Haroon ‘Harry’ Kasir, 69, who along with his wife Carole Kasir managed the notorious Elm Guest House, has been arrested today on suspicion of possessing indecent images of children and is being held in west London.
Harry Kasir, born 10th April 1944, and Carole, who died of an insulin overdose in 1990, ran the ‘gay friendly’ guest house until 1982 when it was raided by police. They were both found guilty of keeping a disorderly house (brothel) and fined but it is believed that children from care homes including Grafton Close were abused there by VIPs. Operation Fernbridge is investigating this.
This is the third arrest in connection with the Elm Guest House. Earlier this year in February John Stingemore, 70, who until 1981 was the Officer in Charge of Grafton Close children’s home, and Father Tony McSweeney, 66, became the first two people arrested by the Operation Fernbridge team.
In January, the Police raided ‘Harry’ Kasir’s home. Following this there were indications that he intended to try and leave the country and it was reported that he had previously boasted of being ‘friends’ with the notorious paedophile Jimmy Savile.
The ‘gay friendly’ Elm Guest House was advertised in the ‘paedophile friendly’ Spartatus magazine.
And it was recommended in a newsletter by the Conservative Group for Homosexual Equality.
“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 its helpline on 0808 8005000, or their local police.”