[Ha2] Mark Trotter, Child Abuser, Hackney Council

Introduction

Hackney Council are deliberately being obstructive in not scanning the “Trotter Report” by JK Barratt for release, free, under FOI. They say they will sell one copy for £75. They ignore requests to release the Report as a moral and ethical duty and not under FOI Act.

They will not inform the British Library who owns the Barratt Report copyright so that the British Library cannot now sell it for a less extortionate £35. Hackney are refusing to give a reply that complies with the FOI act on the copyright issue and are refusing to instigate an internal review, which they are required to do by law. For more details on FOI see  [Ha1] Hackney Child Sexual Abuse [71]

Hackney Council obviously do not want people reading the Barratt Report. The Council are behaving like a guilty 10 year old boy wanting to hide his wrongdoing. Understandable to a point but totally wrong. The Council is a public body and it has public responsibilities and it has a duty to the children who were abused by the negligence of the Council to tell the truth about what happened.

Hackney Council are covering up child sexual abuse. They obviously have nto come to terms with the damage they have caused and are not willing to make amends in any way whatsoever.

As they are covering up, I have delved further and my initial brief investigations of Mark Trotter on Hackney Council are presented below. I compiled a basic timeline of press cuttings available. I read through those, briefly summarising important facts and dates and made an enhanced timeline.

(Some press cuttings have been made available by the hard work of @craftymuvva and I thank her for those. I have not copied some correctly and so temporarily, until @craftymuvva publishes them, some will not enlarge to full size when clicked [81] Index of Newspaper and Journal articles on this blog, [82] Index of Court Appeals EWCA  and Eire on this blog)

Any “lit review” or collation of information such as this is dependent on the original information and I must thank Sarah Boseley writing in the Guardian who includes many, many facts in her articles, superb. Also of course the ever reliable Eileen Fairweather of the Evening Standard.

I do not claim to understand yet all that went out, but at least much of the information is now together in one place, and it reveals some of what Hackney Council is hiding in the Barratt “Trotter” Report.

Please crowdsource research, as this is still only a basic summary. Comment below to include facts I have missed, or give opinion, context or help.

Brief Summary

Hackney Council were told 4 separate times by victims about Trotters offending. They were also told about his offending at New Heys Childrens Home, Liverpool which included 5 serious allegations. Superintendent Albert Kirby from Merseyside was scathing about Hackneys lack of reply to his letter [16]. Each time Trotter was allowed to resume work. The first two times, no record appears to have been made on his notes. Trotter was also Governor at a Nursery School.

According to the BBC [3] the Hackney Barratt Report concluded widespread incompetence by Hackney Council in dealing with Trotter and the aftermath but cleared the Council of political cover up or corruption. It was highly critical of Hackney Council and accused it of impropriety. Trotter, who had AIDS was thought to have abused at least 12 children in 14 years at Liverpool and Hackney.

Research reveals the Barratt Report is not the only report on the Trotter situation. Two other reports were commissioned by the Council.

One was by Ken Redley, a Hackney social worker working out his notice. He was given the task of tracing roughly 350 children who had been in contact with Trotter. He found 58 and spoke to 43 [16] but failed to find abuse. This 7 page report very short, late and turned up in Aug 1996.  It also said one child had died of AIDS but no link was proven! [64b]

The other Report was by the NSPCC whose remit was to look for evidence of abuse by Trotter when he worked at Trowbridge House Childrens Home and later when became a field social worker [65]. They were to trace 337 former residents of Trowbridge House but only managed to speak to 60. NSPCC concluded that there was no evidence of organised abuse or suggestion that he abused with other adults. NSPCC thought 6 allegations of abuse were credible [65].

These reports will be applied for under FOI.

Also interesting and may throw light on the general situation in Hackney, appears to be an inquiry and a report back in 1987 by lawyer Andrew Arden who found “hornet’s nest” of inefficiency and freemasonry [5]

The Trotter affair caused a massive split within the Labour Party in Hackney between councillors, between those who wanted more investigation into the Trotter affair and those who did not. This split seems also to be along Blairs Labour and Old Labour lines. National Labour did not want an inquiry. Why?

Other questions spring up.

  • What has Hackney Council done since the Barratt report?
  • What was the response of the Council to the Barratt Report?
  • Has the Council tried to get in touch with all the other children that were not contacted?
  • How many were really abused, that were not found?
  • How did Hackney Council helped those found to be abused?
  • Have any survivors been compensated by Hackney Council?
  • Why is Hackney still covering up this abuse and refusing to release reports that will allow the truth to be known?
  • Did Hackney Council Review its child care policy as recommended by the Barratt Report [6]
  • What was done to follow up connections on the child that died of AIDS?

There is much more to this Hackney abuse and cover up, but this is sufficient for a first summary. Other points to note though are

  • Demetrious Panton’s admirable whistleblowing role to the Chief Executive . He also said “If at any stage it is proven that Mr Trotter continued to sexually abuse children in the care of this authority … then we have failed terribly in protecting vulnerable children from abuse.” that proved later to be the case.
  • Lack of Police checks by Hackney Council
  • The whole “Trotter Affair” was handled for the Government by Paul Boateng whilst a Health Minister. Boateng has of course his own question marks over connections to Michael John Carroll and abuse at Angell Rd Childrens Home Labour peer Lord Paul Boateng to be questioned by national child sex abuse probe [70]
  • Hackney Souths Labour MP Brian Sedgemore’s role appears odd. Trotter was an agent for the Labour Party in Sedgemore’s constituency. Sedgemore complained about Panton whistleblowing [20] “careless and, maybe, malicious actions”, was silent for years on the Trotter matter and not helpful to newspapers. In comparison Diane Abbott, the other Hackney MP acted swiftly and helpfully.
  • Patrick Kodikara was Tower Hamlets’ assistant director of social services while chair of Hackney’s social services some time before 1999. A clear conflict of interest and potential for problems.

