1986 – Dickens reports allegations of Sexual torture of children on Elthorne Estate Islington, murder of Tony McGrane
“A surveillance operation that allegedly unmasked Leon Brittan’s links to child sex abuse was shut down by Metropolitan Police chiefs.
According to an ex-officer, the former Home Secretary was photographed during a 1986 investigation into rent-boy orgies in buildings in North London.
But the day before swoops on alleged suspects were due to be carried out, officers on the investigation, called Operation Orchid, were told it had been disbanded.” [Mirror, 22 March 2014 VIP Paedophile files: Leon Brittan investigation shut down by Met Police]
1986 During 1986 the new Crown Prosecution Service is established, see Sir Tony Hetherington, the Director of Public Prosecutions from 1977 – 1987 –Obituary
“Partly as a result of many emerging concerns and following a Royal Commission on Criminal Procedure, a decision was made to form a new national body, the Crown Prosecution Service, and it was Hetherington’s task to oversee the changeover and to head up the new operation in 1986. He had offered to stay on beyond his retirement date to assist in the difficult early days. He had to weather the storm of criticisms which greeted the new organisation as it experienced many teething problems and staff shortages. Colleagues of the time praised his low-key manner and quiet wit.”
Spotlight on Operation Hedgerow: “Back in 1986, two senior detectives, John Lewis and Roger Gaspar, completed an inquiry into child pornography and child abuse in Kilburn. They dealt with 653 complaints, charged 20 different adults including a barrister, and ran three trials. But what really struck them was that the whole investigation had been triggered by one complaint from one social worker and, for once, instead of limiting themselves to dealing with the single complaint, they had followed all of its leads. They could only begin to imagine the scale of offences which would emerge if it were ever investigated systematically across the country.”
February 1986 – Elthorne Estate, Islington – Tapes of torture
- Friday 14th February 1986 ‘MP calls for report on child brothels’ (The Times, 14/02/1986) ‘Scandal of Brothel kids’ (Daily Mirror, 14/02/1986) Council tenant had sent a tape of recordings of children screaming during ‘sex sessions’ to Scotland Yard and Dickens. When the council tenant when interviewed gives more detail as to why screaming, “I think it is dreadful to think that violent child prostitution can occur on this kind of scale Dickens alleges Archway district estates have a brothel with up to 40 children to age of six being pimped.
‘[Dickens’ informant] has passed on to Scotland Yard tapes purporting to depict the voices of children clearly taking part in unsavoury activities. Scotland Yard has told me it is treating these allegations seriously. I hope that urgent action will be taken to stamp out this evil trade.’
- Tuesday 18 February 1986 Conventions of the House (Hansard, Tuesday 18/02/1986) There was seemingly no love lost between Dickens and local MP Jeremy Corbyn MP, in whose constituency the Elthorne and Archway estates were located, Islington North. Dickens poked at Corbyn for an incident involving the IRA somehow, and Corbyn repeats his request that Dickens attend the estate and apologise to the residents there.
- Wednesday 19 February 1986 ‘Parliament: Apology sought for child brothel claim’(The Times, Wednesday 19/02/1986) Jeremy Corbyn MP (Lab – Islington North) asked Dickens to go to the Archway estate and apologise
- Friday 21 February 1986 Estate in fury over child sex ‘slur’’(Islington Gazette, Friday 21/02/1986) Dickens remained unrepentant and refused to apologise having received further information from another source.
- Monday 24 February Child Brothels: More evidence’(Social Work Today, Monday 24/02/1986) Dickens states police investigation has started and refuses to apologise. John Rea Price, (also on VCC) Islington Social Services Director says no evidence has been found of brothels.
- Friday 28 February ‘What this crusader is really up to’ ….. (Letter to Editor, Islington Gazette, Friday 28/02/1986) For further information on what the writer of this letter had really been up to himself, Roger Moody, a paedophile rights activist and convicted child abuser see Spotlight:
May 1986 – Trial of ‘Uncle Abe’ & ‘The Meat Rack’ at The Dilly
- August 1986 ‘Wyman ‘had girl, 13, as a lover’ (Telegraph, 05/08/1986 L Swayn)
September 1986 – Monckton House, Lambeth abuse scandal breaks
October 1986 – Murder of Tony McGrane, Harvey Proctor MP
- 21 October 1986: 13 year old Tony McGrane’s body is found in a garage opposite his house in Clerkenwell
- 22 October Boy, 13 stabbed by sex beast, [Daily Mirror]
- 24th october Tony murder link to 16 child killings, Daily Express, 1986
- Thursday 30 October – Harvey Proctor features in The People
3 November 1986: Thatcher is pushing for Savile’s inclusion in the New Year’s Honours List for 1987 and
‘Commons ‘lynch law’ under attack / Analysis of the growth in use of parliamentary privilege’ (The Guardian, 15/12/1986, Alan Travis)
- 1987 Spring 1987: Sidney Cooke’s charges downgraded from murder to manslaughter In spring 1987, when the decision to downgrade the charge was made, the Director of Public Prosecutions would have been either Sir Thomas Hetherington or Sir Alan Green. I haven’t been able to establish the exact date in 1987 when Hetherington stepped down and Green replaced him. In 1981, Hetherington had taken the decison not to prosecute paedophile diplomat Sir Peter Hayman.
