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Post by Guest on 17.01.13 19:54

Just putting this in this forum for now because it is very important news.........

Fully-fledged criminal investigation launched into allegations that paedophile network of politicians operated in the 1980s


Martin Hickman


Thursday 17 January 2013

A fully-fledged investigation has been launched into allegations that politicians abused children in London in the 1980s.


Operation Fernbridge will centre on activities at the Elm Guest House in Rocks Lane, a suburban street in Barnes, south-west London.

The Labour MP Tom Watson alleged in the Commons in October that politicians belonging to a paedophile network had used their powerful connections to escape justice.

In a short statement tonight, the Metropolitan Police said: “The Metropolitan Police Service have today, Thursday 17 January, launched an investigation, Operation Fernbridge, into historic allegations of child abuse in the early 1980s at the Elm Guest House, Rocks Lane, Barnes, London.

“The investigation will be led by the Child Abuse Investigation Command. Anyone with information is asked to contact officers on 020 7161 0500.”

It added: “The allegations under Operation Fernbridge were initially assessed under Operation Fairbank which was information passed to police by MP Tom Watson. Operation Fernbridge reached the threshold for a criminal investigation.

“We will not be providing a running commentary on this inquiry.”

The police stressed that the allegations were historic and did not relate to the current occupants of the property.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/fullyfledged-criminal-investigation-launched-into-allegations-that-paedophile-network-of-politicians-operated-in-the-1980s-8456434.html





RESPONSE FROM TOM WATSON MP



Response to the Metropolitan Police Announcement that a Criminal Investigation has been Launched


January 17th, 2013 —


This new criminal investigation is welcome news. I am confident that the Operation Fairbank team are committed to a thorough investigation that leaves no stone left unturned.

As they get nearer the truth it is vital they are given the time and space to conduct the investigation without interference.

I urge any witnesses or victims to come forward if they think they can help with the inquiry.

No matter what has happened in the past, now is the time for your voice to be heard.

http://www.tom-watson.co.uk/
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Post by Guest on 17.01.13 21:23

It will be interesting to see if we get headlines in the papers and media if any politicians get arrested as they have done with the 'celebrities' or will it all be hushed up
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Post by Inspectorfrost on 17.01.13 21:28

I would like to see whats his name comment on this, the prime minister, sorry, forgotten his name

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Post by Guest on 17.01.13 21:32

This story has now replaced the short original.................



Police launch criminal investigation into MPs’ child sex ring






Martin Hickman
Thursday 17 January 2013


Scotland Yard tonight launched a full investigation into allegations that Conservative politicians were members of a paedophile ring which abused children in care the 1980s.


Operation Fernbridge will centre on the alleged historic sexual abuse of children at Elm Guest House, in Rocks Lane, a suburban street in Barnes, south-west London.

Residents of a nearby care home run by Richmond Council claim they were sexually assaulted at the property by a network of prominent individuals, including Tory MPs, who used their connections to escape justice.

The allegations are one of several lines of inquiry being considered by specialist detectives at the country’s biggest force as a result of information supplied to them by Labour MP Tom Watson.

In a surprise intervention in the Commons in October, Mr Watson - who alleged widespread phone hacking at the News of the World before police began a new inquiry - urged Scotland Yard to re-open the evidence file on Peter Righton, a former child care consultant who was convicted of importing illegal homosexual pornography in 1992.

Saying that the file contained “clear intelligence of a widespread paedophile ring”, Mr Watson said at Prime Minister’s Questions: “One of its members boasts of a link to a senior aide of a former Prime Minister, who says he could smuggle indecent images of children from abroad.

“The leads were not followed up, but if the files still exist, I want to ensure that the Metropolitan Police secure the evidence, re-examine it, and investigate clear intelligence suggesting a powerful paedophile network linked to Parliament and No 10.”

In secret. five officers on the Met’s Child Abuse Investigation team began a scoping exercise, Operation Fairbank, to see if the MP’s claims merited further inquiry.

Working in secret at Empress State Building in Earl’s Court, London, they interviewed several adults who had contacted Mr Watson with information until December, when police confirmed the existence of the inquiry.

Tonight Scotland Yard confirmed the scoping exercise had reached sufficient seriousness that it passed “the threshold for a criminal investigation” and announced the creation of Operation Fernbridge.

Scotland Yard would not say how many officers are staffing Operation Fernbridge.

It is being run by the Specialist Crimes and Operations Directorate, which is known for tackling complex crime and which investigated phone hacking and other illicit newsgathering tactics that had previously escaped serious scrutiny by the police.

