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Police action on historic child abuse is STILL too little, and much, much too late

Despair: too many paedoophiles have escaped justice because police were not interested in investigating. And there are serious questions to be asked about their reasons.

I know at least one person who is a victim of historic child sexual abuse and while she may applaud the justice others are getting, it is far too late for her.

She tried to get her local police force to investigate and convict her abuser – and they rejected her allegations out-of-hand.

She believes this is because the perpetrator was a police informant and that officers of the force in question had known about his crimes but were content to ignore them.

As the victim, the suffered extreme mental ill-health including a nervous breakdown. It has taken decades for her to reach a point where she can conduct even the semblance of a normal life.

And the effect on her has meant there has been an effect on her own children too.

Her abuser is now extremely old and infirm. It is doubtful he would understand what was going on if police launched an investigation now.

And it is extremely unlikely that she would want to relive the hell that he made of her life. It would be risking a relapse into mental illness, and for a negligible return.

So the belated police interest in such matters, known as Operation Hydrant, will always be too little, and far too late.

But that doesn’t make it pointless, by any stretch of the imagination. Look at the figures and you’ll see the truth of it.

That’s why I agree that Boris Johnson should be pilloried for his suggestion that inquiries into non-recent sexual abuse were “spaffing money up the wall”.

Also, his choice of words – and remember, this is a journalist; he knew what he was doing – was extremely offensive.

And it shows where his priorities lie.

They lie in hiding what happened – in covering up the extent of historic paedophile abuse in the UK.

Why?

Let’s not forget that his immediate forerunner as prime minister, Theresa May, managed to mislay a file of paedophile allegations against more than 100 people.

Is this attitude from the Tories an attempt to protect people who used positions of power to abuse children?

What other reason would they have?

I ask merely for information.

Source: Police uncovering ‘epidemic of child abuse’ in 1970s and 80s | UK news | The Guardian

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Life sentence for Nazi who plotted to murder a Labour MP – and hard questions on anti-Semitism

This news is both good and puzzling.

It’s excellent that neo-Nazism in the UK has been dealt a blow with the imprisonment – for life – of a man who plotted to kill a Labour MP.

It is excellent for the UK – and hugely damaging for the vile movement to which Jack Renshaw belonged – that he was jailed for paedophilia also.

And it is terrific that, after years of high-profile accusations by pro-Israeli government organisations – against innocent people – we can now see what a real anti-Semite looks like.

He looks like this:

Jack Renshaw: This was taken at a National Action event in 2016. Why was it impossible to prove he was a member?

But it is puzzling that it was impossible to establish a link between Renshaw and banned Nazi organisation National Action, when the information that foiled his plot came from a man who met him through that organisation.

And isn’t it puzzling that, now someone who genuinely hates Jews has been found and jailed, nobody who claims to represent Jews against such hate has anything to say?

A neo-Nazi who planned to murder Labour MP Rosie Cooper in a terrorist attack has been jailed for life.

Jack Renshaw, 23, from Skelmersdale, Lancashire, must serve at least 20 years in prison.

A judge at the Old Bailey said Renshaw, who earlier admitted preparing an act of terror, wanted to “replicate” the murder of Jo Cox.

Renshaw made a Nazi salute towards supporters as he was led to the cells from the dock.

He pleaded guilty on the first day of his trial to buying a machete to kill the West Lancashire MP and making threats to kill police officer Det Con Victoria Henderson.

A jury twice failed to reach a verdict on charges relating to his membership of banned neo-Nazi group National Action.

Renshaw was … jailed for 16 months in June 2018 for four counts of grooming adolescent boys.

Renshaw was also jailed for three years in 2018 for stirring up racial hatred in two anti-Semitic speeches in 2016.

Source: Jack Renshaw: MP death plot neo-Nazi jailed for life – BBC News

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If David Steel knew about Cyril Smith’s child abuse then he is an accessory and should be prosecuted

Cyril Smith and David Steel: The paedophile and his accessory?

David Steel’s evidence to the Independent Inquiry on Child Sexual Abuse suggests that he should not just be suspended from the Liberal Democrats, but should be arrested and tried as an accessory.

He told the inquiry Smith admitted committing the crimes to him in 1979. Lord Steel would have to take joint responsibility for any further crimes, as he had been in a position to prevent them from happening and did nothing.

