Correction To Audio Tape Transcription.

We have now had a chance to listen to the tape ourselves and we are aware that there is a difference to the transcript we were given.

This is our interpretation of this passage.

At about 10.20 into the recording;

REPORTER
Cabinet

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
[inaudible] [REDACTED NAME] Yeah

REPORTER
So it was [REDACTED NAME], wasn’t it [brief cross-talk – inaudible] he was part of the EC at the time

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Early Day Motion To Include Jersey In Child Abuse Inquiry

It might be worthwhile asking your MP to sign it.

INQUIRY INTO CHILD ABUSE AND THE CROWN DEPENDENCIES

  • Session: 2014-15
  • Date tabled: 21.07.2014
  • Primary sponsor: Hemming, John
  • Sponsors:That this House, being conscious of the numerous cases of previously concealed child abuse in which individuals have been able to use their status as public figures to deter victims and to prevent or disrupt investigations of their crimes, and being conscious that in some cases abusers, and those who have concealed abuse, have been able to use their positions in public office and the institutions of the state such as Parliament and Government to shield them and their wrongdoing from proper, lawful scrutiny, recognises that the dangers of such cover-ups occurring are even greater in small, quasi-self-governing communities than at national level, where, even though checks and balances are more extensive, child abuse and cover-ups by the well-connected have still occurred; notes that a local public inquiry in Jersey into child abuse, the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry, has not gained the confidence of all victims and witnesses; and calls on the relevant UK authorities, the Secretary of State for Justice, the Crown and the Privy Council, in exercise of their responsibilities and powers to ensure good governance, the rule of law and proper administration of justice in the Crown Dependencies, to empower the overarching UK inquiry into child abuse to include the Crown Dependencies.

www.Parliament.uk

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Rumours, Rumours Everywhere…

…And all the cops did shrink,

Rumours, rumours everywhere,

Nor any nonce in clink.

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John O’Connor

A former Scotland Yard commander has admitted he knew of an alleged ­paedophile ring at Westminster.

John O’Connor, once head of the elite Flying Squad and later in charge of special central London operations, confirmed there were rumours of a sex scandal and he had been on standby for a major investigation.

His allegations come after the Sunday People last week revealed that Prime ­Minister Margaret Thatcher allegedly covered up child abuse allegations against a ­senior minister in the 1980s.

John said: “I ­remember when this was first flying about. I think it was in the early 1980s but then it just seemed to die a natural death.

“There was a rumour floating around the Yard at the time that there was a big paedophile ring in Westminster and that a major investigation was likely. We were on standby ready for something special.”

The Mirror

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Beware The Backlash: The Media And The Politics Of Paedophila

I won’t stoop to counter the slurs and smears cast upon Tim Tate in the last couple of days.

I’ll just give him a voice.

I can only hope that those with ears to listen pay heed. Certainly anyone who really cares about this issue should.

BEWARE THE BACKLASH: THE MEDIA AND THE POLITICS OF PAEDOPHILIA

By Tim Tate

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“We are at a vital crossroads.

The coming weeks and months will determine the course of how paedophilia is investigated and how children can be protected from those who seek sexually to abuse them.

For the first time in a generation the public is being relentlessly bombarded with stories alleging the existence of VIP paedophile rings, cover-ups (both governmental and institutional) and accounts of men and women of the abuse they suffered as children.

This very public pressure – both in the mainstream press and in social media – has forced the government to announce official enquiries into historic abuse and how the problem is presently dealt with.

We have been here before. And there are lessons which need to be heeded from past experience.

I have spent a quarter of a century making documentaries and writing books about the sexual abuse of children. It has not been easy. Not for the obvious reason that this is a miserable subject which inevitably leaves its mark, but for the less-recognised problem that our society has, in general, a preference for turning its eyes from the problem and – when unable to do so – all too frequently seeks a way to believe that accounts of child sexual abuse are in some way made up, exaggerated or maliciously prompted by outsiders.

Cast your mind back across those 25 years. Cleveland, Nottingham, Rochdale – each began in a blitz of screaming headlines about the appalling abuse of children, and collapsed under a sustained and vicious backlash (often by those newspapers which had so willingly published the original stories) suggesting that the abuse was a ”myth” or a “moral panic”.

