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Monthly Archives: January 2014
The big question in my mind is why didn’t Sandra Brown, Alexander Gartshore’s daughter, not raise her concerns while her father was still alive?
This women suspected 20 years ago that her father was a paedophile who murdered Moira Anderson and yet she did not go to the police.
So, what did she do ?
She waited until her father died in 2006 and then published a book accusing him of the murder.
And yet this women has been feted as a campaigner ?
Prosecutors believe a convicted child abuser who died in 2006 was responsible for the murder of schoolgirl Moira Anderson in Lanarkshire in 1957.
The 11-year-old was last seen on a bus to Coatbridge, which was driven by Alexander Gartshore.
Following an investigation by its cold case unit and new witnesses coming forward, the Crown Office has now said it would have prosecuted Gartshore.
Moira was last seen on 23 February 1957. Her body has never been found.
She had left her home during a snowstorm to run an errand to a local Co-op shop. Moira then boarded a bus driven by Gartshore, who was the last person to see her alive.
If the issue of child grooming within some muslim communities is publicly recognised as a cultural problem by muslims themselves, then why are the British authorities so reluctant to address the problem?
We are happy to recognise a cultural problem within the Catholic church and the Church of England, why not in Muslim communities ? Surely it would be racist not to treat all groups exactly the same ?
Mr Shafiq [Ramadhan Foundation] said: “There is a significant problem for the British Pakistani community, there is an over-representation amongst recent convictions in the crime of on-street grooming, there should be no silence in addressing the issue of race as this is central to the actions of these criminals.
“They think that white teenage girls are worthless and can be abused without a second thought; it is this sort of behaviour that is bringing shame on our community.
“I urge the police and the councils not to be frightened to address this issue, there is a strong lesson that you cannot ignore race or be over sensitive.”
He added: “I have been overwhelmed by the support the Ramadhan Foundation has been given by young people for our campaign on child grooming but concerned that community elders are once again burying their heads in the sand, this concerns us all and we must speak out.
“The community elders need to learn from the reaction of young people and reject any attempt to silence the reaction from our community.
“We have over the past 12 months seen tremendous progress, more Imams have spoken out in Friday sermons; workshops and activities for young people have happened in the community and there is a strong commitment to see this work through.
“We encourage local authorities and schools to learn from Rochdale where over 9,000 teenagers have attended a workshop on child grooming.
“The Ramadhan Foundation is ready to stand with anyone who wishes to protect these young teenagers.”
He said the police would need to “reflect on their failures” in this case.
“Finally the far right and fascist movements are not welcome to Rochdale, we reject their division and hatred and it has no place in a tolerant and diverse society.
“We will learn lessons from this case but not allow outsiders to divide us,” Mr Shafiq added.
He [Alyas Karmani – ‘Together Against Grooming’] is addressing the question of whether a disproportionate number of British Asian men are involved in grooming underage girls for sex. He thinks the answer is “Yes” – which is also very plain-speaking on a subject around which the British policing, political, academic and social work establishment dances with over-sensitive diplomacy.
Yet Imam Karmani is no maverick. As well as being an imam, he is a psychologist with more than 20 years of practical experience in youth and community work. He is a former adviser to the Department for Education on youth empowerment and a one-time head of race equality for the Welsh Assembly and is now co-director of Street, a project whose name stands for Strategy to Reach, Empower and Educate Teenagers.
If you’re going to profile a certain type of paedophile then primary school teacher, scout leader, and junior football team manager would tick a few boxes.
Hopefully, men from Burnham-on-Crouch in Essex who know something about the offending of Christopher Dobson will come forward. He’s dead so there will be no trial but it will help the police and may result in ‘friends’ of Mr Dobson who are still alive and perhaps still abusing children, be identified.
Child sex abuse images were found during a house viewing by potential buyers at the home of a dead teacher.
Police are now investigating alleged offences by Christopher Dobson, whose home in Chapel Road, Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex, was put up for sale.
Mr Dobson, who was involved in youth football, died aged 70 in 2012.
Det Ch Insp Mark Hall said he believed Mr Dobson committed serious offences over a period of years, with police now aiming to indentify victims.
The images were discovered in August after Mr Dobson’s next-of-kin decided to sell the property. The retired teacher died the previous December.
The very fact that the police wish to emphasise that those alleged to have been involved were from “a range of communities”, should be a clear indication that this is primarily another Muslim grooming ring with a few people arrested outside of that community. The police just don’t want a rise in racial tensions.
There is a serious problem in the UK with a certain type of Muslim from the rural tribal areas of Pakistan who have zero respect for non-muslim girls in this country.
Below is the updated story and below that is an excellent interview which explains the major problem with these Muslim grooming rings and describes the warning signs parents should look out for.
