This post is deliberately partially completed to show part of the process of creating a full timeline on an area, and to act as a focus for crowdsourced research on Tower Hamlets.
If anyone has any links or info on Tower Hamlets please put in comments or email me on firstname.lastname@example.org #CrowdsourceResearch #scrx
Tower Hamlets Borough Council have been refusing to release a document on child sexual abuse. It is always wise and often worthwhile to delve a bit into authorities that are reluctant to be transparent.
In first part I will describe what I have done to get this far in creating a Timeline, in the second part is the timeline and links itself.
When summarising the abuse in an area, a Timeline is essential so that people can see quickly an easily what happened when. It takes maybe 10 hours for an area. If this was carried out for each area or institution then we would be over halfway to finding out and showing what institutional child abuse across the country.
First point of call for me are these 3 sites
- Cathy Fox Blog on Child Abuse!  This was the search I carried out for tower hamlets [60a] Only 4 – disappointing and one or two probably only a small connection with Tower Hamlets
- Spotlight on abuse  Simple search for tower hamlets on the sit [61a] This is the archive of my search when I did it [61b] Only 4 – disappointing again
- Operation Greenlight Tower Hamlets Search  This may be slightly more complex, some pages you need to learn how to use. You may have to sign in, I am not sure. I think you just have to click on the “brain” then type Tower Hamlet in the Search, then click on the term Tower Hamlets when you see it. Then Tower Hamlets should be at the centre with masses of links. I cannot show you via an archive so I have snipped a picture.
These links are mainly from Spotlight on abuse and some of their own. 4 articles probably from Spotlight, 3 childrens homes, and 5 /6 individiduals. Not too bad. Each box can be clicked on and also take care to use the slides to see more information. Navigate your way round to see all the articles and links
The other part worth checking of Operation Greenlight is the scroll down from main page  and click on area, for this London, then scroll down and click on Tower Hamlets and see what information is there. In this case – disappointing only 1 – Russia Lane care home – click on that and see the articles there.
At this stage I just put the links at the end of this article. Then I add them to the timeline.
More sources of information are the comments on the blogs. I went back to spotlight and checked the comments. Some crowdsource researchers add comments to the main articles with supplementary research. In this case Spotlight comes up trumps -16 comments many useful, some are just pingbacks. These can sometimes be mess, text mixed with links.
Next site I checked is  TED Database. Great site, still growing, each article has the source document links. I searched for Tower hamlets. Another 4 articles
Next site UK database  – This could be one of the most useful sites but unfortunately this site strips the date and source from the articles, making them much less useful Furthermore it is plagiarism. I search for Tower Hamlets. Then for each article that comes up, copy and paste a couple of sentences and search for the original article with this. Then add that source to the links.
The list is now getting bigger, some of the links are just people living in tower hamlets but there are a couple relevant to council child abusers.
As the list is getting long, I use the preview button on wordpress, and copy and paste the links from links on preview to the timeline on edit.
Now I carry out google searches for tower hamlets, child abuse and paedophile. I am just starting on this. Now this is published I will archive it at various stages.
The process so far has taken about 5 hours so far – if this is done for each area, institution or offender, we will be massive step further forward in knowing what happened in child sexual abuse locally and nationally.
OK 43 links so far and a bit of a mess all over the page but as it goes on it can be tidied up
Over the next week or so I will complete the timeline and the steps I take to complete it. There are still other sources for research and then a read of the timeline from start to finish, taking out all the information from the documents found and filling in the details in the timeline.
Archives of process after publishing
2017 Jul 26 cathy fox blog Tower Hamlets – Working Document Archive 1 [67a]
1974 Oct 12 The Times Child Care Officer is Jailed for Assaults 
1978British History Online, A History of the County of Essex: Volume 7, ‘Hornchurch: Introduction’, A History of the County of Essex: Volume 7, W.R.Powell (editor), 1978, pp.  St. Leonard’s, Hornchurch Road, formerly called Hornchurch Children’s Home, was built in 1889 by the poor-law guardians of the parish of St. Leonard, Shoreditch, to the design of F. J. Smith. It was designed as an improvement on the barrack type of home, and comprised 11 ‘cottages’, each originally for 30 children, with school, workshops, bakery, swimming bath, infirmary, and other buildings, on an 80-acre site. It was extended between 1893 and 1895. The home was taken over by the L.C.C. in 1930, and in 1965 by the London borough of Tower Hamlets.
