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UK Police Investigating Five Alleged Pedophile Rings Involving ‘Highly Influential’ Politicians

UK Police Investigating Five Alleged Pedophile Rings Involving ‘Highly Influential’ Politicians

December 22, 2014 | 3:50 pm

UK police are investigating whether as many as five pedophile rings operated in the highest reaches of the British political establishment, with the involvement of “highly influential” politicians.
A dossier of evidence, compiled by a Labor member of parliament (MP) and handed to police, lists 22 politicians — including three serving MPs and three current members of parliament’s upper chamber, the House of Lords  — alleged to have participated in the networks.
The claims are the latest in a slew of historical sex abuse allegations to have been unearthed in Britain in recent years, with few areas of public life spared as celebrities, institutions and authorities all come in for official investigation. But it is only recently that the political world has attracted serious attention.
In this case, John Mann, MP for Bassetlaw in the Midlands, compiled the dossier from evidence provided by members of the public over the course of several months. He handed it to detectives from Operation Trinity, the London Metropolitan Police’s investigation into alleged abuse in children’s homes.
Mann told the Telegraph that alleged child abuse networks at the center of British government in the 1970s and 80s were far more complicated than he had previously realized.
Thirteen former ministers are also on the list, Mann said.
Out of the five rings which involved MPs, he said that each ring “involved at least one MP, some involved more, and these were groups of people who knew about the activities of one another.”
“In some cases I believe they committed abuse together,” he said.
The list included fourteen Conservative politicians, five Labor and three from other parties.
Under parliamentary privilege laws Mann could name the accused in the House of Commons without fear of legal reprisals; however, he has said he will not do so because he believes they should be properly investigated by police.
“What the police are doing now is what should have taken place a long time ago,” he said.
He added that it would be “inconceivable” that the police would not be interviewing some of the individuals about the allegations.
“Some of the evidence is incredibly strong,” he said.
“I would be quite certain there are other names I am not aware of.”
The evidence against “approximately half” of them was “very compelling,” he added.
UK police are currently running several consecutive investigations into historic child abuse allegations. Mann said he was concerned that police could be missing vital evidence because of a lack of communication between individual inquiries.
“My concern is that there are so many different police investigations into this, in London and in other parts of the country,” said the MP.
“They are not all talking to one another.
“Operation Trinity was not aware of quite a lot of the names that I know Operation Midland is looking at.”
Operation Midland is an investigation into historic alleged pedophile parties at Dolphin Square — an exclusive block of flats in Pimlico, central London, close to the parliament.
The investigation has been sparked by a whistleblower, known only as Nick, who has made a number of claims about a pedophile ring involving senior politicians and public figures in the 1970s and 80s.
Nick told police he was molested from the age of seven to 16. He said he saw a Conservative MP strangle a 12-year-old boy at a London orgy around 1980 and that a Conservative cabinet minister watched two men kill a boy in a sexual assault a year later.
Last week London police confirmed they were investigating allegations that a pedophile ring killed three boys and appealed for public information relating to the probe. 
They said they were looking into allegations of serious, organized sexual abuse after Nick said he and several other boys were driven to properties in London and the Home Counties where they were raped, cut and beaten.
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A council official and a caretaker may have been killed to stop them exposing a Westminster paedophile ring, Labour’s John Mann said

Two men may have been murdered as part of an establishment cover-up into child sex abuse allegations, an MP sensationally claimed today.
A council official and a caretaker may have been killed to stop them exposing a Westminster paedophile ring, Labour’s John Mann said.
The shocking allegation comes as abuse survivors expect Home Secretary Theresa May to axe a panel of experts investigating claims of historical sex attacks by powerful figures.
They fear the Government does not “want to get at the truth” of the accusations, according to Mr Mann’s party colleague, Simon Danczuk.
The murder claims centre on Daily Mirror revelations seven months ago about Lambeth Council official Bulic Forsythe, who died in February 1993 in suspicious circumstances.

Bulic Forsythe
Silenced? Mr Forsythe’s case remains unsolved 21 years on

He had vowed to expose a paedophile ring allegedly linked to a future minister in Tony Blair’s government.
Bulic told a witness he suspected vulnerable youngsters were being assaulted by an organised gang at one children’s home said to have been visited by the Labour politician.
But days later Bulic, 42, was beaten to death in his flat which was later set on fire. The case has remained unsolved for 21 years.
Mr Mann today said social services manager Bulic – and an unnamed council caretaker – could have been killed to silence them.
The caretaker died in a “suspicious” fire, Mr Mann said, adding that the worker “was providing information and tapes relating to sex abuse and sex parties” in the run-up to his death.
He claimed the deaths were “undoubtedly linked” to child abuse at Westminster and “potentially linked to the wider scandal” involving other high-profile figures.
“Both were people who were in essence blowing the whistle on child abuse – for whatever motive – and two very suspicious deaths,” he said.

Bulic Forsythe
Family: Mr Bulic’s wife Dawn and daughter Kiddist when younger

Mr Mann told Sky News Bulic “had significant information in relation to child abuse”, adding: “The evidence about what he is said to have uncovered is very precise and relates to what’s come much more to light in the last 12 months,”
He went on: “It’s clear his death was highly suspicious and that he had crucial information about child abuse.”
Mr Mann has handed Scotland Yard a dossier including allegations about the involvement of 22 politicians – some of them apparently still serving – in paedophile rings.
The names are said to include 14 ex-ministers.
He urged the Government to release Special Branch police officers from the Official Secrets Act, allowing them to come forward with evidence.

Meanwhile, Rochdale MP Mr Danczuk warned sex abuse survivors could turn to “direct action” as a stalled-inquiry fades into “complete disarray”.
Frustrated campaigners have been told Mrs May will scrap a panel of experts appointed to take evidence, and start all over again.
The inquiry was announced in July but has been hit by a series of setbacks as two chairmen were forced to quit over establishment links.
Mr Danczuk blasted “people at the centre of government” saying: “You can’t help thinking they aren’t intent on getting this right.”
He said child abuse survivors could not be blamed for suspecting “quite deliberate mistakes by people at the centre of government” over the fiasco.
Mr Danczuk said people should prepare for “more and bigger, peaceful protests, more challenging of ministers, more challenging of the police to take action”.
“There is very little faith in Government in terms of delivering this,” he told the BBC.
“You can’t help thinking that they are not intent on getting this right.”
National Association for People Abused in Childhood boss Peter Saunders said he was “yet to encounter any survivors who have confidence in the process”.
A Home Office spokesman said: “The Home Secretary is determined that appalling cases of child sexual abuse should be exposed so that perpetrators face justice and the vulnerable are protected.”
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Abused MP gives Theresa May backing in child sex inquiry

Tessa Munt, who has spoken movingly about how she survived child abuse, says the Home Secretary is ‘utterly determined’ to see push forward a full inquiry

Tessa Munt

Tessa Munt MP has backed Theresa May over the troubled child sex abuse inquiry Photo: Guy Bell / Alamy
A Liberal Democrat MP who revealed earlier this year that she was abused as a child has given Theresa May, the Home Secretary her full support over the troubled child sex abuse inquiry.
Tessa Munt said she was convinced Mrs May was “utterly determined” to get the beleaguered inquiry back on track, after the high-profile resignation of two women appointed to lead the investigation into claims of paedophile abuse in the British establishment.
“I’ve no idea what her own experience is, none of us does, but she is very, very determined to sort this out,” Miss Munt said.
“I’ve met her several times and my sense is that she is utterly determined to get this sorted out.
“Now, obviously we’ve been six months in the process but I think she is completely convinced that there needs to be somebody at the top of it; I think she’s been persuaded that the argument for having statutory powers and having the element of compulsion is absolutely essential.
“I think probably it must be a matter of some dismay that this carries on now, let alone what is historic – there was originally a start date set on how far we could go back, that’s now changed and we can go back much further than that.”
It came after Mrs May indicated for the first time that she was prepared to go back to the drawing board over the inquiry.
She has faced criticism over delays to the project and the Home Office’s failure to properly look into the background of Fiona Woolf and Baroness Butler-Sloss, who both had to resign after it emerged they had significant personal links with public figures whose conduct in the Seventies and Eighties is likely to come under scrutiny in the inquiry.
Miss Munt disclosed in July that she had kept silent for decades about her own childhood experiences for fear that she would not be believed.
She declined to talk even in general terms about what had happened to her, but described herself as a “survivor of sexual abuse”.
The truth had been hidden even from close friends and family until she was in her 30s, said the Wells MP, who went to a convent school until she was 11.
The Home Secretary said in a letter, leaked at the weekend, that it might be an option to convert the current panel into a “statutory” inquiry with extra powers, or start afresh with a completely new set-up.
Miss Munt added: “It’s clear, I mean, I met somebody of 84 a couple of Saturdays ago who said to me ‘well done, keep going, this happened to me’.
“This is dreadful, that somebody lives with the damage that is done by people who abuse others and we have to get to the bottom of it. I’m utterly convinced that Theresa May has seen that and she understands it.”
Miss Munt welcomed the indication that the inquiry will now get statutory powers, allowing it to compel witnesses to give evidence and secure documents.
“I think there should be an element of compulsion and the really important thing is that, by giving the whole inquiry statutory powers, that means that actually people can be compelled to come and give evidence and required to tell the truth on oath,” she said.
Her intervention came after another MP who has been a prominent campaigner for victims of child sex abuse claimed the Government was deliberately sabotaging the inquiry to protect “high profile figures”.
Simon Danczuk, the Labour backbencher, said the problems which had dogged the probe set up in July appeared to have been “quite deliberate mistakes by people in central Government”.
He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ““There’s a catalogue of mistakes that have been made, some of them fairly basic, and you can’t blame the survivors of child abuse for wondering, because of the allegations of high-profile figures involved in the abuse, you can’t help thinking that some of this is quite deliberate mistakes by people in 


Paedophile policeman jailed for rape and child sex attacks allowed to keep job after taking ‘up-skirt’ kid pictures

Vile Nick Lidstone was jailed for 14-and-a-half years after it was revealed he groomed the victim from the age of nine and raped her when she was an adult

Cambridgeshire Constabulary
Fiend: Paedophile policeman Lidstone was jailed for 14-and-a-half years
A paedophile policeman who was allowed to keep his job despite being caught taking ‘up-skirt’ photos of children has been jailed for rape and child sex attacks.
Twisted Nick Lidstone, 55, was jailed for 14-and-a-half years today after he admitted committing the vile crimes on one victim.
The disgraced former Cambridgeshire Police sergeant admitted the rapes and child sex attacks on the one victim at Norwich Crown Court last month.
Sentencing him, Judge Anthony Bate said he had used his victim as a “sexual toy” and he placed Lidstone on the sex offenders’ register for life.
Today it was revealed that the vile paedophile was arrested eight years ago for taking “up-skirt” pictures of children with a spy camera.
The court heard how following this crime, Lidstone’s abuse of the victim in this current case escalated, leading to his most serious attacks on her.
At his sentencing today, Judge Bate slammed a decision to only give him a conditional discharge in 2005 for the crime of photographing children. Because he was not charged with a sexual offence, his name was not placed on the sex offenders’ register.
He said: “You have one previous conviction which has two worrying aspects: firstly, the nature of the offence and secondly, the fact you were convicted under public order legislation when quite clearly these were serious sexual offences.
“You had armed yourself with a covert camera and were found taking pictures of children. Why on earth you were not charged under the sexual offences act, I do not know. Whoever took that decision, it allowed you to carry on as a police officer.”
The judge added that because he was convicted of a public order offence, nobody had looked more closely at Lidstone’s relationship with children and a chance to detect his abuse was missed.
Despite undergoing therapy to address his sexual deviancy, Lidstone carried on abusing his victim who suffered significant psychological harm.
Judge Bate said that Lidstone’s apparent cooperation with therapy showed how he was able to “manipulate experts” into believing he had an ordinary sex life.
It was not until last month when he admitted the abuse that he was dismissed from his role at the force’s headquarters after 30 years of service.
Prosecutor Andrew Shaw said the pictures taken in 2005 were of “young children” and there was some doubt over whether the worst of the images were found.
Kerry Broome, mitigating, said Lidstone had agreed to undergo counselling in order to keep his job. His role with the police had not involved regular contact with children.
Lidstone, from Barrington in Cambridgeshire, pleaded guilty to 13 offences – including three counts of rape, three counts of indecency with a child, various sexual assaults and taking an indecent photograph of a child – in November this year. He denied six other counts, which were left to lie on file.
Mr Shaw told the court Lidstone started grooming the girl when she was nine. He would expose himself to her, show her pornography and take indecent photographs.
“This was serious sexual assault,” Mr Shaw said. “The abuse was more or less continuous and culminated in rape when she was a young adult.”
His victim was unable to make a statement to the court, saying she was so distressed that even the thought of it made her physically sick while one witness who knew the victim described how her life had been “ruined”.
Dressed in a black suit, Lidstone broke down in tears in the dock as details of his abuse were read out.
Referring to the latest offences, Miss Broome said her client had been “infatuated”. She said that, with expert help, there was no reason he should pose any further danger to the public.
“He is very well aware of the shame he has brought on the police force and his 30 years of service are over,” Miss Broome said.
Speaking after Lidstone was dismissed last month, Deputy Chief Constable Alec Wood said: “This was an appalling crime where the victim was put through a horrendous ordeal over a prolonged period.”



