Grafton Lodge Children’s Home, Grafton Close, Hanworth

Grafton Lodge Children’s Home, Grafton Close

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames

 

 

Grfton Lodge Children’s Home, Grafton Close, Hanworth Road, Hounslow TW4 5NQ – run by Richmond Council

Elm Guest House abuse scandal: “Paedo police ignored 16-year-old victim”

Claims of a cover-up are strengthened after detectives “ignored vital evidence” over alleged VIP paedo ring

A boy who complained about sexual abuse by a VIP ­paedophile ring with alleged links to the political ­establishment was ignored after he spoke out.

The 16-year-old, who lived in a South West London care home, said he was attacked at the ­notorious Elm Guest House nearby.

And despite ­evidence backing his claim from ­a second boy, ­detectives failed to act, Exaro the investigative website and the Sunday People can reveal.

A potential opportunity to snare those behind the powerful ­paedophile ring was wasted.

The claims add momentum to fears there was an establishment cover-up of the twisted gang that operated between 1977 and 1983 at the guest house in Barnes.

Confidential files show police formally interviewed the second teenager while following up ­information passed to them about the first boy’s claims.

The second lad, now in his ­forties, said he was “not surprised” at the lack of action after he was told that confidential ­documents revealing the police decision had been leaked to Exaro.

He added: “I knew the police had forgotten about this and were ­always on the fringe of what was happening. At the time, I knew that there was something wrong. But as a child, I was not sure what.”

Both boys were in the care of Grafton Close, a home run by Richmond Council. The home was alleged to have supplied boys to the Elm Guest House, where an establishment-backed child abuse network is said to have preyed on youngsters.

Elm House abuse scandal: ‘Chance to investigate VIP B&B paedophile ring was missed 12 years ago’

1 Apr 2013

By Ben Rossington

Allegations on an internet forum about boys being molested at Elm House B&B led to the current probe – despite them first surfacing in 2001.

 The chance to first investigate a guesthouse linked to an alleged VIP paedophile ring was missed 12 years ago, it is claimed.

Allegations on an internet forum about boys being molested at Elm House B&B led to the current probe – despite them first surfacing in 2001.

Politicians including MP Sir Cyril Smith and an unnamed former Cabinet Minister were said to have abused boys at the guesthouse in Barnes, South West London, during the late 70s and early 80s.

The victims were allegedly from a nearby Richmond Council care home, Grafton Close.

A police inquiry into the claims was launched late last year on the back of the Jimmy Savile abuse claims and concerns raised by Labour MP Tom Watson.

But Trevor Whittall, Lib Dem councillor for East Twickenham at the time and vice chair of the social services committee, says he took the allegations to Richmond Council when they came to light in 2001.

Mr Whittall, a councillor for four years between 1998 and 2002, went on the forum to ask for more information on the claims now being made.

Much of what he was told forms part of the current police investigation. He says the mentioned reports of sex abuse to the director of children and families services, Terry Earland.

Mr Whittall said: “I recall having a brief discussion with the head of children and families at the time. He said that several years before there had been problems at a children’s home in Barnes.”

Mr Earland said he was certain the accounts were genuine and told police about them but they were not fully investigated. He added: “Almost certainly, it was discussed within the council.”

Richmond Council said that it was investigating the contents of the web forum and the allegations of sex abuse.

MP Tom Watson raised concerns last October about “clear intelligence” of boys being abused at parties allegedly attended by politicians, pop stars and people linked to the royal household.

The former deputy head of Richmond’s Grafton Close care home, John Stingemore, and Norfolk priest Tony McSweeney have both now been arrested as part of the current inquiry.

The Mirror 01/04/13

VIP child sex ring victims’ new pain: Telling cops was worse than the abuse

16 Mar 2013

“The trauma caused by the police contacting people over events that took place 30 years ago is worse than the event itself,” says one victim

Those abused by a child sex ring linked to alleged VIP paedophiles last night blasted the “inadequate, ill-conceived” support offered since a fresh police probe began, the Sunday People reports.

