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Child sex abuse inquiry to focus on churches and politicians

Child sex abuse inquiry to focus on churches and politicians

The independent inquiry into child sexual abuse in England and Wales will investigate allegations against politicians living and dead, and a variety of public institutions, in the first of 12 hearings into alleged abuse and cover-ups, the chair has said.

Judge Lowell Goddard revealed details of the first investigations to be carried out in public into child sexual abuse dating back decades. They cover institutions such as the Church of England, the Roman Catholic church, Westminster, children’s homes in Nottinghamshire and the London borough of Lambeth, child abuse on the internet, as well as grooming and sexual exploitation in Rochdale, Devon, Cornwall, Oxford and Rotherham.

The scale of the first 12 investigations to be announced – which will be followed by up to 13 more – was ambitious, Goddard admitted.

“To run 12 investigations in parallel represents an organisational challenge that is unprecedented in a public inquiry in the United Kingdom,” she said.

“We are determined to succeed and expect full co-operation of all institutions and individuals who can assist us in our work.”

While some of the investigations may take 18 months, others could last many years, but Goddard said she hoped to keep to her timetable of the inquiry lasting five years.

Goddard’s £17.9m investigation – the biggest public inquiry into institutional child abuse and accusations of establishment cover-ups ever held in England and Wales – will not be able to convict people or punish them. She has said, however, that she will not shrink from naming individuals who have abused children and the institutions which allowed it to happen.

Read more http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/nov/27/child-sex-abuse-inquiry-to-focus-on-churches-and-politicians

Developments:  St Francis’ Boys Home / Jimmy Savile/ Purdews/ Henlow Grange/Vaz

Developments: St Francis’ Boys Home / Jimmy Savile/ Purdews/ Henlow Grange/Vaz

Between 1868 and 1974 Shefford was the site of St Francis’ Boy’s Home (orphanage) that was situated on High Street next to the Roman Catholic Church.   Savile used to regularly visit St Francis Boys Home.

Two men charged with abusing 26 boys at Bedfordshire boys’ home

Friday 20 November 2015

Two men have been charged with abusing 26 boys – some as young as five years old – at a Shefford boys’ home in the 1960s. The 25 boys were aged between five and 16.

The 18 sexual offences and 48 physical offences are alleged to have taken place at St Francis’ Boys Home, in Shefford, between 1963 and 1974, Bedfordshire Police said.

A 79-year-old man from Swaffham, Norfolk, is charged with 66 offences – 18 sexual and 48 physical – which are alleged to have taken place at St Francis Boys’ Home between 1963 and 1974.

 A 73-year-old man from Bedford has been charged with six sexual offences against four boys aged between 11 and 16.
 Both men will appear at Luton Magistrates’ Court on November 30.
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Background:

SHEFFORD BOYS HOME: Mystery of the missing police files and Jimmy Savile clipping

July 17, 2013

A COMPLAINT to Bedfordshire police has been made by a former resident of a boys home concerning missing files relating to previous inquiries.

Former residents of St Francis Boys Home in Shefford, which was run by the Catholic Church, are taking a ‘class action’ against the church over claims they were both physically and sexually assaulted.

Fr John Ryan

As reported by Bedfordshire on Sunday, one of the priests alleged to have abused children in the 1950s and 1960s, Father John Ryan, was twice interviewed by police concerning these allegations, in 1997 and 2003.

This newspaper interviewed Father Ryan in 2006 and put these allegations to him but he made no comment. He died in 2008.

 We also reported that there were accusations that boys who had run away from the home were taken back by police officers, and subsequently received even greater punishment and abuse.

Damian Chittock, who won damages from the church concerning abuse, has complained about the missing police files.

Bedfordshire Police said they have received a complaint and it was being investigated.

The police started a new investigation this year, after more former boys complained about abuse at the former orphanage run by the Northampton Diocese of the Catholic Church.

Damian Chittock said: It seems to me incredible that two files concerning very damning allegations can go missing. I worry about how seriously the police are taking these matters, which have blighted people’s lives for decades.”

Steve Lowe, group editor, said:“I believe more in the cock-up than conspiracy theory but losing both sets of files is worrying.

We also found that there was a picture of Jimmy Savile attending a VE commemoration day in Shefford, in April 1985, in the local paper of the time. He visited the home often, as there is a Catholic Church attached and Savile was a committed Catholic.

“We went to Bedford library and it had every copy of this paper since it started publishing until the present day, apart from the first half of 1985, which had gone missing.

“Another cock-up I guess but they do seem to be mounting.”

https://theneedleblog.wordpress.com/operation-greenlight/east-england/central-bedfordshire/st-francis-boys-home-shefford/

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October 13, 2013

…This was the second time Father Ryan had been arrested as he was interviewed in 1997, following earlier complaints of both physical and sexual abuse at the home.These records also went missing. The files are relevant to a ‘class action’ legal case being taken against the church by many other former boys at the home, as Father Ryan is now dead and the statements could have been used in court.

