a perception the inquiry isn’t independent. We have four years to get more people involved, or the opportunity will be lost.”

Dave Sharp, who is alleged to have been physically abused in childhood while living in in the notorious St Ninian’s home run by the Christian Brothers in Fife, said survivors from across the UK had come together to encourage fellow abuse victims to come forward.

“The Scottish Government has not been encouraging people enough. They have been discouraged by negativity around the inquiry. We want to see more investigation into historical sex trafficking and abuse,” he said.

A Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry spokesman said 69 institutions are being examined as part of its initial investigations.

He said: “The Inquiry is undertaking a far-reaching public awareness campaign and is working closely with a number of organisations to encourage those with relevant information to come forward.

“We have been pleased with the response to date but as work of the Inquiry progresses, we continue to actively encourage anyone who has relevant information to get in touch.”    http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15644004.Scottish_Child_Abuse_Inquiry_is__barely_scratching_the_surface_/   http://archive.is/vQBJQ

 

Serial killer Rose West’s nephew convicted of kidnapping & raping 12yr old girl

 

The nephew of serial killer Rose West has been convicted of kidnapping and raping a 12-year-old girl.

Sick Steven Letts, 38, plied his young vulnerable with cocaine, cannabis and vodka.

He abducted and had sex with the child after they met in the street and she asked him for a cigarette – and he offered her a joint.

The girl was with her support worker but went off with Letts after the encounter in Gloucester city centre on March 6 this year – the same city where his aunt and sick husband Fred carried out their crimes.

The support worker said she warned Letts the girl, who lives in care, was underage.

Steven Letts plied the girl with drugs and alcohol before raping her at his flat 

He was found guilty of both counts today at Gloucester Crown Court.

The trial heard Letts and the girl went back to his flat to drink apple vodka and smoke cannabis.

He let the girl smoke cocaine through a pipe “to see how her body copes with it” because it was her first time trying the class A drug.

Fred West died in 1995 and his widow remains behind bars

Letts’ friend was also present, but he is said to have left the flat when the girl declared that she was underage.

The rape came to light when the girl asked a social worker “how long it’d take to find out if you are pregnant”.

The court heard Letts later kissed the girl in his kitchen where she reiterated her age.

She later became tired and went to sleep under a blanket in Letts’ bed.

He climbed in and began “cuddling” the child before initiating sex.

Gloucester Crown Court

Gloucester Crown Court, where the case was heard 

A statement from the girl said “it went from cuddling to just like too far” and the sex lasted 30 minutes.

The court heard the sex “started to hurt” the child who wanted Letts to stop but felt guilty asking because he had earlier provided alcohol and cocaine.

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When Letts was later arrested, police found DNA matching the girl inside his underwear.

Summing up, Judge Jamie Tabor QC read the girl’s statement about events at Letts’ flat.

“He kissed me and i said i cant do this because I’m only 15,” it said.

“He told me sad stories like a couple of months ago he tried to strangle himself.

“I think he said that so that I’d feel bad and kiss him.

“I did tell him I was 15 [instead of 12] because I thought I had more of a chance of getting drink and drugs.”

Letts will be sentenced at a later date.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/serial-killer-rose-wests-nephew-11476257?ICID=FB_mirror_main   http://archive.is/X5kGx 

*BREAKING* DEVIL WORSHIPPING PAEDO claim as court told 4 yr old was with notorious Ayrshire NONCE

5th Nov 2017

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convicted paedophile sat outside his home while a naked and vulnerable four-year-old girl ran around him, a court was told.

William Cunningham – one of Scotland’s most dangerous sex offenders – was also practising Devil worship in the garden, neighbours claimed.

Cunningham – who has 35 prior convictions including sex offences, child cruelty and attempted murder – was accused of breaching strict conditions banning him from contact with young people.

However, the charge against him was found not proven by a jury at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court last week.

One witness, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, told the court the young girl was a “wee chatterbox” who would speak to anyone.

Charge was found not proven at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court on Friday

The man said he discovered Cunningham, 50 – known as Billy Bandana – was living locally and he saw him outside his home drinking coffee.

He went on: “I didn’t know who he was at the time but the girl was running about and he would say hello to her.

“She had no clothes on and she’d be running about outside.”

The witness said it happened “three, four, five times” and Cunningham would talk to the girl, adding: “She would speak away to him.

“It went on until the social work said they would look into it.”

Social worker Jamie Turnbull said a family living below the flat Cunningham shared with another man in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, “raised a number of concerns”.

Mr Turnbull, who discussed with his manager how the child could be kept safe, added: “There were loud sexual noises at night and in the early morning.”

Mr Turnbull said there were concerns about social behaviour involving Cunningham and the man in whose flat he was staying.

“Apparently they were practising Devil worship in the garden and the family had concerns about that,” he said.

On Friday a jury found the charge, alleging Cunningham breached his Sexual Offences Prevention Order by being in contact with the girl in May, not proven.

In January, neighbours were up in arms after discovering Cunningham – who has twice been jailed for breaching the control order – had been housed near them in Kilmarnock.

A spokeswoman for East Ayrshire Council said the accommodation issue was an “extremely complex and sensitive area of work”. http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/devil-worship-paedo-claim-court-11472476  http://archive.is/FjhMW 

 

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Cunningham – who has 35 prior convictions including sex offences, child cruelty and attempted murder – was accused of breaching strict conditions banning him from contact with young people.

One witness, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, said the young girl was a “wee chatterbox” who would speak to anyone.

The man said he discovered Cunningham – known as Billy Bandana – was living locally and he saw him outside his home drinking coffee.

He went on: “I didn’t know who he was at the time but the girl was running about and he would say hello to her. She had no clothes on and she’d be running about outside.”

The witness said it happened “three, four, five times” and Cunningham would talk to the girl, adding: “She would speak away to him. It went on until the social work said they would look into it.”

Social worker Jamie Turnbull said a family living below the flat Cunningham shared with another man in Kilmarnock “raised a number of concerns”.

Mr Turnbull, who discussed with his manager how the child could be kept safe, added: “There were loud sexual noises at night and in the early morning.”

The girl was already on an interim child protection register, Kilmarnock Sheriff Court heard.

Mr Turnbull said there were concerns about social behaviour involving Cunningham and the man in whose flat he was staying.

He said: “Apparently they were practising Devil worship in the garden and the family had concerns about that.”  

