Monthly Archives: February 2015

Insurance & Child Abuse – Radio 4 File On 4 – 24 Feb 15

‘File on 4′, 24 February 2015, Radio 4

With a growing number of compensation claims arising from cases of historic sexual abuse and more recent high profile cases of sexual grooming, Tim Whewell investigates the key role which insurance companies play. In representing the local authorities where scandals occurred, insurers naturally seek to limit liability but are they doing so at a cost to victims? Lawyers say they have to battle to get access to files and other information – causing further distress and delaying help for those damaged by abuse. Some say the fight is getting harder as insurance companies have toughened their approach in recent years. And, with a national inquiry into historic cases of child sex abuse, how much influence did insurance companies have on the way some past investigations were carried out? File on 4 talks to senior local authority insiders who say they were told to alter their approach to abuse investigations to protect the insurers’ interests. But was that at the expense of children at risk?

Reporter: Tim Whewell Producer: Sally Chesworth.


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Questions for Jahangir Akhtar

Rotherham Politics

Following up on the report in this weeks Advertiser regarding Jahangir Akhtar’s taxi licence suspension, we have a number of direct questions for Jahangir:

What did you know about the uses of taxis for CSE in the late 90’s and early 2000’s when you were the single most powerful and influential Taxi driver in Rotherham and co owner of a firm?

When you were de facto leader of the taxi drivers, When you were their lead representative on licensing committees, including representing drivers faced with loss of license for reasons of crimes including sexual assault.

The world of the permanent, full time taxi driver is a small one. They meet up at the office, and regularly and when hanging around waiting for fares. They gossip, discuss rates, difficult customers and human nature being as it is, girls. Among the Pakistani community this world is even smaller, with jobs and even…

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Mandolin Wind

The Friday Night Song


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RIP Leonard Nimoy



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Tony McSweeney Guilty


Father Tony McSweeney has been found guilty on 4 charges . One count indecent assault and three counts of making indecent images of a child.

He was found not guilty on four other charges.

That might be the end of Operation Fernbridge and it will be interesting to see if the police or CPS comment. I’ll wait and see if they do before commenting myself in more detail about Grafton Close and Elm Guest House.


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Judge Mental: Judge Simon Carr

Photo needed of Judge Simon Carr.

A man sexually abuses a 5 year old girl and when she reports it to the police 35 years later 3 of the man’s family beat the victim up.

What do you think  Judge Simon Carr did ?

He lets all 4 walk free from court.

Christopher Prowse received a suspended sentence for indecent assault.


Christopher Prowse

Sentencing, Judge Simon Carr said the incident had been “disgraceful”.

“You deliberately assaulted a five-year-old child,” he said. “That would have been terrifying for her as it would have been confusing and embarrassing.”

He said the victim had shown him “enormous compassion” by not going to the police in the mid-2000s but that when the matter became known locally, Prowse had acted in a cowardly way by denying it – an action which led some people to consider the woman a liar.

The Cornishman

Michael Prowse, Amanda Durrant and Jason Thomas also received suspended sentences.


Michael Prowse, Amanda Durrant and Jason Thomas

The woman left the venue but came into contact with the three again sometime later.

Ms Martin said Thomas, 34, of St Johns Terrace, Pendeen, kicked the woman in the face.

Then all three of them began punching her in the face.

They each admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm on the woman but denied charges of witness intimidation…

…Sentencing, Judge Simon Carr said the three were lucky that the woman’s injuries were restricted to multiple bruising.

He said: “[She was] continually approached in the street that she was a liar; that she was making things up.

“On this particular occasion, yet again she was confronted by a group containing the three of you … you beat her up for telling the truth.”

The Cornishman



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Fantastic Fabrications to Discredit Witnesses of Child Abuse. Believe it

Q- How can official documents show a young boy to be in two places at the same time ?

A- When being shown to be where he was implicates a local politician in criminal activity.


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Edwina Currie On Jimmy Savile And Broadmoor


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Links To 15 DoE Reports And 16 NHS Reports Related To Jimmy Savile.

All published today

Links to all 14 individual reports regarding Jimmy Savile (Department for Education)

Overarching Department for Education Report (Scott-Moncrieff)

Action for Children


Bournemouth Borough Council

Devon County Council – Colleton Lodge report

Gloucestershire County Council

Henshaws Society for Blind People

Hounslow Council

Leeds City Council

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Manchester City Council

Nottinghamshire County Council

Nottingham City Council

Sevenoaks School

Southwark Council

Links to all 15 individual reports regarding Jimmy Savile (NHS)

Overarching NHS report (Lampard)

Stoke Mandeville Hospital (Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHST)

Rampton Hospital (Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHST)

Springfield University Hospital (SW London and St George’s Mental Health) This relates to the activities of Johnny Savile

Crawley Hospital (Sussex Community)

Leeds General Infirmary (Leeds Teaching Hospitals)

Birch Hill Hospital Rochdale (Pennine Acute)

Scott House Hospital Rochdale (Calderstones)

Bethlem Royal Hospital (South London and Maudsley)

Shenley Hospital (Central and NW London)

West Yorkshire Ambulance Service (Yorkshire Ambulance Service)

St Martin’s Hospital Canterbury (Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust)

Queen Elizabeth Hospital Gateshead (Gateshead Health)

Royal Victoria Infirmary (Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals)

Meanwood Park Hospital (Leeds and York Partnership)

Calderdale Royal Hospital (Calderdale and Huddersfield)


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Manchester City Council Report On Jimmy Savile

To access page where report can be downloaded please click on link below.

