Westminster Paedophiles: The Elm Guest House, Vishal Mehrotra And Whispers
THE Westminster Peadophile ring story continues to build:
The detective who led the investigation into Britain’s most notorious child abusers said its files could provide evidence for Scotland Yard’s investigation of an alleged Westminster paedophile ring. Roger Stoodley said he would be delighted if the Metropolitan police were to reopen Operation Orchid, the inquiry into the Sidney Cooke gang, which abducted, abused and murdered children in the 1970s and 1980s.
Sidney Cooke is a depraved killer:
In 1999, Sidney Cooke admitted five counts of indecent assault and five counts of buggery committed between 1972 and 1978 at Manchester Crown Court. Cooke, 72, preyed on youngsters as he travelled across the country working on fairgrounds in the 1970s. The horrific assaults only came to light after a television appeal following his release from jail after serving nine years for the killing of a teenage boy during a homosexual orgy.
The Times adds:
The murders of three children — Jason Swift, 14, Barry Lewis, six, and Mark Tildesley, seven — were solved but detectives believed that as many as 17 other abductions and murders were connected.
Mr Stoodley said he had looked for possible links between the Cooke group and the Elm Guest House, in southwest London, which is at the centre of allegations about an establishment paedophile conspiracy, but was unable to find any.
The former detective chief superintendent, tells the paper:
“The Orchid files — if they still exist — could hold the key to renewed concerns over the handling of police investigations into two child abductions… Elm Guest House came up in our inquiry but it was not within our remit at the time. It is in our system, but we could not establish a link with Cooke.”
He said Leonard Smith, one of Cooke’s accomplices, had been a young prostitute in the West End who could have come into contact with prominent figures but he had refused to discuss his past.
The BBC reported on Cooke:
Known by colleagues as Hissing Sid, he set up his children’s ‘Test Your Strength’ machine at fairgrounds around the country using the opportunity to meet boys and lure them into depraved homosexual orgies…
Cooke, who habitually dressed in a filthy suit and trilby hat, was one of a 1980s gang suspected of being responsible for the killing of up to nine young boys during sex orgies.
Operating from a flat on the Kingsmead estate in Hackney, east London, the gang hired rent boys or snatched children off the streets and subjected them to horrific sexual torture.
“I can’t think of anything worse that could happen to a human being and a vulnerable young man The former farm worker led the paedophile ring jailed for killing 14-year-old Jason Swift from Hackney, East London, in 1984.
A gang of men each paid £5 to have sex with Jason in the “stinking, filthy” flat they used on the Kingsmead.
A few hours later he was dead. His body was found in a shallow grave on the outskirts of London.
But incredibly, he was freed:
Cooke was sent to prison for 19 years in 1989 for Jason’s manslaughter but later managed to get his sentence reduced to 16 years by appeal court judges and was released after just nine in 1998.
He convinced the judges that Leslie Bailey was the evil genius and the mastermind behind the gang.
Cooke, however, was named by Bailey as one of the killers of seven-year-old Mark Tildesley, who vanished in June 1984.
In 1991 the Crown Prosecution Service declined to prosecute Cooke for Mark’s murder.
Angry protests had greeted his release from prison last year and he was forced to keep on the move as soon as his identity was discovered.
He eventually lived, at his own request, in a suite of three cells at Yeovil police station in Somerset where the Home Office provided him with a TV, washing machine, microwave and small cooker.
Nearly a year after his release, Cooke was arrested at the police station by Thames Valley Police detectives investigating allegations of rape and other serious sexual offences which had come to light after the Channel 4 documentary, Dispatches.
The elite want to shut down journalism. They want free speech censored. The Steeple Times notes:
…one has to ask why their has not been more wider reporting as to why Operation Fernbridge, which is looking into a “VIP paedophile ring” at the Elm Guest House in Rocks Lane, near Barnes Common in London, has so far been allocated just £25,000 in funds since its launch in January 2013 despite 300 investigative lines having been highlighted. By comparison, Operation Weeting, the inquiry into the phone hacking scandal, had just 77 investigative lines yet cost an astounding £11,200,000…
Amongst those who carried advertisements “strongly recommend[ing]” the Elm Guest House’s “sauna with video facilities” in 1982 was the magazine of the Conservative Group for Homosexual Equality.
At the time, homosexuality was not widely accepted in the Tory Party:
Dr Adrian Rogers, chairman of the Conservative Family Campaign, said in 1991 that homosexuality was “a sterile, disease-ridden and God-forsaken relationship”.
