Isle of Man – Paedophile Paradise for downloading child abuse pictures

Isle of Man – Worlds Highest Proportion of Child Sexual Abuse Downloaders per population

The Isle of Man has the highest proportion per population, in the world, of downloaders of child abuse material from the internet, according to one investigation by Norwegian journalists.

Number of Child Abuse Downloaders in IOM per 100,000 Population

iom paedodata (2)

The Norwegian investigation was in fact nearly two years ago and most of this post was written many months ago, but never finished. It is however perhaps even more relevant now when the issue of child sexual abuse on the island, has finally been raised in Tynwald, thanks to Tim Baker MHK.

This information has been public for nearly 2 years now.

The big question is…

Have Police identified the downloaders and taken action? If not why not?

If not, there are potentially 149 paedophile downloaders, downloading child abuse material who have been downloading for possibly more than 2 years uninhibited. Perhaps also they have been abusing children on the island.

This post should be read in conjunction with my post Map of 95,000 Downloaders Worldwide of Child Abuse Material [3] which has more details and a UK angle, or indeed read the original posts (in English) by the Norwegian Reporters.

  • To go to the interactive map from VG Helg click this link [10]
  • To go to the original introductory article with map, 2015 Oct 3 VG Helg This map shows 95,000 downloaders of child abuse pictures worldwide click this link [1] This article gives an overview of the downloading map and how they found the information.
  • To go to the original in depth follow up article The Downloaders by VG Helg click this link [2]. The article describes how they traced some of the Norwegian men, agreed to meet them and ask why they downloaded child abuse material.

<p>WORLD MAP: This map show people that according to VGs research have downloaded child abuse material. <a class="" href="http://static.vg.no/nedlasterne/globe/index-en.html">Click here to see interactive graphics.</a></p>

Reporters from Norwegian online magazine VG Helm indicate that there are at least 149 internet addresses (IP addresses) on the Isle of Man which downloaded child abuse material (videos, photographs, writing), from the internet, in ten months of 2015.

Assuming the published figures of VG Helm are correct, when the figures are adjusted for population and worked out as as the number of downloading IP addresses per 100,000 in the Isle of Man and compared with some of other countries the figures for the island are astonishing.

Number of Child Abuse Downloaders in IOM per 100,000 Population

iom paedodata (2)

Number of Downloaders of Child Abuse Material in IOM per 100,000 Population

  • The Isle of Man has the highest proportion of the population per 100,000 downloading Child Abuse Material (CAM) by approximately 10 times that of the next worst
  • The Isle of Man has over 30 times more downloaders comparatively per 100,000 than the UK
  • The UK has 5.7 downloaders per 100,000 compared with 175 per 100,000 for the island. In other words if the IOM had the same proportion as the UK, it would have 5 downloaders. It appears to have 149 at least.

Method of Investigation

The VG Helg magazine team collected data for 10 months from file-sharing platforms, some of which keep publicly available logs of downloads. VG Helg’s team downloaded these logs, which contained information on 36 million downloads, from file names and dates of download, to usernames, email addresses and IPs.

They searched for abuse file names on both the clear and dark web. This allowed them to compile a list of Child Abuse Material (CAM) files. They then looked at other downloads made by the same people who had downloaded these files in hopes of uncovering more CAM.

The team discarded all normal downloads, set aside those made outside Norway, and continued to search for additional files downloaded by the same users which could turn out to be CAM. The final result was a list of 5, 500 downloads made in Norway. After some careful sleuthing, crossing usernames, social media accounts, email addresses, IPs, the team was able to identify many of the persons behind these usernames. For a more in depth description of how they did it, see towards the end of this article.

The team also collected much data of downloaders from other countries. In total 430,177 files showing sexual abuse of children have been downloaded to 94,989 IP addresses the world over.

For every download, they have indications of the user name and email address of the downloader, in addition to information on the file and the IP address it was downloaded to. Even if an IP address is not the same as a person, there is reason to assume that VG has information on close to 95,000 people from all over the world, who spend time, money and resources on downloading child abuse images.

Are Downloaders Dangerous?

Do these paedophile downloaders confine their interest to images and video of abused children or do they actually abuse on the island as well?

Lena Reif, head of the Sexual Crimes Unit in Norway’s National Criminal Investigation Service (NCIS), also believes there is a connection between downloading material showing child sexual abuse and actually committing it.

“Thirty per cent of the individuals we know have downloaded child sexual abuse material have also committed child sexual abuse. It seems as if many download child sexual abuse images to normalise their own fantasies about abuse like this” says Reif [2]

“Downloading files and viewing this type of abuse is, by extension, sexual exploitation of children,” says police superintendent Bjørn-Erik Ludvigsen “ [2]

Irishman Joe Sullivan is one of Europe’s foremost experts in risk assessment of sexual predators. Sullivan is a forensic psychologist and runs a company called Mentor Forensics. In the past 20 years he has worked on risk assessment for organisations such as the National Crime Agency, the UK equivalent of Norway’s National Criminal Investigation Service (NCIS) [2]

“At some point during the procedural or judicial process, eight out of ten who are convicted once for possession of child sexual abuse material will admit that they have also committed acts of sexual abuse on children. That is my experience from treatment and research” says Sullivan to VG [2]

“The question is not whether or not the downloaders will commit abuse; it is whether they already have, and in what context,” he says.

When he is asked to find out whether someone who has been convicted for downloading is likely to commit abuse when released, he interviews them using a lie detector.

“I do that to confirm that what they tell me is true and not just something they think I want to hear. It’s during these interviews that eight out of ten downloaders admit to having committed child sexual abuse before they were charged for possession of child sexual abuse images.”

“Are there any good reasons for downloading child sexual abuse material?” “None.

Why are the IOM figures so high?

This is difficult to answer definitively, especially without seeing the raw data itself and understanding what they mean.

Comparison with other islands

  • Malta with 122 square miles (about half the size of IOM with 221 square miles) has a population of 450,000 and 10 downloaders
  • Bahamas 380,ooo has 10 downloaders
  • Reunion 840,000 has 63 downloaders
  • Cyprus population 1.2M has 12 downloaders
  • IOM 85,000 has 149 downloaders

In the UK there were 3,743 internet addresses used for downloading child abuse material (CAM). Assuming a population of 64.5 million that works out at  5.7 people per 100,000. Correcting for population size reveals the UK in the top ten worst downloaders.

There could be many other file sharing sites and downloading networks. So this is not a definitive total, it is a minimum figure, from these sites chosen. This could work either way comparatively with other countries having different sites, but the true total figures would all be higher.

Paedophile Paradise – Power and Secrecy

The figures are assumed to be correct, and there is nothing to show they are not. The straightforward answer is that there are a greater proportion of people on the Island downloading child abuse material than elsewhere. This is a likely answer, but I have tried to put forward all possible alternatives later.

  • What are the possible reasons for a high rate of paedophilia?
  • Is the Isle of Man a paedophile paradise?
  • What is the truth about child sexual abuse on the Island?

It has long been rumoured that child sexual abuse has been rife on the island. It has long been whispered that it involved people of power and influence. It is said that it has been been covered up by the people of power and influence including politicians, the police, attorney generals office, secret societies and the Church.

An initial step towards the truth, one that has that has overcome the inertia of silence, denial and cover up, is the investigation into child sexual abuse at Knottfield, see Isle of Man Knottfield Child Sexual Abuse Investigation Aug 2017 [39] Hopefully it is the first crack in the cover up.

We need whistleblowers from the childrens homes, police, social services, courts, attorney generals office and all organisations to say what is going on, anonymously if needed.

Legal Differences

The IOM is a different legal jurisdiction and so there are differences and inconsistencies between the island and the jurisdictions of Britain, Ireland or Northern Ireland. Are there

  • lower detection rates by Police on the IOM for abusers and downloaders due to poor policing?
  • different legal offences for various sexual abuse and downloading child abuse material (CAM)?
  • charging differences for offences viewing indecent images and equivalent charges elsewhere?
  • charging differences due to decisions made by the Attorney General’s office or individuals therein?
  • sentencing differentials between IOM and Britain, Northern Ireland or Ireland?

Further study would need to be carried out on some of these factors but there are known to be sentencing differentials. Indeed there has been a petition of over 5,000 people to bring in harsher sentences for child abusers. Juan Watterson as Minister for Home Affairs promised it would come in after the Sept 2016 election.

It still  has not been introduced after nearly 18 months after the announcement. This appears to be gathering dust at the Attorney General’s Office. Why?

Attorney General is John Quinn but he was only Acting AG for some reason for several years, and on 15th Jan 2017 he was made permanent [49] The previous one Stephen Harding QC was suspended [40]

The exact history of the mess in the 2010’s at the Attorney Generals Office and indeed with the Police Chief Constable’s, I am not familiar with at the present time. It obviously does not lead to the public having much confidence in the integrity of top level police or attorney generals.

Sentencing and European Arrest Warrants

Juan Watterson announced that equalisation of sentencing with the UK would happen after the elections in September 2016 [24]. Unfortunately over 18 months after the announcement was made the Attorney Generals Office is still dragging its feet. Why?

There could conceivably have been a movement of paedophiles to the island, knowing the sentencing risks were less severe. Research would have to be done and made public on this. It remains to be seen whether Police would be cooperative.

Another factor could possibly be that European Arrests warrants are not valid on the island despite IOM being in the CTA common travel area [51] However surely the IOM could make its own reasonable arrangements with Europol? or the Government make changes to the CTA arrangements? Why is this not in place? Is this another of the Attorney Generals responsibilities?

Sex Offenders Register

Sex register include all sex offences not just child offences. Also it includes much more than indecent images

  • A total of 18 of the offenders have been convicted of possessing indecent images
  • 51 people currently on the island’s sex offenders’ register – including 4 UK-registered sex offender
  • 5 live off-island
  • In addition, there are 9 currently in prison serving custodial terms, who will be registered on their release.
  • 4 UK registered sex offenders living in the island [66]

Many are convicted of multiple offences but main offences [66]

  • 4 have been sentenced for sex with a person under 16
  • 5 have been convicted of rape
  • 19 with indecent assault
  • 4 with gross indecency
  • 1 with buggery

1 at least person reported to have moved to the Island and then offended [See Appendix 3]

  • At least 1 islander has offended off island  [50]
  • More research needed on this, by going through articles of convictions+

1 officer now monitors and engages with sex offenders on register [66]

Given the stories of CCTV on the ferries to identify offenders from Britain, it would appear that the money and time may be better spent identifying the child abuse material downloaders on the island. It would appear as if ferries is the scapegoat for lack of action by the IOM authorities who should be investigating what happens on the island.

Perhaps Britain should be more worried about IOM abusers going to Britain than the other way around as 5 live off island, and only 4 from UK are on the island? [50] More research needs carrying out on this.

What are Manx Police doing about Child Abuse Downloaders?

The Public Protection Unit (PPU) is the unit which investigates child sexual abuse, of which there are about 6 officers [54]

Operation Ore and Operation Spade are two of the most famous global internet child abuse operations, yet there is virtually no information on Operation Ore [41] and Project Spade [42] available on the Isle of Man. Why?

The Norwegian investigation found 149 IP addresses on the Isle of Man.

  • How many have been investigated?
  • What have the Police done?

Only 16 in total have been convicted of indecent images that are on the register [66]

Appendix 2 lists the some of Chief Constable’s Annual Reports

  • 2011 – 2012 [17]
  • 2013 – 2014 [16]
  • 2014 – 2015 [18]
  • Apologies for lack of up to date information 0n 2016 and 2017 due to shortage of time.

Highlighted in Appendix 2 the pages that there may be information of interest to child sexual abuse researchers.

Registered sex offenders number about 40 -50  eg [p41 [17] ]

Some information from later reports is in this article 2017 Jul 14 Isle of Man Online Children’s home abuse raised in Tynwald [31] 

Sexual Offences Prevention Order – need to research what these are and types of order. FOI?

Police Refuse to give any information about internet child sexual abuse

Media / Freedom of Information Request

In Feb 2016 I asked the Manx Constabulary some reasonable FOI / media questions on internet indecent images, before the law was actually introduced. The FOI law not introduced apparently only applies to after 2011 and only to people on the island.

So I am barred from asking FOI requests, despite the fact that many may consider it to be of public interest. The after 2011 date is nothing but a charter for cover up, and no cut off date should be enforced.

“Op Ore 2003 links [A26] [A33]

  • How many names/leads/IP addresses were given to IOM Police?
  • How many arrests were made?
  • How many prosecuted?
  • A very brief description (I am talking 2/3 sentences of what the Operation involved on IOM)

 Operation/Project Spade links  [61] [60].

  • Was any information handed to IOM Constabulary re Op Spade?
  • How many names/leads/IP addresses were given to IOM Police?
  • How many arrests were made?
  • How many prosecutions?
  • A very brief description (I am talking 2/3 sentences of what the Operation involved on IOM)

General

  • Do IOM constabulary have dedicated team for Internet downloaders of child abuse images?
  • How many people are in the section dealing with that?
  • What type of methods are IOM constabulary using to reduce internet downloading of indecent images on the Island?”

People might expect their Police Service not only to be able to answer, but to want to answer.

Manx Police responded in unhelpful, vacuous and fatuous fashion. Why?

They answered

  • “At the time of Operation Ore the Constabulary conducted a number of investigations referred to the Force within the protocols which existed at the time. The same can be said for Operation Spade. The investigations were stored under the names of the individuals investigated rather than any reference to the Operation names. It is therefore not possible to answer the questions in respect of the investigations.
  • As with most Police Forces the Constabulary investigates a wide range of offences and in an increasingly digital age provides a service which meets the demand in this area. The Constabulary are not in a position to release the nuances of the team which investigates these matters as it may reveal Police tactics and how it works in such operations.”

This was obviously high unsatisfactory, gave no information and pretended that giving any information would reveal Police tactics. I therefore replied:

  • “It is a matter for debate whether the Constabulary does indeed provide a service to meet demand in this digital area, and you offer no evidence of this whatsoever. Whilst I agree the Constabulary should not release “nuances of the team which investigates these matters as it may reveal Police tactics and how it works in such operations.”
  • “You have given no information whatsoever, never mind nuances. I remind you of the questions [above], which are perfectly reasonable, and something a decent media would be asking you [ie one that current IOM media was not asking them]. I note you do not even give a description of the operations.”

No satisfactory explanation was given.

  • Was nothing done by Manx Police?
  • Was it incompetently dealt with?
  • Was it corruptly covered up?

Police Secrecy and Excuses

IOM Police refused to provide me with any information on whether or not they have an internet abuse unit. I therefore suspect that they do not have an internet abuse unit and do not wish to admit it.

If an excuse is made that this information maybe somehow of help to paedophiles, then it can be pointed out that the IOM already has the highest rate in the world of downloading child sexual material per head of population.

If the Police were transparent to the public it is meant to serve, and it became public knowledge that the IOM has no internet sexual /child sexual abuse unit, or not sufficient people, then the public pressure should force the police to take internet child abuse more seriously and increase the resources dedicated to it.

Secrecy is playing into the hands of paedophiles and child abusers. The silence and secrecy must be replaced by transparency.

The existence or not of an internet abuse unit is a matter of legitimate public interest. By refusing to answer the Police are attempting to limit public scrutiny of their lack of willingness or ability to investigate the cases that need to be.  Any excuses they give are a sham to cover up that fact.

Operation Ore was, on the island, approximately Feb 2003 – only 14 years ago.
Operation Spade was only Nov 2013, less than 4 years ago. This was well into the digital age.

It should have been best practice and easy to file any information cross referenced to the Operation name. Even if it was not done, they could easily be searched for by date, or even by individual case it should not take very long.

Questions Public Protection Unit and Manx Police should answer on Internet Child Abuse

  • Why are Police deliberately hiding information on Operation Ore and Operation Spade and covering up child sexual abuse?

Operation Ore

  • Were any investigations carried out on Operation Ore?
  • Who was the Senior Investigating Officer for Operation Ore?
  • What was the result of any investigations from Op Ore?
  • Was anyone charged from Operation Ore?

Operation Spade

  • Were any investigations carried out on Operation Spade?
  • Who was the Senior Investigating Officer for Operation Spade?
  • What was the result of any investigations from Op Spade?
  • Was anyone charged from Operation Spade?

Operation Rescue

  • How many cases from Operation Rescue carried out by Europol in 2016 were relevant to the Isle of Man?
  • Was anything done about them?
  • What arrangements do the Manx Police have with Europol to exchange information?

Internet Child Abuse

  • Have the IOM Constabulary picked this up this Norwegian study which has been public for nearly 2 years?
  • Are the IOM Police cooperating with and learning from the Norwegian journalists? If not why not?
  • If they are aware of the study what are the results of any investigation into the IOM downloaders?
  • Why have results of any investigation not been seen?
  • If IOM Police /PPU are not aware of the study why not?
  • If not aware of the study is it because there is not an child abuse internet investigation team or because they are incompetent?
  • Do the IOM Constabulary have a dedicated internet abuse unit?
  • If not why not?
  • If there is an internet abuse unit, how many officers work full time on this?
  • Do they use the similar proven methods to this Norwegian team? If not why not?
  • If there is no unit why are police covering this up by refusing to answer?
  • Who is the Senior officer responsible for refusing information on Operation Spade, Operation Ore and whether there is an internet sexual abuse squad?
  • What are arrangements of the Manx Police with Europol to exchange information and ensure arrests if need be?

General

The fact that there have not been a mass of arrests appears to show that there could be 149 internet downloaders that have been operating with impunity on the island for at least 18 months

  • What does this say about the ability, the competence and the desire of the Manx Police to carry out child abuse investigations efficiently?
  • What does this say about the efficiency of the Police and what does it say about the accountability of the Police to the public?

In previous posts, it was found that Manx Police are certainly not giving victims of historic abuse that they approach or who come forward, adequate support and counselling. This is leading to complications and those people unnecessarily suffering.  Isle of Man: Counselling for Victims / Survivor[25]

Chief Constable Roberts

The spotlight must also fall on Chief Constable Roberts, because the buck stops with him, for

  • appalling lack of information on Operation Spade, Operation Ore, child abuse downloading and whether they even have team who specialise in internet child sexual abuse
  • proceeding to investigate child sexual abuse knowing that the victims and complainants are not given adequate trained specialised therapists  and support.  victims. Police continue to traumatise victims of non recent abuse and are negligent in doing so.

General Questions

  • Have the 150 child abuse downloading IP addresses identified in the 2015 Norwegian investigation got away with it, due to the incompetence of the Police?
  • Who is the senior officer in charge of internet crime on the island?
  • What conditions are put on abusers on the Sex Abusers Register?
  • How many have restrictions on using the internet or some form of monitoring?
  • What facilities are there on the island to treat child abusers and downloaders of the material to make them less likely to repeat this behaviour?
  • What facilities are there to help heal the victims and survivors of these abusers?

Timeline relevant to Internet Downloading or Indecent Pictures

The numbers for links in this section refer to different article [A]

  • 2003 Feb 3 IOM Today [A33] Raids on alleged net paedophiles. Homes around the Island have been raided as part of the Operation Ore crackdown on alleged paedophiles. Several houses have been targeted by officers, people arrested and evidence removed from homes as the worldwide hunt for people viewing sick images of children on the internet spreads to the Isle of Man. The force has refused to confirm Operation Ore raids are under way. Detective Chief Inspector Dave Bell.
  • 2003 Dec Original Source unknown [23] [See Appendix 1] Porn case man put on register. A man who admitted having images of naked children on his computer has been given a 12-month conditional discharge. John Howard Grundey, 57, who recently moved from the Isle of Man to Oatlands Avenue, Bar Hill, Cambridge, admitted five offences of possessing indecent or pseudo images of children. He appeared before High Bailiff Michael Moyle on the Isle of Man on December 23 when he was handed the conditional discharge and placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for a year. Prosecutor Pamela Butterworth. On it were images of naked children and he was arrested. Advocate Jason Stanley said the offences were committed between June 2001 and February 2003 and were not as serious as some.
  • 2004 Jul 23 IOM Today [A40] Manx Telecom considers anti porn measures.  Technology to bar paedophiles from viewing child pornography on the internet could be introduced by Manx Telecom. The company confirmed it would be interested in adopting BT’s Clean Feed filter system, which blocks illegal websites, including those showing sick images of children.
  • 2008 Jun 23 IOM Today [A14] Douglas man held 1,100 indecent pictures of children. Karl Anthony Inglis pleaded guilty to nine counts of possessing indecent printed or moving images of children before a Court of General Gaol Delivery on Monday. Inglis was placed on the sex offenders register for five years, ordered to notify the authorities of any travel plans during that period and banned from taking work with unsupervised access to children.Darren Taubitz advocate.
  • 2013 Sept 23 IOM Today [A38]  Nursery worker is sentenced. Passing sentence Deemster Alastair Montgomerie noted Andrew James Maddrell, a former employee at the Sandcastles nursery in Douglas, had pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a child and making indecent photographs of children only in August this year shortly before he was due to stand trial, having initially denied them. He was sentenced to 5 years 3 months imprisonment.
  • 2013 Sept 23 BBC [A18] Child sex assault Isle of Man nursery worker jailed. Andrew James Maddrell admitted in court Aug 9. 232 indecent images of children three days earlier. The court heard that of those images, 97 were level four and three were level five, the most severe.
  • 2013 Nov 14 The Star.com [A61] Child porn bust: Anatomy of an international child pornography investigation – Operation Spade
  • 2013 Nov 15 Daily Mail [A60]  Hundreds of British paedophiles still at large as worldwide swoop on 341 suspected sex offenders fails to net any in UK despite police receiving tip-off list 18 months ago – Operation Spade
  • 2014 May 27 BBC [A21] Man admits indecent images of children charges. A 22-year-old man has pleaded guilty to four charges relating to indecent images of children. Daniel Edward Kelly, from Peel, denied two further counts of possessing, making and publishing indecent images of children at Douglas courthouse. He was granted bail and will appear in court again on 22 July.
  • 2015 Jul 30th 3FM [A115] Number of children on sex abuse plans higher than UK Six per cent of Island children on the child protection register are being monitored on a sexual abuse plan – slightly higher per head of population than the UK’s figure of five per cent. How many now?
  • 2015 Aug 21 IOM Today [A120] Paedophile jailed for five years and five months re Andrew Mark Byrne was sentenced to five years and five months in jail and an indefinite period listed on the Sex Offenders Register following conviction for four counts of indecent assault on a child, 30 counts of making indecent images and videos of children and one count of breach of Sexual Offences Prevention Order. The indecent assault incidents occurred in the early 1990s. The offences involving indecent imagery were committed between 2001 and 2014.
  • 2015 Oct 13 IOM Today [A109] *Police dealing with more cases of sexual abuse features headline of IOM Examiner*  “Sharp rise in historic child sexual abuse cases”
  • 2016 Jan 14 Energy FM [A101] Man accused of possessing indecent images of children – A Port Erin man has appeared in court accused of possessing over 3,500 indecent photographs of children. 56-year-old Ian Mcloughlin has been charged with 10 offences of possessing, making or publishing the images between 2007 and October last year. At Douglas Courthouse this week Mcloughlin said he was giving ‘no indication of plea’- he’s due to be committed to the Court of General Gaol Delivery on March 8th.
  • 2016 Jul 30 Energy FM [37] Extra jail time for paedophile caught with pictures of children  Andrew Byrne
  • 2016 Aug 29 Event Chronicle Largest Pedophile Ring in History, 70,000 Members, Heads of State, the Rats Scramble [47] Operation Rescue
  • 2017 May 15 IOM Today [36] Man with more than 900,000 indecent images is jailed  Martin Andrew Cleator 900,000 indecent images of children. in Examiner on 2017 May 16
  • 2017 May 16 IOM Today [38] Breached sex order at church Raymond Carl Butler, Prosecutor Barry Swain, advocate Stephen Wood, Church on the Rock in Prince’s Road in Ramsey

Police are in a privileged position of power. However it can be and is often abused. This is exacerbated as the Police complaints mechanism, part of the checks and balances are not fit for purposes so there is no check on the police corruption, which gets more each year.

In this video a whistleblower from the Metropolitan Police tells of various tactics used for hiding child sexual abuse. Of course Rule 1 – Delay as much as you can is being used on exposure in the IOM.

 

What possible bias could there be in the Norwegian Investigation figures?

Due to the low actual number, 149, but high proportion per 100,000, then small differences in the Isle of Man figures are liable to be amplified in comparison to other countries with larger population. It is wise therefore to look at all possible sources of variation.

There could be factors as to why the number of IP addresses does not equate directly to numbers of people downloading on the island. This is recognised by the authors. Perhaps multiple computers and downloading devices. Perhaps false IPU addresses using virtual private networks (VPNs) with Isle of Man as the VPN.

Downloaders could be generating a different IP address each time, but then even more IP addresses could be expected

Due to the nature of the Norwegian Reporters investigation it is possible that figures will be biased towards file sharing networks that Norwegians used. Similarly as Germany came out with the highest number of Child Abuse Material (CAM) downloaders any connections or bias to Germany may be important.

The reason why one specific file-sharing service is used in one specific country may be that paedophiles and downloaders in this country discuss and recommend this service when they want to share abuse material. We have seen in several hidden forums that they recommend certain file-sharing services, and this discussion may happen not just on the Internet. One can therefore look at this world map as a representation of several geographic networks of downloaders and paedophiles, says Stangvik, the analyst who researched the data.

Manx Telecom [4] is now largely owned by Hg Capital which has a strong German link [5] Is this a possible factor? Does the Telecom company in use affect the ability to download images due to controls if any not being as strong. Back in 2004 Manx Telecom suggested it was going to bring in greater controls [19] – Did this happen? If not is this one of the factors that has led to the IOM being the worst downloader per population?

Another German link is the high number of German tourists particularly for the TT.  Has the knowledge of networks used by Germans for CAM downloading in the Norwegian study been shared in the Island due to this? Are Germans downloading whilst on the Island, and this has been picked up in the Norwegian figures? If so this would correlate with a peak around TT fortnight in the Norwegian data.

An old Norwegian Link to the Island is between the 8-12th Centuries when the island was part of the Suðreyjar, or “Southern Isles” [7]. The current Anglican diocese of Sodor and Man originally under the Archdiocese of Trondheim, comes now under the Province of York. The Bishop of Sodor and Man is an ex officio member of the Legislative Council of the Isle of Man. Have some Norwegian links been retained which has somehow manifested in the island today sharing similar file sharing groups on computer? Has any child abuse by the Anglican church been easier to hide with the Bishop being on the Legislative Council and/or being appointed bizarrely in a Crown Dependency by the PM the UK.

Tourist downloading will be easily found in the distribution of original data in the summer months. Any such links would only appear to skew comparative figures with other countries. It would not make much difference to the fact that the IOM has the highest proportion of downloaders found in the study.

Other cathy fox blog posts on the Isle of Man

  • 2015 May 25 Cathy Fox Blog Child Sexual Abuse in the Isle of Man [26]
  • 2015 May 25  Cathy Fox Blog 10 Steps on How to Research Child Sexual Abuse in your area – A Rough Guide  Uses IOM as an example [28]
  • 2016 Feb 15 Cathy Fox Blog IOM Child Sexual Abuse Update Feb 2016 [27]
  • 2016 Feb 16 Cathy Fox Blog  Isle of Man: Counselling for Victims / Survivor[25]
  • 2017 Aug 3 Cathy Fox Blog Isle of Man Knottfield Child Sexual Abuse Investigation Aug 2017 [39]

Please note that victims of abuse may be triggered by reading this information. These links are generally UK based.

  • The Sanctuary for the Abused [A] has advice on how to prevent triggers.
  • National Association for People Abused in Childhood [B] has a freephone helpline and has links to local support groups.
  • One in Four [C]
  • Havoca [D].
  • Useful post on Triggers [E]  from SurvivorsJustice [F] blog.
  • Jim Hoppers pages on Mindfulness [G]  and Meditation [H] may be useful.
  • Hwaairfan blog An Indigenous Australian Approach to Healing Trauma  [J]
  • Survivors UK for victims and survivors of male rape or the sexual abuse of men [K]
  • Voicing CSA group [L] helps arrange survivors meetings in your area
  • A Prescription for me blog Various emotional support links [M]
  • ShatterBoys -“Male Survivors Of Childhood Sexual Abuse Inspiring change, Through Shared Experience Whilst Building Connections…Together We Can Heal[N]
  • Fresh Start Foundation Scottish not for profit group, helping child sexual abuse victims & survivors  [P]

Links

  • Links prefaced with an A refer to links from article [0] which have not been reproduced here due to lack of time
  • Further some links are now defunct due to changes in IOM Today website

[0] 2015 May 25 cathy fox blog Child Sexual Abuse in the Isle of Man https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2015/05/25/child-sexual-abuse-in-the-isle-of-man/

[1] 2015 Oct 3 VG Helg This map shows 95,000 downloaders of child abuse pictures worldwide http://www.vg.no/nyheter/innenriks/kampen-mot-overgrepsfiler/this-map-shows-95-000-downloaders-of-child-abuse-pictures-worldwide/a/23535650/

[2] 2015 Oct VG Helg The Downloaders http://www.vg.no/spesial/2015/nedlasterne/?lang=en

[3] 2016 Feb 18 Cathy Fox Blog Map of 95,000 Downloaders Worldwide of Child Abuse Material https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2016/02/18/map-of-95000-downloaders-worldwide-of-child-abuse-material/

[4] Wikipedia Manx Telecom https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manx_Telecom

[5] Wikipedia Hg Capital https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HgCapital

[6] Wikipedia Diocese of Sodor and Man Anglican https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diocese_of_Sodor_and_Man

[7] Wikipedia Kingdom of the Isles https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingdom_of_the_Isles

[8] Wikipedia Bishop of Sodor and Man https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bishop_of_Sodor_and_Man

[9] Wikipedia Province of York Anglican https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Province_of_York includes

[10] VG Helg Interactive map http://static.vg.no/nedlasterne/globe/index-en.html

[11] Wikipedia Roman Catholic Diocese of Liverpool https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_Catholic_Archdiocese_of_Liverpool includes IOM

[12] 2006 Aug 6 Guardian Paedophile priest was given post at school for the deaf http://www.theguardian.com/society/2006/aug/06/childrensservices.uknews re Gallanagh

[13] 2016 Feb 25 BBC Peter Kewley: ‘Sexual predator’ has sentence appeal dismissed http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-35661392

[14] Sodor and Man Diocese http://www.sodorandman.im/diocesan_news/item/69233/recent_news/true/date/2016-02-22

[15] Sodor and Man Safeguarding http://www.sodorandman.im/safeguarding_inclusion

[16] 2013-14 Chief Constable’s Annual Report  https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0ahUKEwjvr8PE0ZDLAhUkCpoKHfCICvMQFggcMAA&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.gov.im%2Fmedia%2F1305943%2Fchief_constable_s_annual_report_2013_-_2014.pdf&usg=AFQjCNEvBLQ1A6Pcdik5GoH7KSPQjObdfg&sig2=u9dhxxQXRDRuSqyB4NAtIg&cad=rja

[17] 2011/12 Chief Constable’s Annual Report 2011/12 https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=5&ved=0ahUKEwi9jJn8z5DLAhVC2BoKHX4_AoQQFggzMAQ&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tynwald.org.im%2Fbusiness%2Fopqp%2Fsittings%2F20112014%2F2012-GD-0016.pdf&usg=AFQjCNGnlAzbhKJuH7D_EL7DvcgSvW-86Q&sig2=I1UhA-6MZT3UUsSWQK9O7Q&cad=rja

[18] 2014 – 2015 Chief Constable’s Annual Report https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=3&ved=0ahUKEwjvr8PE0ZDLAhUkCpoKHfCICvMQFggmMAI&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.gov.im%2Fmedia%2F1349095%2Fchief-constables-annual-report-2014-15.pdf&usg=AFQjCNEqm96CW4mZklxTAucjJH8vi75jQQ&sig2=lu571thXRPG2nDMVC-OG0Q&cad=rja

[19] 2004 Jul 23 IOM Today Manx Telecom considers anti porn measures http://www.iomtoday.co.im/news/isle-of-man-news/manx-telecom-considers-anti-porn-measures-1-1752962

Numbers above refer to article

[20] 2000 May 11  IOM Today PAEDOPHILE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES https://theneedleblog.wordpress.com/operation-greenlight/isle-of-man/

[21] 2016 Jul 26 Cathy Fox Blog Met Police hide sexual abuse of children – Police whistleblower  https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2016/07/26/police-whistleblower-tells-how-met-police-treat-sexually-abused-children/

[22] 2016 Jul UK Column UK Column – The Child Abuse Cover Up – A Police Whistleblower Speaks https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=11&v=amkkK-_o9vA

[23] 2016 Jul 29 Telegraph Police find 30 million images of child abuse in major anti-paedophile operation http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/29/police-find-300-million-images-of-child-abuse-in-major-anti-paed/

[24] 2016 Feb 3 BBC Plan to review Isle of Man child sex offenders sentences revealed http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-3547708

[25] 2016 Feb 16 Cathy Fox Blog  Isle of Man: Counselling for Victims / Survivors https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2016/02/16/isle-of-man-counselling-for-victims-survivors/

[26] 2015 May 25 Cathy Fox Blog Child Sexual Abuse in the Isle of Man https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2015/05/25/child-sexual-abuse-in-the-isle-of-man/

[27] 2016 Feb 15 Cathy Fox Blog IOM Child Sexual Abuse Update Feb 2016 https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2016/02/15/iom-child-sexual-abuse-update-feb-2016/

[28] 2015 May 25  Cathy Fox Blog 10 Steps on How to Research Child Sexual Abuse in your area – A Rough Guide https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2015/05/25/researching-child-sexual-abuse-in-your-area-a-rough-guide/ Uses IOM as an example

[29] 2015 Dec 10 Cornish Guardian Devon and Cornwall police arrest 79 people in major crackdown on suspected paedophiles http://www.cornishguardian.co.uk/devon-cornwall-police-arrest-79-people-major/story-28341209-detail/story.html Detective Chief Inspector Neil Ralph of Devon and Cornwall Police’s public protection unit, said: “The internet is not a safe space for paedophiles to access and view indecent images of children, as their activity leaves a digital footprint, which we will find.

[30] 2017 Jul 27 Manx Radio Sensitive approach to Knottfield investigation http://www.manxradio.com/news/isle-of-man-news/sensitive-approach-to-knottfield-investigation/

[31] 2017 Jul 14 Isle of Man Online Children’s home abuse raised in Tynwald http://www.iomonline.com/article.cfm?id=34826&headline=Children%27s%20home%20abuse%20raised%20in%20Tynwald&sectionIs=NEWS&searchyear=2017

[32] 2017 Jul 25 BBC Isle of Man abuse victims urged to come forward http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-40717136

[33] 2017 Jul 18 IOM.com Child abuse: call for evidence https://www.isleofman.com/News/details/83590/child-abuse-call-for-evidence

[34] 2017 Jul 18 Tynwald Child abuse: call for evidence http://www.tynwald.org.im/about/news/Pages/1769.aspx

[35] 2010 Jun 28 Local Government Lawyer Manchester City Council settles second set of historic child abuse claims http://www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2627:manchester-city-council-settles-second-set-of-historic-child-abuse-claims&catid=54:childrens-services-articles

[36] 2007 May 15 IOM Today Man with more than 900,000 indecent images is jailed http://www.iomtoday.co.im/article.cfm?id=33644&headline=Man+with+more+than+900%2C000+indecent+images+is+jailed&sectionIs=NEWS&searchyear=2017 Martin Andrew Cleator 900,000 indecent images of children. in Examiner on 2007 May 16

[37] 2016 Jul 30 Energy FM  Extra jail time for paedophile caught with pictures of children http://www.energyfm.net/cms/news_story_437568.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook Andrew Byrne

[38] 2017 May 16 IOM Today Breached sex order at church http://www.iomtoday.co.im/article.cfm?id=33474&headline=Breached+sex+order+at+church&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2017 Raymond Carl Butler, Prosecutor Barry Swain, advocate Stephen Wood, Church on the Rock in Prince’s Road in Ramsey

[39] 2017 Aug 3 Cathy Fox Blog Isle of Man Knottfield Child Sexual Abuse Investigation Aug 2017 https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2017/08/03/isle-of-man-knottfield-child-sexual-abuse-investigation-aug-2017/

[40] Wikipedia Attorney General Isle of Man https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attorney_General_(Isle_of_Man)

[41] Wikipedia Operation Ore https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Ore archive http://archive.is/TdYVk

[42] Wikipedia Project Spade https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2013_International_child_pornography_investigation Archive http://archive.is/CvDg8

[43] From Beecroft Speech 2006 Report of the Commission of Inquiry into the Care of Young People in the Isle of Man  ??? Children and Young Persons Act 2001 introduced modern law and practice into our child protection work. The Regulation of Care Act 2013 /residential facilities for children and young people are commissioned from external providers and we have robust governance arrangements through contract management. No current children’s home has failed an inspection. An external body, the Care Inspectorate from Scotland ,reviewed our services for children and young people in 2014 and did a follow – up inspection in 2016./ Independent Chair of Safeguarding Board is proposing to carry out a review to test the Isle of Man performance against the areas that the Jersey inquiry have identified for improvement. 2017 Jul 18 IOM Tynwald  Knottfield debate [62] pdf download. Also See Appendix Zero knottfield/ including the 2006 Everall Commission of Inquiry into the Care of Young People and the two Scottish Care Inspectorate reports into services for children and young people in 2014 and 2016/

[44] 2006 May 4  Isle of Man Guide Commission of Inquiry into the Care of Young People http://www.iomguide.com/news/general-news.php?story=100861 15th October 2004 Mark Everall QC was appointed by the Council of Ministers on the Isle of Man to conduct a Public Inquiry into the care and support given to Samantha Barton and George Green

[44a] Report http://www.gov.im/cso/commission/findings.xml

[44b] https://web.archive.org/web/20060208183212/http://www.gov.im/cso/commission/findings.xml Commission Findings – The Final Report of the Commission of Inquiry will be posted on this page once it is published

[47] 2016 Aug 29 Event Chronicle Largest Pedophile Ring in History, 70,000 Members, Heads of State, the Rats Scramble http://www.theeventchronicle.com/intel/largest-pedophile-ring-history-70000-members-heads-state-rats-scramble/# Operation Rescue

[48] MHKs They work for you Howard Quayle https://www.mhkstheyworkforyou.com/howard-quayle-mhk-chief-minister/

[49] 2017 Jan 6 Manx radio John Quinn is new Attorney General http://www.manxradio.com/news/isle-of-man-news/john-quinn-is-new-attorney-general/

[51] 2017 Feb 11 IOM Today Convicted Polish rapist could not be arrested in Isle of Man http://www.iomtoday.co.im/article.cfm?id=31883&headline=Convicted+Polish+rapist+could+not+be+arrested+in+Isle+of+Man&sectionIs=NEWS&searchyear=2017

[54] 2016 Jul 15 Energy FM Police see 110 per cent increase in sexual offence workload http://www.energyfm.net/cms/news_story_437917.html 110 per cent increase in their workload over the last 12 months The Public Protection Unit – which is staffed by six officers

Appendix 1 Raw Data Used

Apologies, a table is beyond my technical skills

Number of Downloaders:Country:Population:Number per 100,000 equivalent

  •  59 Trinidad and Tobago 1.33M 4.4
  •  149 IOM 85 ,000    175
  •  221 Ireland 4.6m    4.8
  •  3743 UK 64.5 M     5.7
  • 296 Israel 8.5M 3.4
  • 502 Belgium 11.5M  4.4
  • 750 Switzerland 8.2  9.1
  • 973 Austria 8.5  11.4
  • 18107 Germany 81m  22.4
  • 13630 United States 322M 4.2
  • 11118 Russia 144M  7.7
  • 3743 United Kingdom 64.5M 5.8
  • 3393 France 66M  5.14
  • 3336 Japan 127 M   2.62
  • 2969 Brazil 203M  1.4
  • 2364 Italy 61.5  3.8
  • 2073 Ukraine  43M 4.8
  • 1899 Spain 46.5M 4.1
  • 1837 Australia 24 M 7.6
  • 1777 Netherlands 17M 10.4
  • 1723 Canada 36M 4.7
  • 1672 Poland 39M 4.3
  • 430 Norway 5.2M 8.2
  • 63 Reunion 0.84M 7.5
  • 12 Cyprus 1.2mM
  • 10 Malta o.45 m (122 sq miles cf IOM 221)
  • 10 Bahamas 0.38m

Appendix 2

Chief Constable’s Annual Report 2011/12 [17] 

p32 Sexual offences 5 recorded 3 detected indecent images of children, gross indecency with child 5 and 3, no indecent assaults on male under 16, 13 and 4 women under 16

p41 Registered sex offender 2009/10 – 34, 10/11 – 39, 11/12 – 41

p47 Missing from care 116, from home 188

p48 PPU (Public Protection Unit) investigations 38 csa allegations, 6 historic, 9 allegations involving indecent images

Chief Constable’s Annual Report 2013 – 2014 [16]

Gives sexual offences  2011/2 48 2012/13 47 2013/4 55 3% approx of crime Child Offences
OFFENCE RE EMPLOYMENT OF YOUNG PERSONS
2011/12 – 0  12/13 – 1  13/14 – 0
OFFENCE UNDER THE CHILDREN AND YOUNG PERSONS ACT 1996
2   0   0
PUBLICATION OF MATTERS CONTRARY TO C & YP ACT
3   0   0

Page 41 Sexual offences

Page 45 Management of Sex Offenders
There are currently 45 registered Sex Offenders on the Island, a decrease of one since the previous year. One breach of the registration was identified.
38 notifications from Registered Sex Offenders regarding change in circumstances were recorded, and 82 visits were made to the homes of offenders. There were 34 off-island travel notifications and two breaches of the notification requirements.

P47 Missing Persons
The total number of the juvenile Missing Persons reported during 2013-2014 was 443. This represents a reduction of 25% from the previous year. This decrease is mostly due to a large fall in reports of children missing from home (from 233 to 96). As a result, almost 80% of the incidents related to children absent from local care.
Dialogue with service providers and with the Department of Social Care was considerable and frequent. However, too many young people are going missing and this can be a drain on police time. We are certainly not yet near the situation that arose a decade or so ago when looking for young people missing from care was a major policing issue; however efforts will have to be made to ensure that the situation does not deteriorate any further.
The growing involvement of the Constabulary in mental health issues is a cause for concern. During the year there were frequently occasions in which officers were called to find mentally ill people, who had gone missing and who were at risk of harm. Every indication exists that this is a growing problem and one for which there are no easy solutions. On several occasions during the year every available officer was required to

p48 Public Protection Matters
Public Protection is an extremely important part of modern policing. It comprises several different strands of activity, including the investigation of sexual and physical abuse of children and young people, the management of sex offenders and other dangerous individuals, and the policing of the online world.
At both strategic and tactical levels partnership working is critically important if vulnerable people, especially vulnerable young people, are to be protected. Partnership working is not always easy and, at a time when resources are shrinking, each organisation involved in public protection work must ensure that it resists the temptation to “retreat to barracks” and focus solely on what it does at the expense of working together.
On a positive note, two especially difficult and high sexual abuse cases were successfully prosecuted at the Court of General Gaol Delivery. Both involved serious sexual abuse committed by individuals operating in educational or child care environments. Whilst the positive outcomes are satisfying, the cases highlighted how the criminal justice system in its current format is scarcely suitable for child victims, especially those that are very young.
The Constabulary’s public protections investigations team was recognised at UK national level for its excellence, when it won the Association of Chief Police Officers’ northern region sexual offences investigations techniques team of the year award. When the police approach to sexual offending has a higher profile than ever before, this is a considerable achievement.
The number of child sex-abuse cases remained at 34, the same as last year, while the number of child physical-abuse allegations dropped from 55 to 36. Overall the number of separate investigations begun during the year dropped from 183 to 130.
It is a sad fact that some of the referrals are a result of family breakdown. Children are sometimes used as bargaining tools by estranged parents, who make accusations of abuse or neglect as a way of harming former spouses or partners. Each allegation has to be investigated, yet few are found to have substance.
I wish to highlight what I consider to be the biggest threat to the safety of children and young people on the Island. It is this: a growing fear amongst professionals about the sharing of information. Whereas the Island’s data protection laws are broadly the same as those found elsewhere in the British Isles, the interpretation of those laws given by officials charged with overseeing data protection matters differs considerably. As a result, there are increasing signs that professionals here are becoming afraid to share information. I know that my strategic level partners share my concerns.

