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article-1237974-07AFFF8E000005DC-952_224x356News of the World, 11th November 1979

NOTW111179FEARS IN HUNT FOR MISSING BOY, 15
Police last night launched a hunt for a schoolboy missing from his home for nearly a week.
Fifteen-year-old Martin Allen, whose father is chauffeur to the Australian High Commissioner, was last seen going up an escalator at Kings Cross Tube station, London, on Monday.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “We are very concerned for his safety.
Martin, who looks four or five years younger than his age left the Central Foundation School, Old Street, City, to go to his married brother’s home in Holloway, North London.
At Kings Cross he told a school friend he was going first to his home at Hyde Park Gate, South Kensington, to get some money.
But he has not been seen since.
Switch
“I’m absolutely frantic,” said his 51-year-old mother Eileen. “If he does not want to come home, that’s all right—but we want to now he is OK.
Scotland Yard described Martin as 4ft 10on [sic] tall, slim with shortish brown hair, wearing a brace on his teeth and school uniform.

The Guardian, 9th December 1979

artists1News of the World, 9th December 1979

NOTW091279PHOTOFIT CLUE AS POLICE FEAR LOST BOY IS PRISONER
Police searching for a 15-year-old boy they fear is being held prisoner have issued a photofit of a man they wish to question.
And last night Detective Chief Inspector Dave Veness, who is leading the hunt, said : “I believe I am dealing with an abduction of a boy by a man with a violent or sexual motive.”
The missing boy is Martin Allen, son of the chauffeur to the Australian High Commissioner.
Now a special squad of detectives is searching houses and flats in Earl’s Court, London after a fresh sighting of the boy.
A 20-year-old man who lives in West London has told the police that at 4.15 p.m. on November 5 he saw a man standing with his arm around a boy’s shoulders at Gloucester Road Tube station.
Prodded
The boy, who strongly resembled Martin, looked anxious.
The man took the youngster on to a Piccadilly Line train and got off at the next stop, Earls Court.
The boy appeared reluctant to leave the train until the man prodded him in the back and said: “Don’t try to run”.
The witness described the man as 6ft tall in his 30s, well built, with very blonde hair and moustache.
He was wearing a denim jacket and trousers.
The last know sighting of Martin was at 3.30 p.m. on that day at King’s Cross.
A school pal left him heading for the Piccadilly Line which would have taken him to Gloucester Road Station, a five-minute walk from his home in Hyde Park Gate.
Martin who is slim, 5ft tall with dark brown hair, was wearing a black school uniform blazer with badge and a navy and yellow tie. He carried a bright yellow bag, marked “Astral.”

Sunday Express, 27th December 1981

SExp271281THE SADNESS BEHIND A SANTA’S SMILE
Five hundred children at two Christmas parties enjoyed the good will and gifts of a traditional Santa Claus. Not one guessed the secret sadness behind the white beard and seasonal smile.
For dressed in the red cloak was 56-year-old Mr Thomas Allen, whose teenage son, Martin, was apparently kidnapped more than two years ago.
Despite his sadness, Mr Allen played Father Christmas for an annual party at Australia House, where he works as a chauffeur, and at a North London primary school in Tufnell Park where his wife, Eileen, is as secretary.
“Martin is in my mind all the time and it is on occasions like Christmas that the memories are most vivid,” said Mr Allen.
Gripped
“How could I not be sad at those parties when I see so many other happy children?
“II thought of Martin … and there was a tear or two.
“But I am convinced of one thing. Not one of those children thought that I was anything but happy.
“My one hope is that Martin will be found and will be able to attend one of the Christmas parties.”
Martin, then 15, was last see on Guy Fawkes Night in 1979 being gripped tightly by a man aged between 30 and 40, about 6ft tall, and with blond hair, at Gloucester Road Tube station in London. He was on his way home from school.
Several people have told police they heard the man tell the boy “Don’t try to run.”
Martin was carrying a yellow sports bag with the trade name Astral on the side.
Intensive police investigations in Britain and other countries have failed to find any trace of Martin, but Mr and Mrs Allen, their family and friends have not given up hope.
Kidnap
Mr Allen said : “I think our son was kidnapped by a gang of child pornographers.
“I think he was spirited away to some overseas country and forced to take part in films.”
Police have sent European and other overseas police forces photographs of Martin so these can be compared with seized child pornography films.
Officers on the case have not ruled out a link between Martin’s disappearance and that of eight-year-old Vishal Mehrotra who went missing near his home in Putney after returning from watching the Royal Wedding near St Paul’s. Vishal is still lost.

