- Suspects reportedly Aravindan Balakrishnan, 73, and his wife Chanda, 67
- Accused couple ‘were jailed for assaulting a Met officer’ in 1978
- Neighbour Anthony Mizzi says he saw young child when he delivered post
- ‘The last time I went round, an African lady in her mid-20s answered the door and she had a young baby in her arms’, he said
- Lambeth Council ‘were told about youngest victim Rosie, 30, 15 years ago’
- Councillor claims police passed on a complaint that she wasn’t at school
The couple accused of keeping three women as slaves for more than 30 years ran a communist sect worshipping Chinese leader Mao Zedong, it was revealed today.
They were held by police last Thursday after three alleged victims – a 30-year-old Briton called Rosie, a 57-year-old Irishwoman and a 69-year-old Malaysian – accused them of years of ‘physical and mental abuse’ and keeping them in servitude for decades.
It was shut down in 1978 when police raided and arrested 14 people there, including the couple.
It is alleged the suspects, known as Comrade Bala and Comrade Chanda to other members, both later served a prison sentence after a conviction for assaulting a police officer involved in the raid.
Between them they were arrested at least eight times during the 1970s.
Scotland Yard and the secret services are believed to have been aware of the couple’s far-Left views.
Their main recruits were like-minded women, who they urged to do ‘revolutionary work’, and their group held lectures, put on films and printed leaflets encouraging the fall of capitalism in Britain, it is alleged.
Their squat – called the Mao Zedong Memorial Centre – also contained a library, and was set up, according to one member, when ‘our beloved Chairman Mao passed away on September 9, 1976′.
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- British slave woman’s ‘scented love letters and photographs to the neighbour she was obsessed with’
- Shocking ordeal of London slaves revealed: Malaysian woman, 69, ‘had stroke but was denied medical help’ and captives only saw daylight to hang out washing or help captors with shopping
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THE ‘BIZARRE’ MAOIST SECT THAT INSPIRED COMEDY CITIZEN SMITH
The couple accused of keeping three women as slaves for more than 30 years ran a bizarre Communist sect said to have inspired the TV sitcom Citizen Smith.
The south London-based sect’s ideology was a Maoist variant of Marxist-Leninism and was set up by Aravindan Balakrishnan who called it the Workers’ Institute of Marxism-Leninism-Mao Tse-Tung Thought.
The institute’s weekly journal – South London Workers’ Bulletin – proudly proclaimed ‘this new development in Britain has taken the British fascist state by storm.’
‘In 1977 they confidently predicted the world would be liberated from capitalist oppression by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army before the end of the year.’
The group came to broader attention when a diarist in The Times newspaper began reprinting some of their material to amuse his readers.
It’s believed this exposure led to the party being an influence on the fictional Tooting Popular Front featured in Citizen Smith (above) and starring Robert Lindsay as its self-proclaimed leader Wolfie Smith.
Operating out of its he Mao Zedong Memorial Centre, it was closed down after two years following a police raid in 1978.
Balakrishnan and his wife Chanda were charged with assaulting police and sentenced to six months and three months respectively.
By the time of the Brixton riots in 1981 their organisation had gone underground where it remained for more than 30 years until the slave women were freed.
‘Most were foreign students who seemed to have difficulty adjusting to life in the UK. They refused to recognise the legitimacy of the state and maintained a hostile attitude towards the establishment and towards the rest of the far-Left in Britain at that time.
‘Their ideology was profoundly detached from reality. In my article on the organisation I described them as a millenarian sect. Their bookshop in Brixton closed around 1978. I had assumed that they had sunk without trace until this recent news.’
In 1974 Aravindan Balakrishnan was suspended by the Communist Party of England because of his ‘conspiratorial activities’, after he tried to ‘build a clique of people around his line’ and ‘launched a cowardly attack on the Party’, calling it ‘fascist’, a Party report said.
After their HQ was shut down, Lambeth Council gave them social housing, and they moved to the Herne Hill area of south London.
‘I remember three or four of them living there for about five or six years. I remember an Indian man who used to take the women shopping. He always wore a necktie. There was no other man,’ the woman told the Telegraph.
