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Child Protection in a Hostile Environment by Wally Harbert

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Wally Harbert blows the whistle

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CHILD PROTECTION IN A HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT by Wally Harbert
In recent years, nearly every police force in the country has examined historic abuse in children’s homes. Fifty private schools have also been investigated. If organisations responsible for looking after children in the 1970’s and 80’s got it so wrong how can we blame the BBC for failures over Jimmy Savile or the Liberal Party over Cyril Smith? And what light does it throw on how it was possible for widespread abuse in Rotherham to be ignored over many years?
I describe here my experiences as a director of social services in the County of Avon between 1973 and 1990. The county was formed in 1973 from local authorities in Bristol, Bath and parts of Gloucestershire and Somerset. The social services department had over 6000 staff (about 4,500 full-time equivalents) in 250 buildings. The Council was…

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A Quick Update From Tom Watson

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It’s very worthwhile clicking on the link below and reading the entire piece.

Wise words.

New allegations regarding child murders will shock many. The correct response to these allegations must be to fight to ensure the police have the resources and space to conduct a thorough investigation. I’ve written to the PM to urge him to encourage the formation of a national police team, made up of specialists from forces around the country. It’s simply unfair to ask the Metropolitan police to carry the load for what is effectively a national inquiry in all but name.

As has happened in the past, there have been unpleasant side effects to the latest allegations. A number of journalists from newspapers not previously that interested in the child abuse inquiry have been tasked to report on the investigation. I can already tell from the limited contact I have had with them that they know little about the cases being investigated. They posit wildly speculative theories from unreliable sources. It is as irritating as it is dangerous.

The danger of renewed interest from media outlets with limited knowledge of the case is that they help inflate another ‘MacAlpine bubble’ that may cause great distress to the innocent and huge harm to the credibility of legitimate investigations.

The worst thing that those campaigning for justice could do is allow their comments or private thoughts to stand up stories that make headlines in newspapers but do not assist the police with their inquiries.

More on Tom Watson’s Blog

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Michael Shrimpton: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

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If you live in London, try and get down to Southwark Crown Court because you can watch as many comedy shows as you like but there just isn’t anything funnier than observing pompous establishment figures making complete and utter tits of themselves.

Michael Shrimpton isn’t going to come out well from this but then no one involved is.

Shrimpton telephoned Philip Hammond who was then the Defence Secretary just before the London Olympics to tell him that a bomb stolen from a sunken Russian submarine had been smuggled into the country and could be used to blow up the opening ceremony of the London Olympics and kill the Queen.

How did Shrimpton get the minister’s telephone number ?

Now, anyone with a computer can google ‘Michael Shrimpton’ and you’d know after an arbitrary search that if he told YOU that a nuke was going to blow up the Olympic stadium, you wouldn’t panic, you’d just pass the information on and it would be looked at objectively.

Somehow, I very much doubt that the police or the security services are the engines behind this prosecution, this trial is what happens when a government minister is made to look like a complete prick and wants somebody to do something, anything! and so as a consequence Michael Shrimpton is charged with two counts of making bomb hoaxes, nuclear bomb hoaxes at that. The irony is that Shrimpton almost certainly believed what he passed on to Hammond and so how is that a hoax ?

After his arrest he told the police it was all “a colossal cock-up worthy of an apology, damages and lunch on the MI5 and, claimed the weapon had been taken back out of the UK while he had been in custody by the Royal Navy, which moved it to Germany, and it could be used against New York. ” and that is almost certainly exactly what he believed.

Of course prosecutor Alan Blake excuses Hammond’s ludicrous gullibility, “In April 2012, he passed on information about a threat of nuclear attack. That information was extraordinary and dramatic”…You will remember the degree of tension about potential terrorists and it would have been brave and foolish to ignore threats, especially from a professional man.”

See how the now Foreign Secretary is made to look responsible citizen for falling for this crock of bullshit ? One can only imagine how Philip Hammond panicked and had the police and security services running around hunting for Russian nukes with Geiger counters.