Mr Chittock said: “I find it incredulous that your officers cannot find these files, that not only

include witness statements from at least three victims, but also the interview with Father John Ryan and 40 old boys that were interviewed in the original investigation in the 1990s.”

http://www.bedfordshire-news.co.uk/Missing-Shefford-boys-home-abuse-case-files-destroyed/story-21724458-detail/story.html#ixzz2hnZa317H

Jimmy Savile link to ‘abuse’ orphanage prompts MP’s concern

20 February 2014

Ms Greening, MP for the south London constituency of Putney, Roehampton and Southfields, said in a letter to Mr McIntosh she had written to the Chief Constable “asking her to open a new investigation into the matter, including into a potential link with Jimmy Savile”.

She said she had also written to Home Secretary Theresa May over concerns Mr McIntosh had raised about the police inquiry into the orphanage and missing police files.

Mr McIntosh, who lives in Roehampton and went to St Francis in the early 1960s, said he was concerned about why files relating to a previous investigation went missing for months.

Bedfordshire Police started an investigation into new claims of abuse last May. In October police said it was thought the files had been destroyed but the following month police located the files.

Mr McIntosh said he wanted to know why the files from the 2002 investigation had gone missing and why the 2002 investigation failed to produce any prosecutions.

In a letter to Mr McIntosh, Ms Greening said she had written to Mrs May to “highlight your general concerns about previous investigations”.

Mr McIntosh said: “I hope it puts pressure on the police to be more efficient. There are a lot of questions to be answered. Why were the files not found?”

Since Savile’s death in 2011, hundreds of people around the country have reported abuse by the former presenter of Top of the Pops.

Mr McIntosh, who says he was physically abused at the home, said there are reports Savile was seen visiting the home in the 1950s.

He said he was also pleased Ms Greening had written to Ms May about the possibility of bringing a corporate manslaughter charge against the orphanage over the alleged abuse.

Last year (2013) a 77-year-old man, from Thetford, Norfolk, was arrested on suspicion of historical physical and sexual abuse at the home, while a 71-year-old man has been interviewed in connection with the investigation.

The home, which was run by the Northampton diocese of the Catholic church, closed in the mid-1970s.

The BBC has spoken to a number of former boys’ home residents who allege abuse at the hands of priests Fr John Ryan in the 1960s and Fr Wilfred Johnson in the 1950s.

The Northampton Diocese of the Catholic Church, which ran the home, has said it “deeply regretted” any hurt caused, but has stressed the “claims are not proven”.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-26258129

June 16, 2013

Bedfordshire on Sunday can now reveal that Savile used to regularly visit St Francis Boys Home.

He frequently stayed at Henlow Grange health farm, so much so that a wing at the spa was named after him.

Local Shefford historian Audrey White, 83, was photographed with Savile at the Shefford VE remembrance celebration in 1985.

Audrey said: “We thought he might be at The Grange as we knew he was a frequent visitor so we phoned the health farm and he was there, so we invited him to our celebrations. Mr Savile was very nice and said he would come along. He arrived on Sunday morning with two other men and agreed to be photographed with me and my husband. He stayed for a while, drew a poster for us and even made a donation”.

The Grange was first opened by Leida Costigan in 1961 as The Beauty Farm School of beauty and physical culture, the first of its kind in the country.

Savile has been accused of sexually assaulting minors while at The Grange and of molesting a former chambermaid of the health farm, who was 18 at the time.

A new children’s ward in Stoke Mandeville hospital, funded by Savile, was named St Francis Ward.

Another former boy spoke to us this week about the abuse at the home, especially by Father Ryan.

We interviewed Father Ryan in 2006 where he said he remembered some of the boys named to him but would not comment on allegations of abuse.

He had been arrested in 2003 and never charged and died in 2008.

Neither the Catholic Church nor Henlow Grange would comment.

Henlow Grange to High Street, Shefford
 Henlow Grange to High Street, Shefford

Savile, Henlow and Shefford, East Bedfordshire

5th November 2011: :

Jimmy was a regular visitor at Champneys health spa in Henlow, first visiting in the 1960s. He became a close friend of the owners, Stephen Purdew and his mother Dorothy. When a new bedroom wing was opened in 1985 it was named after him.

Stephen Purdew said: ‘He was a very significant family friend loved by everyone.

