The Scottish Sun – Police must probe ACTIVE child abusers, not just those that are dead

This article is related to a Timeline of a Child Rapist 4 – William Alexander Goad yet to be published [3]

[1] Index / Timeline of Newspaper Stories and Articles on Cathy Fox Blog

Police must probe ACTIVE child abusers, not just those that are dead

*IT’S Week Four of our Sun Justice Campaigners’ column and Dr Sara Payne
and Shy Keenan have been overwhelmed by your response. *

*They are standing up for victims of crime and helping to make your
communities a better place to live. *

*Sara said: “Our mailbag is bursting with letters and responses to our End
Anti-Victim Prejudice campaign. *

*“At the last count, there were more than 1,000 messages of support. That,
together with the 1,500 signatures online, is really amazing. *

*“Many of you, like us, feel that there is so much injustice in Britain and
so many victims who need our support.”*

AT a time when the BBC is tearing itself apart over the mishandling of the
Jimmy Savile and North Wales child abuse allegations, it is more important
than ever not to lose sight of the victims, both from the past and those
still in danger.

Savile was not the only voracious, predatory paedophile who thought he was
untouchable as he abused countless victims.

Nor was he the only one at the centre of a much wider web of evil.

William Goad, the multi-millionaire who abused 3,500 boys over a 40-year
period, died recently in Albany Prison on the Isle of Wight.

It is a pity he only spent a relatively short time behind bars for his

Far more shameful is the fact many of his fellow perverts are still walking
free today, having escaped justice.

Former Detective Constable Shirley Thompson, the woman who nailed loathsome
Goad, has accused police chiefs of ignoring active child abusers while huge
investigations are launched into those already dead.

She says police have never done enough to trace Goad’s accomplices. Of
course there wasn’t the same public spotlight on the Goad case as there is
on the Savile scandal and the North Wales care homes.

Shirley Thompson is both an outstanding child protector and a true legend
among victims of child sexual abuse, so she is worth listening to.
She was one of the very few police officers who looked past all of the
antivictim prejudice that had silenced these poor children for so many
years and heard their voices, and fought above and beyond the call of duty
to get them the justice they deserved.

Now, after Goad, 68, died from natural causes, Shirley said: “With the help
of all the victims, there were just two of us working on the Goad case from
six weeks after he was arrested in 2003.

“The police aren’t given enough money but I think they should prioritise
child protection with what they do have.”

The Goad case was truly one of the worst we have ever encountered but it
was also one of the most inspiring because of the unwavering courage of the

Sadly, it also stood out because of all the unanswered questions and the
crimes that were left unchallenged.

Goad owned a string of shops and market stalls in Plymouth and groomed
victims by giving them well-paid jobs before abusing them.

He boasted of abusing 142 youngsters in a year and was given 14 life
sentences in October 2004 for offences dating back over 35 years.

Shirley helped 17 of Goad’s victims to testify against him and later nailed
three of his fellow abusers.

Peter Norsworthy was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2006 for nine
counts of rape, three of indecent assault, and one of intimidation.

Another suspect died before getting to court and the third hanged himself
in France after police contacted him.

But Shirley and several of Goad’s victims maintain there is a larger
“paedophile ring” associated with the businessman who was once worth
£25million, and they are still at large.

Shirley lifted the lid on how child protection is treated as the Cinderella
of policing, saying as soon as Goad was arrested she was ordered to focus
only on him and not others.

After Goad was jailed, dozens more victims came forward but Shirley said
officers were told not to interview them in person but instead take details
on the phone and “give them a crime number”.

She said: “I refused. How can you get someone to tell you their most
terrible, intimate secrets over a phone?”

Police bosses gave Shirley a further three months to investigate other
paedophiles linked to Goad following a Panorama programme on the beast.

But she said victims often referred to a much larger group of people who
also abused children or helped Goad.

She said: “A number of them mentioned being gang-raped by more than four

“Could anything more have been done with this information? Yes.

“I personally know of about 30 people who called to claim Goad had abused
them after he was sentenced and were dealt with by phone interview.

“If they were interviewed face to face, much more information could be

Goad went on the run from 1998 until his 2003 capture. Shirley claims
reports in the pervert’s case file suggested police knew where he was
living while he was at large but didn’t arrest him.

She said: “I saw a file that showed they knew he was living in Ivybridge,
Devon, under the name David Scott.

“Between 1998 and 2003, he was living in Pattaya, in Thailand, under the
name George Healey. Again I saw a report which showed police knew about

Goad was caught when he returned from Thailand to visit the UK and used a
credit card which showed up as of interest to the police. He was arrested
on a train from London to Plymouth.

Shirley said she was “glad” when Goad died in prison, after hearing “some
of the worst stories imaginable” from his victims.

She said: “On one occasion he just saw a boy at a bus stop and offered him
work at his market. He invited him for interview and then raped him.

“On another occasion he was raping a boy in his teens and asked him to
bring along his eight-year-old brother so he could rape him as well.”

But she said her delight, and that of his victims at hearing of his death,
has not blunted her desire to see police continue the investigation.

She said: “I’m sure even more victims will come forward in the future. They
need to be listened to.”

Just like the Jimmy Savile scandal, this is another “lance the boil” case
that urgently needs a serious spotlight shone on its failures, not just to
learn lessons but also to ensure there are no children still trapped in the
late Goad’s ring of abuse.

We are supporting the victims’ call for a judicial review and a forensic
accounting of this whole sad case.

For us it and the notorious Rochdale/Savile/North Wales/Jersey cases are
indicative of all that is inherently wrong with the child protection system
in this country.

*They are each perfect examples of the systemic anti-victim prejudice that
stops very little children from being believed or protected and what stops
adult victims of child sexual abuse from telling.*

Please note that victims of abuse may be triggered by reading this information. 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. Other useful sites are One in Four [C]  and Havoca [D]. Useful post on Triggers [E]  from SurvivorsJustice [F] blog. Jim Hoppers pages on Mindfulness [G]  and Meditation [H] may be useful.


[1] Cathy Fox Blog 2015 May 8 [constantly updated] An Index / Timeline of Court Appeal Documents on Cathy Fox Blog

[2] Cathy Fox Blog 2015 May 8 [constantly updated] An Index / Timeline of Court Appeal Documents on Cathy Fox Blog

[3] To come Timeline of a Child Rapist 4 – William Alexander Goad

[A] Sanctuary for the Abused


[C] One in Four

[D] Havoca

[E] SurvivorsJustice Triggers post

[F] SurvivorsJustice Blog

[G] Jim Hopper Mindfulness

[H] Jim Hopper Meditation

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