At what point did someone do a simple google search on ‘Michael Shrimpton’ ?

But if you think the circumstances that led to this Ministerial cock-up, which could only be explained by drunkenness, lack of sleep, or sheer imbecility, are farcical… you should see how the trial is turning out. That is why I’m recommending that anyone who can go, should, after all it’s free entry.

We’ve already had such priceless gems as this;

Shrimpton, who is defending himself so you’ll get to see a lot of him, refused to reveal his sources but said they included “someone in Munch who lunches with the Pope.”

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Shrimpton said the German Defence Service, DVD, was responsible for sabotaging the Kursk submarine  and stated the service now controls Al Qaeda and has penetrated MI5 and MI6.

Judge McCreath not to be outdone warned Shrimpton after he asked a question  “I will not have conspiracy theories bandied around the court unless they are genuinely real.”

And warned him in a manner a Jacobin from revolutionary France’s  ‘Reign of Terror’ would of been proud, “You must control yourself. The guillotine is very close to your neck.” Which is not exactly an appropriate metaphor given the momentum guillotine blades have generally achieved by the time they’ve got close to your neck.

Trust me on this, if you only go to one ludicrous trial necessitated by an inflated and bruised political ego this year, you should go to this one. I can’t wait to see if Shrimpton cross-examines Philip Hammond.

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Roger Stoodley On The ‘Cooke Group’ And Elm Guest House Links

This newspaper headline is not an exaggeration.

This newspaper headline is not an exaggeration.

Former detective chief superintendent Roger Stoodley in The Times today effectively validates the cautious approach we felt obliged to outline in respect to Mr Mehrotra’s revelations in The Telegraph yesterday. That can be found HERE

Broadly, Vishal Mehrotra’s murder matched the Cooke group’s Modus Operandi who were active at that time and there was no known link between that group and the Elm Guest House.

He also recognises that there were other abductions and murders of children which were never officially attributed to Sidney Cooke and his associates.

We’ve quoted a little more of The Times article than we would normally because of the paywall.

The detective who led the investigation into Britain’s most notorious child abusers said its files could provide evidence for Scotland Yard’s investigation of an alleged Westminster paedophile ring.

Roger Stoodley said he would be delighted if the Metropolitan police were to reopen Operation Orchid, the inquiry into the Sidney Cooke gang, which abducted, abused and murdered children in the 1970s and 1980s.

The murders of three children — Jason Swift, 14, Barry Lewis, six, and Mark Tildesley, seven — were solved but detectives believed that as many as 17 other abductions and murders were connected.

Mr Stoodley said he had looked for possible links between the Cooke group and the Elm Guest House, in southwest London, which is at the centre of allegations about an establishment paedophile conspiracy, but was unable to find any.

The former detective chief superintendent, said: “The Orchid files — if they still exist — could hold the key to renewed concerns over the handling of police investigations into two child abductions.”

Mr Stoodley said: “Elm Guest House came up in our inquiry but it was not within our remit at the time. It is in our system, but we could not establish a link with Cooke.”…

…Mr Stoodley said the disappearances of Vishal and Martin “matched the modus operandi” of Cooke and his associates.

“We had the premise that there were 20 [victims] and we established there were three, so I have no doubt there were others we missed,” he said. “We had allegations that an Asian boy was killed but we did not have enough evidence to identify him.

“We were trawling through missing persons registers to see if kids were missing. That proved to be a very difficult challenge because half the forces did not record them properly.”

Cooke’s gang lured boys away when they were walking on their own, or groomed them for abuse.

The Times

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6 Muslim Men From Birmingham Are Injuncted, Another 75 May Follow

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One we do have a photo for Omar Ahmed, 27

They’re not allowed to have any contact with females 18 years old or younger.

“Detective Chief Superintendent Danny Long, of the West Midlands Police Public Protection Unit, said similar measures may be used to tackle the 75 live cases of child exploitation currently being investigated in Birmingham.”

If the injunctions are broken, the men could be jailed for up to two years for contempt of court but as there are no photographs of these men how will anyone know if they break the injunction ?