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A jury found the charge, alleging Cunningham breached his Sexual Offences Prevention Order by being in contact with the girl in May, not proven.

In January, neighbours were up in arms after discovering Cunningham – who has twice been jailed for breaching the control order – had been housed near them in Kilmarnock.

A spokeswoman for East Ayrshire Council said the accommodation issue was an “extremely complex and sensitive area of work”  https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/1799153/william-cunningham-kilmarnock-trial/     http://archive.is/uCMr8 


 

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Tours of Highland orphanage made children feel like ‘monkeys in a zoo’

Sun, Nov 5, 2017

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Tourists would pay to visit the Aberlour orphanage, it has been revealed
Former children’s officer Katharine Mackenzie revealed that busloads of tourists would pay to visit the Aberlour orphanage when she gave evidence to the historic abuse inquiry last week.She said: “One boy said to me, they locked us in the gym and they walked along the corridor, where there was a window into the gym, and looked at us, and they treated us like animals at the zoo, so we all pretended to be monkeys.”Abuse survivors say the tours are an example of how children were treated as “commodities” and used for financial gain, entertainment, sexual gratification or medical experimentation.Mrs Mackenzie was invited to give evidence to the inquiry after writing a letter to chairwoman Lady Smith about her experiences in the 1950s and 1960s.

Every time a tour came all the naughty boys were locked in the gym in case they upset people.  Katharine Mackenzie – Former children’s officer

Yesterday, speaking at her home in Edinburgh, the 93-year-old said: “Many of the Highland tour buses stopped at the orphanage.  They were curious about how orphanages were run, I suppose. It was pretty awful, this huge orphanage with hundreds of children in the middle of a tiny Highland village. Every time a tour came all the naughty boys were locked in the gym in case they upset people. I think the boys reacted very sensibly by pretending to be monkeys.  Of course it was wrong but I didn’t run the orphanage, although I helped to have it closed down in the end.”

Katharine Mackenzie

Former children’s officer Katharine Mackenzie gave evidence to the historic abuse inquiry

At the end of each visit, the day-trippers were expected to make a donation into a collection box held by one of the orphans before they got back on the bus. Mrs Mackenzie added: “As far as I knew, the children were all looked after except there were too many of them and they didn’t get enough individual attention in a big place like that.”The Speyside orphanage was founded in 1875 as a home for “mitherless bairns” and grew to become the second largest in Scotland, housing as many as 500 children in the postwar years.It closed in 1967 after concerns were raised by Mrs Mackenzie and others and the charity became Aberlour Child Care Trust, which is still one of the country’s biggest childcare providers.The trust has compiled an internal report highlighting 12 complaints of abuse, seven involving excessive force used in punishments and five involving sexual abuse or indecency.

Earlier this year, chief executive SallyAnn(corr) Kelly apologised at the inquiry but insisted it was not a case of “systemic failure” but rather “a failure in the behaviour of human beings”.
Helen Holland from the In Care Abuse Survivors (Incas) group described the bus tours as “utterly repugnant” and added: “It is totally wrong in every sense of the word to use any child as a commodity.  That’s what people haven’t really grasped yet, how children in care were used as commodities, whether that was for financial gain, for entertainment or for sexual gratification.”
Ms Holland, who was physically and sexually abused as a child in Nazareth House orphanage in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, said she was “absolutely sure” the Aberlour boys would’ve been punished for disrupting the tours.
She said: “We never had tours come around but we would have to entertain the nuns and visiting dignitaries by putting on plays and shows. If it wasn’t up to scratch you would be beaten afterwards for not doing things properly. I remember one Christmas I started singing the wrong version of While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks and I just froze because I knew I was going to get battered for it. I was beaten with a stick later that night because I had shown them up. It was the same with the Scottish country dancing, where you terrified in case you stood on one of the swords and were punished for it.” 
Alan Draper, the Incas parliamentary liaison officer, added:  “These children were being treated as exhibits for the benefit of the organisation. It’s appalling but it wasn’t uncommon practice back in those days and the authorities simply turned a blind eye or didn’t care.”   http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/875570/historic-abuse-inquiry-highland-aberlour-orphanage-tours  http://archive.is/dIkQE 
Orphans ‘treated like zoo animals’ as witness tells child abuse probe …  http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/orphans-treated-like-zoo-animals-11467984


 

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To an observer, the bare facts of David Divine’s life — abandoned as a baby, raised in an orphanage, rising to the top of his profession, surviving a near-fatal car crash that left him unable to walk, read and write, years spent in rehabilitation, and finally embarking on a new chapter — seem too much to contain in one life.

Gradually he pieced together the story of his childhood. After his birth in Scotland in 1953, he learned that he had been abandoned at three months and left to be raised in an orphanage. Racism was rife at the time and his parents were ill-equipped to care for him. His mother was a poor, white single mother and his father was a black man in the United States Air Force stationed in Scotland.

Divine spent his childhood in Scotland’s Aberlour Orphanage and later with a foster family in a small Scottish mining town. Despite the challenging circumstances of his early childhood, he went on to university and completed his social sciences degree at Edinburgh University. From there he embarked on a successful career in social work. That work eventually lead him to become Dalhousie’s James Robinson Johnston chair in black Canadian studies in 2004.  EXTRACTS, READ IN FULL  http://thechronicleherald.ca/artslife/1449444-the-divine-gift-%E2%80%93-a-life-recovered     http://archive.is/G2ZpQ 

 

 

Sexual harassment claims are ‘no witch hunt’, says Harman

4th Nov 2017

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Labour MP Harriet Harman has told BBC News that the string of allegations of sexual abuse and harassment against MPs is not a witch hunt.

She said: “There are a lot of men saying this has been blown out of all proportion, it’s a witch hunt. No, it’s not a witch hunt, it’s long overdue.”

Her comments follow Friday’s suspensions of Conservative MP Charlie Elphicke and Labour MP Kelvin Hopkins.

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon resigned earlier this week.

On Saturday morning, Sir Roger Gale, Conservative MP for North Thanet, urged people “not to rush to judgement”, telling BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that he believes the scandal is turning into a “witch hunt”.

“I don’t think there’s anybody who would seek to defend rape or sexual abuse in the context there’s no proof that I can see yet of any wrongdoing. How does a member of Parliament refute that?”

On Friday, the Conservatives published a new code of conduct and are immediately adopting a new complaints procedure.