One said that after re-living harrowing memories of being molested three decades ago he was simply handed a list of charity phone numbers to call himself.

The man, who we are calling Sam, told Exaro, the investigative website: “The trauma caused by the police contacting people over events that took place 30 years ago is worse than the event itself.

“The police did conduct the interview with sensitivity. It is the system that fails. It is essential that support is put in place immediately after a historical trawl.”

There are calls for Chancellor George Osborne to provide funds in Wednesday’s budget for victim support services to help people sexually abused as children and drawn into historic abuse allegations.

Sam told detectives six weeks ago how he had been molested while in a care home at the centre of abuse claims, reported by the Sunday People, which date back to 1982 but are now being re-investigated.

He said: “The police operation brought back a lot of bad memories that had been buried for three decades. You cannot sleep, eat or work; cannot think of anything else; cannot be with people; cannot be alone.

“You are thinking, ‘How is my life going to change? How do I tell my mother?’”

He was spoken to by officers from the Met Police’s Operation Fernbridge – which is investigating claims of abuse by prominent people against children trafficked from care homes including Grafton Close, where he was a resident, in Richmond, south-west London.

The investigation began after Labour MP Tom Watson used Parliamentary ­privilege last October to tell of a paedophile ring linked to top politicians.

Meanwhile a second victim, who asked not to be named, has spoken of the devastating effects of re-living his ordeal and the lack of support in place.

He has told police how he was in care as a boy at Grafton Close and taken to the nearby Elm guest house – an alleged paedophile brothel used by public figures – to be sexually abused.

He told Exaro: “I have had to obtain a victim support person myself. He phones me once a week to see how I am coping.

“My GP has prescribed anti-depressants and sleeping tablets. I have also spoken about getting a link worker to assist me. I am waiting to hear.”

Sam pointed out that a report 11 years ago by the House of Commons home affairs committee – which included PM David Cameron – recommended people involved in historic abuse probes should be offered support services, but this was never introduced.

A No10 spokesman said: “The Ministry of Justice is providing £10.5million over three years to provide services to support victims of these heinous crimes.”

Mirror 16/03/13

Care Home Paedophile Ring: Two Men Arrested

06 February 2013
Two men have been arrested as part of a police probe into an historic paedophile ring involving children’s homes in southwest London.

Boys were allegedly taken from up to three care homes in Richmond to the Elm Guest House in Barnes where they were abused by men, said Sky News’ crime correspondent Martin Brunt.

A 66-year-old man from Norfolk and 70-year-old John Stingemore from East Sussex have been arrested on suspicion of sexual offences, said police.

Stingemore is believed to have been deputy head at one of the care homes at the time of the abuse in the early 80s.

Some prominent Tory politicians and other high-profile individuals are thought to be involved, said Brunt.

The arrests were made as part of Operation Fernbridge, which was launched after concerns were raised by MP Tom Watson.

Speaking in Parliament in October last year, he said that a file of evidence used to convict Peter Righton of importing child pornography in 1992 contained “clear intelligence” of a sex abuse gang.

Mr Watson alleged that a member of the group had bragged about links with a senior aide to a former prime minister.

Scotland Yard detectives have been interviewing alleged victims – who claim they were abused at the guest house by men.

Commander Peter Spindler of the Metropolitan Police said: “This is a complex multi-agency investigation supported by the NSPCC, CEOP and Richmond Social Services involving non-recent allegations of sexual assault against children.

“It is vital that anyone who has been affected by or has information about activity in the early 1980s at the Elm Guest House, or the Grafton Close care home in Barnes, speaks to the NSPCC on their Helpline on 0808 800 5000, or their local police.”

A spokesman for Richmond Council, which ran the care home, said: “Richmond Council considers the safeguarding of all children and young people as an utmost priority and we take any allegations of abuse very seriously.