‘They would never speak. We always saw them coming in and out with shopping but they never spoke.
‘One day the police came and told me an older woman living in that house had died falling out of a window at the back. They asked if I had seen anything. I said no and they never got back to me.’
On Saturday Metropolitan police commander Steve Rodhouse said that two of the women had met the male suspect through a ‘shared political ideology’ and lived together in what he described as ‘a collective’.
Sources close to the investigation have said the couple, who arrived in Britain in the 1960s and are now also accused of immigration offences, had kept the women in a ‘cult-like’ home.
It came as it emerged the couple accused of holding the three women in servitude for more than 30 years have been linked to 13 addresses across London.
Police carried out house-to-house inquiries over the weekend in and around Peckford Place, Brixton, south London, where the three women were found.
The south London house was today boarded up.
Council workers began sealing up the windows and doors of the housing association property.
Council officials at the house declined to explain what would be happening to the property and it’s contents.
The number of properties associated with the couple, of Indian and Tanzanian origin who came to the UK in the 1960s, suggests the women may have been moved around London repeatedly over the last three decades.
The youngest of the three alleged victims – Rosie – is said to have written letters to a neighbour, telling of her life as being ‘like a fly trapped in a spider’s web’.
The woman became infatuated with neighbour Marius Feneck, 26, reportedly writing him more than 500 letters in seven years.
One letter tells of how she suffered ‘unspeakable torment’ behind locked doors and windows, and of how she was terrified that her captors – ‘these evil criminals… who dare to call themselves ‘my relatives” – might do something to him.
Rosie also knitted a jumper for Jesse Paddy, 64, and gave it to him with a note that read ‘For my dearest Jesse from Rosie with Love! 2 April 2013.’
He said Rosie was ‘nice’ and said: ‘She always seemed to be happy when I saw her and we’d have a chat, the jumper was a surprise though.’
Mr Paddy, lived on the same Brixton estate said he would visit alleged slave masters Aravindan Balakrishnan and his wife Chanda in their flat.
He said the elderly couple appeared ‘natural’ and did not come across as ‘slavemasters.’
It emerged that the couple on bail were previously arrested in the 1970s, although police have not said why they were detained.
Police have recovered a birth certificate for the 30-year-old woman, who is believed to have lived her entire life in servitude, but no other official documents for her have been found.
The case came to light after the Irish woman rang the Freedom Charity last month to say she had been held against her will.
The Met said that part of the agreement on October 25 when the women were removed from the address was that police would not take any action at that stage.
None of the women was reported missing after being rescued, police said. All three are now in the care of a specialist non-governmental organisation.
Some 37 officers from the Met’s human trafficking unit are working on the case, and are sifting throung 2,500 items in 52 bags taken from the mysterious property.
A baby was spotted inside the flat where the Lambeth slaves were held captive, neighbours said today.
Detectives investigating the case – described by Scotland Yard as the worst slavery case in modern history – will probe why a mystery young child was seen at the Brixton address around the time the three women were rescued.
Neighbour Anthony Mizzi, who lives in an adjacent block, said he saw the baby when he called at the home to deliver some post put through his door by mistake.
‘About three weeks ago, I had to go round to the house and deliver some of their mail. The last time I went round, an African lady in her mid-20s answered the door and she had a young baby in her arms,’ he said.
His accusation has been handed to the Met, who are set to interview him this week.
Scotland Yard warned council about ‘slave house’ 15 years ago because youngest ‘captive’ was not at school
Pressure is building on Lambeth Council to fully explain what it knew about the ‘slaves’ as it was revealed the youngest victim came to the attention of social services 15 years ago.
A senior Lambeth councillor, who did not wish to be named, said her adoptive parents were reported to the police because Rosie, who was then 15, was not going to school.
The local authority is going through its records but it is understood a concerned member of the public contacted them via Scotland Yard when they became sure the then teenager was not attending school.
Police then passed on the information but it is unclear if Lambeth did anything with it.
A councillor said last night: ‘The police passed the complaint to social services but they said they weren’t prepared to take any action.’
