They thought they were untouchable because they were celebrities or MPs or ministers of government or other pillars of the establishment. And if the police got too nosey they could be shut up with threats by spooks of the Official Secrets Act – after all, a prosecution would have led to more prosecutions and the collapse of government. But despite all the attempts over three decades of cover up, the truth is finally emerging, thanks mainly to the determination of certain MPs, investigations by the media, efforts by netizens and the brave determination of survivors of the abuse. Now there is so much evidence and documents swimming around the current government has been given little choice but to move everything up a notch – hence, at least three police operations and, after two false starts, a UK-wide judge-led inquiry. In the meantime, below, is what might be the most up-to-date account of evidence – actual and circumstantial – of the abuse that took place, together with (at the end of the article) a detailed and comprehensive chronology of the establishment cover-up.
Update… The late Sir Leon Brittan, former Tory Home Secretary, has been named – see Section ‘3’ below – as the Cabinet Minister who allegedly witnessed the murder of one of the boys killed at or near one of the London abuse venues.
It’s taken the authorities more than thirty-five years to announce that there will be an investigation into at least 14 allegations of a cover-up by the Metropolitan Police (Scotland Yard) and the Intelligence services of the VIP/Westminster child sex abuse scandal. MPs Tom Watson and Simon Danczuk – both of whom have been campaigning for years for this investigation – asked that police and intelligence officers who agree to give evidence about the cover-up be provided with immunity from prosecution. The investigation will be conducted by the IPCC (Independent Police Complaints Commission). Meanwhile the main police inquiries (Operations Fernbridge, Fairbank and Midland) are no doubt finding that, thanks to all the delays, most of the suspected perpetrators are now dead, as also many of the victims, and that Government destroyed many of the files that included hard evidence.
Nevertheless, given the vast amount of evidence laid bare so far by the media, MPs and elsewhere – see Sections ‘A’ and ‘B’ below – it is imperative that rather than wait for the Judge Goddard juggernaut to report back (her inquiry has not even started) an interim report by the three police operations is needed, if only to exclude the innocent.
A. The evidence
1. The “missing files”
The Westminster paedophile ring was first looked into as a result of a dossier presented by the late Labour cabinet minster, Baroness Barbara Castle. The dossier alleged that Sir Keith Joseph and Sir Rhodes Boyson, other MPs, senior policemen, head teachers and clergy were involved in the ring and that there were also “links to the royal household”.
After Castle had collated the dossier, she handed it to Don Hale, the respected editor of her local newspaper, the Bury Messenger. Mr Hale later claimed that a “heavy mob” of Special Branch officers raided his office and confiscated the dossier a day after paedophile Liberal MP Cyril Smith had visited him to demand he bury the story.
Labour MP Geoffrey Dickens later presented the Castle dossier to Tory Cabinet minister Sir Leon Brittan (who later claimed it had been ‘lost’ by the Home Office).
Also, Peter McKelvie, a former child protection manager, claimed that 10 to 40 prominent figures – including former MPs and government ministers – abused children “for decades” and that he discovered links between paedophiles and the government while assisting police in investigating convicted Peter Righton (see below). Some of the evidence provided by McKelvie and subsequently seized by police went as far back as the 1950s and 1960s.
Tory activist Anthony Gilberthorpe further claimed that he provided 40 pages of evidence about Cabinet members abusing underage boys to Margaret Thatcher and that Joseph, Boyson, Dr Alastair Smith and Sir Michael Havers were involved. (Havers was Attorney General 1979-87 and has been subject to a number of allegations, including that he helped to stop the Elm Guest House investigation (see below), tried to stop Sir Peter Hayman (see also Dolphin Square abuse, below) being named in Parliament by Geoffrey Dickens MP and tried to limit the inquiry into the Kincora boys home sex scandal.) In addition, Gilberthorpe claimed he supplied underage “rent boys” for private sex parties at Tory conferences and that he was willing to testify to this at any inquiry.
More recently the investigation moved up a gear when police were handed another dossier by MP John Mann, naming 22 individuals: these include six serving parliamentarians from an early dossier (three MPs and three members of the House of Lords), 14 Conservative politicians, 5 Labour politicians and 3 politicians from other parties. Again, two of the politicians named in this dossier are Sir Keith Joseph and Sir Rhodes Boyson.
As for the infamous 114 files ‘disappeared’ or destroyed, these could well have been included in a much larger list, named in a Government internal file (found via an Internet search without too much difficulty). This file shows that over 2000 files were recorded as ‘disappeared’ or missing. To see this file, click here.
For the broader context re these files, click here.
2. Names of VIPs who stayed at or visited Elm Guest House
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.