Paedophila was not always viewed then as it is now.
The Mail adds:
During a police raid on a property in central London last month, detectives seized a list of names of high-profile alleged visitors to the Elm Guest House in Barnes, South-West London — a gay-friendly establishment, and one where under-age rent boys and children from the Grafton Close home were reportedly brought to have sex with adult men.
The list includes a number of senior MPs, a high-ranking policeman, a leading tycoon, figures from the National Front and Sinn Fein, an official of the Royal Household, an MI5 officer, two pop stars and the traitorous Soviet spy Anthony Blunt.
And what other possible links to Westminster?
The owners of the Elm Guest House, Carole and Harry Kasir, were fined £1,000 each and given suspended nine-month sentences at the Old Bailey but were found not guilty of running a brothel.
Mrs Kasir – who committed suicide in 1990 – later admitted to child protection officers that children from the council-run Grafton Close Children’s Home had been taken to the brothel and gave them names of people who had visited the guesthouse.
The late Liberal MP Cyril Smith is one public figure widely alleged to have abused children from Grafton Close at the Elm Guest House. Last night Labour MP John Mann said: ‘It is another extraordinary development and it tallies with other allegations. This young boy died in terrible circumstances and his family deserve a full police inquiry.’
Can Mr Kasir help? In 2012, the Mirror reported:
The former owner of the B&B at the centre of VIP child abuse allegations plans to start a new life in America, according to the Exaro investigative website .
Haroon Kasir, known as Harry, ran the Elm Guest House in south-west London for four years from 1979 with wife Carole, who is now dead, the Sunday People reports .
According to Exaro, Kasir, 68, is making plans to raise £60,000 to emigrate to the US and has applied for a visa.
His 40-year-old son already lives in the state of Connecticut.
Last month detectives raided Kasir’s home in Richmond, close to where the former guest house used to operate as a gay brothel.
And to today:
The late Geoffrey Dickens MP, it can now also be revealed, gave the then Home Secretary, Sir Leon Brittan, a dossier of the names of prominent figures involved in paedophilia in November 1983 as part of his campaign against the Paedophile Information Exchange, a contact group for gay men interested in sex with children.
Yesterday, as part of research for an Independent article about the Elm Guest House and this information, a journalist named Martin Hickman contacted Sir Leon Brittan to ask “what the dossier alleged and what action, if any, he took”. The former cabinet minister is quoted in response as simply saying: “I have no recollection of these matters. Sorry!”
Lee Towsey made the astonishing claim to Scotland Yard’s Operation Fernbridge, which is investigating historic child sex abuse. He says it happened while he worked at the Elm Guest House in South-West London in 1982. At the time, Mr Towsey was 16, then under the age of homosexual consent.
‘I was naive and struggling to come to terms with my sexuality,’ he said. ‘After we had sex the officers offered me money.’
In an interview with The Mail on Sunday, he also tells of a sexual encounter with Cyril Smith – and how he was warned by police to ‘keep quiet about what and who you saw’.
For years, the question of what went on at the Edwardian terrace in Rocks Lane, overlooking Barnes Common, has been the subject of speculation. It was claimed politicians, judges, pop stars, a high-ranking policeman, a member of the Royal household and an MI5 officer were among the visitors. There were allegations that some VIPs preyed on boys from a nearby children’s home.
But until today no one with any first-hand knowledge of what went on has ever spoken publicly. In bombshell testimony, Mr Towsey, who worked at Rocks Lane for five months as a masseur, claims:
Guest house owner Carole Kasir paid police protection money.
Names of high-profile guests were kept in a black book, referred to by Kasir as ‘my insurance policy’.
Kasir told him a Cabinet Minister was a regular visitor.
He only knew Cyril Smith was a politician when he recognised his Spitting Image puppet years later.
Mrs Kasir is dead.
The families of eight-year-old Vishal Mehrotra, who was abducted and murdered in 1981, and Martin Allen, 15, who disappeared in 1979, have asked the Met whether their cases are linked to new investigations into paedophile groups said to have included judges, politicians and military personnel.
Vishambar Mehrotra, 69, said that he was “pooh-poohed” by police in the 1980s when he handed them a tape recording of a call from an anonymous informant who said his son’s death could be linked to sex abuse sessions at Elm Guest House. Vishal’s partial remains were found in a shallow grave in Sussex in 1982.
