We found him living in a shabby block of flats of the kind you don’t imagine exists in the genteel Thames-side suburb of Teddington.
Noel Coward was born a couple of streets away, but the tattooed man in a grubby vest did not belong to the same world as the composer of Mad Dogs And Englishmen.
David Issett was the epitome of a washed-up pub bruiser. Under a wrinkled dome covered with crew-cut white hair, his eyes were both calculating and evasive. What the f*** did we want, going around asking questions about him and his family, he asked?
What we wanted, in fact, was to hear what the unpleasant Issett could tell us about his former lover, a woman called Carole Kasir, and the notorious gay brothel which she once ran in nearby Barnes.
And the reason? Over the past week, the Mail has serialised Labour MP Simon Danczuk’s chilling new book about the late Liberal politician Sir Cyril Smith. The book revealed Smith’s genuinely horrifying, decades-long reign of terror and sexual abuse involving scores of young, vulnerable boys — as well as the Establishment cover-up that kept his crimes hidden, which included the police, politicians and even MI5.’
‘Child abuser Cyril Smith was protected by a high-level Westminster paedophile ring, the MP who exposed him claimed.
Labour’s Simon Danzcuk said the Liberal grandee was part of an “informal” network of perverts who stalked the corridors of power.
He said: “Had he been prosecuted, then the house of cards would have fallen, in terms of that paedophile network, and it could have brought the government down.
“Once he became a member of Parliament in 1972, I think he joined an, obviously informal, network of paedophiles that existed in and around Westminster.”’
‘Claims by Nick Clegg and other senior Liberal Democrats that they knew nothing about the depraved activities of serial child abuser Cyril Smith were crumbling last night.
Mr Clegg had said that when all Lib Dem MPs and peers were asked two years ago whether they had heard of the child abuse claims against the 29-stone MP for Rochdale, ‘no one said they did’.
But ex-leader David Steel admitted speaking to Smith about the allegations as long ago as the 1970s and his office issued a statement about them to the Rochdale Alternative Press newspaper in 1979.
A former colleague of Lord Steel, David Alton, told Channel 4’s Dispatches that he discussed last year with Steel the allegations made by the paper about boys being stripped, beaten and subjected to bizarre ‘examinations’ by Smith.’
‘Nick Clegg has refused to hold an inquiry into the “repugnant” actions of Cyril Smith and insisted he had never heard rumours about allegations of child abuse spanning decades.
The leader of the Liberal Democrats distanced himself and his party from the former Rochdale MP, who is accused of abusing young boys at schools and residential homes over more than 40 years.
The Deputy Prime Minister told a Westminster press conference that he and his party had been unaware of the “truly horrific” actions allegedly carried out by Sir Cyril, who died in 2010, but that any investigations were a matter for the police.’
‘Victims of Cyril Smith are threatening to sue the Liberal Democrats for covering up his decades of sickening sexual abuse.
As MPs and child abuse charities call for a full inquiry into Smith’s paedophile activities over more than 40 years, six victims said that they would issue writs for damages if it could be shown the LibDems had known about Smith’s abuse but failed to try to stop him.
Former Children’s Minister Tim Loughton called for Smith to be posthumously stripped of his knighthood following devastating revelations about his depravity in a book by Rochdale Labour MP Simon Danczuk, being serialised by the Daily Mail.’
‘That Cyril Smith was a paedophile is known. But in a devastating book – serialised in the Mail this week – Labour MP Simon Danczuk exposes the industrial scale of his debauchery and how the Establishment, Liberal Party, police chiefs and even MI5 covered it up.
Today Danczuk, MP for Smith’s old Rochdale seat, reveals how the 29-stone monster was saved from prosecution time after time…
Cyril Smith, pictured celebrating being elected MP for Rochdale, would groom and abuse vulnerable teenage boys +3
Cyril Smith, pictured celebrating being elected MP for Rochdale, would groom and abuse vulnerable teenage boys
This is the story of one of Cyril’s victims.
He was 16, living with adopted parents and hungry for new experiences, when he first met Smith in 1979.
His story reveals how shrewdly Smith would groom favoured boys — and how ruthlessly he then abused them.’
‘Seven people have alleged that they were sexually and physically abused at a residential school linked to the late Sir Cyril Smith.
The allegations from the 1970s onwards relate to Knowl View School in Rochdale, where the Liberal Democrat MP served as chairman of governors.
In November 2012, Greater Manchester police said Smith abused young boys in the 1960s in his role as secretary of the Rochdale Hostel for Boys Association. He had been accused of abusing eight youngsters at Cambridge Hostel in the town by spanking and touching them.
Police then began looking at fresh claims of abuse at Knowl View, a council-run school for vulnerable boys which closed in the mid-1990s.’
‘The Liberal Democrats have disowned their former icon, Sir Cyril Smith, amid evidence of appalling and repeated sexual abuse of children, as a new controversy raged over allegations that police, spies and politicians connived in an establishment cover-up of his activities.
The party denounced Smith as “repugnant” after a book by the most recent incumbent as MP in Smith’s Rochdale seat, Labour’s Simon Danczuk, detailed repeated crimes by the late Liberal politician and drew similarities with serial sex offender Jimmy Savile.
