Church ‘hiding sex pest vicars’ (2.1.88)

Daily Express, 2nd January 1988


  1. Troyhand said:

    Operation Dual Concern Child Sexual Abuse

    From: Cathy Fox
    15 February 2014

    Dear Cheshire East Council,

    Please could you send me a copy of the final Report of the
    Operation Dual Concern about child sexual abuse in Congleton 1988.
    Cheshire Social Services carried out an investigation into this
    with the police.
    Please could you tell me what other information the Council hold on
    this matter.

    Yours faithfully,
    Cathy Fox

    From: FOI East
    Cheshire East Council
    17 February 2014

    Dear Ms Fox

    Thank you for your email.

    Cheshire East Council came into being as a Unitary Authority in 2009, following the merger of three former local borough councils: Macclesfield, Congleton, and Crewe & Nantwich. As such, a lot of records and information from the old Councils were transferred to the Cheshire County Archives & Local Studies Service in Chester, so I am afraid we no longer hold the information you require.

    However, if you contact the service at the link below, I am sure they will be able to help you:

    Telephone number: 01244 972574

    I hope this information will be of assistance to you.

    Yours sincerely

    Martin Johnson
    Customer Relations & Compliance
    Cheshire East Council,7128236
    Glasgow Herald – 25 November 1987
    18 held in inquiry over child sex ring

    A child sex ring based in a prosperous stockbroker belt was believed to have been smashed last night after a joint investigation by police and social services.

    Eighteen people were helping police inquiries after 17 youngsters aged between three and 15 were taken into care.

    The arrests came as teams of police and social workers swooped on homes in and around the Cheshire town of Congleton, in the stockbroker belt south of Manchester.

    A Cheshire County Council spokesman said: “The children were taken into care this morning. Every effort is being made to avoid distress to them.”

    Police sources said most of the children were from Congleton, with some from outlying areas. “It’s about child sex abuse on an organised basis,” one senior officer said.

    It is understood that the inquiry centres on an alleged pornography ring involving parents and children. A Cheshire police spokesman said the investigation had required a particularly painstaking and caring approach.

    A number of people are expected to appear at Sandbach magistrates’ court today on charges under the Sexual Offences Act.

    News of the joint investigation came as the charity Childwatch said it had set up a five-man investigation team because organised child sex abuse was increasing so rapidly.

    The children taken into care were last night being looked after by a team of social services staff and foster parents while further inquiries were made, Cheshire social services director Mr David Wakefield said. They were taken under Place of Safety orders “in the light of information placed before the magistrates.”

    The 18 people arrested were understood to be at three police stations in south Cheshire.

    Childwatch said it formed its undercover investigation team after exposing several organised child sex rings around Britain and uncovering depraved individual cases following tip-offs from the public.

    It was also using two private investigators to keep pace with what it described as a sickening growth in child sex-for-sale rings. Childwatch founder Mrs Dianne Core, 42, said a lot of money was at stake in organised child sex.

    “An awful lot of paedophiles are very successful businessmen or respected professional people with careers,” she said.

    “Since the Paedophile Information Exchange was busted some years ago it has gone underground and is coming back even more powerfully. We have identified nine organised groups or cells now operating. One has the motto ‘Sex before eight before it’s too late’.
    Glasgow Herald – 26 November 1987
    Two in court on child sex charges

    A man and a woman appeared in court in Cheshire yesterday on sex charges involving a girl, aged six, and a boy, aged three.

    The unemployed man, 39, was charged with rape and a serious offence.

    The woman, a 45-year-old housewife, stood in the dock next to him at Sandbach magistrates court, charged with abetting, counselling, and procuring the offence of rape.

    Reporting restrictions were not lifted and the two were remanded in custody until tomorrow.

    Magistrate Mr Gordon Ball made an order that nothing be published to identify the children.

    Both the accused come from Congleton where inquiries into allegations of sexual offences against children continued last night.

    Three of the 17 children taken into care on Tuesday were allowed home yesterday. A spokesman for Cheshire County Council social services said: “We are satisfied that their welfare is no longer at risk.”

    Three more of the 18 adults arrested by police in a series of raids on the same day were released on police bail. Six are still being held.
    Glasgow Herald – 26 November 1987 [Page 3 – Right column]
    Jeers at court

    Jeers, boos, and shouts of “filth” greeted two men brought to Sandbach Magistrates’ Court in Cheshire yesterday to face charges of indecently assaulting young children. The first, a 47-year-old man from Congleton, Cheshire, was charged with indecently assaulting a boy aged seven, and the second man, 43, also from Congleton, was accused of indecently assaulting a six-year-old girl and a boy aged 10. Both men were remanded in custody until Monday. On Wednesday a man and a woman appeared at the court charged with serious sex offences against children.
    Glasgow Herald – 19 July 1988
    Judges reveal ‘Satanic’ child sex abuse case

    A “SATANIC” child sex abuse scandal was revealed by three top Judges in London yesterday.

    Horrifying allegations had been made against 15 people, including parents, that 17 children had been abused by public sex acts and also that the children, aged up to 12, had been forced to drink their own blood and the blood of sheep.