The Noble Report for Manchester City Council


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Leeds City Council’s Report On Jimmy Savile.

Please click on link below to access full report.

The Stewart Report for Leeds City Council.



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Department Of Education Report On Jimmy Savile

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Independent oversight of investigation into matters relating to Jimmy Savile at schools and children’s homes


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Buckinghamshire NHS Trust Report On Jimmy Savile

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Investigation into the association of Jimmy Savile with Stoke Mandeville Hospital

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Citizen Journalists Gagged by North Yorkshire Police Court Action

cathy fox blog on child abuse

North Yorkshire Police have finally found a way to at least temporarily silence the citizen journalists who exposed the Jaconelli /Savile child abuse network in Scarborough when the might of North Yorkshire Police had inexplicably failed to expose it, for 50 years.

jaconnelli cartoon PE_Hibiscus_Cartoon-620x350 North Yorkshire Police, in an extraordinary legal move, are taking civil court action against two journalist Tim Hicks and Nigel Ward. It appears that Chief Constable Dave Jones, two other officers, a retired officer and 5 civilians sought a temporary injunction last week, at an interim hearing in a Leeds Court.  Tim Hicks and Nigel Ward offered to give undertakings to the court. The matter returns next month for a full hearing when the police will be pressing for a full injunction [4]  [32].

Remarkably the North Yorkshire Police claim that they are “victims” of harrassment and that the Police have spent £400,000 of the publics…

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Kate Lampard Report On Jimmy Savile

There are quite a few reports on Jimmy Savile published today.

This one is for the Department of Health and can be accessed by clicking on the link below.

Themes and lessons learnt from NHS investigations into matters relating to Jimmy Savile


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Cliff Richard: Letter From Chief Constable David Compton To Keith Vaz




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Cliff Richard: Full Statement


“I have no idea where these absurd and untrue allegations come from. The police have not disclosed details to me. I have never, in my life, assaulted anyone and I remain confident that the truth will prevail. I have cooperated fully with the police, and will, of course, continue to do so. Beyond stating that the allegations are completely false, it would not be appropriate for me to say anything further until the investigation has concluded, which I hope will be very soon. In the meantime, I would, again, like to thank everyone for supporting me through this unbelievably difficult period.” – CLIFF RICHARD


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Cliff Hanger

More allegations against Cliff Richard ?

“The expansion of the investigation meant no date could be given for when it would be concluded”. Which will be a relief for South Yorkshire Police and the BBC.


An historical sex offence inquiry into singer Sir Cliff Richard has “increased significantly in size” and involves “more than one allegation”, police say.

The expansion of the investigation meant no date could be given for when it would be concluded, South Yorkshire Police’s chief constable said.

It comes after police raided Sir Cliff’s Berkshire home last August.

He was interviewed about an allegation of a sex crime involving a young boy, but was not arrested or charged.

In a letter dated 10 February to Labour MP Keith Vaz, chairman of the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee, Chief Constable David Crompton said his force was in regular contact with Sir Cliff’s lawyers.

That involved a “verbal update about once a fortnight”, he said.

“This is an investigation which has increased significantly in size since its inception. Sir Cliff Richard’s lawyers are aware that there is more than one allegation,” he said in the letter.

He added: “It would be premature and potentially misleading to predict a likely date when it will be concluded, however, we are progressing as swiftly as possible.”

BBC News


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The Headmaster Ritual

Many thanks to S, a fellow Smiths fan, who kindly scanned these pages (55 – 57) from Morrissey’s Autobiography.

The extracts describe the behaviour of Vincent Morgan, Headmaster of St Mary’s Secondary Modern in Stretford









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Morrissey: St Mary’s Secondary Modern In Stretford

Quite obviously the experiences described in Morrissey’s Autobiography are at the root of the lyrics in the song ‘The Headmaster Ritual’.

Again, many thanks to S.


The former Smiths frontman details in the book, called Autobiography, how one PE teacher at St Mary’s Secondary Modern in Stretford stood staring at naked boys in the shower.

Morrissey has used his autobiography to make shocking claims about brutality and sexual perversions of his teachers during his school days in Manchester.

Manchester Evening News




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