Basic Timeline – ie List of Press Articles

1996 Jul 26 Guardian [66] Child Helpline Offer

1996 Sept 5 Guardian, Sarah Boseley  [16] Scandal of Abuse Cover up

1996 Sept 11 Guardian, Sarah Boseley [63] Labour Council Feud Erupts

1996 Sept 11 Times Labour Loses Council [73]

1996 Sept 13 Independent [4] Hackney council splits over inquiry

1996 Sept 13 Times Social Services on Trial [74a] [74b] [74c]

1996 Sept 13 Times  Rebels Lay Plans to Take over Hackney Council [75]

1996 Sept 18 Guardian, Sarah Boseley [64] Monster in Our Midst

1996 Nov 14 First Sight – The Mark Trotter Affair [43]  Can anyone get hold of a copy of the programme?

1997 Mar 1 Nick Davies [11] A Paedophile ring in Amsterdam

1997 Jul 25 Guardian [65] AIDS death social worker was abuser

1997 July 25 Times HIV Positive Sex Abuser [76]

1998 Jan “Trotter Report” Originally published [3] ‘The report of the 1997 inquiry into “The Trotter Affair” JK Barratt’.  [Hackney Council refuse to scan and publish]

1998 Jan 7 BBC  [3] Council Criticised over paedophile scandal

1998 Jan 7 Local Government Chronicle [9] Hackney LBC “mishandled” paedophile investigations [Registration wall]

1998 Jan 7 Evening Standard [21] Poisonous regime that betrayed the children

1998 Jan 8 Independent [6] Children at risk: Council condemned in child abuse inquiry

1998 Jan 8 Evening Standard [19] Hackney’s tainted chiefs ‘will be axed’ –T Health Minister Paul Boateng called an urgent meeting with all Hackney group leaders to discuss the whole affair tomorrow.

1998 Jan 8 Times Care Workers Cheerful Facade Hid Dark Secret [77]

1998 Jan 8 Times Abuse Inquiry blames Labour Incompetence [78a] [78b]

1998 Jan 11 Hackney Childcarers Face sack [67] 

1998 Jan 21 Evening Standard [22] The council officer told her friend: Don’t use Trotter as your babysitter. But the public was never warned

1998 Feb 4 Evening Standard [20] MP’s attack on the man who helped expose Hackney abuser – Brian Sedgemore and whistleblower Demitrious Panton

1999 Mar 19 Guardian [5] Borough of hate and hit squads

2000 Oct 8 Independent Christian Wolmar [28] Home Truths Trowbridge House

2000 Nov 11 Guardian [8] Hapless Hackney face £40 M meltdown

2005 Apr 8 Sky Web [12] Paedophile Faces Long Jail-Term

2005 Jun 6 Community Care [1] Hackney Council launches review following child care case

2014 Apr 28 Hackney Gazette [2] Hackney lawyer who discussed child abuse in paedophile chat rooms walks free from court Hugh Jackson

2014 Dec 20 Exaro [13] Police discuss submitting statements on paedophile cover up

2015 Jan 21 Hackney Citizen [10] Obituary Linda Hibberd

 

Enhanced Timeline – Information (including details from cuttings)

1961 Trotter born on Liverpools Cantril Farm Estate [64a] then changed to Stockbridge Village

1971-1973 Wally Harbert first Director Hackney Social Services. Since, he written these articles which may be of use  [72]

c. 1978 Trotter worked as firefighter [64a?]

c. 1979/80 Trotter taken on as unqualified social worker with no experience [64a]

1980/81 Mark Trotter abused 5 boys when working as house parent at the New Hayes [66] [New Heys?] Childrens Home Liverpool [16] Superintendent Kirkby said they had 5 serious allegations of sexual abuse, gross indecency and buggery [16]

1980 c. Jun Trotter joined Hackney Council [16]

1981 Feb Moved in to New Heys Assessment Centre, Liverpool. Stayed for 22 months [64a] looking after children in care, some for protection from abusing families

1981 Nov Trotter moved to Trowbridge House to work as residential social worker [64a]

c. 1980-1985 Trotter lived at Trowbridge House [16]

date? Trotter was Union representative [16]

1981 Dec Trotter investigated by Hackney Social Services Dept [16] Insufficient Evidence [64b]

1982 Jan Trotter investigated by Hackney Social Services Dept over separate allegations of interference and indecent assault [16] [64b] Trotter suspended whilst police investigated. Disciplinary hearing, no case to answer. Went back to his job. Council say no notes of Dec  1981 or Jan 1982 incidents left on file [64b]

1982 c. Trotter joined the all powerful Hackney Labour Party [64b]

1984 Dec More sexual allegations against Trotter [16] Allegations this time from New Heys, Liverpool. Liverpool Social Services contacted Hackney. Improper suggestions to children [64b]

? -1985 Residential Social worker at Trowbridge House Childrens Home and lived here later with his partner Bob Barthram [16] until it closed. Trotter had contact with 350 children at the home and after [16] check

Bob Bartham was a student nursery nurse. Hackney College organised him a job at Wentworth Nursery School two days a week for one term. Never unsupervised said Marples [64b]

1985 Feb Trowbridge House closed [64b] [16] as part of effort to move children out of institutions and into foster homes [64b] Bartham and Trotter lived on in empty Trowbridge House [64b]

1985 – After Trowbridge closed Trotter seconded to Council Campaigns Unit for 2 months  [64a] as Information Officer before redeployment