“Many people in the Henlow area will have very fond memories of this great man. My mother and I will miss him dearly.’” [Farewell to top TV Presenter, Biggleswade Today, 5 November 2011]

Dorothy Purdew’s autobiography:

‘Mid-1980s’: Two Yemeni girls of 14 or 15 arrive (or ‘are delivered’), who are ‘clueless’ and there is no contact with their parents, only communication with a London doctor and they stay for 6 months, lose about 4 stone each and become fluent in English

“On another occasion in the mid-80s we had two teenage girls from Yemen delivered to us. A fleet of cars arrived with the pair... I don’t know why they were over here , it was all very mysterious and whenever there were any problems or dramas we had to call this London doctor who acted as the go-between with their parents.

They ended up living with us for six months… ” (LRC p.151)

 

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Dr Venu, Keith Vaz MP, busineman Stephen Purdew and Michelin chef Sriram Aylur

Keith Vaz, the Labour MP for Leicester East, has a long-standing connection to the Purdew family, who own Champneys, including charitable and business links in addition to a close personal friendship. 
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Child sex abuse victims got death threats after inquiry published emails

Survivors of child abuse say they have received death threats after the chairman of a Commons committee released scores of emails containing the identities of four abuse victims.

In a letter to the home secretary, the victims, who have been campaigning for changes to the independent child abuse inquiry, condemned the decision by Keith Vaz, chair of the home affairs select committee (HASC), to place the emails which contain the victims’ names and disparaging comments about them, on the committee website.

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/jan/29/child-sex-abuse-victims-emails-commons-committee

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/8646241/Phone-hacking-Keith-Vaz-links-to-spa-behind-Stephenson-resignation.html
via Alun:
You couldn’t make it up: Keith Vaz says CSA inquiry which has just lost weeks of data is most appropriate place for information to go.

Scotland’s CSA Inquiry – problems from day 1?

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Petition to replace Susan O’Brien QC on child abuse inquiry refused

Can we all see a pattern here?

 

Now VIP abuse murder probe is on the brink of collapse: Scotland Yard won’t say it believes key witness’s claims

Now VIP abuse murder probe is on the brink of collapse: Scotland Yard won’t say it believes key witness’s claims

A police inquiry into alleged murders by VIP paedophiles is in crisis as officers are no longer prepared to say that the key witness is ‘credible and true’.

An internal investigation has been launched into the running of the £1million Operation Midland inquiry after police found no evidence that a string of senior Establishment figures were responsible for killing three boys in the 1970s and 1980s.

In an extraordinary volte-face, Scotland Yard will not now say publicly that it still believes the account of the VIP murders by the ‘main witness’ – known only as ‘Nick’.

Police plan to outline a new approach to the case as early as next week. This is likely to lead to the murder investigation being scaled down.

Last night the Metropolitan Police suggested for the first time that the future of Operation Midland could be in doubt.

It said: ‘An internal review of Operation Midland was commissioned on 8 April 2015. It is routine for investigations of this nature to be reviewed. The review was carried out with the full report submitted on 25 August.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3237634/Now-VIP-abuse-murder-probe-brink-collapse-Scotland-Yard-won-t-say-believes-key-witness-s-claims.html#ixzz3lygXwNxQ

Justice delayed is justice denied

Justice delayed is justice denied

JUSTICE Lowell Goddard, the New Zealand lawyer appointed to head the inquiry into historic child sexual abuse, has been pressed by the Establishment to extend and delay the completion of her work.

After her appointment in February 2015 she said that the inquiry would report in 2018. Now in a little-noticed announcement she has moved the deadline beyond the date of the next general election, in 2020. This will allow politicians linked to the Westminster paedophile scandal to escape scrutiny before the public has a chance to vote. Survivors will not receive the justice they deserve and another Establishment cover-up will have been skillfully executed.

The inquiry has been mired in controversy from the start, with Home Secretary Theresa May criticised for presiding over a shambles and helping to engineer a cover-up of the way the Establishment protected paedophile MPs and peers from criminal prosecution in the past.

The first person appointed to lead the inquiry was Baroness Butler-Sloss, who stood down in July 2014 amid questions over the role played by her late brother, Lord Havers.

Read more http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-2fe7-Justice-delayed-is-justice-denied#.VeqtN3vv-Rt

Harvey Proctor – porn/pawn?

Harvey Proctor – porn/pawn?

So what’s going on with this publicity stunt?

My Exclusive Interview with Harvey Proctor (video)

Harvey Proctor: Former MP accuses police of ‘homosexual witch hunt’ after murder probe

Interesting choice of words?

‘Witch hunt’? Isn’t that Cameron’s choice of phraseology  back in Nov 2012 – when the government were forced to announce two  investigations relating to the findings of the Waterhouse Tribunal?

Police in the blame frame

Interesting choice of venue?

St Ermin’s hotel – with it’s links to spies and clandestine ops

St Ermin’s Hotel Intelligence Book of the Year Award

Interesting MSM headlines?