Spotlight on Sir Thomas Hetherington and paedophile Kenneth Monkford, Daily Express, 1st July 1987
- December 1987: Operation Hedgerow 140 boys quizzed in sex ring scandal: 23 arrested over chid porn probe (Daily Mirror, 02/12/1987) Operation Hedgerow, one of the most successful investigations and prosecutions of a network of child abusers centred around Brent involving a Foreign Office lawyer, Colin Peters, resident in Notting Hill. A special hot line was set up to encourage others to come forward in December 1987. When the trial later took place in November 1988 at the Old Bailey it was one of the first trials where adults who had been abused as children were allowed to give evidence behind screens shielded from the defendant and via video link. Boys between 10 and 15 years old were the targets. Police arrest 16 in child sex swoop (Willesden & Brent Chronicle, 03/12/1987, Mark Leslie) Lords Man quizzed as 7 face child sex charges (Daily Mirror, 03/12/1987, Sylvia Jones & Gordon Hay) Amongst 24 arrested in police swoop earlier this week was a “top House of Lords official” – “married…seen by millions of viewers in a TV series on the Lords” – “He was believed to have been arrested at a clinic in central London where he was being treated for a recurring long-term illness. He was taken to a police station and quizzed for an hour before his medical condition gave rise to concern and he was returned to the hospital” – “Seven men due to appear before Willesden magistrates today are the only ones still in custody following the police swoop.”
- Operation Hedgerow trial 1:: 7 men – Colin Peters, Ernest Whittington, Alan Delaney, Victor Burnett, John Williams, Patrick David Norris, Patrick Joseph Norris (Daily Express 04.02.89), (Willesden & Brent Chronicle 10.12.87)
May 1988: Savile aboard QE2
Traveller’s Checks… Share a double cabin – for a discount, The Glasgow Herald – Feb 4, 1988
Here’s the one you don’t read about in travel columns. Sitting on my desk is a press release from Cunard about the QE2’s first sailing from Southampton this year on May 5 calling at Lisbon, Malaga and Gibraltar. Cunard have come up with the idea of a Wedding Anniversary Cruise and there are discounts for everyone sharing a double cabin – well, not quite everyone, you have to be married. The discount depends on how many years you have survived together and could be as much as 200 if you’ve managed 40 years.
The trip will be launched with a gala lunch with tables hosted by “a galaxy of television stars – including Tom O’Conner, Jimmy savile, Patrick Moore, Bert Weedon…” The list continues. One wonders what kind of discount the galaxy receives. One wonders no more. The info sheet from Cunard’s Public Relations Manager, Eric Flounders (I fool you not), concludes – “the stars will also be entertaining on board.” Singing for their supper you might say. Quite so. But not our Jimmy – he’ll “be on board for a well-deserved holiday.” Nae married. Mae discount? Watch this space.
“Under the heading Benefactions we have again considered the name of Mr Jimmy Savile, whom you have of course considered on previous occasions. We have agains concluded that he should not be recommended. It may be convenient to you to see again the attached note of the exchanges you had with my predecessor about him. Mr Savile’s latest help to the DHSS has been over Broadmoor. None of use would want to denigrate his many services. But my Committee, and I still fear that his manner of life – on his own confession – has been such that a high award for him would be an unhelpful signal when we are still having to grapple with an AIDS problem which threatens to intensify; and that a knighthood for him would not benefit the honours system in the eyes of the public.”
11 July 1988: Savile started legal proceedings against News Group Newspapers after the News of the World published an article, in January 1988, suggesting he had been in a position to secure the release of patients from the Broadmoor Hospital who were considered “dangerous”. Savile won on 11 July 1989; News Group paid the legal costs, and he received an apology from editors Kelvin MacKenzie and Patsy Chapman. Savile’s solicitor was David Hooper.
2 January, 1989. The Guardian. ‘Savile helps 60 Broadmoor patients to move out.’ ’Sixty patients at Broadmoor are to be transferred to less secure hospitals under a scheme developed by television presenter Jimmy Savile. A new management team was established at Broadmoor last year by the then junior health minister, Mrs Edwina Currie. Mr Savile, a voluntary helper at the hospital for 20 years, was recruited to the team’s task force. A spokeswoman for the Department of Health said: “It is fair to say Jimmy Savile can take a lot of credit for this. Broadmoor has existed for 125 years and a lot of the procedures there are outdated.”‘
Four men found guilty in ‘rent boy’ conspiracy case, The Glasgow Herald – Feb 3, 1989
The four men used a cleaning firm, a football team, and CB radio as vehicle to recruit boys.
He placed advertisements for teenage cleaning staff and then lured them into sex, the jury was told. He used a football team which he ran in north London for the same purpose.
Sex Lure Lawyer Guilty Evening Times – Feb 3, 1989
A barrister’s sex antics with boys in his sauna were described to a judge at the Old Bailey today
ON MAY 15, 1989, five years after Mark’s death, Sidney Cooke was sentenced to 19 years’ imprisonment at the Old Bailey for the manslaughter and buggery of Jason Swift, a 14-year-old rent boy from East London. Sentenced alongside him were his lover, Robert Oliver, Leslie Bailey and a man called Steven Barrell.
Three years later, Cooke, Oliver and Bailey were also implicated in Operation Orchid, a police investigation into the organised abduction, sex abuse and murder of boys, which included the disappearance of Mark. Although Cooke and Oliver were named in the 1992 Operation Orchid court case, only Bailey, who had confessed in jail, was charged. He was given life for the murder of six-year-old Barry Lewis and Mark.