Registered sex offenders page 59   41/46/45

PPU investigation page 71

csa allegations  38/34/34 historic 6/9/16 indecent images 9/5/7

Page 81 The unit was recognised for the excellence of its work when it won the Association of Chief Police Officers sexual offences investigation techniques team of the year award for the northern region. This is a highly significant achievement, especially at a time when so many high profile investigations were being made in the United Kingdom. The Unit was recognised for the whole range of its work, but especially its work in respect of the sexual abuse of very small children at the Sandcastles Nursery and the rape and indecent assault of teenage girls by a mathematics lecturer, who was providing home tutoring. These awful offences were dealt with in exemplary fashion.
I would highlight two real concerns that I have: firstly, legislation to deal with the whole range of sexual offending is now hopelessly outdated. Steps by the Department of Home Affairs to modernise the law cannot happen soon enough. Secondly, I am worried the attitude of young people, sometimes of a pre-teenage years, to sexual matters. There is an increasing sexualisation of young people at a very early age. This manifests itself in dangerous behaviour, which sometimes involves frequent sexual activity, which often involves the sharing of naked or sexual pictures via various social media, and which sometimes leads to contact with adult sexual offenders. At the risk of sounding Victorian, I would urge parents to take a more interventionist approach to these matters.

p90 PPU/MAPPU
£10,863 spend
£7,028 budget
-£3,835

Chief Constable’s Annual Report 2014 – 2015 [18]

page 15 sexual offences 60

page 60 sexual offences *

page 62 registered sex offenders , 2015 49

page 68 missing children and evidence of child sexual exploitation

page 69 c.25% increase in absent from care

p70 PPU csa allegations 35 , historic ZERO?, indecent images 8

p84 Public Protection Unit: 1 Inspector, 1 Sergeant, 6 Constables

p106 reoffending sexual offences various years less than 4 ?

Appendix 3

December 2003 Source not known Porn case man put on register

A MAN who admitted having images of naked children on his computer has been given a 12-month conditional discharge.

John Howard Grundey, 57, who recently moved from the Isle of Man to Oatlands Avenue, Bar Hill, Cambridge, admitted five offences of possessing indecent or pseudo images of children.

He appeared before High Bailiff Michael Moyle on the Isle of Man on December 23 when he was handed the conditional discharge and placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for a year.

Police acting on a tip-off seized Grundey’s computer from his then home in Friary Park, Ballabeg, on February 3, said prosecutor Pamela Butterworth.

On it were images of naked children and he was arrested.

Advocate Jason Stanley said the offences were committed between June 2001 and February 2003 and were not as serious as some.

The case had a devastating effect on him. He was subjected to abuse and threats which caused him to lose his job and forced him to move.

Mr Stanley said Grundey hadn’t downloaded or saved the images.

Imposing the conditional discharge, Mr Moyle said community-based sentences were not available to him and the defendant had no means with which to pay a fine.

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“Security Services” running rogue – Deep State out of Control

“Security Services” running rogue – Congress #Awangate Spyring run by CIA

                                                 Deep state out of control

The recent Crowdsource the Truth video [below] from 8th August is an important one.

The #AwanBrothers #Awangate spy network of congress looks as though it is CIA operation and that is just the start.

A very brief recap, the highly paid Pakistani Awan brothers, appear to have been brought in to spy on Congress to find out what congress were up to and to control them.

They did this by doctoring Blackberry phones configured to synchronise with external servers, so that Congress persons emails and communications were saved without knowledge of the people using them. The information is used to blackmail members of Congress.

Debbie Wasserman Shultz, disgraced ex DNC Chair, who illegally helped fix Hillary Clinton the Democrat nomination against Bernie Sanders is revealed to have have pressured Congressional bank to give illicit loans to Imran Awan and his wife.

The Awans were also involved in a car parts stealing and smuggling network. Their high salaries are thought to have funded the Hillary campaign. They even stole congress peoples property but were not charged.

Grassley, the Senate Judiciary Committee Chair is now investigating the Awans’ immigration files and we could have well reached tipping point that this black operation is exposed and the rats are scurrying in all directions. It still needs everyone to keep pushing hard though.

In the video Jason came out with the classic line that Debbie Wasserman Shultz is like the  “the big clog of hair blocking the drain” of the swamp.

Now that she is being cleared out, then the swamp will begin to drain more quickly. She could well be the Israeli intelligence, Mossad link, the Awans are the Pakistani intelligence, ISI link and Clinton and CIA link running parts.

So it appears to be various intelligence services who are meant to act in the national interest of their own countries and protect their own countries national security have in fact gone rogue and out of control. It even appears that NCIS – Navy intelligence may have been configuring the phones. FBI Comey, McCabe Mueller are of course covering for the deep state.

The secret services are operating global criminal enterprises cooperating with each other against the Government of the US and other governments. This may well fit in with the globalists agenda. It explains why they use terrorists mujahadeen in Afghanistan, Al Nusra in Syria etc. These rogue secret services also appear to run illegal depleted uranium and white phosphorus ratlines.

Other major crimes that the CIA and deep state appear linked to are the Clinton Foundation, Clintons pay to play operation, the DNC fraud, Seth Rich murder/story to list a few.

So what is the connection to child sexual abuse in Britain which is what this blog is mostly about?

There are several links. CIA work closely with MI6 and GCHQ and swap information and it is inconceivable that GCHQ and MI6 do not know some or all of this. They use Palentir and artificial intelligence, hugely powerful tools to essentially expose everything about everybody. For more on artificial intelligence see Crowdsource the Truth Exploring Palantir with Quinn Michaels [8] or below

CIA runs “brownstone” operations using children to entrap and blackmail powerful people. Jeffrey Epstein probably ran this for the CIA and Mossad. Where has it transferred to?

The UK secret services appear to do the same in the UK eg Kincora, Elm Guest House and work with procurers such as Jimmy Savile perhaps Hamilton at Dunblane. They of course suppress evidence and the truth coming out.

The Home Office, officially nominally controls the “intelligence” services MI5, GCHQ, police, special branch, National Crime Agency. Home Office also have stranglehold on the IICSA child abuse inquiry via the Home Office Secretariat. Defence Intelligence presumably nominally controlled by MOD and MI6 by the Foreign Office.

The child sexual abuse is only a part of the global criminal network of “ratlines” oil,  war and weapons, drugs both legal and illegal, human trafficking, sex trafficking, child trafficking and exploitation and organ harvesting.

The global criminality links into the key controlling levels in British and UK society. ie the justice system, politicians, lawyers, doctors, psychiatrists, coroners, police, social services, government structures such as the Home Office.

There are blackmailable or corrupt people in key places as they are all used for control. Social services are used to get a supply of children to be abused, people for organ harvesting, users for drugs etc

The criminality will link into key organisations such as the Official Solicitors Office and the top of the judiciary. eg Len Lawrence email to Official Solicitors Office [9]  and Judge Adrian Fulford – Can we trust him?  [10] 

People trafficking widespread in Britain, see  BBC  Modern slavery and trafficking ‘in every UK town and city’ [14]

This also explains the deliberate UK funding of what they must know to be terrorist groups such as the White Helmets in Syria formed by ex military intelligence, James Le Mesurier [4]

It also explains the Gladio and Gladio B [5] false flags and destabilisation, as well other false flag bombings and terrorist incidents.

It appears that terrorists with a globalist agenda in state “security services” and “intelligence” are deliberately targeting and destabilising countries and states on a massive scale.

Overtly targetted countries are Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Iran and Venezuela. Targetted in a different manner are countries like the US and the UK by means of false flags and Gladio B, and entrapment and blackmail of people in government  or those likely to be in Government in years to come.

MI5, MI6 and GCHQ cannot fail to know this. If they say they do not then they should be broken up as they useless, if they do know they should be broken up as they are corrupt.

There is a scheme of targeting people who are troublesome to the globalists criminals agenda.

Since they have information from all organisations via Palentir, they can arrange for various levels of harrassment and criminality

  • corrupted legal system turned upon the likes of Steven George, Jason Packer, Michael Doherty, Melanie Shaw, Nigel Ward, Tim Hicks, Chris Spivey, Brian Pead, Robert Green and Stuart Syvret.  Sexual Abuse Campaigners and Whistleblowers targeted by state organisations [11]
  • stealing houses and land from eg Tom Crawford, Len Lawrence, Peter Hofshroer, Guy Taylor, Carol Woods, Boddington Manor, Yorkley Community Farm
  • gang stalking of Carol Woods and others
  • spying against people and legitimate organisations with spycops The police’s attempt to justify spying on ordinary people just got a little bit more ridiculous [12]
  • mental health system corruptly used against Steven George, Melanie Shaw and Len Lawrence
  • stealing children and forced adoptions are now commonplace in the UK social services system under the cover of the secretive Family Courts, and parents not allowed to speak out with gag orders
  • mk ultra type mind control and forced use of legal drugs to disorientate and carry out deeds useful to corrupted deep state. Dissociative child sexual abuse victims susceptible to this.

A pattern emerges and who is behind it?

The organisation used for this in the US is JTTF Joint Terrorism Task Force.

The UK equivalent is unknown but could well be the misuse of the very organisations supposed to protect children, and to protect people from terrorism ie multi agency safeguarding hubs and this Terrorism Task Force UK sets up terrorism task force to keep preachers from radicalizing others  [13] Only a couple of rogues need to be in place, to get information and guide them down a wrong path.

Who are the security services working for? Not for the people. They probably work for Rothschilds, bankers, HSBC

 

2017 Aug 8 You Tube Crowdsource the Truth  Live From John Glenn Airport [6] 

Congratulations to George, the video starts with a court case against investigator George Webb being dropped. The foundations of the case were distinctly dodgy and the authorities may have been scared that George would use the case to expose the rogue deep state.

Join the crowd and help find the truth and stop the criminal network in power.

This interview with Thomas Paine gives more information on the deep state

2017 Aug 10 Crowdsource the Truth Special Guest Thomas Paine of True Pundit [7] 

For more on artificial intelligence watch this.

2017 Aug 6 Crowdsource the Truth Exploring Palantir with Quinn Michaels [8] 

The deep state are out of control and need exposing. Individuals inside the spy organisations GCHQ, MI5, MI6 do not know who they really work for, they do not know who to trust, they are taught to deceive and lie as their chief assets. Their colleague can be the informer against them. This catches up with people as they live through it. Time to get out and start blowing the whistles…

Apologies that I have not put in more links and references. Crowdsource the Truth investigation moves so fast that by the time I have fully referenced and linked an article, then they have moved on, and my article is out of date, so I have compromised by using some references and people can search for other links on names I have mentioned, often in my own blog

Please note that victims of abuse may be triggered by reading this information. These links are generally UK based.

  • The Sanctuary for the Abused [A] has advice on how to prevent triggers.
  • National Association for People Abused in Childhood [B] has a freephone helpline and has links to local support groups.
  • One in Four [C]
  • Havoca [D].
  • Useful post on Triggers [E]  from SurvivorsJustice [F] blog.
  • Jim Hoppers pages on Mindfulness [G]  and Meditation [H] may be useful.
  • Hwaairfan blog An Indigenous Australian Approach to Healing Trauma  [J]
  • Survivors UK for victims and survivors of male rape or the sexual abuse of men [K]
  • Voicing CSA group [L] helps arrange survivors meetings in your area
  • A Prescription for me blog Various emotional support links [M]
  • ShatterBoys -“Male Survivors Of Childhood Sexual Abuse Inspiring change, Through Shared Experience Whilst Building Connections…Together We Can Heal[N]
  • Fresh Start Foundation Scottish not for profit group, helping child sexual abuse victims & survivors  [P]

Links

[1] 2017 Aug 2 Millenium Report  AWANGATE: Former Asst. US Attorney Lays Bare The Debbie Wasserman Schultz-Awan Scandal http://themillenniumreport.com/2017/08/awangate-former-asst-us-attorney-lays-bare-the-debbie-wasserman-schultz-awan-scandal/

[2] 2017 Aug 9 Investment Watch blog New York Times: Israeli and other foreign intelligence have the goods on pedophile D.C. politicians http://investmentwatchblog.com/new-york-times-israeli-and-other-foreign-intelligence-have-the-goods-on-pedophile-d-c-politicians/

[3] 2017 Aug 8 Daily Caller  Grassley Seeks Immigration Files For Pakistani Suspects In House IT Probe http://dailycaller.com/2017/08/08/grassley-seeks-immigration-files-for-pakistani-suspects-in-house-it-probe/

[4] Wikispooks James Le Mesurier https://www.wikispooks.com/wiki/James_Le_Mesurier

[5] Wikispooks Gladio B https://wikispooks.com/wiki/Operation_Gladio/B

[6] 2017 Aug 8 You Tube Crowdsource the Truth  Live From John Glenn Airport https://youtu.be/7xuaSo1iufI

[7] 2017 Aug 10 Crowdsource the Truth Special Guest Thomas Paine of True Pundit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IC1RJVOlSfk

[8] 2017 Aug 6 Crowdsource the Truth Exploring Palantir with Quinn Michaels https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0RPn9Ikh0A

[9] 2017 Aug 7 cathy fox blog Len Lawrence email to Official Solicitors Office https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2017/08/07/len-lawrence-email-to-official-solicitors-office/

[10] 2017 Jul 25 cathy fox blog Judge Adrian Fulford – Can we trust him? https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2017/07/25/judge-adrian-fulford-can-we-trust-him/

[11] 2015 Jul 12 cathy fox blog Child Sexual Abuse Campaigners and Whistleblowers targeted by state organisations https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2015/07/12/child-sexual-abuse-campaigners-and-whistleblowers-targeted-by-state-organisations/

[12] 2017 Aug 8 Canary The police’s attempt to justify spying on ordinary people just got a little bit more ridiculous https://www.thecanary.co/2017/08/08/polices-attempt-justify-spying-ordinary-people-just-got-little-bit-ridiculous/

[13] 2013 May 6 NY Daily News UK sets up terrorism task force to keep preachers from radicalizing others http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/uk-terrorism-task-force-focuses-radical-preachers-article-1.1355037

[14] 2017 Aug 10 BBC  Modern slavery and trafficking ‘in every UK town and city’ http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-40885353

Let justice be done though the heavens fall – Fiat justitia ruat cælum

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Tyrone Mark, Arnewood School, Child Abuse Cover up in Hampshire

The network of abuse and corruption appears particularly strong in Hampshire. This post shows Hampshire County Council and Hampshire Police are involved.

But there is alot more in Hampshire. A related post I am still working on, shows Jason Packer and Steven George fitted up by the Police and links to other abuse in Hampshire, involving the Church as well.

This post covers Tyrone Mark a teacher at the Arnewood School in New Milton, Hampshire. In 2016 he was finally found guilty and sentenced for the worst possible category of child abuse images [10]

However below the surface of this story there is a web of delay, deceit and criminal cover up by the police, the school and the council – the very institutions supposed to protect children.

All of the 17 child sex offences that Mark was convicted for, could have been prevented if Hampshire Constabulary had done their job properly, or even at all, in the first place.

Hampshire County Council Childrens Services made two referrals to Hampshire Police about Tyrone Mark.  One referral was in 2012 and one was in 2013. These referrals were  not investigated by Hampshire Police and illegally nothing was recorded in the police system regarding the two referrals, hence both were kept completely off the radar.

That does not comply with the statutory Home Office Crime Recording Rules [17], which state that an incident report must be logged within 24 hours. A crime recording decision must then be made and entered with reasons for not following up within 3 days of that under the same rules. Both referrals despite damning evidence were illegally kept off the police computer system (RMS) by Hampshire Police despite the obvious danger this posed for children.

In March 2014 Tyrone Mark was eventually sacked from the Arnewood School and in July 2014  was banned forever from teaching for life, for unprofessional conduct and inappropriate sexually motivated behaviour which including having compiled a dossier of pupils photos and sexual  comments about them over ten years.  [See Timeline and Mr Tyrone Mark: Professional Conduct Panel outcome Panel decision and reasons on behalf of the Secretary of State for Education [13]]

Arnewood School

Worried parents however, were not even informed by the School or Police if their children were kept in the sex dossier by Mark. They were entirely kept in the dark about this development. Arnewood School Lie pdf [23]

In Aug 2014, Freedom of Information requests by a parent, John Caine, showed that the police had not investigated Hampshire County Council referrals about Tyrone Mark contrary to a letter sent out to parents by the at the school to reassure them that the matter had been investigated by the police and they had worked closely with the police.

In truth this individual had not been cleared of any criminal conduct and there had been  no criminal investigation at all.

These same FOI responses also prove the then Head of Children’s Service’s Mr. John Couglan later went on to deceive an MP (Desmond Swayne MP) that there was nothing to worry about and the police decision to take no action was the right one, and he was “confident” with that decision.  John Coughlan Letter pdf [25] Arnewood Police FOI Responses pdf [24]

We know now Mr. Mark was in reality engaged in committing offences against children at the very time the school was offering these false reassurances to parents and the local press, and the Head of Hampshire County Council was likewise engaged by doing likewise by offering false re-assurances to an MP about Mr. Mark’s conduct.

Mr Caine then complained to the Police that the Hampshire Police had not even assessed the damning material found at Mr Marks home. With the “cat now out of the bag” the Police accepted that they had been wrong not to investigate the previous referrals and at last started to investigate. The school had officially misled parents and the public about a police investigation having been carried out.

John Caine then set out to find out why the police had not investigated Mark Tyrone, and why parents and the public had been lied to, misled and kept in the dark.

  • Hampshire Police and its Professional Standards Department frustrated him at every turn and covered up for its police officers.
  • MP Desmond Swayne MP, controversially awarded a knighthood by David Cameron in his resignation honours was a minister of state for the Department for Internal Development (DFID) at the time and later lost his job in the reshuffle appeared unwilling to investigate anything and refused to see Mr. Caine.
  • Hampshire County Council School and Children’s Services provided no answers and said that everything was fine and repeatedly dismissed matters.
  • The then Head of Hampshire Children’s Services Mr. John Coughlan now promoted to Chief Executive and earning 250,000 per year misled Desmond  Swayne MP by telling him the police had cleared Mr. Mark and he was “confident” with that decision (there had been no criminal investigation).
  • The department for Education blocked further FOI requests and said that Mr. Caine was being vexatious.
  • Ofsted – repeatedly refused to look at it despite the evident urgency contrary their remit re child safeguarding.

Every public body and responsible department without exception that should have corrected things, blocked his complaints and requests for information from going anywhere.

Members of Hampshire Police’s Professional standards department with Mr Stephen Franks in the lead along with Mr. Stephen Morris and senior police officer’s DCI Story, DCI Liam Davies, CI Simon Tribe, ACC David Pryde, ACC Sarah Glen and even the Force Solicitor Mr. Roger Trencher have all been complicit in this insidious cover up.

Under the statutory police “code of conduct” officers fail in their duty if they do not challenge or report unlawful conduct by fellow members of the Force. Here they not only ignored the facts and evidence but it was a concerted joint effort to cover it all up and keep it quite even if that meant putting children at serious risk, which it did.

It in fact resulted in offences against children being committed that could have easily been prevented. They appear to work on the principle if they all deny it will be alright. Well, no that just makes them dirty cops and guilty of attempting to pervert the course of justice and conspiracy.

The police refused to accept complaints on behalf of his son and himself as they were judged to be not eligible complainant under the Police Reform Act 1998  as they were not adversely affected.

Mr Caine states “my son was in this teachers class and still does not know if he was included in the material discovered at this teachers  home. That’s adversely affected.” Look at all the work I did to do the job for them. That’s adversely affected. Of course, they just used this as an excuse. Common sense dictates both me and my son are eligible as we were adversely affected by this never ending farce.”

Even if it is accepted that Mr Caine was not entitled to complain to police, then under IPCC statutory guidance there is another provision for anyone to be able to bring police failings to their attention, and they are still required to assess and correct them regardless.

Only after the Children’s Commissioners involvement is this is finally happening, and its being supervised by the IPCC commissioner for Hampshire [Jennifer Izekor] The burning question is why  the police did not do this as mandated to do in the first place and why was this initially waved on by IPCC case workers whose sole responsibility is to hold the police to account. Childrens Commissioner Letters [26]

All Mr. Mark’s sexual offences against children that he was charged with and convicted of in 2016, happened in the period after the two County Council referrals to police, which were ignored and buried, but before Tyrone Mark being arrested after complaints from worried parent, John Caine in 2015.

Tyrone Mark

All therefore were preventable. This is therefore a massive child safeguarding failure by Hampshire Police. They are complicit in all 17 offences that they could have stopped. What is happening about that?

This individual would have got away with it and still be at large to offend, except for the persistence and determination of one parent, John Caine. The bodies in place to help protect children, failed. Why?

A “conduct review” was carried out by Hampshire Police under the remit of the IPCC to find out why the police did not investigate. Jennifer Izekor the IPCC Commissioner was been personally tasked by the IPCC Chief Executive to supervise an investigation into what happened at Hampshire Constabulary.

This only happened after the intervention of the Children’s Commissioner and after much obfuscation and delay by the Hampshire Professional Standards Department and the school.

Police 2016  [1] – The police have routinely relied on the assertion there “is no evidence to suggest that his son was in any way connected to Mr Mark’s relationship with the pupil or was referred to in the dossier” to avoid explaining its massive failings  and subsequent cover up of the fact it looked the other way regarding a now convicted child sex offender not once but TWICE, despite damning and glaring evidence. Mr. Mark would have been left free to commit offences against children if not for a parents persistence to get to the truth.

If not for Mr. Caine directly involving the Children’s Commissioner for England Anne Longfield OBE who in turn wrote to the Head of the IPCC Lesley Longstone on 19 August 2016, the dishonesty of Hampshire Police’s PSD and carelessness of  IPCC case caseworkers not doing their job would have prevailed.