Is this justice on the cheap or the way forward ?

The injunction was won by authorities in Birmingham today against the six men – three of whom were found with the ‘vulnerable’ girl in a hotel room.

They can be named as Omar Ahmed, 27, Sajid Hussain, 40, Mohammed Anjam, 31, Naseem Khan, 30, Mohammed Javed, 33, and Alam Shah, 36, after a judge ruled it was in the public interest for their identities to be released.

That was despite the objections of West Midlands Police – who despite applying for the injunction, argued the men’s names should be kept secret to protect their private lives.

The Daily Mail

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New Information Regarding Vishal Mehrotra

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Right now it seems every MSM story mentions Elm Guest House. I’m not in a position to say whether they are correct to do so but I think it’s always a good thing to remain cautious.

Yesterday evening we had a new story regarding Vishal Mehrotra who went missing on July 29 1981, the day that Prince Charles and Lady Diana were married. In February 1982, part of Vishal’s skeleton was found in woodland in West Sussex.

The story can be found HERE

So what is new in this story ?

Firstly, that Vishal’s father Mr Mehrotra, is a solicitor who was a JP at Wimbledon magistrates’ court until retiring in 2006 and so we must treat him as an extremely credible witness.

Secondly, that a few months after his son’s disappearance he received an anonymous call. This would be before the Elm Guest House was raided, June 1982.

Thirdly, that a tape of a 15 minute conversation with an anonymous source was passed by Mr Mehrotra to the Police and that the anonymous source had indicated that he had previously passed the same information to the police.

I’ll quote Mr Mehrotri directly excluding the reportage in the article.

“I was contacted by a young man who seemed to be in his 20s. He told me he believed Vishal may have been taken by paedophiles in the Elm Guest House near Barnes Common.

“He said there were very highly placed people there. He talked about judges and politicians who were abusing little boys.” Mr Mehrotra, a solicitor who was a JP at Wimbledon magistrates’ court until retiring in 2006, claims the man said he had already informed police about activities at the guesthouse, but had received no response.

“I recorded the whole 15-minute conversation and took it to police. But instead of investigating it, they just pooh-poohed it and I never heard anything about the tape again. The whole thing went cold.

“At that time I trusted the police. But when nothing happened, I became confused and concerned.

“Now it is clear to me that there has been a huge cover up. There is no doubt in my mind.”

Is it possible that this information was pursued by the police at the time and resulted in the raid on Elm Guest House in June 1982 ? The timings of Vishal’s disappearance, the anonymous call, and the raid would fit. I’ve never been satisfied that the raid which was preceded by a significant police stake-out operation was precipitated by simple child protection concerns. That could and should have been done without such a long observation period and undercover work. The raid resulted in one child being taken into care.

If that was the case it wouldn’t preclude a cover-up. Afterall, no one other than the guesthouse owners went to court.

Now let’s take the cautious approach.

I’m assuming that Mr Mehrotri no longer has the recording. If he did The Telegraph journalist would have quoted directly from it instead he quotes Mr Mehrotri’s recollections of the conversation 33 years after it happened.

The sad fact is that there were other paedophile groups at that time which we know DID abuse and murder children.

Five days after the announcement of Operation Stranger, a national police conference was held in London to discuss child killings and abductions. Three boys in particular attracted the interest of the Stranger team. These were Mark Tildesley, Vishal Mehrotra (who vanished from Putney High Street on Royal Wedding day in 1981 and whose body was discovered in Surrey) and a six year old from Brighton who had been the victim of a vicious homosexual attack in a car in August 1983.

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The police conference mentioned above also looked at the murder of 12 children and another four abductions in which bodies were never found. They go back eight years, to 1978, involving children between the ages of five and 16 years. More on that HERE

As well as Mark Tildesley and Vishal Mehrotri mentioned above, we can add Jason Swift, Barry Lewis, and  Martin Allen.

Or Kevin Hicks who was 16 when he went missing in 1986.