Another councillor, told the Independent the council was ‘playing catch-up with police investigations’.
‘That this family was already known to them is not something that the council has chosen to refute. But something as basic as not followingup on school attendance for such a long period of time invariably asks difficult questions,’ they said.
Leader of the Lambeth Liberal Democrats, Ashley Lumsden, said: ‘We are extremely concerned at the reports we have seen and are looking to the council to explain its involvement from a housing, educational and social services perspective.
‘We want a review conducted promptly and to be published so that we can consider it and so that lessons can be learnt.’
Another senior councillor said Lambeth’s social services, education and housing departments had all had contact with the household.
Last night Theresa May, the Home Secretary, said tackling modern slavery in Britain was a ‘personal priority’.
She said: ‘It is all around us, hidden in plain sight. Something most of us thought consigned to history books, belonging to a different century, is a shameful and shocking presence in modern Britain.’
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk
- EXCLUSIVE: Couple accused of holding women as slaves in Brixton house revealed as leaders of bizarre Maoist sect (standard.co.uk)
- Women in UK slavery probe ‘part of Maoist collective’ (yorkshirepost.co.uk)
- ‘Slave keepers’ were members of cultlike political group (theguardian.com)
He had arrived at the mosque at 10am on Friday and was last seen there at 3.15pm that day.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “The Counter Terrorism Command immediately launched inquiries to trace Mr Mohamed and these continue.
“Ports and borders were notified with his photograph and details circulated nationally. Public safety remains our priority.”
A court-imposed anonymity order banning the publication of Mohamed’s name was lifted yesterday to allow police to make a public appeal for information.
He is 5ft 8in tall and is of medium build. Anyone with information about him should call confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.
Terror suspect Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed is being hunted by counter-terrorism officers tonight after breaching his terrorism prevention and investigation measures notice, Scotland Yard said.
The 27-year-old was last seen on Friday afternoon at a mosque in Acton, west London.
Major hunt underway for terror suspect who “escaped mosque wearing a burqa”
Police believe he was wearing a burqa when he disappeared.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “The Counter Terrorism Command immediately launched inquiries to trace Mr Mohamed and these continue.
The force said that Mohammed is not considered to be a direct threat to the public, but advised anyone who sees him not to approach him and to call 999 instead.
source :ITV NEWS
- Four Suspected Terrorists Arrested in London (israelnationalnews.com)
- Three London arrests in connection with Scotland Yard terror investigation (london24.com)
- Police watchdog takes Met to court over use of counter-terrorism powers (standard.co.uk)
- Four arrested on suspicion of terror-related offences over claims they failed to tip off police about suspects (thisismoney.co.uk)
The arrests follow the detention of two men,aged 22 and 29,at the port of Dover in Kent, in the early hours on Monday.
- Suspects in ‘terror-plot’ held at Dover (yorkshirepost.co.uk)
- 4 Arrested in UK Probe Over Syria Terrorism (abcnews.go.com)
- British police arrest 4 in investigation of suspected terrorism in Syria (globalnews.ca)
- UK counterterror police detain two men on suspicion of involvement in terrorism overseas (foxnews.com)
About 3,000 officers maintained a visible presence as the group walked from Queen Elizabeth Street, over Tower Bridge, going up to Aldgate.
On Friday the group lost a court battle after police cut short its plans to march through the Tower Hamlets area.
Hundreds others gathered at a park in Aldgate to protest against the march.
By 18:00 BST, 14 people had been arrested for offences including violent disorder, criminal damage and possession of a pointed blade or article.
Among those in custody is a 15-year-old boy who was arrested for going equipped, Scotland Yard said.
A tweet on the EDL website stated: “Tommy’s been arrested for incitement.”
Mr Rahman said he was “very fed up” with the EDL marches, adding: “We are a united community and we are a diverse community. Young people are not coming out today because they are frightened.”
BBC London home affairs correspondent Guy Smith said Met officers formed a “security envelope” around the EDL with a strategy to “keep both sides apart”.
