Two arrested in paedophile probe linked to politicians
By Justin Davenport and Tom Harper
06 February 2013
Police investigating allegations of an establishment paedophile ring centred on a former children’s home in south-west London made their first arrests today.
Detectives swooped on addresses in East Sussex and Norfolk and arrested two men in connection with claims involving the widespread abuse of boys at the Elm Guest House in Barnes.
Scotland Yard is investigating allegations that former ministers, senior MPs, top police officers, pop stars and people with links to the royal household were involved in parties involving abuse at the guest house.
At the weekend one alleged victim said he was 13 when he and his 12-year-old brother, both orphans, were sent there for parties when they were residents at the nearby Grafton Close children’s home.
He said boys were plied with alcohol before being told to pose for pictures wearing girls’ clothing. The men at the former guesthouse would then abuse them after pretending to play hide and seek.
Police launched the investigation, Operation Fernbridge, after concerns were raised in Parliament by MP Tom Watson.
Speaking in October, he said that a file of evidence used to convict Peter Righton of importing child pornography in 1992 contained “clear intelligence” of a sex abuse gang. Mr Watson alleged that a member of the group had bragged about links with a senior aide to a former prime minister.
Detectives are said to have obtained a list of “prominent people” who allegedly stayed at the former guest house in Rocks Lane in the Eighties. There are claims of a child abuse ring in the late Seventies and early Eighties.
Scotland Yard said officers today arrested two men, aged 66 and 70, on suspicion of sexual offences.
One arrest was at a flat in St Leonards-on-Sea in East Sussex at 7.15am. Police spent two hours in the top-floor flat in a tower block before emerging with a frail-looking man wearing blue carpet slippers and using a walking stick.
Commander Peter Spindler, the head of the MPS Specialist Crime Investigations, said today: “This is a complex multi agency investigation supported by the NSPCC, CEOP and Richmond social services involving non recent allegations of sexual assault against children.”
Police said the claims had no connections to the current occupants of the Elm Guest House which has been converted into flats. Grafton Close closed more than 20 years ago. The first allegations of abuse at the home emerged at a 1990 inquest into the suicide of its German manager Carole Kasir.
Child protection campaigners said she told them boys from the home had been taken to the guesthouse and abused. The list of those who attended parties are said to include Anthony Blunt, the Soviet spy, and Cyril Smith, the late Liberal MP.
Details of the raid in East Sussex were revealed today by the Exaro investigative website.
Also a flashback from the news back in 2011.
Anyone wanna bet that the Pedofile ring is all connected, all the way to the Pope?