Before Carol Kasir died she was interviewed by two social workers – Mary Moss and Chris Fay – and provided evidence about which VIPs, Whitehall and defence officials, Tory MPs (and police officers) had stayed at or visited the guest house.
Those 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), Harvey Proctor (former MO and nicknamed ‘Jensen’), Colin Jordan (leader of the National Front and nicknamed Mr Nasty), Sir Anthony Blunt (disgraced MI6 spy and nicknamed Anthony Goldstein,), Peter Brook (Life Peer), Sir Cliff Richard (pop star), Sir Peter Bottomley (Tory MP), Louis Minster (Director of Social Services, Richmond CC), George Tremlett (GLC leader), 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.
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.
A typed version of the notes taken by Moss and Fay can be found here. See also video at end of this article (showing the original handwritten notes), which was made by Fay and journalist John Oakes.
To see more on the context to the Elm Guest House abuse, click here.
3. The murdered children
It is believed that a flat at the Dolphin Square complex (and possibly at Elm Guest House too) was the venue where three children were murdered: one boy was strangled by a Conservative MP, a second was murdered by two men and was witnessed by another Conservative MP, and a third was deliberately run over by a car.
One witness was ‘Nick’, who was treated sadistically at the Dolphin Square flat and claims he saw one boy strangled by a Conservative MP, that he knew of another murder of a boy which took place in front of a Conservative government minister (he has since told Operation Midland police that this was, allegedly, Leon Brittan) and that a third boy was killed after he had been deliberately run over by a car. ‘Nick’ claimed that there were three Tory MPs at the Dolphin Square parties, as well as Sir Peter Hayman (former deputy director of MI6). ‘Nick’ has called for other witnesses (victims) to come forward to give corroborating evidence to what happened at Dolphin Square and at a holding flat in Pimlico.
Another witness, “Darren”, identified Peter Righton as the person who would traffic victims, organise affairs at the flat and was himself an abuser. Darren claims many Tory MPs would be present at the Dolphin Square abuse ‘parties’. There was also a claim that a young girl was murdered at the Dolphin Square flat.
Documents relating to the 1981 murder of a fourth boy – who was believed to have been abducted at or not far from the Elm Guest House, have also ‘disappeared’ or were destroyed. The murdered boy, Vishal Mehrota, was last seen in the Putney area of London, less than a mile from Elm House. Mr Mehrota, a retired magistrate and the father of the boy, later received a phone call from a man who stated that his son had been abducted by those involved with paedophile activities at the guest house. Mr Mehrota taped the call and passed it on to the police. However, the police told Mr Mehrota that the call was probably from a crank and no further action was taken. The man who called Mr Mehrota also told him that he had called the police with names of high-profile establishment figures – judges and at least three MPs, including the late Cyril Smith – who frequented the sex parties at the guest house. The upper torso of Mr. Mehrota’s son was later found in a wooded area in West Sussex. Vishal’s death is thought to be linked to those of Martin Allen, 15, and another case being probed under Operation Midland.
At the time it was thought that there were cases of twelve children murdered (and a further four abducted) but their bodies have never been found. Sidney Cooke, who organised a paedophile ring around the time of the Elm House sex parties, was eventually found guilty and imprisoned for the rape and murder of three boys – Jason Swift, 14, Barry Lewis, 6, and Mark Tildesley, 7.
In 1998 a police review was ordered into the evidence available, but the files, including those relating to other child sex offenders across London, were found to have gone “missing”.
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…
Note on (Cyril) Smith… According to an account recently given to the BBC, a police undercover team targeted six or more addresses in south London, including a flat in Coronation Buildings, Lambeth. Over three months, officers gathered evidence of men abusing boys aged around 14, including pictures and video taken from inside the flat. Cyril Smith is said to have been one of those caught on camera, another being a senior member of Britain’s intelligence agencies. Smith was later seized at a property in Streatham, where he had reportedly been taking part in a sex party with teenage boys, and was taken to a police station but released that night. A desk sergeant was reprimanded for wanting to keep him in custody. (Also, in the 1980s Northamptonshire police found child sex abuse videos in Smith’s car but were forced to take no action after Smith had made a phone call to London.)
4. The link between the London abuse and the Kincora Boys Home abuse:
At least one boy who was sexually abused at the Kincora Boys Home was also abused as part of the VIP paedophile ring in London. One such boy, who decided to go public on this, is Richard Kerr, who is now living in Dallas, USA. Kerr was abused at Kincora but later similarly abused in London by VIPs at the infamous flat at the Dolphin Square complex, where many MPs had accommodation. Earlier this week Kerr was interviewed by Channel 4 News and he related how the police had threatened him, put him in a police cell and made it clear that there would be dire consequences if he talked about the abuse. Kerr added that he felt it was important he now tell everything, particularly as two other abused boys at Kincora subsequently committed suicide. (Given the Kincora-London connection, the Kincora Boys Home inquiry should hopefully be included in the UK-wide inquiry by Justice Goddard.)
