Monday 25 March 2013

North Wellian Chief Superintendent Gordon Anglesea

2.25 The Independent on Sunday article had been written by a free-lance journalist, Dean Nelson, assisted by two others. Nelson had previously written an article in May 1991 about allegations of abuse at Ty Mawr children's home, Abergavenny, and he went to North Wales at the suggestion of an Independent on Sunday staff member. In the course of his visit he saw Taylor, Councillor Dennis Parry, various former residents of North Wales children's homes, three former members of staff at Bryn Estyn and Clwyd's Director of Social Services. The article itself contained criticisms of the earlier police investigations and references to allegations by Councillor Parry of a police cover up to conceal the failure of senior police officers and social services' executives to reveal the extent of abuse in the children's homes. The article contained also allegations of sexual abuse by the deputy headmaster of Bryn Estyn and reference to allegations of physical assaults by Dodd against "dozens of children" at Ty'r Felin. In a separate report by the same authors on another page, more specific details were given of these allegations. It concluded:

"Clwyd County Council will look sympathetically on claims for compensation from those who suffered abuse but the council leader, Dennis Parry, said no amount of money could make good the damage caused.
Lives have been ruined by this. God help us how many young people with drugs and sexual problems have come from those kinds of establishments? It's frightening because it's a microcosm of what's going on around the country."

The article on the front page of the Independent on Sunday of 1 December 1991 also contained the following reference to former Police Superintendent Gordon Anglesea:

"According to former residents at Bryn Estyn, Gordon Anglesea, a former senior North Wales police officer, was a regular visitor there. He recently retired suddenly without explanation. Another serving officer has been accused of assaulting a child at Ty'r Felin."

Anglesea consulted solicitors immediately and they wrote to the newspaper describing the passage quoted as the grossest libel on Anglesea and demanded publication of an equally prominent agreed statement of rebuttal and apology in the next edition of the newspaper together with damages and costs.

Saturday 23 March 2013

Little Acton Assessment Centre

This community home was purpose built and was handed over by the builders to Clwyd County Council on 1 April 1974. The site in Box Lane, Wrexham housed the assessment centre itself, a residential nursery and a hostel building with a day nursery on the ground floor.
However, the rest of the hostel building was never opened because of financial constraints. Behind the assessment centre was a large field that had been grassed over and could be used for games and there was a tarmacadammed area between the centre and the hostel that could be used as a playground.
The centre had three separate units within the same building: one was designed as a semi-secure unit and the other two as open units.
Each unit was a self-contained flat to accommodate five children with a sitting room and a kitchen with facilities for preparing breakfast, tea and supper snacks, plus a bed-sitting room for sleeping-in staff.
There was also a school attached to the building, providing 30 places for assessment of 15 residents and 15 others attending daily.
Residential accommodation in four flats was provided for the Officer-in-Charge, his deputy and two senior houseparents; and there was a substantial service area for the whole building, comprising a main kitchen, a dining area, a laundry, administrative offices, a medical room, lavatories and a staff room etc.

Friday 22 March 2013

Bersham Hall

Bersham Hall is a large red brick house set in just over an acre of land in a small village about one and a half miles from the centre of Wrexham, and, within its grounds, is a small three bedroom cottage with its own garden.
It is believed that the house was occupied as a family residence until it was acquired by Denbighshire County Council with the intention of providing an observation and assessment centre for up to 12 boys to be used by the six North Wales counties (and Radnorshire) under the 1971 Regional Plan. It was to be a community home with education, described as a secure/semi-secure observation and assessment centre, and was to be available for use from August 1972.
It is convenient to consider the history of Bersham Hall in two distinct phases, namely, from 1974 to 1980 and from 1980 to 1993, because its function changed in 1980 and it closed for a short period at that time. It re-opened as an assessment and reception centre for up to 21 boys and girls, taking over many of the functions performed until then by Little Acton Assessment and Reception Centre. As we understand it, however, the assessment process was limited to girls181. At this time the cottage began to be used as an independent training facility for children of school leaving age. Education continued to be provided on the premises until 1990, by which time the majority of residents had been provided with school places locally. The teaching staff at Bersham Hall, however, were employed by Clwyd Social Services Department until 1987, when they were transferred to the Education Authority.
The community home closed in September 1993 but it was re-opened the following year as a private (registered) children's home called Prospects (now Prospects for Young People, registered at Pentre Saeson Hall), which we visited on 19 March 1997, co-directed by Stephen Elliott.

