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Saturday, November 10, 2012


Saturday, 10 November 2012


Looking at the McAlpine question in the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal.  In any investigation victim testimony is crucial but children are not reliable when it comes to identifying people who are not in their circle.
This is why initially it  falls to the  Police to follow every lead and find the truth.  In this case the hard evidence presented to  the Police by Steven Messham actual photographs of the abusers, including  as claimed Lord McAlpine,  was lost by the police.   Or so Steven Messham was told.  
On the 8th of November the Mirror reported that:-   "Photographs of men abusing boys in the North Wales paedophile scandal were deliberately destroyed by the authorities. Sian Griffiths worked for Clwyd Council in the inquiry office on the 1994 Jillings and six years later on the Waterhouse inquiry which looked into the systematic abuse at the children’s homes.
She told ITV News that victim Steve Messham’s photos of alleged abuse were ordered to be destroyed.
Mr Messham says photos captured lots of men raping boys, including a prominent Conservative figure he accuses of abusing him.
He says he could see men’s faces clearly, but the police said they could not identify them from the pictures.
Ms Griffiths was asked: “Messham talked about photos that he had of abuse taking place. Do you know what happened to them?”
“We were supplied with copies of court documents…there was an order made for the book of photos to be destroyed.
“So Messham’s photos of alleged abuse…were destroyed?
“They were. Well that’s what’s in court papers – official documents.”
That could have been vital evidence?
“It could. Yes.”
The next day  after  this admission.  Police called Steven in and we are told showed him a photograph. On seeing this  photograph Steven  retracted his  claim against Lord McAlpine  being  one of his abusers. It is now agreed  that the abuser  was in fact  Lord McAlpines, convieniently deceased, cousin  Jimmy McAlpine who lived  in North Wales where his family had raped the countryside through Quarrying.
If we could be shown the photograph perhaps we could understand why the photograph proved Lord McAlpine  was not the abuser of Steven Messham but his cousin Jimmy McALpine was. And if Jimmy McAlpine was known to the Police as a child rapist why was he not arrested and questioned? 
this extract about J McAlpine is re-blogged from The Slog
I hate to be the first to observe this, but lest we forget, James McAlpine was related to his Lordship, and there has to be a question-mark over why the innocent peer Alastair McAlpine didn’t come forward earlier. The idea that Lord (Alastair) McAlpine didn’t know Jimmie – and wasn’t aware of his proclivities – is only credible if one accepts the concept of the former being deaf and blind to family matters for five decades. Jimmie chaired Alfred McAlpine, and the current Lord McAlpine is a cousin.
There seems to me a strong possibility that Alastair kept quiet to protect the family name. So when he says today that he is “saddened that the media could sink so low”, I’m not sure we should take that assertion entirely at face value.
Founder Alfred McAlpine’s son Robert handed the North West/Wales leg of the family business over to Jimmie in the 1960s. Jimmie’s penchant for juvenile chauffeurs was infamous, and numerous residents in the area surrounding Penrhyn (where the family bought an enormous slate mine) are quite certain he was responsible for multiple cases of care home and other youth-establishment abuses in the Wrexham-to-Chester belt of Britain. The general view there (accompanied by an accepting Welsh shrug) is that, as he was a prominent and influential resident at the time, Plod predictably touched a forelock and left him to continue on a merry dance of rape and ravish."
Although the allegations against Lord McAlpine were first published in Scallywag over 20 years ago and have existed on the internet for years,  it is only now that Lord McAlpine has threatened to sue  The Rich and Famous can  easily use  Super Injunctions and the High Court  to stem criticism.
Child witnesses would never be prosecuted for getting a name wrong  either in the Civil or Criminal Courts.  But an Adult risks prosecution in the Criminal Courts for perverting the course of justice. And risks loosing a libel action because to win a libel action Steven Messham would have to prove Lord McAlpine abused him to win,  because the burden of proof is reversed in libel law. Steven would also need about £800,000 to even think of defending such an action against someone as rich as Lord McAlpine.  

Which means that unless the Police take action poor people cannott win against rich people and clearly the Police had no intention of  arresting or questioning Lord McALpine or his Cousin Jimmy over the serious allegations of child rape, allegations first made over 20 years ago. 

But Steven Messham  said " After seeing a picture in the past hour of the individual concerned, this is not the person I identified by photograph presented to me by the police in the early 1990s, who told me the man in the photograph was Lord McAlpine.”     So it was the Police who led Steven Messham to believe  the man who abused him was Lord McAlpine.  Why?    Also the Police reveal they knew who the child abuser was and left him to abuse more children for another 25 years, There is definately  more  to be revealed

1 comment:

Ross Kelly said...

Please keep pursuing this matter because in the end the truth is going to come out through the efforts of people like you. As it must.