In a short statement, Scotland Yard said: “The Metropolitan Police Service have today, Thursday 17 January, launched an investigation, Operation Fernbridge, into historic allegations of child abuse in the early 1980s at the Elm Guest House, Rocks Lane, Barnes, London.

“The investigation will be led by the Child Abuse Investigation Command.”

The statement went on: “The allegations under Operation Fernbridge were initially assessed under Operation Fairbank which was information passed to police by MP Tom Watson. Operation Fernbridge reached the threshold for a criminal investigation.

“We will not be providing a running commentary on this inquiry.”

The police stressed that the allegations were historic and did not relate to the current occupants of the property, which has been under new ownership for some time.

A spokeswoman for the Met confirmed that Operation Fairbank would remain in existence and concentrate on other lines of inquiry provided by Mr Watson, who has been in regular contact with detectives. Those other lines of inquiry also involve politicians.

Last night Mr Watson said: “This new criminal investigation is welcome news. I am confident that the Operation Fairbank team are committed to a thorough investigation that leaves no stone left unturned. As they get nearer the truth it is vital they are given the time and space to conduct the investigation without interference.

“I urge any witnesses or victims to come forward if they think they can help with the inquiry. No matter what has happened in the past, now is the time for your voice to be heard.”

The Metropolitan Police asked anyone with information to call its hotline on 020 7161 0500
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/police-launch-criminal-investigation-into-mps-child-sex-ring-8456434.html


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Post by Ribisl on 17.01.13 21:54

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Post by PeterMac on 17.01.13 23:35

Love the way "No Stone Unturned" has become a phrase intimately connected with enquiries onto the grossest and most heinous of crimes.
How sad !!

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Post by Guest on 18.01.13 0:05

I notice the BBC still has this story buried away, not on Home page, with main news, not even on UK news, but under England, and then not even in main news, tiny piece of just a few lines. Obviously not as important as a bit of snow.........



http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-21068494
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Post by aquila on 18.01.13 0:09

@PeterMac wrote:Love the way "No Stone Unturned" has become a phrase intimately connected with enquiries onto the grossest and most heinous of crimes.
How sad !!

I thought the 'no stone unturned' came from a police manual - the one that was allegedly discovered in the McCann's apartment.
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The police now have vital evidence. Will they use it? Or lose it?

Post by Tony Bennett on 18.01.13 1:19

Much of the information relating to the Elm House guest list appeared to be coming from one Mary Moss, a former child in care who was instrumental in setting up NAYPIC - the National Association for Young People in Care - in the 1980s.

I heard on the late BBC Radio 4 news tonight that the police have today raided her house and seized many documents.

I do hope she kept copies in a safe house somewhere...

...a cover-up is most definitely, most definitely going to occur on this one.

By the way, with all these celebrities being named as child sexual abuse perpetrators, has it occurred to anyone else that Max Clifford, for one reason or another, might be 'singing'?

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Post by Guest on 18.01.13 6:08

@Inspectorfrost wrote:I would like to see whats his name comment on this, the prime minister, sorry, forgotten his name

Charles Swinton?
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Post by Guest on 18.01.13 9:59

I think we're talking about members of Margaret Thatcher's government as these allegations date back to the 1980s.

There certainly are some very interesting names (not only politicians) being mentioned elsewhere.
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Post by aiyoyo on 18.01.13 10:06

@PeterMac wrote:Love the way "No Stone Unturned" has become a phrase intimately connected with enquiries onto the grossest and most heinous of crimes.
How sad !!


Not patented to Gerry Mccann then? But the way he went about it he would have people believed so.
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Post by monkey mind on 18.01.13 12:29

candyfloss wrote:I notice the BBC still has this story buried away, not on Home page, with main news, not even on UK news, but under England, and then not even in main news, tiny piece of just a few lines. Obviously not as important as a bit of snow.........



http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-21068494
Whilst Fairbank was allegedly a scoping exercise I’m a little confused as to the unnecessary operational name change? Is it a genuine name change or some sort of *error* by the press? It has ramifications...

Consider that when the Fernbridge enquiry was launched yesterday many people would have hit the web and on searching that operational name would not have found the reams of pages or info trending under #fairbank. So you have a dilution of information in effect and all existing info will have to be cross referenced to Fernbridge or it likely won’t be picked up.

Additionally, if there is blackout on reporting of detail save the occasional mention of ‘Fernbridge’ when searched in say a month’s time the searcher will find nothing whereas in truth many if not all of the names have been put out on the web tagged under Fairbank.

You also have confusion in two very similar sounding double sylllabled names which can be erroneously transposed to Fernbank and Fairbridge (just as one blogger mistakenly did today) which do not exist as operations thus once again diluting information in interweb search results.