“As such we are offering our full support and co-operation to the police during their investigation. As the investigation is ongoing, it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”

Sky News 06/02/13

A key figure behind one of the UK’s most extensive paedophile rings allegedly abused boys at the same guesthouse where influential businessmen and leading politicians, including Sir Cyril Smith and a former cabinet minister, are said to have procured boys for sex.

The Elm Guest House is currently at the centre of a police investigation named Operation Fernbridge.

Colin Peters, a Foreign Office barrister, was allegedly a regular at the Elm Guest House in London, where it is claimed children from care homes were trafficked before being mistreated by well-connected people in the early 1980s.

In 1989, Peters was jailed for being part of a sophisticated network of people who molested hundreds of children, some as young as 10. Peters’ conviction followed a year-long investigation, named Operation Hedgerow, which recorded 650 offences against 150 boys. Reports at the time said the ring “was used by highly placed civil servants and well-known public figures”, but police didn’t have “the evidence or manpower to pursue them in court”.

Independent 03/03/13

Did Richmond council pay ” hush money” to cover up the Elm Guest House child abuse scandal?

One of the most disturbing  of the many sordid facts emerging in this tale of a 30 year child sex abuse scandal is the role of Richmond Council.It is their kids in care who were allegedly procured from their homes – mainly the now closed Grafton Close home – and taken to Elm Guest House – and then sexually abused by prominent people including ministers, and MPs.

Two graphic accounts appeared over the weekend  in the Daily Mail and the Sunday People from victims about what happened there in the 1980s.

The Exaro News investigation – now involving  the editor, Mark Watts, five reporters  David Pallister, Nick Fielding, Fiona O’Cleirigh, Alex Varley-Winter and me – has produced a fresh spate of articles, including one on Grafton Close children’s home today.

These reveal that Elm House was also on the then Spartacus club network where men attracted to boys could get a discount for staying there. Coming on top of the strongly recommended” rating on the Conservative Group for Homosexual Reform – this again points to the place being used not just for homosexual sex between consenting adults but also with young boys.

They also reveal that  the two managers of Grafton Close, both employees of Richmond Council, were named as part of the paedophile ring at a coroner’s court hearing into the death of Carole Kasir, who co-managed Elm House, in the 1990s.

What is interesting in both reports  is the fact that Richmond Council faced civil proceedings from one of the boys and paid out a  “considerable sum” of money to him to go away. Why I say fact rather than allegation is that I understand the papers obtained by the police criminal investigation Operation Fernbridge also refer to civil proceedings and a payment.

A statement from Richmond Council said: “Richmond Council considers the safeguarding of all children and young people as an utmost priority and we take any allegations of abuse very seriously.

“As such, we are offering our full support and co-operation to the police during their investigation. As the investigation is ongoing, it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”

What I find inexplicable and disturbing  is that if this is true – rather than report this to the police in the aftermath of the Elm House scandal- the council secretly paid out taxpayers money to an alleged child abuser victim. I am sure the home owners and tenants of the London borough would be sick to think their money was spent on what was essentially a  sex abuse cover up.

This disclosure also calls into question the extraordinary complacent statement from Sir David Williams, former Liberal Democrat leader of the council:

 ”It is all specious rumour as far as I am concerned until someone gives me some hard facts. It is idle speculation as far as I am aware.
If it did involve children I didn’t know. I doubt if it did. I doubt if there is much in this at all.”
 Really, Sir David. You were leader of the council for 18 years and you know nothing about this.

Two arrested in Elm House paedophile ring investigation

Detectives investigating allegations of a paedophile ring operating at a children’s home in London in the 1970s and 1980s have arrested two men on suspicion of sexual offences.

By Martin Evans, Crime Correspondent

06 Feb 2013

 The men, aged 66 and 70, were arrested in raids at their homes in Norfolk and East Sussex this morning.

They are understood to be former staff connected to the Grafton Close children’s home which was run by Richmond Council in South West London more than 30-years ago.