The book ‘Lambs to the Slaughter’ refers to Michael Maughan a 14 yr old gypsy boy who had been living on a camp site in a British Rail goods yard in North London in 1985. Paul James a 16 yr old epileptic who disappeared in 1984 when he left his home from the West End, and Michael Monaghan a 16 yr old who disappeared from a children’s home in Hayes Middlesex in August 1984.

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Two others are also noted in the book – an unknown/unnamed boy and a boy called Hassan.

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We must trust that Mr Mehrotri has recalled accurately the conversation he had 33 years ago. If it is correct then it is extremely significant and I’ve said he must be considered a credible witness.
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But I do worry that there has been a blurring of different strands and allegations in the media.
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I hope we get to the truth for the sake of all the families of the missing children.

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Keith Harding: PIE Member # 329

 

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This story is very interesting and not just because of the hook that the BBC and other MSM outlets have used to hang the story on, ie that Keith Harding appeared on ‘Jim’ll Fix It’ in the Christmas 1980 episode. That may be important and suggest a personal connection to Jimmy Savile, as it is alleged that his appearance was “set-up but it might also be erroneous and misleading.

The question that interests me the most is how the BBC got this information and whether it indicates that they have a copy of the full membership list for PIE.

A few points made in the article might give us a clue.

1) Keith Harding died in June this year. A search elsewhere clarifies that it was June 7th. [http://www.wiltsglosstandard.co.uk/]. Only 5 months ago.

2) One of his former employees said the clockmaker had described his role for the group as “membership secretary”. This may be his partner of 20 years John Ferris.

As a former ‘membership secretary’ of PIE Keith Harding would have access to the full PIE membership list at the time that he occupied that executive position, as well as other PIE related documentation, and as he’s only recently died it doesn’t seem beyond the realms of possibility that following his death someone close to him went through his paperwork.

But if true, this article is not a simple single source story.

BBC News has seen confidential social services reports from 1995 which confirm Harding’s “PIE involvement”…

…Social services documents described his convictions as a “real cause for concern” and warned that children should not be left unsupervised with him.

BBC News

The BBC acquired independent confirmation that Keith Harding was involved with PIE and that he had been “convicted of indecent assault against four children aged eight and nine in the late 1950s and was a “schedule 1″ offender – meaning his convictions remained on his police file for life.”

And that independent confirmation is important. A quick search for ‘Keith Harding’ on Google throws up quite a few including some quite eminent. It would be a tragedy if a person completely unconnected to PIE were to be mistakenly thought to be a former member.

Another difficulty with identifying PIE members from a list is illustrated by the case of Peter Hayman who used a false name (Mr Henderson) and false address.

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Food for thought?

The first effect of broadcasting Nick’s detailed allegations is that anybody wishing to make a false allegation has now been given not just rumours, which in truth have been flying around on the internet for years, but a detailed and apparently first-hand description of exactly how another witness says the abuse took place. This, of course, flies in the face of good policing practice in which the account of one witness is never given to other potential witnesses precisely because of the danger of contamination. It is true that neither Exaro nor the BBC has actually given the names of the alleged abusers but 5 minutes on the internet would supply a selection of Tory MPs and cabinet ministers about whom rumours have swirled. Most of those who were cabinet ministers in Mrs Thatcher’s first administration are now dead, so the tidbit that the Minister in question is still alive narrows the field to about 10 suspects.

In any case involving multiple complainants the defence always strives hard to show that the complainants may have colluded with each other, or at least that later complainants knew of the substance of an earlier complaint, while the prosecution tries to show that such collusion or awareness is unlikely. Well, Exaro and the BBC together have comprehensively ensured that any future complainant will be aware of the detail of Nick’s complaint and his evidence will for that reason be devalued. In a nutshell, if a future witness relates similar details to Nick’s he will be accused of having learnt them from the BBC and Exaro interviews. It is on such issues that cases turn.

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The Biggest Scandal In British History?

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Napac Funding

 

To your right is a Napac donate button. If you’ve got £5 to spare then give.

If Mark is willing to put his head above the parapet then I’d consider myself a coward for not doing so.