In a statement the party said: “Cyril Smith’s acts were vile and repugnant and we have nothing but sympathy for those whose lives he ruined. His actions were not known to, or condoned by the Liberal Party or the Liberal Democrats.” Party sources said there were no plans to launch further investigations.’
‘Fresh on the heels of the fallout from revelations regarding former BBC entertainer Jimmy Savile and his unbelievably sickening and innumerable instances of child molestation as well as the “look the other way” approach taken by the BBC, more and more questions are now emerging in regards to the connection between Savile and British Royalty, most notably Prince Charles.
At least, more questions should be emerging.
Unfortunately, however, the British mainstream media is deeming Prince Charles and the rest of his ilk in positions of power and perceived genetic royalty as if they are beyond reproach. This approach is typical and to be expected, yet it is also highly ironic considering the fact that such is the same position the mainstream media took with the allegations against Jimmy Savile for so many years.
As a result of the Savile affair, mainstream outlets, particularly the BBC, now have a lot of egg on their faces in the areas of credibility and respect.In short, any connections placing Prince Charles in an uncompromising position regarding his connections with Savile or his potential for sharing a penchant for unnatural relationships with children is being completely ignored if not officially covered up.’
‘Jimmy Savile had friends in high places and friends in low places. An “everyman”, if you like. He was the glue that held a lot of bad people together. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so let us look back at the life of Jimmy Savile in photos.’
The shocking scale of the Establishment cover-up of former Liberal MP Cyril Smith’s sickening sex abuse of boys is revealed today.
‘For four decades, the depraved 29st politician was free to prey on vulnerable children as young as eight.
Police received at least 144 complaints by victims of the predatory paedophile yet the authorities blocked any prosecution – allowing Smith brazenly to continue his abuse.
The Liberal Party even put his name forward for a knighthood in 1988 in spite of the rumours of his sordid activities swirling around Westminster.
David, now Lord Steel nominated him for the honour despite knowing of the allegations about the bachelor MP for Rochdale, the ex-Liberal leader’s involvement emerging only in recent weeks after a Freedom of Information battle.’
‘The huge man, all of 29st, unlocked the door with his own key and burst into the teenager’s room.
‘Take your clothes off,’ he ordered the orphaned youngster, who was sick with the flu and had taken to his bed in the hostel instead of going to work.
‘I’ve been told you’re ill and I’ve come to examine you,’ the man declared. Yet this was no doctor, but a councillor and businessman, a respected and well-known figure in the local community.’
‘For a long time, I struggled to comprehend how Cyril Smith’s influence had allowed him to escape the law for so long. Then I got a call from a former officer with the Metropolitan Police.
There was, he said, a simple explanation. His enormous working-class appeal left the Director of Public Prosecutions worried that Cyril might be able to do something remarkable if he went to trial — win public sympathy for paedophilia.
This sounds incredible now, but as the former police officer went on to explain: ‘They knew how popular he was in Rochdale and thought it might backfire. They thought ladies in Rochdale would be offering their children up in a show of support.’’
‘A paedophile row judge has sparked anger by slashing the prison sentence of a primary school deputy who hoarded films of the sadistic abuse of young children.
Stephen Horn, 34, admitted viewing child pornography over 13 years and downloading 20 hours of sickening footage.
He was jailed for 18 months in December and banned from having unsupervised contact with any child under 16.
Horn appealed the severity of his jail term which was reduced to ten months by three High Court judges including Lord Justice Adrian Fulford.
Last month he was forced to defend himself over historic links to the controversial Paedophile Information Exchange.’
‘A disturbing newly released report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) has found the state of Florida to be unfairly and arbitrarily prosecuting hundreds of children as adults, with devastating and harmful life-long consequences.
The 110-page document entitled, “ Branded for Life: Florida’s Prosecution of Children as Adults under its ‘Direct File’ Statute,” reveals that it is state practice for prosecutors to be given unfettered discretion to decide which children to prosecute in adult courts, under what is known as the “direct file statute.”
The controversial law, a remnant of an overreaction to a nationwide rise in juvenile crime in the 1980s which has long subsided, allows no opportunity for review or to challenge the prosecutors’ decision, regardless of how unsuitable or improper the case may be for an adult criminal court.’
‘Two educational institutions were attacked with tear gas and stun grenades by the Israeli army yesterday morning in Salfit. At least ten female students required medical attention after suffering from excessive tear gas inhalation.
At 12:30 yesterday afternoon, Salfit’s female elementary school was empty. Only a few staff remained, attempting to clean the walls after Israeli soldiers threw tear gas and stun grenades in an attack earlier in the morning. According to the headmistress of the school, the attack took place at approximately 9:30 am. At this time, the classrooms were full of female students between the ages of six and 12-years-old. The soldiers shot the tear gas from the street and it landed in the playground, school corridors and on the roof, with the tear gas itself drifting into the classrooms.
Staff from the school reported that ten young students required medical attention on site; two of them temporarily lost consciousness due to the inhalation of tear gas. When the headmistress was reassured that the Israeli army had left Salfit, at approximately 11:30 am, she began evacuating the girls. Both the school psychologist and headmistress agree that the girls were in shock, many of them crying when the attack began and after were afraid of leaving the school by themselves. The school psychologist expects that at least half of the students will not attend the following day after this experience from the Israeli army.’