1985 Mar Hackney got a letter saying no further action being taken on Dec 1984 allegations from New Heys [64b]

1985 Apr Trotter started work as Field Social Worker and their children [64b] [16]

c.1985 – 1992 Trotter lived in Council flat above family support centre [16]

1989 Jan – May 1990 Trotter and Bartham given one of 3 flats in Cazenove Road, once a childrens home, now a family day centre [64b] until

1985? -1995 Field Social Worker [16]

1987 Lawyer Andrew Arden finds a ‘hornet’s nest’ of inefficiency and freemasonry. Inquiry boycotted by Nalgo [5]

1987-89 Trotter is Chair of Hackney Labour Party or Board of Governors of Wentworth Nursery School ? unclear in [64a]

1989 Jan More sexual allegations against Trotter [16] A girl alleged Trotter improperly touched her in 1982 on a camping trip [64b] She would talk to the Police. Police raided Trotters flat for pornography, nothing found. His union branch passed resolution protesting against Police harassment of gays [64b]. Trotter denied it. Insufficient evidence. Dinah Morley Deputy Social Services Director, noted it on his file and told a female councillor who sometimes used Trotter as babysitter.

1989 Nov Trotter appointed Governor of Wentworth Nursery School by Hackney Labour Party [16] [64a]

<1990 No Police Checks whatosever on staff [67]

1990 Carolyn Maples met Trotter when getting job of Head of Wentworth Nursery School , unclear in [64a] She maintains that Trotter was never alone with 3 and 4 year old pupils.

1990 May – Trotter and Bartham moved into Flat in Granard House on Gascoyne Estate. Impropriety on lease,which should have been joint, but only Trotter signed and higher quality of flat than it should have been [64b]

1991-94 Chair of Hackney Labour Party or Board of Governors of Wentworth Nursery School unclear in [64a]

1992 Jul Barthram thrown out of flat by Trotter [64b]

1992 Aug Bob Barthram, Trotters partner, complained to Council officers that Trotter had beaten him and thrown him out for another man, Andrew Mulvey  [16]

1993 Dec Trotter finished work and retired  due to illness [22] [64b]

1994 April Bob Barthram, Trotters ex partner, died of Aids aged 29  [16] Jan 1994 according to [64b]

1995 Jul Mark Trotter died, aged 34 of AIDS related pneumonia  [16] in Council Flat in Moresby Rd. Mulvey also died of AIDS April 1996 [64b] Flat was cleared but in the basement photos were found. One had 3 small children in his lap. A postcard of a small child had written on it “Preparing for our rituals this year, Mark and Andrew”

1995 July Merseyside Police traced Trotter to London. Superintendent Kirkby said they had 5 serious allegations of sexual abuse, gross indecency and buggery [16]

1995 Aug Merseyside Police passed to Hackney Social Services (by letter?) 5 serious allegations of sexual abuse, gross indecency and buggery. Heard nothing back from Hackney [16]

c. 1995 Aug – Feb 1996 Ken Redley, a social work manager who had resigned, and working out his notice was given job of tracing 350 children that Trotter had contact with. By the time he left he had found 58 and spoken to 43 [16] His report was not finished by when he left and it turned up in Aug 1996 [16]

He was asked to report by Dec 1995 but tracing that amount of children who were widespread was unrealistic. He left Feb 1996. Council lost touch with him. His report was 7 pages, traced 58. One had died of AIDS but no proven link! [64b]

John McCafferty old Lab, Gerry Ross new [64b]

date? NSPCC was then given job of tracing them with 4 senior social services officers [16]

1996 Jul 26 Guardian [66] Child Helpline Offer

1996 Aug – Mr Demetrious Panton was policy adviser to the chairman of social services and wrote in August 1996 to Hackney chief executive Tony Elliston giving a highly critical account of the way the council had mishandled its investigation of Trotter. He wrote: “If at any stage it is proven that Mr Trotter continued to sexually abuse children in the care of this authority … then we have failed terribly in protecting vulnerable children from abuse.”

1996 Sept 4 Julie Grimble, Group Sec of Labour Group on Hackney Council, rejected allegations that Council members had dragged their feet over investigation. She claimed only former chair of Social Service, Hettie Peters knew of Merseyside evidence against Trotter since August last year. Other members only knew Aug 1996 [16]

1996 Sept 5 Guardian, Sarah Boseley [16] Scandal of Abuse Cover up

1996 Sept 10/11 Full Council Meeting discussing investigation recommended by Chief Exec Tony Ellison looking at accusation of sexual abuse by Trotter and the Councils handling after the letter from police arrived, see Aug 1995 [16] Ellison said Council had a duty to trace children who might have been abused by Trotter and if any others had abused.

1996 Sept 11 Guardian, Sarah Boseley [63] Labour Council Feud Erupts -Sixteen Labour members resigned from party claiming inquiry inadequate. They back Blair, Hackney New Labour. Head Gerry Ross

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1996 Sept 11 Times Labour Loses Council [73]

1996 Sept c.1o /11 Council Meeting ordered an inquiry into allegations of a cover-up of sexual abuse in Hackney children’s homes [4]

1996 Sept 13 Independent [4] Hackney council splits over inquiry Labour splits into rebel “manifesto group” of 17 including Philip Pearson and Blairs Labour led by John [change] McCafferty. 2 councillors knew about the allegations since Aug 1995 were rebels. Bernard Crofton, the “fraudbusting” housing chief mentioned

1996 Sept 13 Times Social Services on Trial [74a] [74b] [74c]

1996 Sept 13 Times  Rebels Lay Plans to Take over Hackney Council [75]

1996 Sept 18 Guardian, Sarah Boseley Monster in Our Midst [64a] [64b] Bruce Clark NSPCC to find the children who had been in contact with Trotter

[64a] [64b]

c. 1996 Sept -1997 Feb NSPCC ran a 24 hour telephone hotline. 72 calls about Trotter [65]

1996 Nov 14 BBC2 First Sight – The Mark Trotter Affair [43]  Hackney social worker Mark Trotter was investigated and cleared several times on charges of sexually abusing children in his care. Last year Liverpool police were preparing to arrest him on charges of a similar nature in Merseyside, but were informed he had died of an Aids-related illness two weeks earlier. Now Hackney councillors have resigned in protest at the way the case has been handled and a public inquiry is being launched. Andy Hosken reports.
Producer Mark Ackerman : Editor Alison Rooper . A phone-in follows immediately after the programme on BBC Radios Kent. Thames Valley FM and GLR.

