The amnesia surrounding everybody at Richmond Council over the 1982 Elm guest house paedophile scandal is at an end.
A dramatic interview by my colleague Mark Conrad published in Exaro News today ( http://bit.ly/Vesffe) with Terry Earland, the former assistant director in charge of children’s services, reveals that he knew that children at Grafton Close children’s home were sexually abused at Elm Guest House.
You will have to get on to the Exaro website to read the full story. But this disclosure from Earland’s home abroad raises even more damning questions about the conduct of Richmond Council at the time. It directly contradicts what Louis Minster told Exaro from Malta only days ago when he claimed he had never heard about the Elm Guest House in Barnes until Exaro and the Sunday People revealed the police investigation into the scandal. How can his head of children’s services know what happened and he didn’t know anything?
This awful saga which began with allegations about prominent people sexually abusing boys at the guest house is now also turning into what looks like a ” cover up ” by Richmond Council of the abuse of children, some as young as ten, in their care in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
It has all the hallmarks of the scandal in North Wales. Searching questions are needed of people in power at the time.
And watch Exaro over the next few days for even more damning revelations about the role of Richmond Council.