    The Judges, headed by Sir Stephen Brown, President of the High Court Family Division, paved the way for the evidence to be handed over to the police.

    They dismissed an appeal by some of the 15 people against whom the allegations are made, who had sought to block moves for the evidence to be handed over.

    Sir Stephen, sitting in the Appeal Court with Lord Justice Neill and Taylor, upheld a decision by Mrs Justice Booth that her judgment and evidence in the case, which she heard in private at Nottingham, should be handed over.

    Sir Stephen, giving judgment yesterday in open court, said Mrs Justice Booth had made orders on July 5 at the end of a case in which she granted a request by Nottingham County Council clearing the way for the 17 children, who were all wards of court, to be put up for adoption.

    He said the county council had taken court action because of alleged grave abuse of the children by no less than 15 adults.

    “The adults and the children were all members of what may be described as an extended family and its associates,” said the Judge.

    “It was alleged that over a considerable period of time these children of varying ages had been subjected to gross sexual abuse at the hands of adults, sometimes at parties where full intercourse had taken place in the presence of a number of adults and other children.”

    He said there were instances, which Mrs Justice Booth had accepted as having happened, which could only be described as “Satanic”. That was the word Mrs Justice Booth had used in her judgment.

    The Judge said that only two of the parents involved in the case had given evidence at the Nottingham hearing. The majority had declined.

    However, he said that some of the parents – four were involved in yesterday’s appeal – had objected to the Judge’s decision at the end of the case to release a transcript of her 33-page judgment detailing the allegations and her frindings, and other evidence in the case to the police and the Crown Prosecution Service.

    In yesterday’s appeal against this information being handed over, the parents had claimed it would be wrong for information resulting from such private hearings to be dealt with in that way.

    If this were allowed, it could inhibit the frankness of those giving evidence in such actions.

    Sir Stephen said Mrs Justice Booth had taken the view that the public interest outweighed confidentiality in this case.

    She had taken the view that it was in the interests of all the children, not just those involved in the case, that those who were found guilty of abuse should be brought to book.

    Sir Stephen said he and the other two Judges yesterday considered that Mrs Justice Booth was entitled to make the order she had. They rejected the appeal against her ruling.

    “In my view it has not been shown that the Judge exercised her discretion in any way which could be criticised as being wrong,” said Sir Stephen.

    It was clearly a matter of public importance and interest that those who were thought to be responsible for the abuse should be brought to justice, and should be prevented from exercising such conduct against others, he said.

    He ruled that Nottingham County Council should have leave to disclose to the Chief Constable of Nottingham, any officers authorised on his behalf and to the Crown Prosecution Service, a transcript of Mrs Justice Booth’s judgment and all other evidence and information in its possession relating to the proceedings.
    Glasgow Herald – 26 July 1988
    Woman jailed for five years after torture of teenage girl

    The woman responsible for the week-long imprisonment and torture of a runaway teenager, in which the girl was beaten until she was unrecognisable, was yesterday jailed for five years.

    The Old Bailey was told that mother-of-three Hazel Paul, 28, used a ouija board to exercise a “bizarre” influence.

    She made the girl take part in the ouija sessions at her home in Gladesmore Road, Tottenham, hypnotising her and making her take her clothes off. While the girl was naked a lighted candle was held to her pubic hairs.

    Mr Gerald Gordon, prosecuting, said Paul also took part in beating the girl and made her sleep in a wardrobe. Under her influence, others in the house beat, kicked and cut the girl.

    Jailing Paul, Judge Peter Mason said: “You were the director of operations, playing your part in beating up this girl. She was cut with a knife under your directions. You were said to be illiterate, that may be, but you are streetwise and cunning.”

    Steven Nicholas, 15, of Tottenham was sentenced to two years detention under the terms of the Children and Young Persons Act. He cut the girl with a hacksaw blade and the blade of an electric carving knife, pushed her downstairs and dragged her around by her hair, the court was told.

    The Judge said he was not the leader and one explanation for his behaviour might be “the bizarre influence” Paul had over him.

    Nicholas told the court he was under Paul’s spell and believed she had psychic powers. “I was just doing things she told me to do. It was weird, she could dig into my mind.”

    Paul’s sister-in-law, Loretta Henry, 18, also of Tottenham, was sentenced to 18 months youth custody for her part in the beatings.

    The 15-year-old girl’s ordeal began last November when she and a friend ran away from a Newham Council children’s home, Mr Gordon said.

    They ended up at Paul’s home, and when the girl finally left six days later she was so badly beaten staff at the home only recognised her by her voice.

    Mr Gordon said Paul, Nicholas and Henry were all responsible or repeated acts of violence against the girl. Paul in particular “goaded and encouraged” the others.

    The girl was attacked with a variety of weapons, including a knife blade, hacksaw, hammer, and the tip of a stiletto heel, and her head was repeatedly banged against a wall.

    After the other runaway left, the girl also tried to get away but was told she would be killed. During one attack her screams were so loud that Paul and Henry went to a neighbour’s house to apologise for the noise, claiming the girl was suffering from fits.