The arrests were made by officers from Operation Fernbridge, an investigation that was set up by the Metropolitan Police to look into claims that a paedophile ring involving a number of high profile individuals was operating in the Richmond area in the early 1980s.

The investigation was launched following information passed to the police by the Labour MP Tom Watson.

The allegations are understood to involve claims that children at the Grafton Close children’s home were abused both there and at a guesthouse in Barnes, South West London.

The Elm Guest House was allegedly run as a male brothel in the early 1980s and police have been investigating claims that boys from the children’s home were taken there where they were used to have sex with adult men.

It has been alleged that among those who frequented the guesthouse were a number of high profile figures including senior politicians and personalities from the entertainment industry.

Cyril Smith, the late Liberal MP for Rochdale, who was recently exposed as a serial child abuser, has already been named as a regular guest at the property.

Speaking in Parliament in October last year, Mr Watson told MPs that a file of evidence used to convict Peter Righton of importing child pornography in 1992 contained “clear intelligence” of a sex abuse gang.

Mr Watson alleged that a member of the group had bragged about links with a senior aide to a former prime minister.

Commander Peter Spindler, head of the MPS Specialist Crime Investigations, said: “This is a complex multi agency investigation supported by the NSPCC, CROP and Richmond Social Services involving non recent allegations of sexual assault against children.

“It is vital that anyone who has been affected by or has information about activity in the early 1980s at the Elm Guest House, or the Grafton Close care home, in Barnes speaks to the NSPCC on their Helpline on 0808 800 5000, or their local police.’

A spokesman for Richmond Council, which ran the care home, said: “Richmond Council considers the safeguarding of all children and young people as an utmost priority and we take any allegations of abuse very seriously.

“As such we are offering our full support and cooperation to the police during their investigation. As the investigation is ongoing, it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”

The Telegraph 06/02/13

Timebomb at Elm Guest House: Pop stars, a bishop and a top politician appear on a list seized by police investigating child abuse at the London hotel in the 1980s

  • Police have reopened investigation after new information emerged that suggests the hotel was a venue for a paedophile ring of VIPs
  • Former co-owner Carole Kasir said to have list of high-profile visitors
  • Could this be the biggest Establishment cover-up yet?

By Stephen Wright and Richard Pendlebury

PUBLISHED: 00:27, 2 February 2013 | UPDATED: 00:27, 2 February 2013

Dark secrets: The former Elm Guest House was raided by the 1980s and the owners charged with running a brothelDark secrets: The former Elm Guest House was raided by the 1980s and the owners charged with running a disorderly house

Peter Hatton-Bornshin killed himself six days after his 28th birthday. He had taken an overdose of codeine and choked to death. ‘The tragic end to a tragic life,’ is how the coroner summed up the stark facts presented to the inquest.

And who at the time would disagree? Peter was only a baby when his father died in an accident. He was orphaned at 13 when his mother threw herself in front of a train. His stepfather then handed Peter and his older brother to social services.

And that is how Peter ended up at the Grafton Close Children’s Home, which was run by Richmond borough council in South-West London. Truly, he was a lost soul.

When his life finally came to an end in a Kingston-upon-Thames bedsit, he left a note which explained that he feared he would be unable to control his violent fantasies against women if he remained alive.

This personality disorder had caused him briefly to be a patient at Broadmoor mental hospital. His case worker said that while he did not consider Peter to be a danger to society, his mental problems were partly a result of the abuse he had suffered while in local authority care. One line in his suicide note seemed to refer to this. It read: ‘I will get those bastards.’

But while it was the ‘tragic end to a tragic life’, his story does not finish there.

Eighteen years after his death, the police are again looking at the Peter Hatton-Bornshin case, as part of a wider investigation, launched last month, into allegations that in the early Eighties a paedophile ring of VIPs preyed on boys from the Grafton Close Children’s Home.

 If the historic allegations at the heart of Operation Fernbridge are proved, they would represent one of the more sensational and disturbing Establishment sex scandals of the modern era.