Can anyone get hold of a copy of the programme?

1996 Dec 1 Only 25 staff had police vetting [67]

1997 Mar 1 Nick Davies [11] A Paedophile ring in Amsterdam – Howells is a convicted paedophile who has also been named in police statements by children from Hackney in north London who say that they were abused, photographed and filmed. These children found themselves being used for Howells’ picture library after being befriended by an amiable old man, known to his neighbours in Hackney as ‘Uncle Harry’. His real name is Owen Jeffries, he is 71 years old and he, too, is a convicted paedophile. He told children he was the official photographer for Bovver Boots, he gave them sweets and drinks – and a chance to become film stars. He conned them into posing in swimming trunks, rubbed oil on their bodies – “it enhances the picture” – and cajoled or threatened the children into stripping completely. Once he had his first nude pictures, he warned the children that he would show them to their parents and their friends on the estate if they did not do as he told them.

The youngest child photographed by Jeffries was only five. The children were prodded with a metal stick to make them strike the right pose. One of Jeffries’ victims, Matthew, says there was a hole in the wall between the room where the children were photographed and the next room, where Harry’s friends could watch the fun. After five years of abuse, Matthew, who was then 14, went to the police with the result that Jeffries was jailed. Detective Inspector Ian Delbarre, who led that inquiry, believes many of Uncle Harry’s pictures found their way to Amsterdam.

1997 Feb NSPCC 24 hour telephone hotline finished. 72 calls about Trotter [65]

1997 Jul 24 NSPCC Investigation Report Published [65]

1997 Jul 25 Guardian [65] AIDS death social worker was abuser

NSPCC Report said that Trotter abused 6 children and teenagers in his care but no children were affected by AIDS (cf Redley report) and no evidence of abuse by other adults.

Tried to trace 337 former residents of Trowbridge House, 60 responded to letters or phone calls and 7 alleged abuse. NSPCC thinks 6 credible. Youngest would have been aged 10 at time of abuse, 3 were considered in need of long term therapeutic help and were referred to Hackney Social Services. Report was passed to Barratt. [64b]

1997 July 25 Times HIV Positive Sex Abuser [76]

1998 Jan “Trotter Report” Originally published [3] ‘The report of the 1997 inquiry into “The Trotter Affair” JK Barratt’.  [Hackney Council refuse to scan and publish]

1998 Jan 7 BBC [3] Council Criticised over paedophile scandal Trotter is thought to have sexually abused at least twelve children during a fourteen-year career as a social worker in Liverpool and Hackney. It said Hackney’s handling of these two matters amounted to “impropriety” but ruled out allegations that the Trotter affair had been covered up because he was a Labour activist. Seventeen Labour councillors subsequently resigned, and were later expelled, thus causing the party to lose control of Hackney Council in September 1996.

1998 Jan 7 Local Government Chronicle [9] Hackney LBC “mishandled” paedophile investigations [Registration wall] A new report says Hackney LBC mishandled investigations into one of its social workers, an alleged paedophile, BBC 

1998 Jan 7 Evening Standard, Stewart Payne & Eileen Fairweather  [21] Poisonous regime that betrayed the children – 14 month inquiry. Their own internal investigation, given to an officer who was working out his notice, was produced months late and failed to find evidence of abuse. Yet a subsequent inquiry by the NSPCC, set up after the Standard articles revealed that Trotter was to be charged with serious child sex abuse in Liverpool where he had previously worked, confirmed the newspaper’s worst suspicions. Trotter had indeed abused children in Hackney. Warnings about his behaviour on up to six separate occasions. When the Redley report finally dropped on his director’s desk, it was worthless. It is also expected to criticise the officials who supervised his inquiry, the Director of Social Services Joyce Moseley and her assistant Dinah Morley.

1998 Jan 8 Independent Glenda Cooper [6] Children at risk: Council condemned in child abuse inquiry Incompetence not corruption, “I criticised the failure to suspend [Trotter], not because of … influence by councillors but by the fact that he had quite an influential position in the trade union in a council where trade unions have a lot of power,” Mr Barratt said. A separate investigation by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, also commissioned by Hackney Council, concluded last year that Trotter had abused at least six children and teenagers in his care. Mr Barratt, a former director of Cambridgeshire social services, said that there was no evidence of a cover-up: “My conclusion is that inadequacies in dealing with the Trotter affair are best explained by reference to overall organisational incompetence rather than to corrupt political conspiracies. The report calls on the council to review its childcare policy, including improving record-keeping for children, which it describes as appalling. It also recommends a multi-agency approach to looking after those in care. Mr Barratt called for national guidelines to help prevent child abuse rather than leaving it to individual police forces and social services. “The Government should be looking at the results of a number of inquiries. Is it right to be leaving it to some ad hoc inquiries? … There is a possibility, almost more a probability, that widespread abuse did occur in residential care in the 1980s which may need looking at more thoroughly with common standards of co-operation rather than leaving it to individual police forces and individual social services.”

