Operation Fairbanks


The Independent, Exaro News with thanks to Robert Chewter

105 adults come forward to report sexual abuse in investigation into paedophilia at North Wales care home

Investigation is looking into previously undetected paedophilia in the 1970s and 80s

Scores of people have come forward to claim that they were sexually abused as children during the North Wales care home scandal amid a growing number of police inquiries into previously undetected paedophilia in the 1970s and 80s.

Operation Pallial into local authority homes in North Wales said that it had received information from 105 adults living in England, Scotland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland since early November.

Amid persistent rumours that some abusers held positions of authority, detectives said they would follow the evidence “without fear or favour” and would prioritise offenders still working with children.

Detective Superintendent Ian Mulcahey, the senior investigating officer, saidL “All victims of abuse have a right to expect all allegations of abuse, no matter how much time has passed, to be investigated professionally and appropriately. We will do so.”

The tally, revealed in an official statement yesterday, casts further doubt on the findings of the public inquiry by the former High Court judge Sir Ronald Waterhouse into Welsh care homes, which in 2000 identified but did not name 28 alleged sexual abusers of teenaged boys.

Following the disclosure of the late Jimmy Savile’s paedophilia in October, former care home residents living in and around Wrexham suggested that dozens of abusers had escaped justice, prompting the Prime Minister to set up a new police inquiry, Operation Pallial.

Updating the public on its progress, Det Supt Mulcahey, from Merseyside Police, said that since then 105 people had either contacted police directly or agreed to have their details forwarded by the Children’s Commissioner for Wales and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

He said some of what he described as “new allegations of historic child abuse” had come from victims previously known about, and some from victims who had contacted police for the first time.

Stressing that police intended to track down abusers, Det Supt Mulcahey  said that if any were still alive “they must be identified, investigated and brought to justice, with those who still have access to children being prioritised.”

Twenty-seven staff are working on Operation Pallial, a joint operation by the Serious Organised Crime Agency and North Wales Police – one of three serious inquiries now under way into alleged sexual abuse of children in the 1980s.

Since October, the Metropolitan Police has been carrying out Operation Yewtree into the alleged activities of Savile and other showbusiness figures and have made high-profile arrests.

For a month five officers from Scotland Yard’s child abuse investigation team have been secretly looking into allegations that senior politicians abused children during 1980s, the Independent revealed last week.

Operation Fairbank was set up into the Labour MP Tom Watson claims in the House of Commons in October that the police should re-examine evidence of a “powerful paedophile network linked to Parliament and No 10”.

Following Mr Watson’s comments, BBC’s wrongly aired allegations of sexual abuse against a former politician – who was named on social media as Lord McAlpine, a former Conservative Party treasurer.

Lord McAlpine, who was innocent, successfully sued the BBC and commentators subsequently suggested that Mr Watson had been responsible for a baseless “witchhunt.”

However, all three live police operations into historic paedophilia are growing. The Metropolitan Police disclosed last week that Operation Yewtree is investigating allegations made by a total of 589 victims, most against Savile; Operation Fairbank has interviewed several witnesses in conditions of utmost secrecy, and, now, Operation Pallial has been inundated with allegations.

In what is thought to be an unrelated matter, Greater Manchester Police said last month that the late Liberal politician Cyril Smith, abused teenaged boys at a care home in Rochdale in the 1960s before becoming an MP.


Elm Guest House Operation Fairbank Rumours

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In November of last year, surrounded in secrecy, the Metropolitan Police began Operation Fairbank. It was set up after Tom Watson MP made allegations, in the House of Commons, of a “powerful paedophile ring” with links to a previous prime minister’s “senior adviser”. The widely held belief has been that Labour MP Tom Watson was referring to a member of Margaret Thatchers’s Conservative government.

Apparently, the Operation Fairbank investigation is just a “scoping exercise” aimed at a “preliminary assessment of the evidence rather than a formal inquiry”. Presumably that means if they find anything too incriminating then they can just ‘kill’ the investigation … or maybe I’m just getting a tad too cynical these days. Anyway, one of the areas of inquiry that the “scoping exercise” is … well … err … ‘re-scoping’ is a child sex abuse case from the late 70s and early 80s which centred around the Elm Guest House at 27 Rocks Lane, South West London.