Listen. Listen! LISTEN!

The leading charity for supporting victims of child sexual abuse is being forced out of its London office because of soaring rent, and will go bust in six months unless urgent funding is secured.

Peter Saunders, chief executive of the National Association for People Abused in Childhood (Napac), said the charity he founded in 1995 has six weeks to find new premises, after its current landlord raised the rent by 50 per cent; otherwise, it will become homeless.

Theresa May, the Home Secretary, was told of the charity’s plight during a two-hour meeting at its office last week. “I told Ms May we will be homeless because our landlord has pushed the rent up so much. I don’t know where we’re going to go,” Mr Saunders said. “We need help. Our costs are going up, our workload is going up, and we’re on the rocks. If we don’t find extra funding soon then in a few months’ time it could be curtains for Napac.”

The charity has played a leading role in influencing the Government’s wide-ranging child sexual abuse inquiry, but will have to cut staff and services if affordable premises are not found quickly.

“It’s very difficult for an organisation like ours to show exactly what kind of measurable impact we have; we’re much like the Samaritans in that respect, so it’s more difficult for us to tick the boxes of groups who consider funding us,” Mr Saunders said.

Napac’s income fell by more than £100,000 between 2011 and 2013 while the charity’s spending increased by £75,000, according to its accounts. Its workload increased dramatically over the same period: in 2011, the charity answered 2,902 calls and responded to 750 emails. By 2013 those figures had risen to 5,192 and 1,858 respectively. The charity recently opened a new office in Stockport, its first outside London, to help cater for the 300 per cent rise in people asking for support.

The Independent

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A Warning From The Self Proclaimed ‘New Machiavelli’

Lord McAlpine

A piece of scum who protected his paedophile cousin.

Words of ‘wisdom’ from Alistair McAlpine, a man who was able to screw the BBC and ITV for half a million £££s while hiding the fact that his own cousin ‘Jimmy’ McAlpine, living in Chester, was the real child sexual deviant abusing children from care homes in North Wales.

‘BM: It is extraordinary – do you have any idea how that could have happened? I mean it seems an extraordinary story.
LMc: It is an extraordinary story and probably more of it will slowly trickle out, over the years, I’ve no doubt. We’ll find things out. People will say things.
BM: But you don’t have any idea at this point of time?
LMc: Well I have my own ideas, but I’m not about to sort of air them because I strongly feel people ought to be damn sure about something before they air it.

Yep, your ‘ideas’ and your deceit are understood. You, in life, protected your paedophile cousin and in the process you attempted to destroy Steven Messham. You came close to achieving that goal.

Another useful ploy is the false accusation.

First, create a situation where you are wrongly accused.

Then, at a convenient moment, arrange for the false accusation to be shown to be false beyond all doubt. Those who have made accusations against both the company and its management become discredited. Further accusations will then be treated with great suspicion. Always remember that people’s memories are very frail, remembering only both the high spots and the lows of a person’s career, and then seldom remembering accurately. People believe in the facts that it suits them to believe.
People find it easy to believe the facts that are offered to them, if they want to believe them, and easy to disbelieve those facts, if they do not want to believe them. Even in the highest levels of business, these apparent facts are seldom checked or investigated in any depth.

 The New Machiavelli, P176, Alistair McAlpine

So, learn that hard lesson and understand that not all stories in the MSM are true. Games are afoot…

Often, the stories you want to believe the most because they validate your existing opinion, are the ones you should scrutinise and question the most.

Take care.

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And It Stoned Me

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David Cameron: From ‘Gay Witch Hunt’ To ‘Conspiracy Theory’

Spinning on the issue of establishment paedophilia since 2012.

“It [The Wanless Report] says there wasn’t a cover up so some of the people looking for conspiracy theories will have to look elsewhere.” – David Cameron

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Lightfoot Street Fire: Justice In Flames

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Eighteen families were left homeless after a fire at a warehouse engulfed their houses. Eight people were taken to hospital and more than 100 residents of Lightfoot Road, Chester, were evacuated as the blaze destroyed a Pickfords storage depot on the neighbouring Hoole Bridge industrial estate.

