Last Thursday, the day after his home was searched by ‘Operation Midland’ police, who are investigating allegations of child sex abuse involving MPs and VIPs at two London venues and the alleged murder of three boys, disgraced former Tory MP Harvey Proctor issued a statement. In the statement Proctor denied he had frequented one of the venues – Dolphin Square, where the boys were allegedly murdered – but omitted to deny any connection with the other venue – Elm Guest House. This is odd, given that in early 2013 social workers Mary Moss and Chris Fay provided a list of VIPs who allegedly regularly attended that guest house, where sex parties involving under aged children took place. As well as Proctor, the list included Sir Leon Brittan, Sir Cyril Smith and many other establishment figures. Last August there was another highly publicised raid on a high profile figure – Sir Cliff Richard: he, too, was on the Elm Guest House list (though he may have a perfectly acceptable explanation for that). Hence the two raids have an apparent link. This list – which, incidentally, has been known to the authorities for many years – is given in an Appendix below.
Note: At the same time that Harvey Proctor’s home was raided, police from Operation Midland (see below) raided the properties of former Home Secretary the late Sir Leon Brittan and also of Lord Bramall, the former head of UK Armed Forces.
After last Wednesday’s police raid Proctor issued a statement in which he said he had never attended “sex parties” and knew nothing about allegations that three young boys had been murdered by paedophiles with links to Westminster. Proctor also explained that although he had been convicted of gross indecency in 1987, his crimes related to encounters that would not be illegal today in that he had been engaged in sexual relationships with boys he believed were over 21, the age of consent at the time. The age of consent for homosexuals has since been lowered to 16. Proctor stated that “I have never attended sex parties at Dolphin Square or anywhere else… I have not been part of any rent boy ring with Cabinet ministers, other MPs or generals or the military”.
Although the home of Mary Moss, a social worker, was raided by Special Branch and other police units intent on seizing evidence related to what occurred at Elm Guest House, Ms. Moss managed to photograph and upload the evidence, including an alleged VIP guest list, before the police could get to it. An associate, Chris Fay, who lead National Association of Young People in Care, became the target of police interest and in 1990 plain clothes police officers threatened him with a gun, warning him not to make public the list.
The above video was made by Moss and revealed notes – including the list of VIPs – made by Fay and journalist John Oakes after interviewing Carol Kasir (see below). The video was published two years ago after the original documents were taken under warrant by police working on Operation Fernbridge on 9 January 2012 and, presumably, in case these documents ‘disappeared’ or were ‘lost’.
As well as Harvey Proctor (MP and nicknamed Jensen) others named in the notes as alleged regular visitors to the Elm Guest House include Sir Jimmy Savile (celebrity), Sir Cyril Smith (Liberal Party MP and nicknamed Mr Tubby), Sir Nicholas Fairburn (Tory MP and Solicitor-General for Scotland), Leon Brittan (MP, Home Secretary and nicknamed Roger), Colin Jordan (leader of the National Front and nicknamed Mr Nasty), Sir Anthony Blunt (disgraced MI6 spy and nicknamed Anthony Goldstein,), Cliff Richard (pop star), Peter Bottomley (Tory MP), Louis Minster (Director of Social Services, Richmond CC), Colin Peters QC, Donald Naismith (Director of Education Wandsworth), Harry Hall (Leader Wandsworth Council), named MI5 agents and several named police officers.
The documents also claim that child sex abuse pimps organised ‘events’ for the far-right Tory Monday Club.
A typed transcript of all the notes uploaded can be found here.
Between 1979 and 1982 Elm Guest House was owned and run by Carole Kasir and her husband Haroon. The idea to turn Elm Guest House into a ‘gay guest house’ originally came from a regular guest staying there – Barry Haddon (he was a frequent attendee at the guest house with a fiend, Terry Dwyer). Haddon was a pimp and pornographer and Dwyer a small time pornographer and police informer as well as a paedophile. Both Dwyer and Haddon were involved in supplying boys to a variety of clients, including MPs, local councillors and VIPs. Some of the boys supplied by Haddon and Dwyer were as young as 8 years old. Dwyer supplied boys from run-down estates in Battersea, such as the Patmore Estate and the Doddington. A second house in the London borough of Richmond was identified as the venue where children in care of the borough were allegedly taken to en route to Elm Guest House: this property was in Avondale Road, Mortlake. Haddon also supplied boys from Council care homes, such as Grafton Close.
Haddon and Dwyer were later convicted for their part in supplying boys, allegedly to Harvey Proctor and others. In May 1983 the Kasirs were convicted of “keeping a disorderly house”, but given a suspended gaol sentence. In 1987 Harvey Proctor was convicted and fined for sex offences of a sado-masochistic nature against teenage boys and was forced to resign as an MP. In 1990 Carol Kasir was found dead, ostensibly by an overdose.
Given that the Elm Guest House list includes names of police officers it is not surprising that the investigation into what happened at the guest house was left incomplete for more than thirty years. However, after more claims about the Westminster paedophile ring were made by Labour MP Tom Watson in 2012 the Metropolitan police launched a new investigation – Operation Fairbank. Last November, Operation Midland took over and widened this investigation.
The officers working under Op Midland are also investigating the alleged murder of three boys linked to the child sex abuse scandal. One witness has allegedly told the police that one of the boys murdered was aged 10 or 11 and was deliberately run down by a car. Another witness claimed that he was in the same room when a 12-year-old boy was strangled by a then-Tory MP. A third boy was allegedly killed by two unknown men in front of another MP.
Last December a spokesperson for Operation Midland said: “Our work is ongoing, and we are examining reports of missing people from that time. To date, we have not recovered any bodies…Detectives have spoken to the family of Martin Allen, who disappeared in 1979. At this stage in the investigation, it is not possible to say if Martin’s disappearance is linked… The MPS is in close contact with Sussex Police, who are carrying out a further review into the disappearance and murder of Vishal Mehrotra in 1981. At this stage, it is not possible to decide whether Vishal’s murder is linked to this investigation, and Sussex Police remain in contact with his family.” (For more on the murder investigation into the three boys and to see a timeline of events surrounding the scandal, click here.)
The authorities have a clear responsibility to fully investigate the credibility of the Elm Guest House list of visitors and guests as identified by Moss and Fay. It may well be that the raids on Proctor’s property and that of Richard’s were in relation to that list. Given the high profile nature of the allegations made, this investigations needs to be thorough, timely (many of those included on the list are now dead) and transparent.
Here are the more well known persons on the Elm Guest House list as released by Moss and Fay: