“If you don’t feel confident talking to the police, then tell me, because when I tell the police your information will be acted upon.” Mark Williams-Thomas on Op Fernbridge/Op Fairbank
One of the greatest difficulties facing the police investigating ‘historic’ cases of child abuse today is that victims of child abuse, many of whom have tried already to report these crimes, don’t trust the police.
There were some criticisms when it was announced that victims could contact the NSPCC instead of the police directly but I can tell you that the NSPCC will guarantee anonymity and are working very closely with the police. The NSPCC are an alternative to calling the police directly and the reason why they were promoted as an alternative was precisely because so many people had lost trust in the police. The fact that the police recognised this and were prepared to let other agencies help indicates how serious they are, in my view.
I firmly believe that this is possibly the last great opportunity we’ll ever have of uncovering what has been going on in the UK’s schools and Children’s Homes and if you have information that could help but don’t have confidence in the police then please contact someone, whether it’s the NSPCC, Exaro News, or Mark Williams-Thomas, they will guarantee your anonymity until you are ready, while passing on important information to the police. I have every confidence that this time that the police are very serious about holding those responsible to account but they need your help. They can’t do it without evidence and witnesses, you might hold the key.
Mark Williams-Thomas, the child protection expert who exposed Jimmy Savile, has offered to help catch an alleged establishment paedophile ring that used its connections to escape justice decades ago.
The former police officer – who researched and presented ITV’s documentary on the dark side of the BBC star – said that victims reluctant to report the abuse they experienced at Elm Guest House in London could contact him directly. Mr Williams-Thomas said he would consider making a documentary about the case if a new police inquiry, Operation Fernbridge, turned out to be unsuccessful.
He stressed that he had “100 per cent faith” in the inquiry into claims that children in care were abused at the property in Rocks Lane, Barnes, in the early 1980s by powerful figures from across public life.
But he urged anyone who felt able to report their experiences to come forward, saying it was crucial for Scotland Yard to collect more evidence before making any further arrests.