I posted two articles about Operation Spanner last year.
- Operation Spanner -Michael Hames Dirty Squad 
- Glasgow Herald 10 Oct 1989 Fifteen charged after Operation Spanner 
I also posted several relevant court appeals
1992 Feb 21 Times Law Reports Brown, Laskey, Jaggard, Lucas, Carter, Cadman – Court of Appeal (Spanner) 
1993 Mar 12 Times Law Reports Brown, Lucas, Jaggard, Laskey, Carter – House of Lords (Spanner) 
1997 Feb 20 Times Law Report Laskey, Jaggard and Brown v UK ECHR (Operation Spanner) 
1997 Times Law Report Laskey, Jaggard and Brown v UK – EHCR (Spanner) 
Grimstock left many comments on the articles providing more fascinating information.
I asked him if he would like to write an article for this blog. He accepted and after much delay due to me and backlog of work, here it is.
Interesting points I found in the article were the links to Bryn Alyn, the seeming intent on a moral crusade by the church combining with state ending with legal persecution and the role of the police and the sheer length of the operation.
Operation Spanner Dissected by Grimstock be downloaded  or read here…
Operation Spanner Dissected
The Spanner Operation 1983 to 1989:
Whether by design or not, Operation Spanner had in effect been a cull of gay men by Church and State under the banner of “Christian Family Values”, using the camouflage and later addition of the Spannermen case and the cover of the false official story surrounding their arrests, which signalled the end of the police operation in 1987, with the final charges only being dtawn up two years later.
There were two distinct separate parts to Operation Spanner;
1) 1983 to 1986 covert raids on advertisers and responders to a gay magazine involving over 620 raids, of which no defendants or charges were forthcoming, but resulting in over 60 alleged suicides. This part of the operation was not publicised. From the information available. it may also be presumed that the alleged suicides were mostly, if not all, “potential defendants”.
2) 1987 to 1989 The Spannermen case involving 16+ raids. This was carried out with full media coverage upon charging, including false claims and lies, and centred around visitors to a Bryn Alyn child abuse whistleblower’s address.
Both of these sections had different and possibly multiple agendas and purposes, but all were carried out as attacks on gay men, gay practices and gay lifestyles, on behalf of the Church of England.
Operation Spanner involved, in addition to the 16 Spannermen charged, between £4.5million and £6.5million in costs by the time the court appearances were under way. The controversy over the prosecutions and convictions had additionally served another purpose in the operation altogether.
“The 1980s saw a new wave of social conservatism as Margaret Thatcher sought to enshrine Judaeo-Christian family values within the fiscal, legal and social fabric of the country. One result of this was Section 28 of the 1988 Local Government Act, which banned the promotion of homosexuality in schools. Section 28 pushed some key Thatcherite buttons — the rights of parents and supposed mismanagement of public funds — while it also conveniently discredited Labour-led local councils in the run-up to the 1987 election.”
http://www.standpointmag.co.uk/node/6041/full (scroll down)
It had been a four year long police operation from 1983 to 1987 ending in seeming epic failure, which grasped at straws and the spannermen both in desperation (and to a great degree retaliation) in order to try and justify both it’s existence and massive expenditure which finally ended in December 1990 with the incarcerations of the men.
Naturally the final charges and sentences brought would have appeased Hames’s masters-the Church of England General Synod-whom had always sought to make examples of sex both outside marriage and in a gay context. (see : 1987 Church of England General Synod “Higton Motion” which had called for expulsion of homosexuals from the church together with the re-criminalisation of homosexuality, prior to being watered down by the Synod).
The spannermen raids, arrests and charges were carried out by Michael Hames and his teams.
Many lies and smears were circulated (including links to child abuse) by the OPB and the media, resulting in the men, particularly during the trial, being beaten, kicked, shoved to the ground, and as I recall, one broken arm and a broken nose from having to walk a daily gauntlet surrounded by hostile crowds, whilst the police encouraged such behaviour by looking the other way.