Not saying that is the intent behind the renaming but it certainly will be an effect, confusion, dilution and misdirection. Unavoidable.
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Post by monkey mind on 18.01.13 13:20

@Tony Bennett wrote:Much of the information relating to the Elm House guest list appeared to be coming from one Mary Moss, a former child in care who was instrumental in setting up NAYPIC - the National Association for Young People in Care - in the 1980s.

I heard on the late BBC Radio 4 news tonight that the police have today raided her house and seized many documents.

I do hope she kept copies in a safe house somewhere...

...a cover-up is most definitely, most definitely going to occur on this one.

By the way, with all these celebrities being named as child sexual abuse perpetrators, has it occurred to anyone else that Max Clifford, for one reason or another, might be 'singing'?
Tony it has been widely reported that Mary Moss had her home searched not the day before yesterday but more than a week ago only three or four days after publishing her documents on the interweb. It’s rather bizarre because she was allegedly at one point cooperating with the enquiry and demanding they come see her. Then when they did not she becomes disillusioned and goes public.

“THURSDAY, 10 JANUARY 2013

I was issued with a search warrant on the 9th Jan for all doc's relating to Carol Cazier.. I am sure I offered them to the Government but maybe my lack of having horses prevented such meeting.. I have had my flat swept by Op 'you know who' completely and professionally and in a very tidy organized and friendly manner.. I am now co-operating with them. I have been given my laptop back today but they still hold 19 NAYPIC boxes which I handed over to them today without hesitation..as I had them hidden in a friends.. for them just to check in case there is other related info..and one motherboard computer also which was ceased.. just to put other blogs at bay... with what really happened.. after I published all I have... which you now know.. I am not fair game to have my life intruded on in this way but I trust that in my line of duty to the case and the victims my life will still stay quite private.. other than my work.. as they are the only one's who now know absolutely everything about me.. nice “

This post purportedly from Mary along with alleged correspondence between her and the police and why allegedly she thinks she was searched can be found here.....

http://legalaidcuts.blogspot.co.uk/
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Post by aiyoyo on 18.01.13 16:05

@monkey mind wrote:
@Tony Bennett wrote:Much of the information relating to the Elm House guest list appeared to be coming from one Mary Moss, a former child in care who was instrumental in setting up NAYPIC - the National Association for Young People in Care - in the 1980s.

I heard on the late BBC Radio 4 news tonight that the police have today raided her house and seized many documents.

I do hope she kept copies in a safe house somewhere...

...a cover-up is most definitely, most definitely going to occur on this one.

By the way, with all these celebrities being named as child sexual abuse perpetrators, has it occurred to anyone else that Max Clifford, for one reason or another, might be 'singing'?
Tony it has been widely reported that Mary Moss had her home searched not the day before yesterday but more than a week ago only three or four days after publishing her documents on the interweb. It’s rather bizarre because she was allegedly at one point cooperating with the enquiry and demanding they come see her. Then when they did not she becomes disillusioned and goes public.

“THURSDAY, 10 JANUARY 2013

I was issued with a search warrant on the 9th Jan for all doc's relating to Carol Cazier.. I am sure I offered them to the Government but maybe my lack of having horses prevented such meeting.. I have had my flat swept by Op 'you know who' completely and professionally and in a very tidy organized and friendly manner.. I am now co-operating with them. I have been given my laptop back today but they still hold 19 NAYPIC boxes which I handed over to them today without hesitation..as I had them hidden in a friends.. for them just to check in case there is other related info..and one motherboard computer also which was ceased.. just to put other blogs at bay... with what really happened.. after I published all I have... which you now know.. I am not fair game to have my life intruded on in this way but I trust that in my line of duty to the case and the victims my life will still stay quite private.. other than my work.. as they are the only one's who now know absolutely everything about me.. nice “

This post purportedly from Mary along with alleged correspondence between her and the police and why allegedly she thinks she was searched can be found here.....

http://legalaidcuts.blogspot.co.uk/

I wonder whether she kept duplicate copies of those documents she handed over to Police?
Strange that the Police used "Search Warrant" to confiscate those things when they only have to ask.
And that was not in the presence of any lawyer.
Who knows whether it was for investigation or cover up when they seized those paper works?
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Post by Guest on 20.01.13 11:18

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By[url=http://www.mirror.co.uk/authors/keir-mudie/]Keir Mudie

Child abuse cops seize VIP list: Politicians, MI5 agent, Royal aide and pop stars all named


19 Jan 2013 22:00


First arrests expected soon following dawn raid in connection with suburban guest house that operated as gay brothel



A list of names seized by police probing allegations of child abuse includes ministers, members of the royal household and a world-famous pop star, the Sunday People can reveal.

