Child Abuse Questions for the London borough of Richmond
As the police investigation Operation Fernbank continues apace, questions are mounting over the role of the London borough of Richmond and its social services department over the scandal.
A report by David Pallister and me on the Exaro News website (http://www.exaronews.com/articles/4817/police-probes-richmond-council-over-vip-paedophile-ring ) that the police have requested and obtained documents from the council’s records dating back to the 1980s.
The council is in the frame because documents written about Elm House guest house, raided by the police in 1982, name boys who were at the now closed Grafton House children’s home and were taken there to be sexually abused by prominent people. It suggests a link between kids under the care of Richmond Council and the notorious guest house.
One of the few prominent councillors around at the time was Sir David Williams, Liberal Democrat leader of Richmond Council for 18 years from 1983 to 2001 and appointed by Eric Pickles, communities secretary, to sit on the board of the soon to be abolished Audit Commission in 2011. He has been a councillor since 1974.
This is his view of the present police investigation into the Elm House guest house.
” I knew nothing about this until some time afterwards it was a rumour. It didn’t impact on the council at the time.
…” If the police do find something, well the police will find something. It is all specious rumour as far as I am concerned until someone gives me some hard facts. It is idle speculation as far as I am aware.