And in this noise of claim, counter-claim and recrimination, children’s voices get drowned out. Worse, the comfort and promise of being protected is reneged on: the adult world rights itself and once again allows the needs of victims to be swept back under the carpet.

And there is a consistent factor in this: lazy, shoddy and cynical journalism.

We tend to be complacent about the role of the press and the media in this country. We somehow allow ourselves to believe that it is not terribly important. But it is.

How (and whether) the public gets to know about abuse is entirely dependent on the behaviour of the media. If – Cleveland being a glaring example – the newspapers and television collectively decide that the much-hyped allegations of abuse were untrue, that is exactly what the public will be led to believe. The fact – again, see Cleveland – that the evidence shows the complete opposite is neither here nor there: that traditional media mantra “never let the truth get in the way of a good story” is all-powerful.

Nor is it only the public which can be misled: the lessons of the past show that the police, the social services departments, the courts and the judiciary are equally pushed by the press to a (pre-)fabricated conclusion. In Cleveland, for example, one judge sitting in a case to determine the fate of a child whose social services record showed ample evidence of risk, announced that he could not help but be influenced by what he read in the press. Hardly surprising, then, that courts across the region simply stopped working and the children’s protection was left to ad-hoc deals worked out between opposing barristers.

For Cleveland read Nottingham, read Rochdale. In each case it proved easier to shoot the messengers – whether social workers, paediatricians or the children themselves – than face up to the painful truth. And what made it easier ? Shoddy, lazy, cynical journalism.

I have been one of those working – sometimes behind the scenes, sometimes in the press or via television news – to build up the head of pressure which has forced this government to hold new enquiries. Others have done as much – and more. All of us have patiently and carefully sought out witnesses, sources and those with a story which needs to be heard. We have then done that old-fashioned thing: sought confirmatory evidence or – where appropriate – evidence which undermines or disproves what we have been told. No supporting evidence ? Then no publication.

But there are others who – as in previous times – don’t bother. To them, it’s open season – a rolling news story that obviates the need for careful journalism. Social media – blogs, and Twitter accounts – carelessly publish rumour as fact and half-facts as gospel truth.

But it’s not just the outer reaches of the democratised public discourse.

Exaro News – run by a rag-tag collection of soi-disant ¬investigative journalists has promoted itself ceaselessly as the main source of truth about historic sexual abuse. Its editor is interviewed repeatedly on national television and quoted in mainstream newspapers.

Unfortunately, Exaro is also one of the most prominent offenders in publishing – and then hyping – inaccurate and over-sensational stories. Its story this weekend about the audio tape it acquired of a conversation between a former customs officer and a journalist [transcript published elsewhere on this blog] makes claims and deductions about a former government minister that are – to my certain knowledge – simply false. Worse, they obscure the real evidence which indicate that the man needs to be properly investigated.

Why does this matter ? Because these over-hyped, inaccurate and sensational stories will – if history repeats itself (and it will) cause a vicious backlash which will put back child protection (and the investigation of paedophilia) for years to come.

We can’t afford this. We must not allow it to happen. No government ever wants the truth about child sexual abuse to be uncovered: if the scale and impact of it are fully realised vast sums of new public money will have to be devoted to combatting it.

This is the politics of paedophilia. And my lot – my brothers in this vital trade of journalism – play with it like a careless infant with a cheap toy. That is irresponsible. And it’s plain wrong.”

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Transcript Of Audio Tape

Foreword.

Any transcription as difficult to hear, in places, as this is going to be open to interpretation. It is completely understandable that others may have different interpretations. We respect that and do not suggest that a different interpretation is more valid than our own. Nor do we dispute that what we have labeled as [inaudible] might be heard by keener ears.

For example, Exaro have quoted a passage  “The person was involved and that is why we had to seal the video.  And then the department, the superiors took over.”

We have down;

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
Well, well that person was involved and, er, that’s why we had to seize the video

REPORTER
OK

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
And then, er, the department superiors took over and that’s the end of my [inaudible]

Minor differences.

Before The Telegraph story HERE and the knowledge that the customs officer was aware of a different incident, it is quite understandable that the journalist might have misinterpreted the customs officer’s answers. However, in the light of that story I think it is quite clear that both parties were at cross purposes.

Our understanding is that Paul Peachy of The Independent did not make a recording of his encounter and this is the only other interview with the customs officer that we know of in February.

For me this exchange near the end is telling, I’ve bolded this in the transcript.