Sunday Express, 7th March 1982

SExp070382FAMILY WAIT AND FEAR FOR NEWS OF SCHOOLBOY SON
A shiver of fear ran through members of the Allen family when they heard the news. The bones of a young boy had been found on a lonely stretch of farm land.
And as they read the story in their newspapers it brought to the surface the agony of uncertainty that has haunted them for more than two years.
For since Guy Fawkes night of 1979 Mr and Mrs Thomas Allen have had to endure the suspense of waiting to know the fate of their youngest son, Martin.
The quiet, intelligent 15-year-old vanished on his way home from school, and although he was carrying a yellow sports bag crammed with books and belongings, not a single trace of him has ever been found.
But the police do have details of a sinister last sighting of Martin.
Several witnesses reported seeing a boy of his description being led with a hand on the back of his neck by a tall, blond man who told the youngster : “Don’t try to run.”
That was at Earl’s Court Underground station in London.
Linked
So when, on Royal Wedding day last summer, an eight-year-old Indian boy disappeared near the tube station in Putney, just a few stops further down the District Line, the two cases were inevitably linked.
Then last week some pigeon shooters stumbled across human remains in a marshy wood in Sussex. They have been identified as those of the missing Vishal Mehrotra from Putney.
And now police working on the Allen mystery are keeping in close touch with their Sussex colleagues in case their investigations into the boy’s death throw new light on the search for Martin.
“How can you possibly describe how you feel at times like this?” said Mrs Eileen Allen at her home in Kensington, London.
“We are still waiting, wondering if Martin is still alive. My husband tortures himself thinking about the awful things that could have happened to him.
“Then we wonder what we would do if he did come back. He was a child of 15 when he went, now he would be a young man of 17. Would he be the same Martin that we knew? Would we able to cope?”
Upstairs in the cottage which goes with Mr Allen’s job as a chauffeur with the Australian High Commission, Martin’s bedroom remains exactly as he left it … posters on the wall and model trains in place.
Mrs Allen, who says her work as a school secretary has helped keep her sane during the months of torment, admitted : “ I am a realist.
“I am more or less resigned to the fact that we will probably never see him again.
“Martin was a quiet boy, the cleverest of the family. He liked to draw and write, he filled exercise books with stories.”
“If it had been my other son who had been grabbed he probably would have struggled. But Martin would freeze with fear.”
But despite the misery Mrs Allen says that good has come from their ordeal.
There is the friendship which has grown up between the police and the family—in particular their relationship with Superintendent David Veness, who has led an exhausting and painstakingly thorough hunt for the missing boy.
Said Mrs Allen : “Without this awful thing we would never have known some wonderful people. Superintendent Veness still calls here regularly and as soon as he heard about finding the little Indian boy he came round because he thought we might be upset.
“After Marin disappeared his brother was at a loss and obviously missing him. So the police took him down to their gym for regular work-outs to help him keep busy. They have been marvellous.
“And it has brought the family much closer together. We now appreciate the real things in life.
Superintendent Veness said : “The only link between the two cases is the District Line tube, but obviously I am keeping in very close touch with colleagues both at Putney and in Sussex.”
Does he think the police will soon find a clue to Martin’s disappearance.
“If we do not” said the superintendent, “it will not be for want of trying.”

Daily Express, 10th August 1982

DExp_1982_08_10_009vicepolice_1detailBirmingham Post, 9th November 1998

‘Missing boy shrine found with man’

Police have discovered a secret shrine to a missing schoolboy at the home of an alleged paedophile, it was reported yesterday. Martin Allen, aged 15, vanished in 1979 on his way home from school on Guy Fawkes Night. He was last seen waving goodbye to school friends as he boarded a tube at King’s Cross station in London. Yesterday detectives refused to comment on reports in a Sunday newspaper that after a tip-off to police in Merseyside, a shrine – including an engraved headstone – was found at the house of an alleged local paedophile. But officers at the Area Major Incident Investigation Pool at Kensington, West London, confirmed they were investigating new information passed on to them in connection with the boy’s disappearance. A spokesman said no arrests had been made and inquiries are continuing. Martin, the son of the Australian High Commissioner’s chauffeur, has never been seen since the evening of his disappearance, despite a worldwide search. It is understood that a month ago police on Merseyside received an anonymous letter suggesting that the 62-year-old man had knowledge of the disappearance.