    For the last two days the girl was kept without food and water. She eventually persuaded the three to let her go to the home by pretending she had a large cheque which they could have. Once at the home she was taken to hospital and her three attackers, who claimed they had found her in the street, were detained.

    Paul and Nicholas denied falsely imprisoning the girl and causing her grievous bodily harm, but were found guilty. Henry admitted the charges.

    Artist Newton Matticks, 39, of Tottenham, was jailed for three months for having sex with the girl and indecently assaulting her, which he admitted.

    Another man, Dean Richards, 30, of Tottenham was jailed for three months, suspended for two years, after admitting indecently assaulting the girl.

    The Judge ordered that the girl should not be identified.,7327957
    Glasgow Herald – 30 July 1988
    Jail for four after child sex assaults

    Three men and a woman were jailed yesterday ranging from three to ten years, convicted of “unspeakably vile” child sex abuse following a major investigation in Congleton, Cheshire.

    A 40-year-old man found guilty of raping his four-year-old daughter and buggering his three-year-old son was jailed for 10 years at Chester Crown Court. His divorced wife, 46, who pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting the rape by holding down their daughter was sentenced to three years.

    A 43-year-old man was found guilty of indecently assaulting his five-year-old daughter, nine-year-old son, and his neighbor’s sons, aged five and seven. He was jailed for five years.

    His 48-year-old neighbor was found guilty of attempted buggery with his five-year-old son and buggery with his seven-year-old son. He was jailed for seven years. A six-month suspended sentence for child cruelty from Knutsford Crown Court last year was also enforced consecutively.

    Mr Justice Alliot said he must impose deterrent sentences because of the apparently widespread sex abuse of children.

    “Your conduct to any normal parent is unspeakably vile, and yet so we are held to believe it is widespread,” the Judge said.

    “It seems incumbent on me to pass deterrent sentences, but I must not be moved by abhorrence to get the sentences out of proportion.”

    He added that they had been found guilty of specimen charges only but his sentences had to reflect their overall criminality. The men had denied all the charges. The woman had admitted the charges.

    He was aware that the anonymity the defendants enjoyed in the press was not enjoyed in prison. “You have a choice of running daily attack or going on rule 43,” he told them. (Prisoners fearing attack can ask to be segregated under rule 43.)

    Counsel for the defendants said two of the men had already been assaulted by other prisoners.

    The Judge paid tribute to Detective Superintendent David Jones, who led the police side of “Operation Dual Concern” with Cheshire Social Services department to investigate allegations of child sexual abuse.

    “Whatever may occur elsewhere it is manifest that in this part of the world there is the highest co-operation between the police and social services,” said the Judge.

    The children are now all in the care of social services and are receiving special counselling to recover from their ordeal.
    The Canberra Times – Tuesday 20 September 1988
    Devil sacrifice of children ‘all over Britain’

    LONDON: Babies and young children were being sacrificed to the Devil in witchcraft rituals all over Britain, according to Tory MP Mr Geoffrey Dickens.

    The children are lured into covens, drugged or brainwashed and then forced to take part in degrading sexual acts, he alleged.

    In extreme cases, babies or very young children are killed as offerings to the Devil, Mr Dickens said.
    He claims to have evidence from around the country that children are being “sacrificed” in bestial ceremonies.

    “Six hundred children go missing every year. At least 50 of these children are simply never found again.

    “Murder is horrible enough to contemplate, but in most cases of this nature the child’s pitiful body is eventually discovered. With witchcraft sacrifice nothing is ever found,” he says.

    The MP told She magazine that the secrecy surrounding such covens makes hard evidence difficult to come by.

    “It is a tricky and difficult area to prove, but from conversations with contacts and ex-Satanists, I can honestly tell you I do believe these things have and are happening,” he says.

    Mr Dickens says he is building up a dossier which he hopes will provide concrete proof on the evils of Satanism.

    “Then, you can rest assured I will go to the police, he says.

    A child-care expert, a former black witch and a vicar all back up the MP’s claims about the Satanic rituals.

    They say sometimes young women are “mated” with the high priest of a coven so they can give birth to his child.

    The baby is never registered and is later offered as a sacrifice to the Devil.

    One woman told how she was drawn into a coven which fed her heroin habit. She was “initiated” into the coven by being raped across an altar by the High Priest and witnessed a 13-year-old girl being raped in a similar way.

    She also admits that during her Ave years as a black witch she once took part in a human sacrifice. “It was a baby girl, nine days old. She belonged to a woman in the coven. Her throat was cut. We drank the blood,” she says.

    Ms Dianne Core, national organiser of the Childwatch charity, has also been gathering evidence on the use and abuse of children in covens.

    She tells of three children who were drugged, forced to eat excrement and drink urine and then tied upside down on a cross while adults performed sex acts on them.

    Ms Core believes that the times children disappear are significant.

    “Often you will find they go missing near one of the major Satanic festivals like the one this week, the autumn equinox on September 20,” she says.
    — PA

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    Glasgow Herald – 15 April 1988
    Children ‘at risk from witchcraft’

    Young people are in danger from the effects of witchcraft which is ‘sweeping the country,” Mr Geoffrey Dickens, the Tory campaigner against child abuse, warned in the Commons yesterday.