REPORTER
Did you tell him [Paul Peachy] as well that it was him, or had you mentioned

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
No, I told him exactly what I am telling you, and I can’t say more than what I say already. All information, that’s the place in Dover [inaudible] you’ll be able to tell you what happened.

As I understand it, Paul Peachy walked away thinking he had nothing.

To me it is clear that the customs officer does not believe that he has told the journalist anything more.

For obvious legal reasons redactions have been made.

~

 Duration: 18’ 47”

Note: This recording appears – from the audio quality (muffled and affected by clothes rustles) to have been covertly recorded. At no point does the reporter indicate to the EX CUSTOMS OFFICER that he is being recorded.
REPORTER
(Footsteps; ‘beep’ & rustle precede first audible words from reporter)
… from Amsterdam: do you recall ?

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
Er [inaudible] something I er
[woman’s voice – inaudible]

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER

[inaudible] official er … I am bound by secrets act.

REPORTER
OK

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
I am not supposed to [inaudible] anything

REPORTER
OK

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
Er if you [inaudible] about this, you’ll have to go to the right channel. [inaudible] I can’t really …

REPORTER
No, of course, and what I will do is I wouldn’t name you, I wouldn’t put anything to do with your identity …

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
[inaudible]

REPORTER
It’s just background information as to what the…

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
What sort of information ?

REPORTER
Well, what was contained on it ? ‘Cos we think that there might have been, erm, pornography involving children that would involving also mainly prominent people, erm, at the time in terms of like MPs, er, that kind of thing

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
Why don’t you approach the department ?

REPORTER
We have. But it’s not, er which department – the

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
Customs

REPORTER
Excise. Well, they said that they, erm,

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
Did you go to right channel, like er, er, department in Dover ? They’re the people who have all the records. I am bound by Secrets Acts not to, not to disclose any sort of information in my career. So I hope you understand what I’m trying to tell you.

REPORTER
Of course. Of course. But would you be able to just sort of let me know, off, completely off the record: the material that was found on that coach involved videos of children, and it also involved children with a prominent MP.

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
[inaudible]

REPORTER
That MP, his name’s [REDACTED NAME].

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
Yeah ?

REPORTER
Is that correct ?

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
Um, hum

REPORTER
[inaudible] Have you spoken to the police ?

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
Not recent

REPORTER
Did you speak to them at the time ?

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
Er, hah, it’s a long time ago and as you probably know we get lots of these things and I was involved in quite a few. I can’t be [inaudible] one particular case. All records are kept at Dover: I think you’ve got to go there.

REPORTER
OK. Do you know whereabouts in Dover ?

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
Yeah, it’s er, I’ll give you the address [inaudible] .. [lengthy pause – no dialogue just atmosphere]

REPORTER
Did you yourself view the, er, any of the footage of [inaudible]: did you have to sit down and watch what was on the videos

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
Oh yeah, I can’t just seize them just like that. Er, you want to have address ? It’s HM Customs & Excise

REPORTER
Yeah

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
Priory Court – P-R-I-O-R-Y Court, C-O-U-R-T, Johns Road, Saint Johns Road, Dover, CT 17

REPORTER
What was it, sorry ?

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
CT – T – 1 – 7, S for Sugar, H

REPORTER
H; OK
From what you remember, though, was there actually abuse taking place by this MP ?

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
Sorry ?

REPORTER
Was the MP, [REDACTED NAME], er, actually abusing children on the video ?

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
Well, I can’t disclose anything, sorry

REPORTER
No

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
I can’t disclose anything

REPORTER
Off the record, you’ve told me that he, it was [REDACTED NAME]

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
What I can suggest is that you can approach my [inaudible] there and ask for the details. Whatever the [inaudible] you and they’re supposed to tell you. But I am not supposed to tell you anything.

REPORTER
No. Well this is just off the record, it’s for research really

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
Well, I can only, can’t say

REPORTER
But [REDACTED NAME]
[NB: it is not clear from the recording whether these three words are spoken by the reporter or the EX CUSTOMS OFFICER]

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
Not everything

REPORTER
But [REDACTED NAME] was involved, was in, on one of the videos ?

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
I don’t understand, er, [pause] a long time ago. Some detail, whatever, I don’t know. But I think you’re right about this to go to Dover, and go to this place: they should have all my records, all the records of the event.

