In the interests of accuracy, and to protect the reputations of innocent people, I would like to set the record straight about certain things contained in the “Mary Moss” files placed online last year.
These were mostly handwritten notes made on a daily basis concerning NAYPIC’s investigation into complaints from young people in the care of Richmond of abuse at Grafton Close Children’s Home, and elsewhere, including the Elm Guest House in Barnes from 1977 to 1982.
Unfortunately, being just notes, they have no real context. I will try to provide that. Amongst the documents is a list of boys names. These are VICTIMS not abusers. These were the names of young people who had complained to us, were strictly confidential and should never have been made public. Due to the unfortunate circumstances around the police raid on Mary Moss’s home, these were released online.
Also included was a list compiled by me of all the people who had stayed at the guest house in 1981/82. I know some people feel differently, but in the interest of fairness I will point out again, this is a list of guests NOT abusers. There is no evidence to support that – it was a preliminary list I compiled but I had not yet verified the identity of any alleged abusers.
Also, you may be aware of the claims made by both sides as to the nature of the raid on the guest house in 1982. The Kazirs, their legal team and supporters have always maintained the raid was carried out by Special Branch under the Prevention of Terrorism Act 1976. However, the authorities, including the police have always maintained that the raid was carried out by local police in response to complaints by neighbours, under vice legislation. The only hard evidence was a “notice to detained persons” Carol said was given to her by the police. This was backed up by her solicitor. I gave this notice to the Coroner at the Inquest into Carol’s death.
In trying to ascertain the truth, I carried out some extensive research for NAYPIC and managed to identify about 20 police officers who had taken part in the raid. My hope was to find a friendly one who would come for a quiet drink and I could ask him, or her, what they had been told about the reasons for the raid at the briefing. Unfortunately, Carol died and as you can imagine no-one was willing to talk to us.
So in the documents is a list of police officers who carried out the raid. There is no suggestion at all that any of these officers were involved in any way with anything that had gone on at EGH or Grafton. They were just ordinary, mostly decent coppers doing their job. I hope this is clear.
The only two senior MPS officers who are alleged to have been involved at Elm are named in the documents. These are Commander Richard Tresstrail then head of the royal protection unit and Paul Henry, a senior officer in Special Branch.
I hope this provides some context to the “Mary Moss” documents and clears up some of the misunderstandings around them. I do think it is important to make absolutely clear that many innocent people have been unwittingly caught up in this as well as guilty ones. I hope this clarifies things.