    In a call for a debate on witchcraft, the MP said it was common knowledge that many people convicted of offences against children had been involved in witchcraft initiation ceremonies.

    “People laughed when I spoke nine years ago about child abuse. Most people are listening now,” Mr Dickens said. “I now warn the House – witchcraft is sweeping the country.”

    However, his comments were met with laughter, and there were further jeers when Labour MP Mr Dennis Skinner (Bolsover) shouted: “It (witchcraft) is in Downing Street.”

    Leader of the House Mr John Wakeham suggested that Mr Dickens should try to raise the subject in an adjournment debate.

    Mr Dickens siad outside the Commons that now he would be pressing for – or possibly himself introducing – a Bill to make it illegal to practise witchcraft, and empowering courts to pass heavy custodial sentences.

    He said: “These are extremely devious, evil people. They get a satanic hold over adults and children in such a way that they have them totally at their command.

    “If we are to protect children from this sordid, sexual and diabolical grasp, we must bring in new laws to wipe witches off the face of the earth.”

    Mr Dickens said he had evidence of a vicar in the North of England who claimed there were 50 witches’ covens operating between Blackburn and Manchester alone.

    “This vicar is obsessed by fears that the North of England is in the grip of supernatural warfare.”

    Mr Dickens, who will be raising the matter in detail in the Commons within the next few days, added: “I have not gone mad. This is a serious and growing problem which must be exorcised.”
    The Canberra Times – Tuesday 2 October 1990
    Child-victims of ‘satanic rites’
    From ROSIE WATERHOUSE in London

    Two children, taken into care because of fears that they had been sexually abused, began telling stories of witchcraft and satanic rites only after three months of questioning by social workers.

    Their “disclosures” led to another 11 Manchester children being removed from their parents, made wards of court and placed in the care of the social services department.

    The social workers had concluded they were victims of satanic abuse, performed during black-magic ceremonies involving the sacrifice of animals, drinking blood and killing babies.

    The two girls originally questioned by social workers were sisters, aged seven and four. Last week, when their mother had another baby, an interim-care order was made preventing the child going home from hospital.

    On Tuesday, in the High Court in Manchester, four families will fight to get their children back. But the social services department is applying for all 14 children to remain wards of court and in council care.

    This is despite the failure of Greater Manchester police to find any evidence of satanism. A man was charged with indecent assault, but this was dropped for lack of evidence.

    The girls were made wards of court in September, 1989, after one sister was taken to hospital because she kept vomiting. Doctors wanted to examine her internally but the mother refused. Hospital social workers notified council staff who, on suspicion of sexual abuse, obtained an interim-care order.

    At first the girls made no disclosures. But, shortly before Christmas, after three months of interviews, strange stories began to come out and other children were named.

    The way the children began telling Satanic tales in this case is remarkably similar to the way such stories first surfaced in Nottingham.

    As The Independent on Sunday revealed last week, the Nottingham children began talking, about witches, monsters, babies and blood only after they had been encouraged, by a social worker, to play with toys which included witches’ costumes, monsters, toy babies and a syringe for extracting blood.

    This was a technique, learnt from an article by a former colleague, to encourage the children to act out what had happened to them. Social workers from the children’s charity also played a crucial role in the interviews with all 20 children from six families in Rochdale who have been made wards of court. Fifteen are still in care.

    Again, the social workers alleged the children were victims of satanic abuse but the police have found no evidence.

    Yet the parents have no prospect of getting their children back until wardship proceedings go ahead, probably early next year. Parents of 13 children are denied all access because social workers say they would try to silence the children, using secret satanic signals or trigger words.

    Satanic abuse scares began in the United States and in the past two years they have spread in Britain, but police have found no evidence.

    Child-care professionals are beginning to question claims that covens of witches and satanists are sacrificing animals and killing and eating babies.

    Last week Gordon Littlemore, Rochdale’s director of social services, and Christopher Brown, director of the NSPCC, tried to distance themselves from the more lurid stories and changed the language from satanic to “network” abuse. Mr Littlemore told the BBC’s Newsnight program, “We are not and never have used the term satanism, devil worship or anything of that kind.

    “The kind of abuse that our social workers are discovering, listening to what the children say, is abuse which we think is possibly organised, network abuse, abuse that is emotional abuse, that is actually degrading the children, humiliating the children.”
    — The Independent

    New Sunday Times – 11 November 1990
    Tales of satanism and child abuse
    By Sue Baker

    Rochdale (England): Charges of satanic rituals and sexual abuse of children haunt the streets of Langley, a sprawling, run-down housing complex near the northern English town of Rochdale.

    In the latest of a series of ritual child abuse cases that have surfaced in Britain since 1987, 20 Langley youngsters are caught up in a bizarre affair that has pitted social workers and child care officers against parents and local politicians.

    A leading child care charity, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), says the ritualistic abuse involves “the use of masks and costumes, the invocation of supernatural powers, animal sacrifices, the drinking of blood and urine… and sexual and physical abuse of children.”

    But parents groups, local council members and other sceptics say the allegations of satanic or ritual abuse are unfounded – drummed up by crusading social workers using scare tactics imported from the United States by Christian fundamentalists for whom the Devil is alive and real.