Jeffrey Allen, whose brother Martin has never been found, said Mr Mehrotra’s claims should “blow the case open”. He added: “The police never made it secret from us that Martin’s disappearance was linked to a paedophile ring.”
Mehrotra’s son, Vishal, went missing in July 1981 in Putney, less than a mile from the Elm House guest house in Rock Lane, Barnes, while on his way home with his family from watching the wedding of the Prince of Wales and Diana Spencer. He had been walking slightly ahead of his family in the crowded streets where revellers were celebrating. Seven months later the upper half of his torso was found buried in woodland in West Sussex…
Mehrotra, a retired magistrate, said he was contacted by a man in his twenties a few months after his son’s disappearance who suggested the boy’s abduction might be connected to the activities of a group of “powerful, high-profile” paedophiles who frequented the guest house. He taped the phone call and passed it onto detectives investigating his son’s abduction, but was told it was probably a crank call, and the information was never followed up. The man said he had already informed the police of the activities of politicians, judges and other high-profile individuals abusing boys at the guest house, but had not been contacted again.
Mehrotra believes the new inquiry should be looking at the unsolved killing of his son, but he has heard nothing from Scotland Yard detectives involved in the inquiry.
“After 30 years the police are still failing to find the person responsible for my son’s death,” he said. “I have come to the conclusion that maybe, for whatever reason, they have not really done their homework. If high-profile people were involved this must be exposed, if there was a cover-up I need to know. There was information passed to me which I gave the police at the time, but it was never looked at and the trail went cold. I taped the whole conversation and gave a copy to the police. They just dismissed it, said it was probably a crank call. If the police have any sympathy for us as a family, for what we have been through and are still going through, they should be in touch with me now to tell me that this has come to light, they need to be looking at my son’s case in connection with this. I have not heard from them on this, I have not heard from them for years and years. A detective contacted me 10 years or so after my son’s death to say he was going to look at it again, to reinvestigate. Then nothing. It all went quiet.”
In 2000, the BBC added:
The skull and several rib bones of eight-year-old Vishal Mehrotra were discovered in 1982 by pigeon shooters in remote marshland at Durford Abbey Farm, at Rogate, close to the Hampshire-West Sussex border…
Detective Superintendent Dave Gayler, of Sussex Police… said one line of inquiry which he would inevitably look at would be the possibility that Vishal was the victim of a paedophile gang.
He told BBC News Online: “We would look at similarities with the murders of Jason Swift and Daniel Handley (who were abducted in London, abused and then dumped in rural areas) and look at sex offender registers.
“Paedophiles are a group of people I would certainly look at.”
Operation Orchid was wound up shortly after Mr Stoodley retired in 1992. The former officer said there had been a report “a foot deep” and a room full of supporting documents. He said: “The information should have been kept because they contained future potential leads.”
The BBC produced The Lost Boys. Roger Stoodley appears around the 44 minute mark. The film features Ian Gabb. In 1992, Gabb was jailed:
AN INFORMANT who is said to have given vital information to detectives investigating paedophile rings involved in the murders of several young boys and the possible production of snuff movies, was given a ‘discounted’ sentence by a judge yesterday.
After a hearing in private at the Old Bailey, Ian Gabb, 38, a building worker, of Brixton, south London, was sent to prison for three and a half years after admitting wounding his former homosexual lover. His plea of not guilty to attempted murder was accepted.
Judge Michael Coombe said that he had considered a prison term of 15 years but, since Gabb had given detectives ‘exceptional information’ regarding paedophile rings he had infiltrated, he deserved ‘a very large discount’…
Andrew Campbell-Tiech, for the prosecution, said that Gabb, who had served eight years for trying to rape a schoolmistress, was married and had been having a long-term relationship with Leonard Walkley, 58, a bookkeeper described as chairman of the Dr Who Appreciation Society.
The court was told that Gabb believed Mr Walkley was a member of a paedophile ring and wanted to extract information from him by torture to pass to the police. Last September, Gabb went to Mr Walkley’s flat, bound him in metal chains, wired the chains into a mains socket and sent shocks through his victim’s body. Mr Walkley would have died if the fuse had not blown, the court was told.
Gabb told police that he attacked Mr Walkley as part of his ‘crusade’ against snuff movie traffickers, and believed his former lover knew where such films could be found.
Passing sentence, Judge Coombe said that there was no evidence that the victim was connected with any paedophile group or had ever been in possession of video films involving children.
There is no smoking gun. There are lots of whispers…