REPORTER
OK

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
So, rather than ask me, [inaudible] I might be telling you something or

REPORTER
No, no, what I’ll do is I’ll go and check, whatever you tell me now I’ll go and check the details. Er, this, this points, St Johns Road, HM Customs & Excise, Priory Court, is that an archive system ? Is that the archive ? The archive, the Customs Excise, this particular address here, is that the archive where they have all the information ?

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
[inaudible] er, our HQ in Dover
REPORTER
OK

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
As I say, this was long time ago; they might not have all the records at there, they might have forwarded it to London office, you know

REPORTER
Sure

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
But,er, your best bet is Dover.

REPORTER
But you remember watching the videos, you had to ?

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
Well, as I say, you can’t just seize things without reason

REPORTER
Was there, was this an intelligence, this was tipped off from the Dutch intelligence ? Er,that tipped of the British police and the British Customs & Excise that this coach had a, did contain, erm, material involving children ?

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
Sorry, I can’t say anything

REPORTER
Alright, OK

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
I’m bound by the [brief cross talk – inaudible] all the details will be kept, are kept when [inaudible] they should have all the information

REPORTER
And this, this, the only reason I ask about [REDACTED NAME], it says, under his name here it says [REDACTED NAME], one videocassette entitled [REDACTED NAME]. And it’s come to my attention that it might be, that it involves, so I’m told, it involves the MP [REDACTED NAME]

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
Well, I say, well I recollect a complete, a complete list. It happened a long time ago and, er, so what [inaudible], so when another case comes along it is passed on to the head of headquarters and they are the people who will [inaudible] all the information. Because it’s something I don’t want to involved

REPORTER
No. Of course. Which is why you passed it on to some, which is why you passed it on to the police at the time in 1982. Erm, but they haven’t spoken to you recently.

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
Who ?

REPORTER
The police

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
What for ?

REPORTER
For ? Because, because of who it might contain on the actual videos

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
A gentleman came yesterday and you are the next one. Prior to this I had no [inaudible] with anybody

REPORTER
Was the, was the gentleman who came yesterday police ? Or a journalist ?

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
Journalist

REPORTER
Do you know where, was he from The Independent ?

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
[inaudible] Independent newspaper

REPORTER
Paul, his name was, wasn’t it, Paul Peachey. OK. And what did you say to Paul, did you tell him anything else about what

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
I said the same thing. And as I say, I’m bound by

REPORTER
Oh, no, no, I completely
EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
I, I can’t really, I can’t [inaudible] this particular case

REPORTER
No, OK, I understand that but, I mean is there any, having come from London I wanted, really wanted to sort of get a few

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
I understand but I

REPORTER
Look, if you, you, um, remember, can you tell me what you remember about it that you can, so and which I can, I can get checked [inaudible] this place in Dover.

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
[inaudible]

REPORTER
I was just wondering whether I could make a note of what you remember about this particular case so I can get this checked with Customs & Excise at St John’s Road in Dover

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
You’ve got enough details there, and if you contact the, er, Dover office where records are kept, they will know to what to tell you. Then, er, you know, you will get an idea what they are after

REPORTER
OK. Is it public record though – will they, er, to provide, ‘cos what I wanted to know, which they might not tell me, which I was hoping I might be able to get a, just a [inaudible]

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
You’ve got enough, enough [inaudible] there, once you mention my name and the date and the case, you know, they’ll be able to tell you what happened.

REPORTER
OK

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
And [inaudible] say where to go [inaudible]

REPORTER
Alright, well what they might not be able to tell me is who, what was on the video. Are you able to just sort of let me know if I’m barking up the wrong tree by

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
Sorry, don’t, don’t try to force me because I can’t
REPORTER
No, no, no, you can’t tell me

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
No

REPORTER
But I’m not far wrong when I say certain members, certain MPs at the time, were included in those videos ?

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
[inaudible] because [inaudible] you can

REPORTER
Cabinet

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
[inaudible]

REPORTER
So it was [REDACTED NAME], wasn’t it [brief cross-talk – inaudible] he was part of the EC at the time

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
But as I say, I mean, I can’t, I can’t pinpoint everything

REPORTER
No

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
In reality my memory is failing me as well

REPORTER
No, of course

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
You know

REPORTER
Do you know, he was never, I don’t think [REDACTED NAME] was ever charged with anything

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
Because if that case was passed on to our headquarters and then what happened I don’t know.