This situation can no longer be brushed under the carpet. The longer the authorities fail to address the underlying problem, for fear of stoking racial tensions, the greater the chance that white communities will take the law into their own hands. Something concrete needs to be seen to be done to reassure the majority. The police are trying to pretend there is not an issue but the majority in these communities will eventually come to believe that the police are deceiving them and protecting the people who are preying on their daughters and that could bring about the very situation the police are hoping to avoid with only one difference, the majority will no longer trust the police as they will blame them for covering up the problem.
A total of 27 people have now been arrested on Tyneside on suspicion of conspiracy to rape.
The investigation, Operation Sanctuary, concerns allegations of sexual assault involving teenage girls and young women – some in local authority care.
Since Monday, 27 houses in the Newcastle, Gateshead and South Tyneside areas have been searched.
One man arrested earlier continues to be held, but 24 other men and two women have since been bailed.
Northumbria Police said those alleged to have been involved were from “a range of communities”.
OK, the title is sarcastic but surely I can’t be the only one who finds it ironic that the Judge, on the first day of William Roache’s child abuse trial, told the jury that they must distinguish between the actor and the fictional character Ken Barlow and yet the defense have called Roache’s on screen wife and son as defense witnesses?
From 14th January
A judge tells jurors that they have to distinguish between Coronation Street actor William Roache, who is on trial accused of sex offences, and his fictional character Ken Barlow.
Mr Justice Holroyde QC said they should not confuse the “real person” and the part he has played on the ITV soap opera for more than half a century.
And from today…
Actors from Coronation Street have arrived to give evidence in the trial of fellow star William Roache, who is accused of a string of sexual offences.
Anne Kirkbride, who as Deirdre Barlow is on-screen wife to Roache’s character Ken Barlow, Chris Gascoyne – his son Peter Barlow in the ITV soap – and actress Helen Worth, who plays Gail Platt, are expected to give evidence in Roache’s defence.
Roache, 81, denies two counts of raping a 15-year-old girl in east Lancashire in 1967, and four indecent assaults involving four girls aged between 11 or 12 and 16 in the Manchester area in 1965 and 1968.
Sometimes a convicted child abuser is not named in the press.
This was the case with the two female accomplices in the Ian Watkins case and it was also the case more recently after the conviction of Rodney Joseph Campbell from Sperrin Road in Limavady, Northern Ireland who pleaded guilty to 18 charges of sexual abuse on January 8th and who was jailed for 12 years for what the judge described as “a depraved and humiliating period of sexual and physical abuse”.
He could not be named because by doing so his victim might be identified. It is only because the victim has waived her right to anonymity that Rodney Joseph Campbell, 44, is able to be named now.
The brave victim instructed her solicitor to apply for the anonymity order in relation to her to be lifted.
In response Judge Philip Babington explained:
“There is no such thing as an anonymity order.
“Injured parties have the statutory right in sexual cases to have their identity protected.
“They automatically have a life-long right to anonymity.
“Defendants do not have that right but the Press are under a statutory duty not to do anything that might identify the injured party.
“But it is my view that if a complainant, as has happened in two other recent cases in this court, wishes to waive her right to anonymity, it is her right.
“Therefore if the media wish to name the defendant in this case there is nothing I can do about it unless there is an application from the defendant, for example in respect of his human rights.
“The application is therefore granted which means as the complainant has waived her right to anonymity she can be named and it means the defendant can be named,”
Of course, just because the victim has waived her right to anonymity so that Rodney Joseph Campbell can be named, it doesn’t mean that the press should name the victim, as I’ve seen one MSM outlet do.
Where is the public interest ?
An anonymity order has been lifted on a man who subjected a homeless teenage girl to what a judge described as a depraved and humiliating period of sexual and physical abuse.
Rodney Joseph Campbell, 44, of Sperrin Road in Limavady, was jailed for 12 years earlier this month.
His name can be published because his victim waived her right to anonymity.
I just wanted to recommend this excellent resource site which you can find HERE. It has some great information concerning Church of England child abuse.
Yesterday, retired priest Vickery House was arrested for indecent assault on a child.
A retired Church of England priest from West Sussex has been charged with historic sex offences against boys and young men dating back over 40 years.
Vickery House, 68, faces eight charges of indecent assault on a 15-year-old boy and five males aged 17 to 34 between 1970 and 1986.
They were allegedly committed in East Sussex and Devon while he was a priest.
Mr House, of Brighton Road, Handcross, is on bail and will appear at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on 27 February.
This is turning out to be very fast moving. This morning only eight people had been arrested. Now 15 people have been arrested including two women.
Thirteen men and two women have been arrested in Newcastle on suspicion of conspiracy to rape.
Northumbria Police said 13 properties in the city had been searched as part of Operation Sanctuary.
