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Child Neglect: The Scandal That Never Breaks

Vishal Mehrotra vanished in 1981 near the notorious Elm Guest House in London and his remains were found a year later

A victim of the child sexual abuse carried out at Kincora Boys’ Home in Belfast has claimed he was also abused by “very powerful people” at Elm Guest House and Dolphin Square in London, suggesting a connection between the three locations linked to VIP paedophile rings for the first time.

Richard Kerr, who was abused at the boys’ home in Northern Ireland in the 1970s, told Channel4News that there was “no question” of a paedophile ring operating at the time and that he was abused in London by “men who had control and power over others”.

Kerr said he and two other boys were singled out to be trafficked to London in 1977. Both boys have since taken their own lives, he told the broadcaster.

Kerr claims he was abused at Elm Guest House in Barnes, where he was “tied up” with his hands behind his back and photographed in the presence of a group of men.

Elm Guest House is the site at the centre of Operation Fernbridge, Scotland Yard’s investigation into the alleged historic sexual abuse of children in care by a VIP paedophile ring of prominent individuals that allegedly included Conservative politicians during the late 1970s and 1980s.

Kerr also alleges he was taken to Dolphin Square at the time, the London apartment block frequented by MPs, where he says he was fed brandy and abused by one man.

The Metropolitan police is currently investigating the alleged murders of three young boys by a VIP paedophile ring at Dolphin Square after a man named “Nick,” whom officers described as a “credible witness,” came forward to detail abuse he allegedly suffered on the site at the hands of a Conservative politician, and his claim to have witnessed of one of the boys’ deaths.

Kerr said he feels he is “still in some fear,” over his situation, and said that while the current government is “not willing to bring Kincora into Westminster,” it send a message that “there is some kind over cover up”.

Kincora is currently the subject of an inquiry into historical institutional abuse in Northern Ireland, but it was excluded from the UK-wide inquiry into VIP paedophile rings being run by Westminster.

Former residents at the home were last month granted permission to challenge the decision to exclude the abuse at Kincora from the Westminster-led inquiry, which is now being headed up by judge Lowell Goddard from New Zealand.

Child sex abuse victim from Kincora Boys' Home says he was abused by 'very powerful people' at Elm Guest House and Dolphin Square 07 April 2015


Great Britain has been shamed after at least 2,000 alleged sexual abuse victims, including numerous high profile celebrities, came forward to police in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.
When the allegations were revealed about the late Jimmy Savile, a man known in his life for his amazing contribution to charity — mainly children’s charities — the nation was in shock.
The fact that over 60 active police inquiries are afoot since then, with thousands of alleged victims coming forward over abuse allegations at the hands of celebrities and educators, is very telling.
For now, major investigations related to beatings in schools, children’s homes, and churches dating back to the 1950s are in progress.
The police force in Britain is battling a 20 percent cut in its funding while attempting to deal with increased rates of online crime and terrorism; the abuse investigations are reportedly putting a huge strain on resources.
Simon Bailey, who is co-ordinating the police’s hard work, told reporters about the challenges ahead.
“We have done a huge amount in recent years to tackle sexual abuse of children. We have responded to criticism, risen to the challenge and changed the way we engage with victims and how we investigate abuse. As a result, many, many more victims have found the confidence to report abuse. This means we are dealing with an unprecedented number of investigations. Not only is this a financial challenge, it is a challenge for the police service in terms of expertise and numbers of trained and experienced personnel we need.”
Bailey added that because so much of the alleged abuse was carried out by family members, it’s almost impossible to compile evidence sufficient to make a case.
Shockingly, at least 23 police forces in England and Wales, as well as the country’s National Crime Agency, are working on decades-old cases in a bid to bring the perpetrators of the crimes to justice.
The fact that 133 arrests have been made in the past few years goes to show that, despite the strain on resources, the police in Britain are making some progress in catching up with those who thought they got away with abuse all those years ago.

Dozens of teachers, social workers, doctors and police officers feel “powerless” to intervene in cases of child neglect, a report has said.
Researchers found one in three frontline professionals in the North East don’t feel they can help vulnerable children.
The findings - published in Action for Children’s Child Neglect: The Scandal That Never Breaks report - reveal that workers admit the draining of resources is leaving more youngsters at risk of abuse.
The report also said staff feel more under pressure to intervene than they did five years ago due to high-profile media coverage of cases.
It comes in the wake of abuse scandals in Rotherham and Oxfordshire and child protection experts say the rise in numbers of ‘missed’ cases needs to be stopped before it becomes a “chronic” problem.
Carol Iddon, Action for Children’s director of children’s services across the North East said: “We cannot go on like this.
“Limited resources, increasing caseloads and professionals feeling powerless are combining to create a perfect storm, putting children in danger.
“Frontline professionals want to help children in need, but relying on a crisis response alone is unsustainable.
“The most effective way to take pressure off services is to invest in early action because in the majority of cases, neglect can be prevented or reduced.”
The report found that one in eight (12.5%) said they lack the necessary time and resources to deal with child neglect cases.
Almost a quarter (23%) of social workers, teachers, police and doctors said reduced funding would make it more difficult to intervene over the next year.
A further 23% admitted they had seen an increase in such cases over the past year.
And following high-profile cases of abuse across the country, Prime Minister David Cameron recently outlined proposals to jail professionals who turn a blind eye to neglect for up to five years.
But Ms Iddon believes it is a risky move to lay blame squarely at the door of individuals.
She said: “If you hold individuals to account you have to be sure that they have both the skills and knowledge to identify that what they are seeing is child abuse.
“There may be cases where individual police officers or social workers failed to act but their institutions and agencies also failed.
“There is a need to regulate accountability but holding people to account brings with it some major challenges.”
Neglect is the most frequent reason for a child protection referral to social services and features in 60% of serious case reviews into the death or serious injury of a child.
Paul Kelly, lead practitioner at Newcastle Family Support Service, added: “Children’s centres, parenting support programmes and targeted, intensive work with families can prevent under-pressure households from boiling over.
“There are so many stages at which parents can be supported to be the best parents they can be before social services have to intervene or take drastic action.”

