After Sir Ronald Waterhouse had conducted his inquiry and insulted and discredited the witnesses, ignored the minor matter of the fabrication of letters allegedly written by the paedophiles’ victims singing the praises of the paedophiles at the time of the police investigation into their activities, offered the paedophiles and their associates immunity from prosecution if they consdescended to give evidence and failed to even consider evidence relating to the paedophiles taking the kids in care to locations outside north Wales to be abused or to consider evidence relating to people from outside of north Wales visiting the children’s homes to abuse the children, Sir Ronnie came up with numerous recommendations to ensure that It Never Happened Again. Although of course he reassured everyone that what happened did not involve public figures, or Freemasonry, or a high level Gov’t cover-up or indeed a European paedophile ring. What happened did involve very serious cruelty to children but it had only been on the part of a few cave dwellers in north Wales and No-One Knew.
One of Sir Ronnie’s recommendations was the creation of the post of Children’s Commissioner for Wales. The Children’s Commissioner is ‘an independent champion for children’s rights’. Wales was the first country in the UK to have a Children’s Commissioner! The Children’s Commissioner for Wales has two offices – one in Colwyn Bay and one in Swansea.
Colwyn Bay is the location of the HQ of the North Wales Police, the force which for years colluded with the criminality and child abuse. It was where Superintendent Gordon Anglesea – who was one of the paedophiles who abused kids in north Wales – lived and worked and Colwyn Bay was also home to other people who assisted the paedophile gang, including Professor Robert Owen, Huw Vaughan Thomas and Nigel Berry (see post ‘The Right Honourable David Jones MP’). The Gwynfa children’s psychiatric unit in which children were violently assaulted and raped was located at Colwyn Bay (see post ‘Don’t Be Silly, He’s Nice’). Neither is Swansea exactly free from people who colluded with or concealed child abuse and Swansea Social Services was utterly dysfunctional and dangerous.
The first independent champion of a Children’s Commissioner for Wales took up the post in 2001. He was Peter Clarke – a social worker who came from Llandudno. Which was where Gwynne the lobotomist, one of the key facilitators of the paedophile gang, came from.
Peter Clarke undertook a period of military training at Sandhurst but decided that it would be a social worker’s life for him rather than an Army Officer’s. Clarke went to Sussex and Warwick Universities, but that was after he had spent some time in paid employment as a social worker.
His first job in social work was as an unqualified social worker at Stamford House Remand Home in London. Stamford House achieved notoriety as being a location of serious child abuse. The abuse at Stamford House was known to have been happening in the 60s and 70s (see post ‘The Case Of The King’s Sperm’) and was happening when Peter Clarke worked there.
Clarke’s wiki entry states that he qualified in social work from Warwick University and worked as a social worker in London and Brighton, but gives no further specific details.
Throughout the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s, the organised abuse of children in care in London was endemic. Many of the London boroughs sent children in their care on placement to children’s homes in north Wales, where they were abused by the paedophiles whose activities Waterhouse failed to fully reveal. The trade in children for sex work between London – as well as other parts of the UK – and north Wales began in earnest in 1968 when John Allen set up the Bryn Alyn Community. During the 1970s and 80s business boomed and other people such as Paul Hett also established children’s homes and residential schools in north Wales where children from London and elsewhere were abused (see post ‘More On Those Prisons For Folk Who Dared Complain’).
After a period of being battered and molested at the Bryn Alyn Community, the children would be trafficked by John Allen to brothels that he owned in London and Brighton.
The five witnesses to the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal who were killed by a firebomb in April 1992 were attending a party at a flat in Brighton (see post ‘The Silence Of The Welsh Lambs’). John Allen had arranged to meet one of them there himself but never turned up, although the firebomber did. One of the surviving partygoers claimed that witnesses to the paedophile gang in north Wales were being murdered. He was later found dead shortly after he gave evidence against John Allen in court.
Keith Best, the Tory MP for Ynys Mon, 1983-87 and Welsh Office Minister who concealed criminal activity in the social services and mental health services in north Wales, was a barrister who was born and went to school in Brighton and for a number of years was a Councillor there.