A force spokesman said the inquiry involved allegations of sexual assault involving teenage girls and young women – some in the care of the local authority.
The city council said it was working with police to help alleged victims.
Council leader Nick Forbes said the authority was informed about the investigation a week ago and he was “shocked and appalled” by the allegations.
- Nine charges of indecent assault relating to four complainants alleged to have been committed between 1969 and 1977
- One charge of buggery relating to a fifth complainant alleged to have been committed in 1983.
The Crown Prosecution Service has authorised Greater Manchester Police to charge Fred Talbot with eight offences of indecent assault against three boys under 16 years of age, one offence of indecent against a male aged 17 years and one offence of buggery against a 19-year-old male. The alleged offences took place between 1968 and 1983.
Mr Talbot has been bailed to appear before Manchester Magistrates’ Court on 11 February 2014.
Nazir Afzal, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West, said:
“We have carefully considered all the evidence gathered by Greater Manchester Police in relation to allegations from five complainants that Fred Talbot sexually assaulted them between the 1960s and 1980s. Having completed our review, we have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest for Mr Talbot to be charged with 10 sexual offences relating to five complainants, three of whom were under 16 years of age at the time. The Crown Prosecution Service has today authorised Greater Manchester Police to charge Fred Talbot with these offences.
“This decision was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors and our guidance for prosecutors on sexual offences. May I remind all concerned that criminal proceedings against Mr Talbot have now commenced. He has a right to a fair trial and it is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could prejudice these proceedings. For these reasons, it would be inappropriate for me to comment further at this time.”
The charges are:
- Nine charges of indecent assault relating to four complainants alleged to have been committed between 1969 and 1977O
- One charge of buggery relating to a fifth complainant alleged to have been committed in 1983.
This is Operation Sanctuary.
Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Gary Calvert is quoted as say;
I understand that these types of allegations can cause the public concern and I want to reassure the community that police take crimes of this nature extremely seriously and will thoroughly investigate them.
Our overarching priority is to protect any victims or potential victims and to bring any offenders to justice.
I must emphasise that the suspects do not come from one community but a range of communities and it would be very wrong to speculate until we have the full facts which may take some time.
The victims include teenage girls as well as young adults.
Eight people have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to rape after a series of early morning raids in Newcastle.
Police officers searched eleven properties across the city after allegations of sexual abuse from several alleged victims, some of whom are in care or had been in care.
All of the complaints come from teenagers or young adults.
A teacher and BBC contributor has pleaded not guilty to sex offences alleged to have taken place at two fee-paying Suffolk schools.
Simon Warr, 60, of Great West Road, Hounslow, west London, appeared at Ipswich Crown Court accused of seven offences involving three boys.
The teacher regularly appeared on national television and network radio.
Mr Warr, who was also a part-time contributor on BBC Radio Suffolk, is due to stand trial in May.
One indecent assault and four counts of gross indecency were alleged to have taken place against two boys at the former St George’s School in Great Finborough near Stowmarket between 1979 and 1984.
One indecent assault and one case of gross indecency involving one boy were alleged to have happened at the Royal Hospital School, Holbrook between 1989 and 1994.
The Friday Night Song
I wonder what Savile thought of DLT ?
The DJ, who is standing trial accused of indecent assault and sexual assault, said if he suspected Savile was a paedophile, he would have reported him
Dave Lee Travis told police he knew fellow BBC DJ Jimmy Savile liked young girls and thought “good luck to him”, a court has heard.
The veteran broadcaster told officers after his arrest on suspicion of sexual offences that he would have reported Savile if he had known he was a paedophile.
But the star, who is on trial accused of indecently assaulting 10 women and sexually assaulting another, told police that he did not think the girls were under-age, jurors at London’s Southwark Crown Court heard.
Interesting to note that if the Paedophile Information Exchange had got their way, Mark Chudley would not have committed a crime when he raped a girl between the ages of 3 and 6 years old.
A youth club volunteer who locked young girls in a computer room and abused them has been jailed for 20 years.
Mark Chudley of Mount Pleasant Road, Brixham, was found guilty of two counts of rape, three of false imprisonment, gross indecency against a child and nine counts of indecent assault.
He repeatedly raped one girl between the ages of three and six-years-old, Exeter Crown Court heard.
A judge said Chudley, 39, had stolen the childhoods of his victims.
The court heard he ensured the silence of his main victim by telling her he would kidnap her and that she would never see her family again if she revealed his attacks.
Psychology has come a long way since 1979 as have many things. 35 years ago the top selling car in the UK was the Ford Cortina IV and Betamax was still more popular than VHS in the UK home video market.
When this BBC Horizon program was broadcast on November 5th 1979 , ‘One Day At A Time’ by Lena Martell was the UK’s number one single, Weebles wobbled but they didn’t fall down, and earlier in that year ‘Worzel Gummidge’ first hit UK TV screens.