Vishal went missing near the Elm Guest House in London

Detectives accused of ­covering up the murder of an eight-year-old boy by VIP paedophiles kept quiet about quizzing up to five suspects.

Vishal Mehrotra vanished in July 1981 near the notorious Elm Guest House in south west London and his remains were found in 1982.

Police said they were clueless about the killing and his devastated family were never told of any arrests.

But after obtaining files from the 1983 inquest, the Sunday Peoplecan reveal “four or five” unidentified people were questioned and released without charge – and a senior officer admitted they could have been more thorough in checking alibis.

Vishal’s father Vishambar said: “Were these suspects high-profile or not? I have no knowledge.

“I was not kept in the loop. They kept everything to themselves.”

Mr Mehrotra revealed in November that he was contacted by a male prostitute soon after Vishal’s disappearance.

The man said his son might have been abducted by VIP paedophiles operating out of Elm Guest House in Barnes and the tip-off was passed on to the Metropolitan Police.

Vishal’s death is thought to be linked to those of Martin Allen, 15, and ­another case being probed under Operation Midland.

His skull was found in a woodland bog in West Sussex and the arrests by Sussex Police emerged during the 1983 inquest.

The dossier seen by the Sunday People reveals few ­officers had access to the files.

Det Supt Gerald Curd told the inquest “four or five” people were held.

He said: “I would not be happy for Mr Mehrotra to see these files because we have done an inquiry and we are satisfied the persons could not have been responsible for the disappearance.”

However, he added: “We took the alibi period to be July 29 and four weeks. We appreciate this might not have been enough but it was the best we could do.”

The inquest dossier also ­reveals detectives seemingly dismissed as unimportant a pair of adult shoes found in the bog – and failed to find two people seen throwing a sack over a fence close to where parts of Vishal’s body were found.

Police watchdog the IPCC is currently probing claims the tip-off about Elm was ignored by the Met.

The guest house was raided four months after Vishal’s remains were found and dozens of men were quizzed. It was reported at the time that the raids were linked to Vishal’s disappearance.

Mr Mehrotra said: “It seems it all adds up.”

Sussex Police are reviewing Vishal’s murder.

A spokesman said: “There has been no allegation of unlawful behaviour by any officer or staff.”

The 14 referrals being investigated by the IPCC are allegations that:

  • There was a potential cover up around failures to properly investigate child sex abuse offences in south London and further information about criminal allegations against a politician being dropped.
  • An investigation involving a proactive operation targeting young men in Dolphin Square was stopped because officers were too near prominent people.
  • A document was found at an address of a paedophile that originated from the Houses of Parliament listing a number of highly prominent individuals (MPs and senior police officers) as being involved in a paedophile ring and no further action was taken.
  • An account provided by an abuse victim had been altered to omit the name of a senior politician.
  • An investigation into a paedophile ring, in which a number of people were convicted, did not take action in relation to other more prominent individuals.
  • A politician had spoken with a senior Met Police officer and demanded no action was taken regarding a paedophile ring and boys being procured and supplied to prominent persons in Westminster in the 1970s.
  • In the late 1970s a surveillance operation that gathered intelligence on a politician being involved in paedophile activities was closed down by a senior Met Police officer.
  • A dossier of allegations against senior figures and politicians involved in child abuse were taken by Special Branch officers.
  • A surveillance operation of a child abuse ring was subsequently shut down due to high profile people being involved.
  • Child sex abuse against a senior politician and a subsequent cover-up of his crimes.
  • During a sexual abuse investigation a senior officer instructed the investigation be halted and that that order had come from 'up high' in the Met.
  • A conspiracy within the Met to prevent the prosecution of a politician suspected of offences.
  • No further action was taken following allegations against a former senior Met Police officer regarding child sex abuse and that further members of the establishment including judges were involved
  • Police officers sexually abused a boy and carried out surveillance on him. There are further allegations of financial corruption in a London borough police force.

VIP paedophile murders: Police didn't tell family about quizzing suspects in killing of boy aged eight 4 April 2015

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