Long-existing allegations of a cover-up would again have to be aired.

During a police raid on a property in central London last month, detectives seized a list of names of high-profile alleged visitors to the Elm Guest House in Barnes, South-West London — a gay-friendly establishment, and one where under-age rent boys and children from the Grafton Close home were reportedly brought to have sex with adult men.

The list includes a number of senior MPs, a high-ranking policeman, a leading tycoon, figures from the National Front and Sinn Fein, an official of the Royal Household, an MI5 officer, two pop stars and the traitorous Soviet spy Anthony Blunt.

Cyril Smith, the late Liberal MP for Rochdale, has already been named as a regular at the guest house, where he allegedly met teenage rent boys when the homosexual age of consent was 21.

The guest house has also been linked to a now-defunct Tory fringe group that promoted homosexual rights.

Sex offender: Peter Righton had been a leading consultant on children’s homes when he was found guilty of pornographic offences

Operation Fernbridge detectives are also believed to be on the trail of almost two dozen photographs that are supposed to have been taken by the guest-house owner — which place a number of these figures from the worlds of politics, showbusiness and national security at her establishment.

Some pictures are said to show these men in the company of under-age boys.

New police interest in the Elm Guest House allegations stems from October last year, when the campaigning Labour MP Tom Watson called for an investigation into the political links of one Peter Righton, a notorious paedophile who had first been exposed 20 years before.

In September 1992, Righton pleaded guilty to three charges of importing or possessing obscene material — paedophile gay porn — after customs officers at Dover intercepted two packages addressed to him.

It was a squalid case that in other circumstances might have warranted only local interest.

But Righton, then aged 66, was no ordinary child sex offender. He had been a very senior and respected figure in the field of residential child care, and a former consultant to the charity the National Children’s Bureau, whose patrons included the then Health Minister, Virginia Bottomley.

After his conviction, it emerged that Righton was a founder member of the Paedophile Information Exchange — a contact group for men interested in sex with children. He is now believed to be dead.

Westminster sources say that following his intervention in the House, Mr Watson received more than 200 phone calls, many of them from alleged victims of paedophile abuse by public figures unconnected with Righton. The MP passed the information on to the police.

Righton’s links to figures in the Thatcher government are still being assessed by detectives.

The Mail understands that no formal decision has been taken yet on whether Watson’s  allegations will be formally probed.

However, one person who contacted Mr Watson had specific information about boys from Grafton Close Children’s Home being abused at the Elm Guest House.

In 1982, Britain was a very different place for gay males than it is today. Only 15 years had passed since homosexual acts between consenting adults had been decriminalised.

Gay public figures did not come out of the closet voluntarily and places where they met were still necessarily discreet. Apparently one such rendezvous was the Elm Guest House in Rocks Lane, Barnes.

On the list: Soviet spy Anthony Blunt is one of a number of high-profile figures alleged to have visited Elm Guest House

It was only yards from Barnes Common, which was, and still is, a well-known gay cruising ground.

Run by Indian-born Haroon Kasir and his German wife Carole, the guest house was openly advertised in the gay press of the time as nothing more sinister than a place where homosexual men could meet.

There was a sauna with ‘video facilities’ and a solarium.

One publication to ‘strongly recommend’ the guest house to its readers was the newsletter of the Conservative Group for Homosexual Equality. There is a review of it in a June 1982 edition.

The CGHE campaigned for the lowering of the gay age of consent to 16.

One of its chairmen was Ian Harvey, a junior foreign office minister who was forced to quit government in 1958 after being caught having sex with a Coldstream guardsman in a London park.

Other residents of Rocks Lane were aware that the Elm Guest House was unlike the other small hotels in what was then a ‘scruffy’ area. Some understood it to be a brothel.

Yesterday, another long-time resident told us: ‘It had a reputation. Somebody told me that their daughter had come home and saw a lot of naked men in the front room as she walked past.