REPORTER
OK. Erm. And do you know and when you say it was Europe it was the European Commission, wasn’t it, EC ? Um. Do you know what was happening on it, was it, the one that [inaudible] that this member of the cabinet was abusing children or was just on a video ?

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
I can’t remember now.

REPORTER
Just that you might of, he was on the video

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
Well, well that person was involved and, er, that’s why we had to seize the video

REPORTER
OK

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
And then, er, the department superiors took over and that’s the end of my [inaudible]

REPORTER
OK. And you saw him on the video ?

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
I can’t tell you that

REPORTER
OK. Well [inaudible] we, er, we haven’t gone to [REDACTED NAME] yet, we’re trying to sort of, might be the next port of call. He lives up in [REDACTED LOCATION] now [inaudible]. But you’ve certainly had no calls from the police, Yewtree, you remember Yewtree that was set up after the Jimmy Saville scandal ?

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
[inaudible]

REPORTER
They haven’t contacted you at all

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
No, no, no: nothing actually. The last thing was the gentleman came here [inaudible] that’s it.

REPORTER
Before that it was probably what, 80s ? 1982, when you last spoke to the police ?

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
Er, I haven’t spoken since to anybody
REPORTER
OK. Um.

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
I mean this is, this was my job and it happened and everything was then sorted out then [inaudible] was closed. [inaudible]

REPORTER
Are you surprised though that [REDACTED NAME], never

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
Pardon ?

REPORTER
Are you surprised that [REDACTED NAME] never, um, was facing any police investigation ?

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
Nah

REPORTER
You weren’t surprised. Is that because it was perhaps a cover-up ?

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
It’s difficult to say

REPORTER
You can’t say because of, er. OK.
Er. Is there any contact number I can get, your phone number ?

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
My [inaudible] ?

REPORTER
Yeah, it’s er, it was just it, it will only be to check things with you, nothing more

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
It’s er, [REDACTED LOCATION]

REPORTER
And that’s [REDACTED TELEPHONE CODE], is that right ?

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
[REDACTED TELEHONE NUMBER]

REPORTER
Yeh.

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
[REDACTED TELEHONE NUMBER]

REPORTER
[REDACTED TELEHONE NUMBER]. OK

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
Could you, er, card or something ?

REPORTER
I’ll check. If I haven’t, I’ll leave you with all my contact details. I usually do carry some around with me but I’ve been, but I’ve had a bit of a clean out of the wallet. Er, [inaudible] my own, I’ve got other people’s business cards. But what I’ll do is I’ll write down all my contact details. Erm, do it on this.

[Lengthy pause – no dialogue, atmosphere only]

As I’ve said, everything you’ve told me is off the record. [inaudible] towards [REDACTED NAME], that’s off the record as well

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
That’s lovely, thank you [inaudible]

REPORTER
No, no, I understand completely. I mean his name’s come up a number of times and we’ve been told that it was his initials [REDACTED NAME] stood for [REDACTED NAME]. Um, but we didn’t know what was on the videos, whether or not it contained any abuse, or whether or not it was simply him, just somewhere in Amsterdam. Was it, was it taken in Amsterdam or was it

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
I can’t remember that now

REPORTER
No

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
I, I, you know, as I say [inaudible] long time ago which we get all this [inaudible]

REPORTER
Umhum

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
So, [REDACTED NAME] or whatever the name was this, er, [inaudible] anything else. At the time. It was so, [inaudible – hurried ?] could be anybody you know ? This is normal thing, the only thing [inaudible] it was a job and that’s all. Never thought that this would like, you know [inaudible]

REPORTER
No. But when you watched the video of him did you instantly recognise [inaudible] ?

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
I can’t tell you that, I don’t know. I can’t remember offhand now.
REPORTER
When did you find out that it was [REDACTED NAME] ?

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
You know we [inaudible], you know, I, I don’t think I can go on too much of that

REPORTER
Of course

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
It’s not fair, really

REPORTER
No, no, no, whatever you tell me is completely off the record, I’m not gonna mention your name or anything at all, it’s all off the record, but as I said , it was told to me that it was [REDACTED NAME]; you’ve seen a video of [REDACTED NAME], on a video containing, contained on that coach. Um. But we’ll do is that I’ll check that with, see if there’s any more details at that address that you gave me in Dover. Is that all the information, you can’t give me any more information ?

