Monthly Archives: November 2014

18th-25th January 1975: Letters regarding the Albany Trust’s links with PIE (The Times)

26th August 1975: Child-lovers win fight for role in Gay Lib (The Guardian)

26th August 1975: Legalise child sex – call (Sheffield Morning Telegraph)

28th August-15th September 1975: Guardian ‘London Letter’ column on PIE and related correspondence (The Guardian)

November 1975: ‘Evidence on the law relating to and penalties for certain sexual offences involving children – For The Home Office Criminal Law Revision Committee’ aka ‘The PIE manifesto’

22nd January 1976: Who really wants a change in the age of consent? (The Times)

Spring 1976: ‘Paedophile Politics’ (Gay Left)

19th May 1977: Adults only (The Guardian)

4th February 1977: Blackmail after man applied to join paedophile organization (The Times)

24th August 1977: Mirror comment – For adults only (Daily Mirror)

27th August 1977: Conference ban puts paedophile group further into cold (The Guardian)

28th August 1977: Dutch MP backs child sex (The Guardian)

30th August 1977: Paedophile talks backed by homosexuals (The Times)

1st September 1977: Paedophile conference plans ‘age of consent’ meeting (The Guardian)

4th September 1977: Britain ‘intolerant’ on child sex (The Observer)

9th September 1977: Priest’s child sex views repudiated (The Guardian)

20th September 1977: Fury of the mothers (Daily Mirror)

24th September 1977: Gays join PIE fight (The Guardian)

16th December 1977: Row over cash for paedophiles (Daily Mirror)

16th December 1977: Grants ‘help child sex group’ (The Guardian)

20th December 1977: Guardian praised despite erring (The Guardian)

25th January 1978: Musician jailed on charges over pornography (Daily Mail)

1st April 1978: Judge slams child sex ring (Daily Express)

1st April 1978: ‘Sinister’ sex group rapped (Daily Mirror)

11th June 1978: They just don’t give a damn (News of the World)

18th June 1978: Child sex leaders raided (Sunday Express)

25th June 1978: Why a school sacked the nastiest man in Britain (News of the World)

11th July 1978: Dishonoured: the shame of a viscount’s son who turned from porn books to child sex (Daily Express)

7th November 1978: Reporter held (Daily Mail)

24th June 1979: Poisonous PIEmen are at it again (News of the World)

18th November 1979: We trapped little boy’s evil friend (News of the World)

November 1980: The Beast of Berlin (Private Eye)

21st January 1981: Child sex group ‘is a force for evil’ (Daily Mail)

25th January 1981: Police swooped over our story on the PIE men (News of the World)

27th January 1981: Paedophile book earns lecturer’s praise (The Guardian)

February 1981: The Beast of Berlin (2) (Private Eye)

1st February 1981: PIE men retrial (Daily Mirror)

1st March 1981: PIE men face sex charge (News of the World)

7th March 1981: ‘Child porn exchanged’ (The Guardian)

14th March 1981: Why the DPP resurrected an ancient law to deal with paedophiles (The Guardian)

15th March 1981: Whitelaw quiz on envoy’s links with the child sex men (News of the World)

16th March 1981: Why we did not prosecute (Daily Mail)

16th March 1981: ‘Don’t name porn envoy’ (The New Standard)

16th March 1981: Tory MP threatens to name ex-diplomat mentioned in sex trial (The Times)

17th March 1981: Child-sex diary of a diplomat (Daily Mail)

17th March 1981: MP determined to name diplomat over child pornography case (The Guardian)

17th March 1981: MP is defiant over naming diplomat (The Times)

17th March 1981: Paedophile case diplomat would have faced purge (The Times)

18th March 1981: MP names man in child sex case (Daily Mail)

18th March 1981: I will name the porn case envoy today (Daily Express)

18th March 1981: MP defies porn case plea (Daily Mirror)

18th March 1981: Shame of the ‘porn’ envoy (The New Standard)

18th March 1981: Diplomat referred to in sex trial named today (The Times)

19th March 1981: I will name more names (Daily Express)

19th March 1981: MP in porn name storm (Daily Mail)

19th March 1981: Rap for MP who named envoy (Daily Mirror)

19th March 1981: Secret shame of Mr Perfect (Daily Mirror)

19th March 1981: ‘Porn’ envoy: Havers replies (The New Standard)

19th March 1981: MP’s questions anger Hayman solicitor (The Times)

