Scandal Of Top Cop And Rent Boys (11.05.86)

News of the World, 11th May 1986

NOTW110586Although the police operation isn’t named in this article, I’ve filed it under Operation Circus as it involves child prostitution in Piccadilly Circus, and falls within the date range 1985-1987. However, the article refers to ” major probe into a police homosexual ring”, so this may have been a separate police investigation.

I don’t know the exact date Operation Circus started, but I believe the first trial was that of Ronald Cooper, the boss of Leeways children’s home, who was convicted in June 1985. According to The Times, the file on Operation Circus was closed on 17th February 1987. It said that a total of 15 men had been tried at the Central Criminal Court during the investigation.

I have so far only been able to find information on 5 of those men. Ronald Cooper (June 1985), Andrew Prichodsky (January 1986), Malcolm Raywood (January 1986), Abraham Jacob (May 1986), and Samuel Bolger (February 1987). I would be grateful for any information on the remaining 10 men.



  1. Troyhand said:

    Annual Report of the Press Council, Volume 34
    Press Council, 1987

    [Pages 27-28]
    Unjustified allegations
    [If your covering up for paedophile rings]

    The Council said the News of the World was not justified in publishing serious allegations against a senior police officer after he died suddenly.

    The story by Alex Marunchak was headlined “SCANDAL OF TOP COP AND RENT BOYS” and “Gay quiz Yard chief dies of heart attack”.

    It said Commander Trevor Lloyd-Hughes was at the centre of a major probe into a police homosexual ring. He had quizzed three times. Police found his home telephone phone number in the address books of two teenage boy prostitutes, and in the possession of a young officer, now suspended, by the anti-corruption squad probing links between gay police and a firm of private detectives.

    It was alleged that in return for homosexual favours detectives supplied the firm with confidential information from the police national computer.

    Chief Inspector Brian August was quoted as saying they were awaiting a decision by the Director of Public Prosecutions.

    The Council upheld a complaint on behalf of Mrs Elizabeth Lloyd- Hughes by Waltons, solicitors, of Luton, Bedfordshire. She complained that the report made false and inaccurate insinuations against her late husband, implying that he was a homosexual and involved in police corruption; and the timing of the report five days after his death was calculated to cause the maximum distress to his family.

    When Commander Lloyd-Hughes first heard in 1985 of allegations that he was a homosexual, said Waltons, he denied this and instructed them to sue for libel if the allegations were published. This remedy was not available to his next-of-kin.

    Commander Lloyd-Hughes was never subjected to any formal investigation or suspension as a result of these allegations, which had come to the attention of his senior officers, the solicitors said.

    Mr Thomas Crone, deputy legal manager, told them the News of the World was not prepared to publish any retraction.

    Waltons sent the Council a letter from Mr D.M. Williams, acting assistant director of the Department of Public Prosecutions.

    He said there was no suggestion that Commander Lloyd-Hughes was involved in the investigation into gay police and private investigators and his telephone number was not found in the address book of a suspended homosexual officer.

    Mr Henry Douglas, the newspaper’s legal manager, said Mr Marunchak’s information was that the commander’s telephone number was seen near the top of a right-hand page of the suspended officer’s diary by DO August among others.

    Waltons drew the Council’s attention to a later Daily Mail report that the commander believed the smear campaign had been launched deliberately to stop him getting the top job in Yard criminal intelligence.

    The Council put various questions to the director of the Yard Complaints Investigation Bureau.

    Mr R. Ellis, replying by letter on behalf of Deputy Assistant Commissioner D.J. O’Dowd, said Commander Lloyd-Hughes was not the subject of any investigation, formal or otherwise, about any of the News of the World allegations.

    Mr Ellis said the commander’s home telephone number was not found in the address book of any “rent boys”. When Mr Marunchak telephoned DCI August before publication he was told categorically the commander was not the subject of a complaint or internal investigation, and his address and telephone number were not in the diary of a named suspended officer.

    Mr Marunchak commented that sources within the bureau confirmed that Commander Lloyd-Hughes was questioned three times. The same source said DO August did discover that the suspended detective had the commander’s home telephone number.

    Adjudication: In response to this complaint the News of the World stood by its story of allegations about the late Commander Trevor Lloyd Hughes and claimed that its publication was called for in view of a wide debate.