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
No, I can’t honestly; I’m not supposed to give you any. You can understand my position

REPORTER
Yeah, of course, of course. This, er, Paul, who spoke to you yesterday, did he mention [REDACTED NAME]’s name ?

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
[inaudible]

REPORTER
Did you tell him as well that it was him, or had you mentioned

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
No, I told him exactly what I am telling you, and I can’t say more than what I say already. All information, that’s the place in Dover [inaudible] you’ll be able to tell you what happened

REPORTER
Yeah. Ok. [inaudible]

[Interview recording ends: no further dialogue - 39 seconds of atmos followed by cough and sniffs & sounds of door being opened or closed]

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Convicted Paedophile Claims To Have Information On ‘Westminster Ring’

We’ll see…

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Michael McAuliffe

 

A CONVICTED paedophile in West Yorkshire had his sentencing adjourned because he claims to have information on child abuse allegedly being covered up in Westminster in the 1970s.

According to his barrister, Michael McAuliffe says he is also able to provide information about further child abuse and paedophile rings.

James Bourne-Arton QC, defending McAuliffe, asked the court whether his client’s case could be adjourned for police investigations into his claims to be made.

Mr Bourne-Arton told Bradford Crown Court today that his client “has information to the abuse covered up in the 1970s in Westminster”.

“He also said there was other evidence of child abuse and paedophile rings he was able to give information of,” he added.

McAuliffe was in court to be sentenced for a string of child porn image charges after an off-duty policewoman spotted him in London – where he had tried to escape justice by changing his name.

The 50-year-old, who changed his name to Ashley Peters, was registered with West Yorkshire Police and legally bound to notify the force of any change in address following child porn convictions.

Yorkshire Post

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Don’t Ask Victims Of Sexual Abuse To Speak Up Until You Can Help Them.

As a victim of historical sexual abuse, currently under investigation, I watch the daily news coverage with interest. Unquestionably, police inquiries and prosecutions are welcomed, as is greater exposure of the problem in a “post-Savile” era.

However, every headline and breaking news story, such as Wednesday’s arrest of 660 suspected paedophiles, is accompanied by a mixture of conflicting feelings. Each shocking new revelation brings a personal delight that this filth is being uncovered at long last, but with it comes hurt as it has been hidden for so long – both by society and inside me. Very old scars are opened, and thought patterns become an electrical storm – overloaded by adrenalin, cortisol and a malfunctioning hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, which governs the fight or flight response. It is called complex PTSD for a reason.

But alongside the emotional exhaustion of the nervous system, I am reminded that others cannot understand the depth of pain that I feel. Friends are unable to provide much meaningful support – the hole in which I find myself is too deep and too dark – and eventually they stop calling out.

And so with each call for victims to come forward, I want to scream: “Do not ask them to come forward if you are not going to help them.” The trauma suffered is such that victims need help, nursing and wrapping in cotton wool. They need compassion, understanding and to be able to trust – something that they have not been able to do for so long. However, what happens is that police refer victims into the voluntary sector, where agencies provide some immediate “first aid” and kind words – but little else. There is no funding to arrive at a proper diagnosis of what psychological problems may exist – and the prospect of meaningful long-term therapy at no cost is unrealistic. These organisations are so starved of funding, that often much more than a helpline is impossible.

So, what of the NHS? My first doctor said “you seem OK”. The second said “the NHS are really bad at this sort of thing – if I were you I’d pay for it myself”. Eventually after a year I got to see a psychotherapist, who assessed that I would need unlimited support. However, as they were only able to help for two years on the NHS, they said that they were ethically unable to begin any treatment as I might end up in a worse state than when they started. They agreed that I needed help but the impending court case meant that they didn’t “want to open my can of worms”. This only serves to compound my lack of trust for authority figures.

So, I am left delighting in the exposure of decades of abuse, but screaming for a sensible victim support response – the absence of which traumatises me, and will traumatise others. I know my life will never be the same again. I have a criminal case to endure, followed by inquiries into institutional abuse followed by inquiries into the failings of the criminal justice system – but the question I ask myself is “after all of this … will there be enough of me left to enjoy the days I have remaining?”

All I can do is try to help create change for the children I will never have.

The Guardian

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