Wednesday 20 March 2013

Clwyd Hall School

Clwyd Hall was another residential school that accepted children from a range of local authorities in England and Wales. The company that ran the school was called Clwyd Hall for Child Welfare Limited but the effective owners until 1982 were Mr and Mrs William Carman. Clwyd Hall stood in its own substantial grounds at Llanychan, near Ruthin, and it apparently opened as a school in or about 1958.

Mr and Mrs Carman lived on the estate and one of their daughters ran an equestrian centre there. 
The school itself provided accommodation for 50 to 60 children of deprived backgrounds, in the age range seven to 16 years, and about 70 per cent of the residents were boys. Girls slept separately in a building called `The Paddock'. 
Many children stayed at the school for a substantial period until school leaving age.

The ownership of the school changed in or about July 1982, although Mr Carman retained a financial interest, but subsequent efforts to re-finance the school, which required substantial capital investment, failed and it closed on 27 July 1984.

Bryn Estyn

Bryn Estyn Hall is a large and rather forbidding mansion, which was built in 1904, in the style of an Elizabethan manor house, by a successful Wrexham brewer to replace a previous house. It lies in ample grounds, which earlier formed part of the large Erlas Hall estate on the outskirts of Wrexham, and which were landscaped when the new house was built but are now very neglected. 
The property probably remained in private hands until the second world war when, after a short period as an ordnance depot, it became, in 1942, an approved school for boys from Merseyside and further afield. Since 1989 it has been used for other educational and local government purposes and it is now known as Erlas Centre.

As an approved school, Bryn Estyn remained the responsibility of the Home Office until 1 October 1973, when it became a local authority community home with education on the premises. Responsibility for it passed to the former Denbighshire County Council until 1 April 1974 when the new Clwyd County Council took over.

Saturday 16 March 2013

Care Concern

Care Concern was the idea of David Rattray, a former Deputy Director of Social Services for Denbighshire.
He owned property along the A5 near Llangollen and opened part of it up as a Residential School for emotionally disturbed boys.

By 1985 Care Concern had opened two residential schools within Gwynedd itself. 
The first of these was Cartref Melys  in the Sychnant Pass near Conway.

The second Care Concern school to open in Gwynedd was Hengwrt Hall School at Rhydymain.

Care Concern's operations also embraced Westminster House, Chester (a halfway house), Firs Mount, Colwyn Bay (a home for severely mentally handicapped adults) and The Village, Llangwyfan (previously a tuberculosis sanatorium and used by Care Concern as a home for adults but catering for some teenagers)

Cotsbrook Hall

Cotsbrook Hall, Shifnal, Telford was one of two, properties bought by John Allen for the Community, outside North Wales. It was purchased with the intention that it should be a similar school to Bryn Alyn Hall, catering for 20 (later 40) children, again in the age range 11 to 16 years.

Friday 15 March 2013

Bryntirion Hall

Bryntirion Hall
This house in Mold Road, Caergwrle, was purchased by Allen in 1972 in trust for the Community and was intended to provide hostel accommodation for 15 working boys between 16 and 18 years.

Four complainants raised allegations of sexual abuse by Anthony Taylor whilst they were with the Community and Waterhouse received evidence from three of them. All four complainants were there at the same time and the longest resident of the four was with the Community for five years from about January 1971. The evidence that we received established that Taylor's sexual assaults were not confined to those with which he was charged but occurred also in dormitories at Bryntirion Hall (where he was on the staff) and extended to oral sex with one of the complainants. In his written evidence to the Tribunal Anthony Taylor denied the offences but Waterhouse had no reason to doubt the truth of the complaints.

Pentre Saeson

Pentre Saeson Hall
This smaller country house at Bwlchgwyn, near Wrexham, was acquired in 1970 and opened on 27 September that year as a children's home for children younger then those at Bryn Alyn Hall. The provision was intended to be for up to 20 boys between the ages of 11 and 13 years.
However, Pentre Saeson Hall, valued at £150,000, was transferred to White senior in lieu of a three year pension on 2 February 1995.

