Operation Hedgerow

29th November 1994

Guardian291194a Guardian291194b Operation Hedgerow: “Back in 1986, two senior detectives, John Lewis and Roger Gaspar, completed an inquiry into child pornography and child abuse in Kilburn. They dealt with 653 complaints, charged 20 different adults including a barrister, and ran three trials. But what really struck them was that the whole investigation had been triggered by one complaint from one social worker and, for once, instead of limiting themselves to dealing with the single complaint, they had followed all of its leads. They could only begin to imagine the scale of offences which would emerge if it were ever investigated systematically across the country.”

Operation Hedgerow trial 1:: 7 men – Colin Peters, Ernest Whittington, Alan Delaney, Victor Burnett, John Williams, Patrick David Norris, Patrick Joseph Norris (Daily Express 04.02.89), (Willesden & Brent Chronicle 10.12.87)

I don’t have any details of the other two trials and out of the other 13 men who were charged, the only other names I have are:

Kenneth Martin, Brian Howard-Edmunds, and “another man from Hastings”. (Willesden & Brent Chronicle 03.12.87)

More articles on Operation Hedgerow here.


Thanks to Daniel for finding this article.

News of the World, 14th June 1981

NOTW140681“Kenneth Martin was jailed in 1975 for his part in a child sex ring around the Playland amusement arcade in London’s Piccadilly”. More on Playland here.

Kenneth Martin was also jailed in 1987 during Operation Hedgerow, a police investigation into “Britain’s biggest child sex ring”. Details of Martin’s arrest here and more on Operation Hedgerow here.