Lord Steel said he asked Smith in 1979 about claims he abused boys at a Rochdale hostel in the 1960s, and came away from the conversation “assuming” that Smith had committed the offences but claimed it was “nothing to do with me”.

The inquiry heard that the Liberal Party held no formal inquiry into the claims against Smith, which were investigated by the police in 1969 but no prosecution was brought. Lord Steel’s position is that, as the police had investigated, the matter had been concluded.

But he had discussed the matter with Smith in 1979. What of any offences committed after that date – or indeed, between 1969 and then?

He said he had “assumed” that Smith had committed the offences, but took no further action because: “It was before he was an MP, before he was even a member of my party. It had nothing to do with me.”

Lord Steel also recommended Smith for a knighthood in 1988 and said he did not pass on any allegations about the sexual abuse of children because “I was not aware of any such allegations other than the matter referred to…which appeared to have been fully investigated”.

He said it had not occurred to him that children could still have been at risk from Smith – who went on to abuse other boys after the interview, according to victims.

I know people who were sexually abused as children. The harm done to them will remain with them for the rest of their lives.

Anybody who finds themselves in a position to help prevent such abuse has a duty to do whatever they can to end it, no matter what their personal feelings might be.

As Einstein said, “The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.”

Not only did Lord Steel do nothing – he actually recommended Smith for a knighthood, which Margaret Thatcher (herself no stranger to child abusers) approved.

I note that then-Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg responded to reports in 2014 that there had been 144 complaints against Smith and that attempts to prosecute him had been blocked, by saying: “My party, the Liberal Democrats, did not know about these actions.” Clearly, from Lord Steel’s words, that was not true.

As ever, it seems to be the case that those in positions of power and privilege are able to do what they like – to whoever they like – without any fear of legal punishment. As ever, it seems those who are poor and vulnerable have no option other than to endure the attentions of the privileged perverts.

In the United Kingdom; in 2019.

Can we have some proper justice now, please?

Why do we never hear what the Tory Party does with its paedophiles?

Links: The Conservative Party’s connection with paedophiles goes back a long way – here’s a photo of former prime minister (and later baroness) Margaret Thatcher with Jimmy Savile.

We are not applying enough rigour to our examinations of the behaviour – or misbehaviour – of our politicians, especially when it comes to members of the Conservative Party who are paedophiles.

Many of these people rise to be mayors or deputy mayors of the councils in which they – for want of a better word – serve before their abominable crimes are discovered.

Here‘s the case of David Boswell, former Conservative mayor of Pembroke, who in June last year was convicted of raping a young girl, along with three other indecent assaults against her and another girl.

And here‘s Simon Thornton, formerly Conservative mayor of Godalming, who was involved in a three-year-long sexual relationship with a girl aged less than 16 and admitted a total of 20 child sex offences.

Or how about David Jackson, who became deputy mayor of Horley after being arrested for child sex offences? In November last year he was found guilty of indecently assaulting and sexually touching two young girls.

These cases were brought to my attention by Tim Ireland on Twitter – for one simple reason: Nobody in the Conservative Party leadership will say whether these perverts have been expelled from their party.

You’d think it was a straightforward matter – and therefore an easy question to answer.

But it seems neither Tory chairman Brandon Lewis, deputy James Cleverly or newly-appointed (and appropriately-titled) vice chairman Nigel Huddleston are willing to discuss it.

Mr Ireland has made his opinions clear in a series of Twitter, threads, some of which are worth quoting here:

Now other people are taking up this cause – and rightly so:

What do you think? Is it time the Conservatives came clean on the toleration of paedophiles within their party?

And while we’re discussing Tory behaviour on paedophilia, let’s remember that Theresa May “lost” 114 files referring to alleged cases of paedophilia when she was Home Secretary.

That is a level of incompetence that should have resulted in her dismissal from government.

Instead, she became prime minister.

 

We all knew about Sajid Javid’s racism – this is more, SHOCKING, proof

It seems there are no racist depths to which Sajid Javid will not stoop.

We have already discussed his racism on This Site, here

And here.

