THE NAYPIC LOG
The following pages are taken from a copy of the Log Book kept by the National Association of Young People in Care (NAYPIC). The Log covers the period from March-September 1990 and was written by Chris Fay, who at the time was an adviser to NAYPIC. It was a record of the day-to-day work undertaken by the charity and includes a number of pages relating to Carole Kasir and Elm Guest House. A transcription of the text is provided under each image for ease of reading, with additional notes.
…I was referred to a psychologist by a colleague who worked in a help-line service. She told me about how boys from Grafton Close (& other homes) were being used in a rent boy ring between 1973-1982. Many powerful & well known people were said to be involved. She introduced me to Carol Kasir, who had owned & run a guest house in Barnes, South London until 1982. In June 1982 her guest house was raided by armed police from the Special Patrol Group, under a warrant issued under the Prevention Terrorism Act, although the police continue to deny this. However, under the provision of the Act the police are obliged to notify arrested persons in writing that they are being held & denied access to lawyers, etc. Carol was given such a notice & succeeded in hanging onto it by hiding it under her dentures, after the police searched her to get it back. They wanted to make it appear she had been arrested in a straightforward ‘vice’ raid.
Now it is true, and not denied by Carol (or) her husband, that she was operating a gay guest house, specialising in gay clientele. Given the liberalisation of laws concerning homosexuality, she was doing nothing illegal in operating a gay guest house. It was only after the raid and her trial that Carol realised what had really been going on & how both she and her guest house had been used as a cover for other activities.
The psychologist referred to is Adelaine Stolper.
The warrants for the arrest of Haroon and Carole Kasir were issued from Bow Street Magistrates Court.
An arrest under the Prevention of Terrorism Act 1974 meant that Harry and Carole, as suspected terrorists, could be detained on the police’s own authority and held without legal representation for up to 48 hours. We understand that Carole’s solicitor confirmed in late March 1990 that Carole had been held for 24 hours and denied access to him under the Prevention of Terrorism Act. She was then held for a further 12 hours and interviewed again with her solicitor present, Carole said it was her third interview whilst in custody.
When we first met her, it was in relation to helping her & her children with their case against Richmond Social Services and the police, for wrongfully taking her children into care, falsifying evidence and the damage suffered by the children as a result of all this.
I saw & spoke to Carol many times in the next 18 months. Her experiences had made her distrustful & wary of people, but eventually she did come to trust myself, Mary & NAYPIC & that we had no ulterior motives.
The idea to turn the guest-house into a gay guest house came from a regular at the house, called Barry Haddon. He frequently stayed there with another man called Terry Dwyer. Unknown to Carol at that time but Haddon was a pimp & pornographer specialising in providing young boys for sex and pornography. Dwyer was a small time pornographer & police informer, as well as being a paedophile. Both Dwyer & Haddon were involved in supplying boys, many from care, to a variety clients, including a number of MPs, local councillors & other important figures.
One of Haddon’s clients was Harvey Proctor MP who frequently visited (& occasionally stayed) at the guest house. He was one of a number of MPs that Haddon brought to the guest house & to whom he was supplying boys. Haddon & Dwyer were later convicted for their part in supplying boys to Harvey Proctor. I have spoken to a number of the boys used by Haddon, some of whom were as young as 8 years old at the time. Dwyer supplied a number of young boys, recruited locally on the poor run down estates in Battersea, such as the Patmore Estate & the Doddington. Haddon supplied boys & used them to make porn videos from care, many in the care of Richmond, particularly from Grafton Close.
We understand that Carole’s son was taken into the care of the London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames and placed in Grafton Close Children’s Home. Her daughter was at a private boarding school and it was decided by social services that she should remain there.