After staying silent on the alleged Savile child abuse scandal when some said they should have spoken out, Newsnight this weeek revisited the subject of child abuse in Wales. However, presumably because of the libel laws in the UK, they couldn’t name names.
Steve Messham, was one of the many children who reported that he had suffered abuse as a child in care. He alleges that information was withheld during the Waterhouse Inquiry. Furthermore, he also alleges that a leading conservative politician at that time sexually abused him and that there was a paedophile ring involved.
“Mr Messham told Newsnight: “In the home it was the standard abuse which was violent and sexual. Outside it was like you were sold, we were taken to the Crest Hotel in Wrexham, mainly on Sunday nights, where they would rent rooms.
“One particular night that I always recall is when I was basically raped, tied down, and abused by nine different men.”
Do you suppose that the politician’s name and others referred to will now be known to the BBC, My Black Cat?
Doubtless some corner of the World Wide Web will have revealed it by now!
Probably, My Black Cat. But what you mustn’t now do is skulk around looking for conspiracies. Just stick to facts.
However, it seems the politician is still alive because the Guardian article says that the said politician states that the allegations are untrue and he will sue for libel if necessary. So, go ahead and find out what you can but don’t name names. The police will do that if and when the time is right. Jimmy Savile seems to have sparked off something that is going to run for a long time yet. And so it should until we are absolutely certain that children in care are safe.
Going back to the 1990’s in Wales. It appears that Clwyd County Council had an independent inquiry into allegations in children’s homes. It was decided not to publish that report and some say it may even have been destroyed for “insurance purposes”.
It was because of the absence of the findings of this inquiry that William Hague ordered another Inquiry, “Lost in care, a tribunal of inquiry into the abuse of children in care in the former county council areas of Gwynedd and Clwyd since 1974.” This is often referred to as “The Waterhouse Report”
Anyway, that is what My Black Cat and The Witch Doctor will probably be ploughing through over the next week as well as the government’s response to the Inquiry.
This article was written by him way back in 1997, and it seems everything is about to surface again.
“Policemen, social workers and prominent public figures have been accused of belonging to a paedophile ring which indulged in a relentless campaign of physical and sexual abuse in children’s homes in North Wales.
The names of the alleged members of the ring have been given by witnesses in public sessions of the North Wales Child Abuse Tribunal, but they have been suppressed by the tribunal’s chairman, Sir Ronald Waterhouse QC, who has threatened the media with High Court proceedings if they print them.
The Guardian today publishes for the first time detailed evidence about the alleged ring which is said to have been based in Wrexham, in North Wales, and to have infiltrated local children’s homes over a 20-year period. Witnesses claim that members of the ring used their connections with police and social services to conceal their activities. All of the accused have denied the allegations. Those who have been named to the tribunal include:
* A man who bears the same surname as a prominent Conservative supporter. Two witnesses have told the tribunal of a rich and powerful man who belonged to the alleged ring.
* The son of an influential peer who admitted to police that he had been having sex with an under-aged boy from one of the homes. Despite his admission, he was never prosecuted.
………….and so on”
a red apple ……………………
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