Now, Mr Javid has hit a new low. Read:

“These sick Asian paedophiles are finally facing justice. I want to commend the bravery of the victims. For too long, they were ignored. Not on my watch. There will be no no-go areas.”

He was responding to a BBC news report on the jailing of a paedophile ring in Huddersfield. It states:

“Twenty men have been found guilty of being part of a grooming gang that raped and abused girls as young as 11 in Huddersfield.

“The men were convicted of more than 120 offences against 15 girls.

“Victims were plied with drink and drugs and then “used and abused at will” in a seven-year “campaign of rape and abuse” between 2004 and 2011.

“At Leeds Crown Court, the ringleader, Amere Singh Dhaliwal, 35, was jailed for life with a minimum of 18 years.

“Other members of the gang were jailed for between five and 18 years but the court heard many perpetrators have never been identified.

“Details of the men’s convictions and sentences can only now be published after reporting restrictions on a series of trials were partially lifted.

“During the three trials, jurors heard how the men – who are all British Asians mainly of Pakistani heritage – preyed on young, vulnerable girls, one of whom was described as having the mental age of a seven-year-old.”

Maybe you think he hasn’t said anything wrong. The paedophiles concerned were Asian – in fact, they were of Pakistani descent, as is Mr Javid. But that’s not the point.

The point is that his words potentially endanger the innocent by stirring up hatred on the grounds of race.

Consider:

Mr Bastani was referring to this Tweet by Mr Javid:

So now it is not only racism but hypocrisy. Mr Javid was happy to accuse Jeremy Corbyn of anti-Semitism (falsely – Zionism is a political doctrine, not a race or ethnicity), and is happy to endanger Asians himself.

Still fuzzy about it? Here’s Ash:

Aleesha makes a good point:

But Seema nails it:

https://twitter.com/SeemaChandwani/status/1053410321480716293

https://twitter.com/SeemaChandwani/status/1053412358851383296

I know several people who have been abused by men who were not Asian or Muslim and can personally support Ms Chandwani’s guarantee. And by the way, the people I know did not get justice because the police blocked it.

https://twitter.com/SeemaChandwani/status/1053415647210823683

Now Ms Chandwani moves onto a very important issue:

https://twitter.com/SeemaChandwani/status/1053418173054238720

https://twitter.com/SeemaChandwani/status/1053420096830488576

On the subject of the far-right and sexual abuse, Saboteur Aesop makes the big point:

So Stephen Christopher Yaxley-Lennon (aka Tommy Robinson) nearly caused the collapse of the Hudderfield paedophile case with live-streamed reports claiming to expose the crimes (but actually in danger of prejudicing justice), after making a speech about Muslims and “jihad rape gangs”.

And there is a disproportionate number of recent cases of child sexual abuse and grooming by men in the far-right. I can’t pin this on Mr Yaxley-Lennon because I don’t have any evidence, but there’s no better way to divert suspicion of a crime from oneself than accusing others of it.

And that’s exactly what racist Sajid Javid did when he attacked Jeremy Corbyn over his use of the word “Zionists”. Did he really think we would not recognise his attempt at deflection?

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Here’s why the Edward Heath paedophilia investigation was important

The late Edward Heath [Image: BBC].

David Hencke has been reporting on paedophilia investigations for many years now, and This Writer trusts his judgement.

In his article, excerpted below, he discusses the report by Wiltshire Police on allegations against the late prime minister Edward Heath – coming down in support of the investigation and its findings. Read the article for more details.

I would be interested to know what Mr Hencke thinks of Wiltshire Chief Constable Mike Veale’s call for an inquiry into a possible Westminster paedophile ring – and whether serious questions should be asked about the allegation that the’Establishment’ tried to stop Operation Conifer.

ADDITIONAL: Mr Hencke has responded to this article as follows:

The long awaited Operation Conifer report by Wiltshire Police into allegations against the former late Prime Minister Edward Heath sums up the dilemmas investigating historic child sex abuse when the alleged perpetrator is now dead.

Wiltshire Police have been attacked for spending public money investigating these claims and as a result damaging the reputation of a very prominent public figure when he can’t answer back.

In my view they were completely right to do so because of the number of people who came forward making these allegations. To refuse to do so would amount to complicity in a further cover up of these allegations and to assume that all the people who made them were liars without examining any of the facts.

What this report doesn’t do is lift the lid on the alleged Westminster paedophile scandal and change the direction of the inquiry. Rather it adds to the whole problem of not proven allegations and how to balance how much and what should be investigated. It rather leaves some matters in limbo. I notice with great interest that Wiltshire Police did appoint an independent scrutiny panel to oversee their investigation – which should stop people accusing the police of time wasting – and they fully support they way Wiltshire went about it.

But I entirely reject the idea that we need another judicial review after such a meticulous investigation. That would be a waste of public money.

Source: Sir Edward Heath: Paedophile or No Paedophile? | David Hencke


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‘Establishment’ tried to block Heath paedophile inquiry, says police chief who ran it

The police chief has called for an investigation into claims of a child-sex ring being covered up by the establishment [Image: Craig Hibbert].

Wiltshire Chief Constable Mike Veale is to be praised for refusing to give in to ‘Establishment’ bullying.

He is calling for an inquiry into allegations that there is, or has been, a Westminster child sex ring – claiming that strenuous efforts have been made to undermine his inquiries regarding former prime minister Edward Heath.

This Writer would say that indicates an inquiry should go ahead at the earliest opportunity.  Wouldn’t you?

In his first major interview since the release of a report which said seven child abuse allegations against Sir Edward – including the rape of an 11-year-old boy – would warrant questioning the former Prime Minister under caution were he still alive, [Wiltshire Chief Constable Mike Veale has]

Called for a new inquiry to ‘lance the boil’ of ‘sinister’ claims that a Westminster child-sex ring was covered up by the Establishment;

Said he could have spent ‘two or three’ more years investigating Sir Edward if his officers had been allowed to dig deeper;

Attacked ‘sickening’ suggestions that the sexual abuse of ‘rent boys’ and those ravaged by drugs or alcohol was less serious than cases involving ‘wealthy people from Middle England’.

He says a ‘relentless campaign by the Establishment’ to undermine him over the Heath inquiry caused him ‘the most stress and soul-searching I’ve had in 30 years. There were some dark days’.

‘It can be quite sinister. I was told early on in Conifer, “You’ll lose your job, the Establishment will get you”. I’m not a conspiracy theorist. I don’t believe in Martians. I used to think, “What are these people on about?” ’

Asked if the Heath inquiry had changed his mind, Mr Veale replies in a flash: ‘Yes.’

Is he really suggesting allegations of a wider Westminster paedophile ring – dismissed as fantasy after a separate inquiry into ex-Home Secretary Leon Brittan and others collapsed – could be true? Each word of his reply is delivered as carefully and as slowly as a PC stalking a burglar.

‘If any, if even one bit of this [Conifer] is true, what did the Government know, the Civil Service, the security services? Those questions need to be answered.’

Source: Ted Heath police chief calls for a new inquiry into a Westminster child-sex ring ‘covered up’ by the Establishment


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The double-standards behind the way we investigate allegations of sex abuse

David Eatock is the latest footballer to come forward with allegations about his coach [Image: David Eatock].

David Eatock is the latest footballer to come forward with allegations about his coach [Image: David Eatock].

The media feeding-frenzy over allegations of sex abuse against footballers by their coaches just shows the hypocrisy of investigators, according to Mrs Mike.

She says what happened doesn’t matter anything like as much as who is making the complaint – and This Writer can see her point.

High-profile people like professional footballers benefit from the trust of the media – and, presumably, investigators.

But if the allegation is made by an ordinary member of the public – against a public figure – then the story is different.

The recent collapse of the Operation Midland inquiry due to questions over the credibility of its key witness has led to claims that victims should no longer be automatically believed.

That may seem like common sense to you – anybody’s allegations should be tested, right?

But it also means that it will be easier for those with something to hide to attack the credibility of people who are naturally likely to be highly nervous of authority figures and under extreme stress, simply from coming forward.

And of course, if you are making a historic child sex abuse claim against another member of the public, your chances of being believed have always been low – especially if the allegation is against somebody who has a good relationship with the police.

Mrs Mike has personal experience of that, which means that This Writer has first-hand experience of it as well.

