I tweeted about this earlier this evening as I have done before but then I realised that I haven’t actually made a blog post about it. I don’t know why, I guess that I thought that readers had heard enough Cyril Smith connections and really want something about a politician who is alive. I’m sure it won’t be too long before that happens, just as I’m sure that victims of Cyril Smith’s don’t feel that he is ‘old news’.
Sometimes posts on The Needle are speculative and sometimes not, I hope it is clear to readers which is which. This story is definitely not speculative, it is impeccably sourced and I’d stake my reputation that it is true. To my knowledge this has not been reported in the MSM.
For some background regarding this read: Operation Hedgerow (1987-89)
To understand how Cyril Smith was identified as a child abuser during this police investigation you need look at the innovative approach that the police team took.
From the article linked above;
The Operation was rated a success because of the novel police approach.
Firstly, they took a different tack with the allegations. Normally, an alleged abuser would be confronted immediately, putting the word of a child against that of an adult and making evidence difficult to collect. Instead, a team was established to keep the abuser’s house under surveillance. They noted the visits of boys and other adults and tailed them home to discover who they were.
Secondly, they formed a very close link to Brent Social Services Department (SSD) at an early stage. David Divine, the director of Brent SSD was called upon to discuss working together. Nine experienced social workers were assigned to the core team and these people supported both the children, their parents and the police.
Thirdly, DCI Gaspar viewed their success in terms of shifting the power base [of procurers of boys]
Fourthly, the police took the approach of investigating all the leads, and expanding the operation, rather than limiting themselves to dealing with the single complaint from one social worker. This resulted in the exposure of two paedophile rings.
This all led to a huge number of leads and an unprecedented number of arrests.
While trailing and observing the ‘rent boys’ they were led to Cyril Smith.
And so we have yet another example of a police investigation independently stumbling onto the fact that Cyril Smith had an unhealthy sexual interest in young boys.
It joins a long list of similar incidences starting in the 1960s through the 1970s and into the 1980s including Elm Guest House. Operation Hedgerow 1987-1989 is the last occasion I know of.
This police operation took place at a time before computers were widely used. Cyril Smith is now just a name on an index card, among many, and only those involved in that police investigation can provide any context other than that he was a person of interest.
Though it explains the police ‘gossip’ that Jackie Malton refers to in this LBC interview.
Anyway, it’s another piece of the jigsaw for you.