Mrs May is also meeting opposition party leaders on Monday to discuss proposals to bring forward a new grievance system for Westminster staff and MPs.

Ms Harman, the former Labour deputy leader, said that she thought Prime Minister Theresa May took “very bold action” in relation to Sir Michael’s resignation.

Sir Michael, who quit office on Wednesday saying his general conduct fell short of expected standards, has “categorically denied” allegations over his conduct.

 The scandal is turning into a “witch hunt”, says Tory MP

Ms Harman told BBC Radio 4’s Week in Westminster that Mrs May’s actions have made her “hopeful” that the parties can work together to change standards.

She said people were put off from making complaints for fear of being disloyal to their party and “helping” the other side. But now, she said, “there’s a bigger fight”.

“We’re all tribal beasts, that’s why we’re there [in parliament] and that has dampened down any ability to speak out,” she said. “I think that’s changed after this week.”

Ms Harman said that Parliament has a “sea change opportunity” to address the issue – and to help those who speak out.

She added: “If you point your finger at a powerful man, they won’t just sit there, they will fight back. So there will be some backlash about this amongst the corridors [of Westminster].”

Charlie ElphickeDover MP Charlie Elphicke denies any wrongdoing

On Friday, Charlie Elphicke, a former party whip who has been the Conservative MP for Dover since 2010, was suspended by the party after “serious allegations” were referred to the police.

Denying any wrongdoing in a post on Twitter, the married 46-year-old wrote: “The party tipped off the press before telling me of my suspension. I am not aware of what the alleged claims are.”

Labour MPs Clive Lewis and Kelvin Hopkins are being investigated by the party over allegations about their behaviour.

But Conservative MP Sir Roger Gale told BBC Radio 4: “We’re in danger of getting into a situation where nobody half bright, half sensible, half decent, will want to go into the House of Commons – and that will not be good for democracy.

“We should look at the facts…by all means throw book at them, but don’t throw the book at them until the case is proven.”

 Labour MP Rupa Huq says Westminster needs to “get into line”.

Rupa Huq, Labour MP for Ealing Central and Acton, told BBC Breakfast that the House of Commons has “no real structure” for complaints.

She said it is “the most unusual workplace” where the rules around sexual harassment are “lax if not non-existent”.

“In this sense it needs to get into line. Other big companies have a sexual harassment policy, they have a staff handbook. All those things do not exist for MPs”, she said.

On top of that, she added, “you’ve got a whole political culture which has thrived on favours and bullying” as well as partisan “one-upmanship” where people are “incredibly loyal to their parties”.

Labour’s shadow chancellor says Parliament must ‘give women the confidence to work in safety’

Alongside the new code of conduct and complaints procedure, the Conservatives have set up a a hotline for reporting potential breaches and a more detailed investigatory process.

Labour has introduced a new complaints procedure, while the Liberal Democrats continue to review their complaints procedures.

Labour’s shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, said any complaints system has to apply to all political parties, and must be “fair and objective”.

“There should be an element of independence [in the system], particularly for support as well, so people can feel confident about where they can report these things and at the same time how it can be dealt with.”

Mrs May said Parliament must do its bit as well as the individual parties – as it was not fair to expect potentially vulnerable people to “navigate different grievance procedures according to political party”.

Lord Bew, chairman of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, told the Today programme that the “burning issue” at stake is the reputation of parliament.

He said it was vital that cases were not dealt with internally by the parties, but by those outside parliament who could “give some reassurance to the public that this is not just another cover-up”.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-41870120   http://archive.is/VHI16 

Hundreds of compensation claims turned down for rape victims guilty of minor offences

4th Nov 2017

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HUNDREDS of rape victims are being denied compensation after committing ‘minor’ criminal offences, The Herald can reveal.

It is estimated that at least 500 women have seen their claims rejected by the UK Government‘s Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) since 2010.

The scheme, which is funded with public money, is designed to give financial payments to victims of violent crime.

But under its rules, the CICA must turn down claims for anyone given a community sentence by the courts.

The policy has been described as “cruel” by campaigners for rape victims while a leading lawyer described it as a cynical attempt to save money.

Christina McHugh, 27, was raped by a family friend when she was just 11 and went on to suffer many years of mental health problems as a result of the crime.

However, when she later applied for compensation, she was refused and told she was not entitled to the payment of up to £27,000 because of an unspent conviction.

“I was a kid when I was raped and the fact hundreds of women are turned down is completely disrespectful to what happened to us,” she said.

“People could have something brutal happen to them, but they do not get compensation because of a conviction that is completely unrelated. It is ridiculous.”

Prior to 2012 CICA rules said anyone claiming could have a compensation award stopped or reduced if a conviction made their character “inappropriate”.

But the powers of discretion were removed in 2012 and the numbers of victims missing out on compensation has risen since then.

At least 500 women have had their claims rejected since 2010, including several dozen in Scotland.

The organisation Women Against Rape (WAR) is appealing for those affected by CICA rules to join a campaign to have them changed.

Lisa Longstaff, spokeswoman for WAR, said “CICA don’t seem to be taking account of the pain and suffering that sexual offences cause people.

“It is very cruel to deny women who have suffered such a serious assault, on the basis of often very minor convictions.”

Ms McHugh was raped in 1997 by James McCracken, who was convicted of the crime in 2015 after the testimony of two other women who were sexually assaulted by him in similar circumstances was used in corroboration under the Moorov Doctrine.

Three years before making a claim to CICA, Ms McHugh was convicted of assault after intervening in a fracas in the street outside her home.

A man with a pole was advancing on two women, who she claims she was trying to protect. She was later convicted of assaulting the man.

However, in a letter, CICA said Ms McHugh’s conviction was unspent and so she was not entitled to the payment of up to £27,000 to which she might otherwise be entitled.

“I am therefore unable to make an award of compensation… please note I have no discretion,” an official at the agency wrote. “I am sorry to send what I know will be disappointing news.”

Ms McHugh is attempting to appeal the decision but has been told her bid is unlikely to be successful.

Ms McHugh said she felt her conviction was unfair, but had accepted it and completed an 18-month community payback order.

She is now backing a change in the CICA rules. “If these are the rules, I want them changed for other women like me,” she said.

Peter Garsden, a partner with Manchester-based Simpson Millar, and president of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers, said abuse can leave people vulnerable, with mental health problems and drug or alcohol additions. All of these issues can lead people into conflict with the law, he said.