“Spanner case was an early example of media manipulation”
Mrs. Thatcher’s Return to Victorian Values (by Raphael Samuel, University of Oxford, 1990)
(includes on page 19): “Mrs. Thatcher’s values, as many commentators have pointed out, were Puritan values. A literal belief in the devil may help to account for her readiness to discover ‘enemies within’,”
However it can be shown that the campaign was a Church initiative and not Mrs. Thatcher’s alone. So although we have been informed that Thatcher suddenly introduced and attached a campaign of ” Judeo Christian Family Values” (Victorian Values) within her own election campaign in 1983, we may surmise that this action had been covertly imposed by the Church of England since there was no reliance on Thatcher’s success at the polls, and the campaign appeared to run independently.
It may well be that the Church of England had also allowed their own Met. police unit to target 640 gay men, not only to punish sex amongst gay men, but also to firmly cement Margaret Thatcher’s power into place; (by instilling fear of possible dire consequences amongst her ministers) because she was a fundamentalist supporter and champion of the Church.
Nevertheless the targeting of the Spannermen specifically is another matter altogether, and although coming under the umbrella of the campaign, was reserved for three years prior to the raids on all 16 of the Soannermen in 1987. However they had been singled out for investigation from 1983 onwards, which had also involved surveillance by MI5 and Bryn Alyn security of an address in Wales which had been the home of a Bryn Alyn whistleblower.
Address in Harford, Dyfed targeted by Bryn Alyn Security, MI5 and OPB. Picture 1983
The Witchfinder General:
The Office of the Witchfinder General is a unique and historical appointment where a voted member of the Church of England General Synod is appointed to a senior position within the Met. with his own squad of officers to undertake work on behalf of the Church, and is the only appointment the Church is allowed to make to the Met. Common Law is their jurisdiction in this respect. The squad under this command was at the time known as the Obscene Publications Branch of the Metropolitan Police. It is believed that certain historical and traditional powers, exemptions, or indeed obligations, come / are carried with the Witchfinder appointment.
Michael Hames had been appointed by the General Synod and assigned from 1983 to 1989 as Witchfinder General specifically to undertake Operation Spanner with his appointment (to “Head of Obscene Publications”) during those years as a nationwide campaign initiative against gay men throughout that period with the assistance of the Manchester Police, the Metropolitan Police and the Obscene Publications Branch (encompassing covert activities prior to 1987 using intelligence gained from a gay contact honeytrap magazine); and thereafter resuming the “normal” OPB work as Head of Obscene Publications in 1989; as a result of which over 640 gay men had been raided; over 100 had died an early death; and of those over 60 were alleged to have committed suicide; with 16 arrested, and nine incarcerated mostly for “assaults”, – assaults which had previously been exempt from prosecution – and thereby also littered with a litany of false charges and unsubstantiated allegations including some related to “child protection” thrown in and intended to convey some importance to the case, with false front page media reports, coupled with a false official storyline that would effectively erase the first part of the operation from any public interest and scrutiny, and so imply the discovery of a massive satanic criminal sex ring with links to paedophilia and the possible making and distribution of snuff movies; and in doing so, justify the enormous costs and time spent on the case during those years. However, he had been paid to do this work. Front page archives do not seem to be available for December 1990, but a typical headline throughout the hearing (lasting many days) would have been front page in large letters:
“Satanic Paedophile Sex Ring making Snuff Movies!”
https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=…tences&f=false (scroll up slightly) The traditional appointment of “Witchfinder General” would have essentially demanded an extraordinary level of satanic/ occult knowledge and practice, including practices that most would find abhorrent, and would have necessitated a very high level of masonic abilities and standing of any individual applying for the role. In Hames’s case, he was already a serving policeman when appointed, so the appointment would have appeared as a promotion within the Met. at the time.
The Church of England.
“The Church of England General Synod is the only body with powers delegated from parliament to pass so-called “measures” which are incorporated into English law. They have the full force and effect of an act of parliament and can apply to any Church-related matter.”
Margaret Thatcher and Michael Hames were both prominent members of the Church of England General Synod, House of Laity at the same time. It was during this period that Hames was alleged to have been selected, proposed and endorsed by Thatcher to be suitable as her new Head of Obscene Publications, in order to forefront her new “Christian Family Values” nationwide campaign in 1983. Around the same period, Mrs. Thatcher had also chosen John Gummer as her new Conservative Party Chairman, reportedly due to the quality and substance of his speeches before the House. The House of Laity is comprised of lay members, and not clergy. The House is often comprised of members who may hold extremist viewpoints.
(Common law is the body of law developed from the thirteenth century to the present day, as case law or precedent, by judges, courts, and tribunals. … In cases where the parties disagree on what the law is, a common law court looks to past precedential decisions of relevant courts.)
” law contributed significantly in the development of the English mediaeval realm towards what may be called a ‘state’. Firstly, political thinking was greatly stimulated by clashes between kings and Church over their relative authority. These frequently were conducted through polemic resting heavily upon law and legal argument, and were a vital stimulus to the ideological thinking which underlay the development of abstract notions of the state.”
The Dragnet-Sting Operation and the Searches:
In 1983/84 the Obscene Publications Squad with the assistance of Manchester Police (headed by James Anderton) were believed to have operated or monitored (or both) a gay contact magazine, “Gay Galaxy” as a dragnet sting operation; (a honeytrap). This was the preliminary intelligence-gathering ground (and also the hunting ground) for the Spanner Operation, and was already underway by early 1983.
The magazine carried adverts that were much more extreme than other gay magazines. These were adverts from those who were into or seeking meetings, sessions or lifestyle witchcraft/ occult/ water sports/ S&M/ slavery/ incontinence/ piercing/ ab/ bdsm/ cp/ age play/ scat/ body modifications/ knife play/ pugilism/ mutilation etc.,and many more, and any such adverts that would normally be refused by the “straight” best-selling gay contact magazines. Obviously it did attract many advertisers and responders,as to the best of my knowledge;in the UK at least; whilst not requiring any membership,such contacts had never before appeared publicly available in a gay booklet prior to this in the UK. The magazine claimed to have been raided by the police several times, but still continued to publish adverts relating to all types of behaviour. A lot of adverts were either unlawful or requesting unlawful acts. It is believed that the OPB (via an anonymous Gay Galaxy box number) were offering cash rewards for people to forward unlawful and obscene material by post depicting unlawful and obscene acts, in addition to monitoring advertisers and responders.
The Obscene Publications squad at the time were carrying out raids on gay men claiming to be looking for snuff movies or child porn. Two such adverts that regularly either appeared in each or most editions of Gay Galaxy were similar to:
1) “Snuff movies wanted. Unlimited top cash price paid for extreme and underage movies”
2) “Extreme and bondage SM movies wanted – Unlimited cash prices paid for movies or swap, bizarre or underage extreme acts with cash adjustment either way”
(or words to that effect). There may have been others.
Gay Galaxy only ran throughout 1983, and I believe folded around 1984. Gay Galaxy was just a cheap typeset A5 size booklet with blue card cover front and back and carried no photos or images, only adverts, (printed in Manchester area).
The vast majority of those raided would have been single gay men, so the fact that they had been raided would not have been so much of a problem. Since they had not been yet charged (i.e: their name had not been released) they would have been potential defendants. However, if the figure 0f 82 potential defendants is correct, then that would suggest, at initial glance, that virtually 100% of all those threatened with charges by 1986 may have committed suicide.It is believed that suicide notes, where applicable, may have been either written by another hand to some degree, or written under duress. The fact there had been a blanket cover-up of the figures alone raises further questions, without even looking at the (possibly abundant) contradictory evidence.
The Westminster Paedophile Connection.
During the same period, Bryn Alyn Children’s Homes in Wales (operated by John Allen) had been covertly and heavily involved with the Westminster paedophile ring, forced prostitution of children “in care”,and MI5, international trafficking of children, boy brothels, and the making and supply of international child porn ( to name but a few), and were believed to have been offered the return of misplaced movies, or copies thereof for cash from former residents who believed they should have been paid for their forced prostitution. There had already been, and would be, many hitherto unexplained “suicides” of former residents. It is firmly believed that these movies, possibly involving multiple copies, (and depicting recognisable VIP’s, and/or missing or recognisable children – in other words, extreme or “snuff” child porn) were also the unmentioned targets of the searches and advertisements by the OPB, in addition to the questionable campaign reasons for the raids. There had never been any incentive by the OPB to tackle the VIP users, suppliers, makers, traffickers, nor murderers of any of the child porn and snuff movies that were clearly known by the Home Office.
Videos confiscated by Dover Customs in 1982 depicting 2 famous politicians with young boys
John Allen and Whitehall parties
The focus on the Spannermen occurred when an address of a whistleblower tallied with an advertiser on Gay Galaxy, in 1983. What had commenced as a targeting of visitors to a Bryn Alyn whistleblower’s residence ( following a threat from a senior officer of Manchester Children’s Services in November 1983, [whom it transpired had been acting as a “pimp” for the child prostitution racket]), together with trespassing by at least one member of John Allen’s security at the secluded house, and co-ordinated raids by Manchester police within their own area, culminated 4 years later with charges being brought in 1987. All of the spannermen had at one or more times been visitors to this address and had taken part in sessions with some videotaped records.It had been a fishing expedition right from the start, and targeted contacts of visitors, their contacts of contacts, etc.
There was no connection to the earlier (over 600) raids. It is believed that millions were spent on the searches to no avail, and that these costs had to be justified with arrests.
Following the trashing of the whistleblower’s report on Bryn Alyn,( which at the time had been forwarded to the relevant authorities), the corruption at Bryn Alyn and Manchester was eventually brought to the notice of the Prime Minister and the House of Commons in May 1985, (and several years later was more widely detailed and exposed in Scallywag magazine), but was never in fact investigated. ; (although Operation Pallial had in 2014 investigated 2 selected items of child abuse from the original 1983 report. It should be noted here that 2014 was the first time any of the child abuse reported in 1983 had actually been investigated.)
Ex North Wales victim talks about being trafficked at weekends for parties in Pimlico in “Variety Club Sunshine Coach”
The Testimony of Andrea Davison (Investigation of Corruption involving Dolphin Square, John Allen, PIE, and the child abuse cover-ups in North Wales in 1989):
2.2 During the course of the investigation clear links were identified between illegal arms sales, drugs trafficking, support for terrorist groups and the sale and distribution of child pornography, including snuff videos. The illegal arms trade is connected to a much larger organised criminal network. The fact that sections of the Conservative Government, the police and government agencies were involved made it more perilous and destructive to the fabric of society. No-one knew who is working for whom!
2.3 I was later to give evidence of these matters in secret to Lord Justice Scott’s Inquiry into ‘Arms to Iraq’ (Sample Documents 1 and 2)
2.4 I became involved in the investigation of child abuse in 1989 whilst carrying out a search of a suspect xxxxxxxxx premises. We found hard drugs and child pornography in video and photographic form. Some of it looked ritualistic. The suspect was involved with a company called xxxx Technology. xxxxx was engaged in research at a building connected with Bangor University. The investigation concerned tech transfer of biological weapons data to Iraq. xxxxxxxx lived close to and was associated with xxxxxx who ran the xxxxxx gym in xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx following further investigation it was discovered that xxxxxxxxxx was distributing pornography on a large scale including child porn videos and highly priced snuff videos, where a child would be sexually abused and murdered on film. xxxxxxx a former mercenary was involved with another mercenary xxxxxx who had been in Angola. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxe were protected by the Police and certain sections of the intelligence community for which they worked, I understand, on contract.