In 1985 Peter Clarke was appointed as a community care advisor for the Spastics Society, now known as Scope. There were allegations of abuse at facilities run by Scope. David Hanson, MP for Delyn in north Wales MP and Blair’s former PPS and paedophiles’ friend worked for Scope, 1982-89 (see post ‘The Most Dangerous Man In The World – Part II’). Tim Yeo was Chief Exec of Scope, 1980-83 and subsequently held a number of junior Ministerial roles in which he failed to respond appropriately to abuse and serious wrongdoing (see post ‘Another Episode Of Friends’).
From what I can work out, Clarke completed his social work qualification at Warwick just before he was employed by Scope.
In 1991 Clarke became Director of the National Schizophrenia Fellowship, now known as Rethink. Some 12 years ago I wrote a letter providing details of some of the criminality and abuse on the part of the mental health services in north Wales to which I and other patients had been subjected. One of the bodies to which I CC’d my letter was Rethink – I didn’t bother to send it to MIND because I had already approached them on number of occasions and it was quite clear that they were colluding with the abuse of patients. The Chief Exec of Rethink at the time to whom I sent my letter was Paul Farmer. I did not receive a response from Rethink but only weeks later, Paul Farmer was appointed Chief Executive of MIND.
In 1995 Paul Clarke became the Director of Childline Cymru – which must have been inevitable with a CV like his. There were allegations that Childline ignored calls from children in care in north Wales.
Clarke also ‘worked for many voluntary organisations’.
Whilst he was Children’s Commissioner, Clarke led the Clywch Inquiry into claims that drama teacher John Owen had serially abused pupils at Ysgol Gyfun Rhydfelen in Pontypridd for over 20 years.
John Owen worked at Rhydfelen between 1974-91. He was very well known in drama circles in Wales and wrote and directed the S4C teenagers programme ‘Pam Fi Duw?’, which starred young people aged 10 and upwards.
There had been a stream of very serious complaints about Owen throughout the 1980s that were not acted upon. In 1983 a member of catering staff reported seeing a pupil in a state of undress sitting on Owen’s lap – the head later declared that the matter had been dealt with. In 1983-84 a pupil stayed at Owen’s home overnight. In 1986 WJEC external examiner tried to stop a practical exam because a pupil was simulating a sex act – she was told by the WJEC to continue with the exam. In 1987 John Owen was made acting Deputy Head. In 1988 another WJEC examiner halted a GCSE drama practical exam because he was concerned that the scripts were obscene. He wrote to the WJEC about the matter and was never invited to examine for them again. In 1990 Owen was appointed Head of Years 2 and 3. In the summer of 1990, senior WJEC officials told Rhydfelen that that the school’s drama excerpts were unacceptable because of sexual references and swearing. In 1990 and 1991 two pupils complained about the emphasis on sex and sexually explicit material in the drama lessons and one gave up drama because of this just days before the practical A level exam.
In Jan 1991, senior staff took statements from six pupils regarding nudity in lessons, the simulation of sex acts by pupils, actual sex acts between pupils and a sexual assault by John Owen. A parent formally complained after their daughter had become suicidal because of what was going on in Owen’s drama class.
David Matthews, the district education advisor for Mid-Glamorgan County Council, was called in by the school. He was shown the statements and he re-interviewed three pupils. There was no referral to the police or to social services. Matthews told senior staff not to talk to anyone about the allegations.
John Owen was suspended and ordered not to accompany the pupils on a forthcoming trip to London. He went to London with them anyway – one pupil on the trip was one of those who had made allegations of serious sexual offences against Owen.
Senior staff then gave Matthews a typed statement, which disclosed criminal offences against children. Matthews still didn’t call the police. The Chair of Governors at Rhydfelen was Philip Richards, a judge on the notoriously corrupt Chester and Wales Circuit. Richards has been criticised for his leniency in cases of child sexual abuse.
A pupil then went to Owen’s house to rehearse a play – where he was confronted by Owen in possession of a copy of the statement that this pupil had made about Owen.
Owen then resigned – following his resignation the school received letters in support of him. In Feb 1991 a number of other teachers – including Owen’s girlfriend Theda Williams – wrote letters in support of Owen to the Director of Education.
In March 1991 a parent had enough of the fuckwittery and called the police, who began a criminal investigation.
In April 1991 John Owen travelled Wales with a production of Godspell and a group of 20 young people. In May 1991 he directed and produced a rock festival at the Urdd National Eisteddfod (a Welsh language children’s festival). The Director of the Urdd asked Owen about his resignation from Rhydfelen and was assured by Owen that there was nothing to be concerned about. The matter was discussed at the Urdd National Executive Committee but it was decided that it was unfair to take action in the absence of detail. I can understand that – but the stupid buggers didn’t seek any further details and there was no communication from Mid-Glamorgan County Council anyway.