It is currently the registered trading address for Prospects for Young People which is owned and Directed by Stephen John Elliott, former staff of Bryn Alyn Hall and Director of Bryn Alyn Community (Holdings) Ltd.
However, when Prospects was first established, it was hailed as the successor to Bersham Hall

John Allen is yet again in the full frame for abuse at this home, as is Peter Steen in regard to violence

Gwastad Hall

Gwastad Hall
Kenneth Henry White (White senior) became involved in the affairs of the Community after selling his hotel to the company for £130,000 on 11 July 1977.
He had run the large house at Cefn-y-Bedd, near Wrexham, as White Sands Hotel in the 1970s but it reverted to its former name of Gwastad Hall after acquisition by the Community and it was used principally as offices but also to provide accommodation for some children and the Allen family, including his elderly father and an Uncle.

Allen was accussed by numerous boys of assault during stays within the home.

Gatewen Hall

Gatewen Hall is a Three-storey, Georgian-style Grade II listed country house in Berse Road, New Broughton, Wrexham, and had been a residential school prior to its purchase by Bryn Alyn Community in or about 1982.
 It was opened on 1 April 1983 as a children's home to provide for 14 boys and girls in the age range of 14 to 18 years with a view to preparing them for independence.

1999 There was yet again persistent sexual abuse of boy and girl residents of Gatewen Hall, which was a private residential school prior to its sale to the Bryn Alyn Community in 1982. 
The abusers were the two proprietors from 1977 to 1982, Roger Owen Griffiths and his then wife, now Anthea Beatrice Roberts, who were convicted on 4 and 5 August 1999 in the Crown Court at Chester. Griffiths was sentenced to eight years' imprisonment and Roberts to two years' imprisonment.

Peter Steen was accused of numerous physical assaults by residents of this home. It is unclear wether or not he was prosecuted.

John Allen was again accused of multiple offences by many victims from this home.

During the late 1980's early 1990's, a number of sexual assaults on girls occurred within this home although details are not currently available.

As for Gatewen Hall, most of the complaints related to the same period but a wider range of staff was named: there were not less than 26 complainants who named 12 members of staff in all.

Staff members as of July 1991;

Lynn Williams - Head (replaced later in year by Steve Ford)
Steve Ford - Deputy head (promoted and Paul Eccles first took Deputy position, later replaced by Ken White jr )
Yvonne Ford - Care staff
Peter Steen - care Staff
Trish Steen - Matron
Carol Rowlands - Care Staff
Evelyn Dodd - Care Staff
Gareth Dodd - Care Staff / Van Driver
Jock (real name Richard Burt) - Care Staff
Kim ? - Anti Natal advisor / Care Staff
Andy Williams - Care Staff
Sue MacKenzie - Care Staff
Mac MacKenzie (Sue's husband. book-keeper.)
Paul Eccles - deputy head March though September

Bryn Alyn Hall

John Allen had acquired, in 1968, the lease for 21 years of Bryn Alyn Hall, a substantial property in Llay New Road on the outskirts of Wrexham, with 50 acres of land and, although he had had no formal training of any kind, he had opened Bryn Alyn Hall as a children's home for up to 20 boys in the age range of 11 to 16 years. He had started with three boys from north east England and one from Liverpool and had circulated a booklet about his project to most of the local authority children's departments in England and Wales.

The main house was enlarged and divided after the freehold had been acquired and an additional residential establishment was built near the house. The three parts of the property were then called Askew House, Blackley House and Lindisfarne.

Additional schoolrooms were built on the property with further classrooms later added in the form of portacabins as well as utilising Wilderness farm as an auxiliary teaching base.

Paul Hett

There were complaints of abuse from other private residential schools and children's homes in North Wales: Ynys Fechan Hall at Arthog, eight miles from Dolgellau on the coast; Dol Rhyd School, Barmouth Road, Dolgellau; and (confusingly) Hengwrt House at Llanelltyd, near Dolgellau.

All three of these establishments were run by Paul Hett.
The first of these was found by the Welsh Office to be operating as an unregistered school for about a dozen pupils in 1974. According to Hett the property was acquired with the aid of a large mortgage in 1974 and he started the school with three pupils. He was suddenly inundated with applications with the result that he took holiday placements immediately, mainly from Gloucestershire, and he began the academic year with 12 pupils. All the children came from local authorities (primarily in Lancashire initially) and included those subject to care orders, children on remand and emergency placements.