For that matter, how many allegations of sexual abuse and/or rape carried out against adult women actually end in a successful prosecution? I’ll tell you: one-fifteenth – and that’s one-fifteenth of the three-seventeenths of rapes that are actually reported (according to figures that are – I’m sorry to say – several years old).

Don’t mistake me – any investigation that puts a paedophile in jail is welcome.

It’s just a shame our society refuses to apply the same standards to everybody.

A former Newcastle United footballer has become the latest to say he was abused by coach George Ormond.

David Eatock told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show he had been groomed by Ormond, later to be jailed for six years, between the ages of 18 and 21.

Mr Eatock, now 40, was not part of the court case that saw Ormond convicted in 2002 for assaulting seven boys, but has now filed a complaint to the police.

He said he had left the club “a shell” of his former self.

It comes as the NSPCC said its hotline – set up to offer support to victims of child sex abuse within football – had received 860 calls in its first week.

Within the first three days of it launching, the organisation made more than 60 referrals to a range of agencies across the UK.

Source: Football child sex abuse: Ex-Newcastle player David Eatock latest to speak out – BBC News

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Botched VIP paedophile inquiry: peers demand release of unredacted report

Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, an independent crossbench peer, took part in the emergency debate [Image: Rex].

Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, an independent crossbench peer who had been removed as chair of the independent inquiry into historical child sex abuse, took part in the emergency debate [Image: Rex].

How interesting that the Guardian should run with comments by Baroness Butler-Sloss, who was de-throned as chair of the inquiry into historical child sexual abuse because of past associations with people she might have had to investigate.

I mention this merely because the Graun doesn’t.

Like the Lords, This Writer has an automatic suspicion of redacted reports. Who decided what should be hidden, and on what criteria? How tight an interpretation of those rules did they use? What do they have to hide?

And it is no surprise that the police were working on a presumption that the people who had been accused were guilty. It seems the legal presumption of innocence is put aside whenever child sex offences are investigated. I have experience of this myself, in a case here in Mid Wales.

There was no material evidence to prove that the defendant had committed any offence, but the prosecutor simply demanded that – if he wasn’t guilty – he demonstrate who else could be. I thought that was the job of the police.

So, despite there being no evidence against him, this man was imprisoned for six years on the basis that he could not prove he wasn’t guilty, which is not a valid way for the UK legal system to work.

In this light, it seems that sight of the full report is vital. These inquiries are all about the secrets that people try to hide – let’s see what the police are hiding too.

A judge-led inquiry which has severely criticised the police investigation into an alleged VIP paedophile ring should be released in full, peers have said.

A summary of the report by Richard Henriques into Operation Midland, which was redacted by senior Metropolitan police officers, was released on Tuesday. It found the inquiry was launched on the basis of a single witness and made 43 separate errors.

Officers from the Met misled a senior judge to obtain search warrants and seemed to set aside the presumption of innocence to traduce the reputations of former MPs and war heroes, the report found. But only a fraction of the original 493-page report by Henriques was released to the public – and that was redacted after being examined by officers and their legal representatives.

In an emergency debate in the House of Lords, the retired judge Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, an independent crossbench peer, said: “It is so patently unsatisfactory that the full report is not produced for the public to read. Could I ask the minister whether in fact the Home Office should be urging the commissioner of police to make this report public?”

Following the release of the key findings, the Metropolitan police commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, said he “fully recognised” D-day veteran and former army chief, Edwin Bramall, former Tory MP Harvey Proctor and the late former home secretary Leon Brittan were all “innocent of the offences of which they were accused”.

Source: Operation Midland: peers demand release of unredacted report | UK news | The Guardian

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‘Errors’ in Met’s VIP paedophile probe Operation Midland – BBC News

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I’m fascinated to see what will happen to police officers responsible for fouling up this investigation.

My guess is: Nothing.

Meanwhile the victims will continue to suffer the effects of what happened to them, for the rest of their lives.

Numerous errors were made in Scotland Yard’s investigation into paedophile allegations against VIPs, an independent review has found.

The decision to abandon Operation Midland should have been taken “much earlier”, Sir Richard Henriques said.

He found “grave” errors in the handling of historical sex crime probes against high profile figures.

Five officers have been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission as a result.

Source: ‘Errors’ in Met’s VIP paedophile probe Operation Midland – BBC News

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