The EDL group had planned to march through Tower Hamlets, which has one of the biggest Muslim populations in the country.
It took the police to the High Court after the Met shortened the route over concerns that “serious public disorder” could take place.
Mr Robinson said he would hold sponsored walks in east London to raise money to pay for the court costs.
source: BBC NEWS
- EDL marchers scuffle with anti-racist protesters near East London mosque (theguardian.com)
- EDL Lose High Court Decision To Hold Demonstration In ‘Sharia’ Dominated Tower Hamlets (cpnagasaki.wordpress.com)
- Thousands set to join EDL march against ‘Sharia law in Tower Hamlets’ (standard.co.uk)
- EDL leader Tommy Robinson pledges to return to East London Mosque (london24.com)
ABU Qatada will audaciously launch yet another bid for freedom at a court in Jordan today after he was finally deported from Britain.
Qatada’s lawyer has revealed the terror suspect is set to apply for bail after he was charged with plotting al-Qaida inspired terror attacks and detained in a prison in Jordan’s capital Amman.
Emerging from a hearing at a National Security Court, where Qatada was remanded into custody at maximum security Muwaqqar prison, his lawyer Taysir Diab said: “My client is not guilty and denied the charges. We are going to submit a bail application tomorrow.”His family left the courthouse boasting the hate preacher would be free within a week.
The 13-seater Embraer Legacy jet that carried Qatada took off from RAF Northolt at 2.45am on Sunday and landed at Marka airfield in east Amman at 10.15 local time.Th
Qatada was allowed a meeting with his father Mahmoud and three brothers. Mohammed Othman his younger brother, revealed the cleric made the bizarre claim he had never wanted to come to Britain.
- Abu Qatada’s lawyers to file legal papers asking him to be immediately released (dailymail.co.uk)
- Qatada pleads not guilty in Jordan (bigpondnews.com)
- Radical cleric charged with planning attacks against Israel, US (vineoflifenews.com)
- Smirking Abu Qatada is back behind bars in desert jail (express.co.uk)
- Abu Qatada expected to be deported overnight (thetimes.co.uk)
- 2am Sunday: The time we finally boot out Abu Qatada (express.co.uk)
Police attend demonstration with sniffer dogs in attempts to calm situation
The majority of those arrested are thought to have been supporters of United Against Fascism, and the BNP group cheered as handcuffed demonstrators were led onto a red double decker bus which had “Special Service” as its destination.
The fighting came despite calls for peace from police and the family of soldier Lee Rigby, who was hacked to death in Woolwich last month in what police are treating as a terrorist attack.
One BNP supporter who suffered a large cut to his nose said: “I’ve put my best suit on today and come out for a peaceful demonstration and this is what’s happened. And to think they call us thugs!”
BNP activists holding banners saying “hate preachers out” were heavily outnumbered by anti-fascists with “smash the BNP” and “say no to Islamaphobia” signage.
The group of counter-protesters chanted “fascist scum” and “you racist Nazis” at their rivals.
Nick Griffin, whose party was banned by police from protesting in Woolwich over fears of “serious disruption to the life of the community” and the potential for “serious disorder”, arrived at around 2.30pm to the sound of the national anthem.
The BNP leader said the tragic murder of Lee Rigby would not be an “isolated” incident, adding: “We’re pointing out that it will happen again and again and again until the West disengages with Islam and they leave our country.”
Dozens of police attended the demonstration, accompanied by sniffer dogs deployed to calm the situation as tempers flared.
Scotland Yard said that the anti-fascists had gathered in a pre-arranged penned area – but some were unwilling to remain within that area.
A spokesman said: “Due to police concerns about serious disruption to the life of the community, and the potential for serious disorder should this counter protest confront the BNP organised protest, police have imposed conditions under Section 14 of the Public Order Act.
“Those conditions state that the protest must take place in Whitehall Gardens junction with Whitehall.
“This group have now been notified of the conditions imposed under Section 14 and requested to move to Whitehall Gardens to continue their protest. Officers are in negotiation with this group.”