Bryn Alyn Community Limited

Bunnykins Day Nursery in Pont-Y-Capel Lane, Gresford, Wrexham

This business was operated on the property of Mr Kenneth John White. Bryn Alyn Hall, a substantial property in Llay New Road on the outskirts of Wrexham, with 50 acres of land.

I couldn't work out how the hell Kenneth White had managed to get his hands on Bryn Alyn Community property, as it was all supposed to be sold off towards the compensation pot for the victims first time around, so I decided to do some digging into the Company background.

John Allen had acquired the property in 1968 with a lease for 21 years  and, although he had had no formal training of any kind, he had opened Bryn Alyn Hall as a children's home for up to 20 boys in the age range of 11 to 16 years. He had started with three boys from north east England and one from Liverpool and had circulated a booklet about his project to most of the local authority children's departments in England and Wales.

Thursday 14 March 2013

North Wales Residential Childcare Investigations - A Chronological View

Investigations 1974 to 1980
five relevant convictions that occurred during this period, namely, those of Anthony David Taylor (Bryn Alyn, 1976), Leslie Wilson (Little Acton, 1977), Bryan Davies (Ystrad Hall, 1978), Gary Cooke and (Arthur) Graham Stevens (1980). 
There was also one other person, Albert Frederick Tom Dyson, then aged 40 years, who was convicted in 1980 of three offences of indecency against the boy identified as D in paragraphs 10.15 to 10.19 of this report, for which he was sentenced to 18 months' imprisonment. Dyson, who had befriended D's family, admitted to the Tribunal that he committed the offences at a time when D was in care and placed at Bryn Estyn, but he was not employed by Social Services at any time: he was then the owner of the 15/20 Club in Rhyl, which he disposed of in 1980, after owning it for 20 years.
In addition, the North Wales Police investigated allegations against a gardener/driver (Upper Downing, 1976), Carl Evans (Little Acton, 1977) and Paul Bicker Wilson (Bryn Estyn, 1977), but no prosecution ensued at that time against any of these three men. According to the police evidence before us, there was also an investigation in 1980 of allegations against Huw Meurig Jones but neither of the complainants in relation to that investigation (one is dead) gave evidence to the Tribunal and there was no prosecution.

Investigations 1981 to 1989
During this period there were five further relevant convictions for sexual offences against children in care in Clwyd, as we have listed in paragraph 2.07(5) to (7) of this report. The five persons convicted were Iain Muir (Bryn Alyn, 1986), Jacqueline Elizabeth Thomas (Chevet Hey, 1986), David John Gillison (1987, a social worker who was not then employed in residential care), William Gerry (1987, a former resident of Bryn Estyn) and Gary Cooke (1987, for further offences). It will be seen that only the first two of these were employed in children's residential establishments at the time when their offences were committed; and Thomas' conviction was for an offence against a 15 years old boy who was not in care at the time.

One other relevant person, namely, Huw Meurig Jones, was charged in 1981 with alleged sexual offences against a boy in care in Clwyd. Meurig Jones was then an unqualified social worker for Clwyd County Council but had not been employed in residential care in Clwyd, as far as we are aware, after March 1976. He resigned on 28 July 1981 but it appears that the charges against him were not proceeded with.

During this same period between 1981 and 1989 allegations against five other residential child care workers in Clwyd were investigated by the police but only one of the five was alleged to have committed sexual offences. The other four were Frederick Rutter (Bryn Estyn, 1983), Paul Wilson (Chevet Hey, 1985), Kenneth White junior (Bryn Alyn, 1988) and Y (Ysgol Talfryn, 1989): each was alleged to have committed a physical assault or assaults on a boy in care but none of the four was prosecuted for reasons that have been stated in the cited passages of our report, where known to us.
The fifth person in Clwyd investigated by the police in this period but not prosecuted was David Evans, who was alleged to have indecently touched two girl residents at Park House in 1989. In that case the Crown Prosecution Service advised that there was insufficient evidence to support a charge of indecent assault in respect of either girl.
Thus, 11 persons were investigated for alleged sexual or physical abuse in this period, of whom five were convicted. Of those investigated six were employed as residential care staff at the time of the alleged offences and one (Y) was employed as a teacher at a residential school.

