Bristol Child Abuse Network 1985 – 2000, Operations Panorama and Parallel

This article is to briefly link together a couple of articles and various court appeals surrounding the Bristol abuse network that Nigel Tucker  was associated with. I will probably add to this, but wanted to get the links out quickly for other researchers.

Tucker is reported recently, Oct 3, in the Mail, to be facing extradition from South Africa for child sexual abuse offences [2]. Tucker absconded on 2 Oct 2000 [3].

I have just published 4 court appeals, 3 relevant to abusers in the network [5] , [3] and [4]
as well as a precedent, mentioned in an appeal [6]

Alan Ernest Tanner 10th June 1983 Court of Appeal [5] 

Lee Nigel Tucker 29th January 2001 Supreme Court [3]

Brian Stewart Greenroyd, Alan Ernest Tanner, Christopher Leek, Kevin Paul Warfield 30 Mar 2001 Court of Appeal [4]

Cedric Malcolm Armston 6th November 1981 Court of Appeal [6]

The original story about the Bristol abuse network, was written up by Nick Davies in October 2000 [1]. The Police Operation involved was Operation Panorama, then Operation Parallel [1].

What is clear is due to Home Office targets and hence lack of money and resources, prevented investigation of child abuse, and many of the 60 suspected child abusers were not brought to justice [1]. This is shameful.

Members of the child abuse network included [1]

  • Christopher Leek was jailed for 12 years. Leek worked on the TV series The Bill for ITV [HT @mwalkerdine]
  • Tony Stevens aka Mark Underhill, jailed for eight years.
  • John Gay aka Army John was jailed for 12 years
  • Lee Tucker aka Nigel Tucker was sentenced to eight years. He jumped bail just before the end of the trial
  • Alan ‘Elsie’ Tanner was jailed for nine years
  • Sean Roberts, 44, was jailed for four years
  • Kevin Warfield, aka Kevin the Gerbil, tried on his own [4], was jailed for eight years
  • Gerry Wilkins aka Gerry the Dog was given two years probation.
  • Peter Clarke was jailed for three years for indecent assaults
  • Brian Greenroyd who had previously been convicted of raping a woman in 1987, was jailed for 17 months
  • Rob Hutchings, who had been convicted of gross indecency in 1991, was given a 12 month conditional discharge for indecent assault.
  • Peter Purvis, probation for linked offences
  • Alan Williams aka Welsh Witch (?)
  • Rob the Van Man (could be one of the others)
  • a vicar called Tim (?)

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[picture HT @wakeupcall09][7]

Timeline

1939 Jun 23 Alan Ernest Tanner born [5] 

1951 Feb 25 John William David Gay born 25-02-51 [HT @thewakeupcall09]

1955 Jun 25 Tony Mark Stevens aka Anthony Richards Underhill, born 25-06-55 Bristol, England, Profession Trucker [HT @thewakeupcall09]

1963 Lee Nigel Tucker born 22-12-63, Profession Hotel Industry [HT @thewakeupcall09]

1979 May to July, 1981, the Appellant was a tenant but probably subletted as  landlord a premises above a launderette in Tottenham High Road [5] 

1981 Apr 30 Bristol Crown Court Alan Ernest Tanner found guilty of gross indecency [5] 

1981 Jun 21 Alan Ernest Tanner pleaded guilty and was sentenced to total of 5 years prison. [5]

1983 June 10 Alan Ernest Tanner  Court of Appeal  Alan Ernest Tanner 10th June 1983 Court of Appeal [5] 

1985 Apr Mr Tanner took up the tenancy of 35 Wroughton Drive [4]

1994 Oct 7 Avon’s Child Protection Committee held a special meeting to discuss what they themselves described as “a potential paedophile ring” at 49 Churchill Road [1]

1996 Ayoung detective sergeant named Rob Jones had moved to Avon and Somerset’s Child Protection Team [1]

1996 Two more boys made allegations about the house [1]

1997 Oct More people connected reported to Police [1]

1998  Feb 3 , Avon and Somerset Police finally opened the door at 49 Churchill Road to find it sanitised [1]

1998 Jun New Police Chief Inspector, Ian Appleton [1]

Now, Rob Jones had a full-blooded investigation. But he was running it out of a shoebox. He needed more detectives to carry out interviews; he needed an incident room with a computer system with HOLMES software for major inquiries and he needed admin officers to run it. But all he was given a single terminal and a part-time inputter. Why would the Child Protection Team need an incident room? At least one senior officer was actively arguing for the whole inquiry to be stopped immediately.[1]

Brendan Moorhouse was important positive factor at CPS Bristol [1]

Behind the scenes, senior officers had now made up their minds to pull the plug. They had appointed a new chief inspector to run the Child Protection Team and briefed him to stop the job before it got any bigger – no more arrests, no more fresh inquiries. That was it. At this point, Jones’ team had two strokes of luck. Ian Appleton fought this.