Harvey Proctor: Former MP ends anonymity of the rest of alleged nine-strong paedophile gang

Interesting that the above headline infers that there were only nine abusers – most deceased(**)

In marked contrast to:

76 politicians, 178 celebrities and 7 sports stars: the scale of VIP child sex abuse inquiry

Interesting that Proctor’s formal press statement spells out a full list of accusations, hitherto not made public?

(One very important point to make is that this statement has not been checked exactly with what he actually said today.)

 

Imo it would be:

Interesting to know if Proctor’s being paid or blackmailed

(**) Interesting that Sir William Gerald Hugh Beach GBE KCB MC – according to National Archives was born in 1923 – and died in 1993 – tho not according to wiki)
Survivors Question Role of U.K. Home Office in Child Abuse Inquiry

Survivors Question Role of U.K. Home Office in Child Abuse Inquiry

fter years of horrifying revelations about sexual abuse of children by people of power and influence, Britain called in a judge from New Zealand in a bid to guarantee the independence of a new inquiry into what appears to have been a massive institutional cover-up for decades.

In an opening statement July 9, Judge Lowell Goddard said she will lead a team that will investigate thousands of allegations of abuse perpetrated by “people of prominence in public life.” Cases involve both present and former high-ranking officials in central government, MI5 intelligence and security services, the Metropolitan Police Service’s Special Branch and the state-owned BBC.

The department that oversees many of those authorities is the Home Office, a catchall ministry that is one of Britain’s most potent institutions, in charge of immigration, police, domestic security and MI5. So when survivors like Andrew Lavery, who was abused in his early teens at the hands of Benedictine monks, learned that dozens of Home Office staff were being seconded for the inquiry, he was stunned. “How can the Home Office investigate themselves?” he asks. “It’s toxic.”

Read more http://europe.newsweek.com/survivors-question-role-u-k-home-office-child-abuse-inquiry-331656

Police reveal court case was pulled to stop Ted Heath child abuse allegations being aired

Police reveal court case was pulled to stop Ted Heath child abuse allegations being aired

Well – that should knock other trending names off twitter?

He revealed that a now retired senior police officer with Wiltshire police claimed a criminal prosecution for an unrelated offence was dropped during the 1990s, because one of the people involved in the case threatened to name Sir Edward as a child abuser when he gave evidence in court.

Sir Edward lived in Salisbury for around 25 years until his death in 2005 at the age of 89. It has not been disclosed when or where the alleged abuse is supposed to have taken place.

No-one’s mentioned Jersey then?

And the investigation is into the POLICE – and not Heath’s abuse?

Sir Edward Heath child abuse claims: IPCC to probe allegation police failed to pursue ex-Tory PM

Ed Heath foundation ‘gobsmacked’ over allegations

They’re in a minority then?

Which politicians are linked to Westminster child abuse scandal?

Might be a shorter list if they asked ‘Which aren’t?

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Investigation following allegations of historic corruption linked to child sexual abuse allegations

Investigation following allegations of historic corruption linked to child sexual abuse allegations

Aug 3, 2015The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is to investigate allegations concerning Wiltshire Police’s handling of an alleged claim of child sexual abuse made in the 1990s.

It is alleged that a criminal prosecution was not pursued, when a person threatened to expose that Sir Edward Heath may have been involved in offences concerning children. In addition to this allegation, the IPCC will examine whether Wiltshire Police subsequently took any steps to investigate these claims.  

The allegations were referred to the IPCC by Wiltshire Police following allegations made by a retired senior officer.

– See more at: https://www.ipcc.gov.uk/news/investigation-following-allegations-historic-corruption-linked-child-sexual-abuse-allegations#sthash.Ql663i6e.dpuf

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2770089/Ted-Heath-s-young-oriental-companion-gay-friend-claims-ex-MP-hid-true-sexuality-entire-life.html

Convenient that he’s dead?
THE LOWELL GODDARD SCAM

THE LOWELL GODDARD SCAM

Salary and expenses figures for employing this second rate New Zealand Judge for the CSA inquiry have just been published.

The UK taxpayers are going to have to fork out nearly £2.5 million to cover her between now and 2020 to oversee perhaps the biggest cover up in the last fifty years. Let’s take a look at what Theresa May thinks is good value for money for the taxpayers……….

1. An initial salary of £360K pa up to 2018.

2. £110K pa cost of living allowances.

3. Her rent and utilities paid in full through to 2020.

4. £12K pa for sundries.

5. Full time use of a car and chauffeur.

5. Return flights to New Zealand 1st Class for herself and family.

Nice work if you can get it and an inslult to the loose change paid out to survivors of institutional child abuse and expoitation.

5 Years to bury, shred, lose, alter and modify evidence to get all the establishment paedos off the hook.

Now you all know where your taxes are really being spent!