Former NewsPics photographer Andy Stone is facing a blackmail charge over allegations about how he used information supplied to him by newspapers on paedophiles. Andrew Stone, 46, of Adelaide Road, Southampton, is also charged with harassment and a further count of common assault. He is due to face the latter two charges at Portsmouth magistrates’ court tomorrow. Updated 20 November 2014
UK / CHILD ABUSE
Detectives are investigating an allegation that a young boy was murdered by a Conservative MP during a sickening sex attack.
Scotland Yard’s ‘Operation Midland’ is also investigating a claim that a second boy was murdered during a sexual assault in the presence of a former Conservative cabinet minister. In total, it is investigating the murder of three boys.
One of the VIPs who sexually abused boys at an apartment complex near Parliament has been identified as a former deputy director of MI6. The disclosure of his identity has been provided to Scotland Yard for its new investigation into historical allegations that MPs and other prominent people carried out child sex abuse at Dolphin Square.
Two former Conservative MPs enjoyed inflicting pain as they sexually assaulted boys, one abuse survivor told Exaro. “Nick”, as he is known to protect his identity, recorded an anonymous video interview with Exaro to talk about the sexual abuse that he suffered as a young boy at Dolphin Square, the complex near Parliament where many MPs have London flats near Parliament.
Detectives have opened a new investigation into historical allegations that MPs and other VIPs sexually abused children at a block of luxury apartments near Parliament. The new line of enquiry by Scotland Yard, under ‘Operation Fairbank’, marks a gear change in the investigation into claims of a paedophile network that operated for decades at Westminster.
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby admits in a private letter that child abuse has been “rampant” in the Church of England and other UK institutions. Writing to the mother of three boys who were groomed and sexually abused by the headmaster of an Anglican school, Welby describes the church’s failure to “face the misdeeds of those in its service” as “inexcusable”.
MPs this afternoon challenged the chairwoman of the overarching inquiry into child sex abuse over her links with Lord Brittan. But Fiona Woolf, Lord Mayor of London, denied have a “close association” with him under questioning at the House of Commons home affairs committee. Woolf this morning declared social links with Brittan and his wife, as terms of reference for the inquiry was announced.
Lord Brittan has stepped down as UBS Investment Bank’s vice-chairman two months after being named in Parliament over a lost dossier on VIP paedophiles. He left his UBS post in September. Detectives interviewed the 75-year-old Tory grandee under caution in June over an allegation that he raped a 19-year-old female student in 1967 before he became an MP. Brittan denies the claim.
Bishops and vicars are to undergo training on safeguarding children as part of a drive to combat child sex abuse in the Church of England. The training, to include how to respond after receiving a complaint of child sex abuse within the CoE, is to be introduced first for new clergy. The plan is to roll out training for existing clergy later.
Scotland Yard’s senior detective who was heading its wide-ranging investigations into paedophile politicians has been forced to quit, Exaro can reveal. Detective chief inspector Paul Settle, head of the Metropolitan Police Service’s paedophile unit, has stepped aside after months of pressure over the direction of the investigations. According to one Met source, the DCI is formally off on sick leave.
Allegations of the sexual abuse of children at a Catholic school led to an extraordinary clash between one former pupil and ministers over child safeguarding. Graham Wilmer, a member of the panel for the overarching inquiry into child sex abuse, is furious with Michael Gove for refusing, when he was education secretary, to order an investigation into schools run by the Salesian order.