“The houses spontaneously combusted because of the intense heat,” said a Cheshire Fire Service spokeswoman.

The Independent

On 24th October 1996, one of Chester’s worst fires ever engulfed Pickford’s storage warehouse and led to the destruction of much of Lightfoot Street. Pickford’s was never rebuilt and the site is presently occupied by a development of flats named Thomas Brassey Close after the railway engineer.

The fire seems to have started around midnight, and many local residents at first thought that the bangs and pops as the roof of the warehouse caught fire were fireworks. Shortly thereafter, the bangs became louder and more frequent at least one resident thought that a local newsagent (who sold fireworks) must be on fire. However it soon became clear that the fire was at Pickfords and many residents telephoned the local emergency services. Thanks to their prompt action no-one was badly hurt.

Pickford’s warehouse was a large storage facility and was packed with furniture and other inflammable materials. No-one is quite sure how the fire started and the newspapers of the time carried speculation about causes ranging from electrical faults to arson. The fire quickly became was well established and may at its peak have achieved significant but localised firestorm effects. The heat of the fire was so great that at least 18 dwellings on the opposite side of Lightfoot Street were set alight and many others were badly damaged. Fortunately, many of the residents were able to escape to the rear of their properties (or be rescued that way) and the licensee of a local pub (the Beehive) opened her doors to provide shelter to the victims. At least 20 appliances attended the fire.

The following morning, as the Fire Brigade were damping down the last small fires, the full scale of the devastation was apparent to anyone travelling through Chester Station. Pickford’s warehouse was gone, and Lightfoot Street looked like something out of the Blitz. Everything was black and grey with the only splash of colour being a burned out removal van still bearing the words ‘Pickford’s The Careful Movers’.

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Op Fairbank: Operation Midland & ‘Possible Homicide’.

According to Exaro NewsHERE, Operation Midland is investigating allegations connected to Dolphin Square.

That the Met have released a statement suggests that this is significant and being taken very seriously.

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Detectives examining accusations of historical sexual abuse have launched a new investigation into “possible homicide”.

Scotland Yard said officers from Operation Fairbank, which is looking into claims there was a paedophile ring with links to government, have received allegations concerning “serious non-recent sexual abuse”, said to have taken place more than 30 years ago.

A spokesman said: “Our enquiries into this, over subsequent weeks, have revealed further information regarding possible homicide.

“Based on our current knowledge, this is the first time that this specific information has been passed to the Met.”

The new investigation has been titled Operation Midland.

Sky News

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Investigations into allegations of sex abuse dating back more than 30 years have uncovered evidence of a possible homicide, police chiefs revealed today.

Metropolitan Police detectives looking into the claims say it is the first time they have received this information, and say the investigation is at an early stage.

Detectives from the Child Abuse Investigation Command are now working with the murder and major crimes division on the inquiry, dubbed Operation Midland.

The Met says it will not be releasing any further information concerning people involved or potential locations.

ITV News

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Operation Orarian Investigation Into North Wales Police

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Orarian – From Latin orarius, from ora coast. Adjective – Of or pertaining to a coast. Noun – An inhabitant of a coast.

Which is a suitable name given that the source of this information is Darren Laverty who spends his down time beach combing the Angelsey coast for driftwood. It might be worth following him on Twitter if you’re not already.

Operation Orarian is a new police investigation into North Wales Police (NWP) and others which is investigating allegations that past investigations by NWP into child abuse at North Wales care homes during the 1980s and early 1990s were illegally perverted.

It is separate and distinct from another investigation into the conduct of three police forces, including NWP, in relation to Operation Spade which is more recent. You can find information on that HERE

Darren Laverty released a statement on his blog on Wednesday. It would seem that as a former resident of Bryn Estyn, Darren would likely have been asked about issues regarding the investigation. I’m sure others were asked also.