“These rules deny a lot off vulnerable, worthy individuals justice from the government,” he said.

“It is frankly appalling that the CICA want to blame the victims of abuse when the convictions were obtained a number of years after the offence they suffered.

“Particularly when people were children at the time a crime was committed against them they were blameless.

“Sexual abuse can leave people with a distrust of authority, often people blot out their experiences with addiction to alcohol or drugs, while others have mental health problems brought on by the abuse.

“CICA is passing judgement on the victims of abuse which is very unfair and unjust.”

Mr Garsden added: “I have been involved in these cases for 25 years and the scheme has got progressively more mean and unfair.”

A spokesman for the Ministry of Justice said:”There are criteria to ensure that taxpayers’ money is not paid to applicants who may have caused distress, loss or injury to another person, or committed another criminal offence, and as a result incurred costs through police investigations or court proceedings.

“As part of our work to develop a strategy for victims, we will be examining the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme. This work will also incorporate recommendations from the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.”  http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/homenews/15640595.Rape_victims_denied_compensation_because_of_minor_offences/      http://archive.is/UorX0

Families of child sexual abuse victims threaten action against UK government

 A report published a year ago by MPs revealed shocking levels of sexual abuse and harassment of schoolgirls who complained it was a daily part of life

hgffffgFamilies of children attacked or harassed by other pupils are dismayed by lengthy delays in issuing guidelines to schools

Lawyers acting for families whose children have been victims of rape, sexual assault and harassment by fellow school pupils have stepped up action against the education secretary, Justine Greening, with a letter threatening judicial review proceedings.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission is funding a legal challenge against the education secretary, which accuses her of failing to act to protect children from sexual abuse and harassment by their classmates, the Guardian has learned.

A report published a year ago by MPs on the women and equalities committee revealed shocking levels of sexual abuse and harassment of schoolgirls who complained it was a part of daily life, often dismissed as “banter” by some staff.

Ministers have since accepted the need for fresh guidance to schools on how to handle allegations of rape, abuse and harassment between pupils, but families of victims are horrified at the delay in releasing the new guidance, which might not come into force until September 2018.

One mother, whose daughter was the victim of a serious sexual assault, said: “The secretary of state’s failure to take action to protect children who have been abused frightens me. How can she sleep at night? This is a massive, massive epidemic of child abuse and she’s doing nothing about it.”

The EHRC chief executive, Rebecca Hilsenrath, said: “We hear the shock and dismay at the stories of sexual abuse perpetrated across sectors and industries, from Harvey Weinstein to the Westminster parliament. If we really mean it, we need to use the same lens to look at the youngest victims of all.”

The families are demanding to know the precise release date for the new guidance to schools. They want the government to update its Keeping Children Safe in Education guidelines to include more robust advice requiring schools to protect the victims and their right to education, and to consider suspending the alleged perpetrator.

A preliminary letter was sent to Greening almost two months ago. The EHRC says she failed to produce an adequate response to that first letter. As a result, what is known as a “letter before action” was sent on Friday accusing her of being in breach of the Equality Act 2010 and threatening a judicial review in the event of no progress.

“Equality starts from childhood and an effective education is a critical part of that foundation,” said Hilsenrath. “We will struggle in vain for equality in adult life for as long as we fail young girls in schools.

“Abuse affects girls’ ability to learn, as well as their physical and mental health. We know that many suffer a recurrence of trauma by being put back in classes with pupils at whose hands they have suffered.”

The letter comes at the end of an extraordinary week in Westminster, with a string of sexual abuse and harassment allegations, and promises of swift action to address the problems in parliament.

Parents and campaigners have flagged up what they see as a discrepancy between the government’s intention to take speedy action to protect women in parliament and what they see as the ongoing failure to protect girls at risk from abuse by peers in schools.

Louise Whitfield, solicitor at Deighton Pierce Glynn, said: “Repeated promises of new guidance over the last year have not been fulfilled, and every day dozens of schoolgirls are sexually harassed and assaulted without their schools knowing how to handle it.

“This failure to protect them not only breaches their human rights but discriminates against them. The secretary of state must act or defend her position in court.”

One mother whose daughter reported to police that she had been raped by a fellow pupil said schools were still woefully ill-equipped to deal with allegations of sexual violence and abuse between classmates.

In her daughter’s case, the boy was arrested and released on police bail. She claims however the school failed to act to protect her daughter adequately. “They thought it was OK to expect her to go back into a classroom with a guy who raped her.

“They said he was innocent until proven guilty and had a right to an education, but what about my daughter’s rights?

“Schools need to treat child-on-child sexual violence as seriously as they would adult-on-adult sexual violence and adult-on-child sexual violence. When schools fail to deal effectively with sexual violence between students they compound the problem.

“They leave the victim in a worse psychological state, they give the perpetrator and other potential offenders a clear message that you get away with it and they leave other potential victims with the message that you are better off not reporting
incidents.”

The schools minister, Nick Gibb, last month gave an undertaking at a hearing of the women and equalities committee that the government would introduce rules to stop boys who sexually abused other children at school from being allowed back in the same classroom.

The Department for Education said: “Schools should be safe places for all children to learn and sexual harassment and sexual violence should never be tolerated. Statutory safeguarding guidance is clear that schools should have an effective child protection policy that addresses peer on peer abuse. That guidance is regularly updated and remains in force.

“To ensure we are doing all we can to assist schools, we will be publishing interim advice this term specifically on peer on peer abuse. We will also launch a consultation this term on changes to the Keeping Children Safe in Education Guidance before the changes come into force in September 2018.”   https://www.theguardian.com/education/2017/nov/04/families-of-child-sexual-abuse-victims-threaten-action-against-uk-government   http://archive.is/PHEbO 

Killer Mum – Moaning Mairead Philpott

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EXCLUSIVE 3rd Nov 2017, 1:01 am

KILLER mum Mairead Philpott is moaning about losing her cell luxuries after being moved from a high-security jail.

The lag, 35, helped ex-husband Mick, 61, start a fire in their home which killed their six children

She had been serving her 17-year sentence in top-security Bronzefield prison, Surrey, but was left in tears this week when she was moved to nearby Downview jail.

The killer has complained she has lost her private TV, shower and phone and fears her new cellmates will beat her up when they discover her identity.