1998 Jan 8 Evening Standard [19] Hackney’s tainted chiefs ‘will be axed’ – Health Minister Paul Boateng called an urgent meeting with all Hackney group leaders to discuss the whole affair tomorrow. Mr Barratt made clear that Hackney’s “vicious, poisonous and personality-based” politics were at the heart of the failure to suspend and properly investigate the HIV-positive social worker Mark Trotter. There was no evidence of a political cover-up, but Mr Barratt’s inquiry found that a “climate of fear” at the town hall contributed to social services officers’ reluctance to discipline Trotter, a Labour Party activist who died in 1995 of Aids. Mr McCafferty was deputy council leader until 1990 and leader from 1990 to 1995, and again from 1996 to now. New figures being groomed for leadership are the Greater London Labour Party vice-chair Loraine Monk and local party officer David Mannion.

1998 Jan 8 Times Care Workers Cheerful Facade Hid Dark Secret [77]

1998 Jan 8 Times Abuse Inquiry blames Labour Incompetence [78a] [78b]

1998 Jan 9 Health Minister Boateng Meeting with Hackney Council [19]

1998 Jan 11 Observer [67] Hackney Childcarers Face sack

Hackney not carried out a single police check on employees working with children prior to 1990, and only 21 by Dec 1 1997. This should be standard practice when they work with young people.  Mr Jeremy Oppenheim was brought in to Hackney to clear up social services. his first act to order checks on 240 staff.  Six staff who have not responded have been given five days to agree to police vetting.

1998 Jan 12 Meeting with Paul Boateng, Junior Health Minister, Mr Oppenheim, Chief Exec of Hackney and Leaders of all political parties [67]

1998 Jan 21 Evening Standard [22] The council officer told her friend: Don’t use Trotter as your babysitter. But the public was never warned Dinah Morley, assistant social services director, was able to warn her friend and fellow Labour activist as long ago as 1988 about her fears, yet Trotter continued his job until 1993, when his Aids-related illness forced him to give up.

The friend was Denise Robson, who was a Hackney Labour councillor from 1981 to 1986, and again from 1991 to 1994. Last year she tried, unsuccessfully, to gain election as Labour MP for Maidenhead at the general election. She is married to Labour councillor Simon Matthews, who did not respond to Mr Daws’s question at the emergency meeting. The woman who warned her, Dinah Morley, was not only assistant social services director at Hackney but had formerly been a Hackney Labour councillor and, on three occasions, had stood for selection as parliamentary candidate for Hackney South. She has since left Hackney Council. Ms Morley lives with Hackney Labour activist Mike Davis.

WHY has Hackney South Labour MP Brian Sedgemore remained silent over the Trotter affair? Mark Trotter, a leading figure in the local Labour Party, was agent for Wick Ward, within Mr Sedgemore’s constituency, and was education officer for his constituency party – an important post with influence over the selection of school governors.

Mr Sedgemore did not talk to us in 1996 and has not done so since, despite renewed efforts to talk to him following publication of the Barratt report. The Standard visited his mews home in Hackney and left a message. Still no comment. His attitude is in marked contrast to Hackney’s other Labour MP, Diane Abbott, who responded swiftly to Evening Standard inquiries and gave its reporters an interview in her home.

And as Standard articles revealed the extent of the Trotter scandal, she wrote to her national party urging it to step in and insist on Hackney holding an independent inquiry into the Trotter affair, which she described as “potentially the most serious scandal of all”.

The Barratt report, despite criticising Hackney over its politics and mismanagement, did not find any evidence of cover-up. But it confirmed that Trotter was an active member of Mr Sedgemore’s constituency party.

SHARON PATRICK was Labour deputy to Mr McCafferty as well as chair of social services for the first five years of this decade.

JEREMY KILLINGRAY became acting head of social services at the time the scandal emerged. He did not return calls made by the Evening Standard.

NICK TALLENTIRE was, briefly, Labour leader at the time of the scandal. Both he and Mr Killingray initially rejected holding an emergency meeting, although Mr Barratt stated that councillors were not being properly briefed by officers.

1998 Feb 4 Evening Standard, Stewart Payne & Eileen Fairweather  [20] MP’s attack on the man who helped expose Hackney abuser Brian Sedgemore and whistleblower Demitrious Panton

Mr Sedgemore accused “whistleblower” Demitrious Panton of “careless and, maybe, malicious actions”.  Mr Panton was policy adviser to the chairman of social services and wrote in August 1996 to Hackney chief executive Tony Elliston giving a highly critical account of the way the council had mishandled its investigation of Trotter.He wrote: “If at any stage it is proven that Mr Trotter continued to sexually abuse children in the care of this authority … then we have failed terribly in protecting vulnerable children from abuse.”

1999 Mar 19 Guardian [5] Borough of hate and hit squads

Tony Elliston, who has just been forced out as chief executive. Patrick Kodikara, Tower Hamlets’ assistant director of social services while chair of Hackney’s social services!

2000 Oct 8 Independent Christian Wolmar [28] Home Truths Trowbridge House

Other councils were affected by the same influences. The Barratt report into abuse in neighbouring Hackney, for example, blamed a failure of management for the abuse carried out at Trowbridge House by Mark Trotter, a care- worker who died of Aids just as the police were closing in on him. Published in January 1998, the report was highly critical of the failure to suspend Trotter both in 1981 and 1984 following allegations about the sexual abuse of boys in his care.

2000 Nov 11 Guardian [8] Hapless Hackney face £40 M meltdown – a savage report from the audit commission’s new local government inspectorate

2005 Apr 8 Sky Web [12] Paedophile Faces Long Jail-Term – Appears no longer available

2005 Jun 6 Community Care [1] Hackney Council launches review following child care case – two women and a man were remanded in custody on Friday after they were found guilty of child cruelty charges against an eight-year-old child. The child’s aunt, who cannot be named, and a distant relative Sita Kisanga tortured the girl and threatened to drown her believing she was involved in witchcraft.