This is why the IPCC CEO Lesley Longstone got involved after being contacted by the Children’s Commissioner for England Anne Longfield OBE. The latter having a legal duty to ensure children’s best interests are of paramount importance when official decisions are made which may affect them. This is laid down in the Convention of the Rights of the Child of which the UK is a signatory.

However Hampshire Police still refuse to communicate with Mr. Caine and provide any answers or explanations on the basis he “has not been adversely affected”. This is even though the Children’s Commissioner has asked them to do so. Despite overwhelming evidence Hampshire Police are once again unlawfully refusing to record and investigate a well documented and  evidenced serious criminal complaint.

Only this time one against their own officers and various members of the Police Standards Department PSD for attempting to pervert the course of justice by attempting to cover this all up. This should have happened within the 10 day limit mandated under law to make a recording decision.

Once again they are failing investigate and record criminal matters in accordance with legislation and the law. See decisions attached (1) and (2). Of course the PSD are fully aware of the legal failings by officers and the danger to kids failings like this pose if not addressed. They are simply refusing to address these systemic police child safeguarding failings with a view to  correcting them in kids best interests. “This is the bit the police ignored in the IPCC statutory guidance about my and my sons complaint:”

“6.3 It is vital that conduct matters are recognised and dealt with, both to deal with the issues and as part of the learning and improvement process for the force and the individual. 6.4 Conduct matters may come to light where a person who is prevented from being a complainant by the Police Reform Act 2002 raises issues that satisfy the definition of a conduct matter. The person raising the issue may be treated as an interested person if the matter is treated as a recordable conduct matter.”

“A conduct matter is a failing an officer can be disciplined for. This fitted the bill (child sex offence case unlawfully kept out the system – TWICE). They want hanging”.

Then under children’s law (hence me contacting the Children’s Commissioner). Public authorities have to consider what is in the “best interests of children” when make any decision that affect them or have to do with kids. Covering it up was not that. A direct contravention of Children’s Rights under International Convention Law – The Rights of the Child.

Answers are still not forthcoming:

  • Why were the complaints not investigated in 2012 and 2013 by Hampshire Police despite damning and overwhelming evidence?
  • Why did the school make a statement that the police had investigated Mark and worked closely with the police when they had not ?
  • Why did Hampshire County Council Children Services and in particular its Head at the time Mr. John Coughlan deceive an MP about the case?
  • Why has MP (Desmond Swayne) not challenged this deception at children’s expense?
  • Why did the office of the Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner ignore the matter albeit fully informed by Mr. Caine as to the issues. (both the former PCC Mr. Simon Hayes and the current one Mr. Michael Lane). Michael Lane [28]
  • Why has Desmond Swayne MP looked the other way after he now knows he was deceived about the case by a senior public figure?
  • Why has there been no accountability for these dire and what can only be deliberate failings that resulted in child sex offences being committed that could have been prevented?
  • Why did the School Governors not do anything? In particular a Councillor Godfrey Beck now Chairman of the New Forest District Council and also an Arnewood School Governor. He was also a member of the Hampshire Crime Panel at the time whose duty it is to hold the police to account and has very strong ties to Hampshire Police? He at least should have recognised what needed to be done. School Governor Councillor Beck [27]

Why are answers and explanations to parents and the public still being withheld?

The reasons could well be:

  • To cover up incompetence and serious child safeguarding failings by the school and Hampshire County Council Children’s Services. Absolute black and white. See letter to parents (4), there was also a school press statement in the Daily Southern Echo. Compare with the response to my FOI’s (3) confirming police had not investigated or worked with the school at all.  There is more but this proves the point nicely. (5) and (6) prove Children Services and the Police got in on the lie about matters. They were all at it, at absolutely every level. Ofsted too.
  • In order to save unearned reputations going up to the highest level.
  • Arnewood School was a flagship academy. It was rated outstanding by Osfted, even bizarrely when performing below the national average in GSCE’s. This appears odd to say the least.
  • The Head Teacher Mr. Hummerstone had just been made a NLE (National Leader of Education) by the Department for Education.
  • The School was about to open another “free school” specifically for SEN kids which had been approved by the DfE despite a prior High Court Case proving they had also been breaching SEN children’s rights for 10 years. Incidentally for the same period of time Mr. Mark had been keeping his “sex dossiers” on pupils. Arnewood Proved SEN Failings pdf  [29]
  • Strings were clearly being pulled. Not a good time for this stuff.

John Caine says:

“What initially made us suspicious of the Arnewood Schools and Hampshire Children’s Services conduct relating to this case was their established past cover ups for this school. This coupled with the damning evidence against Mr. Mark which in reality had been entirely ignored by the police told us everything.

They were all at it again, covering up. In 2012 we had to go to the High Court to prove massive failings in relation to how this same school dealt with SEN (special education needs) children. As in this case everything was then also denied by the School and Hampshire County Council Children Services at every level, and initially the Department for Education too.

Until they were forced to concede in the High Court and admit to the statutory failings at the school in relation to SEN children. Once again Mr. Coughlan the Head of Children Services and Councillor Roy Perry were quick to deny everything.

Along with Mr. Hummerstone the Head Teacher and the Chair of Governors Mrs. Elizabeth Cook. This was just a repeat of their “modus operandi” = cover up at children’s expense to protect reputations at every level, and by all the same suspects.”

And it is not the exception to the rule either, but just how Hampshire Constabulary operates:

Original Letter from Portsmouth Councillors to Home Secretary pdf  [30]

“The system is entirely bereft of common decency and honesty at every level as this case convincingly proves. The only thing that keeps it afloat is the propaganda that is routinely doled out by these institutions in an attempt to keep the lid on it. Clearly they lack the wisdom to realise cover up and no accountability just makes it worse in the long run by encouraging this immoral and unethical conduct. It exacerbates the problem at children’s expense. This is insidious and despicable and yet they all play along. The reason for this is if they don’t go along with it they will not  keep their jobs, or at best destroy their chances of promotion. “Cover up” is being institutionally rewarded at every level while “whistle blowers” are condemned and routed out. That should be  the other way around, but it is not. It is a now a firmly entrenched culture shift that is the product of “bad apples” getting into senior positions of trust resulting in the promotion of like minded “individuals” all the way up through the ranks behind them. It is getting worse not better and is accelerating as it must if not corrected and left unchallenged. But who is there left to fix it? Here it is not a case of an individual someone not doing their job but ALL the responsible institutions and scores of public officials employed by them deliberately not fulfilling their duty to protect children contrary to the public interest.”

  • The evidence shows both the School and Children’s Services provided no answers and lied. The school about a police investigation that never was. The Head of Children’s Services Mr. John Coughlan also got into the act by offering false assurances to an MP to detract attention away from a now convicted child sex offender. He has now been promoted to the Chief Executive of Hampshire County Council and earns £250,000 per year.
  • The DfE said I was being vexatious and blocked further FOI’s after the first one I did proved they were all lying. Did not do anything other than block me getting information.
  • Ofsted – Arbitrarily refused to look at the matter even though child safeguarding falls under their legal remit. They had just awarded the school an “outstanding” even though it was performing below the National Average in GCSE’s and had been proved to have been breaching SEN kids rights for ten years in another case .
  • Hampshire Police. Completely and utterly corrupt,  morally bankrupt and untrustworthy. Place covering up for police officers above protecting children from sex abuse. It gets no worse than that in any civilised society let alone ours.
  • “Sir” Desmond Swayne MP.  Still has not challenged Mr. Coughlan the Chief Executive of Hampshire County Council about misleading him about a child sex offender. Of course clearly Desmond Swayne does not care about being personally misled but it is important to take it up to protect the integrity of the office of a Member of the House. Why will he not do what is incumbent on him to do in the public interest? That is the burning question when it comes to Sir Desmond Swayne MP.
  • The Office of the  Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire. Both the former  PCC Mr. Simon Hayes and current Mr. Michael Lane although fully appraised have swept it under the carpet and taken no action. Why?
  • The Local Government Ombudsman. Well they declined a my complaint about the now Chief Executive Mr. John Couglan misleading an MP about a now convicted child sex offender and endangering children, based on, you guessed it – I was not adversely affected. I’ll have to write to the Children’s Commissioner again.

December  Statement John Caine [31]

Strange that Mr. Caine has been entirely vindicated and proven absolutely right and ALL of the above institution wrong.  How can that be? Is there is an urgent warning in here somewhere?

date? Arnewood School Statement

Timeline

1975 Nov 24 Date of Birth of Tyrone Mark [13] 

2003 Tyrone Mark started at Arnewood School and worked there for 10 years until his sacking [12]

2012 Dec 12 Hampshire County Council Childrens Services Referral of Tyrone Mark to Police not followed up by the Police after his inappropriate relationship with a girl pupil comes to light. It is unlawfully not recorded by officers as an incident or crime in the police database (RMS) [1]

2012 Dec Witness Arnewood School Child Protection Officer and Pastoral Care Manager [who] was told that Mr Mark gave Pupil A a variety of gifts [13]

2013 Feb 5 Meeting between the Headteacher Mr. Hummerstone and Mr Mark. Notes taken and Mark admitted giving pupil the key to his house, and gifts including alcohol and condoms [13]

2013 Oct “Sex dossiers” that Mark kept on his pupils for 10 years first discovered at his home [13]  These were found by a former Arnewood School colleague (teacher) and friend of Mr. Marks at his home and given to the Head Teacher Mr. Hummerstone.

2013 Oct 13 Hampshire County Council Childrens Services Referral of Tyrone Mark to Police re discovered “sex dossiers” kept on pupils not followed up by the Police and also unlawfully not recorded by officers as an incident or crime in the police database (RMS) amazingly for a yet second time [1]

2014 Mar Mark ‘s contract terminated from Arnewood School [11]

2014 Mark moved to Wales [12]

2014 Apr Notice of Particulars supplied for Professional Conduct Panel on Jul 8 [13] 

2014 Jun 25 Email from Mark to Conduct Panel stating he would not be attending [13]

2014 Jul 8 Government UK  Mr Tyrone Mark: Professional Conduct Panel outcome Panel decision and reasons on behalf of the Secretary of State for Education [13]

  • He failed to maintain professional boundaries with pupils
  • On a date prior to 23 August 2013 he deliberately and knowingly made notes containing sexually explicit comments about pupils and former pupils of the Arnewood School, Hampshire.
  • He collected and stored photographs of pupils and former pupils
  • His conduct was sexually motivated
  • Abuse of trust against pupils and was sexually motivated in all matters

Witnesses called were

  • Witness A Child Protection Officer and Pastoral Support Manager [name?]
  • Witness B Teacher [name?]
  • Witness C Headteacher [Mr. Christopher Hummerstone]

It decided that he deployed photographs in a sustained and systematic way over a period of nearly a decade and kept them in folders at his home alongside appalling comments of a graphically sexual nature in relation to pupils, many of whom were shown in the photographs. Yet this was ignored by the police.

Prohibition Order should be imposed in the public interest and that there should be no review period.

2014 Jul 10 Alan Meyrick National College of Teaching, on behalf of the Secretary of State decided that “Mr Tyrone Mark is prohibited from teaching indefinitely and cannot teach in any school, sixth form college, relevant youth accommodation or children’s home in England. Furthermore, in view of the seriousness of the allegations found proved against him, I have decided that Mr Tyrone Mark shall not be entitled to apply for restoration of his eligibility to teaching”

2014 July 22 Arnewood School wrote to parents and tell them the school had worked closely with the police who had investigated Mr. Mark and cleared him. The truth was that he  had not been investigated by police at that point at all, let alone cleared [11]

2014 Jul 22 Arnewood School Press Release, stating that Police had investigated Mr. Mark and cleared him [11] In a statement, chairman of governors, Elizabeth Cook, and the head teacher, Chris Hummerstone, said they had been unable to discuss the matter publicly until now but moved to reassure parents that a full police investigation had taken place. [It came out later through FOI requests  in Aug 2014 that this was not true], and no investigation had taken place]

How the Southern Daily Echo reported the School Statement

2014 Jul 22 Southern Daily Echo, Chris Yandell Former Arnewood School teacher Tyrone Mark gave pupil alcohol, condoms and keys to his house [11] The paper repeated the inaccurate press release which stated Mr Mark had been investigated by Police as well as using information from the National College of Teaching Report

2014 Aug 21 Response to John Caine FOI Request which confirmed that Hampshire Police did not investigate the 2012 and 2013 referrals and nothing recorded in police systems.   

2014 Oct 9  Ofsted informs parent John Caine this is not a matter for them. So lies to parents and the public by the school head teacher and chair of governors about an investigation into a child sex offender that never happened. Evidence not sent to be properly reviewed by the police by the school and local authority etc . These are people in positions of trust over kids. Nope, no problems there for Ofsted. But there again they had just made it an “Outstanding School”. Despite it performing below the National Average in bench mark GCSE’s. And had just made the head teacher a “national leader of education”. Kind of hard to explain him being a liar after that. I raised all this at the highest level with Ofsted, including the then head of Ofsted Sir Michael Wilshaw. Of course these were all matters for Ofsted under it legal remit under “Safeguarding” and “Leadership and Management”. They were just making things up.

[20] 2014 Oct 9 Osted letter to Mr Caine.
“It is not a matter for Ofsted to consider whether the Academy passed the
‘abusive folders’ to the Dorset or Hampshire police. At present there is nothing
to suggest that the information was not passed to Dorset Police as the
Academy has stated. The appropriate statutory agencies have considered the
safeguarding concerns, and the actions of the Academy, and appear to be
satisfied. Ofsted has not, therefore, been informed of any concerns in relation
to the Academy’s handling of this matter.”

2014 Oct 29 Response to John Caine FOI request which confirmed that Dorset Police did not investigate the 2012 or 2013 referrrals either and nothing recorded in their police systems either. This along with Hampshire Police FOI response of Aug 2014 confirmed that the statement that the Police had investigated and cleared Mark was untrue. Neither local force had.

2014 Nov After parent John Caine’s  intervention the NCTL sends the “sex dossiers” back to the school and instructs the school to send them to the police for scrutiny. Which the Arnewood School then has to do. This only comes about after the discovery by Mr. Caine reassurances from the authorities about Mr. Tyrone Mark were untrue. The referrals to police in 2012 and 2013 were not investigated at all, and he had not been cleared.  At no time had their been a criminal investigation despite the evidence.  Hampshire Police then had to accept those decisions were incorrect and only then an investigation was launched which resulted in Mr Mark’s arrest. Although he was not prosecuted for the offences reported in 2012 and 2013 the offence for which he was prosecuted came to light as a result of that investigation.[1]

2014 Nov 21 Tyrone Mark’s crime recorded in police systems 14 months late but only after Mr. Caine’s pursuit of matters. What evidence may have been discovered at  Tyrone Marks home by police if they had acted on time? But that would have made the school and other authorities look bad no doubt.

2015 Jan 26 John Caine, contacted Desmond Swayne his MP who was clearly not aware of developments in the Mark case. Head of Hampshire Children Services Mr. John Coughlan wrote a letter to the MP about the case. The letter however attempted to support the already discredited lie that that a police investigation had cleared Mr. Mark and offered Desmond Swayne false reassurance about the case. Subsequent events further entirely discredited Mr. Coughlan. At the time he wrote to Desmond Swayne assuring him he there was no need for police action and he was “confident” about that Mr. Mark was actively committing offences against children.

2015 Mar Former head teacher Chris Hummerstone was found to have acted appropriately by the National College for Teaching Leadership after a complaint from a parent about his handling of the matter [15] . This is despite the black and white evidence showing parents and the public were lied to by him about a police investigation clearing Mr. Mark when that had not happened.

2015 Nov 10 Letter from Police to Mr Caine

2016 Jan 20 Mark appeared at Southampton Magistrates and admitted making indecent images of children after he left the school. Material found on his laptop included several Category A images, which carry a maximum penalty of five years in jail. Mark pleaded guilty to all 17 offences, which were committed at his home in Pantside, Caerphilly, over a six-month period in 2014. [12] Case referred to Southampton Crown Court for sentence on Feb 15

2016 Jan 20 Email Correspondence between Mr Caine and Desmond Swayne MP Desmond Swayne MP was asked by constituent John Caine to bring the deceit on the part of Hampshire County Council Head of Children’s Services, John Coughlan, to the attention of the Education Secretary/Minister. He does not do so. Previously had repeatedly told me he would not communicate with me on the matter and also initially refused to see me when I first approached him for a meeting about this case [For full correspondence on 2016 Jan 20 see [18]]

Mr Caine to MP  You may have heard Mr. Mark has now pleaded guilty to 17 counts of making sexual images of children. Do you now intend to take any recourse about you in your capacity as an MP about being misdirected by John Coughlan of HCC that a police investigation had taken place and cleared Mr. Mark when clearly it had not. Mr. Coughlan surely knew they had not even sent the police the evidence at that point.

Reply by MP  Thanks, I will ask for an explanation

John Caine to MP Thanks. Regardless of what he comes up with, can you also bring it to the attention of the Education Secretary/Minister? Very, very serious children safeguarding failing.

Reply by MP That depends on his explanation.

But no response ever received.  

2016 Jan 21 Southern Daily Echo, Chris Yandell Disgraced teacher Tyrone Mark made indecent images after being sacked from The Arnewood School [12]

2016 Jan 26 Email from Stephen Franks PSD confiming

2016 Feb 15 Mark appeared at Southampton Crown Court and sentenced by Judge Peter Henry to 6 months for 185 videos and images [15] His lawyer was Tim Concannon [10]

2016 Feb 15 BBC Ex-teacher Tyrone Mark jailed over indecent images [15]

2016 Feb 16 Southern Daily Echo Former Arnewood School teacher Tyrone Mark had ‘repulsive’ child porn on his computer, Southampton Crown Court heard [10] Another paper with a crass headline, labelling child abuse images as “porn”,  images that included “graphic and repulsive” photographs of naked children aged 10-15.

2016 April 4 Complaint made by Mr Cain on behalf of his son. Police decline to record it as a complaint as his son was judged not to be an “eligible complainant” under Police Reform Act 2002. Mr Caine’s complaint, to be considered recordable, under the terms of the Police Reform Act needed to demonstrate that he was directly affected by the conduct that he alleged to have took place, adversely affected by the conduct or a witness to the conduct [1]

2016 May 25 Southern Daily Echo Michael Carr Hampshire Police launch crackdown on child sexual exploitation [19] Assistant Chief Constable Sara Glen, picture inset, said the issue was identified as the number one force priority in the summer of 2015.

2016 May 25 John Caine emailed Assistant Chief Constable Sara Glen, who had stated the issue of child sexual explotation was the number one force priority, only to receive no reply.

2016 May 27 Complaint made by Mr Caine. Police decline to record it as he was not an eligible complainant  for same reasons as above PSD ignores provisions of statutory guidance that these matters should be looked into and corrected. Now corrected after Children’s Commissioner’s involvement [1]

2016 June 21. PSD Mr. Stephen Franks then writes to inform Mr. Caine “children’s rights law” does not need to be considered. Quote  “Mr Caine, you are incorrect in believing that Children’s Rights Law overrides the Police Reform Act 2002 ….” It’s an international convention right all public authorities must adhere too. So here – police failings that led to 17 offence against kids being committed that could easily happen again if left uncorrected. They should be all charged with deliberate child endangerment. They all flouted children’s convention rights. That is to do what is best for children when making decisions.

2016 Sept 9 Letter from Lesley Longstone Chief Executive IPCC to Anne Childrens Commissioners Office cc John Caine [1] Letter admits referrals to police in 2012 and 2103 were not investigated. That information passed to IPCC Commissioner Jennifer Izekor to ensure that a conduct assessment is carried out.

2016 Sept 18 Facebook New Milton Watch Hampshire Constabulary. The Professional Standards Department Exposed [2] See also Appendix 1

2017 Mar 10 Police slated over Probe into Pervert Teacher [32]

Please note that victims of abuse may be triggered by reading this information. These links are generally UK based.

  • The Sanctuary for the Abused [A] has advice on how to prevent triggers.
  • National Association for People Abused in Childhood [B] has a freephone helpline and has links to local support groups.
  • One in Four [C]
  • Havoca [D].
  • Useful post on Triggers [E]  from SurvivorsJustice [F] blog.
  • Jim Hoppers pages on Mindfulness [G]  and Meditation [H] may be useful.
  • Hwaairfan blog An Indigenous Australian Approach to Healing Trauma  [J]
  • Survivors UK for victims and survivors of male rape or the sexual abuse of men [K]
  • Voicing CSA group [L] helps arrange survivors meetings in your area
  • A Prescription for me blog Various emotional support links [M]
  • ShatterBoys -“Male Survivors Of Childhood Sexual Abuse Inspiring change, Through Shared Experience Whilst Building Connections…Together We Can Heal[N]
  • Fresh Start Foundation Scottish not for profit group, helping child sexual abuse victims & survivors  [P]

Links

[1] 2016 Sept 9 Valuenet Dropbox Letter from Lesley Longstone Chief Executive IPCC to Anne Childrens Commissioners Office cc John Caine http://www.valuenetuk.com/dropbox/IPCCLesleyLongstone.pdf

[2] Daily Echo Tyrone Mark Search  http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/search/?search=arnewood+tyrone+mark

[3] Yahoo Search for Tyrone Mark Arnestone https://search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?hspart=Opera&hsimp=yhs-international&p=tyrone%20mark%20arnewood

[4] Good Cop Down MISCARRIAGES OF JUSTICE AND DISCLOSURE https://goodcopdown.wordpress.com/about/miscarriage-of-justice/

[10] 2016 Feb 16 Southern Daily Echo Former Arnewood School teacher Tyrone Mark had ‘repulsive’ child porn on his computer, Southampton Crown Court heard http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/14277493.Jailed__Sacked_Hampshire_teacher_had__repulsive__child_porn_on_laptop/

[11] 2014 Jul 22 Southern Daily Echo, Chris Yandell Former Arnewood School teacher Tyrone Mark gave pupil alcohol, condoms and keys to his house http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/11355843.Teacher_gave_pupil_alcohol__condoms_and_keys_to_his_house/

[12] 2016 Jan 21 Southern Daily Echo, Chris Yandell Disgraced teacher Tyrone Mark made indecent images after being sacked from The Arnewood School http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/14215441.Disgraced_teacher_caught_with_child_porn/

[13] 2014 Jul 8 Government UK  Mr Tyrone Mark: Professional Conduct Panel outcome Panel decision and reasons on behalf of the Secretary of State for Education https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/332685/Mark__Tyrone_-_Web_Decision_-_9951029.pdf

[14] Arnewood School website http://www.arnewood.hants.sch.uk/welcome

[15] 2016 Feb 15 BBC Ex-teacher Tyrone Mark jailed over indecent images http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-35577415

[16] IPCC Jenny Izekor https://www.ipcc.gov.uk/about/who-we-are/our-team/jennifer-izekor

[17] Home Office Counting Rules For Recorded Crime https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/534967/count-general-july-2016.pdf_.pdf

[18] 2016 Jan 16 Email Correspondence between Mr Caine and Desmon Swayne MP

Mr Caine to MP

Dear Mr. Swayne, You may have heard Mr. Mark has now pleaded guilty to 17 counts of making sexual images of children. This is to follow up on my prior correspondence with you on this matter. Do you now intend to take any recourse about you in your capacity as an MP about being misdirected by John Coughlan of HCC that a police investigation had taken place and cleared Mr. Mark when clearly it had not. Mr. Coughlan surely knew they had not even sent the police the evidence at that point. The investigation that resulted in these offences being uncovered would never have reached the police as you know if we had not followed through and made sure the evidence got to them. Clearly a now convicted sex offender would have got away  with it otherwise and you were misled about it. The offences he now stands convicted of would not have happened had Mr. Coughlan’s department done its job in the first place and sent the material to the police on discovery thereof, as per safeguarding procedure. I look forward to your reply.