Those held by police were arrested for breach of the Section 14 order.
source: The Independent
- Woolwich attack: Rival protesters clash during demonstrations over death of Lee Rigby (mirror.co.uk)
- 31 arrested as BNP and anti-fascists clash in Westminster (standard.co.uk)
- Arrests made after anti-fascist and BNP supporters clash in London (express.co.uk)
- Protesters march over Rigby murder (standard.co.uk)
- Anti-fascist protesters arrested at demonstration in central London (london24.com)
- Scuffles At Rival Protests Over Woolwich Death (news.sky.com)
Armed forces charity Help for Heroes has announced it will not accept donations from the far-right English Defence League.
EDL leader Tommy Robinson started fundraising after the murder of soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich on Wednesday.
But a Help for Heroes spokesman said a fundraising web page set up by Mr Robinson would be closed, and no EDL donations would be accepted.
The charity said it does not accept donations from any political party.
The charity spokesman added: “He’s the only one that’s come to our attention but tonight we’ll be doing a cross-count to make sure that anyone else that’s saying they’re EDL will not be allowed to fundraise for us.
“It’s the same for any political party, we don’t allow political fundraising. As a charity, we’re non-political.”
Mr Robinson’s fundraising page showed he had raised more than £3,300 and he was aiming to raise £5,000 with a sponsored walk across London, but the page has now been closed.
“I plan to raise as much money as possible for Help for Heroes.”
More than 1,000 EDL protesters gathered in London earlier and Mr Robinson addressed the crowd.
A smaller group of anti-fascist protesters gathered to oppose the EDL.
Source: BBC NEWS
- EDL protest in central London (thesun.co.uk)
- EDL supporters take to streets (standard.co.uk)
- Skirmishes amid EDL London march (standard.co.uk)
- EDL blames Islam for Woolwich attack at Downing Street protest (guardian.co.uk)
- English Defence League and anti-fascist supporters clash in London protests (express.co.uk)
- London police make terror arrest (cnn.com)
- UK police arrest 3 more men in soldier’s slaying (cnsnews.com)
- London police make terror arrest – CNN (edition.cnn.com)
- British police arrest man after spy claim in soldier case (thehimalayantimes.com)
- Briton in street killing was held in Kenya (nation.co.ke)
- Friend claims UK spy agency harassed London terror suspect – Indian Express (indianexpress.com)
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Local MP says one individual – ‘a soldier serving in the army’ – is dead and two others seriously injured after alleged machete attack.
- Area shut after ‘serious incident’ (belfasttelegraph.co.uk)
- Woolwich shooting: Police respond to ‘assault’ after ‘serious incident’ (metro.co.uk)
- Woolwich set to get its Crossrail station after all (853blog.com)
- Teenage boy critical after being stabbed on bus home from school (metro.co.uk)
- Woolwich Crossrail to get green light (standard.co.uk)
SOURCE: ITN and THE GUARDIAN
A couple of years ago I had a fantastic idea for a new TV reality show, a cross between Wish You Were Here and Changing Rooms.
The premise was simplicity itself. Judith Chalmers would find the perfect holiday destination for a typical family. They’d spend two idyllic weeks in the sun before returning to discover that their house had been occupied by a gang of Romanian squatters, with hilarious consequences.
While they were away, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen had helped the immigrants break in, change the locks and trash the place. Surprise!
The cameras would record the reaction of the tearful home-owners as armed police in hi-viz jackets over their body armour turned up to warn them that if they made any attempt to repossess their property, they would be arrested instantly for ‘taking the law into their own hands’.
If they protested too stridently, they could be nicked for ‘hate crime’ against a ‘vulnerable minority’.
The format had BBC Daytime written all over it. Either that, or prime-time Channel 4 in the 8pm freak show/ property porn slot.
Unfortunately, there was one fatal flaw. Real life had already beaten reality television to it.
From across North London came reports of Romanians moving into homes while the owners were away.
In almost all of these cases, the squatters waved a ‘tenancy agreement’ that had allegedly been supplied by a broker.
The Government has now changed the law to make squatting a criminal, rather than a civil, offence. And since the new law came into force last September, guess what?