‘She was very shocked. I don’t know if she made a complaint to police about it. I just assumed it was a male brothel.’

The woman, who did not wish to be named, witnessed a 1982 police raid which saw Mr and Mrs Kasir and two others arrested. One of those detained was a 17-year-old rent boy who acted as ‘in-house masseur’.

We understand he was a teenage actor who had appeared on television in Doctor Who, as well as on stage at a Royal Command performance.

The youth — paid more than £100 a night when working at Elm Guest House — was initially charged with assisting in running the brothel.

The charge was later dropped. This week, he declined to comment when approached by the Mail.

Undercover police officers had been inside the property for a number of days posing as clients, while watching sex parties that took place there.

A planned police raid had to be brought forward after a hidden police radio was activated by accident. Officers had hoped to catch several dozen clients — and who knows how many public figures — but there were fewer than ten customers there when the operation was compromised.

The Kasirs were subsequently charged with running a disorderly house. At the Old Bailey the following year they were convicted, fined and given suspended sentences.

All other charges in relation to the raid had been dropped by then.

We understand that the police had become interested in the guest house not simply because it was a male brothel, but because of concerns for an under-age boy at the address.

At the time of the raid, the child was removed from the premises and placed in local authority care.

Regular: Former Liberal MP Sir Cyril Smith has already been named as a frequent visitor to the house where he would allegedly meet teenage rent boysRegular: Former Liberal MP Sir Cyril Smith has already been named as a frequent visitor to the house where he would allegedly meet teenage rent boys

So where was the child ‘safely’ accommodated following his rescue? At the Grafton Close Children’s Home in Hounslow, some eight miles away . . .

Several figures at the centre of these allegations are no longer alive. One of them is Carole Kasir, a diabetic, who died of an insulin overdose aged 48, in 1990.

Shortly after her death, a child protection campaigner from the National Association Of Young People In Care (NAYPIC) called for a criminal investigation into events at Elm Guest House.

The campaigner claimed that he had been told by Mrs Kasir that boys had been brought in from a children’s home for sex. She had told him she had photographs or video of many establishment figures at her hotel, including a bishop.

One photograph allegedly showed a former cabinet minister in a sauna with a naked boy.

The same campaigner told us this week that he could not speak at length because the police wanted to interview him.

However, he claimed he knew of 11 boys from Grafton Close Children’s Home who had been abused at the Elm Guest House.

He added: ‘Carole Kasir had logbooks, names, times, dates, even pictures of people who went in and out of Elm Guest House. Her house was raided in the Eighties.

‘The police say it was done by a local force, but I know it was done by Special Branch. That evidence — of who visited Elm Guest House — no longer exists.

‘I’ll leave people to draw their own conclusions, but Carole Kasir was held without charge for three days, and you don’t do that on a run-of-the-mill vice raid. There was more to it than that.’

He added: ‘There were boys found in the home, but they were only ever interviewed as witnesses to the brothel, never as victims of abuse.

‘I won’t say any more as I don’t want to risk prejudicing this inquiry, because finally it seems the police are doing the right thing.’

The same allegations were pursued for several years by Mary Moss, a former colleague of the campaigner at NAYPIC (which is now defunct).

Ms Moss is clearly a troubled soul, who on her blog website claims that she, too, was abused as a child.

In another online posting, apparently written by her, she described meeting Carole Kasir. ‘She told me she was running a hotel and had some fab parties.

‘Yes, there were prominent people there but, hey, this was a nice suburb and [the guest house] was her business . . . but it was only on that night the police raided, when she stupidly thought it was just gay-bashing, that her eyes were peeled open for years to come about what was going on under her nose.’

Ms Moss believes Carole Kasir was murdered to cover up for the famous people who had used her brothel.

Detectives now investigating the allegations of paedophilia at Rocks Lane have been in a protracted dialogue with Ms Moss, which led to them executing a search warrant on her home in central London last month. There is no suggestion that she was involved in any offences.

