spotlight on abuse: the past on trial
Monday, Sep 15, I intend for some white flowers to be laid opposite the
former site of notorious Elm Guest House, on Rocks Lane, Barnes in
memory of Martin Ellis, my childhood buddy and one of the many kids in
my kids’ homes whose lives were destroyed and ultimately taken down by
the impact of abuse.
White balloons and flowers were the symbols of childhood innocence used
by Belgians when they protested in 1996 at the deaths of scores of
children at the hands of the abusers, whilst their government stood by.
1979. He was on his way home from school, and was last seen “being
gripped tightly, by a man aged between 30 and 40, about 6ft tall with
blond hair, at Gloucester Road tube station in London.”
A detailed artist’s impression of both Martin and his alleged
abductor was left at every address in the Earls Court area, police
visited over 40,000 people, but Martin was never found.
Another boy, 8 year-old Vishal Mehrotra, went missing near his home
in Putney on the night of the Royal Wedding in 1981. His body was
discovered in Sussex woodland the following year. His murder is still
In August 1982, detectives from Scotland Yard were investigating
connections between the disappearance or murder of the two boys and the
Elm Guest House paedophile ring. This was reported in both the Daily Express and the Daily Star
on 10th August 1982. These were the only news reports to link the two
boys to Elm Guest House. The national newspapers were stopped from
reporting on the scandal after 16th August 1982. It’s still a mystery
exactly how they were stopped, but it involved legal threats from the
Attorney General, Sir Michael Havers, and lawyers purportedly acting for
Elm Guest House.
Was the police investigation into the missing boys shut down at the same time as the main Elm Guest House investigation?
The two boys disappeared within a couple of miles of Rocks Lane in
Barnes, where Elm Guest House was located. But it turns out it wasn’t
the geographical location alone that had prompted Scotland Yard to
reopen their files on Vishal Mehrotra and Martin Allen.
In an interview with the Sunday Express from December 1981, just over 2 years after his son went missing, Thomas 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.”
This was an unusual conclusion to come to in 1981, when there was
less public awareness of paedophiles, child trafficking, and the trade
in images and films of child abuse. But it seems Mr Allen’s information
had come from Scotland Yard, because the article goes on to say:
Police have sent European and other overseas police
forces photographs of Martin so these can be compared with seized child
This was years before Scotland Yard had a dedicated paedophile unit,
and it must have been one of the first times Scotland Yard had liaised
with overseas police forces in this way. They must have had strong
information to go on, or this line of inquiry wouldn’t have been
When the Elm Guest House was raided in June 1982, police discovered a
‘video suite’ which was used to make films of boys being sexually
abused. The door had a sticker on it saying ‘Spartacus Members Welcome’,
and this was also mentioned in advertisements. Spartacus was an
international paedophile network based in Holland, which traded child
pornography to members around the world.
Detectives who had been working on the Martin Allen and Vishal
Mehrotra cases must have been convinced that they were on to the
abductor(s) of Martin Allen, and the murderer(s) of Vishal Mehrotra.
There were too many similarities to put down to coincidence.
– Both boys disappeared within 2 miles of Rocks Lane, Barnes.
– Elm Guest House had a ‘video suite’ for commercial production of child pornography.
– The guest house had strong links to paedophiles in Holland, which
was notorious for being the European hub for both child trafficking and
It seems impossible that there was another ‘child pornography gang’
with links to Holland and beyond, operating from the leafy suburbs of
South-West London in the early 1980s.
So, when the British Establishment covered up the Elm Guest House
paedophile network, were they also covering up child trafficking and
Sunday Express, 27th December 1981
Spartacus started out as a mainstream gay organisation in 1969, but
by the time John D. Stamford took over it was catering for paedophiles.
This is evident from these newspaper cuttings from the 1980s:
– The Sunday Times ran a story exposing Spartacus in 1986 called Scandal of Britons who buy young boys for £3 a night.
But the Sunday People were the first paper to run a story on
Spartacus in February 1983, just eight months after the Elm Guest House
raid. This makes it clearer than ever that visitors knew exactly what to
expect when they went to Rocks Lane. The ‘I was there for adult gay
sex’ excuse isn’t going to fool anyone.
We can add the Lord Chief Justice to the Attorney General and the
Director of Public Prosecutions ( as in the cases of Sir Peter
Hayman,Cyril Smith etc ) to the list of our most senior judicial figures
who are party to Establishment cover-ups at worst and the making of
appalling decisions totally out of sinct with public opinion at best.
Members of the judiciary who make comments such as possessing and
distributing indecent images of children is like collecting cigarette
cards, raping a 7 year old is something that could happen to anyone of
us, to stop someone teaching because he has sexually abused children
would be a serious loss to the teaching profession should not only be
immediately removed from the Bar but should have their own backgrounds
looked in to. The path for a victim to get justice is so difficult even
before they come face to face with judges holding theses views
It never ceases to amaze me how far the Establishment will go to
protect itself, even brazenly right in the glare of the public spotlight
Where are the investigations and Inquiries in to the role of politicians etc in the cover ups over child sexual abuse
Immediately after the Newsnight debacle John Whittingdale was so fast
out of the traps to demand the head of the BBC’s Director General that
he was in danger of tripping over all the mikes that were in front of
him when he decided to be interviewed by every media oulet he could
possibly get hold of. David Cameron immediately followed this up when
the Savile story broke by stating that “every institution” must look at
themselves and fully investigate why no-one reported/exposed such
staggering levels of abuse. EVERY institution includes Parliament,
Government, Attorney General, DPP.
John Whittingdale and David Cameron are remarkably silent on this now.
I would like to suggest where they could start and there are numerous
historic situations which are not subject to current Police
investigations and therefore there is no conflict of interests
The BBC and the NHS will no doubt be severely censured over Savile further down the line.
At least these institutions did not have a formal policy to protect paedophiles
I would suggest that Parliament and indeed Government did
How else are we to interpret Chief Whip, Tim Fortescue’s statement on
national TV ( ref. Michael Cockerell’s BBC Documentary ) that rather
than refer to the Police when an MP is caught sexually abusing a child
it is just kept as a matter of record in the Dirt Book to be used as a
vehicle of control in the voting lobby at a later date !!!!!!!!!!!!!
How else do we interpret Edwina Currie’s statement, in her attempt to
sell as many copies of a book as she could, that everyone at the top of
the Thatcher Government knew Peter Morrison was a “PEDERAST” – his
reward promotion to be Deputy Chairman of the Tory Party, a Minister,
Thatcher’s PPS and in charge of her 1990 election campaign
How else do we interpret Gyles Brandeth’s statements that everone in
his constituency knew that Peter Morrison was a ” filthy pervert”
How else do we interpret the cover ups at the highest level
manifested in statements from puppet Attorney Generals and DPP’s re.
Peter Hayman, Cyril Smith, MP’s allegedly caught up in various Police/US
Customs sting operations etc etc
How else do we interpret the treatment of Geoffrey Dickens at the
hands of Parliament at the time and the convenient loss of his ”
When and in what form will David Cameron be true to his word and
order an investigation in to the role of Government, Parliament, the
main political parties, the security services in at best a failure to
expose child abuse from within their ranks and at worst a highly
sophisticated cover up over the generations
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
After 1990 there was nothing reported for 22 years, when a new police
investigation was launched following Tom Watson’s PMQ in October 2012.
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