Nearly half of all the squatters prosecuted or cautioned are, that’s right, Romanian. They heavily outnumber home-grown squatters and those from other nations, including Algeria and Nepal
And if Romanians make up half of all squatters, they also seem to comprise at least 50 per cent of all the beggars in central London these days. Presumably they return to their suburban squats of an evening.
Scotland Yard says that most of the cashpoint crime in the capital is down to Romanians, too.
So, against this background, it’s worth putting into context Call Me Dave’s ‘tough on immigration’ speech yesterday, written in response to the imminent lifting of restrictions on Romanians and Bulgarians moving to Britain.
Most people will be surprised to discover that there are any controls, given that half the population of Romania appears to be living here already.
Are we supposed to rejoice that arrivals from within the EU will be expected to find a job after six months or lose their right to benefits?
You could just as easily present that the other way round: everyone arriving in Britain will be allowed to live on benefits for six months before they have to look for work.
When you examine the small print, the proposals are far less radical than Cameron would have us believe.
Even if the EU doesn’t decide that the new rules are illegal, you can bet your bottom euro that someone will find a way round them.
The courts have already ruled that foreign nationals selling the Big Issue on Britain’s streets are ‘self-employed’ and therefore entitled to the full panoply of benefits.
Cameron’s speech has ‘stable door’ stamped all over it. The truth is that the political class, Tories and all, sold the pass on immigration donkeys’ years ago.
Those of us who warned of the problems dismantling border controls would bring were howled down as ‘racist’.
Now even the Left is, sort of, admitting it got it wrong, largely because it perceives electoral advantage in pulling on the hair shirt.
Belatedly it’s deemed acceptable to express concerns about mass immigration and the disastrous imposition of ‘multi-culturalism’ because these conclusions have now been drawn by ‘good, liberal people’ rather than harrumphing dinosaurs like me.
In the Daily Mail over the past few days, David Goodhart, director of the Left-wing think-tank Demos, has written an extended mea culpa over the utterly predictable consequences of Labour’s immigration policy.
To which I can only retort: where were you 15 years ago, old son?
Saturday’s paper, which carried Goodhart’s first instalment, also featured a couple of other relevant stories.
The first was a report on the woman from Togo who is going to court in an attempt to force Westminster Council to rescind its decision to make her move out of a £2.5 million mansion in Belgravia. She has been living on benefits, despite the fact her husband is a chartered accountant who runs an online fashion business with a showroom in Togo.
The second was about a convicted African war criminal currently living in a council house in Birmingham. On benefits, naturally. We can’t kick him out because it would infringe his yuman rites.
Both of these stories are pretty much par for the course. Yet still the Government will not grasp the nettle.
If the Prime Minister was serious about addressing the immigration problem, he would refuse to lower the barriers to further immigration from Eastern Europe and pull Britain out of the iniquitous human rights convention.
But he isn’t. And he won’t. Nor will any other political party with a chance of forming a government.
Maybe if Dave came home to find Number 10 occupied by Romanian squatters, it might concentrate his mind.
- How Romanian criminals terrorise the streets of Britain.. (cpnagasaki.wordpress.com)
- Immigration predictions putting Romanians at risk of racist attacks (standard.co.uk)
- Rhetoric ‘could lead to racist abuse’ of EU immigrants (morningstaronline.co.uk)
- Flood of Romanian and Bulgarian migrants ‘unlikely’, says report (independent.co.uk)
BRITAIN has been hit by a Romanian crime-wave with the equivalent of 15 arrests a day by one police force alone.
Shock figures show that the Metropolitan Police made 27,725 arrests over the past five years for offences including rape and murder. This is despite just 68,000 Romanians living here at present – a figure set to soar when Britain has to open its borders next January under an EU directive.
Tory MP Priti Patel said: “These figures show why, with 29 million Romanians and Bulgarians gaining unrestricted access to the UK, more needs to be done to control immigration and to safeguard the British public from foreign criminals.
“The message must be that if you commit a crime you will be deported without hesitation.”