On Monday 12th May 2014 Scarborough Borough Council (SBC) voted to remove the titles of Alderman and Mayor from Conservative Peter Jaconelli. The removal was due to a large number of allegations of child sex abuse, some of them in joint enterprise with disgraced former Freeman of the Borough of Scarborough, Jimmy Savile.
Peter Jaconelli’s name was removed from honours boards at the Town Hall. The council and successive councils stated they will not endorse nor support such matters as memorials, street and/or property naming or other high recognition, office or award in Peter Jaconelli’s memory.
What are the requirements to become an Honorary Alderman? According to an old FOI request, the title is conferred upon those who have completed sixteen years service as a Borough Councillor. Two thirds of the council must vote to award the honour rather than the usual majority decision at a full council meeting.
It is known that the Scarborough Borough Council will bend those rules, especially if you’re leader of the council at the time of the High Point Rendel sea defence contract scandal and you’ve only done fourteen years service.
The North Yorks Enquirer has been asking the council, since the 3rd of April this year, which councillors voted to bestow the Honorary Alderman award upon Peter Jaconelli in 1996.
Whilst the freedom of information (FOI) request was acknowledged by the council shortly after it was submitted, the council has deliberately avoided answering the FOI request. In fact, after the request was made, the council enacted a policy of ignoring FOI requests from anyone connected with the North Yorks Enquirer.
Looking at the terms of office, it is known that eight serving councillors were sitting on the council when the honour of Alderman was bestowed upon Peter Jaconelli. Those councillors are:
It is also known that when the honorary award was bestowed upon Jaconelli in 1996, the political state of the council was one of no overall control. The political balance of the council at that time is tabled below.
Party Seats Percentage
Labour 24 48%
Conservative 14 28%
Independent 8 16%
Liberal Democrat 4 8%
The political balance of the council suggests that it was necessary for the Scarborough & Whitby Labour party to do a deal with the Scarborough & Whitby Conservative party to enable the council to bestow upon Jaconelli the title of Honorary Alderman of the Borough of Scarborough.
Given the vast number of rumours circulating Scarborough about former-Mayor’s decades of offending, why did the majority of elected representatives lavish the award upon Jaconelli? Why did the councillors think that a known paedophile was a fit and proper person to receive the Honorary Alderman award?
An unusually large number of other local politicians also received honorary awards at the same time. Was Jaconelli’s Alderman award slipped in as part of a local political deal to ensure that high profile local party members also received the honorary award?
When the Information Commissioner has finished admonishing the council for their non-compliance with the 2000 Freedom of Information Act we may find out which elected members voted for Jaconelli to receive the Honorary Alderman award, unless the SBC paper shredders haven’t been too busy in the meantime.
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