2014 Apr 28 Hackney Gazette [2] Hackney lawyer who discussed child abuse in paedophile chat rooms walks free from court Hugh Jackson, 31, of Victoria Park Road stored 230 pornographic pictures of children as young as two on work and home computers. The married solicitor and churchgoer claims anxiety from his job at a leading London housing and community care law firm triggered his child porn addiction.Jackson, who admitted nine counts of making indecent photographs of a child and a single count of possessing indecent images, appeared at Southwark Crown Court for his sentencing.

2015 Jan 21 Hackney Citizen [10] Obituary Linda Hibberd  – After a period as Deputy Mayor, Linda was elected Mayor of Hackney in 1996 under controversial circumstances. At the time, the council was in chaos over allegations that some members had been involved in a cover-up of child abuse by a social services worker and Labour party activist Mark Trotter. It became known as the ‘Trottergate’ affair, and it caused 17 Labour council members to split from their party to form the Hackney New Labour group, following the national Labour Party’s refusal to set up an enquiry into the scandal.

2015 Jan 23 Comments Councillor Abraham Jacobson January 23, 2015 “Can you repeat it THE NATIONAL LABOUR PARTY REFUSED TO SET UP AN ENQUIRY INTO THE PAEDOPHILE SCANDAL IN HACKNEY That is why many long serving councillors with integrity broke away from the Labour party in Hackney. SHAME on those that did not have the conviction to stand up for their moral duties.”                                                           Hackney Council Logo

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]

Links

[1] 2005 Jun 6 Community Care Hackney Council launches review following child care case http://www.communitycare.co.uk/2005/06/06/hackney-council-launches-review-following-child-abuse-case/

[2] 2014 Apr 28 Hackney Gazette Hackney lawyer who discussed child abuse in paedophile chat rooms walks free from court http://www.hackneygazette.co.uk/news/crime-court/hackney_lawyer_who_discussed_child_abuse_in_paedophile_chat_rooms_walks_free_from_court_1_3575479

[3] 1998 Jan 7 BBC  Council Criticised over paedophile scandal  http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/45312.stm

[4] 1996 Sept 13 Independent Hackney council splits over inquiry http://www.independent.co.uk/news/hackney-council-splits-over-inquiry-1363019.html

[5] 1999 Mar 19 Guardian Borough of hate and hit squads http://www.theguardian.com/politics/1999/mar/19/uk.politicalnews3

[6] 1998 Jan 8 Independent Children at risk: Council condemned in child abuse inquiry http://www.independent.co.uk/news/children-at-risk-council-condemned-in-child-abuse-inquiry-1137368.html

[7] Sunray 22b http://www.sunray22b.net/trotter.htm+

[8] 2000 Nov 11 Guardian Hapless Hackney face £40 M meltdown  http://www.theguardian.com/society/2000/nov/11/uknews

[9] 1998 Jan 7 Local Government Chronicle HACKNEY LBC ‘MISHANDLED’ PAEDOPHILE INVESTIGATIONS http://www.lgcplus.com/hackney-lbc-mishandled-paedophile-investigations/1476430.article

[10] 2015 Jan 21 Hackney Citizen Obituary Linda Hibberd http://hackneycitizen.co.uk/2015/01/21/obituary-linda-hibberd/

[11] 1997 Mar 1 Nick Davies A Paedophile ring in Amsterdam http://www.nickdavies.net/1997/03/01/a-paedophile-ring-in-amsterdam/

[12] 2005 Apr 8 Sky Web Paedophile Faces Long Jail-Term http://news.sky.com/story/339287/web-paedophile-faces-long-jail-term

[13] 2014 Dec 20 Exaro Police discuss submitting statements on paedophile cover up http://www.exaronews.com/articles/5434/police-discuss-submitting-statements-on-paedophile-cover-up archive http://archive.is/NbiMa

[14] Operation Greenlight the brain Lennie Smith https://webbrain.com/brainpage/brain/0FE31538-2121-8495-33A5-86073BE95DE1/thought/3687

[15] 1983 Jul 29 Hackney Gazette 1983: Boys drugged and sexually assaulted at Hackney council estate https://spotlightonabuse.wordpress.com/2014/10/17/1983-boys-drugged-and-sexually-assaulted-at-hackney-council-estate/   +

[16] 1996 Sept 5 Guardian Scandal of Abuse Cover up https://spotlightonabuse.wordpress.com/2013/06/28/scandal-of-abuse-cover-up-5-9-96/

[17] 1983 Spotlight Boys Drugged and Sexually assaulted https://spotlightonabuse.wordpress.com/2014/10/17/1983-boys-drugged-and-sexually-assaulted-at-hackney-council-estate/+

[17a] 1983 Jul 29 Hackney Gazette Child Molester at large on  Estate https://spotlightonabuse.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/hg290783.jpg

[17bi] 1983 Aug 2 Hackney Gazette Have you seen this man? https://spotlightonabuse.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/hg020883a.jpg

[17bii] 1983 Aug 2 Hackney Gazette Have you seen this man? cont https://spotlightonabuse.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/hg020883b.jpg

[17c] 1983 Sept 13 Hackney Gazette Sex fiend attacks another child https://spotlightonabuse.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/hg130983.jpg

[17d] 1983 Oct 7 Hackney Gazette  News from the Estates https://spotlightonabuse.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/hg071083.jpg

[18] 1992 Sept 3 Community Care Abuse claims at Hackney Home for Children https://spotlightonabuse.files.wordpress.com/2014/09/cc030992.jpg