19th March 1981: Mr Steel says naming diplomat may be abuse of privilege (The Times)

20th March 1981: How Sir Peter was kept out of the PIE trial (The Guardian)

20th March 1981: Havers defends non-prosecution (The Guardian)

20th March 1981: Text of MP’s questions on envoy and replies by Ministers (The Guardian)

20th March 1981: Law chief tells of ‘an obsession with child-torture’ (The Sun)

20th March 1981: My flat’s been bugged, he says (The Sun)

20th March 1981: Sir Peter ‘not in blackmail plot’ (The Sun)

20th March 1981: Attorney General’s full answer to question on Sir Peter Hayman (The Times)

20th March 1981: Ex-diplomat was not blackmailed or pressurized, solicitor says (The Times)

20th March 1981: Sir Peter and Mr Henderson (The Times)

21st March 1981: The double life of Sir Peter Hayman (The Times)

22nd March 1981: Child sex ring goes back into business (News of the World)

22nd March 1981: Filth behind a box number (News of the World)

22nd March 1981: This dreadful web of child corruption (News of the World)

22nd March 1981: Conspiracy, morals and lynch law (The Observer)

22nd March 1981: John Junor – Current Events (Sunday Express)

22nd March 1981: How PIE gets a cut of public money (Sunday People)

22nd March 1981: Scandalous: The cover-up in high places (Sunday People)

22nd March 1981: Top people escape child porn scandal (Sunday People)

23rd March 1981: Child sex sect gets new boss (Daily Mirror)

24th March 1981: MP ‘ready for gaol’ to protect source (The Guardian)

24th March 1981: Hayman MP defiant over source (The Times)

25th March 1981: Paedophile ban call (The Guardian)

26th March 1981: The questions unanswered in the Hayman case (The Times)

29th March 1981: MP’s fury at child porn for patients (News of the World)

7th April 1981: Havers denies special treatment for Hayman (The Guardian)

7th April 1981: Why Sir Peter Hayman was not named (The Times)

9th April: Letter regarding mental health charity MIND’s links with PIE (The Times)

20th April 1981: Village split as Sir Peter returns (Sunday Express)

25th July 1981: Teacher’s sex case ‘tragedy’ (Daily Mail)

25th July 1981: Teacher convicted of sex offences ‘can still teach’ (The Guardian)

20th September 1981: Classroom corrupters (News of the World)

20th December 1981: Vice link-up of the child sex beasts (News of the World)

20th March 1982: Clifford Hindley retires (Community Care)

18th July 1982: Police killer in sex spy probe (News of the World)

21st July 1982: Computer men to probe spy ‘leak’ (Daily Mail)

21st July 1982: Thatcher’s guarded security statement (The Times)

23rd July 1982: Tom O’Carroll released after 16 months in jail (Capital Gay)

15th August 1982: Child-sex boss in Whitehall shock (News of the World)

21st August 1982: Child sex spy tells all (Daily Star)

21st August 1982: Secrets of the PIE men (Daily Star)

23rd August 1982: Ban the PIE men (Daily Star)

3rd September 1982: College principal tells how he spied on PIE (The Guardian)

24th September 1982: Letter – A lust too gross to allow (The Guardian)

12th November 1982: Prime had links with child sex group (Daily Mail)

16th November 1982: MPs continue to press for debate on Prime affair (The Guardian)

27th November 1982: Another mystery death (Daily Express)

16th December 1982: MPs foiled on Prime debate (Daily Mail)

1982: PIE member Geoffrey Prime complains to the Press Council about the News of the World’s allegations (Press Council)

1982/1983: Sir Michael Havers complains to the Press Council about the Sun’s Geoffrey Prime allegations (Press Council)

1983: Interview with Steven Smith and Peter Bremner (BBC)

9th January 1983: Scare over sex-club spy (News of the World)

16th January 1983: Five get a rocket over Prime spy files (News of the World)

6th February 1983: PIE men are slammed (News of the World)

27th February 1983: Evil menace to children (Sunday People)

19th June 1983: Twisted lusts of TV stars (News of the World)

22nd June 1983: Scoutmaster quits (Daily Mail)

24th June 1983: Church man in sex row (Daily Mirror)

20th August 1983: Outlaw evil child-sex peddlers (Daily Mail)

22nd August 1983: God help our little children (Daily Express)

22nd August 1983: The Sun and Sir Michael (The Sun)

22nd August 1983: The Sun has to withdraw its allegations about Geoffrey Prime (The Times)

23rd August 1983: Child sex: MP ready to expose famous names (Daily Express)

23rd August 1983: ‘Ban PIE’ call (Daily Telegraph)

23rd August 1983: Dickens’ threat to reveal names (Huddersfield Daily Examiner)

23rd August 1983: Ban child sex cult urges angry MP (The Sun)

23rd August 1983: MP seeks to ban child sex group (The Times)

24th August 1983: Child sex: Yard set to hand over names (Daily Express)

24th August 1983: Sex with children: DPP gets names (Daily Mail)

24th August 1983: No stopping men of evil (Daily Star)

24th August 1983: Why evil group won’t be banned (Daily Star)

24th August 1983: ‘Why the Yard acted on PIE’ (The Standard)

24th August 1983: Telephone caller says he knows one of the men who assaulted boy (The Times)

25th August 1983: Eight top names on my list of shame (Daily Express)

25th August 1983: Sir Peter is unscathed by scandal (Daily Express)

25th August 1983: 15 men named in child sex report (Daily Mail)

25th August 1983: Peril of a child sex club ban (Daily Mirror)

25th August 1983: Brittan wants paedophile report (Daily Telegraph)

25th August 1983: Public figures named in files on sex offenders in Britain (The Globe and Mail, Canada)

25th August 1983: Scotland Yard sends two new reports on PIE to ministers (The Guardian)

25th August 1983: Confessions of the ‘child sex’ men (The Standard)

26th August 1983: The shocking truth about PIE (Daily Express)

26th August 1983: The men who want to make sex with children legal (Daily Mail)

26th August 1983: Yard sends child sex file to DPP (Daily Mirror)

26th August 1983: Kinky child cult wins new recruits (The Sun)

26th August 1983: You scum! (The Sun)

27th August 1983: Ministry in child sex link (Daily Star)

28th August 1983: The nasty nine (News of the World)

28th August 1983: They even snare kids of four (News of the World)

28th August 1983: Child sex and a VIP (Sunday Mirror)

28th August 1983: ‘Curb child sex’ bid (Sunday Mirror)

28th August 1983: Top people shield the child sex VIPs (Sunday People)

28th August 1983: What we exposed and they ignored (Sunday People)

29th August 1983: Law boss pledges war on child sex (Daily Star)

29th August 1983: PIE has right to speak, say gays (The Guardian)

30th August 1983: Public anger after attack on 6-year-old boy – Child-sex group’s leaders step out of the shadows (The Canberra Times)

30th August 1983: MPs named in child sex smear bid (Daily Mail)

30th August 1983: Envoys in child sex quiz (Daily Star)

31st August 1983: Brittan studies child-sex report (Daily Express)

31st August 1983: Child sex report studied (Daily Telegraph)

31st August 1983: Government ‘apathy’ on PIE criticized (The Times)

1st September 1983: The men of evil (Daily Star)

2nd September 1983: Child sex fiends face new purge – but Brittan goes one step at a time (Daily Express)

2nd September 1983: A whimper from Brittan (Daily Express)

2nd September 1983: Child abuse: Brittan orders police review (Daily Mail)

2nd September 1983: PIE’s views defended (Daily Mail)

2nd September 1983: Brittan is ready to tame the perverts (Daily Star)

2nd September 1983: PIE links with rights group (Daily Star)

2nd September 1983: Brittan seeks expertise on child assault cases (The Guardian)

2nd September 1983: Minister condemns paedophile views (The Times)

3rd September 1983: MPs on ‘child sex mailing list’ (Daily Express)

4th September 1983: PIE account closed (The Observer)

5th September 1983: Child-sex purge ‘scares top men’ (Daily Express)

9th September 1983: Child sex men charged (Daily Mirror)

10th September 1983: ‘Bastards’ fury at a child sex court case (Daily Mirror)

10th September 1983: 3 charged with sex offences (The Guardian)

30th September 1983: CHE steps up support for PIE (Capital Gay)

3rd November 1983: Police guarding home of Tory MP (The Guardian)

4th November 1983: Stalls are down on PIE (Islington Gazette)

24th November 1983: MP alleges paedophilia at palace (The Times)

25th November 1983: Two year cover-up on dirty pictures (Daily Express)

25th November 1983: Palace link in child sex scandal (Daily Express)

