Today Britain’s Channel 4 News ran a story on Richard Kerr, who was a victim of child sex abuse at the notorious Kincora Boys Home in Northern Ireland and was also taken to London where he was trafficked as part of the equally notorious Westminster/VIP paedophile ring, centred on Elm Guest House and the Dolphin Square apartments. Theresa May, the Home Secretary, has made it clear that the Judge Lowell Goddard inquiry into historical child abuse will not include the Kincora Boys Home abuse, which is clearly absurd given that there is now evidence via Kerr of a clear link between Kincora and the London abuse. But in case there are still doubts about this link, below is a summary of the extensive information and evidence already known about Kincora, Elm Guest House, Dolphin Square and how the abuse at these venues are connected.
Mr Kerr, who is now a US citizen, is back in the UK, revisiting his past. He told Channel 4 News that there were other locations outside of London and Belfast where boys who were being abused were taken – he mentioned Rochdale (the constituency of the late Sir Cyril Smith MP) and Manchester, among others. He related how at the London venues he would be bound with ropes as part of the sexual abuse. Channel 4 arranged for Kerr to meet with Brian Gemmell, a former intelligence officer with the military who tried to blow the whistle on what was happening but was told by MI5 superiors to keep quiet. Kerr told Channel 4 News that he could name names of the abuse perpetrators but was afraid to do so as the people involved were/are in important positions of power. He also expressed dismay that Judge Goddard reportedly regards any testimony from abuse victims as ‘prejudicial’ and not valid in a legal sense, which Kerr – and anyone with common sense – regards as ridiculous.
(Note: the following is an extract from an article published by UndercoverInfo on 23/02/15.)
Kincora was a boys’ home in East Belfast that was run by Joseph Mains, Raymond Semple and William McGrath. McGrath was also the leader of an extremist Protestant paramilitary organization. On April 3, 1980, the three were jailed for the systematic sexual abuse of children in their care going back to the early 1970s. In 1981, McGrath, Mains and another staff member, Raymond Semple, were jailed for abusing 11 boys.
Allegedly, Kincora was run as a virtual 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. 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.
At the British Army’s Lisburn headquarters there was close liaison between the Psyops Units, Army Intelligence and the Security Services. One of their chief sources of information came
from homosexuals who were used to gather intelligence on extreme Protestant
groups. The Army didn’t trust the RUC Special Branch. Homosexuality was
still a crime in Northern Ireland and provided excellent opportunities for compromise
and blackmail. One of the Protestant politicians used in this manner was William
Under the influence of counter-insurgency expert, Frank Kitson, the Army
organised other intelligence operations along the lines used by Kitson against the Mau-
Mau in Kenya. The Military Reconnaissance Force (MRF) was created for this task.
SAS trained and including SAS personnel, the MRF numbered about 40 and
specialised in covert action. They set up Loyalist and Republican ‘pseudo-gangs’ to
infiltrate and subvert their enemies’ operations. The pseudo-gangs were directed from the outside by the Army Intelligence. They retained a high degree of independence but were always open to manipulation and infiltration. They owed much of their training, supply of intelligence and materials to the British Army, routed through the RUC and the Ulster Defence Regiment.
Among the pseudo-gangs were the ‘Red Hand Commando’ and the ‘Ulster Freedom
Fighters’. The self-confessed head of the shadowy para-military group, Tara, another
pseudo-gang, was McGrath.
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. One example: Denis Donaldson, who joined the IRA in the mid-1960s while still in his teens and represented Sinn Féin in the USA, was later revealed in a Sunday World article (3 February 2013) to have been recruited by MI5 in the mid-1980s as the result of a ‘honey trap’.
In Who Framed Colin Wallace?, by Paul Foot, it is shown that Wallace, who served in a special Ministry of Defence press unit in Northern Ireland, which dealt in “psychological operations” (psyops), tried to alert the authorities about what was going on at Kincora. Foot’s expose also provided evidence that McGrath was working for MI5; and that in 1973 the Security Service set up a propaganda campaign named Clockwork Orange, the purpose of which was to blackmail and control top political figures in Northern Ireland and Great Britain, including Harold Wilson and Edward Heath. (Note: In October 1974, Wallace refused to take any further part in the Clockwork Orange operation and was subsequently sacked and moved to England. Later, the husband of a friend and colleague was found dead and Wallace was accused of murder and sentenced to ten years’ imprisonment. On 30 January 1990, UK Armed Forces Minister, Archie Hamilton admitted that several key allegations made by Colin Wallace were true.)