I can confirm that IPCC have launched a criminal investigation into the potential actions of North Wales Police during the investigations into child abuse in the late 1980’s early 1990’s. Serving and non serving officers are under scrutiny. In addition they will investigate the potential criminal activities of a number of senior council officials who ruled the roost at Gwynedd county council/social services. It’s been estimated to take a minimum of 6 months.

Operation Orarian will be overseen by the IPCC and will have its own Head of Review, thought to be Martin Lloyd Evans. DI Tim Evans will head the team from SOUTH WALES.

Darren Laverty

Anyone who has looked at past investigations into child abuse in care homes will have been left with an extremely uncomfortable feeling. At the least that investigations were not as thorough as the general public might reasonably have expected, at worst, that there might have been some form of collusion or corruption which prevented these police investigations from getting to the truth.

The very fact that, in the case of North Wales care homes, so many new charges have been made by Operation Pallial against suspects, and that so many witnesses have come forward to Pallial alleging unresolved crimes, bears out the need for this new  independent criminal investigation.

I personally consider Operation Orarian to be an extremely significant police investigation and I’ll be watching developments very closely.

The message should be clear. It doesn’t matter who you are or how protected you thought you were, there will be no hiding place.

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Time to Turn the Tables on Child Sex Offenders

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A blog by Jim Gamble, former head of CEOP and current chief executive of INEQE Safe and Secure. Extracts first published in the The Sun on Sunday.

Recently the Director General of the National Crime Agency, Keith Bristow, shared a hard truth and the worst kept secret in child protection, when he told us – Law enforcement don’t have the resources to deal with the massive number of child abusers who nest deep within the web. In the UK we are told that up to 50,000 are satisfying their deviant sexual interest in children by downloading images that range from the provocative, to brutal rape and beastiality.

​He suggests that focusing on the worst offenders is now the best, if only option. However another problem that I know Keith recognises is the fact that risk assessment is an imprecise science, if science at all. Men who have looked at and fantasised about fully clothed pictures of children have been caught committing contact offences, so the type of image viewed is not always a good indicator. Dr Myles Bradbury had been online looking at images, which were nowhere near the top of the scale yet behind his mask as a trusted cancer specialist, he was abusing children in the privacy of his examination room. You cannot tell by looking and you cannot accurately assess risk on the basis of the severity of the image that the offender is ‘caught’ looking at.

​Usually the general public only get the sound bites, ‘We cannot arrest our way out of this,’ ‘The majority of child abuse takes place in the home,’ and ‘People who look at images don’t all abuse children, off-line, in the ‘real world’. In my opinion each statement is somewhere between the truth and a lie.

​To say we cannot arrest 50,000 people might currently be true, however I would argue that it is a matter of where the governments investment in police priorities lie. So while I accept that tracking people on our roads is different, it still requires significant resource. In 2012 the police stopped nearly 700,000 drivers suspected of drink driving, arresting almost 80,000 of them. As recent online cases have proven we have the technology to identify these people so must provide the resource to deal with them or accept we are not prioritising the issue.

More at Ineqe.com

 

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Three Police Forces to be Investigated

Just for clarity, this story is not related to the one below HERE. This one relates to Operation Spade, the other to North Wales investigations into care homes during the 1980s and 90s

Three police forces in England and Wales are to be investigated for their alleged failure to act on intelligence regarding child abuse images.

Essex, North Wales and North Yorkshire face an inquiry by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC). It will examine how the forces handled information passed to them by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP), the IPCC said.

The inquiry relates to an international police investigation into paedophiles. That investigation – Operation Spade – saw Canadian police send information on around 2,000 men to CEOP.

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BBC News 12th Nov 14

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North Wales Police Under Criminal Investigation

An exclusive from Darren Laverty, a former resident of Bryn Estyn.

His blog can be found HERE

I can confirm that South Wales Police have launched a criminal investigation into the actions of North Wales Police during the investigations into child abuse in the late 1980’s early 1990’s. Serving and non serving officers are under scrutiny. In addition they will investigate the potential criminal activities of a number of senior council officials who ruled the roost at Gwynedd county council/social services. It’s been estimated to take a minimum of 6 months.

Darren Laverty

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