Investigations from 1990 to 1996
The first investigation in this period into sexual abuse in a children's home was into offences committed by Stephen Norris whilst Officer-in-Charge of Cartrefle. The police were informed promptly on 17 June 1990 of the allegations that had been made by a boy to Henry Morton Stanley; and, in the course of the subsequent investigation led by Detective Inspector Donald Cronin, all ten current residents of Cartrefle, nine previous residents and 13 past and present members of the staff were interviewed. 
It revealed that six complainants alleged serious sexual abuse by Norris and on 5 October 1990, in the Crown Court at Chester, he pleaded guilty to five offences of indecent assault, involving three boy residents at Cartrefle. 
There were three other counts in the indictment against Norris involving the three other boys and an additional count alleging buggery with one of the first three boys but these were not proceeded with by the prosecution and not guilty verdicts were recorded by the Court in respect of three of them.
As appears from what we have said, the investigation of these offences was expeditious and the proceedings were completed in less than four months. The only criticism of the investigation of which we are aware is that it has been said that it should have been broadened to include Norris' previous activities at Bryn Estyn before his transfer to Cartrefle, having regard (amongst other things) to the repetitious nature of his sexual misconduct at Cartrefle. 

The other important police investigation before the county-wide investigation began was into the activities of Frederick Rutter as a foster parent and as Warden of a hostel at Connah's Quay. This began on 3 April 1990 when a woman resident at the hostel complained to the police that Rutter had behaved improperly towards her and it culminated in his conviction on 30 July 1991, in the Crown Court at Chester, of four offences of rape and two offences of indecent assault involving three hostel residents and two girls who had lived in his household. We have not received any criticism of this investigation by the police.

Investigations from 1997 to 2000
Since the hearings by the Tribunal began in Janaury 1997 investigations by the police have continued and some of them have arisen from statements made to the Tribunal in connection with our inquiry. We have been kept informed by the North Wales Police in general terms of the progress of these inquiries. In order to avoid prejudicing the investigations we adopted the general policy that we would not hear evidence in support of complaints that were still under investigation by the police at the time when the evidence would otherwise have been heard by us. 
We regret that, to that extent, our investigation has been necessarily incomplete. We are satisfied, however, that the general accuracy of the history that we have given and our conclusions from it have not been significantly affected by these gaps in the evidence.
The best information that we have to date is that allegations by nine complainants in statements to the Tribunal have been under investigation by the police and complaints by some others not contained in Tribunal statements have also been investigated. The allegations have involved over a dozen members of staff at various homes, one of whom died in the course of the investigations and after our hearings had ended.

The following convictions and prosecutions since 1997 are relevant to our investigation:
7 March 1997, in the Crown Court at Mold, Roger Platres Saint pleaded guilty to nine counts alleging indecent assaults upon a step-son, two pupils, a foster child and five adopted children; and he was sentenced on 23 May 1997 to six and a half years' imprisonment.

On 14 March 1997, in the Crown Court at Mold, Robert Martin Williams, a former nursing auxilliary at Gwynfa Residential Unit, was convicted of two offences of rape of a girl patient, who was aged 16 years at the time of the offences and who is identified as P in the report. Concurrent sentences of six years' imprisonment were imposed on him.

4 July 1997, in the Crown Court at Chester, Noel Ryan pleaded guilty to 14 sexual offences (three of buggery, one attempted buggery and ten indecent assaults) against ten male residents under the age of 16 years at Clwyd Hall; and he asked for seven other offences of indecent assaults involving seven other boys to be taken into consideration. He was sentenced to 12 years' imprisonment.

On 9 September 1998, in the Crown Court at Chester, Mr B pleaded guilty to three offences of rape and six indecent assaults upon B2 and four indecent assaults upon B1. He was sentenced to a total of three years' imprisonment.

Richard Dafydd Vevar, formerly a care worker employed by the Bryn Alyn Community, was charged in July 1998 with offences of buggery and indecent assault against the girl referred to in paragraph 21.55 of this report. On 23 June 1999 he was acquitted by a jury of the allegations of buggery but they were unable to reach verdicts on the other counts. At a later hearing the Judge entered verdicts of not guilty in respect of these other counts.

 Richard Ernest Leake, formerly Principal of Ystrad Hall School at Llangollen, has been charged with offences of indecent assaults on boys alleged to have been committed between 1972 and 1978. He denies all the charges and his trial has now been fixed for 8 November 1999.
Richard Francis Groome, formerly Warden of Tanllwyfan and then successively Head of Care and Principal at Clwyd Hall School, has been committed for trial on charges alleging sexual offences involving former boy residents at the latter school and at both these establishments and at others in Shropshire between 1981 and 1989. He has pleaded not guilty to all the charges and his trial is likely to take place early in 2000 at Mold.

