1. Troyhand said:

    Evening Times – 23 July 1975
    TV-banned jury hears of vice

    The Old Bailey barred from watching an ITV documentary last night on runaway children today heard evidence from 8-year-old runaway Edward Scott.

    He claimed he lived by theft and slept in abandoned cars before two men he met in a London amusement arcade introduced him to vice.

    The prosecution case resumed without comment on the programme “Johnny Go Home.” Judge King Hamilton ordered yesterday that the all-male jury should spend last night in a hotel supervised by court bailiffs to ensure they did not see the film.

    Offer of meals
    The Crown has alleged that boys aged between 10 to 17 were lured into homosexual vice at the Playland amusement arcade near Piccadilly Circus after leaving their homes or local authority schools.

    They were tempted with offers of meals and shelter – then used by vice racketeers in an “appalling story” of West End life, Mr Michael Corkery said for the prosecution.

    Scott said he left his parents’ Peterborough home and slept rough in London.

    He went to Playland to play the amusement machines, he said, and was asked if he had anywhere to stay. He went to a flat with two men, where they committed indecent acts, he alleged.

    In the dock are Andrew Novac (29) a telephonist, Malcolm Raywood (43), unemployed, Basil Andrew-Cohen (39), driver, and David Archer (28), security guard, all of London.

    All deny acts of gross indecency or conspiring to procure such acts.

  2. Troyhand said:

    Glasgow Herald – 31 July 1975
    Going home

    Tommy Wylie, the Scots teenager who was featured in “Johnny Go Home,” the television documentary about runaways in London, is coming home next week to visit his parents in their new home in Cumbernauld.

    But he will stay for only a week before returning to London, where he now has a job.

    When the Yorkshire Television film was made last year 18-year-old Tommy’s family lived in Castlemilk, Glasgow. In January they moved to Cumbernauld.

  3. Troyhand said:

    Glasgow Herald – 28 February 1980
    Court acquits the authors in ‘Johnny Go Home’ libel action

    The authors and publishers of the paperback book “Johnny Go Home” were acquitted of a criminal libel charge by an Old Bailey jury in London yesterday.

    The jury took an hour to decide that John Willis – Lord Willis’s son – and Michael Deakin and the publishers Quartet Books and Futura Publications were not guilty of criminal libel.

    Their trial, which lasted 13 days, has been described as one of the most unusual cases to be heard at the Old Bailey.

    Judge, Mr Justice Comyn, called for the reform of the Criminal Libel Law because it was “wholly unfitted” to modern times.

    The prosecution has been brought privately by 47-year-old Roger Gleaves – once known as the Bishop of Medway – who claimed he was now virtually unemployable and had been shunned because of some of the book’s allegations against him.

    An order that defence costs should be bourne by Mr Gleaves was refused by the Judge.

    He said” “If Mr Gleaves had the money or any prospect of money, I would order him personally to pay the defence costs in full.

    “But one has to have an eye to the practical side of things and such an order would be quite useless here.

    “Mr Gleaves has said he has become virtually unemployable and become a person who has been shunned, so in the circumstances I make an order for the defence costs to be paid out of central funds.”

    Defence counsel Mr Richard Rampton, who applied for the costs, said: “This prosecution has been a complete disgrace.”

    The defendants had had to prove that every allegation in the book was correct – which had been “an enormous expense,” he said.

    He said the prosecution should never have been brought and the law of criminal libel should have been left in disuse.

    As Mr Willis left the court he said: “I hope this will be the last prosecution against journalists for criminal libel and that the law will be changed as a result of this prosecution.”

    Mr Deakin said the trial had been “jolly wearing” and estimated the costs of the defence would be more than £50,000.

    They felt they had done a public service with the book.

    The Judge ordered that papers concerning evidence from one of the prosecution witnesses, Brian Stainer, should be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions to be considered for possible perjury.

    Mr Justice Comyn said Stainer was one of two men with whom Mr Gleaves was charged with buggery in 1975.

    “He gave evidence against Mr Gleaves at that trial. He was plainly believed by the jury because Mr Gleaves was found guilty of buggery with both young men.

    “He then came to this court and gave evidence after a warning by me that the evidence he gave suggested he told lies on oath at the previous trial against Mr Gleaves.

    “It is absolutely plain that those two episodes of evidence cannot both be true.

    “It may be difficult for any authority to sort out whether a charge be possible, but it is my duty to order that the papers regarding Mr Stainer be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions.”

  4. Troyhand said:

    Glasgow Herald – 11 April 1979
    Law Lords’ go-ahead for ‘Johnny Go Home’ libel trial

    A private prosecution for criminal libel against the producers of the television documentary “Johnny Go Home” and the publishers of their book is to go ahead following a decision of the House of Lords yesterday.

    Five Law Lords unanimously dismissed an appeal by John Willis and John Deakin and their publishers, Quartet Books and Futura Publications in which they had sought to block the libel proceedings.

    The Lords refused to quash a magistrate’s order committing them for trial on charges brought privately by Mr Roger Gleaves, who featured in the film and the book.

    They ruled that the London magistrate, Mrs Audrey Frisby, was right in refusing to allow evidence about Mr Gleaves’s character to be given.

    But the Lords also called for reform of the law of criminal libel to prevent private individuals bringing prosecutions without the prior consent of the Attorney General of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

    In his prosecution, Mr Gleaves complains of various allegations made against him, including gross sexual offences with minors, dishonesty, and an allegation that he ordered an attack on a boy.

    Lord Scarman said the libels complained of were “far from trivial.”