I mention all of this because some former residents from Hill End might feel insulted by this program and I hope that they will try a watch it in the context of its time.
If any former resident that is featured in this video wishes for us to take this post down, can they contact Laurence by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respect your wishes. That said, we feel that many former Hill End residents will find something positive from this program.
I’d like to thank HT for sending this video to us.
The program is entitled ‘A Touch of Sensitivity’ and it lasts 48 minutes. The section which refers to Hill End starts at 27:30 and lasts for approximately 6 minutes.
Comments from former residents are very welcome.
A sex offender has gone on the run after pleading guilty to causing or inciting an underage girl to engage in sexual activity.
James Dunham, 33, absconded from Lewes Crown Court on 9 January 2013 after admitting the charge.
Sussex Police said Dunham, a landscape gardener from Eastbourne, East Sussex, was given bail and told to remain in the court building in Hove to discuss the case with his solicitor.
He has not been seen since.
Dunham, whose last known address was Albert Parade in Eastbourne, is white, 5ft 10in tall, of medium build, with green eyes and short brown hair.
A police spokesman said: “Dunham is not believed to present a physical risk to the general public but anyone who knows where he is is asked to contact us right away.”
Many thanks to GS
Marc Dutroux has written a 44-page letter to the father of one of his victims, starting to write it on the day Michelle Martin (his former wife) was released and managing to get it to the victim’s father at the end of last year, apparently without his (Dutroux) lawyer’s knowledge.
The father of the victim is reported to be “in shock”. In the letter, Dutroux is said to continue to support the idea of a conspiracy involving politicians and the judiciary, as he did during his trial, settles scores with certain people and attempts to present himself as a saviour. He is said to have taken questions raised previously by parents and to have appropriated them for himself, presenting himself as someone who is seeking the truth and who feels remorse.
He mentions names, recalls events and relates things which he says were said which have not been heard about before. The content of the letter cannot be verified. There is said to be no evidence which would allow a police officer or judge to take further action.
Apologies for the poor translation.
Recidivist killer Marc Dutroux is reached again speak of him in Belgium .Sentenced in 2004 to life imprisonment for “rape” , ” kidnapping “, “abduction of six children or adolescents” and “murder” for four of them, the most famous inmate of the kingdom wrote to the father of the one of his young victims, Jean-Denis Lejeune.
The latter, an emblematic figure of the White March – protestaion movement born after the Dutroux affair which almost take the Belgian institutions in October 1996, he received a month ago a letter he calls “damp squib “ . However, these 44 pages should be Tuesday morning, the subject of a publication in La Dernière Heure , a tabloid .
In his self-justification, the killer denies having removed six children and adolescents or wanted their death. He also denies being pedophile and tries torevive the theory of a vast conspiracy, backed at the time by journalists, investigators and some politicians. He says “have to respond” to a letter that Mr. Jones had sent, in 2012, Michelle Martin, his ex-wife and accomplice sentenced to thirty years in prison and released after sixteen.
Just more proof if needed that these people can’t be ‘cured’ or rehabilitated.
“Williams avoided prison in February 2007 when a judge said he had to “bear in mind” the request of the then Home Secretary John Reid to use prison sparingly to ease overcrowding.”
A paedophile who was spared jail in 2007 because prisons were overcrowded has been told he faces a long sentence for downloading more abuse images.
Derek Williams, 53, of Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd, sparked a political row when he avoided prison.
He was jailed weeks later after failing to register as a sex offender in time.
On Friday, he was found guilty at Caernarfon Crown Court of 15 charges of downloading child sex abuse images. He admitted downloading bestiality images.
“The sheer scale of victims’ testimonies being examined has delayed the publication of Smith’s report by a month.”
Of course those running blogs that have become apologists for Jimmy Savile will try to suggest it’s all hokum…
The BBC will be plunged into a major crisis with the publication of a damning review, expected next month, that will reveal its staff turned a blind eye to the rape and sexual assault of up to 1,000 girls and boys byJimmy Savile in the corporation’s changing rooms and studios.
Dame Janet Smith, a former court of appeal judge, who previously led the inquiry into the murders by Dr Harold Shipman, will say in her report that the true number of victims of Savile’s sexual proclivities may never be known but that his behaviour had been recognised by BBC executives who took no action.
Smith’s investigations, which followed the Pollard inquiry into why the BBC shelved a Newsnight programme about Savile, will send shockwaves through the corporation.
A source close to the inquiry told the Observer: “The numbers are shocking. Many hundreds and potentially up to 1,000 people were victims of Savile when he was representing the corporation. The report will overshadow Pollard. It will go right to the heart of how Savile was able to get away with the most heinous of crimes under the very noses of BBC staff for more than 40 years.”