    The Press Council, however, is satisfied on the evidence it has been given – particularly in view of answers to its questions by the Metropolitan Police – that the newspaper was not justified in publishing the serious allegations it did about the dead man, or in headlining its story in such extreme terms.

  2. Troyhand said:

    “Malcolm Raywood, aged 53, was sentenced to three years and Andrew Prichodsky, aged 39, to three-and-a-half years.”
    Andrew Michael Joseph Prichodsky

    Born: 1946
    Nationality: BRITISH

    Country: NETHERLANDS
    Posttown: 1104 KJ AMSTERDAM


    30 March 2001 – 05 March 2002
    Andrew Michael Joseph Prichodsky was employed as Director at PRIMA RECRUITMENT UK LIMITED from 12 April 2001 to 05 March 2002


    Director, EXECUTIVE, 2001.04.12 – 2002.03.05

    Director, 2001.04.12 – 2002.03.05

    Director, 2001.04.12 – 2002.03.05

  3. Troyhand said:!msg/world_wide_with_god_minstry9/f8rwqJgHqIU/WuVVnRWY9KUJ
    Court of Appeal Criminal Division
    22-05-2012 04:05 PM BST

    Daily list for Wednesday, 23 May 2012

    Updated Tuesday, 22 May 2012 15.05

    The Court Of Appeal
    Criminal Division

    COURT 4

    WEDNESDAY 23/05/2012
    At 10:30am

    201104795 A2 Trevor Niall Aldridge (Reporting Restrictions: Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 1992 applies)


    201107058 A2 Thomas Gilbert Eaton (Reporting Restrictions: Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 1992 applies)

    ****201201920 A3 Clifford Nigel Drake (Reporting Restrictions: Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 1992 applies)****


    201200230 A3 Alan David Grundy

    201105902 C2 Christopher John Roberts

    201202856 A1 Chaymae Smak

  4. Troyhand said:

    SWT, Social Work Today, Volume 17, Issues 1-17
    British Assn. of Social Workers., 1985,+he+said+the+department+should+have+known+what+was+happening%22&dq=%22However,+he+said+the+department+should+have+known+what+was+happening%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=rUd9U6_3LcfisAThmoHgBw&ved=0CCsQ6AEwAA

    [Page 3]
    Lewisham staff under fire

    Senior staff at Lewisham social services department have been strongly criticised for failing to follow up complaints about the head of a children’s home who was convicted earlier this year on charges of gross indecency with youngsters in his care.

    The report of the three-month long inquiry into events at the Leeways children’s home says there was criticism of Ronald Cooper as early as 1972, 12 years before he was arrested and resigned as head of the home.

    By 1978, senior members of the department were aware of complaints about his behaviour, but the report stressed they did not realise the full extent of his activities.

    Cooper was jailed for four years at the Old Bailey in June after admitting charges of gross indecency and of taking obscene photographs.

    In its report, the inquiry team – which was headed by barrister, Elizabeth Lawson – says management failed to tackle Mr Cooper about allegations of bad child care practice “for reasons which do not stand up to scrutiny”.

    As a result Cooper was able to manipulate a defective system to his advantage.

    Given the multiple weaknesses in the system which we have identified . . . it is remarkable that much worse things did not happen,” says the report.

    The report calls for radical changes in organisation and attitudes if improvements are to be effected:

    “At almost every point at which collectively or individually the people involved had to choose between making the welfare of the children the first consideration and some conflicting loyalty or priority, they chose the latter.”

    And it goes on: “The junior staff have been treated appallingly and it is quite deplorable that they were allowed to leave. We think it is probably that junior staff will continue to be inhibited about complaining for fear of getting bad references, no promotion or being dismissed.”

    John Thompson, Lewisham’s newly appointed director of social services, said the report clearly shows that nobody in the department knew exactly what was going on.

    However, he said the department should have known what was happening and was taking the inquiry team’s recommendations extremely seriously.

    He felt that some of the complaints fell on deaf ears because Ronald Cooper was highly regarded.
    He said very real changes had been made and further changes were anticipated following a meeting of the social services committee.