Responding to a Freedom of Information request, the Met Police revealed that Romanians are second only to Polish migrants for arrests since 2008.
However, although Poles topped the list with almost 35,000 arrests, there are almost 600,000 of them living in the UK.
Curbs on Romanians and Bulgarians coming to Britain without jobs have been in place since the two former Eastern bloc countries joined the European Union in 2007.
But these restrictions must be lifted at the end of this year under EU law.
Prime Minister David Cameron has refused to give any estimate of the numbers expected to arrive here, but campaign group MigrationWatch has put the figure at 50,000 a year for five years.
Its chief, Sir Andrew Green, said yesterday: “It is a matter of real concern that there should be such a substantial degree of criminality among those Romanians who have already come to Britain despite the treaty limitations on their right to work.”
Euro MP Gerard Batten said: “This is what an open-door immigration policy delivers. Not just the hardworking and decent migrants we might want, but a complete inability to protect ourselves from foreign criminals.
“If this many criminals have arrived already what will it be like when the final restrictions are removed? The Government should take action to control immigration and tell the EU where to get off.
“If our own Government cannot protect its own people against the world’s criminals what use is it?”
The Met’s figures show the 27,725 arrests of Romanian suspects were in connection with 142 rapes, 10 murders, 666 sex crimes, 303 robberies, 1,370 burglaries and 2,902 offences of violence.
- Savile ‘groomed the nation’ using his celebrity status to avoid capture
- Many of his offences were on BBC’s premises including the Top of the Pops ‘live’ attack
- Savile even preyed on a terminally ill child at Great Ormond Street
- The DJ spent ‘every walking minute’ thinking about abusing children
- There are 214 confirmed offences including 34 rapes
- Payouts could run into millions of pounds
- Woman who was abused by Savile aged 13 tells of anger at ‘missed opportunities’ to snare paedophile
- By MICHAEL SEAMARK and CHRIS GREENWOOD / Mail Online.
- The NSPCC’s Savile Dossier said the entertainer’s abuse ‘simply beggared belief’
A shocking report into Jimmy Savile’s six decades of sex abuse left the BBC and NHS open to huge payouts yesterday.
Many of his 214 known offences were on BBC premises and he even attacked a girl during the last edition of Top of the Pops in 2006.
The paedophile also preyed on young people at a hospice and 13 hospitals, including a terminally ill child at Great Ormond Street.
The victim, aged 11 or 12, told relatives before dying that Savile had touched them inappropriately.
The Scotland Yard and NSPCC report said the DJ spent ‘every waking minute’ thinking about abusing children and used his celebrity status to that end. Eighteen girls and ten boys aged under ten were abused – the youngest being a boy of eight targeted at his school.
Allegations of sexual assault have been made by 450 individuals, aged up to 47, and some have yet to be interviewed.
The 214 confirmed offences included 34 rapes and stretch across 28 police force areas. The most recent was in 2009 but they date back as far as 1955.
Lawyers for the victims have already instigated compensation claims against the BBC, NHS and education authorities for failing to stop the serial predator. The payouts could run into millions of pounds.
Victims said it was shocking it had taken so long to expose the DJ’s predatory behaviour. They said senior managers who missed opportunities to stop him should be named and shamed.
The BBC have said that the 2006 incident on Top of the Pops where Savile is accused of attacking a girl is an unfounded allegation.
Caroline Moore, who is paralysed, said Savile abused her as a star-struck 13-year-old recovering in the children’s ward at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in 1971.
The 53-year-old, from Glasgow, said: ‘I am still very angry there were so many missed opportunities, not only from producers and managers at the BBC who promoted and protected him, but heads of hospitals and schools that turned a blind eye.
‘So many people knew what he was doing, mainly to vulnerable children, and did nothing.
‘They need to take a long look at themselves and those senior managers in positions of responsibility should be named and shamed.’
REPORT REVEALS FURTHER SEX ATTACKS BY SAVILE
Kim Anderson, a 19-year-old waitress in a restaurant that many of the DJs and stars of the 70s frequented, was invited on to Savile’s Radio 1 Roadshow bus in 1980.