What, then, is the truth about Elm Guest House and Grafton Close Children’s Home, which have both long since closed?

The acid test for the Operation Fernbridge detectives is whether or not — as happened in the Jimmy Savile child sex abuse inquiry — there is now an ‘avalanche’ of credible witnesses and victims, encouraged by this new investigation to unburden themselves after years of nursing horrible secrets.

The police need several victims telling the same stories in order to make a case.

The fallout from the Savile revelations means there is renewed interest in historic child abuse allegations against famous figures. And the police do not want to be accused of doing nothing again.

We have seen in the case of Lord McAlpine what can happen when an apparently politically-motivated witchhunt latches onto an innocent man.

But there is the other, longer-term human cost. The abused can become abusers in a perpetual cycle. Such might have been the case with the tragic figure of Peter Hatton-Bornshin.

At his inquest, the coroner paid tribute to him by saying: ‘It is clear he had decided to avoid causing any distress or grief to other people by taking his own life.’

But were Peter’s traumatic ‘fantasies’ really about women?

A child protection campaigner told us this week: ‘Peter was a victim at Elm Guest House in the Seventies — but by the time I knew of him in the Eighties, he was an abuser.

‘He had been groomed as a child, but he crossed the line at some stage: as an adult, he was organising the abuse of kids. By the mid-1980s we were pushing for his arrest. We weren’t treating him as a victim any more.’

Mail Online 02/02/13

Press Links from Spotlight

CHILD SEX:TOP TORY NAMED

Gay hotel orgy scandal of boys in care

By Ron Chellaston

A former Tory Cabinet minister has been sensationally named at an inquest into the death of a woman claimed to be the owner of a gay hotel involved in child pornography.

The woman, 47 year-old German-born Carole Kasir of Carmichael Court, Barnes, West London, was found dead from an insulin overdose.  She had made her claims to members of the National Association of Young People in Care and a private detective.

Top MPs, senior police officers, social workers and a member of the Royal household were part of the child porn racket at the hotel, the Kingston-on-Thames inquest heard.

Kasir was convicted of running a disorderly house in June 1982.  Until her death eight years later, she claimed to have been tormented by police and secret agents because of what she knew and witnessed.

Christopher Fay of the NAYPC said: “She came to us in the realisation of the activities that had gone on without her knowledge.

“She was very concerned that young boys from a children’s home called Grafton Close in Richmond were being supplied for use by individuals who, it seemed, used her guest house for sex and pornography.”

He said Mrs Kasir was receiving considerable harassment from the Metropolitan Police and security services.

“She told us she was being followed around and gave us various car registration numbers and related a number of incidents where she was clearly followed and harassed.

“She named a lot of very well-known people as being involved.”

“There were a number of photographs.  She was able to identify boys and from which area they came from.

“Many were from Grafton Close”

He told the court that in 1985 the deputy principal of that home was convicted of child porn and sex offences against young boys in care.

Private investigator Clive Godden said she named a man who brought young girls and boys under 14 to the hotel.

“She said who was in the hotel.  They meant nothing to me – except they were MPs.”

Miss Mary Moss of NAPYC said Mrs Kasir told her she thought the raid was “gay-bashing.”

She told the court Mrs Kasir had said that boys from Grafton Close had been supplied for prominent people to use without her knowledge.

She added that two companies, which had links with a former Tory Cabinet minister, whom she named, were involved.

The Sport has not yet revealed the identity of the ex-Cabinet minister because yesterday he was not available to answer our inquiries.

The inquest, which was opened on Wednesday, was adjourned until August 22.

 The Sport 10/08/90

27 responses to “Grafton Lodge Children’s Home, Grafton Close, Hanworth

  1. i thought grafton close would be hounslow …
    how come richmond dealt with it..

  2. opgreenlight

    Hello Bob, Grafton Close, Hanworth, falls within the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames boundary. Richmond Borough Council ran Grafton Close Children’s Home.

