Investigators under investigation: Met Police inquiry into IPCC over Richmond abuse scandal

IPCC: Under investigation by Met Police over handling of Richmond complaint

IPCC: Under investigation by Met Police over handling of Richmond complaint

Operation Fernbridge – the criminal investigation into a paedophile ring centred round the London borough of Richmond and the shady Elm Guest House – is now turning to the role of Independent Police Complaints Commission over the whole affair.

As reported by my excellent colleague for Exaro News, Mark Conrad,(see http://www.exaronews.com/articles/4936/met-investigates-police-watchdog-over-richmond-paedo-ring) in an amazing turn of events the  Met Police is now investigating the role of the police investigators.

The turn of events is extraordinary. A former local government employee at Richmond and GMB trade unionist put a complaint into the police some 20 years after the police raid on the Elm Guest House. The police while taking down the details did not appear to investigate.

So he complained to the IPCC who also appear to have dismissed the inquiry.He then used the appeal process to complain about the IPCC who again dismissed it.

To be fair most of the complaint concentrated on yet another hushed up  Richmond scandal – the physical abuse of elderly people at another care home – but there is a clear mention of child abuse in the first complaint to the police.

Now 30 years later ( and one has to be careful not to prejudice a future trial) there is enough evidence to justify the arrest of two people in connection with the child sexual abuse inquiry, it logically follows that the police certainly did not do their job and the IPCC appear to have been cavalier about doing theirs.

What is emerging is that the Conservative and Liberal run leafy borough of Richmond – which made the careers of three Liberal Democrat peers, Lord Razzall, Baroness Tonge and Baroness Hamwee – was behind the net curtains not a very savoury place. And it is clear that the authorities and the complaints procedure were found wanting. Watch out for more damaging revelations to come on Richmond once Exaro has fully investigated them.

26 thoughts on “Investigators under investigation: Met Police inquiry into IPCC over Richmond abuse scandal

  1. You already know it all. What now needs to happen is for someone to withdraw testify they were abused by the bigwig or for the police to find those photos.

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  2. Some time ago your name was associated with a story about the imminent arrest of a former cabinet minister on child sex charges. No such arrest has been reported. Can you shed any light on this?

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      • Yes, but Mirror has record of wildly innacurate predictions about Operation Yewtree arrests. And the Sun got stung by a completely fictitious story about abuse linked to Eastenders. You seemed very confident about the story – police were supposed to be just about to make an arrest – have you fallen into the trap of treating tips or rumours as proven fact?

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      • When I took my source to meet the police over this inquiry I was given a personal assurance that provided the police could obtain enough evidence to stack up a credible case in the courts they would go for an arrest. Obviously this does depend on them getting a lot of evidence, so it is not guaranteed. But I know the intent is there which is why I am confident.

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      • Thanks. Any idea on timeline and do you know if change at the top of investigation has effected things in any way?

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      • Ok. Re. For what it’s worth, Mark Williams-Thomas doesn’t share your view. He told me that the move was quite in order and that he would say if he thought there was anything suspect.

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      • Yes, but that’s still something very different from saying that the police were in the last stages of preparing for an arrest – I think this was roughly the wording. After all, if you passed any name to the police they would say they could make an arrest if they had enough evidence. So not really a story.

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      • I don’t recall the ‘last stages’ bit. Only that they were preparing to and that there was a briefing with Met Commanders. I also remember reading somewhere that an arrest could be ‘months off’.

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  4. Well, wherever you read about an arrest being months off, it certainly wasn’t in the Mirror. And I don’t know where it could have been, since no other national newspaper ran with the story . The Mail put it on its website and then (very swiftly) took it down. The story boils down to ‘anonymous informant of unknown reliability passes possibly uncorroborated story about anonymous suspect to police. Who are now investigating to see if there is any truth in story’ Hold the front page!

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    • Yes, what I actually read was ‘within the next few weeks’. Still let’s remain hopeful. I do think the worm is turning on this stuff, though I was horrified to hear today that only 7 Police officers are working on Fernbridge.

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    • I think people need to remember the old adage ‘Don’t believe everything you read in the Papers’. Re. the ‘anonymous informant’, I know when all of this comes out you will find informants ie the abused-whisleblowers-charities etc-numbered in dozens. Bit of a problem eh!

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      • Do you mean I can rely on someone if they’re blogging but not the same person writing for a newspaper?Unfortunately, profusion of informants doesn’t actually mean reliability of information. Look at the panics that produced hundreds of wholly false claims – Satanic abuse, recovered memory – and the ones where genuine abuse also generated numerous unproved or disproved claims – Bryn Estyn, Haut de la Garenne, Casa Pia etc. Even you must admit that some of the material related to this case which either appeared in the press at the time or has been posted on the web since doesn’t scream credibility.
        And there are innumerable different strands to the story -was there abuse in the Richmond care system? Did it involve Elm Guest House? Who did it involve? – any of which could be independently true or false.You seem very confident about what will happen “when it all comes out” It would be more accurate to say we don’t know what “all of it” is.Really, we don’t know what *any* of it is.
        which could be independently true or false.

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  5. You seem more interested in Richmond than in events at the same time in Labour controlled Islington. Funny that

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    • As far I am aware operations fernbridge and fairbank aren’t investigating Islington. Doesn’t mean I wouldn’t look at them. The political colour of an authority is irrelevant as far as child sexual abuse is concerned.

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      • If you want to know about perverts in the school/care system in London Boroughs may I suggest the former ILEA Schools sub-committee papers are worth a look at. Problem though they have a 75 year old embargo on them – though they did not stop me looking at them!

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