But a source said: “Nobody is going to shed any tears for Mairead. She enjoyed the perks of being on a high-security wing in Bronzefield but she won’t get the same treatment in Downview.

“Child killers are the lowest of the low in prison.”

The Philpotts were convicted in 2013 of the manslaughter of their kids, aged five to 13.

The blaze in Derby was a plot to try to get a bigger council house.

She has divorced and changed her name to Louise Dunn to distance herself from her past.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4831873/killer-mairead-philpott-losing-prison-luxuries/amp/

What happened to Katrice Lee?

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Disappearance of Katrice Lee – Wikipedia

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  • Katrice vanished while she was shopping for party food with her mum on November 28, 1981 – her second birthday.
  • She was last seen in a Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes (NAAFI) shopping complex in
  • Schloss Neuhaus, Paderborn, West Germany, near to where her parents were living at the time.
  • Mother Sharon turned round after paying for goods at the counter, Katrice had gone and has not been seen since.
  • The revelation that a witness may have seen Katrice, who would now be 37, being taken comes as both Sharon and Natasha continue to campaign for access to the original case files from the military police investigation.”

READ IN FULL http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/28/family-toddler-snatched-35-years-ago-given-new-hope-fresh-photofit/ http://archive.is/IW2cV


Internet troll who posed as a missing girl then broke a court order to harass her family is jailed 5 June 2014G

Donna Wright, 34, pretended to be Katrice Lee, who went missing in 1981
After a DNA test proved that she was not Katrice, she became abusive
Last year a court banned her from contacting the family
But Wright, of West Cornforth, County Durham, persisted in calling
She admitted harassing Katrice’s father Richard, 64, and was jailed

Her father, a soldier with the King’s Royal Hussars, was stationed nearby at the time, and her family headed out the busy Naafi store, where she vanished in the crowds.

Wright, who is the same age as Katrice would be now, first answered an appeal for information in 2012. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2648656/Internet-troll-posed-missing-girl-Katrice-Lee-broke-court-order-harass-family-jailed.html

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Kate and Gerry McCann mark International Missing Children’s Day, 25 May 09. They speak on 18 May 09, with Esther Rantzen and Sharon, Natasha and Nigel, relatives of Katrice Lee, from Hartlepool, who was two when she vanished in Germany more than 27 years ago Sharron Lee KM Ester Ranzen GM Nigel Greenhalgh is uncle of Damien Nettles (missing) Natasha Lee (Katrice Lee missing) http://www.gerrymccannsblogs.co.uk/INTERNATIONAL.htm

More Tory MPs are named in the ‘dirty dossier’ of alleged indiscretions as new sex claims emerge and the ENTIRE document is published in America

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  • Dossier circulating names 40 Tory MPs including six serving Cabinet ministers  
  • Damian Green’s email on hacked list of Ashley Madison members – he denied it
  • MailOnline understands at least 13 named for merely having relationships
  • Amber Rudd appears because of her relationship with MP Kwasi Kwarteng
  • Mark Menzies, 45, quit as a minister’s aide in 2014 over rent boy allegations 
  • Two MPs named known to have had children with their staff after falling in love 

The full list of Tory MPs on a ‘dirty dossier’ of claims about their supposed sex lives has been published in the US.

The spreadsheet, which includes six serving Cabinet ministers, has been partially published in the UK over the past few days.

However this evening the entire document, which also contains details of people’s relationships where no impropriety is thought to have taken place, was published in the US.

The document, which was compiled Tory aides and leaked to the press following the Harvey Weinstein scandal, contains several serious accusations against the politicians. 

Senior Tories fear the controversy could end up being worse than the expenses scandal as more allegations are made and more senior politicians are named. 

Tonight, a woman who claims she was sexually assaulted by an MP during a work trip abroad accused Parliament of failing to act during an interview with ITV News.

Zara (not her real name) told political correspondent Paul Brand that the MP forced himself on her in a hotel room despite her ‘making it clear’ it was not what she wanted.

One woman who claims she was sexually assaulted by an MP overseas accused Parliament of failing to act during an interview with ITV News

THE ‘SEX PEST’ DOSSIER IN NUMBERS 

The controversial dossier runs to 40names in total, and encompasses all levels of the Tory party.

It features six Cabinet-level ministers.

There are 12 lower-ranking ministers.

Some 10 former ministers, including a handful who served in the highest ranks of government, are also on the roll call.

But while a number of the MPs are alleged to have acted inappropriately, around 15 of the claims relate to consensual relationships or personal sexual preferences – without any apparent misconduct. 

 

It’s understood that police interviewed the MP but couldn’t charge him as the alleged assault happened in a foreign country. 

In the dossier, one MP is accused of ‘making’ a researcher have an abortion after she fell pregnant and one MP and one Cabinet Minister ‘paying’ women to be quiet about their alleged behaviour.

The Cabinet Minister is said to have signed a non-disclosure agreement with a woman, while the former minister ‘paid a female to be quiet’.

Some of the MPs who have been named in the document by the UK press include Mark Menzies, 45, and Stephen Crabb, 44.

Mark Menzies, 45, quit as a minister’s aide in 2014 shortly after being asked about his relationship with rent boy Rogerio dos Santos Pinto, 19, and is named on the so-called sex 'pest list' over the incident
Mark Menzies, 45, quit as a minister’s aide in 2014 shortly after being asked about his relationship with rent boy Rogerio dos Santos Pinto, 19, and is named on the so-called sex ‘pest list’ over the incident

 

Mr Menzies quit as a minister’s aide in 2014 shortly after being asked about his relationship with Rogerio dos Santos Pinto, 19, who claimed the politician had given him a tour of Parliament before allegedly offering to pay him £250 for a two-hour session.

Mr Menzies resigned in the aftermath but said at the time that a number of the allegations made by a Sunday newspaper were untrue.

He is among nine people on the hit list of 40 names that have been named so far.

But at least 13 are MPs have been cited for having consensual relationships without any hint of harassment.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd was put on there only because she had a relationship with Eton-educated Tory MP Kwasi Kwarteng after her divorce from AA Gill.

Rossendale MP Jake Berry is also named for having a son with his partner Alice Robinson, who was a Tory aide.

MP Justin Tomlinson, 40, who settled down with then 25-year-old aide Katherine Bennett in 2016 when he was already divorced is also named.  bb

Who’s inside the Tory ‘dirty dossier’

MARK MENZIES 

He quit as a ministerial aid in 2014 after denying allegations involving 19-year-old Rogerio dos Santos Pinto who claimed the MP had offered him £250 for a two-hour sex session after a tour of Parliament. The story was broken by the Sunday Mirror in 2014. 

