Highland Road Children’s Home

Highland Road Children’s Home, Lambeth

Operation Middleton

Michael John Carroll abused children at St Edmund’s Orphanage in Bebington, between 1964 and 1978, and Highland Road Children’s Home in Lambeth between 1980 and 1982.

Top-level police probe into Mirror revelations about paedophile ring “cover-up” linked to MP

27 Mar 2013

It comes after a two-month investigation in which we spoke to politicians, alleged victims, police officers and former children’s home staff

Brave; DCI Clive Driscoll spoke out
Brave; DCI Clive Driscoll spoke out

A top-level investigation was launched last night in response to the Daily Mirror’s revelation about a police “cover-up” of a suspected paedophile ring linked to MPs.

The dramatic move by Scotland Yard follows our story yesterday that a top detective was booted off a case investigating sexual abuse in children’s homes in London after he named politicians as suspects.

The “breakthrough” could lead to one of the biggest child sex abuse case reviews in the Met’s history as top investigators probe claims dating back as far as the 70s.

Detective Chief Inspector Clive Driscoll, who was looking into accusations of abuse in Lambeth, South London, said Yard bosses interfered with the probe in 1999.

One of the figures is thought to have been an MP.


Probe: Scotland Yard announced top-level investigation

Last night, a Met police spokeswoman said: “Following concerns raised by DCI Clive Driscoll, the Serious Case Team of the Met’s Child Abuse Investigation Command, under Detective Superintendent David Gray, will review all material and papers in the original case.”

It comes after a two-month investigation by the Daily Mirror in which we spoke to politicians, alleged victims, police officers and former children’s home staff.

DS Gray and his team will examine claims a file of evidence containing details of allegations against politicians went missing after DCI Driscoll handed it to a senior officer.

It will also look into whether or not the claims were investigated by officers from Operation Middleton, which probed child sex abuse in Lambeth’s care homes before 1994.

The operation ran between 1998 and 2003 and resulted in three convictions, including that of former care home boss Michael John Carroll.

Child protection groups and politicians last night praised DCI Driscoll and the Met insisted he would not face disciplinary actions for speaking out.


Convicted paedophile Michael Carroll
Convicted: Michael Carroll

Labour MP and former Lambeth councillor John Mann said: “It is a great breakthrough that the Met are looking into this and it is all thanks to the Daily Mirror.“The review will have important consequences for victims who will feel more encouraged to come forward.

“I applaud DCI Driscoll’s integrity and his courage in speaking out. I received a similar allegation in 1988 when I was investigating corruption, sexual exploitation and blackmail in Lambeth council.

“Two police officers who worked on those allegations at the time complained to me about high-level interference from Scotland Yard in their investigations.”

Fellow Labour MP Gerry Sutcliffe said: “It’s imperative this is fully reviewed because the claim that an officer was taken off an investigation because politicians were involved is of serious public concern.

“We must get to the truth of what happened.”

DCI Driscoll revealed: “I was unhappy with the interference of senior officers who did not appear to have any logical connection to my investigation into child sex abuse in Lambeth.”

Victim of abuse at children’s homes linked to supected MP paedophile ring speaks out


Former Children's Home
Scene: Highland Road children’s home

A victim of abuse at children’s homes linked to suspected paedophile politicians last night accused police of failing to properly investigate his own claims.

The man, now a 44-year-old delivery driver, told detectives in 1998 that he was assaulted at the age of eight by a female worker while in the care of Lambeth council in South London.

He was later moved to the borough’s Highland Road children’s home, where he suffered two years of abuse from paedophile Michael John Carroll.

Shockingly, Carroll had already been convicted of child abuse.

The man said that in 1998 he gave Merseyside police a ­statement about both Carroll and the female carer but his ­allegations about the woman weren’t followed up.

He said: “It was dismissed just like an everyday occurrence.”

Carroll, however, was subsequently convicted of abusing him and another 11 children.

Last night the victim praised the Mirror’s investigation, saying: “You have to ask yourself why would anyone want to interfere in an investigation into the abuse of children?

“I think it is vital that these allegations are investigated and we find out what was going on. We have to find out because it stinks to high heaven.”

The Mirror 27/03/13

Ex-orphanage worker admits string of sex offences

A FORMER care home manager has admitted sexually abusing 12 boys at homes in Wirral and South London.

Hotel owner Michael John Carroll pleaded guilty to 35 charges between November 1964 and June 1982 involving boys aged eight to 15.

The offences, involving indecent assault and indecency with a child, also include buggery of three boys, the youngest aged eight, and attempted buggery of three other boys.

Nine of the victims were resident at the Wirral home and the final three at a home in Lambeth.

A further 41 charges, involving these 12 victims and two further complainants – a boy and a girl – are to be laid on the file. Carroll, who owns the Hand Hotel in Chirk, North Wales, denied these charges.

Mr Timothy Holroyde, QC, prosecuting, said the guilty pleas were acceptable to the Crown and were specimens of a course of conduct by Carroll at St Edmund’s Orphanage in Bebington, between 1964 and 1978, and Highland Road Children’s Home in Lambeth between 1980 and 1982.

Balding Carroll, aged 50, of Plascerrig, Weston Rhyn, Oswestry, leaned on the rail of the dock at Liverpool Crown Court on Monday, checking the indictment before entering his pleas.

Allegations of gross indecency and indecent assault on a 23-year-old employee of the Chirk Hotel which Carroll denies, were also to be laid on the file, said Mr Holroyde.

But the Crown wanted time to consider their position in relation to charges of alleged rape against two young girls, which Carroll has denied, he said.

Carroll was arrested as part of Merseyside Police’s wide-ranging investigation into institutionalised child abuse code-named Operation Care.

Carroll worked at St Edmund’s until 1978 before taking up work as deputy officer in charge at Highland Road Children’s Home.

Carroll’s counsel, Mr Neil Flewill, said that Carroll knew there was no other form of sentence than custody.

Carroll was further remanded in custody for the preparation of reports and sentence on Friday, July 30.

The Wirral Globe 08/07/99


One response to “Highland Road Children’s Home

  1. april pieper

    i lived in highlands care home was abused and blocked it out, but because I blocked it out I cant get no convictionfor my abuser, how is that right…. I blocked it out as I wasn’t believed now I will never be believed

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