5. The names of those allegedly involved in the sexual abuse at Kincora Boys Home
Kincora Boys Home was run as a gay brothel by loyalist leaders and MI5 and its clientele included loyalist paramilitary leaders, unionist politicians, judges and public figures. It has been claimed that MI5 used the home as a blackmailers lever. Suspicions of a cover-up regarding MI5’s role in what went on at the home were raised in a Belfast Telegraph article with MI5 accused of running Kincora as a paedophile honey trap. Also, the former head of Britain’s MI6, Sir Maurice Oldfield, was reportedly observed by his Special Branch guards making use of boys from Kincora; also that he ‘shared’ boys with Sir Anthony Blunt, several bishops and an archbishop.
To see details of all those allegedly involved in the abuse at Kincora Boys Home, click here.
B. Chronology of cover-up (updated)
- Jimmy Savile (now dead) is proven to be a prolific paedophile. Savile was knighted by the Queen, knighted by the Vatican, was a top BBC figure, spent time with Margaret Thatcher at Chequers on several occasions (Thatcher lobbied heavily to have him knighted by the queen), was close friends with Prince Charles (was even described as his “mentor” by Princess Diana) and spent time with him alone on at least one occasion – see here. He also boasted he had police pals who would protect him from child abuse claims – see here.
- Liberal MP Cyril Smith (now dead) is proven to be a prolific paedophile – see here
- Cyril Smith was only one of a number of alleged high profile child abusers within Westminster said to have been named in a 40-page dossier submitted to the Home Office by the late campaigning Tory MP Geoffrey Dickens in 1983 – see here
- Home Secretary at the time, Sir Leon Brittan “lost” files containing evidence of paedophiles in positions of great power – including Cyril Smith – see here
- Kincora Boys Home-linked politician kills himself after answering questions pertaining to paedophilia at the home – see here
- Ken Livingstone (the ex-Mayor of London) claimed that MI5 orchestrated paedophile events at Kincora Boys Home in order to blackmail politicians – see here
- A royal butler allegedly ‘took his paedophile victims to tea with Queen Mother – see here
- Prince Andrew was close friends with a now-convicted paedophile – see here
- Edwina Curry MP wrote in her autobiography that Peter Morrison (the now-deceased Personal Private Secretary to Margaret Thatcher) was a noted “Pederast” (aka paedophile) and admitted as much to then Conservative Party Chairman Norman Tebbit – see here
- An as-yet unnamed Labour peer is being investigated by police after 12 men made allegations of historical child abuse against him – see here
- MP Simon Danczuk was allegedly warned by a top Conservative MP not to challenge Leon Brittan over paedophile dossier – see here
- Lord Tebbit admits that there was an establishment cover-up of child abuse – see here
- UK Government admits 114 secret files on paedophile cases have gone ‘missing’ – see here
- One of Tony Blair’s Ministers is accused by Liverpool council officials of helping a convicted paedophile foster two young boys. The convicted paedophile was running a children’s home at the time – see here (Note: involved in the inquiry was Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the current head of the Metropolitan Police and currently subject to enquiries.)