    They also say disclosures from children are unreliable – often simply fears and fantasies based on exposure to horror videos but raised to an “orthodoxy of belief” by child care officials using flawed interviewing techniques.

    “The whole thing is a catalogue of lies and untruths,” says Peter Thomson, a member of Rochdale’s local council who lives on the Langley complex and knows the six families accused of ritual abuse.

    “Of course, you haven’t had the advantage of meeting these families,” he said. “If you had, you’d realise how monumentally absurd it is to conceive that this particular group of people had been involved in some kind of pagan worship.”

    But the director of Rochdale’s Social Services Department, Gordon Littlemore, vigorously denied that his staff acted hastily and removed children from their homes without proper grounds. He also rejected accusations that they had been brainwashed by evangelical groups or attended too many seminars and conferences on ritual abuse.

    “I promise you that is not the case in Rochdale,” Mr Littlemore said. “We haven’t been overzealous. We didn’t go looking for these cases – they came to us and what we want to do is protect the children.

    “What the children are telling us is that they have experienced various acts of violence. We are dealing with allegations of emotional abuse, degradation, humiliation and the administration of drugs.

    “It is the view of social services and the police that the abuse the children describe is real and not the product of their imaginations, fuelled by watching video horror films.”

    Police in nearby Manchester who have been handling the Rochdale affair say there is insufficient evidence to justify criminal charges. Investigations into the cases of 17 of the children have ended but are continuing for the remaining three.

    But police stress that the standard of evidence required for a criminal prosecution is far more exacting than that required by social workers whose primary interest is to protect a child.

    Of the Langley children, who range in age from two to 16 years, 15 have been taken from their families and the five who are back with their parents remain technically under court protection. The permanent fate of all 20 children will be finally decided by a hearing in the children’s division of the High Court in London starting on Dec10 and expected to last six weeks.

    Meanwhile, the parents are angry and say their children were taken away unjustly. Such is the acrimony that social workers will visit Langley only with police protection.

    “The parents themselves feel that they have been abused,” said Judith Cousins, an activist in the Rochdale area for a government-funded group called Parents Against Injustice (PAIN_. “They feel alienated, powerless and traumatised.”

    The Langley case, which erupted in March, is the latest in a series that began in 1987 in Nottingham, central England, where about 50 children were alleged to have been sexually abused in satanic rituals that included drinking blood and sacrificing sheep.

    In the port city of Liverpool earlier this year, 11 children were taken away by authorities after similar allegations. Police there arrested 17 adults in May but no charges were brought. In Manchester, 13 children are in care after allegations of ritual abuse.

    The Nottingham case has probably received the most publicity, including a television programme that showed footage of a cemetery with a network of tunnels, the walls of which were etched with crosses and pentacles, and of stone altars with candles.

    One foster mother, identified only as Joan, said a small boy in her care told her about “parties where they all got hurt and animals got sacrificed and they drank the blood.”

    Nine people involved in the Nottingham case were jailed in January 1989 after Britain’s biggest child abuse trial. Sir Stephen Brown, president of the High Court’s family division, referred to incidents “which only can be described as satanic”.

    The NSPCC, which works with Social Services’ Departments, estimated that last year more than 58,000 children were at risk. Of these 9,300 were being physically abused and nearly 6,000 sexually abused.

    No breakdown was given for ritual abuse, but it said seven of its 66 child protection teams in England and Wales were currently working with children who were victims of “physical, sexual and emotional abuse… in bizarre ceremonies.”

    And, according to the NSPCC, the figures are increasing. – Reuter

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    Independent – 4 May 1994
    Where Satan goes unseen

    IN these pages last week, Bryan Appleyard seemed reassured by Professor Jean La Fontaine’s purported proof, in a leaked report yet to be published, that sadistic satanic sexual abuse does not exist. Appleyard and Professor La Fontaine prefer notions that videos, social workers and foster carers are the new devils to the other possibility that children might be recounting real events through their tormented behaviour and their stories of satanist experiences.

    Such a conclusion also averts our gaze from an insidious campaign to discredit the children and their advocates. Within two weeks of the first published report of the first discovery of alleged satanic abuse in Britain, an organisation of satanists circulated chief constables, directors of social services and the Home Office with reports that tried to undermine the credibility of the care workers involved in the case. And they have responded similarly to subsequent controversies.

    Professor La Fontaine, an anthropologist who specialises in cults, is aware of this organisation.

    Yet there has been remarkably little curiosity about this crusade to stifle professional debate. Judith Dawson is the child protection consultant who was involved in Britain’s first satanic abuse case in Nottingham, which, despite its success in the courts in 1989, has been the object of a critical crusade. She says: ‘Never in my career have I been subjected to such an organised and personal campaign of disinformation and discrediting, by occult groups, supported by advocates of paedophilia, and given authority by academics who are so disrespectful of carers and specialists struggling with this problem.

    ‘What matters now is that Professor La Fontaine doesn’t appear to address why people organised a campaign against the children’s evidence.’