[19] 1998 Jan 8 Evening Standard Hackney’s tainted chiefs ‘will be axed’ https://spotlightonabuse.wordpress.com/2014/02/18/hackneys-tainted-chiefs-will-be-axed-08-01-98/

[20] 1998 Feb 4 Evening Standard MP’s attack on the man who helped expose Hackney abuser https://spotlightonabuse.wordpress.com/2014/02/18/mps-attack-on-the-man-who-helped-expose-hackney-abuser-04-02-98/

[21] 1998 Jan 7 Evening Standard Poisonous regime that betrayed the children https://spotlightonabuse.wordpress.com/2014/02/18/poisonous-regime-that-betrayed-the-children-07-01-98/

[22] 1985 Dec 6 Hackney Gazette Was Jason a rent boy https://spotlightonabuse.wordpress.com/2013/11/26/was-jason-a-rent-boy-6-12-85/

[22a] Was Jason a rent boy? https://spotlightonabuse.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/hg61285a.jpg

[22b] Was jason a rent boy? https://spotlightonabuse.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/hg61285b.jpg

[22c] School Shocked https://spotlightonabuse.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/hg61285c.jpg

[22d] Pic https://spotlightonabuse.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/hg61285d.jpg

[22] 1998 Jan 21 Evening Standard The council officer told her friend: Don’t use Trotter as your babysitter. But the public was never warned https://spotlightonabuse.wordpress.com/2014/02/18/the-council-officer-told-her-friend-dont-use-trotter-as-your-babysitter-but-the-public-was-never-warned-21-01-98/

[23] 1985 Dec 17 Hackney Gazette Help us find Jason’s murderer https://spotlightonabuse.wordpress.com/2013/11/26/help-us-find-jasons-murderer-17-12-85/ Also see comments+

[23a] https://spotlightonabuse.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/hg171285.jpg

[24] 1987 Jun 27 Hackney Gazette Pensioner on child sex charge https://spotlightonabuse.wordpress.com/2013/07/09/pensioner-on-child-sex-charge-26-6-87/

[24a] https://spotlightonabuse.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/hg26687.jpg

[25] 1987 Jun 19 Hackney Gazette Police smash perverted child sex ring https://spotlightonabuse.wordpress.com/2013/07/09/police-smash-perverted-child-sex-ring-19-6-87/

[25a] https://spotlightonabuse.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/hg19687.jpg

[26] 1987 Jun 12 Hackney Gazette Men procured and corrupted boys, court told https://spotlightonabuse.wordpress.com/2013/07/09/men-procured-and-corrupted-boys-court-told-12-6-87/

[26a] https://spotlightonabuse.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/hg12https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=5711&action=edit687.jpg

[27] 1993 Oct 9 Independent Child murderer is found strangled in prison cell https://spotlightonabuse.wordpress.com/2013/04/03/child-murderer-is-found-strangled-in-prison-cell-9-10-93/

[28] 2000 Oct 8 Independent Christian Wolmar  Home Truths https://spotlightonabuse.wordpress.com/2013/04/03/home-truths-8-10-00/

[29] 1992 Oct 23 The Times Bill Frost Convicted paedophile jailed for raping and killing boy of 7 https://spotlightonabuse.wordpress.com/2013/02/18/convicted-paedophile-jailed-for-raping-and-killing-boy-of-7-23-10-92-2/

[30] 1989 Mar 17 The Times Teenager killed ‘by strangers’ at orgy https://spotlightonabuse.wordpress.com/2013/02/18/teenager-killed-by-strangers-at-orgy-17-3-89/

[31] 1989 Mar 16 The Times Mark Souster Boy ‘suffocated in homosexual orgy’ https://spotlightonabuse.wordpress.com/2013/02/18/boysuffocated-in-homosexual-orgy-16-3-89/

[32] 1989 Feb 21 The Times Murder Jury wait https://spotlightonabuse.wordpress.com/2013/02/18/murder-jury-wait-21-2-89/

[33] 1985 Dec 4 The Times Michael Horsnell Police identify body of murdered boy https://spotlightonabuse.wordpress.com/2013/02/18/police-identify-body-of-murdered-boy/

[34] 1994 Nov 30 The Times Michael Horsnell Freed child abuser linked to paedophile `Catweazle’ https://spotlightonabuse.wordpress.com/2013/02/18/freed-child-abuser-linked-to-paedophile-catweazle-30-11-94/

[35] 1993 Oct 9 The Times Killer paedophile found strangled in his prison cell – Leslie Bailey https://spotlightonabuse.wordpress.com/2013/02/18/killer-paedophile-found-strangled-in-his-prison-cell-9-10-93/

[36] 1991 Jun 15 The Times Michael Horsnell Sex killer who suffocated boy sentenced to life – Leslie Bailey https://spotlightonabuse.wordpress.com/2013/02/18/sex-killer-who-suffocated-boy-sentenced-to-life-leslie-bailey-15-6-91/

[37] 1989 May 16 The Times David Cross Long jail terms for killers in judge’s `most horrific’ case – Murder of Jason Swift https://spotlightonabuse.wordpress.com/2013/02/18/long-jail-terms-for-killers-in-judges-most-horrific-case-murder-of-jason-swift-16-5-89/

[38] 1989 May 13 The Times Stuart Tendler Four convicted over strangling of teenage boy prostitute – Jason Swift https://spotlightonabuse.wordpress.com/2013/02/18/four-convicted-over-strangling-of-teenage-boy-13-5-86/

[39] 1987 Jul 27 The Times News Summary Murder Charge https://spotlightonabuse.wordpress.com/2013/02/18/news-summary-murder-charge-27-7-86/

