Westminster paedophiles: Arthur Hutchinson, Geoffrey Dickens, hunting gays and Elm Guest House Tales
Westminster paedophiles: a look at the story of child abuse in the 1970s and 1980s.
Midhurst and Petworth Observer: “No plans to re-open Vishal murder case at Rogate”
SUSSEX police say there are no current plans to reopen the investigation into the murder of the eight-year-old boy whose remains were found in Rogate in 1982. Last week his father Vashambar claimed his son may have died at the hands of a Westminster paedophile ring and said he feared Scotland Yard helped ‘cover up’ the crime.
A spokesman for Sussex police told the Observer: “This Sussex investigation has been reviewed as a matter of standard policy for such unresolved serious crimes. There are no current developments, but of course we would look into any new information that could lead to a new line of enquiry. Vishal Mehrotra disappeared from Putney in London on the day of the royal wedding, July 29 in 1981, and was found dead in woods at Rogate in 1982. This was therefore initially a Met missing person case and then a Sussex murder enquiry.”
Pigeon shooters had found the skull and ribs of Vishal in remote marshland at Durford Abbey Farm.
At the inquest into his death, West Sussex coroner Mark Calvert Lee recorded an open verdict, but he said ‘foul play’ was likely.
A child went missing in London, turned up dead in West Sussex, and ‘foul play’ is “likely”. Well, you’re the expert. But at least the coroner is sticking to the facts. He doesn’t know for certain. Given the hoopla and speculation presented as fact in the story of Westminster peados, the coroner is a rare voice of sobriety.
Newsweek: “Victims Angry at Being Ignored by ‘Disrespectful, Manipulative’ Home Office Over UK Abuse Inquiry”
Amelia Smith writes:
Victims and whistleblowers of child abuse say that their calls for changes to be made to the way the Westminster paedophile inquiry is being carried out have consistently fallen on deaf ears at the Home Office, fuelling suspicion of a continuing major government cover-up.
But Home Secretary Theresa May talked up the issue:
“It’s not possible to say whether there was a cover-up, that is why I think it is so important we have the inquiry so we get at the truth. There is a real issue here about how was it that in the past, but continuing today, the very institutions of the state that should be protecting children were not doing so. Why was it these abuses were able to take place and nobody was brought to justice as a result of that?..We must, as a society… get to the truth of that and because I think we we’ve already seen revealed is the tip of the iceberg on this issue.”
Whilst an official inquiry into allegations of a so-called Westminster paedophile ring was launched in July, Phil Frampton, the former chair of the Care Leavers Association, and one of the most vocal critics of the inquiry, claims that the investigation has done little but “play” survivors by going through the motions of consulting victims for the benefit of public consumption, but failing to do anything about it.
“We are extremely concerned and angry at the disrespect the Home Office has shown to survivors, since the inquiry was announced, its use of obfuscation, manipulation, lack of transparency and misrepresentation of survivors,” says Frampton…
On 28th July, Frampton and survivor groups from across England and Wales wrote to Theresa May, calling for an inquiry chair who had “a record of standing up to the establishment”, as well as a change that would allow the inquiry to “hear evidence from survivors of organised abuse, which would finally give them a voice and allow them to be heard and believed”.
Baroness Elizabeth Butler-Sloss and Fiona Woolf were both forced to resign from leading the inquiry over perceived links to the establishment that they were supposed to be investigating. The Home Office has seemed incapable of finding someone from outside the Westminster bubble, suggesting it may be necessary to look to overseas to find someone to lead the inquiry- but Frampton is opposed to this as he insists it needs a Chair who understands British systems.
So who, then?
In another letter, sent to the director of safeguarding John O’Brien – who in charge of protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and neglect – on December 1st, survivor groups calling themselves the ‘Survivor’s Alliance’ said: “There was unanimous disappointment at the lack of transparency so far in the Panel selection process. Furthermore, there has been no acknowledgement by either the Home Office or the Panel of the needs of survivors and the impact that disorganised media coverage is having on them and support groups.”
“This has placed many survivors in a position of serious harm, which has not been acknowledged by the Home Office or Panel,” the letter said.
A free and unbiased media would surely publish an proof of sex abuse in high places. And the media is hungry for facts.
The Star: “EXCLUSIVE: Triple murderer Arthur Hutchinson in bid for freedom by appealing life sentence”
A MURDERER is making a bid for freedom – amid claims he is being kept locked up because of links to the Westminster paedophile ring.
What links? What ring?
Arthur Hutchinson, dubbed “The Fox”, was caged in 1984 for an horrific triple killing after a family wedding in South Yorkshire. But when he was being hunted for that crime, police found the name and address of Tory MP Geoffrey Dickens, who had campaigned against paedophiles, in one of his notebooks.
He called himself The Fox. He is a convicted killer and rapist.
Mr Dickens received an armed guard and reports at the time suggested Hutchinson was a potential hitman.
After his conviction, Hutchinson was jailed for an initial 18 years but after the sentencing, then-Home Secretary Leon Brittan ruled he should never be released.
And Hutchinson, 73, is set to be the first UK lifer to appeal his “life-means-life” term since European judges ruled such sentences were “inhumane and degrading” last year.
Since being jailed, Hutchinson has been linked to child killer Sidney Cooke and the notorious Paedophile Information Exchange, a group campaigning for child sex to be legalised.
Linked how? In 2013, the Mail reported that the muderer and rapist wanted to be free:
Triple murderer becomes first Briton to challenge his ‘life-means-life’ sentence after Strasbourg ruled it was ‘inhuman’ for prisoners to die in jail
But what about that alleged link to Dickens?