2.5 Following the discovery of the child porn, mentioned above I decided to run an unsanctioned parallel investigation into child pornography. This included an investigation into ‘snuff’ videos. I discovered some of the children exploited were from local children’s homes where there appeared to exist a ready supply of children.
The Richie Allen Show – Former British Intel Operative Andrea Davison, on the run for exposing child sex abuse:
Lost In Care (Waterhouse Report) pdf:
Bryn Alyn report can be found in Chapter 21.
Obviously what the police did already have from Gay Galaxy was a very full list of nationwide advertisers and their responders names, addresses, sexual fantasies and preferences which alone would have been in the hundreds, coupled with any videotapes they may have confiscated in raids or been sent by post. The raids from 1983 to 1987 purported to be seeking snuff movies, but carried on with charging the Spannermen knowing full well there were no connections of this sort. The false declarations by the police (during the Spannermen raids) that they were investigating a murder is a common ploy used against gay men in order to obtain signed statements of information that would not normally be freely and indiscreetly volunteered. In Operation Spanner, these statements were used to convict the men. The outcome of the second part of the operation – the Spannermen incarcerations – can certainly be shown to have been a demanded requirement. The Spannermen case had thus been “reverse engineered”, thereby leading to inevitable conflicts with other case law.
Well, there can be no doubt that the whole of Operation Spanner has an occult signature, regardless of the total number of raids undertaken.
This would indicate the whole operation was pre-planned prior to the date; with the pre-determined use of millions of pounds of taxpayer funding to undertake a scheduled six-year long satanic ritual pathway and initiation incorporating multiple agendas and distinct purposes as were (by the few) perceived necessary and available at that time, and involving covert activities and a false cover story occasionally referring to remnants of the truth; whilst being fully monitored throughout by the security services, and resulting in over 100 suspicious deaths and nine wrongful incarcerations.
The Spannermen case had been purposely inflated to the maximum, by the use of false claims, false charges and lies passed to the media for daily large print front page splashes throughout the trial in order to both undermine the defence, and to try and justify the (six year) costs – as the timespan had been massively reduced and falsely whittled down into the “official story” of a much simpler 2 or 3 year operation in order to avoid suspicion, – of both the earlier part of the operation, and of the underlying costs which have never been fully disclosed to the taxpayer. Thus the simple cover story had been falsely enhanced to the point of inciting public outrage in order to overcome that problem, with no concern whatsoever for the Spannermen.
–-There would appear to be over 100 early deaths that may warrant extensive scrutiny.–
1983-1986: Operation Spanner raids over 620 gay men with over 60 potential defendants (of which none are available for final charges brought by CPS in 1989).
Over 60 alleged suicides never mentioned in press.
October 1983: Mature student Dennis Williams on final placement from Salford College Social Studies Course reports mismanagement and malpractice, failure to make or maintain records other than petty cash, misappropriation of funds, false accounting, false police statement, fraud, theft, and physical abuse of children at Bryn Alyn involving 42 incidents in 24 hours, following three eight-hour shifts. His report also makes several urgent recommendations and advises an Inquiry be set up by Clwyd Social Services, and full monitoring of all Bryn Alyn operations be undertaken by “relevant authorities”. Report sent to Directors of Clwyd and Manchester Social Services, Manchester Children’s Services and presented to Salford College and John Allen in person.
Owner of Williams’s home places advert in Gay Galaxy magazine.
November 1983: Report is trashed and Williams is accused of lying, threatened with legal action, and threats against his person are all made personally by Assistant Principal Director of Manchester Children’s Services by telephone to his home.
December 1983: Williams’s home in South Wales is targeted by Bryn Alyn security in the middle of the night.
Spring 1984: Businessman who was present during the December incident is alleged to have committed suicide after being raided by police sometime earlier.
Original Spannermen video obtained from local “spannerman” visitor by police soliciting item through post involving Gay Galaxy magazine advert.