STEPHEN CRABB

Former Cabinet Minister Stephen Crabb has admitted sending ‘explicit’ messages to a 19-year-old woman after a job interview at Westminster. Mr Crabb admitted saying ‘pretty outrageous things’ to her two days ago. Last year, Mr Crabb announced he was running for the Conservative Party Leadership but stepped down from the race after texting a woman in her twenties that he wanted to kiss her ‘everywhere’. His messages were leaked to The Times by a source, who said they were concerned by the ‘hypocrisy’ of Mr Crabb, who said he could be trusted on his values and judgment.  

MARK GARNIER

The Member of Parliament for Wyre Forest is accused of allegedly asking his assistant to buy two vibrators from a sex shop. Commons secretary Caroline Edmondson also told The Mail on Sunday last week that he called her ‘sugar t*ts’ in front of witnesses. He said: ‘I’m not going to deny it, because I’m not going to be dishonest,’ he said. ‘I’m going to have to take it on the chin.’  The dossier also claims he acted in an inappropriate manner with women.

AMBER RUDD

The Home Secretary has been included on the list due to her relationship with Tory MP Kwasi Kwarteng. Ms Rudd, who was previously married to the late A.A. Gill from 1990 to 1995, is understood to have started her relationship with Mr Kwarteng from 2009. 

STEVE DOUBLE

The St Austell MP admitted having an affair with aide Sarah Bunt, 26, in June last year after rumours began circulating of their relationship during the summer. Mrs Bunt was hired to work alongside his wife Anne, 51, in his constituency office of St Austell and Newquay. He later confessed to the affair, which lasted for a few weeks, and told newspapers that if he had ‘known the grief it has caused I would not have done it [given Mrs Bunt the job]’. Mrs Double said she would stand by her husband.

JAKE BERRY

The Rossendale MP has been named after having a son, Milo, with his partner Alice Robinson, a former Tory aide. Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, he said the pair were ‘really happy’ at their son’s arrival in March. Mr Berry, 38, announced in September last year that he and his former wife of seven years, Charlotte Alexa, had divorced amicably. 

JUSTIN TOMLINSON

In July last year, The Sun revealed the MP for North Swindon had ‘amicably’ split up with his wife and begun a relationship with researcher Katherine Bennett. Mr Tomlinson, 40, confirmed that he had grown apart from his wife Jo Wheeler and the pair divorced in 2015. Ms Bennett, 26, revealed they were in a relationship after posting about it on Facebook.

ROBERT HALFON 

In 2015, the Essex MP admitted to having an affair with PR executive Alexandra Paterson after claiming Tory director Mark Clarke tried to get film of him leaving a London club with Miss Paterson. 

In a statement released by the Conservative Party, Mr Halfon, who is unmarried but has a long term partner, said: ‘What I did was wrong, and I feel ashamed. I am not proud of myself. The most important thing to me is to continue to repair my relationship with my partner.’

He told a Sunday newspaper he had kept quiet about the alleged threat until Mr Johnson’s death. He said: ‘Mark Clarke is an appalling man – I wish I had never met him. I was stupid.’ 

Essex MP Robert Halfon is also on the list because the former minister without portfolio had a six-month relationship behind his long-term partner’s back in 2015.

The affair was with PR executive Alexandra Paterson, 30, who is chairman of the Conservative party’s youth wing, was entirely consensual.

St Austell MP Steve Double is on there for having an affair with his office liaison with Sarah Bunt, 26, but was taken back by his forgiving wife Anne in 2016.

Also named is former Cabinet minister Stephen Crabb, who has admitted sending explicit text messages to a 19-year-old he had interviewed for a job. 

And Mark Garnier also makes the list for allegedly asking his assistant to buy two vibrators and called her ‘sugar t*ts’. 

Another unnamed MP on the dossier, told MailOnline: ‘It is hurtful to be included and attached to something that is completely untrue.’ 

Theresa May’s key ally Damian Green is on Westminster’s ‘spreadsheet of shame’ which alleges he used the Ashley Madison dating website, MailOnline can reveal.

The Cabinet Office minister has vehemently denied he was a member of the dating site for married people who wanted to cheat on their spouses.

The allegation first emerged in 2015 when his work email address appeared on a hacked list of members.

He said at the time: ‘It’s nothing to do with me. I have never registered for an account with Ashley Madison’.

The Westminster ‘spreadsheet of shame’ reveals several damaging but unverified allegations about some of Britain’s highest profile politicians.

There is a Tory MP with the nickname ‘Copperfeel’ and several others also said to have a reputation for groping women and men.

One is alleged to have forced an aide to have an abortion and another had ‘paid women to be quiet’.

A politician is said to have been filmed being urinated on by three men, another MP enjoys sex with prostitutes paid to carry out ‘odd acts’ and a third seeks out men wearing women’s perfume, the list says.

Three female aides were asked to go on holiday with one MP while another politician ‘paid a woman to be quiet’, while a former Tory minister was said to have propositioned his secretary by asking her to ‘come and feel the length of my c***’. 

Prime Minister Theresa May said today she ‘has confidence in her Government and her ministers’, her official spokesman said amid allegations of sexual impropriety at Westminster.

 

The document, said to be compiled by Tory aides disgruntled about their treatment, names six Cabinet ministers and other senior allies of the Prime Minister.  

What was the ‘Ashley Madison’ website for ‘cheaters’?

Ashley Madison collapsed in the aftermath of its 2015 hacking which saw the details of millions of users released.

Those who signed up were predominantly married and the majority were men.

Me paid in ‘credits’ gets you 30 minutes of live chat with women members, who didn’t have to pay for the service. 

They could then send private messages, ‘winks’ to notify another user that you have viewed their profile or virtual gifts, normally sexual images, and chat via instant messenger when both members are online.

Many would then meet for sex. 

The site promises its members worldwide complete ‘anonymity’ and has the motto: ‘Life is short. Have an affair’ but hackers said they have exposed its members because they wanted it shut down, which succeeded.

Some of the people exposed claimed they were blackmailed to keep their membership secret from loved-ones. 

 

Today, separately, Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon apologised for repeatedly touching a radio host’s knee until she threatened to ‘punch him in the face’.