The Kincora Boys’ Home is alleged to have been pivotal to the ‘ghost op’ Tara. The Alliance Party’s John Cushnahan said in the Northern Ireland Assembly (Irish News,10th Nov 1983) that he believed a number of Assembly members had been actively involved in Tara. He gave a short history of Tara, including alleged gun-running and how the organisation received various types of weapons and plastic explosives. The Sunday News (22nd May 1983) gave details of a paper given to trainee spies at the Joint Services Intelligence Centre at Ashford Kent. It reads “Tara is a Loyalist organisation which is shrouded in mystery, but is basically a small ‘hate-taig’ group of homosexuals. They are all evangelists and one of its aims is the proscription of the Catholic Church. It has aspirations to become a paramilitary organisation”.
Orchestrating the Kincora Sex Ring
(The following is adapted from archived research conducted by Stephen Dorril of Lobster magazine, which specialised in parapolitics.)
The man who orchestrated the various activities of the Kincora Ring has been identified as a Lt. Colonel in the British Army, attached to the E Department (Special Branch) of the R.U.C., whose staff code was F5. The links between F5 and Kincora were known by E3 (the Superintendent in charge of the intelligence section of the R.U.C. at Knock H.Q.) and his deputy in charge of intelligence on Loyalists, a Chief Inspector whose code was E3(B).
The Terry Report (see below) uncovered, though did not report, links between the homosexual vice-ring and senior MI5 member P.T.E. ‘Peter’ England, now dead. Kincora resident John Baird visited England at a house on the Old Hollywood Road in Belfast. The house was a Brit-intelligence base used as a pickup point for Provisional IRA leaders during the peace talks in 1976 which led to the setting up of Republican ‘Incident Centres’ paid for by the British. England was then C(Int)NI – the Chief of British Intelligence in Northern Ireland, a key figure in the Security Service (MI5).
Another senior intelligence man involved in the vice-ring directed, but took no part in the ‘truce’ talks at British Intelligence HQ in Craigavan, Co. Down. He moved to a crucial position in Britain’s defence structure. R.U. C. men have made statements about his homosexual associations. The Provisionals dealt with him indirectly through MI6 officer James Allan. In a bizarre twist the Provos became convinced from contacts abroad that he was a KGB agent.”
Not long after the inquiry into Kincora Boys’ Home, Pastor Billy Mullan, a close friend of Ian Paisley, William McGrath and Joss Cardwell, was found dead with a legally held gun beside him. Robert Bradford MP, a former member of the secretive Tara organisation and a close associate of McGrath, was shot dead in the middle of the RUC investigation into Kincora. Roy Garland, a young Unionist leader and a friend of Paisley, was a protege of McGrath and a founder member of Tara.
(Note: the following is an extract from an article published by UndercoverInfo on 21/03/15.)
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.
3. Dolphin Square
(Note: the following is an extract from an article published by UndercoverInfo on 21/03/15.)
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 Kincora and the Westminster paedophile ring
(Note: the following was published by UndercoverInfo on 21/03/2015.)
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 cover-up mapped
(Note: the following is an extract from an article published by UndercoverInfo on 30/03/15.)
- A dossier of evidence was first collated by Labour MP Barbara Castle. It alleged that Sir Keith Joseph and Sir Rhodes Boyson, other MPs, senior policemen, head teachers and clergy were involved in child sex abuse activities (later backed up by claims made by one of the abused). Castle handed the dossier 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 Cyril Smith had visited him to demand he bury the story. Here is confirmation of the story. At least two senior Thatcher Ministers were named in the file.
- Labour MP Geoffrey Dickens presented the Castle dossier (see ‘Appendix E’ here) to Sir Leon Brittan. Later Brittan claimed to have lost over 114 files of evidence and allegations relating to child sex abuse at Dolphin Square and Elm Guest House. (Incidentally, Brittan was named as an attendee at Elm Guest House by its late owner – Brittan’s Elm Guest House nickname was ‘Roger’.) These missing files were ‘disappeared’ or destroyed but may have been included in a larger list, named in a Government internal file that shows that over 2000 files were recorded ‘disappeared’ or missing. Labour MP Simon Danczuk was allegedly warned by a top Conservative MP not to challenge Leon Brittan over the paedophile dossier. Scotland Yard also handed Brittan another dossier naming 15 members of a notorious paedophile group: this file is also unaccounted for. There was also a claim by a former Scotland Yard police officer that the police had photographed Brittan during a raid on a premises where boys were being abused but that the matter was not taken further.