Roger Owen Griffiths and his former wife, Anthea Beatrice Roberts, the proprietors of Gatewen Hall795 residential school from 1977 to 1982, when the premises were sold to the Bryn Alyn Community, were convicted in the Crown Court at Chester on 3 and 4 August 1999. Griffiths was sentenced to a total of eight years' imprisonment for offences of buggery (one), attempted buggery (one), indecent assault (one) and cruelty (four) involving four boy residents at the school. Roberts was sentenced to two years' imprisonment for two offences of indecent assault on two other boy residents aged under 16 years.

Derek Brushett, an SSIW employed by the Welsh Office, is currently (2000) suspended from duty whilst he awaits trial on numerous charges of sexual and other offences against boys alleged to have been committed in or about the 1970s, when Brushett was headmaster of Bryn-y-Don School (initially an approved school) in Dinas Powys. During his employment thereafter by the Welsh Office, Brushett took part in a few inspections in North Wales but there is no allegation of misconduct by him in that capacity, as far as we are aware.

Cyril Smith bullied Sex Abuse Investigation team.

Sir Cyril Smith tried to bully police investigating claims he molested young boys, according to secret files revealed for the first time today.

Documents obtained by us show how the late Liberal MP went to Rochdale police station in 1970 and asked to speak to investigating officers.

He demanded to be told why detectives were investigating him and said that he wished to be given the names of his accusers.

Sir Cyril, who was then a prominent councillor, also asked to be told if he was going to be charged so that he could decide whether to stand for MP at the next Parliamentary election.

At the time, police were investigating claims that he had molested young boys when he was secretary of a hostel which had closed in 1964.

Cotsbrook Hall pt 3

In yet a further attempt to provide proof to the authorities that Cotsbrook Hall should be included in Operation Pallial, here is another extract from the Waterhouse report proving staff members were placed there after known abuse had taken place.

52.27 We have looked carefully at the circumstances of the appointments of all the other proved and suspected paedophiles who were appointed to the other residential children's establishments (including private and voluntary establishments) discussed in this report but have not found any case in North Wales in the period under review in which a convicted paedophile was appointed to such a post. The nearest case in point was that of Gary Cooke, who was employed at Bersham Hall for two weeks before his services were dispensed with, probably shortly before the period under review began. Cooke was later employed in 1976/1977 by the Bryn Alyn Community for over a year but this employment was in Cheshire and then Shropshire. We have no evidence that Cooke's 1963 conviction was either disclosed or known to those who appointed him then. The only foster parent now known to have had a relevant previous conviction was Roger Saint, and that was not known at the time of his initial approval.

An in-depth read of Waterhouse, around this extract, shows that John Allen was in contact with past employers and would have been able to at least check records of their conduct.

Another Macur Reply

FAO: The Hon Mrs. Justice Macur

Further to your appointment to independent review the terms of
reference of the Waterhouse Inquiry 1996-2000, I would like to
respond to the questions for which my views are requested.

At the time I was admitted into the Bryn Alyn Community group of
Homes, I was not under a Care Order or interim care order but a
Statement of Educational Needs, undertook by my home authority
Coventry City Council.

Saturday 9 March 2013

Righton, Rabet and New Barns School

Eileen Fairweather, an award-winning journalist whose investigations over 20 years have helped expose several paedophile rings, has told the story of the background to the inquiry that Tom Watson MP implied was shut down to protect a No10 aide in the Thatcher administration.
Eileen reports that she was resarching a paedophile ring in the early 1990s when she met some of the police and social workers involved in the inquiry. She was researching a ring that had infiltrated all 12 of the children’s homes run by Islington Council, and realised that there was a connection. The inquiry did involve names from the so-called establishment of the day, but what it also uncovered was the shocking attitude of some on the liberal left and their involvement.

Thursday 7 March 2013

Waterhouse - betrayal of trust?

