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Lord Janner: When Frank Beck worked for MI6 and children were bathed like dogs

by | 28th, April 2015

Daily Mirror, 3rd December 1991


Lord Janner is still in the news. The Labour peer, who won’t face the court for alleged child abuse because his dementia makes him unfit for trial, remains in the media’s crosshairs…

Today’s news round-up:

The Daily Mail : “Home Office chiefs ignored FOURTH warning on Janner: Officials were told of child sex claims in 1995 report”

This goes to the top. Who warned them? What did they warn about?

The Home Office was warned that Lord Janner was abusing young boys two decades ago but did nothing about it.

What should it have done? Surely the Home Office can only act if there is evidence…

An MP passed a dossier of information to the department in the hope it would kick-start a fresh police investigation. But instead the paperwork was shelved by officials until it was discovered in 2013 and belatedly passed to Leicestershire Police.

Which officials? Why didn’t the MP make copies and send them to the Press? As ever, we just get more questions in place of facts. It all stinks. But what’s making the smell?

Does the Mail know?

Now the Daily Mail can reveal a fourth opportunity was missed when an unnamed MP passed a dossier to the Home Office in 1995. The politician received a letter linking Janner to prolific paedophile Frank Beck, who died in jail the previous year.


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You can read more on LibDem councillor Frank Beck here and here . Beck, of Braunstone, was a depraved man. He lied and lied. He denied all charges put to him in court. In 1991, as Beck sat in court, he wept. The Press Association reported:

A former children’s homes chief broke down in court today as he told how he wrote to Labour MP Greville Janner in an attempt to stop his alleged relationship with an orphan boy in care.

Frank Beck, 49, wept as he told how he contacted the Leicester West MP at the House of Commons to try to end his contact with 15-year-old Mr A.

“The boy had been abused something chronic and I wasn’t going to have it,” Beck told Leicester Crown Court. Asked by John Black, defending, whether Mr A had ever tried to visit people outside the home, Beck said he had, adding: “I wrote to the person concerned in 1977 or 1978.” Mr Black asked him: “Who was it you wrote to, Mr Beck?”

Beck replied: “Greville Janner at the Commons in London.”

Mr Black asked: “Why did you write to him ?”

Beck, still weeping, said: “I had spent two years putting right the damage that man had done to that boy and he (Janner) had the bloody audacity to complain to me because the boy had been down to London and met him accidentally. I was incensed.”

Beck was a liar. That we know for certain. Lord Greville Janner of Braunstone addressed Beck’s allegations in the Commons. He denied all wrongdoing. You can read Janner’s statement here .


The Guardian, 12th November 1991



The Mail  adds:

Beck was jailed in 1991 for abusing children after a trial in which Janner was named by a victim, prompting him to proclaim his innocence in the Commons. The MP expected the 11 pages of detailed notes, which also identified several other suspects, to be passed to police. But nothing was done until it was uncovered during a review of Home Office archives in 2013.

That victim was victim of Frank Beck. There were many. It’s fair to say that not all came forward.

Beck’s claims were widely reported. They were no secret.

A trawl through more than 700,000 documents identified four ‘items’ that should be passed to police. In a heavily censored report, one document involved the paedophile ring led by Beck which preyed on vulnerable children at Leicestershire care homes.

A ring? It’s not so organised as that. Beck was an opportunist, who took jobs that got him close to children. A culture of complacency and denial allowed him to thrive. Talk of a ring offers a way out for those who turned a blind eye to the abuse.


Care Weekly, 28th July 1994


In 1991, the Times reported:

The scale of Beck’s sexual and physical abuse of children and care staff did not become fully known until a chance remark by a former victim led to a police enquiry last year. However, Mr Newell’s report, compiled from contemporary records, suggests that a dossier of complaints, suspicions, police investigations and other concerns had begun to be amassed from the early Eighties.

Beck was hiding in plain sight:

1980: allegation of violence against girl, aged 15; Beck warned that incidents of malpractice should not be ”swept under the carpet”.

January 1982: staff at the Beeches, in Leicester, where Beck was in charge, complained about treatment of young people; Beck sought approval as foster parent.

June 1982: complaint to social worker that Beck had homosexual relationship with boy he planned to foster.

July 1982: report for foster approval indicated allegation of homosexuality but argued ”no need to pursue”; Beck charged with assault on boy in care, but received letters of support from staff; senior officers agreed not to suspend Beck pending court hearing.

August 1982: Beck warned of unacceptable methods after complaint of ill-treatment of child.

November 1982: social worker complained of violence and Beck’s relationship with prospective foster child.

February 1983: Beck found not guilty of assault at Leicester crown court.

May 1982: Beck approved as foster parent; three months later, another boy placed with him on lodging arrangement.

July 1983: another children’s home indicates that staff have heard stories of ill-treatment by Beck.

March 1984 to March 1986: more complaints, including claims of violence from former child in care. Two police enquiries found insufficient evidence to act.

All that and Frank Beck still became the head of three Leicestershire children’s homes.


Social Work Today, 24th October 1991


The Independent had more:

In 1986, two junior social workers, Bene Dawson, 33, and Steven Dawes, 25, wrote to Clifford Savage, deputy of the Beeches home, saying Beck had molested them.

Beck had done. And when adults talk, the officials listen.

Within a day of their letters reaching county hall, he resigned. But he was not dismissed, leaving on mutually acceptable terms. Brian Rice, Leicestershire’s then director of social services, wrote the reference, which Beck used to seek work with Reliance, a London-based social work agency. He then ran a children’s home in Brent, north-west London, for three months…

Mr Bibby, who is on a national police-social services committee on child abuse networks, said: ”It is typical of paedophiles to work for short periods in a children’s home to get a good reference and test out the managers to see if they pull them up for getting too close to kids. If the management is on the ball, they leave.”

Not a paedophile ring. That’s too simplistic. That’s lazy reporting. The story of Frank Beck is of a sick man in an ailing system. It is story of children being ignored by adults who should be helping them.

Beck followed a course of action familiar to those who study paedophiles. He married Alex Seale, his superior in Brent, who was responsible for monitoring his children’s home. They soon divorced. In the witness box Beck denied prosecution suggestions that

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