In late August 1983, Geoffrey Dickens MP threatened to name eight high-profile paedophiles using parliamentary privilege.
“I’ve got eight names of big people, really important names, public figures. And I am going to expose them in Parliament.”
Although he had previously named senior diplomat Sir Peter Hayman as a paedophile, he never made good on his promise to expose the eight public figures. Just over two months after making the threat,Geoffrey Dickens’s name and address was found in a ‘hit list’ in a notebook belonging to Arthur Hutchinson, who was wanted for three brutal murders and was already on ‘a serious sex charge’.
Mr Dickens had a home in Sheffield. Maybe it wasn’t a “hit-list”, but a place the killer on the run thought he could hide at, or tell a lurid tale to the owner? Maybe…
But what else do we know of the late Mr Dickens. In it’s obituary of the Tory MP, the Indy noted:
In March 1981 Dickens, a self-professed paragon of family virtues, a tireless critic of any sexual departure from the traditional norm, called a press conference to announce that he had had two extra-marital affairs, and that he was hopelessly in love with one of the women involved. “I have a skeleton in my cupboard,” he said, “and I thought it best to be honest.” He also announced a rather quaint liking for the the dansant. Floods of ridicule poured over him then; and even more arrived when, a fortnight later, he announced a reconciliation with his wife. His baffled attitude to those who thought him hypocritical was wholly genuine.
It wasn’t just paedos being exposed. It was homosexuals being targetted.
What retrospective comment fails to catch is how different the mood was. Westminster, like wider society, was much more unquestioningly bloke-ish. Homosexual relations had been legal since 1967, but the first MP actually to come out as gay was Labour’s Chris Smith in 1984, only followed by a Tory, Alan Duncan in 2002. Jeremy Thorpe, the ex-Liberal leader, fell over a gay affair that led to charges (and his acquittal) of conspiracy to murder in 1979.
But plain divorce and adultery were still damaging to a political career. Child molestation was off most radar, not understood by MPs and – as with rape – too easily shrugged off, as Jimmy Savile’s career was proving.
So Dickens, the former polio victim turned heavyweight boxer (he won 40 out of 60 fights), was up against it when he launched his campaign against a vice of which an abandoned child like him may have been prematurely aware. Press and politicians in the 1980s didn’t know that. What we did know was that he would sometimes refer to “Fido-philia” as if the victims were dogs.
Hard though it is to believe in a more cynical 24/7 age but he staged a press conference to confess to marital infidelity (afternoon tea dances at the Lyceum ballroom featured in the disclosure) and announce that he was leaving his wife. Would the press mind not telephoning her until he had informed her of his decision, he added as an afterthought – too late.
Charles Moore cuts through the stink:
We do not know who was accused by the late Geoffrey Dickens MP. We do not know for certain if anyone Dickens accused in private was a public figure. Except in the case of the named accusations he made in the House of Commons under parliamentary privilege, we do not know what he accused anyone of. We do not know whether the accusations he made were already known to police by other means, and therefore added nothing. Nor do we know what happened to whatever he passed to Leon Brittan and subsequent Home Secretaries in the 1980s.
That seems quite a lot not to know. What do we know? We know that no one can find the various bits of paper (not a single “dossier”) that Dickens handed over. We know, from a Home Office investigation into itself last year, that it has found 573 files (out of a paper mountain of almost 750,000 files) that make reference to child abuse matters in some form (not related to Dickens). We also know, by the same internal title check that found the 573 files, that the Home Office could not find 114 possibly relevant files. These were probably destroyed, we learn, under the rather sloppy procedures that govern all files.
The story of Wesmtisnter paedos has taken on a life of its own.
Scotland Yard ‘hid top MP’s name’ in sex abuse inquiry: Police ‘buried young boy’s testimony in Establishment cover up’, says author of book about Cyril Smith scandal
A book to sell:
Police were accused last night of covering up allegations that a senior politician abused a boy at a notorious gay brothel. Interviewed by detectives, the youngster suggested he was molested by an MP at Elm Guest House, which was allegedly frequented by numerous paedophiles with Westminster connections. But the Daily Mail has learnt that the schoolboy’s comments – heard by a social worker – were mysteriously left out of his Scotland Yard statement. Retired detectives believe his 1982 testimony may have been ‘sanitised’ at the request of Special Branch and the security services, which feared Soviet spies would exploit the hugely embarrassing claims.
The smoking gun?
Today, following fresh investigations during which we spoke to former social workers, council officials, retired police officers, lawyers, campaigners and other key witnesses, we can present a compelling picture of Elm Guest House in the weeks leading up to its final closure in June 1982.
In particular, we can reveal that a social worker was present when the boy described above identified a senior politician as being one of his abusers. Crucially, that social worker alleges that when he later saw the police transcript of that interview, the MP’s name was missing.
The boy happened to be at the property when it was raided by police.
The never-before-published details of what the child claimed to have suffered at the Rocks Lane address — supported by medical evidence — are deeply shocking. Much is simply too disturbing to print. Equally, while the Mail knows his name, we are being careful not to publish details which could result in him being identified.
The Mail tells of a “young queen”, a child, who did “tricks” for Guest House’s adult male guests. After much scene setting of depravity and “rape”, we’re told:
Now in early middle age, the young victim from Elm Guest House refuses to co-operate with new police inquiries. He has also declined to speak to the Mail.
Such are the facts….