 ON 5 OCTOBER 1990, after a police investigation, Stephen Norris, who was the officer-in-charge of the Cartrefle community home in Clwyd, North Wales, pleaded guilty to five specimen charges of indecent assault against boys in his care. He was sentenced to three and a half years’ imprisonment. For anyone concerned with standards of care in residential homes in North Wales, this development was significant. It demonstrated beyond doubt that the problem of sexual abuse in care homes was a real one and that at least one home in Clwyd had been affected by it. Norris’s conviction in relation to Cartrefle inevitably raised questions about his earlier conduct at Bryn Estyn – the community home in Wrexham where he had worked until it was closed on financial grounds in 1984.
In July 1991, partly as a result of suspicions expressed by a senior social worker from Cheshire who had been called in to investigate, and partly as a result of allegations of child abuse made to the leader of Clwyd County Council by Alison Taylor, a former residential social worker, the Council’s Chief Executive formally requested the North Wales Police to undertake an investigation. One of the main purposes of this investigation would be to inquire into the possible existence of a paedophile ring operating in North Wales children homes. The investigation was eventually launched on 1 August 1991. Although it was originally focused on Bryn Estyn, a community home in Wrexham where Alison Taylor had completed a student placement in 1982, it gradually enlarged its scope to involve all care homes in Clwyd.
(point of interest here; my son was born in July 1991 and by October I'd been sent back to Calderdale out the way)

Tuesday 5 March 2013

Tom o'Carroll back at it.

Cannot believe they allowed such a disgusting site to remain active. This individual should be taken outside and shot. First the ankles, then the kneecaps... I digress, sorry.

Thursday 28th Feb entry reads:

To be honest, it would be stretching it a bit to say that a blog described as “distasteful” by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre actually has police “approval”. A recent official statement from the quango, which has police powers and functions, is sponsored by the British Home Office, and is set to become part of a new National Crime Agency later this year, has however confirmed that the blog has been inspected and not found to be in breach of any laws.

The statement was issued in response to a complaint about Heretic TOC by a certain Dr Liz Davies, whose (WordPress) blog website describes her as “a registered social worker who, following a career in frontline child protection social work, is now a Reader in Child Protection at London Metropolitan University. Oddly, her site has a “Gallery”, which is the sort of feature you might expect to see at a porn site (or so I am told!) Sure enough, be warned, the photos exhibited here are very heavy indeed – way too scary and sickening for all but the strongest stomachs. Entirely legal, though: no kids. is why the nonces need shooting!

I truly believe he has re-established some for of P.I.E under a different group name and is operating on a global scale.

Saturday 2 March 2013

Bryn Alyn Home of Horror runs nursery for 13 years

Sunday 25th November, I set off at 10am to go uncover what has happened to the Finances that remained of the Bryn Alyn Community Holdings, managed by

Born in 1957, Kenneth John White is a British director who undertook his first directorship role 21 years ago at the age of 33. His first directorship was with a company called "Bryn Alyn Community (Holdings) Limited" His most recent non-secretarial directorship isthe position of "Company Director" at Eurolite Consultancy Limited, which was founded in 2011. He has held the position for 1 year, 9 days.

I found him living in Bryn Alyn Hall with family. Renting out apartments - very exclusive apartments, at both BA Hall and Wilderness Farm. 

Friday 1 March 2013

Top UN Official guilty of child abuse

A top figure at the United Nations started a four year jail term today for the sexual abuse of a boy while he was a teacher more than twenty years ago.
Mark Standish, 48, was a tutor at a notorious boarding school in the late 1980s which came to national prominence when two of its teachers and its owner were jailed for 10 years for grave sexual offences against its pupils.
Standish gave evidence for the prosecution against Crookham Court School owner Philip Cadman and two other teachers - William Printer and Anthony Edmonds - at the original trial in 1991.

Former teacher Mark Standish was today jailed for four years at Reading Crown Court after being found guilty of the sexual abuse of a pupil more than twenty years ago
Former teacher Mark Standish was today jailed for four years at Reading Crown Court after being found guilty of the sexual abuse of a pupil more than twenty years ago

Paedophile Information Exchange. Updated 12th March

View Righton network in a larger map

Please Note: If you zoom out on the map, you will see the network reaches Turkey and Egypt

Quick research recap:

So far my research has led me to the following conclusions:

1; Peter Righton and P.I.E appear, for the moment, to be the key connection between the area's of high, sustained abuse in children's homes, schools, residential schools and other care centres.

This connection is first found in 1957 when he started working at Red Hill.