1998 Jun Operation Panorama started [1] ‘Operation Panorama’, a large-scale investigation by Avon and Somerset police into paedophile activity in the Bristol area between 1985 and 1997 [4] led to series of cases in the Crown Court at Bristol before His Honour Judge Dyer, the Recorder of Bristol, which involved some eleven defendants and a consolidated indictment containing some 83 counts [4]

c.1998 Jun New chief constable, Steve Pilkington [1]

1998 Jul 7 Dawn arrests, 10 men in custody [1]

For senior officers at Avon and Somerset police, the big problem was the Home Office, who now steer police activity with a list of “best value performance indicators”, on which each force is judged. There are 37 of them. They deal with recorded crimes and domestic burglaries and violent crimes and drug-dealing; they cover efficiency-savings and complaints and ethnic balance and 999 calls. But there is nothing anywhere in any of them about child abuse. By diverting resources into Operation Panorama, Avon and Somerset was risking its corporate neck with the Home Office and HM Inspector of Constabulary. [1]

Gay and Tukcker prioritised due to lack of resources. Alan Williams would have had the same priority, but he had escaped justice, by dying in a mess or heroin and AIDS during delay. The dozens of other suspects were put on the back burner.[1]

1998-Dec 1990 Greenroyds offences approx [4]

1999 Sept  Jones’ team began three linked trials at Bristol Crown Court [1]

1999 Dec By December, every defendant either had pleaded guilty or had been convicted by a jury. The ‘big picture’ strategy had worked. Most of them were jailed – Christopher Leek for twelve years, Tony Stevens for eight. The judge commended Rob Jones and his team. [1]

By the time the trials were over, John Gay and Lee Tucker had been arrested, and the Panorama team were ready to gather more evidence on them and to get to grips with the long queue of up to 60 other suspects [1]

Six of their twelve officers were taken. They were already short of admin staff. Now they lost another and had to use a constable, who happened to be able to type, to input information into the computer. [1]

Operation Parallel started [1]

But the pressure from Whitehall was to focus resources on the 37 performance indicators. Senior officers regretfully told Rob Jones’ team that they must look for ‘an exit strategy’. In the meantime, the team was cut back. Six of their twelve officers were taken. They were already short of admin staff. Now they lost another and had to use a constable, who happened to be able to type, to input information into the computer.[1]

2000 Sept John Gay and Lee Tucker were tried at Swindon Crown Court. Gay was finally sent to prison for twelve years . Lee Tucker was jailed for eight years. Tucker, however, had been given bail so that he could be treated for the HIV virus and, three days before the jury’s verdict, he jumped bail and vanished. [1]

2000 Oct 2 Tucker absconded [3]

2000 Oct Nick Davies  Paedophilia is easy: how police finally caught up with a network of child abusers [1] 

2000 Oct 17 An application for leave to appeal against conviction using Form NG was submitted to the Bristol Crown Court on behalf of Tucker [3]

2000 Oct 4 Lee Nigel Tucker was convicted of 4 counts of buggery, 4 counts of indecent assault and 1 count of causing a stupefying drug to be taken with intent to commit an indictable offence. He was subsequently sentenced to a total of 8 years’ imprisonment.[3]

2001 Jan 29 Tuckers appeal in Supreme Court Lee Nigel Tucker 29th January 2001 Supreme Court [3]

2001 Mar 30 Court of Appeal Brian Stewart Greenroyd, Alan Ernest Tanner, Christopher Leek, Kevin Paul Warfield 30 Mar 2001 Court of Appeal [4]

2009 Sept 6 NOTW [7]

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2016 Oct 3 Daily Mail British pilot facing extradition for sex offences on children as young as 12 is re-arrested in South Africa for ‘trying to remove his tag with a screwdriver’ [2] 

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.
  • 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.
  • 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

Links

[1] 2000 Oct 1 Nick Davies website Paedophilia is easy: how police finally caught up with a network of child abusers http://www.nickdavies.net/2000/10/01/paedophilia-is-easy-how-police-finally-caught-up-with-a-network-of-child-abusers/

[2] 2016 Oct 3 Daily Mail British pilot facing extradition for sex offences on children as young as 12 is re-arrested in South Africa for ‘trying to remove his tag with a screwdriver’ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3819373/Brit-helicopter-pilot-facing-extradition-sex-offences-kids-young-12-arrested-South-Africa-trying-remove-tag-screwdriver.html

[3] 2016 Oct 4 Cathy Fox Blog Lee Nigel Tucker 29th January 2001 Supreme Court https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2016/10/04/lee-nigel-tucker-29th-january-2001-supreme-court/

[4] 2016 Oct 4 Cathy Fox Blog Brian Stewart Greenroyd, Alan Ernest Tanner, Christopher Leek, Kevin Paul Warfield 30 Mar 2001 Court of Appeal https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2016/10/04/brian-stewart-greenroyd-alan-ernest-tanner-christopher-leek-kevin-paul-warfield-30-mar-2001-court-of-appeal/

[5] 2016 Oct 4 Cathy Fox Blog Alan Ernest Tanner 10th June 1983 Court of Appeal https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2016/10/04/alan-ernest-tanner-10th-june-1983-court-of-appeal/

[6] 2016 Oct 4 Cathy Fox Blog Cedric Malcolm Armston 6th November 1981 Court of Appeal https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2016/10/04/cedric-malcolm-armston-6th-november-1981-court-of-appeal/

[7] 2009 Sept 6 News of the World Brtians worst paedo gang free – see timeline  [HT @thewakeupcall09]

 

[11] Index of Newspaper and Journal articles on this blog https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2015/05/23/newspaper-stories-index-timeline/

[12] 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/

To sin by silence when we should protest makes cowards out of men  – Ella  Wheeler Wilcox

Every time we act in the face of fear, we dilute it’s power and increase our confidence – via Gary Havener

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