He lunged as she sat down on a couch, and she had to fight him off as he tried to kiss and touch her.
Speaking from her home in France, she said: ‘I do hold the BBC to blame – they created a very powerful man and then let him get away with unspeakable things.
‘They gave him a platform for fame and credibility, and when people realised what he was doing, they just turned a blind eye and did nothing.’
The 37-page report, Giving Victims a Voice, provides detailed findings of Operation Yewtree, the police investigation launched after an ITV documentary exposed Savile’s paedophilia last year.
Peter Spindler, the Metropolitan Police commander in charge of the inquiry, said Savile had ‘groomed the nation’ and used his celebrity to ‘hide in plain sight’ during his offending.
As the sheer scale of his depravity was revealed, it emerged that:
- Savile abused children as recently as 2009;
He struck at 14 schools, often using his Jim’ll Fix It postbag to target youngsters;
Almost three quarters of his victims were under 18, mostly teenage girls;
Police and prosecutors missed three chances to prosecute Savile before he died aged 84;
BBC Chairman Lord Patten was accused of blocking a helpline for victims;
Commander Spindler said: ‘Savile’s offending footprint was vast, predatory and opportunistic. He cannot face justice today, but we hope this report gives some comfort to his hundreds of victims. They have been listened to and taken seriously.’
- Kevin Cook in the BBC TV studio with Jimmy Savile in 1976 (left) and Caroline Moore, from Clarkston, Glasgow, who has spoken of her frustration that Jimmy Saville is not alive to face sex attack allegations
His colleague, Detective Superintendent David Gray, said: ‘Savile spent every minute of every waking day thinking about it [abusing children] and whenever the opportunity came along he took it.
‘He was programmed to think about it and act in that way. He only picked the most vulnerable, the ones least likely to speak out against him.’
Peter Watt, of the NSPCC, said: ‘The sheer scale of Savile’s abuse over six decades simply beggars belief.
‘He is without doubt one of the most prolific sex offenders we have ever come across and every number represents a victim that will never get justice now he is dead.
‘But with this report we can at least show his victims that they have been taken seriously and their suffering has been recognised.’
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The BBC again apologised to those affected, saying: ‘The police report into Jimmy Savile contains shocking revelations. As we have made clear, the BBC is appalled that some of the offences were committed on its premises.
‘We would like to restate our sincere apology to the victims of these crimes. The BBC will continue to work with the police to help them investigate these matters.
‘We have also set up the Dame Janet Smith Review to help us understand how these crimes could have been committed and how we can avoid them happening ever again.’
Savile, who died in October 2011, abused victims at 14 medical sites and the majority of the NHS institutions involved have launched investigations into abuse allegations.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said investigations should look into whether any NHS employee knew what was going on and turned a blind eye to the abuse.
He told Sky News: ‘We knew when the investigation opened in the autumn that we had a problem in three NHS organisations but today we realise that it’s gone a lot further than that.
‘The question we are all asking ourselves is how could this have happened for so long without anyone speaking up?
‘Most importantly of all, we need to know whether anything needs to change in the procedures that we have now in the NHS in order to be able to reassure the public that NHS organisations are totally safe.’
Kim Harrison, from Pannone, a law firm representing around 50 victims, said the damning report was one of the first steps on the way to them getting ‘some kind of justice’.
She said: ‘The sheer scale of what’s happened here and the sheer number of institutions involved will shock everybody, even victims themselves.
‘There’s questions to be asked about how he was able to get away with this for so long, who knew about it and who turned a blind eye.’
Lawyer Liz Dux, from Slater and Gordon, which is representing a similar number, said: ‘For the victims, today is hugely important. It represents the end of chapter one.
‘The next stage is for the inquiries to take place as efficiently as possible. The police investigation just looks at the criminal side of things, but the inquiries are important because they look at what was not, or ought to have been, done about Savile.
‘That’s important, especially to those who reported something at the time.’ Civil compensation claims for a handful of victims are already under way against the BBC and more claims will be lodged after all the investigations are complete.
Savile’s £4.3million estate has been frozen in light of the allegations.
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