May 1985: Corruption involving Bryn Alyn Community and Manchester Children’s Services notified to 10 Downing Street, (and copied to the House of Commons).
Neil Kinnock responds personally to say “Thank you” to Williams.
June 1985. Downing Street then pass the matter to the Home Office.
Child abuse involving MPs becomes common knowledge throughout House of Commons.
Spring 1987: Spannermen raided and charged under Common Law.
New Spannermen videos obtained legally with search warrants.
Late 1989: Spannermen final charges brought by CPS.
December 1990: Spannermen heard at the Old Bailey and sentenced on basis of videotape compiled by police.
Margaret Thatcher kicked out of Number 10.
1991: North Wales police investigation into child abuse fails.
1992; New North Wales police investigation underway.
Spannermen appeals heard by Appeal Court fails
Williams’s Report brought to attention of North Wales police (via BBC Wales) who say they know nothing about it.
Police given copy by Williams, and statement is made of report, but he also makes another statement concerning 4 additional matters involving Bryn Alyn Community.
1993: Spannermen House of Lords appeal fails
1994: Scallywag Magazine publishes 4 page spread on corruption, forced prostitution, child porn, child trafficking and child abuse involving those “in care” at Bryn Alyn Community and senior Conservatives.
1995: Spannermen ECHR preliminary hearing.
17th June 1996: William Hague announces the Waterhouse Inquiry.
October 1996: Bryn Alyn records destroyed in fire at Pickfords Storage, Chester.
Spannermen Full hearing at ECHR
January 1997: Waterhouse Inquiry commences.
The Prostitution and Porn Empire of John Allen.
Read the full unredacted text here: (scroll down)
International links to Nicholas van Hoogstraten and CIA:
Nationwide network of abusers including Tory and Labour politicians:
Ex-Bryn Alyn Landing Strip:
The landing strip directly opposite the main entrance to Bryn Alyn Hall.
A strictly secular approach to judicial reasoning and decision-making is a safeguard our best and most senior judges recognise.
Grimstock, January 2018
- 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]
- Fresh Start Foundation Scottish not for profit group, helping child sexual abuse victims & survivors [N]
 Grimstock Operation Spanner Dissected https://cathyfox.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/operation-spanner-dissectedfinal.odt
 2017 Mar 24 CathyfoxBlog Operation Spanner -Michael Hames Dirty Squad https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2017/03/24/michael-hames-dirty-squad-operation-spanner/
 2017 Mar 25 CathyFoxBlog Glasgow Herald 10 Oct 1989 Fifteen charged after Operation Spanner https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2017/03/25/glasgow-herald-10-oct-1989-fifteen-charged-after-operation-spanner/
 2017 Mar 24 Cathy Fox Blog Laskey, Jaggard and Brown v UK ECHR Times Law Report 1997 Feb 20 (Operation Spanner) https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2017/03/24/laskey-jaggard-and-brown-v-uk-echr-times-law-report-operation-spanner/
 2017 Mar 24 Cathy Fox Blog Laskey, Jaggard and Brown v UK – Times Law Report 1997 EHCR (Spanner) https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2017/03/25/laskey-jaggard-and-brown-v-uk-times-law-report-1997-ehcr-spanner/
 2017 Mar 24 Cathy Fox Blog Brown, Laskey, Jaggard, Lucas, Carter, Cadman 21 February 1992 Times Law Reports Court of Appeal (Spanner) https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2017/03/25/brown-laskey-jaggard-lucas-carter-cadman-21-february-1992-times-law-reports-court-of-appeal-spanner/
 2017 Mar 24 Cathy Fox Blog Brown, Lucas, Jaggard, Laskey, Carter 12 March 1993 Times Law Reports House of Lords (Spanner) https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2017/03/25/brown-lucas-jaggard-laskey-carter-12-march-1993-times-law-reports-house-of-lords/
[A] Sanctuary for the Abused http://abusesanctuary.blogspot.co.uk/2006/07/for-survivors-coping-with-triggers-if.html
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