[40] 1987 Jun 27 The Times Michael Horsnell Police quiz man over murders https://spotlightonabuse.wordpress.com/2013/02/18/police-quiz-man-over-murders-27-6-86/

[41] 1997 Aug 4 LGC register wall HACKNEY ABUSE INQUIRY REPORTS http://www.lgcplus.com/hackney-abuse-inquiry-reports/1495668.article

[42] Mark Trotter born 12 April 1961 in Liverpool and died in July 1995 in Hackney ht @mwalkerdine

[43] 1996 Nov 14 BBC First Sight The Mark Trotter Affair http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/9b92265d851847c791b689210066b89d The Mark Trotter Affair
Hackney social worker Mark Trotter was investigated and cleared several times on charges of sexually abusing children in his care. Last year Liverpool police were preparing to arrest him on charges of a similar nature in Merseyside, but were informed he had died of an Aids-related illness two weeks earlier.
Now Hackney councillors have resigned in protest at the way the case has been handled and a public inquiry is being launched. Andy Hosken reports.
Producer Mark Ackerman : Editor Alison Rooper . A phone-in follows immediately afterthe programme on BBC Radios Kent. Thames Valley FM and GLR. If you would like to take part.

[44] 1998 Jan 8 Independent Children at risk: Council condemned in child abuse inquiry http://www.independent.co.uk/news/children-at-risk-council-condemned-in-child-abuse-inquiry-1137368.html

[45] Operation Greenlight  Hackney https://webbrain.com/brainpage/brain/0FE31538-2121-8495-33A5-86073BE95DE1/thought/3687#-14

[46] Operation Greenlight Hackney https://theneedleblog.wordpress.com/operation-greenlight/london/hackney/

[47a] Spotlight Hackney search https://spotlightonabuse.wordpress.com/?s=hackney

[47b] Spotlight Hackney Category  https://spotlightonabuse.wordpress.com/category/hackney/

[48a] Cathy Fox blog Category Hackney https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/category/hackney/

[48b] Cathy Fox Blog Search for Hackney https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/?s=hackney

[49] Web Archive site archive.is http://archive.is/

[50] Web archive site The Wayback Machine http://archive.org/web/

[51] 2017 Jan 23 WDTK Cathy Fox FOI  The report of the 1997 inquiry into “The Trotter Affair” JK Barratt https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/the_report_of_the_1997_inquiry_i#outgoing-653594

[52] Hackney Survivors Group, Beck Road Alliance twitter https://twitter.com/BeckRdAlliance

[53] Hackney Survivors Group, Beck Road Alliance Website http://www.jacquidillon.org/beck-road-alliance/

[54] 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/

[55] Nottinghamshire Survivors

[56] Medomsley Survivors http://themonsterofmedomsley.blogspot.co.uk randolph.trent@live.co.uk

[57] Shirley Oaks Survivors Association (SOSA) and Lambeth http://www.shirleyoakssurvivorsassociation.co.uk/ email

[58] Islington Survivors http://islingtonsurvivors.co.uk/ email  islingtonsn@gmail.com

[59] 1983 Mar 1 Social Work Today via Spotlight – Sputstowe Assessment Centre – An inquiry report into the Hackney council run Spurstovve assessment centre, has endorsed a number of criticisms about the “lax” regime operating at the home. And while it found evidence of “drug taking and glue sniffing, the inquiry team stressed that there was no evidence to support the allegations of orgies, sex between staff and residents and organised prostitution.

[60]  info@hackney.gov.uk  general enquiries: 020 8356 3000

[61] Spotlight on abuse Tag Archives: Demetrious Panton https://spotlightonabuse.wordpress.com/tag/demetrious-panton/

[62] Lobster Magazine pdf https://www.lobster-magazine.co.uk/free/lobster70/lob70-brian-sedgemore.pdf -the Abbott/Livingstone–supported faction escalated their media campaign against this alleging a cover-up of historic  child abuse in the borough, claiming, inter alia , that this now involved the General Secretary of the Labour Party Tom Sawyer (due to Sawyer and his officials’ refusal to budge from the findings of their enquiry)

[63] 1996 Sept 11 Guardian, Sarah Boseley Labour Council Feud Erupts

[64] 1996 Sept 18 Guardian, Sarah Boseley Monster in Our Midst 2 pages

[65] 1997 Jul 25 Guardian AIDS death social worker was abuser

[66] 1996 Jul 26 Guardian Child Helpline Offer

[67] 1998 Jan 11 Observer Hackney Childcarers Face sack

[68] 2014 Feb 22 Mail Apologists for paedophilia: As the Mail exposes more links between senior Labour figures and a vile paedophile group, one man who was abused as a child asks them: why won’t you admit you were wrong?

[69] Cottage Homes http://childrenshomes.org.uk/LiverpoolBCNewHeys/

[70] 2016 Mar 2 Mirror Labour peer Lord Paul Boateng to be questioned by national child sex abuse probe http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/labour-peer-lord-paul-boateng-7481877

[71] 2017 Jun 27  Cathy Fox Blog  [Ha1] Hackney Child Sexual Abuse  https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2017/06/27/hackney-child-sexual-abuse/

[72] Cathy Fox Blog Search for Wally Harbert https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/?s=wally+harbert

[73] 1996 Sept 11 Times Labour Loses Council

[74a] [74b] [74c] 1996 Sept 13 Times Social Services on Trial

[75] 1996 Sept 13 Times  Rebels Lay Plans to Take over Hackney Council

[76] 1997 July 25 Times HIV Positive Sex Abuser

[77] 1998 Jan 8 Times Care Workers Cheerful Facade Hid Dark Secret

[78a] [78b] 1998 Jan 8 Times Abuse Inquiry blames Labour

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

[82] 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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