25th November 1983: Vice ring at the palace, says MP (Daily Mail)

2nd December 1983: Sex crusade Tory MP’s office raided (Daily Mail)

9th December 1983: Home Office orders police visit (Capital Gay)

16th December 1983: PIE-probe police visit another activist (Capital Gay)

15th January 1984: Row over Palace vice ‘cover-up’ (News of the World)

19th January 1984: MP hands over shock report on child sex (Daily Mirror)

19th January: Dickens’ Dossier (Huddersfield Daily Examiner)

20th January 1984: TV chief is named in child sex probe (Daily Express)

25th March 1984: Evil secret of a Scots address (Sunday Mail)

15th June 1984: ‘Child sex link’ man sues for £20,000 (Capital Gay)

28th June 1984: Resistance at top – MP (The Guardian)

28th June 1984: Bill to curb sexual abuse of children (The Times)

24th August 1984: Two years’ jail for paedophile (The Times)

16th September 1984: Child sex trial man flees (The People)

18th September 1984: Catch the PIE man! (Daily Star)

17th October 1984: PIE man: legal move (The Guardian)

19th October 1984: Paedophile group disbands (Capital Gay)

19th October 1984: PIE extradition (The Times)

November 1984: Guilty men who back child sex (Daily Star)

7th November 1984: Master spy head ‘traps men in child sex group (Daily Express)

7th November 1984: Child sex ring’s ‘Home Office link’ (Evening Standard)

7th November 1984: Leader of child sex group misses trial (The Guardian)

8th November 1984: Home Office phone link alleged in child sex case (The Guardian)

14th November 1984: Paedophile leaders cleared of child sex offence incitement (The Guardian)

14th November 1984: Fury over verdicts on child sex trio (Daily Express)

14th November 1984: Child sex boss escapes trial (Daily Mirror)

14th November 1984: Paedophile chiefs are cleared of main charges (Daily Telegraph)

14th November 1984: Jail fear of child sex men (Evening Standard)

14th November 1984: Child-sex pair cleared as MP slams law (The Sun)

15th November 1984: All-male jury is rapped (Daily Express)

15th November 1984: Child-sex men fear jail revenge (Daily Express)

15th November 1984: Child sex men face jail fury (Daily Mirror)

15th November 1984: ‘Tough time’ ahead in jail for paedophile chiefs (Daily Telegraph)

15th November 1984: Leaders of paedophile group are sent to jail (The Times)

17th November 1984: PIE man on child porn charges (The Guardian)

19th November 1984: Child sex group ‘has folded’ (The Guardian)

25th November 1984: Dutch delay decision on Briton’s extradition (Daily Telegraph)

28th November 1984: PIE extradition ruling delayed by Dutch (The Times)

5th December 1984: Alan Rusbridger’s diary (The Guardian)

January 1985: Extradition move on child sex man dropped (Daily Telegraph)

7th July 1985: Evil PIE boss in a child care scandal (News of the World)

29th December 1987: Porn group tries to link up with child charity (The Sunday Times)

25th January 1990: Two face child porn charges (Islington Gazette)

1st August 1990: ‘Snuff’ video outrage…but nothing stops the monsters (Daily Star)

16th December 1991: Child porn man who fled is jailed seven years later (Evening Standard)

17th December 1991: Pervert jailed (Daily Mirror)

23rd April 1992: ‘Wicked’ doctor took dirty pictures of young boys (Islington Gazette)

17th September 1992: Child care expert fined over photos of naked boys (The Independent)

6th May 1993: Country house hideaway of disgraced care chief (Evening Standard)

21st February 1994: Parents call for public inquiry over sex abuse skipper (Press Association)

24th February 1994: An abuse of trust (Daily Mail)

3rd March 1994: Social work team claims to have found nationwide paedophile ring (Care Weekly)

27th May 1994: Silence that cloaked child sex conspiracy (Evening Standard)

1st June 1994: Shadow of the attic (The Guardian)

9th September 1994: Police arrest child care chief (Daily Mail)

10th November 1994: Lecturer held (The Independent)

9th March 1997: These men are the child sex abusers (The Observer)

6th July 1997: Paedophile list set up by gay rights leader (The Sunday Times)

2nd June 1998: The epidemic in our midst that went unnoticed (The Guardian)

8th October 2000: Home truths (The Independent on Sunday)

28th October 2000: The web of pure evil (Daily Mail)

9th September 2001: Inquiry into researcher’s links with paedophiles (Mail on Sunday)

10th September 2001: University investigates PhD student’s internet links with paedophiles (The Scotsman)

15th September 2002: Scandal of pervert on top legal panel (Sunday Express)

10th February 2003: Under cover in suburbia, the master spy living off the state he betrayed (Daily Mail)

17th March 2004: The police child porn expert…exposed as a paedophile (Daily Mirror)

17th March 2004: Child porn ‘expert’ jailed for abusing young girls (The Guardian)

21st December 2006: The porn vault (Daily Mirror)

17th August 2007: ‘I hate him for what he did to my girl. He’s evil’ (Leicester Mercury)

2010/2011: Annual report (Campaign for Homosexual Equality)

19th April 2013: Tom Watson’s letter to Theresa May

25th March 2014: Teachers ‘abused boys at Osborne’s old school’ + second article + third article (The Times)

28th March 2014: Boys punished for telling of abuse by teacher (The Times)

Sunday People, 22nd March 1981


HOW PIE GETS A CUT OF PUBLIC MONEY (Sunday People, 22nd March 1981)

Taxpayers’ money is being used to publish a social services guide, which publicises the Paedophile Information Exchange.
And civil servants have co-operated in compiling the directory, Guide to the Social Services.
In it, PIE is described as “a self-help organisation.” Such groups are described in the book as “making a major contribution to the provision of social services.”
The directory has been published for nearly 100 years by the old-established Family Welfare Association of London, who acknowledge that they receive public funds to carry out their work.
The Association’s director, R. R. Morley, said: “Obviously we shall have to look at this.
“We have been including this organisation in our handbook in good faith as an association to which people with a particular problem could be sent for help and advice.
“I know there was an outcry about PIE. But then you can find people who will object to almost anything.
“They might also object to homosexual organisations being included, or organisations dealing with prisoners’ rights, or people such as Release, the drugs advice service.”
Mr. Morley added: “We have not been able to consider the business of PIE’s listing – after all, it only blew up last week, didn’t it?”

Graeme Gordon, aged 36, was a senior children’s nurse working for 9 years, at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton in the Emergency Department. He lived in Brighton but his home town was Reading. He worked with the most vulnerable children, some of whom would have been seriously ill and even unconscious.  In October he was convicted of three offences relating to sexual activity with a child under 16, grooming of a child for the purposes of sexual activity and possession of indecent images relating to children. He was sentenced at Reading Crown Court to 38 months imprisonment and 6 months for possession of abusive images of children.

He was sacked by the Hospital Trust and the professional body (NMC) struck him off their register so that he is very unlikely to be able to work with children or vulnerable adults again.

The police found absolutely no evidence that his offending behaviour included his place of work or that the safety of children in the care of the Brighton hospital had been placed at risk.

I have not been able to locate the police investigation report.  I am sure that all relevant agencies would have contributed to a Section 47 enquiry (Children Act 1989) which requires enquiries to be made when there is reasonable cause to suspect actual or likely significant harm to a child or children in the locality.  The outcome of this investigation would then be considered at the Local Safeguarding Children Board because of possible risk to numbers of children who had been nursed by Gordon in a 9 year period.   This review, or a publically available version in an executive summary, would usually be available on the Local Safeguarding Children Board website but I could not find reference to it. It is good practice for such a process to be conducted independently and local agencies commonly select an independent chair and panel to conduct such a review in order to ensure a rigorous and transparent process.

Of course, it is not acceptable for the statutory authorities to go trawling for evidence where it is not thought to exist and no-one would want to cause any unnecessary distress to the parents and families of the children who were patients of the hospital during that time. However, the crimes Gordon committed in Reading were serious and Gordon’s access to particularly vulnerable children in Brighton had been substantial over 9 years. It is possible for a sensitive multi-agency  investigation process to inform parents and also hospital staff of the known facts, to provide a helpline number and to have a multi-agency team to respond to concerns and to any suspicion or knowledge of criminal activity or breach of professional codes of practice.

I would be interested to know more about how the authorities and relevant agencies in Brighton responded to this case.

Dr Liz Davies

Reader in Child Protection

London Metropolitan University


Nurse struck off after being jailed for grooming girl (The Argus, 18 July 2014)

Brighton children’s hospital nurse jailed and struck off for having under-age sex (Brighton & Hove News, 21 July 2014)

Nurse at top children’s hospital jailed for three years for abusing 14-year-old girl he met on the internet (Daily Mail, 21 July 2014)

Graeme Gordon

Graeme Gordon


Sunday Express, 20th September 1981


MISSING BOY’S MOTHER FLIES 4,000 MILES TO PRAY AT A HINDU TEMPLE (Sunday Express, 20th September 1981)

On Wednesday morning, 31-year-old Mrs Aruna Mehrotra will leave her home in England on a long journey of sadness and faith. She will fly more than 4,000 miles to New Delhi. Relatives and friends will meet her and comfort her, and then Mrs Mehrotra will prepare for a solemn ritual a few days later.
For next Sunday morning, at 4 o’clock, well before the sun rises, Mrs Mehrotra will put on a specially-made saffron-coloured sari and travel 20 miles by car north along a bumpy road to an ancient stone Hindu temple.
Inside the temple, she will light the wicks of candles which she will have prepared the night before, in containers of dried mud filled with a wax of clarified Indian buffalo milk.
Then she will kneel at an altar which has a gold statue of the mother goddess Durga, and she will pray to her gods for just one thing—the safe return of her son, Vishal.
It was on July 29 that eight-year-old Vishal vanished near his home in Holmbush Road, Putney, south-west London after returning from St. Paul’s where, with his father, he had watched the Royal procession for the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana.
A massive police search which is still going on has revealed nothing, and for Vishal’s parents there has been only the torment and agony, the wondering and the worry of waiting.
Mrs Mehrotra’s trip has been carefully planned. Next Sunday is Vishal’s ninth birthday.
And the temple of Durga is the family temple—and the same one which Vishal visited in 1979 on his birthday, during a holiday to India.
To Hindus, the mother goddess Durga protects against all violence and it is to her that Mrs Mehrotra will be praying that nothing violent has happened to Vishal.
Despite fading chances that her son is safe, Mrs Mehrotra maintains a mother’s hope that Vishal is well and will return one day soon.
Last Tuesday morning, Mrs Mehrotra went to St James’ School in Queen’s Gate, London—just in case Vishal had turned up for the resumption of his classes after the school holidays.
It was a forlorn hope, unfulfilled.
But she said: “I am keeping his bed ready, waiting for him. His clothes, his schoolbooks and a few toys are just as he left them.
“This trip to the temple is a journey I feel I must make. I must pray to our gods, in our temple, for Vishal’s safe return.
“It should be done on our son’s birthday—and it is on that day I will visit the temple.”
The boy’s father, 36-year-old solicitor Mr Vishambar Mehrotra, said: “I am quite certain that Vishal did not run away.
“There was no reason for him to do that. He was happy at home.
“And he is very clever. If he did want to run away, he would have planned it carefully. He would have taken extra clothes and his important possessions.
“But there was nothing missing, not even his folder of letters and birthday cards which he treasured so much. He would not have left those behind.
“Sometimes we take out the folder and we look at the birthday cards he received last year. We feel so sad and we pray for one thing—that Vishal will be back with us soon.”
A huge police team is still operating full-time on the search and at the special investigation headquarters, Detective Chief Superintendent Donald Bremner said: “We are faced with these main possibilities:
“That Vishal has had a serious accident, that he has been murdered, that he has run away, that he has been abducted or that he has been kidnapped.”
It has also been learned that police are looking into three other, more bizarre possibilities.
It is emphasised that NO evidence has been found to support any of these possibilities—but it is known that all are being examined by senior detectives. The three questions on their mind are:
* Could Vishal be back in India? The police have caused inquiries to be made in India.
* Could Vishal have been abducted by an individual or a gang with racial prejudices? There have been isolated attacks in the area on Asians.
* Could there be a link between Vishal’s disappearance and that of Martin Allen, who was 15 when he vanished on Guy Fawkes day, 1979, probably near Gloucester Road Tube station, London?
Det Chief Inspector James Begg, engaged on the Mehrotra case, has closely studied the files on Martin Allen. He and fellow officers have had a series of meetings with Det Chief Inspector David Venness, in charge of the Allen case and his senior officers.
Police have received and believe reports that Martin was seen with a man, at Gloucester Road. And, true or not, six of the 50 “sightings” of Vishal Mehrotra say he was with a man.
But Mrs Mehrotra said: “We just do not know the truth. The worrying thing is that there has been no note, no message, no telephone call.
“If only somebody would tell us what has happened….”

Daily Mirror, 3rd April 1980


Hundreds of children, fed up with home or school, or torn by puppy love, run away. Most come home again within forty-eight hours. One who didn’t was Martin Allen a quiet boy who, like thousands of other kids, travelled on his own to and from school …and met danger on the way.
Just five months ago chauffeur Tom Allen and his family were just amazed at their good luck.
Their modernised cottage-style house in the smartest part of London was one of the perks of Tom’s new job as head driver to the Australian High Commissioner.
Their neighbours in Kensington, W. London, were a posh lot of people with titles and tiaras.
But today the Allens’ dreams have crumbled.
Martin, 15, the youngest of their four sons, disappeared on his way home from school last Guy Fawkes’ Day. He has not been seen since.
That morning he picked up his yellow sports bag and set off for school with a cheerful: “Cheerio, Mum. Hope you have a good day.”
They were the last words his mother heard him say.
If you could see the awful sadness in Eileen Allen’s face as she talks about her missing son, you’d never forget it.
You’d go home, look gratefully at your own children, and then thank God that what has happened to Eileen’s family hasn’t happened to yours.
In the terrible months since, she has lost a stone-and-a-half. In the first weeks she couldn’t eat for thinking of Martin lying somewhere, hurt and uncared for, perhaps without any food.
Now Eileen, 51, says: “We are trying to pick up and go on where we left off on November 5.
“It’s as though the world and time have been standing still. Although Christmas has gone, it seems we are still waiting for it.
“In the beginning, I couldn’t talk about Martin without crying. Now I’ve got used to it—until something happens like an incident today.
“I went into the back room to put away a sleeping bag someone had used. I opened the cupboard and there were Martin’s Christmas presents, still all wrapped up.
“It brought everything back, just when I thought I had come to some sort of terms with it.”
In the hunt for Martin, which still goes on, the police conducted London’s biggest ever house-to-house search.
A team of forty detectives questioned 40,000 residents in London’s bedsit land around Earl’s Court underground station where passengers saw a boy believed to be Martin on the afternoon he went missing.
A man was holding a lad by the scruff of the neck, saying: “Don’t try to run”.
Martin was a shy boy, young for his age. He wasn’t a stay-out teenager or an angry adolescent who might rebel by running away.
The police, like his parents, fear the worst—that he was abducted by a man with violent or sexual intentions.
Says Eileen: “Knowing Martin, that would be one of the worst things that could have happened. He was a sensitive, home-loving kid.
“Even if he comes back, what sort of state physically, let alone mentally, is he going to be in?”
“He’ll never be the same Martin who walked out of that door. He wouldn’t even go round to the corner shop on his own to buy a packet of sweets after dark. He’d get Kevin, his older brother, to go with him, or take his dog Lady.
It’s been a very traumatic experience for us, but at least we’ve had each other. He’s had nobody.
“If we hadn’t come to live here, it probably would never have happened.
“But we’ve been through all the ifs. We can’t go on like that and drive ourselves slowly mad. To keep our sanity we have to accept the fact that he has gone, and try to look ahead, not back.”
Except for the fingerprint powder, Martin’s bedroom is as he left it, with his pyjamas tucked neatly under his pillow.
Says Eileen: “I keep saying I must go up there to take off the sheets and clear it out. But how can I, until I really know?”
It took a television programme to bring forward the first witnesses. By then Martin had missing for five weeks.
“Where the public fell down was minding their own business,” says Eileen.
Had somebody asked ‘Are you all right, son?’ when they saw he was frightened, it would have been enough to make the man run away.
“People are so busy, so frightened of doing the wrong thing. But its not being nosey, it’s being careful.”
Warnings every child should heed
The mystery surrounding Martin Allen highlights the daily danger facing thousands of schoolchildren who travel to and from school on their own.
Inquiries stemming from the search for Martin have led to the arrest of four people suspected of molesting children. They have been charged with indecent assault and more serious offences against youngsters.
Det. Chief Insp. David Veness, who has been leading the hunt for Martin, says: “This case has been an eye-opener to the great dangers facing children who use the London Underground.
The Inspector warns:
– never get into a conversation with a stranger.
– always ask to see the identity card of anyone who says he is an official.

See also:

Martin Allen: Missing since 5th November 1979

In 1981 police were already investigating London ‘child pornography gang’ linked to trafficking and murder

Was the Scotland Yard investigation into missing boys closed down?