Peter Righton was questioned about child sex offences in November 1994

A recently discovered press cutting shows that Peter Righton was questioned about indecent assaults on children by the Obscene Publications Squad in November 1994 – several months after the Hereford & Worcester investigation had been shut down, and after the BBC documentary Secret Life of a Paedophile had been broadcast. It can be assumed by the absence of any further news reports that he was never charged with an offence, despite clear evidence from his diaries including names and ages of victims, along with the name of the institution where he abused them. The November 1994 arrest took place in Eye, Suffolk – presumably at Lord Henniker’s estate, where he had been living since his 1992 arrest.

The Independent, 10th November 1994

A former lecturer on child social work is being questioned about indecent assaults on children. Scotland Yard’s Obsene Publications Squad arrested Peter Righton, 68, in Eye, Suffolk.

 

Peter McKelvie ( former Hereford & Worcester team manager) gives some background to the case:

“One of the many reasons I contacted Tom Watson MP in October 2012 was my anger and frustration that Peter Righton had been allowed to die with just one minor conviction for possession of indecent images of children when I knew how evil a web he had spun in full sight of leading social work agencies such as the National Children’s Bureau and the National Institute of Social Work not to mention the high regard he was obviously held in at the Department of Health

Much has been made of Savile being given the keys to Broadmoor

Righton didn’t need the keys, he could walk in to any children’s home or local authority boarding school in the UK on ” official business ”

I was given full access by West Mercia police to Righton’s diaries and letters which gave the clues to a large network of Paedophiles with “official ” access to children.
Unfortunately my team weren’t allowed to pursue these leads ourselves as the alleged offences occurred outside our statutory geographical boundaries
We had to pass all our relevant information on to other local authorities.
 With the full support of my then Director of Social  Services, David Tombs, I wrote a report for the Department of Health pleading for them to agree to fund and set up a “National Joint Social Worker/Police investigation team” so that we could pursue all the leads we had and go anywhere the evidence took us
Righton in his diaries had made the task of investigation relatively straightforward.
He had listed the names and ages of each boy he had abused from 1957 onwards in categories of which institution the victims had been resident at the time,and most sickeningly of all, had scored each child’s level of abuse from 1 ( touching) to 10 ( buggery )
My Director was prepared to release me and 2 of my social workers to be part of such a team if we were seen as suitable applicants
Nothing came of this request and this huge body of evidence against Righton fell in to a black hole
A small group of us, a very senior Police  Officer, two very experienced investigative journalists and myself met with a senior Opposition Party MP in 1994 to lodge a complaint and demand action.
We named MP’s that we believed might be involved in this organised network
Nothing came of that either

My Director David Tombs retired in 1994 and my team was closed down and disbanded virtually immediately afterwards.”

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3 comments
  1. Righton was also arrested in 1993:

    Evening Standard (London)

    May 19, 1993, Wednesday

    Two quizzed over child abuse case

    SECTION: Pg. 2

    LENGTH: 227 words

    CHILDREN’S homes expert Peter Righton has been arrested and questioned over alleged child abuse.

    It follows the Evening Standard revelation two weeks ago that Mr Righton, 67, was at the centre of a police and social work investigation.
    We traced Mr Righton to the country estate of Lord Henniker’s family in Suffolk which is also an education and recreational centre for children.
    Mr Righton and another man have been placed on bail while papers are submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service.
    The police investigation followed the seizure of indecent material from homes in Evesham, Hereford and Worcester, last year.

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