Reply by MP  Thanks, I will ask for an explanation

John Caine to MP Thanks. Regardless of what he comes up with, can you also bring it to the attention of the Education Secretary/Minister? Very, very serious children safeguarding failing.

Reply by MP That depends on his explanation.

Note: But never responded to with an explanation.

[19] 2016 May 25 Southern Daily Echo Michael Carr Hampshire Police launch crackdown on child sexual exploitation http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/14514618.Police_launch_fresh_crackdown_on_child_sexual_exploitation/

[20] 2014 Oct 9 Osted letter to Mr Caine.
“It is not a matter for Ofsted to consider whether the Academy passed the
‘abusive folders’ to the Dorset or Hampshire police. At present there is nothing
to suggest that the information was not passed to Dorset Police as the
Academy has stated. The appropriate statutory agencies have considered the
safeguarding concerns, and the actions of the Academy, and appear to be
satisfied. Ofsted has not, therefore, been informed of any concerns in relation
to the Academy’s handling of this matter.”

[21] 2016 Oct 8 BBC Danny Shaw Scotland Yard considers probe into IPCC police misconduct allegations http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37594421

[22] BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-37617619

[23] Arnewood School Lie pdf http://www.valuenetuk.com/dropbox/arnewood/A)%20school%20lie.pdf

[24] Arnewood Police FOI Responses pdf http://www.valuenetuk.com/dropbox/arnewood/B)%20police_FOI_responses%20(2).pdf

[25] John Coughlan letter pdf http://www.valuenetuk.com/dropbox/arnewood/C)%20John%20Coughlan%20letter.pdf

[26] Childrens Commissioner Letters http://www.valuenetuk.com/dropbox/arnewood/D%29%20Childrens_Commissioner_letters.pdf

[27] About School governor Councillor Beck https://www.valuenetuk.com/dropbox/arnewood/E)%20About%20School%20Governor%20Cllr.%20Beck.pdf

[28] Michael Lane http://www.valuenetuk.com/dropbox/arnewood/F)%20OPCC_Michael_Lane.pdf

[29] Arnewood Proved SEN Failings http://www.valuenetuk.com/dropbox/arnewood/G)%20proved%20SEN%20failings.pdf

[30] Original Letter from Portsmouth Councillors to Home Secretary pdf  http://www.valuenetuk.com/dropbox/arnewood/H)%20Original-Letter-from-Portsmouth-Cllrs-to-Home-Sec.pdf

[31] Final Dec Statement Caine http://www.valuenetuk.com/dropbox/arnewood/I)%20FinalDecStatement.caine.pdf

[32] 2017 Mar 10 Police Slated over Pervert Teacher http://www.valuenetuk.com/dropbox/1_News_article.pdf

[34] 2016 Sept 18 Facebook New Milton Watch  https://www.facebook.com/newmiltonwatch/

[35] New Milton Watch posts https://www.facebook.com/newmiltonwatch/posts/1233857953324168

[33] Mr. Caine’s comments on the various institutions:

Arnewood School

Dishonest and evasive. They deliberately played a “shell game” with the evidence at children’s expense to minimize and  avoid proper police involvement, and lied to parents about a police investigation that never was. All the governors complicit by their silence while this was going on.

Hampshire Children Services

Lent a helping hand to the School cover up by going along with it. The Head of Childrens Services even misled the local MP Desmond Swayne about the police investigating and clearing Mr. Mark to further the cover up.  They are wholly not remotely fit for purpose. Mr. John Coughlan’s at best gross negligence endangered children. Yet he has gone on to be promoted to Chief Executive and receives a salary of 250,000 per year.

Ofsted

Likewise not fit for purpose and dismissive to the point of being childish and irrational in their responses. Refused to get involved in these catastrophic safeguarding failings and a head teacher, chair of governors and head of children’s services lying about a police investigation that never was.  These were not issues for them. They had just awarded the school an “outstanding” even though it was performing below the national benchmark standard.

Department of Education

Blocked FOI’s and me gaining further information about the cover up by attacking my character and calling me vexatious and a lot more. As it happens it turns out I was right. But the DfE had a lot to lose reputation was. They had just made a “lying” head teacher a National Leader Of Education, nominated the school a “National Teaching School”, and granted it permission for it to open a new “free school” to cater specifically for  vulnerable SEN children, even though the school did not meet the criteria as it was perform below the national  GSCE benchmark at the time.

Hampshire Police

A word I do not use often because it is sometimes over used. Corrupt. The PSD department just covers up police misconduct and failings. Even to the extent of putting children at serious risk as they did here by furthering a cover up at children’s expense . You will find more honest people locked up. There should be a criminal investigation into the PSD for “child endangerment” or “misconduct in public office”. They have lied and ignored procedure at every turn. It should be renamed the “cover up department”.

Desmond Swayne MP

Tried to avoid this issue like the plague, evasive and arrogant and wouldn’t see me. Anyone else would have given up. In the end I managed to “coerce” him into writing a couple of letters by the way of repeatedly reminding him these were serious matters and failings relating to child sex abuse and not something he should turn a blind eye too. He will not challenge or take issue with being lied to by the Hampshire’s Head of Children’s Services and is unresponsive about that.

IPCC

Now and again the IPCC upholds the little things. But careless IPCC caseworkers are always quick to agree with the police line and ignore the more serious failings as was the case here, and that is covered for by their line mangers. No doubt they feel this is the safer approach for them and less work. Largely a hugely expensive rubber stamp agency. When you point out their mistakes you get a letter back “you will have to get their decision judicially reviewed”, even when they know they have got it seriously wrong. And who the hell can afford that? The bottom line is I was right in the end and they were ALL WRONG. They all cannot be that seriously stupid. Given the negligence and brokenness of the organization I am not holding my breathe that they now do the right thing even though it has gone to the very top.  The question is why is this kind of thing happening anyway? In the final analysis I believe this is a leadership problem.

Summary

This case is a synopsis of all that  is wrong with the entire system. It’s simple – it’s dishonest and they all have a propensity to cover up for each other and hide the truth.  Why because failings are best covered up to protect undeserved reputations at every level. Our laws are fine and the best in the world. They just don’t adhere to them because they are NEVER held accountable for breaking them. This time they have gone as far as endangering children. Makes you wonder just how many other cases get “disappeared” like this. Filthy stuff.

Assistant Chief Constable Sarah Glen ignored the evidence Caine sent her

Appendix 1

 

Hampshire Constabulary. The Professional Standards Department Exposed

Hampshire Police has now been shown to have deliberately endangered children by covering up for corrupt officers breaking the law to keep a child sex offender out of the system and off the radar.

Hard to believe, yet this is just what Mr. Stephen Franks the long standing chief complaints blocker working for Hampshire Police did with the assistance of PSD “investigator” DCI Storey. What is even more bizarre and alarming is Hampshire Police’s Independent Appeals Officer DCI Liam Davies lent a helping hand and went along with this insidious and immoral cover up at children’s expense.

Of course they all knew it was incumbent on Hampshire Police under law to correct these statutory police failings to prevent them happening again at children’s expense. But instead it can now be revealed they deliberately took action to cover it all up and sweep it under the carpet.

This is a conspiracy that in of itself warrants a criminal investigation into this trio of “professional standards” miscreants. Who was/is pulling their strings, or were they acting alone, is so why?

It is now common knowledge Hampshire Constabulary officers failed to investigate the Arnewood School Teacher Mr. Mark Tyrone when evidence proving his sexual deviation and aberrant sexual desires for his pupils was first discovered at his home in October of 2013. This comprised of “sex dossiers” he kept on his pupils for 10 years.

Although we are told Hampshire Police officers were informed about the existence of this vital and damning evidence when it first came to light they clearly decided to break the law and look the other way. They did not even request to see it or review it, and it was never even sent in to them by the school or Hampshire County Council ! So when they talk about a “referral” to police it must have been an empty envelope.

Unlawfully and contrary to statutory law nothing was recorded in police systems either. And that would have been the end of it. Infact even now Mr. Mark would still be at large to re-offend at his leisure based on this monumental breach of public trust and disregard for children’s welfare and “best interests” by Hampshire Constabulary.

However after it was discovered that senior figures at the Arnewood School and Hampshire County Council’s then Head of Children’s services Mr. John Couglan (now CEO) had lied to parents and members of the public about a criminal investigation clearing Mr. Mark of any criminal wrongdoing, the house of cards collapsed and Hampshire Constabulary was compelled to arrest and investigate Mr. Mark.

Unfortunately this was 14 months late, and in this 14 month window of opportunity afforded to Mr. Mark by this desire to look away by the responsible authorities he went on to commit all of the 17 sexual offences against children he now stands convicted off. They could all have been easily prevented.

Now off course Hampshire PSD should have been on this like a ton of bricks, but instead they have blocked, lied and covered up at every given opportunity.

Until now that is and the current involvement of the Children’s Commissioner for England Anne Longfield OBE and Chief Executive of the IPCC Lesley Longstone who has ordered these police failings now be investigated under the supervision of the IPCC Commissioner for Hampshire Jennifer Izekor.

Something that Hampshire Constabulary and its PSD have been blocking at all costs.

Read the IPCC CEO’s letter to the Children’s Commissioner here:

http://www.valuenetuk.com/dropbox/IPCCLesleyLongstone.pdf

It does rather look like the jig is up. There is a lot of sweeping out of the PSD to do though. They routinely pervert the course of justice to cover up for corrupt officers and police failings, and NWM will be publishing more evidence of this in the weeks to come.

The PSD is dirty and untrustworthy and not fit for purpose as this example clearly shows.

Does Hampshire Police’s “Professional Standards Department” perhaps lack the basic understanding they are in fact perverting the course of justice when they block proper process and willfully abuse the public trust bestowed on them in this way?

What if Mr. Mark had gone on to live out his sexual fantasies about children? Oh, right no one would have known except an individual child or two.

#hamphireconstabulary
#hampshirecountycouncil
#arnewoodschool

Let justice be done though the heavens fall – Fiat justitia ruat cælum

 

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Pilot Study on Alleged Organised Abuse – Hale and Sinason c.1994

The Department of Education have released a redacted copy of the Final Report of a “Pilot Study on Alleged Organised Abuse” authored, in approximately 1994, by Dr Robert Hale and Ms Valerie Sinason of the Portman and Tavistock Clinic.

There is a link to a pdf download here [11] of a searchable copy [HT daedalus – Operation Greenlight [13] ] original non searchable here [2] It is also reproduced below in a series of jpgs.

The study was not actually commissioned by the the Department of Health but was partly funded by them for one year. There was no active decision not to publish [10] [App1]

  • Of interest is that the paper mentions that Scotland Yard had a Research Unit on Ritual Abuse, which was disbanded in 1994 and its Report on Ritual Abuse remains unpublished.

[Trigger Warning]

Research

The research was started as there had been an increasing number of referrals to the Portman Clinic and other NHS trusts and professionals, since 1992, for consultation, assessment and treatment of children and adults alleging involvement in organised ritual abuse particularly of a satanic context.

A Channel4 documentary Satanic Ritual Abuse Feb 19 1992 prompted 4,500 calls just in the first hour. RAINS – Ritual Abuse Information and Network Support had over 150 professional members, each with cases.

In this pilot study states of extreme terror, flashbacks, trance states, self harm, and narratives including non consenting sexual acts, sadomasochism, paedophilia, necrophilia, bestiality, torture were complained of. There had been increasing disclosure by children of organised ritual abuse. Clinicians were being affected by the stories and patients were left without treatment.

Very small numbers of these cases were entering the court system due to prevailing current views, and lack or corroborative evidence or of establishing the validity of that evidence.

This Hale and Sinason research involved systematically cataloguing cases referred to the Portman Clinic over one year that involved allegations of organised ritual abuse. Clinical assessment was offered to all referrals and corroboration sought, and a sample were offered further in depth forensic investigation. Altogether 50 referrals were made.

Organised ritual abuse was carefully defined as sexual abuse were there was more than one abuser, acting in concert, where there were allegations of ritual associated with the abuse. Satanic abuse is merely one form of ritual abuse where the belief system involved in the abuse was Satanic. Various cases were excluded t0 minimise bias and to weed out cases where paedophiles might have tricked children to cover paedophilia with ritual activity

Regardless of the belief system the study catalogued allegations and high percentages of murder, necrophilia, abortion, bestiality, impregnation, cannibalism, ingestion of bodily fluids, non consenting sado-masochism, killing and torture of animals, ritual apparel and instruments and induction of trance states.

However only two of the 50 study cases got to court

  • 30 cases were judged by the research team to have sufficient evidence for further investigation by police but the person would not proceed for a variety of reasons including loyalty to abuser, punishment by group, fear of losing access to children and previous professional error.
  • 19 patients expressed an interest in further police investigation of which 14 patients actually did proceed.
  • 2 of the fourteen withdrew, 3 the police decided not to proceed after initial meeting, 6 more insufficient evidence after further inquiries and 2 went forward to court
  • Two went to court, neither were satanic perhaps as it was easier for offences to be considered

Corroborative evidence of ritual abuse was sought and included weapons, ceremonial clothes, medical and education records and photographic evidence.

The people making these allegations formed a discreet group and significant clinical group based on dissociation, affective state of patient when recounting, consistency, and were non discountable as a product of mental illness. 8 out of 18 were dissociative and 33 from 50 had PTSD symptoms.

If you were a victim of ritual satanic abuse, you would stand little chance of getting to court due to a variety of factors including bias.

More research was and still is needed on the whole issue of ritual abuse. Ritual abuse happens according to Fontaine, Gallagher and Hale and Sinason. The only dispute is how much.

Final Report of a “Pilot Study on Alleged Organised Abuse”

Click to enlarge

Redactions

DOED said As the redactions are not apparent in the above version, I will mention
them here.  At the bottom of page 10 there were 2 short paragraphs about
an ‘example’ (case study); and there were 4 pages of tables (pages 13-16)
at the end where, though patients were not named, there were codes for
each patient that might have enabled identification.  Given the
sensitivity of the issues, we believe the ‘personal data’ exemption is
appropriate.

Please note that victims of abuse may be triggered by reading this information. These links are generally UK based.

  • The Sanctuary for the Abused [A] has advice on how to prevent triggers.
  • National Association for People Abused in Childhood [B] has a freephone helpline and has links to local support groups.
  • One in Four [C]
  • Havoca [D].
  • Useful post on Triggers [E]  from SurvivorsJustice [F] blog.
  • Jim Hoppers pages on Mindfulness [G]  and Meditation [H] may be useful.
  • Hwaairfan blog An Indigenous Australian Approach to Healing Trauma  [J]
  • Survivors UK for victims and survivors of male rape or the sexual abuse of men [K]
  • Voicing CSA group [L] helps arrange survivors meetings in your area
  • A Prescription for me blog Various emotional support links [M]
  • ShatterBoys -“Male Survivors Of Childhood Sexual Abuse Inspiring change, Through Shared Experience Whilst Building Connections…Together We Can Heal” [N]
  • Fresh Start Foundation Scottish not for profit group, helping child sexual abuse victims & survivors  [P]

Links

[1]  Survivor Trust Find Support in Your Area > South East England http://thesurvivorstrust.org/find-support/south-east-england/

RAINS (Ritual Abuse Information Network and Support), Guildford (Surrey) Email: rains@rains-home.org.uk

[2] WDTK Final Report of a “Pilot Study on Alleged Organised Abuse” authored by Dr Robert Hale and Ms Valerie Sinason of the Portman and Tavistock Clinic in approximately 1994 pdf download https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/389624/response/969467/attach/4/REDACTED%20REPORT.pdf

[3] WDTK FOI DOE https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/portman_and_tavistock_clinic_pil#incoming-969467

[4] SAFF Tony Rhodes THE CURSE OF THE SATAN MYTH HITS THE INDY http://saff.nfshost.com/indyhoax.htm @safftweets SAFFs main concern appear to be that ritual abuse is not blamed upon satanist. It has pages of exposure of the church, which is not disputed

[5] date? Fontaine The Extent and Nature of Satanic Abuse [La Fontaine -1994 ISBN 01133217978 https://www.ncjrs.gov/App/publications/abstract.aspx?ID=157278

[6] 2001 Child Abuse Review, 10 (4). pp. 227-242. ISSN 0952-9136 Gallagher, Bernard (2001) Assessment and intervention in cases of suspected ritual child sexual abuse http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/341/

[7] 1990 Saffutube Dispatches Channel 4 Beatrix Campbell Listen To The Children Documentary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEr0LzkZqJg

[8] 2001 Sara Scott The politics and experience of ritual abuse Beyond disbelief https://www.mheducation.co.uk/openup/chapters/0335204198.pdf

[9] BFMS Website The Website of the British False Memory Society http://web.archive.org/web/20160327080505/http://bfms.org.uk/join-bfms/

[10] 2001 Feb 13 wdtk Letter from Sinason to Bruce Clark  https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/389624/response/984962/attach/3/SINASON%20DH%20130201.pdf

[11]  Final Report of a “Pilot Study on Alleged Organised Abuse” authored by Dr Robert Hale and Ms Valerie Sinason of the Portman and Tavistock Clinic in approximately 1994 pdf download searchable https://cathyfox.files.wordpress.com/2017/07/sinason1993redacted-report-searchable.pdf

[12] Scotland Yard Research Unit on Ritual (disbanded 1994) Abuse Report on Ritual Abuse 

[13] 2016 Jan 13 Discussion on suicide with Dr Robert Hale https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=fZq6xGrB8hY Robert Hale, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who worked at The Tavistock and Portman Centre discusses the conversations he had with 1000 people over a period of five years who had all made an attempt on their lives. He spoke to them at soon as possible after their suicide attempt and he discusses here what they told him.

[14] Clinic for Dissociative Studies https://www.clinicds.co.uk/about/

[15] 2000 feb 10 Guardian Satanic abuse row erupts https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/uk/2000/feb/10/davidbrindle

[16] Karnac Robert Hale http://us.karnacbooks.com/author.asp?AID=17703

 

Appendix 1  [10] 2001 Feb 13 wdtk Letter from Sinason to Bruce Clark

[13] Operation Greenlight https://theneedleblog.wordpress.com/operation-greenlight/

 

 

 

 

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Len Lawrence email to Official Solicitors Office

Below is a copy of an email Mr Lawrence has just sent to the Official Solicitors Office. It is only by exposing corruption, that the public learn about it and that something may be done about it.

Len Lawrence’s case is a clear case of corruption in the judiciary, medical profession and police.

In the context of this blog about child abuse, his case demonstrates the extreme problem in the courts when dealing with cases of child sexual abuse and forced adoptions.

People go to the official authorities thinking they will get justness, but they actually get justice, Crown justice which is corrupt and takes the opportunity to kick them whilst they are down and then rip them off.

Justness has little to do with justice. British Justice, Crown Justice is not justness, they are two completely different things and people should not confuse the two.

Just yesterday I was contacted again by Clare Wakeman, devasted at finding corruption in her case in Wolverhampton with Her Honour Judge Bush and desperate for help. I published some of Clare’s story before 2015 My Story Clare Wakeman Part 1 [2]

Len Lawrence was a Pilot poisoned by fumes from the engine. He was sectioned, locked up, they stole his house, and he was left with nothing and then kicked out onto the streets.  A pattern that is repeated across the country.

The Official Solicitor’s office [3], part of the Ministry of Justice is used to hold parents who are certified under the Mental Health Act. In 2006-9 this was about 622 parents. This allows the Official Solicitor to take control of any children the parents have, and the children are then adopted.

This can be extremely lucrative for the industry who make money from this. Children are also often left more vulnerable to abuse.

The International Child Abduction and Contact Unit (ICACU) is the section of the Office of the Official Solicitor that is the Central Authority of England and Wales for international child abduction and contact issues under the terms of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction and the European Convention on Recognition and Enforcement of Decisions Concerning Custody of Children and on Restoration of Custody of Children [3]

If you wanted to ensure control of English and Welsh society, then you would obviously have a person or two placed in the Official Solicitors Office. If you wanted to malevolently influence matters, it would be easy to do it from the Official Solicitors Office with little comeback.

Len Lawrence’s webpage is here  [1]

Len Lawrence email to Stephen Piper Caseworker, Office of the Official Solicitor

07/08/2017 00:23, len lawrence wrote:

Stephen Piper Caseworker Office of the Official Solicitor

Now that we have a live email address for you the questioning will begin..

You played a significant  role in 2005 in myself  being evicted onto the streets of Buckinghamshire, whilst I was incapable of legal discussion and understand with an acquired brain injury.