It cannot have been that the Urdd had not heard how serious the allegations were against Owen or that Mid-Glamorgan didn’t know that Owen was treading the boards with youngsters and rocking up at the Urdd – the good thing about Wales is that with regard to most matters, most people know most things about most other people. It is a country with truly impressive jungle drums, although the jungle drums do tell lies about people who have spilt the pints of the paedophiles and their friends.
In May 1991 the CPS stated that it would take no further action against John Owen.
I really do wonder who was making decisions at the CPS in the early 1990s. Aft that time, mountains of the most damning evidence regarding the paedophile gang in north Wales was submitted to the CPS, yet there were very few prosecutions. A file was sent to the CPS regarding the mass of evidence against Greville Janner, but there was no prosecution. The CPS also were made aware of Cyril Smith’s activities at this time, but there was no prosecution. Yet children in care and psychiatric patients in north Wales were appearing in various courts charged with laughable ‘offences’. Only the CPS wasn’t laughing. For an account of the failings of the CPS and DPP during those years, see post ‘A Future Leader Of The Labour Party’.
Whilst the CPS were not taking action against John Owen, I was appearing in the Royal Courts of Justice at the Strand in the wake of the paedophiles’ friends of north Wales perjuring themselves and demanding my imprisonment.
In 1994 Eddie Roberts, the Director of Education for Mid-Glamorgan County Council, resigned.
In 1996, filming for ‘Pam Fi Duw?’ began.
In 2001 police began an investigation into Owen in the wake of further allegations. The producer of ‘Pam Fi Duw?’ was aware of the investigation but was told by the management at HTV and S4C to ‘continue as normal’.
In Sept 2001 John Owen was arrested and charged with serious criminal offences. In Oct 2001 days before he was due to appear in court, he was found dead from an overdose of drugs in a caravan in Porthcawl. It was presumed that he had killed himself.
There was a good turnout at the funeral, over one hundred people, including many teachers – even Menna Richards, the Controller of BBC Wales, was there.
There have been a great many deaths of the victims of and witnesses to the paedophiles’ and their friends in Wales which were stated to be suicides but are believed to have almost certainly been murders by people with knowledge of what was going on. I do not know enough about John Owen to speculate.
In Dec 2001 Rhondda Cynon Taff Area Child Protection Committee conducted a serious case review into the handling of the allegations against Owen. The words horse and stable door come to mind for some reason.
At the end of 2001 Peter Clarke announced his inquiry into the John Owen matter. Clarke’s inquiry was paused midway for a few months because of police investigating fresh allegations made by the alleged victims of five teachers who had been named by two of Owen’s former pupils and, who it was alleged, were implicated in incidents of abuse by Owen. The CPS subsequently announced that no action would be taken against any of the five teachers.
Peter Clarke published the Clywch Report in 2004, which concluded that there was overwhelming evidence that John Owen had sexually abused children in the early 1990s – and what a lot of trouble there was.
David Matthews was by then Director of Education for Bridgend County Borough Council and was furious at what he claimed was unjustified criticism of him in the Report. He explained that he had sort of stuffed up in a major way, but it was 1991. David – having sex with one’s pupils in one’s drama class was not acceptable in 1991 or in any other year, in the way that in the 1970s it was not considered OK for Jimmy Savile to molest children who were incapacitated in bed in hospital no matter what all the bizarre commentary about ‘things were different then’ asserted after Savile’s crimes became public knowledge. Victims of and witnesses to the north Wales paedophile ring were locked in the dungeon at Denbigh, framed and imprisoned or killed because Dafydd and the paedophiles didn’t want to go to prison for a long time.
David Matthews also maintained that in 1991 he had sought advice from County Hall at Mid-Glamorgan requesting advice on how to deal with the information that had become available to him during his investigation into Owen, but he did not receive a response.
A Clywch Response Group was formed which contained many high profile people who had been friends of John Owen’s, who challenged the ‘seriously flawed’ Report.