He made the gesture to Julia Hartley-Brewer during a Conservative party conference in 2002, the journalist has revealed.

A close friend of Sir Michael, a married father of two, said: ‘Julia’s a good friend of Michael’s. He overstepped the mark. She made it clear it was unwelcome and he rightly apologised 15 years ago.’ 

Yesterday Miss Hartley-Brewer, 49, said she was contacted by journalists about the incident in the wake of wider claims of sexual misconduct, but said she regarded it as ‘mildly amusing’.

Comparing her experience of a ‘misjudged sexual overture’ to serious harassment or assault was ‘absurd and wrong’, she argued.

In a statement on Twitter she wrote: ‘Wild rumours and claims are circulating about many male MPs at Westminster in a media feeding frenzy.

‘I have worked in and around Westminster for 20 years and, as far as I am aware, incidents of genuine harassment involve only a small number of MPs from all parties.

‘I believe it is absurd and wrong to treat workplace banter and flirting – and even misjudged sexual overtures – between consenting adults as being morally equivalent to serious sexual harassment or assault. It demeans genuine victims of real offences. Anyone with any allegations … should speak up now and provide the evidence to ensure any necessary action is taken.

She added: ‘I have not been a victim and I do not wish to take part in what I believe has now become a Westminster witch hunt.’BJK

Miss Hartley-Brewer said the minister ‘repeatedly put his hand on my knee during a party conference dinner … I calmly and politely explained to him that, if he did it again, I would ‘punch him in the face’. He withdrew his hand … I have had no issues since with the man and do not regard the incident as anything but mildly amusing, which is why I have declined to name him.’

‘Maybe everybody was sloshed!’ Tory MP warns of a ‘growing witch hunt mentality’

Tory MP Michael Fabricant, pictured on Newsnight last night, warned the Westminster sex pest scandal risks turning into a witch hunt 

Tory MP Michael Fabricant, pictured on Newsnight last night, warned the Westminster sex pest scandal risks turning into a witch hunt 

There is a ‘growing witch hunt mentality’ surrounding the Westminster sex pest scandal which risks dragging innocent names through the mud, a Tory MP last night warned.

Michael Fabricant said inappropriate behaviour must be stamped out but it is not fair to point the finger based on rumour or things done when ‘everyone was sloshed’.

His comments come as a list of the alleged sexual improprieties of up to 40 MPs – including current Cabinet ministers – has been circulated among Westminster insiders.

The dossier lists Tories who are said to be ‘handsy with women’, used prostitutes or made inappropriate sexual advances.

But as rumours of misconduct swirl around Westminster, there are growing fears politicians could fall victim to unsubstantiated and anonymous allegations. 

Mr Fabricant, a former whip and MP for Litchfeild, told BBC’s Newsnight: ‘It’s not fair actually to base things on rumour – there has to be evidence.

‘And there mustn’t be witch hunts either, I feel there is a growing witch hunt mentality currently going on.

‘We have got to ensure that inappropriate behaviour is stamped out, it is wrong it is unprofessional.

‘But at the same time we don’t want to see individuals who have been blameless being accused of things which maybe they hadn’t really done, or maybe at the time everyone was sloshed. I don’t know.

‘You sometimes get that and we have got or be very careful we don’t get into that sort of situation.’

 

In the Sunday Express in 2009 she described how he had propositioned her. She wrote: ‘He was, he told me, a firm believer in the long-standing Westminster rule of … ‘party conferences don’t count’. I was, I told him, a firm believer in not going to bed with other women’s husbands.’

Last night, after Sir Michael had been named, Miss Hartley-Brewer tweeted: ‘Sigh. This ‘incident’ happened in 2002. No one was remotely upset or distressed by it.’

It came as Theresa May was warned she risked sparking a Westminster ‘witch hunt’ after ministers were told they could be sacked for making staff ‘feel uncomfortable’. The Prime Minister ordered a crackdown on Parliamentary sex pests after the latest Westminster sleaze scandal threatened to spiral out of control. 

A spokesman for the Defence Secretary said he had apologised when the incident happened 15 years ago – and that both he and Miss Hartley-Brewer considered the matter closed.

The incident is believed to have happened at a Tory Party conference. Miss Hartley-Brewer said last night she did not see herself as a ‘victim’. 

Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom said yesterday Tory MPs faced being suspended from the party if unwanted sexual comments or advances were found to have made junior staff ‘feel uncomfortable’.

Mrs Leadsom, speaking with Mrs May at her side, said ministers caught up in the scandal could be ‘fired from ministerial office’ – and the threshold for action would be behaviour ‘significantly below criminal activity’. New proposals, including an independent ‘grievance procedure’ and training for MPs on how to treat their staff, would be brought forward ‘within days’.

But the proposals sparked unease. One female Tory MP called for ‘perspective’, while a female Tory peer warned of creating an atmosphere that might ‘encourage’ false allegations. 

As the scandal threatened to engulf Westminster:

  • The Daily Telegraph reported that two female members of a minister’s staff moved to other jobs because of his ‘inappropriate’ behaviour. A spokesman for the minister, who has not been named, said he did not ‘recognise’ the allegations.
  • Downing Street refused to say if Mrs May retained confidence in trade minister Mark Garnier, after claims he asked a female aide to buy sex toys;
  • One Tory MP warned colleagues on a WhatsApp messaging group that the scandal could ‘bring down the Government’;
  • Labour faced questions about its own conduct after frontbencher Cat Smith said she had to ‘run away’ from a sexual predator in the party;
  • A Commons researcher revealed an MP had asked him to clean his kitchen in his underwear following a boozy night in a Commons bar;

Mrs May was urged to investigate a secret dossier naming 40 Tory MPs as sex pests.

Yesterday’s crackdown followed a string of allegations that senior MPs, including members of the Cabinet, have sexually harassed junior colleagues over many years.

Tory MP Nadine Dorries said it was right to draw up a proper legal basis for dealing with complaints.

But she added: ‘We need to keep a perspective on this. Mediocre men behaving badly hold good women back in many workplaces across the UK, not just in Westminster. We need action in terms of separating the historic and legal behaviour between consenting adults, from that which has serious grounds for complaint. My guess is, that may boil down to very little.

‘Otherwise, it turns into a witch hunt which benefits no one.’

And Baroness Jenkin warned against creating an atmosphere that encouraged false allegations.