1996 Operation Mahoon acal Operation Mapperton
1997 May 23 Independent Abuse check on all foster parents 
1999 Mar 19 Guardian Borough of hate and hit squads 
2001 Apr 12 Times Paedophile jailed for ten years may have abused hundreds 
2001 Oct 9 Guardian via Spotlight Former councilor jailed for sex abuse 
2001 Oct 24 BBC Abuse victims fight for name change 
2001 Oct 24 Guardian Purging of the demons  St Leonards, Prescott
2002 Feb 26 William John Starling 2002 Feb 26 Appeal Court 
2002 Aug 21 BBC Abuse victim’s compensation cut 
2009 Mar 11 Court News UK Jones; 14 Years for ex Childrens Home Boss who Raped and Molested Girls 
2011 Dec 28 Newham Recorder Sex offender jailed for breach 
2012 May 16 Romford Recorder Developers change name of housing development after concerns about link to notorious Hornchurch children’s home 
2013 Apr 10 East London Advertiser Former Tower Hamlets social worker jailed for child abuse 
2013 Apr 11 Mail Gymnastics coach who sexually abused seven girls as young as six walks free from court as judge accepts his ‘remorse’ despite attempts to blame victims 
2014 Jan 25 WDTK FOI Child sexual abuse St Leonards Children Home and others by Bill Starling, Alan Prescott and Haydn Davies 
2014 May 29 Kent Online Dover lorry driver Martin Adams jailed for 14 years at Canterbury Crown Court after raping child 
2014 Mar 27 East London Advertiser Probe into Tower Hamlets children’s home in Jimmy Savile ‘sex abuse’ 
c. 2015 Aug Standard Paedophile teacher jailed for historic sex abuse of three boys 
2016 Apr 13 cathy fox blog St Leonards Childrens Home, Hornchurch, Essex Child Abuse 
2016 Jul 6 Wharf Tower Hamlets man jailed for online child sex offences 
2017 Mar 10 Mirror Ex-vicar jailed for sex abuse after victim with motor neurone disease makes legal history by BLINKING evidence 
2017 Jan 15 WDTK FOI St Lenoards Childrens Home 
2017 Apr 21 WDTK FOI Report on abuse of children in care of Tower Hamlets 
2017 Jul 3 cathy fox blog [Ha2] Mark Trotter, Child Abuser, Hackney Council 
2017 Jun 7 Essex Live Witham ex-charity director with ‘glittering’ career fined for downloading hundreds of illicit images 
2017 Jun 24 Dr Sally Baker website Tower Hamlets, Paul Boateng And Tessa Jowell 
 ACAL valuable info
 2017 Jun 24 Dr Sally Baker website Tower Hamlets, Paul Boateng And Tessa Jowell http://www.drsallybaker.com/uncategorized/tower-hamlets-paul-boateng-and-tessa-jowell/
 2017 Jan 11 cathy fox blog William John Starling 2002 Feb 26 Appeal Court – St Leonards https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2017/01/11/william-john-starling-2002-feb-26-appeal-court-st-leonards/
 2016 Apr 13 cathy fox blog St Leonards Childrens Home, Hornchurch, Essex Child Abuse https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2016/04/13/st-leonards-childrens-home/
 Operation Greenlight Tower Hamlets https://webbrain.com/brainpage/brain/0FE31538-2121-8495-33A5-86073BE95DE1/thought/918#-32
 2016 Jan 23 cathy fox blog 12th October 1974 The Times Child Care Officer is Jailed for Assaults https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2016/01/23/12th-october-1974-the-times-child-care-officer-is-jailed-for-assaults/
 2001 Apr 12 Times via Spotlight Paedophile jailed for ten years may have abused hundreds via Spotlight https://spotlightonabuse.wordpress.com/2014/02/27/paedophile-jailed-for-ten-years-may-have-abused-hundreds-12-04-01/
 2001 Oct 24 Guardian via Spotlight Purging of the demons https://spotlightonabuse.wordpress.com/2013/03/21/purging-of-the-demons-24-10-01/
 2001 Oct 9 Guardian via Spotlight Former councilor jailed for sex abuse https://spotlightonabuse.wordpress.com/2013/03/21/former-councilor-jailed-for-sex-abuse-9-10-01/
 2009 Oct 4 Mail on Sunday via Spotlight Top Ofsted job for official embroiled in council child sex scandal https://spotlightonabuse.wordpress.com/2013/03/05/top-ofsted-job-for-official-embroiled-in-council-child-sex-scandal-4-10-09/
 2009 Mar 11 Court News UK Jones; 14 Years for ex Childrens Home Boss who Raped and Molested Girls https://theneedleblog.wordpress.com/operation-greenlight/london/tower-hamlets/russia-lane-care-home/ re Michael Jones BETHNAL GREEN, EAST LONDON. A former children’s home boss who raped and molested two girls in care was jailed for 14 years today (Tues). Michael Jones, 58, carried out a series of depraved attacks on one youngster from when she was aged five.
 2017 Jul 3 cathy fox blog [Ha2] Mark Trotter, Child Abuser, Hackney Council https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2017/07/03/ha2-mark-trotter-child-abuser-hackney-council/
 1999 Mar 19 Guardian Borough of hate and hit squads http://www.theguardian.com/politics/1999/mar/19/uk.politicalnews3
 2014 Mar 27 London 24 Jimmy Saviles http://www.london24.com/news/crime/jimmy_savile_abuse_claims_at_london_children_s_homes_investigated_1_3491725 n/a London24.com article, 27 March 2014: