Police have released without charge the former co-manager of a guest house at the centre of an investigation into a VIP paedophile ring. It comes after Exaro disclosed on Monday that the Crown Prosecution Service is to drop key charges against two other men who were arrested under ‘Operation Fernbridge’. Detectives arrested Haroon Kasir, who helped run Elm Guest House, in July.
UK / CHILD ABUSE
Detectives have seized video that places a former Conservative cabinet minister at one of several parties where boys were sexually abused by men.
The Metropolitan Police Service’s paedophile unit seized the footage under ‘Operation Fairbank’, which is scoping historical claims of child sex abuse carried out by politicians. It is investigating parties in London where boys were supplied for the sexual gratification of men.
Prosecutors are to drop key charges brought under Scotland Yard’s ‘Operation Fernbridge’ against two men accused of child sex abuse. Exaro has learnt from sources close to the investigation that the Crown Prosecution Service is set to announce the decision at a hearing at Southwark Crown Court in three weeks. The decision is a blow to the Metropolitan Police Service’s paedophile unit.
Secret recordings obtained by Exaro bring into question the independence of a review into claims of institutional racism at the Solicitors Regulation Authority. The recordings of two telephone conversations reveal that the SRA, which regulates the conduct of solicitors in England and Wales as the disciplinary arm of the Law Society, ordered evidence to be excluded from the review.
Former Liberal MP Sir Cyril Smith was part of a group that planned to take control of a special school instead of the local authority. A confidential cache of official documents – exposed by Exaro last month – detailed a shocking catalogue of child abuse at Knowl View special school. And the evidence is that Smith was among the perpetrators.
Police arrested a man after his accusation that senior minister Kenneth Clarke indecently assaulted him was exposed by Exaro as false. A 38-year-old man of Uxbridge in west London, was arrested by detectives from the Metropolitan Police Service’s paedophile unit on suspicion of perverting the course of justice after they spent some weeks investigating his false allegation under ‘Operation Fairbank’.
Regulators who oversee the conduct of solicitors in England and Wales are embroiled in extraordinary claims of sharp practice, racism – and cover-up. Peter Herbert, chairman of the Society of Black Lawyers and part-time judge, is calling for a parliamentary inquiry into solicitors’ claims that regulators targeted them for blowing the whistle on wrongdoing within their own firms.
Detectives have opened two new lines of enquiry in their investigation of a former Conservative cabinet minister over historical allegations of child sex abuse. Exaro has established that, in one key development, police are examining claims that the ex-minister is one of six former Conservative MPs who frequented gay brothels in Amsterdam to have sex with boys three decades ago.
Human traffickers are exploiting lax controls at the UK Border Agency to provide a “back door” to smuggle people into Europe. An investigation by Exaro into visa applications has uncovered figures that expose slack checks that make it easy for criminal gangs, in particular, from Nigeria to smuggle women into the UK for sexual exploitation.
Ministers face pressure over pay-offs for public officials as Exaro today reveals that the Crown Prosecution Service gave around £600,000 each to two former employees. The CPS awarded Mike Kennedy, former chief operating officer, one of the bumper ‘golden goodbyes’ – worth more than four times his annual salary – 18 months before he was eligible for retirement.
Secret documents reveal a shocking catalogue of child abuse at a special school where former Liberal MP Sir Cyril Smith was a governor. Exaro has unearthed a confidential cache of official documents that detail widespread sexual and physical abuse of boys at Knowl View special school since it opened in 1969.