‘The controversial new chairman of the Government’s historic child abuse inquiry has promised to answer critics who say she is too close to a key figure at the centre of scandal.
Fiona Woolf has for the past fortnight refused to comment on revelations by The Mail on Sunday that she has close links to former Tory grandee Leon Brittan, who is accused of failing to investigate alleged VIP paedophile rings when he was Home Secretary.
A top commercial lawyer and the Lord Mayor of London, Mrs Woolf, 66, has finally bowed to pressure to answer the growing concerns, which have been raised in Parliament.’
‘A massive police operation is under way after sensitive video interviews with victims of celebrity sex abusers were stolen.
The tapes, believed to feature accusers of Jimmy Savile, Stuart Hall and other high-profile names , were snatched in a raid on a rundown property used by a company working for the Crown Prosecution Service.
Up to 50 testimonies were taken from the flat owned by a film-making firm contracted to the CPS.’
‘When Mary Monaghan, now 64, was sent to live in America aged two, the Irish Catholic nuns who put her on the boat thought they were sending her to a better life.
Tragically, nothing could have been further from the truth for not only was her adoptive father William O’Brien violent, he was a predatory paedophile as well.
Now Ms Monaghan has questioned why nothing was done to help her – and why checks that would have revealed O’Brien’s desire for children, were not done.’
‘In the first part of a heartbreaking, yet inspiring, three part account, child abuse victim Fiona Barnett details the shocking systematic abuse she saw and was subjected to from an early age, along with her battle to expose the sinister, well connected and highly organised network behind it.’
‘Two children from one family were sexually abused in separate paedophile scandals in Rochdale the BBC has found.
A boy was sexually assaulted at Knowl View School and a decade later his sister was groomed for sex by a gang of Asian men in the town.
Their mother only learned from the BBC that her son, who died recently, had been a victim.’
‘A Home Office researcher whose report into child sexual exploitation problems in Rotherham was ‘suppressed’ more than a decade ago has claimed she was threatened by two police officers.
The researcher claims she was approached by two officers while she was in her car at night, to be told it would be a ‘bad thing’ if the abusers she was investigating found out her home address.
The researcher, who has not been named, gave evidence in a private session to the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee yesterday, and said she ‘feared for her life’ as a result of harassment in connection with her work.’
‘A social worker gloated about having three children taken into care on her publicly accessible Facebook page.
Siobhan Condon, 41, bragged about the power she felt at breaking up the family and revelled in the judge giving the parents a ‘massive rollicking’.
She even referred to the solicitor in the case complimenting her ‘fine nails and shoes’ before saying she was about to ‘do the mammoth grim task’ of removing the youngsters from their home and signing off with three kisses.
The children, all aged under ten at the time, were put into foster care following the court hearing last year.’
‘The controversial new head of the Government’s inquiry into historic sex abuse is under growing pressure as more evidence emerged of her links to a key figure in the scandal.
Fiona Woolf has connections going back at least a decade with Leon Brittan, who is accused of involvement in a cover-up when he was Home Secretary.
Today we can reveal that the top commercial lawyer sat in the same magistrates’ court as Lord Brittan’s wife Diana for three years.
Mrs Woolf was also a senior figure at the Law Society when it hosted a conference addressed by Lord Brittan.’
‘Social services and police have been criticised in Australia after footage emerged apparently showing officers dressed in riot gear raiding a home to remove multiple children from one family.
Footage was provided to Australia’s National Indigenous TV (NITV) news show and the video showed the New South Wales police entering a home at around 6:30am earlier in the year to remove some young Aboriginal children.
The police were joined by the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS).
The parents who were awoken by the police told NITV that the officers’ guns were pointed at them as they were then handcuffed while their children were removed from their care.’