    Valerie Sinason, a consultant psychotherapist at the Tavistock Institute, recently published a collection of clinicians’ painful encounters with evidence of satanic sexual abuse.

    ‘I was shocked to receive sceptical questions from journalists treating my clinical work with enormous doubt, whereas in all the other areas of my work questions would have been put with courtesy and respect,’ she says.

    ‘I’ve been asked, ‘What do you say to all the people out there who don’t believe a word of what you’re saying?’ I reply that I wish I was one of them.

    ‘I find it disturbing that one anthropologist’s readings of transcripts are being listened to more seriously than 40 senior health service clinicians.’

    Professor La Fontaine’s orthodoxy on this issue echoes the views of well-known promoters of paedophilia. Although not relying on his work in her recent findings, she recommended writing by Benjamin Rossen, among others, in a letter to the leading professional journal, Child Abuse Review, this year.

    Rossen has another patron in Professor Elizabeth Newson, the Nottingham child development psychologist, who has become one of the main architects of the notion that children have been brainwashed by foster carers and social workers.

    Though she had never worked on child abuse, she appeared as an expert witness in the Rochdale controversy. Her report cited Rossen – without guiding the court to his critics.

    Who is Rossen, and why are people interested in his work? He was useful because he rubbished Holland’s first satanic sexual abuse case in May 1987.

    Rossen says he defends the accused. He himself has been accused: he revealed in a public lecture in 1992 that he had been arrested in Australia after a 12-year-old boy, who had lived with him, made allegations to the police of sexual abuse. He said: ‘I was ruined, financially, morally and physically.’ He went to Holland hoping for a more commodious culture, but regretted that it seemed ‘as severe’.

    Rossen is a member of the editorial board of Paidika, Holland’s ‘Journal of Paedophilia’. He told the publication Het Parool in January 1989 that ‘paedophilia is not necessarily harmful to a child’.

    When I asked Professor La Fontaine about Rossen, she said she had been in correspondence with him about adults’ sexual interest in children. When asked about his reputation as a promoter of paedophilia, she said: ‘One would have to be aware of who was accusing him.’

    But no one is accusing him, he freely admits it.

    A Paidika coup was an interview with the granddaddy of the counter-revolution against children’s evidence, Ralph Underwager from Minnesota. Underwager, who was given a favoured place in the Butler-Sloss report on the Cleveland controversy, has been the main protagonist in campaigns against evidence of sexual abuse, satanic abuse, and has latterly been a promoter of false memory syndrome.

    Like Rossen, he describes the new awareness of abuse as ‘hysteria’. Paedophiles, he tells Paidika, ‘can boldly and courageously affirm what they choose’. They should become positive and attack their image as exploiters.

    Child protection professionals are warning the Department of Health and the Home Office that, if the professor is lending support to Rossen, her entire report needs to be put under scrutiny.

    ‘I don’t want to make a fool of the woman,’ says Judith Dawson, ‘but everybody working for child protection knows about Rossen’s advocacy of paedophilia. That calls into question La Fontaine’s whole attitude to adults’ sexual interest in children. Anyone who regards Rossen as helpful on these issues cannot have any credibility in this debate.’

    No wonder folks like Appleyard are muddled.
    Independent – 30 April 2000
    Satanic abuse no myth, says experts

    A specially commissioned government report will this week conclude that satanic abuse does take place in Britain. It will say that its victims have suffered actual abuse and are not suffering from “false memory syndrome”.

    A specially commissioned government report will this week conclude that satanic abuse does take place in Britain. It will say that its victims have suffered actual abuse and are not suffering from “false memory syndrome”.

    The report, ordered by the Department of Health, focuses on the experiences of 50 “survivors”. Compiled by Dr John Hale, director of the Portman Clinic in London, and psychotherapist Valerie Sinason, it will reopen the debate which started a decade ago with testimonies from children in Nottingham, Rochdale and Orkney.

    Its findings contradict the claims of a report ordered by the Conservative government in 1994, which concluded that satanic abuse was a “myth”.

    It follows the growing concern of child protection agencies, and the Government, over organised child abuse.

    Last week, it emerged that police were investigating the alleged sexual and physical abuse of up to 4,000 children in care homes and council-run homes in Devon.

    Ms Sinason, who has treated 126 ritual abuse survivors, said yesterday that in many cases children were tortured by being held under water or made to believe they had witnessed the murder of infants as part of the satanic ritual.

    “Some children are born for the purpose of abuse and are not registered on birth certificates,” she added. “The abusers use trickery to convince children they have taken part in murder. This increases the power of the abuser.”

    The report will point to the difficulty of bringing prosecutions because of the problems of putting abused children into the witness box. There are currently at least five cases involving ritual abuse in the hands of lawyers.

    Lee Moore, a barrister who founded the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers, and was himself a victim of ritual abuse, said it was hard to persuade people to give evidence, particularly after the 1994 report claiming satanic abuse was a myth perpetuated by social workers.

    The latest report was welcomed by Dr Joan Coleman, a Surrey psychiatrist who has spent 14 years treating victims. “A lot of children are born into satanic families who indulge in this ritual abuse,” she said. “It’s only now that child sexual abuse is being exposed that people are beginning to believe ritual abuse exists.”