  3. survivor

    Richmond was and still is hiding the truth I no I am one of the kids abused in Grafton Close

  4. karen cox nee keppel

    it went on most childrens home but was swept under carpet because the kids who ended up in there was not believed because they were classed as problem children

  5. I was at school with Peter Hatton-Bornshin – we knew him as David Bornshin then, perhaps because he was already trying to deflect the effects of abuse he was suffering. A lot of us who were in the same year have been very upset and disturbed to hear about the terrible way he was treated whilst at Grafton, the way he was let down by those who were supposed to look after him and the tragedy of him taking his own life – ‘to avoid causing any distress or grief to other people ‘. That is just such a terribly sad conclusion to have reached.

    We would really like to channel our sadness and anger into doing something that will help commemorate poor Peter and to try to help prevent the same fate befalling others in the future. Please if anyone is aware of the best charitable causes to help to this end or if you know of anything else we can do to publicize the awful situation at Grafton/ Elm House please contact me:

    Many thanks for not letting this be swept away unnoticed.

    John

    • Hi John,

      I’ve taken away your contact details as I don’t want you to be inundated with requests for money.

      NAPAC, National Association for People Abused in Childhood is supporting adults, including those who knew your school friend and had similar experiences.

      This blog has a donate button for NAPAC or you can visit their website here http://www.napac.org.uk/ if you prefer.

      Thank you,

  6. sandra

    Your right I lived at grafton close 1975 to 1978 loads goin on but we all thought it was normAl. I’m female and live in whotton now

    • Hi Sandra,

      I’m only aware of one girl (until now) who was at Grafton. She was the sister of another resident but I think it was after your time there.

      Did you have a brother there too ?

      Have you talked to the police ?

      Please don’t post any more details about yourself which might identify you further.

  7. sandra

    No I didn’t have a brother there when I was there it was half boys half girls really I remember the priest a black guy called clifford who was a special constable and a bloke called nigel who worked there. And the women who worked wernt nice either. Haven’t spoke to anyone not the police no

    • Thanks Sandra,

      By 1982 it was primarily just for boys but not exclusively so.

      You’re probably aware that the former Officer In Charge (OIC) John Stingemore is standing trial this year but I seem to recall that he started in 1979, one year after you left.

      How many residents and staff were there when you were there ?

  8. sandra

    About ten kids and same staff not always on duty at same time. The priest was there wen I was there though I remember him. But no I don’t remember sting more being there no

  9. sandra

    No I know the priest was there yeh white dark haired man with very large silver cricifix round his neck. Clifford was another member of staff their sorry I didn’t write it down clearly enough.

  10. sandra

    I ve seen his pic before def him put on a lot of weight I know they are on trial this year that’s why I had a look at all this stuff did you live at grafton close ? When ?

    • No,I was not at Grafton but I have spoken to people who were.

      Are you 100% sure McSweeney was at Grafton when you were there ?

      And in what capacity ? Why was he there ?

      I’m not doubting you (you were there and I was not), I just want to make sure, as what you are suggesting is news to me.

  11. sandra

    Yes he was there at the end of the time I was there. He worked there as a member of staff definitely

  12. sandra

    Well we were told he was apriest and he wore that big silver crucix so to us that meant he was apriest. And he worked there as a member of staff. Well he was always there.

  13. Just a comment to John West. I believe that Peter had a brother whose name was David. It may have been him who you knew.

  14. SURVIVOR OF GRAFTON CLOSE

    I am a SURVIVOR of that so called care home and i was ABUSED in Grafton and Yes the POLICE have spoken to me I have lived with what happened to me for a long long time now and getting no were, I sometimes fill so down and Depressed I have tried to KILL MYSELF I still find it hard to sleep and to trust people and yet again been let down again my one WISH would be to see them two John-Tony face to face and tell them how i fill and what it has done to my life they took my child hood away there scum and i and other SURVIVOR are better then them I’M in my forty’s now and still have nightmares and wake up crying something got to break ,

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