All were recorded as visitors to a suburban guest house that operated as a gay brothel.

Now some could be suspects in an investigation into a network of powerful people who were secret paedophiles for years.

Late last week police ramped up the inquiry – and arrests are believed to be imminent.

Nine officers raided the North London home of former child protection worker Mary Moss after she initially declined to co-operate with the investigation.

Documents and a laptop were seized. Ms Moss later handed over a further 19 files she had hidden in a neighbour’s shed.

The papers include a list of men who went to sex parties in the 80s at the Elm Guest House, Barnes, South West London.

Among the names are two former Conservative Cabinet ministers and four other senior Tories.

There is also a Labour MP, a prominent Irish republican and a leading National Front member.

Others on the handwritten note are two members of the royal household – one a former Buckingham Palace employee – plus the owner of a multinational company and two pop stars.

One of those is a best-selling musician, but like some others on the list he is not suspected of being involved in the child abuse.

The list was taken at meetings in 1988 between the guest house’s manager Carole Kasir and child protection officials.

Other documents seized are believed to identify 16 boys who were allegedly trafficked to the guest house from local care homes. Police have asked Richmond Council for a full list of children in care at the time.

Officers will also be examining copies of cash receipts and ­the guest house’s visitor records.

Operation Fernbridge is investigating claims that boys who were in council care were brought to the Elm to be sexually abused by bigwigs and VIPs.

It was launched after Labour MP Tom Watson claimed a paedophile ring used top-level connections to dodge justice.

As well as Richmond, social services records from nearby Wandsworth, Hammersmith and Fulham, and Hounslow will be checked by detectives.

The first people to be arrested are not expected to be famous.

But sources close to the investigation are increasingly confident some big names will be caught in the police net.

Renowned figures linked to the scandal so far include the former Liberal MP Cyril Smith and the one-time Keeper of the Queen’s Pictures Anthony Blunt, who was disgraced as a traitor and spy.

The Sunday People was the first to expose the “paedo palace” last month. Its owner Kasir was 47 when she died of a suspected overdose in 1990.

At her inquest, child protection workers told the coroner of her meetings with them two years earlier.

She reported that boys from nearby Grafton Close council home were ­brought to her premises and abused.

The claim was never fully investigated by police. Kasir was at the Elm when cops raided a party there in 1982.

Twelve boys then told police they had been abused by men in the house but complaints were not pursued.

The only prosecution in the wake of the raid resulted in Kasir being convicted of keeping a brothel.

Campaigners believe she did not know of the child abuse until shortly before she reported it in 1988.

It appears a 2003 probe into activities at the Elm also fizzled out. Now Operation Fernbridge may be on the verge of bringing offenders to justice.

It was triggered by a speech Tom Watson made in the House of Commons.

He told MPs there was “clear intelligence” of an abuse network of powerful men with influence at the highest level – in Parliament and even in Downing Street.

A lot of it was gathered in the 1992 investigation into paedophile Peter Righton.

The Met launched Operation Fairbank with a staff of five collecting intelligence on long-standing allegations.

After interviewing adult witnesses they started Operation Fernbridge to look solely at the Elm.

Ms Moss said of last week’s police raid: “They were friendly enough but I thought it was heavy handed and a complete violation of my ­privacy.”

The Met said on Friday: “The investigation will be led by the Child Abuse Investigation Command.

"The allegations under Operation Fernbridge were initially assessed under Operation Fairbank, which was from information passed to police by Mr Tom Watson.”

The MP said: “I believe a great injustice was done in the 1980s.

"To stop something like this happening again I am asking victims to summon the courage to come forward now.

“Whatever has happened in the past your voices will be heard now.

“You can contact the police. Or if you feel more comfortable you can contact me directly.”

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/police-seize-vip-list-in-dawn-1546351

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Post by EJW on 20.01.13 14:41

It's also on the Daily Mail online and Exaro news have tracked down the husband of Kasir who ran the guest house with her. Sorry I can't seem to post links from my kindle.

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Post by aiyoyo on 21.01.13 10:58

Politicians, MI5 agent, Royal aide and pop stars all named

When Police start arresting Politicians, MI5 agent, Royal aide, then we will know they are serious about their weeding out paedophile ring.

Wasn't it alleged that certain-colour-spoken-creature in the high profile case is member of MI5 or is it MI6?
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Post by Woofer on 21.01.13 22:49

Queries about why the `pop star` is said not to be involved while staying at Elm House.

http://theneedleblog.wordpress.com/2013/01/20/the-first-stench-of-another-police-cover-up/
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