    The report will be studied by John Hutton, the health department minister with responsibility for child protection. He is expected to order an investigation into its findings.

  4. Troyhand said:…-a0101565785
    Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England) – May 11, 2003
    Byline: BOB HAYWOOD

    THE parish priest son of The Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien sexually abused a young boy after carrying out a bizarre ritual, it has been claimed.

    The late Father John Tolkien is said to have lured the youngster into his presbytery in Birmingham.

    Denis Grant said he was targeted by Tolkien while he was a member of the scout troop attached to the Church of the English Martyrs in Sparkhill more than 40 years ago.

    When he was asked to join him in the presbytery later, Mr Grant says other scouts warned him: ‘Tolly’s going to get you.’

    He said: ‘It was as if they knew exactly what was going to happen to me – as though it was common practice.’

    Tolkien always categorically denied allegations of child-sex abuse.

    Mr Grant, who now lives in Canada, told the Sunday Mercury: ‘When I went to the presbytery, Fr Tolkien was already there and he told me to lie down on the carpet in a small room.

    ‘I was only 11 and I had no idea what was going to happen but I was frightened and numb.

    ‘He got me to pull down my pants and then went into a kind of religious ritual. He started to pour what he said was holy water on to my private parts and asked questions about them.

    ‘He then indecently assaulted me. The whole ordeal lasted about 15 minutes after which I was allowed to leave.’

    Mr Grant, now aged 60, said he was too shocked to tell even his parents about what he claims happened to him and shortly afterwards he left the scouts. Tolkien later moved on to another parish.

    He claims his life was ruined by the single incident which he blames for his receiving hospital treatment for psychiatric and alcohol problems in later life.

    Mr Grant, who was educated at the former Bordesley Green Technical School and Keele University in Staffordshire, is a retired computer programmer and analyst. He has lived in Canada since 1980.

    He only learned of police investigations into allegations of sexual abuse by Tolkien last year when he read press reports while visiting one of his sisters in Australia.

    In the end, he says he never made a statement to West Midlands Police because the investigation had by then been completed and the file submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

    As previously reported in the Sunday Mercury, the CPS decided that there was sufficient evidence to put Tolkien before the court for child sexual abuse.

    But he was not charged because he was suffering from senile dementia.

    Tolkien died four months ago at the age of 85.

    Last year Mr Grant received an email from an officer involved in the inquiry which read: ‘The CPS never underestimated the number of victims involved.

    ‘The fact that there were two or 20 victims does not affect the decision.

    ‘The [police] investigation satisfied the CPS that the matter passed the evidence sufficiency rule – they were happy that sufficient evidence existed to take the matter to court.

    ‘The likely number of victims was also apparent from evidence obtained in the investigation.’

    As reported in the Sunday Mercury in January, another man – Christopher Carrie, of Solihull – claims he was sexually abused by Tolkien.

    Mr Grant and Mr Carrie are now planning to take civil legal action against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham over the abuse they say they suffered.

    Tolkien was the oldest son of Professor Tolkien – one of the most illustrious figures in English literature – who wrote best-selling book The Hobbit as well as The Lord of the Rings, which has been made into two Hollywood blockbusters.

    Prof Tolkien, who died in 1973, gained his inspiration for the fantasy books while he lived in Birmingham.

    The themes came from such locations as Moseley Bog, Sarehole Mill in Hall Green and Perrott’s Folly and the waterworks Tower in Edgbaston – the ‘two towers’ in The Lord of the Rings.

    John Tolkien was ordained as a Catholic priest in 1946 and started his ministry the same year at St Mary’s Church, Coventry.

    In 1950, he became curate of the Church of the English Martyrs in Sparkhill where he stayed until 1957.

    Tolkien moved to Knutton in Staffordshire until 1966 and then Hartshill, also in Staffordshire, where he remained until 1987.

    From then, until 1994 when he retired, he was parish priest at Eynsham in Oxfordshire.

    Steven Maier, a solicitor representing relatives of the late Father Tolkien, commented: ‘We are surprised that the Sunday Mercury is continuing to focus on this matter, given the reprimand that the paper has already received from the Press Complaints Commission.

    ‘Father Tolkien categorically denied the allegations of abuse against him and, having died some months ago, is no longer in a position to defend himself. Nor can these unproven accusations be properly assessed in a court of law.

    ‘We are not sure why the Sunday Mercury is continuing to rake up further untested allegations of this kind. But these actions suggest a vendetta on the newspaper’s part and that nothing has been learned from the Press Complaints Commission ruling.’


    RITUAL … the Church of the English Martyrs where Father Tolkien (right) is alleged to have assaulted a boy scout

  5. Troyhand said:
    Catholic Herald – 18th June 1993
    More wranglings over Satanic abuse

    IN MY dual capacity of Coordinator for RAINS (Ritual Abuse Information Network and Support) and a psychiatrist who has worked with adult victims of Satanic cult abuse for the past six years. I was asked by a colleague two months ago, if I would talk to a journalist, Leanda de Lisle. who intended writing a balanced article on the subject (Catholic Herald, 14 May).