Stephen Piper you also held at least four Court of Protection, Medical Certificates that you failed to disclose to the Court of Protection.

How many other extremely vulnerable persons have you failed to register  with the Court of Protection in the past 12  years ? I and others  intend to find out.

22 February 2005 Caseworker   Stephen Piper, Office of the Official Solicitor   XXeve.pipXX@offsol.gsi.gov.uk [part redacted]

Ref LNF41919  Dr Tony  (Consultant Psychiatrist)  does think that it would be a good idea if the Court of Protection were involved, because of Mr. Lawrence’s history of financial mismanagement.    I said (Stephen Piper) that if Mr. Lawrence recovered then the Court of Protection could come  out.

Regards,
Leonard Lawrence Ex Royal Navy, Government Service, made homeless by caseworker  Stephen Piper,  and others

ps   The Queen’s Bench Division files  that  Master Basal  Joshua  Yoxall-Harary   withheld from Lord Justice Munby and the Court of Protection  in 2012 have also  been recovered  for me,  so  have the pages that were torn out of  my case files  that  were held by the Official Solicitor’s office.   Did  you tear those pages out  Stephen?

Email from Richard Casson to Kay Cowie re Steven Piper for Official Solicitor; and Sarah Benfield, managing Lawrence affairs.

 

On further investigation it appears Solicitor Helen Mary Clift has interesting connections

  • Stephen Piper is a caseworker in the office of the Official Solicitor that acted in Len Lawrence’s case in 2005/6.
  • Stephen Piper reported to solicitor Helen Mary Clift, office of the Official Solicitor.
  • Helen Mary Clift acted in Lawrence case at Slough and Reading County Court in 2005 and 2006, but did not disclose to any judge the Court of Protection Medical Certificates that were issued to protect him.
  • Helen Mary Clift also acted in the recent Shropshire Council, Hollie Greig case. Brian Gerrish & Robert Green
  • It is understood Helen Mary Clift did not disclose the payments awarded to Hollie by the Scottish Criminal Injuries Compensation Board to Mrs Justice Pauffley.
  • Prior to joining the Official Solicitors office Helen Clift worked as a Family solicitor in  private practice in Reading, Berkshire. I believe the firm was Blandy and Blandy Solicitors Reading, where she had brief barrister Dominic Brazil, 1 Kings Bench Walk Chambers. Barrister Dominic Brazil  has been suspended from practice for the past 14 months.
  • Barrister Dominic Brazil acted for Lawrence’s ex-wife. Dominic Brazil was able to have Lawrence certified without a medical, and placed under the Official Solicitor where Helen Clift took control of his affairs.
  • Helen Clift chose Dominic Brazils friend, barrister Nicholas Allen, 29 Bedford Row Chambers, to represent Lawrence’s interest. Barrister Nicholas Allen never disclosed the two Court of Protection Medical Certificates that were sent to him.
  • Helen Clift was identified as Legal Director ICACU at conference at a London Embassy
  • Family Justice Council, Appointment Committee  Helen Clift

The Family Justice Council selection panel :

  • Alex Clark (Secretary to the FJC and Private Secretary to the President of the Family Division) (Panel Chair)
  • Helen Clift (Senior Lawyer for the Official Solicitor)
  • Nicholas Crichton (DJ MC Retired) (independent panel member and former District Judge member of the FJC)

Helen Clift SRA ID:164442 (Senior Lawyer for the Official Solicitor)

The name Helene Clift is listed as Legal Director,  International Child Abduction and Contact Unit (ICACU)

Was Helen Clift or Helene Clift   ever  the Legal Director,  at the ICACU  ?  I am advised not.

Solicitor Helen Clift SRA ID:164442 Lawyer for the Official Solicitor withheld  from the Court of Protection and the Family Division five Court of Protection medical certificates  issued to protect former airline pilot Leonard Lawrence.

The  former Chambers  of Mr Justice Stephen Cobb  QC, 1 Garden Court Chambers, identified  Leonard Lawrence as  incapable of legal discussion and understanding. This was due to an acquired brain injury from organophosphate poisoning.

Solicitor Helen Clift SRA ID:164442 Lawyer for the Official Solicitor also acted in the case of Hollie Greig,  a vulnerable adult with a  “cognitive disability”.   Is it correct that Helen Clift  failed to disclose to Mrs Justice Pauffley, High Court Family Judge, two payments made to Hollie Greig from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority one of £8500 and  one of £5000  following assaults against Hollie when she was a child?.

Kate’s medical forms:

At the meeting below there was a further, more private meeting,  between Lord Justice Munby and a few others.

The discussion that took place would be helpful to the Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of Algeria.   .

Ms Helene Clift Legal Director UK, ICACU

Was Helen Clift or Helene Clift  ever  the Legal Director, at the ICACU  ?

Round Table on Child Protection Issues of the EU Minors in the UK
Thursday 14th May 2015 Embassy of Slovak Republic Embassy in London.

25 Kensington Place Gardens  London W8 4QY

Name Capacity Embassy / Institution
H.E. Žantovský Ambassador Czech Republic
H.E. Wlachovský Ambassador Slovakia
The Rt. Hon. Sir James Munby The President of the Family Division for England and Wales UK, Court of Appeal;
Family Division for England and Wales
The Rt. Hon. Lady Justice Jill Black Head of International Family Justice UK, Court of Appeal
The Hon. Mr Justice Cobb UK, High Court of England and Wales
The Hon. Mr  Justice Keehan UK, High Court of England and Wales
The Hon. Mr Justice Moor UK, High Court of England and Wales
The Hon. Mr Justice Peter Jackson UK, High Court of England and Wales
The Hon. Mr Justice Newton UK, High Court of England and Wales
The Hon. Mrs Justice Theis UK, High Court of England and Wales
The Hon. Mrs Justice Parker UK, High Court of England and Wales
The Hon. Mr Justice Holman UK, High Court of England and Wales
Ms Mairead McGuinness Vice-President European Parliament, Ireland
Ms Julia Pitera Member of the Committee on Petitions European Parliament, Poland
Mr Peter Jahr Member of the Committee on Petitions European Parliament, Germany
Ms Mina Petrucci EPP PETI Adviser European Parliament
Mr Robert Bray Head of Unit, Secretariat, Committee on Legal Affairs, DG Internal Policies European Parliament
Ms Angela Wilson Social Work Service and Policy Manager UK, CFAB
Mr Anthony Douglas Head of CAFCASS UK, CAFCASS
Ms Helene Clift Legal Director UK, ICACU
Ms Samantha Marsh Case Manager UK, ICACU
Imogen Adams-Stiell Senior Case Manager & Joint Head of Unit UK, ICACU
Ms Luise Woodward Team Leader Child Protection UK, Department of Education
Ms Hayley Griffiths Children’s Policy Officer UK, Consular Directorate,  FCO
Sir Mathew Thorpe Advisor to the Minister of Labour, Social Affairs and Family of the Slovak Republic UK / Slovakia
Ms Andra Cisárová Director Slovakia, CIPC- Central Authority
Mr Boris Machút Case Manager Slovakia, CIPC- Central Authority
Ms Helena Latáková Case Manager Slovakia, CIPC- Central Authority
Ms Katarína Zavacká Case Manager Slovakia, CIPC- Central Authority
Mr Juraj Pagáč Case Manager Slovakia, CIPC – Central Authority
Mr Juraj Sušienka Case Manager Slovakia, CIPC – Central Authority
Igor Pokojny Head of Consular Section Slovakia
Mr Kornél Tóth Representatives Hungary, Central Authority
Ms Cserjés Edina Consul Hungary
Mr Michal Mazurek Consul Poland
Ms Agnieszka Stępniak Senior Consular Officer Poland
Ms Maria Anguelieva-Koleva Head of the Consular Office Bulgaria
Ileana Stănică Labour and Social Affairs Attaché Romania
Ms Penelope Langdon UK, The President’s Office
Ms Elizabeth Stewart Editorial & Programme Director Embassy Magazine/Embassy Events
Mr David Williams Queen’s Counsel
Ms Elen Lewis Director of Legal Services UK, Peterborough
Mr Edward Bennett Barrister & Editor International Family Law UK
Ms Helen Newman Solicitor UK, Pritchard Joyce & Hinds
Ms Marie-Claire Sparrow Barrister UK, EFL Chambers

 

 

Please note that victims of abuse may be triggered by reading this information. These links are generally UK based.

  • The Sanctuary for the Abused [A] has advice on how to prevent triggers.
  • National Association for People Abused in Childhood [B] has a freephone helpline and has links to local support groups.
  • One in Four [C]
  • Havoca [D].
  • Useful post on Triggers [E]  from SurvivorsJustice [F] blog.
  • Jim Hoppers pages on Mindfulness [G]  and Meditation [H] may be useful.
  • Hwaairfan blog An Indigenous Australian Approach to Healing Trauma  [J]
  • Survivors UK for victims and survivors of male rape or the sexual abuse of men [K]
  • Voicing CSA group [L] helps arrange survivors meetings in your area
  • A Prescription for me blog Various emotional support links [M]
  • ShatterBoys -“Male Survivors Of Childhood Sexual Abuse Inspiring change, Through Shared Experience Whilst Building Connections…Together We Can Heal” [N]
  • Fresh Start Foundation Scottish not for profit group, helping child sexual abuse victims & survivors  [P]

Links

[1] Len Lawrence webpage https://lenlawrence.wordpress.com/

[2] 2015 Jan 28 My Story Clare Wakeman Part 1 https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2015/01/28/my-story-clare-wakeman-part-1/ Wolverhampton Her Honour Judge Bush

[3] 2017 Aug Wikipedia – Official Solicitors Office https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Official_Solicitor archive http://archive.is/9d6CD

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Child Abuse at Beecholme Childrens Home, Banstead, Surrey

Beecholme was notorious for its physical and sexual abuse.

Beecholme Childrens Home, Fir Tree Road, Banstead, Surrey was open from about 1930 until 1974.

It was operated by the London County Council. Children from London County Council, Islington, Lambeth, Wandsworth, Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea, and Hackney Councils were sent there during its lifetime.

Geoffrey Banner was Principal from 1954 – 1970. In 1965 it came under the control of Wandsworth Council then around 68/69 only Wandsworth children went there. In 1974 it closed.

Houses of Beecholme that are known – Cedar House, Jasmine House, Fir House, Drake House

Clifford Heap, abuser, who ended up as the superintendent of Shirley Oaks was a deputy Scoutmaster at Beecholme in the 1950s. Edward Pearce and Thomas Hart were also there.

Currently there is a Police inquiry which is stretching round the world. The investigation is led by Detective Cannon Russell of the complex abuse unit of the Surrey police.

It is common for abused children often to travel to get far away from place of upbringing and abuse, but if you read this please get in touch.

Did the Wandsworth abuse network also link to Lambeth and Islington abuse networks?

If you have information on Beecholme or you were there, either leave message in comments below or best to Beecholme Survivors Network,

twitter BeecholmeSurvivors @Beecholme12

email beecholmesurvivorsandjustices@gmail.com

or Islington Survivors islingtonsn@gmail.com

Timeline

1930-1965 Beecholme Childrens Home operated by the London County Council [GS]

1945 -54 Geoffrey Banner worked at Hatton Residential School [6]

1950 Clifford Heap was a deputy Scoutmaster at Beecholme in the 1950’s. Edward Pearce and Thomas Hart also there. Heap ended up as the superintendent of Shirley Oaks [GS]

1952 Jan. Heap had set up and run a Boy Scout’s group at Beecholme  [11]

1952 late – 1953 James Reeves taken to Beecholme, Jasmine House by his mother, who he would not meet again until he was 12 [9] Staff were House Mistress Miss Peggy Cullen, Miss Malden, the other was Miss Kilbane who never abused him. He was physically abused by Miss Cullen.

“After bath, we were marched out up the stairs to our dormitories. It must have been not more than 20 minutes later, I remember being pulled roughly out off my bed by a man who took my nightshirt off and took me downstairs. I was told to face the wall, opposite a room which was occupied by people.

Every time any one came out of that room I was slapped hard on my bare bum. I was standing facing the wall for what seemed like ages, then I heard people leaving the room and going out the front door. I was then blind-folded and taken into that room and sexually assaulted by 2 people. One tried to bugger me, but stopped when I screamed.

Next I remember something hard being put in my mouth. I was crying and shaking with fear, I was so scared. I was told to suck on the thing in my mouth, but was whacked round the head. I heard one person say “He’s no good – his teeth are digging in”. I was then taken back to my dormitory and put into bed, told not to look round or I would get it. The person removed the blindfold.

I was frozen, scared, crying. Then I heard the door shut. I lay there scared to move. I must
have fallen asleep.

We were woken up by Miss Malden, the other staff member. I tried to speak to her but she would not listen to me. I tried to talk to Miss Cullen who seemed in charged of Jasmine House. She pulled me into her office and told me ”Children who lie are sent away to bad places. Is that what you want?”. I remember saying “No Miss”.

I know they had a school there but can’t seem to think about that. I remember we were all at our tables for tea. After tea, Miss Cullen used to put her chair in the middle of the dining room floor and call us boys to stand in line. She then would one-by-one strip us and spank our bottoms hard in front of the girls.

This happened every night after tea, 7 days of every week. Other times at dinner, puddings were served. 10 times while I was there they served figs and custard. I was eating a fig it was horrible and I was sick all over my pudding, and was forced to eat it.

Other times I was sick over figs and custard, Miss Kilbane (when she saw Miss Cullen go) would come and remove it and give me a cuddle. She seemed helpless and – I don’t know – I’m sure a few times she had tears in her eyes.

I never saw men in the house during the day, only at nights when they used to take me downstairs and repeat their abuse. God knows how many other boys there were abused like me, at nights. It was no good complaining, no one would listen to me.” [9]

1952 Survivor “There were seven boys [abused in his dormitory], including me. I used to stay awake for hours wondering if I was going to be taken again”  [11]

1954 Electoral register [7]  Click to enlarge

1955 Electoral Register [8] Click to enlarge

c. 1954 -1970 Geoffrey Banner, Principal of Beecholme Childrens Community

1960 Jun 9 – 1961 Sept  Graeme Sergeant sent to Beecholme Cedar House aged 4 according to Westminster Council records. Older sister Karen also went to Beecholme. He was physically and sexually abused. [After leaving GS was sent to Gayfere House by London County Council. A Margaret Quigley was there. Subsequently he has found Gayfere House owned by Greek shipping company and leased to another Greek man and woman] [GS]

1962 Survivor “I was 12 years old, it was 1962. There was sexual and physical abuse. I was in Fir House. As soon as those doors were shut, that’s when it started.  [11]

1965 Beecholme  came under the control of Wandsworth Council [GS]

c.1968/69 Only Wandsworth children went there [GS]

1974 Beecholme closed [GS]

1978-1983 Geoffrey Banner Director of Social Services Wiltshire [6] Also sometime Member of Central Council for Education and training in Social Work

1988 Aug 9 Times Geoffrey Banner Obit  [6]

2001 Convicted paedophile William Hook was sentenced for child abuse, including targeting one victim at Beecholme while working as a swimming instructor  [11]

2013 Former resident says he tried to report the abuse in, but claims Surrey Police did not take a statement.  [11]

2017 Aug 4 Surrey Mirror Craig Simpson Children allegedly raped and beaten at Beecholme children’s home in Banstead [11]

If you have information on Beecholme or you were there, either leave message in comments below or best to Beecholme Survivors Network,

twitter BeecholmeSurvivors @Beecholme12

email beecholmesurvivorsandjustices@gmail.com

or Islington Survivors islingtonsn@gmail.com

Possible Sources of information may be National Archives, British Library, Wandsworth Council archives, Wandsworth local libraries, Wandsworth Council Children Safeguarding Board. Also freedom of information requests to various councils see WDTK website  [13] eg [10] 2017 Aug 3 WDTK re Beechholme House Childrens Home

Its worth checking for Inspection Reports of the Homes.

It is worth everyone applying for their own records with “subject data access requests” under the Data Protection Act.

For full following article and pictures and video go to 2017 Aug 4 Surrey Mirror Craig Simpson Children allegedly raped and beaten at Beecholme children’s home in Banstead  [11]  It is one of the best articles on child sexual abuse at a home by local paper. Thankyou Craig Simpson

Appendix 1  – 2017 Aug 4 Surrey Mirror Craig Simpson Children allegedly raped and beaten at Beecholme children’s home in Banstead [11]

Beecholme. Pictured is one of the “cottages”, Cedar, which housed vulnerable children

Police are investigating allegations of systematic sexual abuse at a children’s home in Banstead where, it is alleged, children were repeatedly raped and abused by groups of men.

Former residents have described Beecholme children’s home, which stood in Fir Tree Road but has now been demolished, as a “hell” of sexual and physical abuse suffered by vulnerable young children in what they claim was a culture of fear, violence and humiliation.

Among other torments it is alleged that young children were plucked from their beds to face repeated rape and group abuse at the hands of adults.

The site was known as a “children’s village” due to its sprawling nature, with children separated into a number of different houses.

Surrey Police has confirmed it is investigating alleged abuse between 1957 and 1974. A spokeswoman referred to them as “non-recent allegations” and said: “Enquiries are ongoing.”

The home was run from 1930 by London County Council, which no longer exists, and later by Wandsworth Borough Council, from 1965 until it closed in 1974.

The borough council, which demolished Beecholme in 1975, has declined to comment on the allegations.

Former resident Graeme Sergeant speaking about the alleged abuse (story continued below)

Video see 2017 Aug 4 Surrey Mirror Craig Simpson Children allegedly raped and beaten at Beecholme children’s home in Banstead [11]

There are fears from former residents that the history of alleged sexual abuse has been “buried”. A number of local historians found, when looking into the history of Banstead and the home itself, that many of the records about staff who worked there and other adults associated with it were destroyed when it was demolished.

This makes tracing those people who worked and visited even harder.

One man who alleges that he was repeatedly abused over two years says he is still scarred by what he claims happened.

Graeme Sergeant has waived his right to anonymity as an alleged victim of sexual abuse to speak out.

The 61-year-old, who grew up in Wandsworth before being taken to Beecholme in 1960, said: “My life was ruined 57 years ago. You think you are going into fairyland but in fact you are going into hell.

“It was painted as this ideal place but it holds dark secrets. Beecholme was full of dark, dirty secrets. It was evil. It was sick. It was systematic.

“I think hundreds of kids could have been abused. It was so widespread. There was a culture of fear.

“Within two to three months of going there it started.

“I was dragged out of bed and put in a cupboard, then paraded around naked. Then I was taken into another room and things happened. I don’t like to talk about it.”

Graeme claims that, as a boy, he was was forced to perform sex acts on adult men while others watched.

“I was given a belt around the ear then taken back to bed,” he continued. “I was abused dozens of times in the two years I was there.”

Graeme was in Drake House, one of 23 named houses on the vast Beecholme site, which were each home to dozens of children. Ages ranged from infants to teenagers.

The site, built in 1880, was designed to provide idyllic “cottage homes” for vulnerable children from London slums. The city’s old county council took over after the ‘poor law’ was abolished in 1930. The series of homes were operated under the name Beecholme from 1951.

So far, it is understood, abuse is alleged to have taken place within four separate houses by victims who have come forward and were unknown to each other.

Whole families of siblings could be sent to Beecholme, and could be forced to face abuse together, according to survivors.

Surrey Police’s investigation has reportedly reached three continents with enquiries being made in Australia, Canada and Ireland.

Accusations of sexual assault and humiliation have been levelled at “strangers”, who victims did not recognise as staff, as well as older teenagers at the home.

Staff have been accused of beating and violently punishing children, and of complicity or indifference over the alleged sexual abuse.

Photo see 2017 Aug 4 Surrey Mirror Craig Simpson Children allegedly raped and beaten at Beecholme children’s home in Banstead [11]

Graeme Sergeant, 61, is a former resident of the children’s homeThere are links between Beecholme and known paedophiles.

There were reports from the Department for Education in 2014 that Jimmy Saville visited Beecholme during the timescale police are investigating.

Beecholme also has direct links to those accused or convicted of abuse at another children’s home.

Convicted paedophile William Hook was sentenced in 2001 for child abuse, including targeting one victim at Beecholme while working as a swimming instructor. Other victims who brought charges against him were at the notorious Shirley Oaks children’s home in Croydon.

Shirley Oaks was overseen from 1952-64 by Clifford Heap, who was accused by survivors at the home of being complicit in sexual abuse.

Before this Heap had set up and run a Boy Scout’s group at Beecholme in January 1952.

Another former Beecholme resident, who cannot be named for legal reason, claims he was just seven when he arrived there in 1952.

The resident, holding back tears as he recalled the alleged abuse, said: “I’ve still not got over it, it’s still playing on my mind. I’m 71 and it’s still there.

“I was woken up in bed and I was put in a blindfold and I was taken downstairs and I could hear men’s voices, voices I had never heard before. They were talking about what they were going to do.

“They interfered with me.”

The then seven-year-old claims he was raped and forced to perform sex acts, before being beaten and taken back to bed.

“There could have been three, four or five people in the room,” he said.

“And it was not just me that was taken downstairs. Other boys were taken out of bed by adults. And they shouldn’t even have been around. It was late at night.

“There were seven boys [abused in his dormitory], including me. I used to stay awake for hours wondering if I was going to be taken again.

“When it was another boy I was relieved – I hate myself for that.”

Children ‘were told they were lying’

Each house were run by an “aunt and uncle” pair, with the whole site overseen by a superintendent and a matron.

When the seven-year-old, who cannot be named, told an “aunt” about what he was enduring, he claims he was told that “children who tell lies go to bad places”.

Within weeks of him making the allegation, he says he was moved out of Beecholme to another children’s home.

This fed what former residents have called a “culture of fear” and of “violence and humiliation”, where children were allegedly afraid to speak out and abuse went unreported.

Alleged victims have claimed that “telling fantastic stories”, as it was labelled, was severely punished.

The former resident says he tried to report the abuse in 2013, but claims Surrey Police did not take a statement.

The force has refused to comment further, but is not under investigation itself for its handling of any allegations according the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

‘It was all about survival’

Another former resident, who cannot be named, claims that dealing with his secret history of abuse took him to the verge of suicide.