- A Conservative Party Whip from 1970-1973 admits to covering up problems for MPs, such as “a scandal with small boys”, because then the MP would “do what you want forever more” – see here
- Ex-Minister, Lord Warner, says Children’s homes were ‘supply line’ for paedophiles in the ’80s – see here
- Former child protection manager says there are up to 20 prominent public figures in alleged paedophile ring covering Parliament and Judiciary – see here
- Scotland Yard handed Leon Brittan, the former Conservative Home Secretary, a dossier naming 15 members of notorious paedophile group. This file is currently unaccounted for (this is not the same file given to Leon Brittan by Geoffrey Dickens) – see here
- A David Cameron aide, Patrick Rock, arrested for child abuse images – see here
- Ex-Police Officer involved in the 1992 arrest of notorious paedophile Peter Righton claims that Righton had in his possession an enormous cache of documents that linked him to an establishment child abuse ring (including senior members of the clergy) – but it was not acted on by the police – see here
- Former civil servant accuses the Home Office of giving tens of thousands of pounds of public money directly to the British paedophile advocacy group P.I.E. (Paedophile Information Exchange) at the request of the Metropolitan Police’s Special Branch – see here (halfway down the page)
- MP who handed VIP paedophile dossier to Leon Brittan was on triple killer’s hit list – see here
- Labour MP Tom Watson has alleged that a member of a notorious paedophile group was connected to a former No 10 aide. He said: “The evidence that the file used to convict Peter Righton, if it still exists, contains clear intelligence of a widespread paedophile ring – see here
- A member of the House of Lords escapes probe over 20 child sex claims because he is “suffering dementia” – see here
- The names of at least ten prominent and former politicians plus senior police judges are being named “again and again” by people calling a child abuse hotline – see here
- Baroness Butler-Sloss, the retired judge leading an inquiry into historic sex abuse said she will not quit, after her brother was linked to an Establishment ‘cover-up’ of the paedophile ring she will be investigating – see here
- David Cameron’s adviser on Child Abuse says that a “Westminster Chumocracy” has protected itself from paedophile allegations – see here
- Margaret Thatcher ‘personally covered up’ child abuse allegations against senior ministers, according to a source with “inside knowledge of Scotland Yard in the early 1980s” – see here
- Former Conservative activist Anthony Gilberthorpe alleges he saw top Tories having sex with boys and told Margaret Thatcher about it 25 years ago – see here. He also found “Rent Boys” (sexually abused children) for top Tory politicians – see here A victim tells his side of the story – see here
- A Labour peer identified at the centre of paedophile allegations: letters show the politician cultivated an extremely close relationship with a teenager – see here.
- Retired judge, Baroness Butler-Sloss, steps down as head of major inquiry into sex abuse allegations. Possible reasons: a) her brother Sir Michael Havers was Attorney General during the alleged cover-up of a previous paedophile scandal – see here. b) her brother was seen at a paedophile party in the ’80s by a seemingly credible witness – see here c) she has already examined paedophile claims against a bishop – see here.
- The adopted daughter of Conservative MP Ralph Bonner Pink (now deceased) claims he abused her as a ten year old girl then put her into Broadmoor mental hospital where she was abused by Jimmy Savile – see here.
- Award-winning author alleges that systematic abuse at the council-run Shirley Oaks care home in Surrey was covered up after the investigation turned up information that linked the abuse to a prominent Labour MP in Tony Blair’s government – see here
- An adviser to the Scottish Government uncovered a paedophile ring, which included well known TV personalities, lawyers and police officers. Calls for an investigation were ignored – see here
- A female MP allegedly “abused care home boy aged 13 as part of paedophile network at heart of government” – see here
- A Scotland Yard detective was ‘removed from a paedophile probe after naming politicians’ – see here
- Labour peer Barbara Castle drew up a dossier on VIP paedophiles: the file was seized by Special Branch ‘heavy mob’ – see here. A newspaper editor confirms the story – see here At least two senior Thatcher Ministers were named in the file – see here
- An ex MI5 informant says that MI5 knew about child abuse at Kincora Boys Home and did nothing about it – see here
- A Kincora victim tells of sex abuse and ‘stream of men’ – see here
- Re. paedophile politician Cyril Smith: detective claims three probes were stopped – see here
- Jill Dando, a TV Presenter murdered in 2001, was working to expose a high-profile paedophile ring at the time – see here.
- A UK ex-Minister is being investigated for child abuse. 15 years ago, an investigation into the same person was mothballed and the police officer leading the case was sidelined and then disciplined as a result of his inquiries – see here
- Ex-house of commons Speaker and ex MP, George Thomas (deceased), investigated for abusing a boy – see here
- Home Office whistleblower alleges that Intelligence services infiltrated a Paedophile group (PIE) to blackmail establishment figures – see here
- The son of Conservative MP David Atkinson (deceased) claims his father was a sexual predator, that he was linked to a Westminster paedophile ring, and that he was being blackmailed by a Westminster staff member – see here
- Disgraced MI5 double-agent, Anthony Blunt, frequented well known VIP Paedophile hang-out, Elm Guest House – see here
- Department of Health fails to follow up on allegations of a paedophile ring in Westminster and Whitehall because it was a waste of time – whistleblower was told there were “too many of them over there” – see here
- Police chief removed from paedophile investigation after making several high-profile arrests – see here.
- Ex-Scotland Yard commander: “We were ready to investigate Westminster paedophile ring in early 1980s” – see here
- Jersey Senator arrested on data charges and dismissed from post after claiming that there had been a child-abuse cover up on the island – see here
- Peter Hayman, HM High Commissioner to Canada, who held top posts in the Ministry of Defence and the UK delegation to NATO, was a member of the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) and was cautioned after his flat was searched and pornographic material pertaining to children was found – see here
- Information held by Conservative whips – including details of any sexual misdemeanours – has been shredded since 1996 – see here – sixth paragraph
- Scotland Yard detective ‘removed from paedophile probe after naming politicians’ – see here
- September and October 2012: Jimmy Savile abuse scandal breaks.