    I readily agreed for her to contact me but the call never came. I was dismayed to read the article which is not only biased, but inaccurate. It is hard to imagine that even its author could regard it as balanced.

    It is biased because it is written solely from the viewpoint of Detective Superintendent Coles, who, it is well known, was in prolonged dispute with the Nottingham social workers and foster parents regarding the well-founded suspicions of ritual abuse in the Broxtowe case.

    His opinions were also in conflict with those of Mrs Justice Booth who clearly expressed in the wardship hearing that children had been abused in Satanic rituals. This finding was upheld in the appeal court.

    Unfortunately, the professionals involved with this case are bound by confidentiality and do not enjoy the same liberty to disclose details that Mr Coles appears to, even with substitute names. Were she to hear the other side of it. Leanda de Lisle might well reach a very different conclusion.

    It is inaccurate, not only as regards details of the case itself and the factors surrounding it, but also in that Broxtowe was not the first major Satanic abuse case in Britain.

    As long ago as 1982, in Telford. four people, two men and two women. were convicted of various sexual offences committed in the context of Satanic rituals; two more cases followed, with convictions, in November 1986 and July 1987. All these preceded the Broxtowe case.

    Does Mr Coles suggest that Boxtowe also “spawned” these? In addition, my own first patient was describing activities before the Broxtowe children began their disclosures and both these events occurred prior to any information being received from Ray Wyre.

    Neither the psychiatric registrar in Manchester nor Det, Supt. Coles is in a position to determine whether the allegations made by the adult informants are fantasy or reality.

    Mr Coles makes a very serious charge in suggesting that the professionals handling the Broxtowe case may have “created a generation of abusers who kill in the name of the devil”.

    I would suggest that his attack on them may have damaging results in deterring both victims and professionals, through fear, from voicing what they know to be the truth and thus allowing continuation of these crimes.

    It is both inaccurate and dangerously misleading, to dismiss Satanist abuse as a myth. The same stories are being heard repeatedly, without prompting. from adult and child victims and few professionals have read much of the subject prior to encountering their first cases.

    The scepticism that has been so prominent for generations is the chief weapon of the abusers and is undoubtedly responsible for numerous cases being misdiagnosed, denied or dismissed as hysteria on the part of social workers and Christians.

    Many victims of Satanism seek help form the Christian church, so it is vitally important that they are not confronted by potential helpers with closed minds. Perhaps Leanda de Lisle would like to redress the balance..

    Joan Coleman Guildford

  6. Troyhand said:,4861239
    Glasgow Herald – 20 July 1988
    11 in court

    Eight men and three woman appeared in court yesterday facing more than 100 charges related to child sex abuse, covering an eight-year period. They were arrested last year in Nottingham’s biggest child sex abuse investigation, after a joint operation between police and social workers. The hearing, before magistrates at Nottingham Shire Hall, was adjourned until August 16.

    Joint operation between police and social workers. Operation Dual Concern.

  7. Troyhand said:,780926
    Glasgow Herald – 1 February 1989

    A Judge yesterday jailed a family caught up in a “vortex of evil” which resulted in Britain’s biggest child sex abuse case.

    Young children, some still in nappies, were woken from their beds late at night to be used as “playthings” at sex parties.

    Two mothers, who watched as their children were sexually assaulted, were told by Mr Justice Farquharson: “You must have sat there when these parties were going on and heard your children screaming and did nothing about it.”

    The Judge, who said he had endured listening to the evidence about the abuse of “those helpless young children,” jailed eight members of the family and a friend for a total of 43 years at Nottingham Crown Court.

    But he accepted some of the tormenters had themselves been corrupted by the “dreadful” grandfather, a 60-year-old jailed for 10 years last month for interfering with eight of his grandchildren.

    Yesterday, his two sons, two daughters, three sons-in-law, a son-in-law’s brother and the friend pleaded guilty to a total of 53 offences, including sex abuse, incest and cruelty.

    One 32-year-old mother who watched her children being abused, was sentenced to eight years, another to three.

    After the case, it was disclosed that 23 children, aged up to 12, eighteen of them from the Nottingham family, had been taken into care.

    Mr Peter Joyce, prosecuting, told the court that two of the children had been abused even after being taken into care.

    One father assaulted his daughter when he was allowed to take her to toilet at a social services office.

    Mrs Judith Dawson, child abuse consultant with Nottinghamshire County Council, said that social workers had been overruled by a Judge, who allowed the adults access visits.

    She said of the case: “Nothing has ever been attempted on this scale before. We have removed an entire generation of children.”

    The children were now with foster parents, who were slowly coaxing them back to normality.

    The Judge said he had seen some of the children and found them “engaging and attractive.”

    He told nine in the dock: “How any of you could have allowed these things to go on simply amazes me.”

    “They were passed around at these parties, or assemblies in which you got together, and used as playthings. All the time, they were upset and crying, and you did nothing whatever to help them.”

    The court was told by Mr Joyce that one couple’s children were unloved, unkempt and often unfed and locked in a bedroom.

    They were forced by hunger and thirst to eat flies and drink water from a toilet bowl.

    The Judge praised the social services and police for carrying out an “onerous and terrible job.”

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