He said: “I was 12 years old, it was 1962. There was sexual and physical abuse. I was in Fir House. As soon as those doors were shut, that’s when it started.

“Soon it was all about survival. Older boys, they used to follow us into the toilets and make us do things.

“Everyone knew this went on. Nothing was done.”

He says he was beaten and punished relentlessly by staff, who refused to act on accusations of sexual assault.

He and other alleged victims are now relieved their suffering is finally being acknowledged by some authorities, and it is hoped that more of the potential “hundreds” of alleged survivors of abuse at Beecholme will come forward.

A group known as Beecholme Survivors has been set up to support former residents who claim they were abused. They can be contacted by visiting https://twitter.com/Beecholme12.

Surrey Police has said it will investigate all allegations fully.

A spokeswoman for the force said: “Surrey Police takes all allegations of sexual assault extremely seriously and any allegations made against individuals will be investigated thoroughly, whether they are current or historic.

“The force has a dedicated team of officers who investigate public protection matters and we would encourage any victims or anyone who has concerns about potential sexual abuse to contact us.”

*Did you live at Beecholme as a child? Contact Craig Simpson at craig.simpson@essnmedia.co.ukand you story will be treated with the utmost sensitivity.

Appendix 2

2017 Jul 19 Cathy Fox Blog #CSASurvivors Stories 3 – James Reeves Story [9]

My name is James Reeves. I was born in 1946. I was in a children’s home called Beecholme, in Banstead, Surrey. I was in a house in the children’s home called Jasmine. I think I was 7 years old – had spent younger years in foster care. I can remember their names – the Porters.

My foster dad wasn’t involved in abuse that I remember it’s the only thing I remember about foster carers except on one birthday my foster dad bought me a brown 3 wheel tricycle. I can remember standing on the kitchen table just a cloth nappy on being abused
by women and grown up children, being locked in some cupboard for hours
every day that’s all I can remember from foster care.

My next memory is Beecholme, Jasmine house. I was taken there by a woman who handed me over to the House Mistress of Jasmine House. That woman who took me to Jasmine House was my mother. The next time we would meet was when I was 12.

I was shown into a dining room then stripped naked, was beaten on my bottom hard by the House Mistress, Miss Cullen. I was then taken into a large bathroom with 2 baths end to end. The bathroom was crowded with other naked boys and girls, one bath was for boys, the other was for girls. The water was never changed. There were 2 other female staff in there; one Miss Malden, the other Miss Kilbane (who was lovely throughout my stay and
had no hand in any off my abuses).

After bath, we were marched out up the stairs to our dormitories. It must have been not more than 20 minutes later, I remember being pulled roughly out off my bed by a man who took my nightshirt off and took me downstairs. I was told to face the wall, opposite a room which was occupied by people.

Every time any one came out of that room I was slapped hard on my bare bum. I was standing facing the wall for what seemed like ages, then I heard people leaving the room and going out the front door. I was then blind-folded and taken into that room and sexually assaulted by 2 people. One tried to bugger me, but stopped when I screamed.

Next I remember something hard being put in my mouth. I was crying and shaking with fear, I was so scared. I was told to suck on the thing in my mouth, but was whacked round the head. I heard one person say “He’s no good – his teeth are digging in”. I was then taken back to my dormitory and put into bed, told not to look round or I would get it. The person removed the blindfold.

I was frozen, scared, crying. Then I heard the door shut. I lay there scared to move. I must
have fallen asleep.

We were woken up by Miss Malden, the other staff member. I tried to speak to her but she would not listen to me. I tried to talk to Miss Cullen who seemed in charged of Jasmine House. She pulled me into her office and told me ”Children who lie are sent away to bad places. Is that what you want?”. I remember saying “No Miss”.

I know they had a school there but can’t seem to think about that. I remember we were all at our tables for tea. After tea, Miss Cullen used to put her chair in the middle of the dining room floor and call us boys to stand in line. She then would one-by-one strip us and spank our bottoms hard in front of the girls.

This happened every night after tea, 7 days of every week. Other times at dinner, puddings were served. 10 times while I was there they served figs and custard. I was eating a fig it was horrible and I was sick all over my pudding, and was forced to eat it.

Other times I was sick over figs and custard, Miss Kilbane (when she saw Miss Cullen go) would come and remove it and give me a cuddle. She seemed helpless and – I don’t know – I’m sure a few times she had tears in her eyes.

I never saw men in the house during the day, only at nights when they used to take me downstairs and repeat their abuse. God knows how many other boys there were abused like me, at nights. It was no good complaining, no one would listen to me.

One day I was told I was leaving, to be taken to another children’s home. I was picked up by car by a LCC Social Worker. I was driven to Hutton children’s residential home, in Shenfield, Essex. I was taken into a large house, called Thames. All the other houses were named after rivers. I was never sexually abused there by any staff members. Though one boy was, in a different house and his abuser Mr Brabbon was sentenced to six month prison.

Whilst there somehow some of us were invited to the Billy Cotton Band Show Christmas party, which was shown on BBC television. I was one of the kids who went. It was late 1950’s or early 1960’s. I can remember being seated at the tables full of food. There was Russ Conway, a woman singer and my abuser Alan Breeze.

I didn’t know his name at the time. I asked Russ Conway his name. It happened in the men’s toilets. I was in there when Alan Breeze said “You going to toilet?”. I said “Yes”. “Let me help you.” he said and started touching my penis.

He had his hand down my trousers holding my bum. I was trying to pull away, when someone else entered the toilet. I think he saw what was happening and he pulled me away, and sent me out of the toilet.

As I left I complained to someone – a man – about what happened. He told me to go away and sit down, which I did. I was so upset and angry. I tried telling Billy Cotton but couldn’t get near him or Russ Conway anymore. I tried to tell staff at the home, but they laughed and walked away.

From that day, I was totally confused and felt alone. It got so bad I was taken to The Maudsley hospital, who after listening to my story told the person who took me there they wanted to keep me in. On hearing that, I ran out of the hospital and was found by my taker outside a big hospital opposite.

I was crying and said “No one believes me! I am not staying in that place!”. I was taken back to the home and put on anti-depressants. I have never forgotten my abuse – it still
haunts me to this day.

If you have information on Beecholme or you were there, either leave message in comments below or best to Beecholme Survivors Network,

twitter BeecholmeSurvivors @Beecholme12

email beecholmesurvivorsandjustices@gmail.com

or Islington Survivors islingtonsn@gmail.com

Please note that victims of abuse may be triggered by reading this information. These links are generally UK based.

  • The Sanctuary for the Abused [A] has advice on how to prevent triggers.
  • National Association for People Abused in Childhood [B] has a freephone helpline and has links to local support groups.
  • One in Four [C]
  • Havoca [D].
  • Useful post on Triggers [E]  from SurvivorsJustice [F] blog.
  • Jim Hoppers pages on Mindfulness [G]  and Meditation [H] may be useful.
  • Hwaairfan blog An Indigenous Australian Approach to Healing Trauma  [J]
  • Survivors UK for victims and survivors of male rape or the sexual abuse of men [K]
  • Voicing CSA group [L] helps arrange survivors meetings in your area
  • A Prescription for me blog Various emotional support links [M]
  • ShatterBoys -“Male Survivors Of Childhood Sexual Abuse Inspiring change, Through Shared Experience Whilst Building Connections…Together We Can Heal” [N]
  • Fresh Start Foundation Scottish not for profit group, helping child sexual abuse victims & survivors  [P]

Links

If you have information on Beecholme or you were there, either leave message in comments below or best to Beecholme Survivors Network,

twitter BeecholmeSurvivors @Beecholme12

email beecholmesurvivorsandjustices@gmail.com

[GS] Information from Graeme Sergeant

[1] Wikipedia Beechholme https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beechholme Surrey but run by Wandsworth?

[2] c.2013 PaedoBritain blog –Institutional Child Abuse – MY STORY https://reevesjim47.wordpress.com/institutional-child-abuse-my-story/ James Reeves

[3] Beechholme Home Page http://www.bansteadhistory.com/beechholme_feature_home%20page.html

[4] 2013 Jul 13  UK Database  Institutional Child Abuse – Beecholme childrens home – Surrey https://theukdatabase.com/2013/07/13/institutional-child-abuse-beecholme-childrens-home-surrey/

[5] 2016 Oct 31 No2Abuse  Were you in Care under Wandsworth Social Services? Were you abused in care? http://www.no2abuse.com/index.php/blogs/comments/were-you-in-care-under-wandsworth-social-services-were-you-abused-in-care contact re Wandsworth

[6] 1988 Aug 9 Times Geoffrey Banner Obit [HT @craftymuvva][7] 1954 Electoral Register [HT @craftymuvva]

[8] 1955 Electoral Register [HT @craftymuvva]

[9] 2017 Jul 19 Cathy Fox Blog #CSASurvivors Stories 3 – James Reeves Story https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2017/07/19/csasurvivors-stories-3-james-reeves-story/

[10] 2017 Aug 3 WDTK re Beechholme House Childrens Home https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/beechholme_house_childrens_home

[11] 2017 Aug 4 Surrey Mirror Craig Simpson Children allegedly raped and beaten at Beecholme children’s home in Banstead http://www.surreymirror.co.uk/child-abuse-legal/story-30463308-detail/story.html

[13] WDTK https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/ FOI website

 

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Barry George Cutler 2011 Oct 26 Court of Appeal – PIE

I think Sir John Thomas judge in this case is likely to be the present Lord Chief Justice who was Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, or  John Thomas, Baron Thomas of Cwmgiedd [4]

He was one of those who “exonerated” Judge Adrian Fulford 2017 Jul 25 cathy fox blog Judge Adrian Fulford – Can we trust him? [3]

Redaction

Some court reports have had victims names redacted and some assault details redacted.

This is a difficult balance –  normally I would think that  I should not “censor” details but on consultation with various people I have taken the decision to redact. This is mainly to protect victims, their friends and relatives from unnecessary detail and to stop the gratification of those who seek salacious details.

In addition to the obvious “victims redaction” to protect victims details, there may also be “assault redaction” across most of the spectrum of abuse. The assaults are left in the charges, but mainly redacted when repeated with reference to the individual. I have also redacted unnecessary detail of assaults.

Redaction may obscure sometimes the legal reason for the appeal, but should make no large difference to the vital information for researchers that these documents contain. That vital information is mainly names of the perpetrators, past addresses, institutions where assaults occurred, the actual charges the perpetrators faced, and dates – on which newspapers are pathetically inaccurate and this information enables the links between people and places and abuse at various times to be ascertained.

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[2011] EWCA Crim 2781

No: 201103956/A8-201104389/A8-201104356/A8-201104464/A8

IN THE COURT OF APPEAL

Wednesday, 26th October 2011

Sir John Thomas

Regina

v.

Barry George Cutler


Computer Aided Transcript of the Stenograph Notes of WordWave International Limited A Merrill Communications Company 165 Fleet Street London EC4A 2DY Tel No: 020 7404 1400 Fax No: 020 7831 8838 (Official Shorthand Writers to the Court)

Mr R James appeared on behalf of the Appellant Cutler

Mr J Black (Solicitor/Advocate) appeared on behalf of the Appellant Morrison

Mr W Nash (Solicitor/Advocate) appeared on behalf of the Appellant Parratt

Miss M Dineen appeared on behalf of the Appellant Freeman

Mr M Gadsden appeared on behalf of the Crown

Judgment

As Approved by the Court

1.

MR JUSTICE SILBER: On 3rd May 2011 at the Central Criminal Court, Steven Adrian Freeman pleaded guilty to 16 counts relating to the possession of indecent images of children. On 5th May 2011, at the same court, Barry George Cutler pleaded guilty to five counts and John William Morrison pleaded guilty to three counts relating to the possession of indecent images of children. On 12th May 2011, at the same court, John Patrick Parratt was convicted by a majority of 10 to 2 of three counts relating to the possession of indecent images of children.

2. On 15th July 2011 the appellants were sentenced at the Central Criminal Court. In the case of Freeman: for eleven counts of possessing indecent photographs of children there was no separate penalty; for three counts of distributing indecent photographs of children, he received a sentence of imprisonment for public protection, with a minimum term of 30 months less time spent on remand. There was no separate penalty imposed on him for failing to disclose a key to protected information contrary to section 53(1) and (5) of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 and a count of possessing prohibited images of a child contrary to section 62 of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009. In the case of Cutler, he received a sentence of 12 months’ imprisonment concurrent on four counts of possessing indecent photographs of a child. He also received a consecutive sentence of 3 months’ imprisonment for failing to disclose a key to protected information, again contrary to section 53(1) and (5) of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act. Morrison received a term of 4 years extended consisting of a 2 year custodial term and 2 years extended licence concurrent on each of three counts for possessing indecent photographs of a child. Parratt received sentences of 12 months’ imprisonment concurrent for three counts of possessing indecent photographs of a child. The appellants appeal against the sentences imposed on them by leave of the single judge.

3. The background to these charges is that in 2008 the police started to target a paedophile ring which regularly met at Freeman’s own house and where their aim was to view and share indecent photographs of children. A search warrant was executed on those premises on 24th July, where computer equipment and pornographic drawings of children were seized. There were also some drawings openly on display and the prosecution case was that they were to be viewed and shared by those present, namely Freeman, Cutler, Morrison and Parratt. Later all their addresses were searched and computer equipment was seized. The computer equipment was examined and found to have indecent images of children and the computer of Freeman contained extensive correspondence.

4. Just under 3 weeks later, on 19th August 2008, Freeman posted an Internet message under the name “Alcibiades” which read as follows:

“Time for some more bad news then I’m afraid. For over ten years now I’ve been hosting regular weekly gatherings of former PIE colleagues [that is the Paedophile Information Exchange which was an organisation disbanded in the 1980s and Freeman had been the chairman of that organisation and Parratt had been an Executive Committee member using the name Warren Middleton] with occasional visits from other other paed friends or friends of friends. Four weeks ago on one of those evenings, at about 8 pm, my house was invaded by a dozen or so shouting people brandishing weapons. It was a police raid. I and five of my friends were arrested. Each of our homes was searched on a warrant for conspiracy to distribute indecent images of children. We were all held overnight at various police stations and released the next day.”

In an another article Freeman wrote as follows:

“The anonymity of the internet allows paedophiles to communicate more freely with one another than was physically or legally possible before. It is a massive enabling technology. The question for the thinking paedophile of today is: how do we make best use of this technology to further our collective interest? How do we translate the limited freedom of the web into the greater social freedoms we seek? How can this cyber community help us to promote a greater tolerance and understanding? When we finish talking to one another sooner or later we must begin talking again to the world at large, addressing its fears and suspicions. How, where and when we take that step should be the abiding question for all of us.”

There were other writings which had been done for Freeman’s own gratifications and it was clear that he was not ashamed of his actions. The writings also showed further references to indecent images and his wish to have sex with boys. One of the objectives of a game on his computer was to have sex with school boys.

5. So far as the case against Freeman is concerned, the counts in relation to possessing indecent photographs comprise his possession of still and moving images, with the exception of the last one which reflected all the images in his possession. There were 5417 still images, 31 moving images and 24 paper based images. Of those images, 4780 were at level 1, 500 at level 2, 41 at level 3, 73 at level 4 and 23 at level 5.

6. As to the charge of failing to disclose a key to protected information, there were six encrypted containers at Freeman’s house, three on computer and three on discs. He was duly served with a notice under section 49 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, requiring him to disclose a code to access those encrypted containers. He did not do so and in response to the notice, he said there was no encryption software on his computer.

7. As to the count of possession prohibited images, this related to 3062 pornographic drawings of children which were recovered from his house: 810 depicted penetration of children, some were in black and white and others had been coloured in.

8. Turning now to the position of Freeman, Morrison and Parratt: three separate discs were found at the home shared by Morrison and Parratt which had been burned on Freeman’s computer. The disc contained 5738 still images and nine moving images: 5206 were at level; 382 at level 2; 11 at level 3; 58 at level 4 and 30 at level 5. There were also counts relating to Freeman’s distribution of the disc to Morrison and Parratt.

9. Morrison entered a basis of plea, which stated that he had no interest in images of children, other than those in which they are clothed and that; he is interested in children’s clothing. He accepts possession of the three discs containing the image and he opened and viewed disks and attempted to delete offending images. On the basis he knew what was on the disc he suspected that the other disc contained material of a similar nature. He was not aware of the quantity of these images and the offending images are a fraction of at least a total number of 30,000 images on the discs. The prosecution did not accept that Morrison had no interest in the images of children but there was no Newton hearing.

10. Turning now to the case of Cutler, there were two counts relating to him which related to possessing indecent images. There was one which reflected a level 4 moving image in his possession, and again there was a rolled up count reflecting all of the 57 images agreed to be in Cutler’s possession. He entered a basis of plea to the rolled up provision saying that he accepted 19 still images al level 1, 20 at level 2, two moving images at level 1, four moving images at level 2, one moving image at level 4 and 11 paper best images at level 1.

11. In relation to the count of failing to disclose a key to protected information, these were encrypted containers on his computer and he was served with the relevant notice requiring him to the disclose the key but he has failed to do so.

12. Turning now to the background of these appellants, Steven Freeman is now 56 years of age. He has one previous conviction, in 1991, when he sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment for possessing an obscene article and 6 months concurrent for sending offending material.

13. The pre-sentence report records, first, that Freeman, who is or was the chairman of Paedophile Information Exchange and its contact with the North American Lug Boys had admitted to being the leader in the offences, and second, that he had difficulty in understanding the potential risk of harm he poses to children, especially in appreciating the link between his distorted sexual impulses and the potential sexual behaviour towards children.

14. Freeman explained, according to the writer of the pre-sentence report, first that he only liked children between the ages of 11 and 14 and second that in his opinion children of that age should be allowed to have sex with adults.

15. The writer of the pre-sentence report considered that Freeman did not take responsibility for his offending and he appeared to have a rigid and dogmatic approach to children. The writer also explained that Freeman was not prepared to undertake a sex offender treatment programme to gain some insight into the behaviour which led to his conviction, because he first believed that his behaviour was innocent, and secondly, he did not have sexual offending issues. I mention in passing that we were told in submissions that that this did not reflect his position, but the writer of the report considered that Freeman might not be well motivated to engage with any accredited system to increase his understanding. It was also stated that during his interview with the writer of the report, Freeman talked about the rights of paedophiles to have sex with children and he, according to the writer of report, had little insight into his sexual offending and its direct impact upon the victims, namely children.

16. In the view of the writer of the report, it was:

“Reasonable for a court to presume that Mr Freeman presents a significant risk of serious harm to children within the general public. Internet sexual offences may cause a potential victim, namely children serious psychological injury.”

17. Turning now to Cutler: he is 60 years of age with no previous court appearances. He became a member of the Paedophile Information Exchange about 30 years ago though it no longer exists.

18. The pre-sentence report recorded that he was a homosexual and sexually attracted to young men both adults and of approximate mid-teenage years. He told the writer of the report that he was sexually aroused by indecent images of children aged 14 or 15 years of age but the writer of the report thought that he was also sexually aroused by younger people. According to the report, Cutler created the impression that he had not fully understood the damage of viewing child pornography causes the victims. It was stated in the report, and supported by medical evidence, that Cutler suffers from Social Phobic Disorder and that although he had found some remedial programs quite stressful to start with, he indicate he would attend and comply with it.

19. Turning to Morrison, he is now 44 years of age and he has appeared before the courts on 29 previous occasions for nearly 100 offences, between 1984 and 2010, for which he had received a range of custodial and non-custodial sentences. Most of his previous offences were for dishonesty but in December 2008 he was fined and given an indefinite sexual offence protection order for five offences of possessing indecent photographs of a child. In March 2009 a community order was imposed for breaching that order, but in June 2010 he was sentenced to 6 months’ imprisonment for breaching the order and 2 months consecutive for sending a letter conveying an indecent or grossly offensive imagine. Finally, in December 2010 he was sentenced to a further 4 months for acting in breach of the order.

20. The writer of the report noted that Morrison denied any sexual gratification or interest in the images or movies. He claimed that he had been recruited by the police to break in a paedophile ring and he said that his fetish was in respect of children’s clothing and what he wanted was pictures of children clothed rather than naked. Morrison explained that he had taken the CD which was found in his apartment from Freeman on the understanding that it had photographs of grown children but he had been unable to unload it.

21. The writer of the report said that Morrison denied any sexual element in his offending and he refused to attend and complete any offence focussed sexual offending work. According to the writer of the pre-sentence report, the fact that Morrison had broken his sex offender prevention order on three occasions raised concerns in terms of risks and that was particularly so because he lives with Parratt, who is a known homosexual.

22. The writer of the report concluded that Morrison presents a risk to the public of violence and he poses a risk of serious harm of serious risk occasioned by the permission of further offences. It is said that he poses the greatest risk of harm towards children, bearing in mind this is his fourth conviction for sexual offences which involves the victims being children. It is noteworthy that the writer of the report had been Morrison’s probation officer since March 2009. The writer of the report pointed out that an extended sentence for public protection was available to provide Morrison a period in custody, whilst the extended supervision element on release would ensure a robust risk management plan monitoring.

23. Turning to Parratt, he is now 63 years of age and he had appeared before the court on a previous occasion, in 1966, when he was given a probation order for gross indecency with a child under 16. In 1969 he was fined for theft. His further conviction was in 1970, when he was given a suspended sentence for gross indecency with a male under the age of 21.

24. In sentencing the appellant, the judge explained that Freeman was an intelligent and articulate man and was well aware that his conduct was outside the law, though he did not regard it as an offence. The judge regarded him as being the centre of the network and his conduct was activated by his long-standing, carefully organised campaign in relation to child pornography.

25. In the light of the material before the court and the writings of Freeman the court was led inextricably to the view that he was dangerous, particularly to young persons and so a sentence of imprisonment for public protection was appropriate and he received credit for his plea.

26. In the case of Cutler his guilty plea, previous good character and the submissions taken on his behalf were taken into account but this was a case for a custodial sentence.

27. As for Morrison, the Recorder took the view that he was “dangerous” particularly to young persons and an extended sentence was appropriate. He had been convicted of possessing just over 5000 images, mostly at level 1 and 2 and a few at level 4 and 5. So he was in different position from his co-defendants but his attendance and possession of the materials meant that a custodial sentence was appropriate.