Senior parliamentary figures have met to discuss ways for victims of sexual assault to speak up ‘without fear’. The move came after Mrs May called for a new independent helpline to deal with complaints.

Commons Speaker John Bercow also called for change in Parliament amid what he described as ‘disturbing’ allegations.

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A specially commissioned government report will this week conclude that satanic abuse does take place in Britain. It will say that its victims have suffered actual abuse and are not suffering from “false memory syndrome”.
The report, ordered by the Department of Health, focuses on the experiences of 50 “survivors”. Compiled by Dr John Hale, director of the Portman Clinic in London, and psychotherapist Valerie Sinason, it will reopen the debate which started a decade ago with testimonies from children in Nottingham, Rochdale and Orkney.
Its findings contradict the claims of a report ordered by the Conservative government in 1994, which concluded that satanic abuse was a “myth”.
It follows the growing concern of child protection agencies, and the Government, over organised child abuse.
Last week, it emerged that police were investigating the alleged sexual and physical abuse of up to 4,000 children in care homes and council-run homes in Devon.
Ms Sinason, who has treated 126 ritual abuse survivors, said yesterday that in many cases children were tortured by being held under water or made to believe they had witnessed the murder of infants as part of the satanic ritual.
“Some children are born for the purpose of abuse and are not registered on birth certificates,” she added. “The abusers use trickery to convince children they have taken part in murder. This increases the power of the abuser.”
The report will point to the difficulty of bringing prosecutions because of the problems of putting abused children into the witness box. There are currently at least five cases involving ritual abuse in the hands of lawyers.
Lee Moore, a barrister who founded the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers, and was himself a victim of ritual abuse, said it was hard to persuade people to give evidence, particularly after the 1994 report claiming satanic abuse was a myth perpetuated by social workers.
The latest report was welcomed by Dr Joan Coleman, a Surrey psychiatrist who has spent 14 years treating victims. “A lot of children are born into satanic families who indulge in this ritual abuse,” she said. “It’s only now that child sexual abuse is being exposed that people are beginning to believe ritual abuse exists.”

The report will be studied by John Hutton, the health department minister with responsibility for child protection. He is expected to order an investigation into its findings.   http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/this-britain/satanic-abuse-no-myth-say-experts-5371639.html   http://archive.is/xDQA4 


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Police spend £81m a year on historical crime probes: 875 officers and 500 civilian staff are dedicated to raking over the past

There are 875 officers – the equivalent of the entire Warwickshire force – plus another 500 civilian staff, dedicated to raking over the past

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Police are spending £81million a year on historic investigations, new figures revealed yesterday.

The money is being used during inquiries into sex abuse, paedophile conspiracies, undercover policing and the Hillsborough tragedy.

There are 875 officers – the equivalent of the entire Warwickshire force – plus another 500 civilian staff, dedicated to raking over the past.

One police chief warned that the resources are often taken from frontline budgets, suggesting everyday policing is being stretched even further. 

Details of the extraordinary cost comes as top officers warn the Government that strained budgets mean they are struggling to protect the public.

They are pleading for another £440million to stop ‘exposing gaps in the protection of the public’ as they face losing thousands more officers.

But critics have questioned whether some of the historic inquiries, particularly those involving dead suspects, are necessary.

Wiltshire Police struggled to justify its two-year £1.2m inquiry into often outlandish allegations against former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath
 

Wiltshire Police struggled to justify its two-year £1.2m inquiry into often outlandish allegations against former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath

Scotland Yard is accused of spending millions investigating the claims of a fantasist who claimed he was the victim of an Establishment sex ring.

And Wiltshire Police struggled to justify its two-year £1.2m inquiry into often outlandish allegations against former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath.

The new figures were uncovered by a series of requests under the Freedom of Information Act by Police Oracle.

It found that across 43 UK forces, a total estimated cost of £80.7million was spent last year on inquiries into historic matters.

The actual figure is likely to be much higher as some forces did not include equipment or other resources. Four failed to provide any information.

The research also uncovered that at least 1,394 personnel, including 875 warranted officers, are spending most of their time on these inquiries.

Almost half of the total cost fell on just three forces and one agency – the Metropolitan Police, the Police Service of Northern Ireland, Greater Manchester Police and the National Crime Agency.

Assistant Chief Constable Chris Shead recently told senior colleagues that the Rotherham abuse inquiry and Hillsborough football tragedy probe had tested forces.

But the senior officer, who runs a national police resources co-ordination centre, defended the resources spent on historic matters.  

He said: ‘We have seen a substantial increase in police demand in the past several years, most noticeably with the increasing threat from terrorism and an increase in complex crimes such as fraud.

‘This is at a time when savings are having to be made due to a real-term cut in government funding and with officer numbers at their lowest level since 1985. We are working to deal with this increased demand while also undertaking substantial work into non-recent investigations, such as those on child sexual abuse. They require a major investment of resources and these will often come from other areas of policing.’

 

The money is being used during inquiries into sex abuse, paedophile conspiracies, undercover policing and the Hillsborough tragedy
 

The money is being used during inquiries into sex abuse, paedophile conspiracies, undercover policing and the Hillsborough tragedy

Chief constables have faced criticism for pouring time and money into investigations into dead suspects and sometimes long-forgotten causes.

Lord Lawson has accused them of ‘complaining’ too much about spending cuts while chasing ‘unsubstantiated’ historic sex abuse claims.

The Tory former Chancellor called on forces to focus their resources on tackling the urgent security needs of today.

‘Look at how much the police is spending now on chasing up often unsubstantiated accusations of historic sex abuse,’ he said.

‘That’s got nothing to do with security. Those resources should be put where the need is.’

The Metropolitan Police’s Operation Yewtree, which investigated abuse by Jimmy Savile, Rolf Harris, David Lee Travis and others, cost £1.8million in its first year alone.

Meanwhile, the Scotland Yard inquiry into lurid allegations of a VIP Westminster paedophile ring cost taxpayers an estimated £3.4million.

Rick Muir, of the Police Foundation think-tank, suggested chief officers need better support when they decide whether to pursue some inquiries.

‘You always have to weigh up different factors such as if the victim is still alive and whether the alleged perpetrator poses ongoing risk,’ he said.

‘I think there should be more comprehensive guidance in place about decisions on when to launch historic investigations.’ 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5037555/Police-spend-81m-year-historical-crime-probes.html   http://archive.is/ybww2 

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