LONDON PAEDOPHILE RINGS – Operations & Who’s Who?
11 months ago
There were a number of large paedophile rings operating between the 1970s and 1990s in London and during my research it’s become very apparent that many of the people involved cross over or the conviction timings somehow coincide.
Here is an list of some of the operations, followed by an A-Z list of those individuals involved. I will do separate posts taking a closer look at each one in due course.
1974 – Brian Johnson ring – he was a child care officer working for Tower Hamlets council and was convicted in a case involving the photographing and abuse of young boys.
(1974 – The Maltese Syndicate: Organised crime vice syndicate in the West End although I am unsure if it involved underage children so haven’t included it).
1975-77 – Op Playland – there was a number of separate trials relating to Playland and it was suggested that this helped to cover up the names of VIPs involved.
1975 – Playland Glaswegian gang – recruited a number of girls to lure men in to alleyways before robbing them. (No ages of girls stated, but as it came under the Playland hat, I’m working on the assumption it involved youngsters.)
1975 – Roger Gleaves hostel ring
1975 – Victor Roachford vice ring, involved runaway girls
1977 – David Calderhead ‘meat rack’ ring
1979 – Islington Chauffeur ring
1985 – Islington Holland and Youatt
1986 – Op Circus – Abraham Jacob, an Islington social worker, who ran the ‘meat rack’ in the West End.
1986-88 – Victor Noicely vice ring.
1986 – Dirty Dozen ring – Croydon police.
1986-89 – Op Stranger – Joint investigation between Essex and Met Police in to the murders of Jason Swift and Barry Lewis.
1987 – Alan Brent babysitting paedophile ring in East London – Brent knew most of the Dirty Dozen gang
1987-89 – Op Hedgerow – Two rings connected (Kenneth Martin ring and Colin Peters ring)
1989-91 – Op Orchid – Overarching investigation in to the murders of Jason Swift, Barry Lewis and Mark Tildsley with information being provided by Ian Gabb.
1998 – Baden Powell paedophile ring. Police believe the ring had been operating since the sixties. They were still investigating ten other members when the original four were sent to trial.
BADEN POWELL SCOUT INFILTRATION = BP
BRENT = B
CALDERHEAD RING = CR
CIRCUS = C
DIRTY DOZEN = DD
GLEAVES RING = GR
HEDGEROW PETERS RING = H-CP
HEDGEROW MARTIN RING = H-MR
ISLINGTON = I
JOHNSON RING = JR
NOICELY RING = NR
ORCHID = O
PLAYLAND = P
PLAYLAND GLASWEGIAN GANG = PG (The Times)
STRANGER = S
WALTER COWELL RING = WR
nfa = no fixed address
ANDREW-COHEN, Basil: driver, nfa – P
ARCHER, David: security guard, Odessa Road, Forest Gate – P
B(illegible), Maureen: 18, sent to borstal – PG
BAILEY, Leslie: Implicated in the murder of Jason Swift – S O
BALLANTYNE, Walter: 46, Islington – DD
BARRELL, Stephen: (aka Stephen Cutting) – Implicated in the murder of Jason Swift – S
BECKER, Roy: 72, Clapton- B
BELL, Ian: – JR
BIDNEY, Harold: Bow, East London. Fined in 1977 for ‘meat rack’ prostitution in West End. CR
BOLGER, Samuel: chef, Aldershot Road, Ash – C
BRAITHWAITE, Douglas: died before trial – BP
BRENT, Alan John: 46, Clapton (aka John Alan Spicer & Andrew Spicer) – B
BROWN, Theodore Raymond John Mules: Kew – WR
BURNETT, Victor James: Acton already had a conviction alongside Delaney in 1981 – H
BYRNE, Colin: 18, lived with Ballantyne, Islington – DD
CALDERHEAD, David: The Beeches, Effingham Road, Lee Green. Jailed in 1977 for ‘meat rack’ prostitution in West End. CR
CHAMBERS, Anthony Cassel: ran a vice ring in Paddington alongside Noicely – NR
CLAPP, Cyril: Convicted alongside Brown and Cowell. P
COOKE, Sidney Charles: – DD S
COWELL, Walter Richard: maintenance engineer, Knightsbridge – ran a paedophile ring in Piccadilly in 1976. P
CRAMBE, Anthony: street trader, nfa. Jailed in 1977 for ‘meat rack’ prostitution in West End. CR
DELANEY, Alan Herbert: Hounslow – already had a conviction alongside Burnett in 1981 – H-CP
DEVITT, Gerald: 21, sentenced to four years imprisonment – PG
EVANS, Peter: 19, Hackney – GR
FORTUNE, Ronald William: photographer for national press, Darrick Wood Road, Orpington – JR
GIBSON, David Andrew: chauffeur to Mayor of Islington – I
GLEAVES, Roger Charles Augustine: ‘Bishop of Medway’, ran a series of hostels where abuse took place. Featured in the documentary ‘Johnny Go Home’ – GR
GODDARD, Alfred Leslie: 58, Father of Adam Ant, Victoria – DD
GOUGH, Edward: 28, decorator, Shoreditch/Islington, was arrested and charged over Jason Swift’s murder but received two years probation for assaulting Jason – O
HAEEMS, Simon: 35, Stoke Newington – DD
HICKMAN, Peter Frank: – JR
HOLLAND, James Arthur: prolific paedophile – I
HORNBY, Charles: Lloyds underwriter, Montague Square, Marylebone – P
HOWARD-EDMUNDS, Brian: 60, Harlesden – H-MR
IRWIN, Samuel: – I
JACOB, Abraham: Social Worker, Islington, ran vice ring from Wimpy – C
JACOBS, George Wayne: scientist in American government, Elm Park Gardens, West Kensington – JR
JOHNSON, Brian Arthur: former approved school master, childcare officer for Tower Hamlets, Gladstone Road, Colchester – JR
JOHNSON, David: 20, Heaton Chapel – GR
KAY, Allan: 18, sentenced to 3 years imprisonment – PG
KAY, John: 17, sentenced to 3 years imprisonment – PG
KEARNS, Robert: 50, scout leader – BP
KIRBY, Gerald: newspaper seller, nfa. Jailed in 1977 for ‘meat rack’ prostitution in West End. CR
LEONARD, Derek: close friend of Robert Oliver. Questioned by police but not charged.