  5. Troyhand said:,+inevitably,+is+a%22&dq=%22one+of+us.+What+I+am+arguing+for,+inevitably,+is+a%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=KQx_U6CTGKLKsQTr6oCoBQ&ved=0CC0Q6AEwAA
    New Society, Volume 80 – 1987
    MARTYN HARRIS is a feature writer on the Daily Telegraph

    Homosexual prostitutes are really going to town at the moment, with a series of newspaper allegations against Russell Harty, Harvey Proctor and Elton John. A lot of pimply lads from the Piccadilly Circus meat rack seem to have suddenly cottoned on to the fact that there is even more money to be made from selling smut to the papers than selling themselves to celebrities.

    Several points strike me. In the first place it is interesting that it should be male tarts who have seized the opportunity offered by an increasingly callous tabloid press. There must, in the nature of things, be far more women tarts with secrets to sell, but I can think of only one in recent years who has actually done so, which was Debbie Coghlan in the Jeffrey Archer affair, and even there she was being handled by a male solicitor. A relationship with a female prostitute may be intrinsically less damaging to a public figure, but it is damaging enough to be profitable, as the money extracted by Coghlan from Archer and the newspapers goes to show.

    The reason for this discrepancy are the AIDS hysteria, which for the first time since the 1960s has made homosexuality a subject for blackmail and extortion, while women prostitutes still operate some rough and ready code of honour.

    The second point is that there is so little condemnation of the rent boys themselves. The rather jolly little name “rent boy” is significant. The rent boy like the shoe-shine boy or bell-boy or bus-boy, merely renders some minor hygienic service, which he is then at liberty to retail to the press. The client, on the other hand, who has committed the awful crime of paying for sex is beyond the pale, and any hope of social compassion.

    Julie Burchill, arguing in this paper last week against the legalisation of prostitution, put the now familiar feminist argument that it is a completely exploitative relationship. To condone it would be like condoning the selling of eyeballs and internal organs. Well, obviously it is not. The prostitute, male or female, rents his or her organs for a period of time much as Ms Burchill rents out her clever mind, and some prostitutes are able to do this with complete equanimity. The fantasy of the milord in his top boots buying the little match girl for a penny is just that — a fantasy. Most men who frequent prostitutes, male and female, are more lonely and frightened and desperate than the prostitutes themselves — and often no richer. Take a look at the men darting through the door of a peep show or massage parlour some time. The wealthy buy their sex elsewhere.

    The third aspect of the rent boy stories is the inevitable double standard created by social class. The Mail on Sunday this week had two rent boy stories, one by Nigel Dempster, defending the smearing of Elton John, and another by Chapman Pincher, smearing the name of former MI6 chief. Sir Maurice Oldfield, who was also, before his death, in charge of intelligence operations in Northern Ireland.

    Dempster argued that the vendetta against Elton John was justified, “Because what we are talking about is democracy itself . . . every time I see a powerful figure’s misdemeanours exposed, the more confident I feel our democracy can be sustained.”

    Four pages further on Chapman Pincher claims Oldfield was “a compulsive homosexual” who had frequent encounters with waiters, down and outs and male prostitutes, while he was head of the security service. All of these claims have been been subsequently denied, but that is not the point for the moment, Oldfield was, says Pinter, “a classic security risk” whose tastes were well known to Special Branch, the government, and even the IRA, “yet I was diffident about revealing it because he was a friend.”

    So, you see, to hound a plump pop singer and football chairman like Elton John, or to persecute a grammar-school oik like Russell Harty, or a vulgar, strident Johnny-come-lately like Harvey Proctor is all right, because it is a defence of emocracy. But if the head of MI6 decides to bugger the bell-boy then it must be kept quiet until he is dead because he is “a friend,” because he is one of us.

    What I am arguing for, inevitably, is a legalisation of prostitution. Yes, I know it is sordid and degrading and a debasement of what should be the most delight human activity — perhaps even a perpetuation of the sniggering British double standards on sex of which Julie Burchill complains. But prostitutes both male and female, have always been around and always will. The only way to begin to free it from the violence, extortion and exploitation of both tart and client is recognize it legally.

    [Wow. Is this Barbara Hewson in pants?]

    Russell Harty, Harvey Proctor, Elton John…. “Circus” freaks?

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