- 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. In November 2012 Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk used parliamentary privilege to claim Smith sexually abused boys. A police detective claims three probes against Cyril Smith were stopped. Chris Marshall, an abuse victim, says he was just seven or eight when then-MP 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’. More recently it was claimed that Greater Manchester Police covered-up how Smith was discovered at a house where alleged child sex abuse took place.
- The former head of Britain’s MI6, Sir Maurice Oldfield, was reportedly observed by his Special Branch guards making use of boys from the Kincora Boys Home. Ken Livingstone (the ex-Mayor of London and Labour MP) claimed that MI5 orchestrated paedophile events at Kincora in order to blackmail politicians. (A Home Office whistleblower also alleged that the Intelligence services infiltrated a paedophile group (PIE) to blackmail establishment figures.) An ex MI5 informant says that MI5 knew about child abuse at Kincora and did nothing about it.
- Then there are questions about how much Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who presided over the period when most of the abuse occurred, knew about the scandal. Tory activist Anthony Gilberthorpe claimed he provided 40 pages of evidence about Cabinet members abusing under-age boys to Thatcher and that Sir Keith Joseph, Sir Rhodes Boyson, Dr Alastair Smith and Sir Michael Havers were involved. Gilberthorpe also claimed he supplied under-age “rent boys” for private sex parties at Tory conferences and that he was willing to testify to this at any inquiry. 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. According to a source with “inside knowledge of Scotland Yard in the early 1980s” Margaret Thatcher ‘personally covered up’ child abuse allegations against senior ministers. In October 2012 Labour MP Tom Watson claimed at Prime Minister’s Questions that 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. Watson also alleged that “the evidence that the file used to convict Peter Righton [founder of the Paedophile Information Exchange] if it still exists contains clear intelligence of a widespread paedophile ring”.
- There is also the question as to whether Tory Party grandee Willie Whitelaw colluded with the police in the cover-up of the scandal and it is inconceivable he did not know about the 40-page dossier submitted to the Home Office by the late campaigning Tory MP Geoffrey Dickens in 1983. Jeff Edwards, the journalist who made the allegations against Whitelaw, claims that just days after his story was published he was summoned by police and threatened with prosecution under the Official Secrets Act.
- Another Tory grandee Lord Tebbit admitted that there was an establishment cover-up of child abuse.
- The Daily Mail revealed that the Establishment protected diplomat Sir Peter Hayman, a member of the Paedophile Information Exchange, when police found child porn at his flat in 1978.
- In December 2013 ex-Labour MP Lord Janner’s home was searched by police investigating historical child sex abuse. He was not arrested. In June 2014 Lord Janner’s Westminster offices was searched by police. Again, he was not arrested. (It has since been revealed that in 1989 his house was to be raided but that police were warned off.)
- A police chief was removed from paedophile investigation after making several high-profile arrests.
- The Department of Health failed to follow up allegations of a paedophile ring in Westminster and Whitehall because it was a waste of time – a whistleblower was told there were “too many of them over there”.
- Sir Michael Havers, the Attorney General from 1979 to 1987, has been the subject of a number of allegations, including that he helped stop the Elm Guest House investigation, tried to stop Sir Peter Hayman being named in Parliament by Geoffrey Dickens MP and tried to limit the inquiry into the Kincora boys home sex scandal. Havers was allegedly seen at a paedophile party in the 1980s by a seemingly credible witness.
- An ex-police officer involved in the 1992 arrest of Righton claims he 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 that it was not acted on by the police.
- A Conservative Party Whip from 1970-1973 admitted to covering up problems for MPs, such as “a scandal with small boys”, because then the MP would “do what you want forever more”. Ex Government minister Lord Warner also stated that children’s homes were a ‘supply line’ for paedophiles in the 1980s,
- A Scotland Yard detective was ‘removed from a paedophile probe after naming politicians’.
- Special Branch detectives alleged that child sex abuse and child murders inquiries could not proceed because certain politicians were untouchable.
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