MALCOLM, William Bruce: 1953-2000, related to Leslie Bailey. Shot on his doorstep, which it is believed was over fears he was going to talk about ‘big names’ who were involved with Cooke.
MARTIN, Kenneth: A hot chestnut seller who lived in Soho – H-MR P
MCDONALD, Donald: 20, sentenced to four years imprisonment – PG
MCMASTER, Agnes: 19, put on probation for two years – PG
MORRIS, Roy Alan: 21, mini cab driver – DD
MURCHIE, William: scoutmaster, Dagenham – acquitted – BP
NOICELY, Victor: streetname of ‘Viscious’, ran a vice ring in Paddington – NR
NORRIS, Patrick David: Willesden – H-CP
NORRIS, Patrick Joseph: father of Patrick D Norris, Willesden – H-CP
NORRIS, Sean: brother of Patrick – H-CP
NOVAC, Andrew: telephonist, Elm Court, Harrowby Street, Marylebone – P
OLIVER, Robert: Hackney – S B
O’SULLIVAN, Fachton: Paddington. Jailed in 1977 for ‘meat rack’ prostitution in West End. CR
OWEN, Bryan: 62, Du Beauvoir – B
PAGE, Francis Lambert: – I
PAINE, Daniel: 33, Kentish Town – DD
PETERS, Colin: barrister – H-CP
PRICHODSKY, Andrew: Mini cab controller, Ash Court, Paddington – C
RAYWOOD, Malcolm: Elgin Avenue, Maida Hill/Garrett Lane, Wandsworth. (Eventually killed by Edward Hillhouse in 1992 in Islington) – P C
ROACHFORD, Victor: Elgin Avenue, Paddington, ran an underage vice ring in London
SMALLWOOD, Patrick: 22, Hackney – GR
SMITH, Donald: (aka ‘Uncle’), chef, owned 36 Ashmead (where Jason Swift was killed). Rented a room to Robert Oliver & Lennie Smith – O
SMITH, Edmund: 39, warder, Hackney – GR
SMITH, Leonard William Gilchrist (aka ‘Lennie’ & ‘Mavis’): 23/8/1954- worked as a pimp trawling Victoria Station looking for runaways which he’d take to a safe house in Victoria. The main HQ of the group was in Croydon.DD
SPRATT, Keith: 49, Cherry Road, Enfield, scoutmaster – BP
STEAD, John: 23, New Addington – DD
TALBOT, Edward: 47, Luton – DD
THORNTON, John: 36, New Addington – DD
TUCK, Peter: 19, sentenced to four years imprisonment – PG
TURNER, Brian: (aka ‘Chickenmaster’), b: 1938 later infiltrated a breakaway scouts organisation called ‘UK Baden-Powell Scout Association’. He was first in court in 1967 – DD BP
WADE, Norman Vincent: I
WARD, Dennis: 66, scout leader, Plymstock, Plymouth – BP
WELLINGS, Charles: 42, Stamford Hill – H–MR
WILLIAMS, John Elwin: Willesden – H-CP
WHITTINGTON, Ernest Frank: Harlesden – H-CP
WOODHOUSE, David: street trader, East London. Jailed in 1977 for ‘meat rack’ prostitution in West End. CR
WOODLAND, Michael: 36, hostel supervisor, Hounslow. GR
YOUATT, John Devereux: sentenced to 5 years for abusing a boy in 1972, conspiracy to murder with James Holland, 1985. I
There is a great article on Byline by Cassandra Cogno on Playland Part 1: When protecting millionaires, titled and influential peadophile punters became paramount.
The Mayor of Islington’s chauffeur – Spotlight on Abuse
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