 

Daily Mail, 23rd December 2009

‘Thirty years on, we still don’t know who abducted our son’: Parents of Martin Allen make final plea for information

 

Related:

Was the Scotland Yard investigation into missing boys stopped?

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

 

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Sir Michael Havers was appointed as Attorney General by Margaret Thatcher in 1979, and was made Baron Havers in 1987. He intervened three times between 1981 and 1983 to stop the investigation and exposure of Establishment paedophiles, and to prevent the publication of stories which showed that Establishment figures were members of the Paedophile Information Exchange.

Although none of this implicates Havers’ sister, Baroness Butler-Sloss,in any way, it seems at the very least deeply inappropriate to have someone heading a ‘historic’ child abuse inquiry whose own brother played such a major role in the protection of Establishment paedophiles throughout the 1980s.

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1981: Sir Peter Hayman

In 1981, Sir Michael Havers warned Geoffrey Dickens not to name senior diplomat Sir Peter Hayman as a paedophile in the House of Commons. Dickens ignored his advice, and was publicly condemned by Havers, who said “All Mr Dickens has done is make certain that Sir Peter’s shame and embarassment is known to the world. There cannot be any justification whatsoever for what has happened. How can the public have gained by this? How can it be in the public interest to name this man?“.

Sir Michael Havers defended the decision not to prosecute Hayman despite possessing a huge collection of images of child abuse including – as Barry Dickens revealed earlier this week – babies being abused in their prams. Dickens accued Sir Michael of taking part in a “whitewash and “the cover-up of the century”.

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1982: Elm Guest House

The Elm Guest House scandal involved powerful Establishment figures sexually abusing young boys at a guest house in Barnes. The story hit the headlines in August 1982 and ran for just 10 days, but then the coverage stopped suddenly and it wouldn’t be mentioned again in a British newspaper for many years. The reason for this news blackout seems to have been threats of legal action. Sir Michael Havers “personally investigated” complaints against newspapers from lawyers representing Elm Guest House.

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1983: Geoffrey Prime

Geoffrey Prime was a former Cheltenham GCHQ worker who was also spying for the Russians, and ended up being jailed for 38 years. He had also been charged with sex offences against two young girls, and during the raid on his home police discovered Paedophile Information Exchange literature that would only have been available to members of the organisation. The Sun reported this, and said that Sir Michael Havers had held back from mentioning Prime’s PIE membership during his trial “to avoid embarassing security chiefs”. Sir Michael complained to the Press Council, but The Sun stood by their story and refused to reveal their source. Geoffrey Dickens had raised The Sun’s allegation in Parliament and forced Mrs Thatcher to make a strong denial.

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Sir Peter Hayman named as PIE member in the House of Commons

Elm Guest House: The History of a Cover-Up

Geoffrey Prime, GCHQ, and the Paedophile Information Exchange

 

The Elm Guest House story broke on 7th August 1982, when the Daily Express reported that “at least three MPs, a member of staff at Buckingham Palace, and leading lawyers, doctors and City businessmen” were questioned as part of inquires relating to “a vice ring” in “a brothel in a smart London suburb”.

DExp_1982_08_07_001security_1detailOver the next 10 days more lurid allegations emerged in almost every national newspaper. A police raid on the guest house in Rocks Lane, Barnes, involving ‘up to 60 officers’ found ‘a huge store of pornographic material including video tapes’. ‘There were also whips, chains and ropes’. ‘There were two little boys being used as child prostitutes’. It was also revealed that Scotland Yard detectives were investigating the disappearance/murder of eight-year old Vishal Mehrotra and fifteen-year old Martin Allen in connection with the guest house.

These links are all the national news reports that I have found for those ten days about the Elm Guest House paedophile ring:

Daily Express (7.8.82)
News of the World (8.8.82)
Sunday Times (8.8.82)
Daily Express (9.8.82)
Daily Mail (9.8.82)
Daily Star (a) (9.8.82)
Daily Star (b) (9.8.82)
The Guardian (9.8.82)
The Sun (9.8.82)
The Times (9.8.82)
Daily Express (10.8.82)
Daily Star (10.8.82)
News of the World (15.8.82)
Daily Express (16.8.82)

After those initial 10 days of reporting there was nothing more in the papers. The reason for this silence is revealed in an article which appeared in Capital Gay magazine from August 1982.

CapitalGay1982Libel threats were used to silence the newspapers from reporting on the VIP paedophile ring. The Attorney General, Sir Michael Havers, personally investigated complaints from lawyers representing Elm Guest House.

