Former detective chief superintendent Roger Stoodley in The Times today effectively validates the cautious approach we felt obliged to outline in respect to Mr Mehrotra’s revelations in The Telegraph yesterday. That can be found HERE
Broadly, Vishal Mehrotra’s murder matched the Cooke group’s Modus Operandi who were active at that time and there was no known link between that group and the Elm Guest House.
He also recognises that there were other abductions and murders of children which were never officially attributed to Sidney Cooke and his associates.
We’ve quoted a little more of The Times article than we would normally because of the paywall.
The detective who led the investigation into Britain’s most notorious child abusers said its files could provide evidence for Scotland Yard’s investigation of an alleged Westminster paedophile ring.
Roger Stoodley said he would be delighted if the Metropolitan police were to reopen Operation Orchid, the inquiry into the Sidney Cooke gang, which abducted, abused and murdered children in the 1970s and 1980s.
The murders of three children — Jason Swift, 14, Barry Lewis, six, and Mark Tildesley, seven — were solved but detectives believed that as many as 17 other abductions and murders were connected.
Mr Stoodley said he had looked for possible links between the Cooke group and the Elm Guest House, in southwest London, which is at the centre of allegations about an establishment paedophile conspiracy, but was unable to find any.
The former detective chief superintendent, said: “The Orchid files — if they still exist — could hold the key to renewed concerns over the handling of police investigations into two child abductions.”
Mr Stoodley said: “Elm Guest House came up in our inquiry but it was not within our remit at the time. It is in our system, but we could not establish a link with Cooke.”…
…Mr Stoodley said the disappearances of Vishal and Martin “matched the modus operandi” of Cooke and his associates.
“We had the premise that there were 20 [victims] and we established there were three, so I have no doubt there were others we missed,” he said. “We had allegations that an Asian boy was killed but we did not have enough evidence to identify him.
“We were trawling through missing persons registers to see if kids were missing. That proved to be a very difficult challenge because half the forces did not record them properly.”
Cooke’s gang lured boys away when they were walking on their own, or groomed them for abuse.