Was the Scotland Yard investigation into missing boys closed down?

On 9th August 1982, just one day after the Elm Guest House raid was first reported in the national news, this story appeared in the Daily Express:

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This shows that the police investigation had widened and was looking at several other London venues. The next day, 10th August 1982, the Daily Express printed this story:

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The police clearly believed there was some very nasty business going on at Elm Guest House. The really worrying thing is that I can’t find any mention in the archives of the outcome of this line of enquiry. It’s one thing for the authorities to cover up a “homosexual scandal” involving politicians, but were they also prepared to cover up child abuse and even child murder?

8 year old Vishal Mehrotra  went missing on the night of the Royal Wedding in 1981. He was on his way home to Holmbush Road in Putney, less than a mile from Elm Guest House. The same night, there was a ‘Kings and Queens’ party in full swing at Rocks Lane. From Daily Express, 4th August 1981:

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Vishal’s body was found in woodland in Sussex in 1982. His murder remains unsolved.

The other missing boy that Scotland Yard were looking at in connection with Elm Guest House was 15 year old Martin Allen. Martin was last seen on November 5th 1979, heading towards Earls Court tube station with his abductor. Earls Court is in South West London, just a few miles from Elm Guest House.

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The Guardian published this artist’s impression of the abductor:

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Martin’s father was the Australian High Commisoner’s chauffeur. He lived in Kensington, an area of London where many diplomats and Establishment figures lived. Martin Allen is presumed dead, and his disappearance/murder is still unsolved.

So, the question is: who stopped the Scotland Yard investigation linking the Elm Guest House paedophile ring with the murders of two young boys? Surely there are some policeman who worked on the case who could shed some light on this?

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22 comments
  1. I apologise for remaining anonymous for the time being .I am the source of Tom Watson's PMQ on 24th Oct said:

    For family safety reasons until major arrests have been made I need to remain anonymous. Keep up the amazing work you Murun missjenniferjames etc are doing. Need to get more followers and reach wider audience until main media find their spine !!

  2. murunbuch said:

    Very interesting. Thanks on behalf of everyone I know for contacting Tom Watson and I hope your bravery is rewarded by getting justice for the abused children. Stay safe, and please contact me when the major arrests have been made.

    • I apologise for remaining anonymous for the time being .I am the source of Tom Watson's PMQ on 24th Oct said:

      To reassure you everything is good my end. I could not have gone to someone more 100% genuine and committed than Tom Watson . Despite his critics views he will see this through to the end and is not interested in the party politics aspect. Like the rest of us he is committed to exposing the abusers regardless of who they are which party they belong to and also to exposing who has been behind the massive establishment cover – up. Can’t give details but rest assured a small but very trusted group of us have worked behind the scenes with Tom and operation fernbridge continuously since October to progress this. It won’t stay buried this time

  3. leonard said:

    Realistically, is it not much more likely that these two boys were victims of a gang we KNOW were operating in the London area, snatching boys off the street and abusing and murdering them? Sidney Cooke and his cronies had been operating for years and although three boys’ deaths were attributed to the gang the police at the time were certain they had killed far more. By the mid-1980s, the group had acquired a flat on the Kingsmead estate in Hackney which they used for abuse and torture, but they also took boys from fairgrounds where Cooke worked. They were known to have boasted of prowling the East End looking for boys for years previous to this.
    The fact is that when these boys went missing the activities of these scum were not known, so if the police did consider a connection with Elm it was more because they didn’t know where else to look. I think if you asked most of the officers who were involved with prosecuting Cooke and his cronies, they would say Martin and Vishal were likely to have been their victims.

  4. murunbuch said:

    It’s possible, although these two boys went missing from the leafy suburbs of South West London, a very different world to the East End. I’m not saying the murders are definitely linked to Elm Guest House, I’m just trying to find out what happened to that line of enquiry. There are also strong suspicions that Sidney Cooke’s paedophile network was far bigger than the number of convictions would suggest.

  5. leonard said:

    I have no doubt Cooke’s gang was bigger. I also don’t doubt there were more victims, and they could have come from anywhere. The dumping of Vishal’s body in marshland outside of London smacks to me of his gang. When the case was looked at again in 2000 the cop in charge said ‘We would look at similarities with the murders of Jason Swift and Daniel Handley (who were abducted in London, abused and then dumped in rural areas)’.

  6. I apologise for remaining anonymous for the time being .I am the source of Tom Watson's PMQ on 24th Oct said:

    Apologies if you have already reproduced this article Independant 30th October 1994. After his 1987 conviction Harvey Proctor was set up in business by a group of interesting Tory MP’s with a start up sum of £75000. A shirt shop in of all places Richmond. Despite being a loss maker from day 1 MP’s continued to pour money in to it. In 1992 Harvey Proctor and Neil Hamilton were badly assaulted on the premises in 1992 Hamilton suffering a broken nose. Who were the assailants/motive ? Harvey Proctor extremely racist strong views on immigration advocated repatriation of non white immigrants yet allegedly was the person who advocated that a young black lad by the name of Derek Laud be allowed to join the racist Tory Monday Club, to this day the only black person to be allowed to be a member.At the time it is alleged and I repeat this is only an allegation that Mr Laud was residing in grace and favour accommodation on an ancestral estate of an aristocrat who had just been convicted of child sexual abuse

    • murunbuch said:

      Thanks for this. Someone needs to speak to the two men who assualted Proctor, I don’t think the motive was ‘gay-bashing’ as was reported at the time.

      • I apologise for remaining anonymous for the time being .I am the source of Tom Watson's PMQ on 24th Oct said:

        From the beginning I didn’t believe the gay bashing version . Referred to Police for re-investigation a couple of months ago – in hand

  7. leonard said:

    In 1988, the Students’ Group Chairman was Sanwar Ali, so Laud was certainly not the only racial minority in the MC. Michael Brown is usually cited as Laud’s introduction to the MC, although he made speeches to Proctor’s MC immigration committee urging immigration curbs. Both were unlikely members of the vociferously anti gay and anti black Club.
    It would be strange indeed if the two men convicted of the affray in the shop didn’t cite any further mitigating circumstances, especially as they were jailed.

  8. Reblogged this on Desiring Progress and commented:
    Today, as reported by Don Hale (to whom Barbara Castle allegedly gave her dossier which included names of 16 MPs with PIE connections or sympathies) is a new article in the Mirror in which former Flying Squad Commander John O’Connor confirms that Scotland Yard were on the verge of investigating a major Westminster paedophile ring in the early 1980s – he is also sure that the files will be preserved somewhere. See http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/ex-scotland-yard-commander-were-ready-3894071?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed

    In light of this major new development, do read this characteristically brilliant post from Spotlight asking about why the Scotland Yard investigation was stopped in 1982.

  9. I am convinced of the existence of widespread child sexual abuse through listening personally to many adult survivors over many years, so I am glad that this is now being exposed and investigated at last. What worries me is the possibility of some abusers being able to escape justice by claiming that they cannot get a fair trial due to media coverage, so I think it is necessary to be cautious about allegations against specific ministers and MPs unless there is absolutely clear evidence available. In particular I noticed the Private Eye article raising the possibility that security services may have been deliberately starting rumours (which probably does happen). I also believe that we need to bring in “Edna’s Law” to hold to account those who fail to take action when told of wrongdoing. http://www.change.org/p/sir-robert-francis-call-for-edna-s-law-and-a-public-inquiry-into-whistleblowing

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