Operation Fernbridge: Two appear in court

John Stingemore,the former deputy manager of Grafton Close children’s home in Richmond and Father Patrick McSweeney,a former Roman Catholic priest, appeared before Westminster magistrates court today. This is the first court appearance of people arrested under Operation Fernbridge
They were both bailed to appear before Southwark Crown Court on September 18.
A full report on the hearing which is subject to reporting restrictions appears on the Exaro website.
Father McSweeney’s lawyers said he intended to plead not guilty to five offences relating to the historic child abuse investigation in Richmond, Surrey. Mr Stingemore has entered no plea against 11 charges against him.

Elm Guest House – “Mary Moss” files

This is another significant post from Chris Fay, who has campaigned tirelessly to bring sexual abusers of children to justice, about a document on Elm Guest House in Barnes which has led to fevered speculation on the internet about a cover up of prominent figures who could have sexually abused children there. What he is saying here is that the victims are genuine but do not automatically assume that all the adults who are alleged to have stayed there are abusers. This does not mean that on going investigations under Operation Fernbridge will not lead to further arrests.


In the interests of accuracy, and to protect the reputations of innocent people, I would like to set the record straight about certain things contained in the “Mary Moss” files placed online last year.

These were mostly handwritten notes made on a daily basis concerning NAYPIC’s investigation into complaints from young people in the care of Richmond of abuse at Grafton Close Children’s Home, and elsewhere, including the Elm Guest House in Barnes from 1977 to 1982.

Unfortunately, being just notes, they have no real context.  I will try to provide that.  Amongst the documents is a list of boys names. These are VICTIMS not abusers.  These were the names of young people who had complained to us, were strictly confidential and should never have been made public.  Due to the unfortunate circumstances around the police raid on Mary Moss’s home, these were released online.

Also included was a list…

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