Sir Michael Havers played a leading role in the Sir Peter Hayman cover-up, and told Geoffrey Dickens not to name the paedophile diplomat in Parliament. Havers argued that Hayman should have retained his anonymity, and didn’t think the British public needed to know that powerful Establishment figures abused children.

Scotland Yard denied the allegations made by the Daily Express that the guest house’s visitor list included three MPs and a member of Buckingham Palace staff. A spokesman for Elm Guest House told Capital Gay “these were professional business people. We are talking about barristers, doctors, a couple of priests and a vicar”.

It’s clear that Scotland Yard, Sir Michael Havers, and the Elm Guest House lawyers were all following the same script. It’s easy to blame the press for their part in the cover-up, but they were up against the most senior police and law officers in the country.

The most striking thing about the Capital Gay article is the strenuous denial of any link to the murder/disappearance of Vishal Mehrotra and Martin Allen, both of whom disappeared not far from Rocks Lane bewtween 1979 and 1981. Vishal Mehrotra went missing on the night of the Royal Wedding in 1981, when the Elm Guest House paedophiles were having a ‘Kings and Queens party’.

Capital Gay were the only media outlet to report on Elm Guest House for many years. It was a distinctly pro-paedophile paper, and was always first on the scene with paedophile news. They ran a story about an ‘Anti-Police Protection Fund’ which gave support to the beleagured paedophile brothel. Paul Rinehart, who was connected to the Elm Guest House paedophile ring, donated £1000 to the cause, and paid for a full page advert in Capital Gay.

CG23782aThey ran a series of articles which ended with the fixed Old Bailey trial in May 1983 in which most charges against the guest house owners, Haroon and Carole Kasir, were dropped, and the Kasirs walked away with just a fine. None of the prominent paedophiles were charged.

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After 1983 there was nothing until 1990, when former guest house owner Carole Kasir died in highly suspicious circumstances from ‘an insulin overdose’. The coroner was the late Dr. John Burton, a ‘safe pair of hands’ who also presided over the Blair Peach and Lady Diana inquests. None of the newspapers who originally reported in 1982 ran a story on the inquest, other than the Times, who had run a denial of the allegations and therefore hadn’t received legal threats. This left the Sunday Mirror (who hadn’t reported in 1982 and were able to report), The Sport (which weren’t around in 1982), and local papers. So what would have been a massive story was kept relatively quiet, and headlines like this one from The Sport could be ignored because they came from a downmarket paper, and therefore most people would assume the allegations weren’t true:

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Slough Observer (10.8.90)
The Sport (10.8.90)
Surrey Comet (10.8.90)
Sunday Mirror (12.8.90)
The Times (17.8.90)
The Sport (23.8.90)

After 1990 there was nothing reported for 22 years, when a new police investigation was launched following Tom Watson’s PMQ in October 2012.

On 9th August 1982, just one day after the Elm Guest House raid was first reported in the national news, this story appeared in the Daily Express:

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This shows that the police investigation had widened and was looking at several other London venues. The next day, 10th August 1982, the Daily Express printed this story:

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The police clearly believed there was some very nasty business going on at Elm Guest House. The really worrying thing is that I can’t find any mention in the archives of the outcome of this line of enquiry. It’s one thing for the authorities to cover up a “homosexual scandal” involving politicians, but were they also prepared to cover up child abuse and even child murder?

8 year old Vishal Mehrotra  went missing on the night of the Royal Wedding in 1981. He was on his way home to Holmbush Road in Putney, less than a mile from Elm Guest House. The same night, there was a ‘Kings and Queens’ party in full swing at Rocks Lane. From Daily Express, 4th August 1981:

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Vishal’s body was found in woodland in Sussex in 1982. His murder remains unsolved.

The other missing boy that Scotland Yard were looking at in connection with Elm Guest House was 15 year old Martin Allen. Martin was last seen on November 5th 1979, heading towards Earls Court tube station with his abductor. Earls Court is in South West London, just a few miles from Elm Guest House.

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The Guardian published this artist’s impression of the abductor:

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Martin’s father was the Australian High Commisoner’s chauffeur. He lived in Kensington, an area of London where many diplomats and Establishment figures lived. Martin Allen is presumed dead, and his disappearance/murder is still unsolved.

So, the question is: who stopped the Scotland Yard investigation linking the Elm Guest House paedophile ring with the murders of two young boys? Surely there are some policeman who worked on the case who could shed some light on this?