‘Dozens of child abuse survivors have urged the government to scrap an inquiry into historical abuse and replace it with a more powerful body.
In a letter to Home Secretary Theresa May, they called for a new inquiry with the power to “compel witnesses to give evidence under oath”.
This followed a leaked letter from Mrs May in which she told current inquiry members their panel might be disbanded.’
‘A former police chief told how his superiors tried to stop a major paedophile investigation, warning: “Don’t open the box, you will never get the lid back on.”
Retired Detective Chief Superintendent Roger Gaspar said Scotland Yard top brass feared what Operation Hedgerow would unearth when it was launched in August 1987.
He told the Sunday Express he was denied extra resources and was told to “deal with what he had” throughout the two-year inquiry.
Mr Gaspar, who now lives on the Essex coast, also suggested a paedophile unit should be set up to investigate abuse in the late 1980s, but the request was turned down.’
‘Police are investigating claims that at least five paedophile rings operating at the heart of Westminster were covered up.
Labour MP John Mann has submitted an explosive dossier to police naming 22 politicians – including three serving MPs and three serving members of the House of Lords – linked to historical child abuse.
Last night, he said the complexity of the criminality at the heart of the Establishment during the 1970s and 1980s had been underestimated.’
‘A former local newspaper executive who claims that he was issued with an official warning in the early 1980s against reporting on an allegedly powerful paedophile ring has been interviewed by police.
In a sign of growing concern that there has been a cover-up of the involvement of politicians in the sexual abuse of children, Hilton Tims, 81, was approached by officers and asked to tell all that he knows about the affair.
Last month the Observer reported Tims’s claim that his newspaper, the Surrey Comet, had been issued with a D-notice – an official warning not to publish intelligence that might damage national security – when he sought around 1984 to report on a police investigation into Elm Guest House, in Barnes, south-west London, where a group of notorious paedophiles was said to have been operating.’
‘The judge-led inquiry into sexual abuse at the BBC has been contacted by so many witnesses that publication of its findings has been delayed yet again, until next year. The Dame Janet Smith review, set up in 2012 in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal, was initially expected to conclude in January 2014, and another date was set for the summer.
More than 740 people have approached the six-strong inquiry team, with evidence relating to Savile and how he was able to target victims while working for the BBC. The team is also focusing on whether BBC bosses turned a blind eye to his behaviour.
Witnesses were still coming forward to give evidence, the inquiry team admitted. “In the light of this, the Report is not expected to be finalised until early 2015,” a statement acknowledged.’
‘Police yesterday described claims that a Conservative MP strangled a boy of 12 as ‘credible and true’.
Officers investigating three alleged murders linked to a VIP paedophile ring also backed claims that a Tory minister watched as another boy was murdered.
Scotland Yard has now launched an extraordinary appeal for information from celebrities, politicians and foreign dignitaries who lived at or visited the exclusive Dolphin Square estate in central London in the 1970s and 1980s.’
‘Three young boys have been murdered by members of a Westminster paedophile ring who systematically abused children for nearly a decade, according to allegations being investigated by Scotland Yard.
An alleged abuse victim – known only as Nick – has claimed MPs and other high-profile figures were linked to the murder of the children aged seven to 16 between the mid-1970s and mid-1980s, including a child who was run down by a car.
He has given a “harrowing account” to detectives of how he and several other boys were picked up in cars and taken to locations in London and the Home Counties, including military bases, where they abused by groups of men at sex “parties”.’
‘Chris Denning, the disgraced former Radio 1 DJ, has been jailed for 13 years for sex attacks on 24 boys as young as nine – including one at Jimmy Savile’s house.
The 73-year-old, who was arrested in June last year by detectives from Operation Yewtree, admitted a total of 40 charges over a 20-year period.
Denning – one of the founding presenters on the flagship station – used drink and drugs, including ecstasy, to groom his young victims.’
‘Around nine in ten children who are victims of sexual abuse do not report it as a crime, a new report ordered by Rotherham MP Sarah Champion has found.
The report commissioned by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Victims and Witnesses of Crime, which is chaired by Ms Champion, found the number of child victims of crime is much higher than police records have previously indicated.’