The Elm Guest House was run by Carole Kasir between 1979-1982 where she provided an ‘unthreatening meeting place for homosexual men, free from the stigma of a sexual orientation’. An opportunity for gay men to “be themselves”. Following the sudden death of 47-year-old Kasir in 1990 from an insulin overdose, apparently, two social worker friends of hers gave some worrying evidence to the inquest. Mary Moss and Christopher Fay made allegations of the sexual abuse of children at the Elm Guest House. Carried out by rich and powerful men.

A party at the Elm Guest House was raided by police in 1982, following which 12 boys gave evidence that they had been abused by men. German born Carole Kasir was convicted for running a gay brothel disorderly house. However, the allegations of sexual abuse against children by the rich and powerful, rumoured to include politicians, police, judges, clergy and famous names from the celebrity world of entertainment … were not pursued.

Hmmm … maybe it was just another “scoping exercise”.

In the last few weeks, what is claimed to be, some of the alleged Elm Guest House evidence collected by social worker Mary Moss has begun to appear on the internet. In particular, a series of reversed photographs which show someone holding hand written notes and photocopied images. More than 130 of these pictures have now been flipped and appear to reveal details of some of the rich and powerful men that were alleged to have frequented the Elm Guest House between 1979 and 1982.

To be honest, the photography is not of the highest quality and some of the handwriting is very difficult to read and in some cases it’s illegible. One such image is the list of names that are alleged to have visited the Elm Guest House. I have no way of knowing whether this list originates from Mary Moss, if it’s in her own handwriting or even if any of the people listed have ever visited a house in Rocks Lane.

However, I can’t see how merely pointing out how certain individuals are on a list of people, who once stayed at a famous or infamous London guest house, can be construed as interfering with any “scoping excersise”. After all, if it eventually becomes a ‘formal inquiry’ and anybody is charged with anything criminal, as a subsequence … then they will be named anyway.

Many of the men mentioned on the list are, of course, dead. Just like Jimmy Savile. So, cue the ‘I didn’t do anything at the time but 20/30/40/50 years later I quite fancy some compensatiom’ band wagon jumpers … if it transpires that any of them are postumously pursued for a punishment that they can no longer serve.

Just so as there’s no confusion … I understand that Leon Brittan, Cliff Richard and Peter Bottomley, for instance, are still alive and kicking. I’d hate for anyone to think otherwise. Speaking ill of the dead is one thing but speaking dead of the living is quite another. BTW, there seems to be quite a few mentions of the Monday Club there. I haven’t got a clue what that’s all about. Does that mean they were members of the Monday Club? Is that something to do with a regular stay at the Elm Guest House? Or is it something conducted outside of the  ’unthreatening meeting place for homosexual men’? Perhaps someone could enlighten me.

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EXCLUSIVE:Fairbank paedophile investigation – “arrest imminent”

But suspicions remain about police NAYPIC raid

The Slog

Two unrelated but well-informed sources have suggested to The Slog in the last eighteen hours that at least one arrest is about to take place in connection with Operation Fairbank – evidence in relation to which was seized yesterday in a dawn raid by Metropolitan Police officers. Thus far there is an MSM news blackout on the incident.

Many Sloggers will know by now that, via the investigative site Exaro, detectives investigating paedophile activities at the Elms guest-house in Barnes many years ago raided the premises of those supporting care home victims via the National Association for Young People in Care (NAYPIC).

Armed detectives raided the premises and seized files identifying ‘dozens’ of political and other celebrity paedophiles. Former NAYPIC employee Mary Moss told Exaro, “They went through everything. By the end of it, I felt like one of the victims”.

It does seem odd that a uniquely secret police unit like Fairbank should raid whistleblowers rather than perpetrators, although it could well be that the police were in search of additional evidence before making an arrest within the next few days. (If they don’t, then yet more conspiracy theories will kick into action).

However, that such arrest(s) are imminent does seem to be fairly clear.

“I don’t know who or why, but I know fairly certainly that a Barnes [guest house] arrest will be made very shortly, perhaps even in the next day or so,” a senior media contact told me late yesterday afternoon. And during the evening, a separate investigative source similarly opined that “a very high-profile arrest may now be only hours away. Much progress has been made, and one or two members on Fairbank are very confident”.

Fairbank leaders have gone to great lengths to maintain total security, including measures to avoid even using computers at times for evidential storage, and setting up dedicated secure airborne communications that are rigorously checked for interception attempts several times a day.