- October 2012: Labour MP Tom Watson claims at Prime Minister’s Questions there is ‘clear intelligence suggesting a powerful paedophile network linked to Parliament and No 10’ and that a ‘senior aide to a former prime minister’ had links to a child sex gang member.
- November 2012: Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk uses parliamentary privilege to claim Cyril Smith sexually abused boys.
- November 2012: the CPS reveals it considered the Smith allegations in 1970, 1998 and 1999. It admits Smith should have been prosecuted. A police detective confirmed that three probes against Cyril Smith were stopped. Chris Marshall, an abuse victim, says he was just seven or eight when Smith – known among pupils of Knowl View school as ‘the fat man’– forced him to perform sickening sex acts.
- An 80-page evidence file on Smith, submitted by police concluded: “Prima facie, he appears guilty of numerous offences of indecent assault.” Despite the certainty of detectives, an official at the DPP’s office – the forerunner of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) – replied in a brief letter to the chief constable there was no ‘reasonable prospect of a conviction’.
- It was also claimed that Greater Manchester Police covered-up how Smith was discovered at a house where alleged child sex abuse took place.
- December 2012: Operation Fairbank set up to examine allegations that VIPs, including politicians, abused young men at Elm Guest House in Barnes, south-west London, in the 1970s and 1980s.
- February 2013: Operation Fernbridge begins investigating the alleged paedophile ring linked to Elm Guest House. The Daily Mail reveals that Grafton Close boys home linked to sex parties at Elm Guest House; also that Peter Hatton-Bornshin, who attended the home and who was sexually abused there as a teenager – killed himself in 1994, aged 28.
- December 2013: Ex-Labour MP Lord Janner’s home searched by police investigating historical child sex abuse. He was not arrested. In June 2014: Lord Janner’s Westminster offices searched by police. Again, he is not arrested. (It has since been revealed that in 1989 his house was to be raided, but police were warned off.)
- July 3, 2014: it emerges Tory MP Geoffrey Dickens’ dossier on suspected Establishment paedophiles – sent to then Home Secretary Leon Brittan in 1983 – had “disappeared”, but the Home Office could find no record of it, fuelling claims of a cover-up. Lord Brittan amends his story twice over his dealings with the original document.
- July 5, 2014: more than ten current and former politicians reported to be on a list of alleged child abusers held by police investigating Westminster paedophile ring claims.
- The Daily Mail reveals the Establishment protected diplomat Sir Peter Hayman, a member of the Paedophile Information Exchange, when police found child porn at his flat in 1978.
- July 6, 2014: Home Office permanent secretary Mark Sedwill reveals 114 files relating to historical allegations of child sex abuse, 1979 to 1999, have “disappeared” from the department.
- July 7, 2014: Home Secretary Theresa May asks NSPCC’s Peter Wanless to head inquiry into Home Office handling of historical sex abuse cases. She also announces an overarching inquiry.
- Chairman Baroness Butler-Sloss is forced to step down amid questions over the role played by her late brother, Lord Havers, who was attorney general in the 1980s.
- Inquiry replacement Fiona Woolf resigns amid criticism over her ‘Establishment links’, most notably in relation to Lord Brittan.
- Operation Midland, to investigate the Westminister/VIP Child abuse claims – specifically the murder of children who were abused at Dolphin House – is begun
- Sir Cliff Richard’s property raided by Op Midland police; no charges are laid.
- Harvey Proctor’s property raided by Op Midland police; he is questioned but no charges laid
- Leon Brittan’s and Lord Bramall’s properties raided by police. No further action taken.
- Abuse victim ‘Nick’ provides evidence to Operation Midland that the government minister who witnessed one of the boys murdered at Dolphin Square was Sir Leon Brittan (former Tory Home Secretary)
- ‘Nick’ also claims that there were three Tory MPs at the Dolphin Square parties as well as Sir Peter Hayman (former deputy director of MI6). (‘Nick’ has called for other witnesses (victims) to come forward to give corroborating evidence to what happened at Dolphin Square and at a holding flat in Pimlico.)
- Another witness, “Darren”, identified Peter Righton as the person who would traffick victims, organise affairs at the flat and was himself an abuser.
- Announcement that the IPCC (Independent Police Complains Commission) will investigate Met Police cover-up of Westminister paedophile ring
- Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, head of the Metropolitan Police, to be investigated over allegations he was involved in covering-up inquiries into paedophile activity.