    He added: “They are infamous, if untrue; and they do not become less serious because their victim is a man of bad reputation and many criminal convictions.

    “Their truth is not relevant until trial. I cannot see why the complainant’s bad reputation should be relevant until then.”

    Viscount Dilhorne said: “The fact that a man has a bad character does not mean that anyone can publish what he likes about him with impunity.”

  5. Troyhand said:


    The Freethinker – Volumes 95-96 – Page 72
    G.W. Foote, 1975


    The case with which religious organisations and individuals can obtain handouts from public funds was demonstrated at the Old Bailey earlier this month when Roger Charles Gleaves, described by the judge as “a wicked and a cruel man” was sent to prison for four and a half years after being found guilty of causing actual bodily harm. Gleaves had previous convictions for theft, assault, and indecent assault, but that did not deter him from masquerading as a social worker in London and establishing a number of hostels for boys, many of whom had run away from home or had been released from penal institutions.

    In fact, Gleaves, an ordained minister in the Old Catholic Church of America, was running a racket and he conducted a reign of terror in the hostels. The matter came to light when one of the residents died after being attacked by three of Gleaves’s “heavy mob”. Gleaves had little difficulty in registering his business as a charity. (Even if the Charity Commissioners were sceptical about the application from Charles, Bishop of Medway, there was little they could do as they have no power to investigate applicants.)

    The “bent bishop of Brixton”, as he was known, then approached a number of London boroughs asking for rundown properties which he could convert into hostels. Once again the reverend gentleman’s religious credentials and trappings were accepted as evidence of his worth and he was given several properties. Local authorities in the London area are not particularly noted for their generosity but they handed property to Gleaves because he “seemed genuine”.

    We cannot help speculating whether the authorities would have been willing to hand over houses to Gleaves, however genuine he may have seemed, if he had not represented himself to be a clergyman.

  6. Troyhand said:


    Encyclopedia of British and Irish Political Organizations
    Peter Barberis, ‎John McHugh, ‎Mike Tyldesley – 2000

    Greater Britain Campaign
    Dates: 1960s
    The GB Campaign was founded by Roger Gleaves, also known as the (self-styled) Bishop of Medway in connection with the leadership of his own Spiritualist Church of England. He was later convicted of child molesting.
    Reference: Searchlight 1988 (No. 152)

  7. Troyhand said:

    The Glasgow Herald – Apr 24, 1962
    Worse Confounded

    “Can’t understand where all these marchers have got to,” said a puzzled tourist from Minnesota, waiting patiently in Trafalgar Square yesterday. “It’s this ‘ere ban-the-march lot, see,” a father instructed his young son in Hyde Park.

    The confusion was understandable. Because of an oversight in booking arrangements the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament were obliged to give up Trafalgar Square to their opponents, the Greater Britain Campaign, firm believers in the deterrent. To make matters worse both sides were using the same arguments in support of opposite beliefs.
    “Britain’s unilateral action,” wavered a huge banner among the 50,000-odd crowd in Hyde Park, “ended the Atlantic slave trade.”

    “Don’t forget,” shouted a Greater Britain spokesman, through an inferior microphone, to the very much smaller crowd in Trafalgar Square, “that it was this country which abolished slavery.”

    Cointelpro? Was Gleaves a spy at one point?

  8. Troyhand said:

    The Daily News Texan – Apr 24, 1962
    50,00 Demonstrate For Banning Bomb

    Thousands of demonstrators shouted “ban the bomb” at a giant rally in Hyde Park Monday and then staged a silent protest before the U.S. Embassy. Fights broke out at one point but the embassy display was orderly.

    An estimated 50,000 Britons and a few foreign nationals crushed into Hyde Park for the largest demonstration yet aimed at getting Britain to ban nuclear-weapons unilaterally.

    Right-wing hecklers of the League of Empire Loyalists shouted “keep the bomb” from the edge of the crowd, touching off fist fights with some of the demonstrators. Police kept the fights isolated.

    While the Hyde Park rally was in progress, 2,000 persons who support Britain’s nuclear deterrent policy held their own rally at Trafalgar Square. Their committee, the Greater Britain Campaign (GBC), gained its chief satisfaction in getting a permit for Trafalgar before the anti-bomb demonstrators applied for one.

    [I don’t believe the 2,000 number.]

  9. Troyhand said:

    The strange death of Tory England
    Geoffrey Wheatcroft – 2005

    joining the single currency during the life of the next parliament, and partly because of Lady Thatcher. Like Erda in the Ring, she had risen from her slumber, with a thunderous warning against ‘an incredible alliance of opposites’, and then, in her best manner of a schoolmistress addressing a class of special needs pupils, she said, “The name is Hague. Have you got that? Hague.’

    Apart from her loathing of Clarke, she had had a soft spot for Hague since he spoke as a schoolboy at the Tory conference in 1977, although not everyone had been overjoyed by that gruesomely precocious performance, in which he addressed the conference veterans with the charmless words, ‘Half of you may not be here in 30 or 40 years’ time, but I will be and I want to be free.’ Norman St John Stevas was heard murmuring, ‘Where do they find them? Euston station?’ (an allusion to a scandal of the time in which a paedophile calling himself the ‘Bishop of Medway’ had picked up unsuspecting boys at railway stations). Wherever found, William Jefferson Hague had prospered, going from Wath-upon-Deane comprehensive in Yorkshire to Oxford, where he was president of the Union, and then to work for McKinsey, the dreaded management consultants, the mere prospect of…

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