28. Turning to the grounds of appeal of Freeman, the first ground is that the Recorder erred in passing the sentence of imprisonment for public protection because there was insufficient evidence to support a finding that the defendant represented a significant risk of serious harm through the commission of further specified offences.

29. We had to consider this case against the background of the decision of this court in the case of R v Terrell [2007] EWCA Crim 3079 , [2008] 2 Cr App R(S) 49 , in which this court had to consider whether it was appropriate to impose such a sentence where the conviction related to photographs and did not have any contact offences. It was regarded as important to this court that the trial judge did not find that the offences that might be committed in the future were different or graver than those which he had already committed and it was not suggested that he risked progressing to physical contact. The harm relied on was the harm of children that had been forced to participate in the activities. The conclusion of the court was that it could not be reasonably said that there was a significant risk of this defendant’s re-offending occasioning harm to children, whether through perpetuating the market or further indecent images being taken, albeit through a child becoming aware of the indecent purposes to which the photographs might be put. The link between the act of downloading and possible harm which might be done to children was too remote and therefore the IPP provision did not apply. That case has been regularly applied by this court. Our attention was drawn to the case of R v Helliwell [2011] EWCA 1008 , where Rix LJ noted that the trial judge who imposed a sentence of imprisonment for public protection:

“… was not putting his findings of dangerousness on the basis of the Internet use or distribution in themselves but upon a finding that there was a significant risk that Mr Helliwell would escalate his offending to direct contact offences.”

The judge concluded that the appellant in that case had not previously committed any contact offences and he therefore concluded:

“We do not consider that there was the evidential basis of a significant risk that Mr Helliwell would go on to commit a crime, the nature of which he had not committed in his life before, he being a mature man of now 49.”

For that reason the appeal was allowed.

30. In a more recent case of Guest [2011] EWCA Crim 1762 , a similar view was taken by this court.

31. Bearing those principles in mind, we have had to consider whether what the Recorder did was correct. Unfortunately in his sentencing remarks, he did not grapple fully or at all with these problems and we therefore have to look at them afresh. We have come to the conclusion that the dangerous threshold has been met in this case. In the light of the Internet messages posted by this appellant, which was on the 19th August, which was under 4 weeks after his premises had been searched and seized. They tended to show that he would be getting involved in paedophile activities and continued to do so.

32. It is of greatest significance to us that this appellant continues, as was said in the pre-sentence report, to believe that adults should be allowed to have sex with children so there was a significant substantial risk of this appellant committing contact offences against young children and causing them serious damage. He also demonstrates a lack of empathy with his victims. We therefore have come to the conclusion that, unlike the appellants in the cases to which we have referred, that this appellant does cross the threshold and the judge was correct to impose a sentence for public protection.

33. The second ground of appeal relied on by Freeman is that the Recorder erred in finding that it was necessary to impose a sexual offences prevention order when he had already passed an indefinite sentence. The prosecution agree that this ground of appeal is correct and we also take the same line because more recently in the case of Smith, Wayne, Hall and Dodd Hughes LJ, giving the judgment of this court, said that the appropriate time for deciding the conditions on which somebody will be released when they have been sentenced to a term of imprisonment for public protection is at the time of their release when the licence conditions can be tailored to meet their needs. Thus, we allow the appeal to the extent of removing the sexual offences prevention order.

34. Turning to the case of Cutler, he appeals on the grounds that the custodial sentence was manifestly excessive, having regard to the Sentencing Guidelines, the credit for his plea and the disparity of the sentence with Parratt. His second ground of appeal is that the sexual offences prevention order was too wide and unnecessary for oppressive or not in the least proportionate. We will deal with all the appeals relating to the sexual offences prevention orders imposed on the appellant at the end of this judgment.

35. So far as the length of sentence is concerned, it has to be borne in mind that this appellant was to be sentenced not merely for possession of the indecent photographs but also for the offence of failing to disclose a key to protected information. We regard that as being a very serious offence because it interferes with the administration of justice and it prevents the prosecuting authorities and the police finding out what offences somebody has committed. At the time when this offence was committed the maximum sentence was 2 years’ imprisonment. In our view, this was a serious case because there were nine encrypted containers on three different hard drives. These containers could have been used for storing the vilest of child pornography. It is noteworthy that Cutler had not merely failed to disclose the key but he has also failed to give any explanation for it whatsoever. We note that one of the co-defendants with them, Adamson, who was convicted of this offence, received a sentence of 12 months’ imprisonment. We do not know the full details of it but it might well be that this sentence was too low. We are not purporting to set any guidelines but merely wish to emphasise the gravity of this particular offence.

36. In our view, in respect of that offence, the Recorder would have been quite entitled to impose a sentence of 12 months’ imprisonment. It would also follow that if that sentence had been imposed, Cutler would have to receive a custodial sentence for his possession of indecent photographs and our view would be that 3 months consecutive would have been appropriate. Thus, the overall effect would be that the total sentence would be no different from the sentence which was imposed on him. Therefore his appeal against his prison sentence has to be dismissed.

37. Turning now to the appeal of Morrison, he challenges the finding of dangerousness and contends that the sentence was manifestly excessive.

38. The pre-sentence report noted that this was his fourth conviction for a sexual offence and there was an established pattern of sexual offending, particularly the way he had dealt with his sexual offences prevention order. It must not be forgotten that the discs found at the home shared by Morrison and Parratt had been burned from Freeman’s computer and contained 5738 still images and nine moving images; of those 5266 were at level 1, 382 at level 2, 11 at level 3, 58 at level 4 and 30 at level 5.

39. The pre-sentence report indicated that he poses the greatest risk of harm towards children, bearing in mind this is his fourth conviction for a sexual offence which involved the victims being children. The writer of the report had been Morrison’s probation officer since March 2009. He recommended an extended sentence for public protection, so as to impress on him the seriousness of his offending and to protect the public in the light of the appellant’s previous record.

40. In our view, the appropriate course for this court is to see what sort of sentence ought to have been imposed in this case. We take account of the fact that Parratt received a sentence of 12 months’ imprisonment but this appellant, as we have indicated, has a bad record.

41. We have come to the conclusion that the appropriate sentence that should have been imposed in his case would have been two-and-a-half years’ imprisonment. The consequences of that is that the extended sentence can no longer stand. To that extent his appeal succeeds.

42. That takes us on to the outstanding matter which relates to the sexual offences prevention order imposed on the appellants. We have received very detailed submissions from counsel for that, for which we are grateful. We gave them, at the start of the hearing, before their case was called on, draft orders which we thought it prudent for them to consider in the light of the decision of this court in Smith , to which we have already referred. They were able to reach agreement on what the terms of it should contain and subject to a number of points to which we refer, the terms of that document are to be applicable to all of those who are liable to it, which is all the appellants other than Freeman. They state:-

“Schedule of Prohibitions

(Sexual Offences Prevention Order)

1. Using any device capable of accessing the internet;

(i) which does not have a software programme designed to prevent access to child pornography installed in operation; and

(ii) which does not have the capacity to retain and display the history of internet use; and

(iii) which must be made immediately available on request for inspection by any police officer.

2. Deleting such history.

3. Installing any encryption-only software; for example: Jetico Best Crypt or Pretty Good Privacy;

4. Accessing, seeking to access, viewing, possessing (save in a Temporary Cache computer file, downloading saving or distributing images of children under 18 years from the internet or any other non-commercial source, save with permission of that child’s parent or guardian who has full knowledge of his sexual offending history

5. Filming or taking photographs with any image capturing device of any child under the age of 16 years unless it is with the permission of that child’s parent or guardian who has full knowledge of his sexual offending history, other than images incidental to the main image being captured;

6. Having any unsupervised contact of any kind with any child under the age of 16 years, other than:

(i) such as is inadvertent and not reasonably avoidable in the course of daily life; or

(ii) with the consent of the child’s parent or guardian who has knowledge of his convictions;

7. Engaging in any form of teaching or training or instruction of children under the age of 16 years, any form of care, advice, guidance or therapy or from acting as a driver for such children’s activities;

8. Meeting or seeking to meet in private or public any group of individuals having a sexual interest in children where that interest in children is the primary reason for the meeting, and that group comprises more than two people together and includes but is not limited to Barry George Cutler, John William Morrison, Leo Gareth Adamson, Anthony Zalewski and Stephen Adrian Freeman.

FOR A PERIOD OF 10 YEARS FROM 15 JULY 2011″

42.1. There are some points made by the individual appellants, to which we must refer. In the case of Cutler, he accepts paragraphs 1 to 3 of the draft but says that as he is a 60-year-old man with no previous convictions, he should not have conditions not giving him access to images and various other matters of that sort. We do not consider that to be a valid point. It is clear that he was involved and present when the premises of Freeman were searched and where there were drawings on display and there were computer material around the place. As we have already explained, he has also been convicted of failing to disclose the key to protected information. That suggests that he must have some form of access to computers. Therefore we take the view that he should be bound by the order.

42.2. So far as the others are concerned, none of the grounds that have been put forward seem to us to have any validity as showing why an order should not be made in their cases. Therefore, we make it in the case of all the appellants with the exception of Freeman and we explain why it does not relate to Freeman. In reaching our conclusions we have taken into account all the matters and material that has been helpfully put forward by counsel on our behalf.

42.3. For those reasons, the appeal of Freeman is allowed to the extent of removing the sexual offences prevention order and in case of Morrison, the period of his sentence of 4 years is reduced to two-and-a-half years. To that extent the appeals are dismissed.

42.4. SIR JOHN THOMAS: There are two matters. First of all, we would like to thank you all very much for the assistance that you have given us today and in particular in taking time to try to agree the sexual offences prevention orders. It would be of assistance if you could try amongst your colleagues to ensure that these standard terms are more frequently discussed and appeals on these sort of points avoided where you get involved in these cases in the future. We have a lot of appeals that turn on the bad drafting. I think things should now be much better in the light of Hughes LJ’s judgment.

42.5. The second thing which we wanted to say was this. In the light of the history of this matter we will ask the Central Criminal Court to advise us on the circumstances in which this case was listed before someone other than a full-time judge, as we think the seriousness and difficulty of this case did require a full-time judge. That seems to have been counsel for the Crown’s view but, of course, he understandably could not express that view to the listing officer.

42.6. MR GADSDEN: Thank you my Lord.

42.7. SIR JOHN THOMAS: That is a fair observation from what you have said?

42.8. MR GADSDEN: It is my Lord, yes, although, as your Lordship quite rightly says, I could not quite articulate it like that in your Lordship’s court.

42.9. SIR JOHN THOMAS: It seems to us that this sort of case is a very serious and very difficult case; it produces not only a difficult trial but difficult sentencing problems. We shall ask the Central Criminal Court —it better be done through whoever the most senior, probably through the court manager —as to how this happened and we would like it to be ensured it does not happen again.

Please note that victims of abuse may be triggered by reading this information. These links are generally UK based.

  • The Sanctuary for the Abused [A] has advice on how to prevent triggers.
  • National Association for People Abused in Childhood [B] has a freephone helpline and has links to local support groups.
  • One in Four [C]
  • Havoca [D].
  • Useful post on Triggers [E]  from SurvivorsJustice [F] blog.
  • Jim Hoppers pages on Mindfulness [G]  and Meditation [H] may be useful.
  • Hwaairfan blog An Indigenous Australian Approach to Healing Trauma  [J]
  • Survivors UK for victims and survivors of male rape or the sexual abuse of men [K]
  • Voicing CSA group [L] helps arrange survivors meetings in your area
  • A Prescription for me blog Various emotional support links [M]
  • ShatterBoys -“Male Survivors Of Childhood Sexual Abuse Inspiring change, Through Shared Experience Whilst Building Connections…Together We Can Heal[N]
  • Fresh Start Foundation Scottish not for profit group, helping child sexual abuse victims & survivors  [P]

Links

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[3] 2017 Jul 25 cathy fox blog Judge Adrian Fulford – Can we trust him? https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2017/07/25/judge-adrian-fulford-can-we-trust-him/

[4] 2017 Jul 24  re 2014 Wikipedia John Thomas, Baron Thomas of Cwmgiedd https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Thomas,_Baron_Thomas_of_Cwmgiedd

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David Joy 2007 Dec 11 Court of Appeal

Redaction

Some court reports have had victims names redacted and some assault details redacted.

This is a difficult balance –  normally I would think that  I should not “censor” details but on consultation with various people I have taken the decision to redact. This is mainly to protect victims, their friends and relatives from unnecessary detail and to stop the gratification of those who seek salacious details.

In addition to the obvious “victims redaction” to protect victims details, there may also be “assault redaction” across most of the spectrum of abuse. The assaults are left in the charges, but mainly redacted when repeated with reference to the individual. I have also redacted unnecessary detail of assaults.

Redaction may obscure sometimes the legal reason for the appeal, but should make no large difference to the vital information for researchers that these documents contain. That vital information is mainly names of the perpetrators, past addresses, institutions where assaults occurred, the actual charges the perpetrators faced, and dates – on which newspapers are pathetically inaccurate and this information enables the links between people and places and abuse at various times to be ascertained.

Some transcripts may have been subject to automatic reading software and whilst effort has been made to correct these, the text should not be regarded as definitive.  Common mistakes in reprinting here are that quotation marks are sometimes not correct, replaced by odd symbols.

If you think that the balance is not correct or that a particular redaction needs reconsideration, please say.

This appeal is unredacted  by cathy fox blog

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EWCA Crim 3281   No: 2007/4797/A6

IN THE COURT OF APPEAL

Tuesday, 11 December 2007

Lord Justice Longmore

Regina

v.

David Joy


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Mr G Purcell appeared on behalf of the Appellant

Mr J Eley appeared on behalf of the Crown

JUDGMENT

(As Approved by the Court)

1. MR JUSTICE BLAKE: On 30th April 2007 at the Crown Court at Leicester this applicant pleaded guilty to 11 counts of offences connected with indecent photographs of children. Counts 2 to 5 alleged making indecent photographs of children. The other counts were of possession. On 13th August 2007 he was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment concurrent on each of the counts of possession and a sentence of imprisonment for public protection on the counts of making indecent photographs. Those sentences were imposed by His Honour Judge Pert QC.

2. There are problems with that sentence. If the applicant is a dangerous offender and therefore liable to a sentence of imprisonment for public protection, then the sentence for the offences of possession should have been an extended sentence with a custodial term and an extended licence period. However, the first question that now arises before this court is what should the sentence have been for counts 2 to 5?

3. We are told that there were 1,130 images discovered when this applicant’s premises were visited by the police in January 2006. However, we have been told this morning that a somewhat smaller total formed the counts that were before the court, namely some 744. In any event, only a small number of this total were at Levels 4 and 5 —two at Level 4 and fifteen at Level 5 applying the classification approved by this court in the case of Oliver [2003] 2 Cr.App.R (S) .

4. The allegations were personal possession or use of such images and there was no allegation that this appellant was connected to the production of the images in the sense of taking the photographs of the children or distributing them or indeed storing them in a manner that could be available for other people. We will return to the sentencing guidelines of this class of case in one moment.

5. The learned judge was led to believe that a number of the offences had been committed after the coming into force of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 in April 2005. However, there was no clear basis for that conclusion revealed in the indictments which allege an offence between 1st January 2000 and 24th January 2006, the latter date being the date when the applicant’s premises were visited by the police. Again the opening remarks of prosecuting counsel did not help the learned judge. They were to the effect that the Crown could not say how the images got onto the computer, let alone when, and a generic statement that some can probably be shown to be made after the relevant date seemed to have been considered sufficient to give the court jurisdiction to consider the dangerousness provisions under the Criminal Justice Act 2003. Such an approach is no longer permissible as this court has made plain in Harries [2007] Crim LR 820 , [2007] EWCA Crim 1622 at paragraph 11 .

6. Before this court we have been assisted by the agreement between counsel for the applicant and counsel for the prosecution that of the five counts of making an indecent photographs of a child. Only count 3 was committed after 4th April 2002. It is only the counts which allege making that are scheduled offences that are serious. Thus the court is faced with one count of making indecent photographs of a child after the coming into force of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 and the particulars of that count are a large number of photographs at Level 1 and 29 at Level 3. That, however, means that section 225 of that Act has to be considered. That provides:

“(1) This section applies where—

(a) a person aged under 18 is convicted of a serious offence committed after the commencement of this section, and

(b) the court is of the opinion that there is a significant risk to members of the public of serious harm occasioned by the commission by him of further specified offences.â€

Serious harm is defined in section 224(3) as meaning death or serious personal injury, whether physical or psychological. As indicated, making indecent images is a specified offence and a serious offence because it is punishable with up to 10 years’ imprisonment.

7. So much for the offending behaviour itself. This applicant has previous convictions for sexual activity. They are summarised in the advice of his counsel appearing before this court today. In 1980 there were five counts of indecent assault on a female. In November 1984 there were counts of publishing an obscene article and sending an obscene article through the post. In 1996 there were two counts of indecent assault on a male under 14, two counts of indecent assault on a male under 16 and a count of showing indecent photographs or pseudo photographs of children, for which he was sent to prison. It is pointed out by the applicant and his counsel that those indecent assault offences for which he was sent to prison in 1996 had occurred in 1983 and that does mean that when he fell to be sentenced for the present offence, there was some period of 24 years when he had not been found guilty of any offences of indecent assault on children.

8. It is apparent from what the applicant told those who were charged with making reports for the assistance of the court who sentenced him that in the 1980s the applicant was involved in a paedophile group and those offences were conducted in the light of his beliefs about sexual behaviour of young people, behaviour and activities of that range of people. He had expressed his views to those who interviewed him, which the judge rightly regarded as many would regard as abhorrent. However, in fairness to the applicant it is right to say that he expressed those views to those making the reports by way of a full and frank engagement of his sexual history, sexual behaviour and sexual activity and in order to make the point that his sentences for his past sexual offences had led him to undergo successfully sexual offender courses which he had completed and that he had come away with a changed perception about sexual activity with children that deal with indecent assaults.

9. Nevertheless, those past offences do mean that the court has to treat the question of whether there is a significant risk to members of the public of serious harm occasioned by the commission by him of further specified offences in the light of a statutory presumption contained in section 229(3) because he is over eighteen and he had been convicted of one or more relevant offences. The court therefore must assume that there is the risk unless after taking account of all information about the nature of the offences and the behaviour of the individual and the information about the offender, it considers it to be unreasonable to conclude that there is such a risk.

10. Therefore the court is faced with the difficult task of only one offence of downloading an image from the computer, at Level 1 and Level 3, which engages the imprisonment for public protection provisions of the Criminal Justice Act. Otherwise this would be purely personal conduct for which the Sentencing Guidelines Council, following Oliver , indicate that the starting point for possession of a small number of images at Levels 4 and 5, and possession of a large quantity at Level 3 for personal use, in the case of a contested trial and an offender without significant previous convictions, would be 26 weeks’ custody. Four weeks to 18 months would be the range of sentencing. Even if it was a large quantity of material that had been retained for personal use, the starting point would still be 12 months’ custody and the range 26 weeks to two years’ custody.

11. We appreciate that there has been some difficulty and some controversy in other cases in linking the question of future dangerousness and any reoffending by this offender to causing harm to others simply by looking at images, rather than a breach of trust in the way they are made, distributed or used. However, in our judgment applying the statutory test, we do not consider it would be reasonable on the facts known to us about this offence and this offender to draw the conclusion that there is a significant risk of this offender causing serious harm in the form of personal injury, whether physical or psychological, to other persons. Such a causative link must be established as well as any risk of general reoffending as this court has made plain in the case of Lang [2005] EWCA Crim. 2864 .

12. We therefore conclude that it is not possible and not necessary to impose a sentence of imprisonment for public protection on count 3 and this applicant falls to be sentenced to a determinate sentence of imprisonment for his wrongdoing.

13. We then take account of the guidance of the Sentencing Guidelines Council about this class of offence, published in April 2007, recognising that by reason of his previous convictions in the past for interest in indecent photographs of children, as well as other sexual offences connected with children, that a significantly higher starting point than 26 weeks custody is appropriate. Even imposing the top end of the range of 18 months on a contested case and giving full credit to the applicant for his plea of guilty at the earliest opportunity, we conclude that the appropriate sentence in this case should be one of 12 months’ imprisonment.

14. This application is therefore allowed. We treat the hearing of the application as the hearing of the appeal. We set aside the sentences imposed below and on each of the counts we impose a sentence of 12 months’ imprisonment concurrent.

15. MR PURCELL: My Lord, that gives rise to one ancillary matter with regard to the notification requirements under the Sexual Offences Act. I believe being sentenced to a term of imprisonment of less than 30 months, from memory the period to which the appellant is to comply with the notification requirements would be five years. I may be wrong. It may be seven year. Can I please check.

16. LORD JUSTICE LONGMORE: We are told 10 years. What was the existing notification?

17. MR PURCELL: Previously it was for life, my Lord.

18. MR JUSTICE BLAKE: In the light of the variation of sentence we have just made we will vary the notification requirement from life to one of 10 years.

Please note that victims of abuse may be triggered by reading this information. These links are generally UK based.

  • The Sanctuary for the Abused [A] has advice on how to prevent triggers.
  • National Association for People Abused in Childhood [B] has a freephone helpline and has links to local support groups.
  • One in Four [C]
  • Havoca [D].
  • Useful post on Triggers [E]  from SurvivorsJustice [F] blog.
  • Jim Hoppers pages on Mindfulness [G]  and Meditation [H] may be useful.
  • Hwaairfan blog An Indigenous Australian Approach to Healing Trauma  [J]
  • Survivors UK for victims and survivors of male rape or the sexual abuse of men [K]
  • Voicing CSA group [L] helps arrange survivors meetings in your area
  • A Prescription for me blog Various emotional support links [M]
  • ShatterBoys -“Male Survivors Of Childhood Sexual Abuse Inspiring change, Through Shared Experience Whilst Building Connections…Together We Can Heal[N]
  • Fresh Start Foundation Scottish not for profit group, helping child sexual abuse victims & survivors  [P]

Links

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[2] Index of Court Appeals EWCA on this blog https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2015/05/08/a-timeline-of-court-and-ewca-documentation-on-cathy-fox-blog/

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