Allegations flew that the people who had accused Owen of abuse were lying and were only after compensation. Exactly the same allegations were made about the former kids in care in north Wales and Greville Janner’s offspring are at present also saying this about the people who maintain that Janner abused them when they were children. I know that sometimes people do accuse innocent people of abusing them and that there are – although I believe only a very few – people who are prepared to lie over a period of many years about having been harmed by others in the hope of acquiring some dosh in the form of a compensation payment or from flogging a story to a tabloid. But after John Owen’s death the sheer number of people who admitted that he had either abused them or people whom they personally knew, suggests that the allegations against him were not fantasy.
Eventually John Owen’s fan club, including his former girlfriend Theda Williams, admitted that yes, he had abused children. I do not know if they ever managed to explain why they wrote all those letters in support of Owen or why so much mud was thrown at the kids who claimed that he had abused them. Teenagers are cheeky and rude to teachers and take the piss out of them, but if a number of pupils are saying that they want to give up drama because the teacher’s obsessed with sex and another one is suicidal because of her experiences in his class, that teacher is probably doing something that he shouldn’t be doing.
Peter Clarke’s Report was received by the then Minister for Education and Lifelong Learning Jane Davidson, who stated that there must be ‘robust dependable systems in place that protect children from harm and abuse’. Davidson maintained that everyone needed to involve themselves in tightening child protection procedures, including the Welsh Gov’t.
When Davidson said this, Brian Gibbons had been Deputy Minister for Health – Gibbons later became Minister for Health and Social Services and during that time wrote me a letter stating that ‘this correspondence is closed’ after I wrote to him and told him that I had evidence of serious criminal activity in the north Wales mental health services. In 2004 Jane Hutt, a former social worker, was the Minister for Health and Social Services and remained silent whilst children in care and patients were abused. Mark Drakeford was working as Rhodri Morgan’s SPAD – Drakeford had worked as a social worker in Dyfed whilst a paedophile gang operated there. Rhodri himself was married to dear old Julie – a former social worker who had been Deputy Director of Barnardo’s whilst Barnardo’s staff had been involved with child abuse.
The NUT stated that ‘the situation has improved significantly since 1991’ – sex in class with the pupils was SO last century.
In 2002 I lodged on a farm in Snowdonia. The 12 year old grandson of my landlord was very friendly with a boy from the village who, my landlord’s grandson told me, was being physically abused by his stepfather – my landlord’s grandson detailed some of the aggression and assaults that he had witnessed. One evening the two boys told me that they were going to run away because my landlord’s grandson’s friend was so frightened of his stepdad. By this time my farmer landlord and his wife had also expressed concern about the welfare of their grandson’s friend. I was working as a teacher at the time and I had knowledge of child protection procedures. The boy concerned had special educational needs, so I rang the SENCO (special needs co-ordinator) at the school concerned, Ysgol Syr Huw Owen in Caernarfon. I found out that the SENCO was also the form teacher of the boy who was the centre of concern. So I spoke to her and told her what the boys had told me and my landlords had been going on.
The teacher concerned sounded as though she was an older teacher and she didn’t seem to have any knowledge of child protection procedures. She snapped at me that she had never been told by anyone that her pupil was being assaulted but she’d make enquiries. I told her that I would ring her again.
I rang back a couple of days later and the teacher told me that she had asked the boy if his stepfather had been hitting him and he said that he hadn’t. I later discovered that she had asked him this in front of the whole class. She then asked me if I knew that the two boys were liars and that my landlord’s grandson had stolen another pupil’s watch. I asked my landlord’s grandson about this and his explanation was that a friend’s watch had broken, the boys were tinkering about with it in class and were told to stop it, so the owner of the broken watch asked my landlord’s grandson if he would keep it in his locker.
I realised that I was dealing with fuckwits at Ysgol Syr Huw Owen and that there was not much that I could do.
Over the following years various people in the village expressed concern that the boy was being ill-treated by his stepfather. They all believed that the school ‘was dealing with it’.
When the boy concerned was in his late teens, he began a relationship with a young woman who had children and moved in with her. She became ill and had the misfortune to end up in the hands of the Hergest Unit. It was discovered that her partner had been hitting the children. How disgusted everyone was – no doubt the SENCO at Ysgol Syr Huw Owen could have reassured them all that he’d always been a Bad Lot, she knew that when he was 12 and made those allegations about his stepdad.
Some months after I encountered the dipstick at Ysgol Syr Huw Owen, I met a couple from a neighbouring village who told me that their eight year old daughter had told them that she had been indecently assaulted by a teaching assistant at her primary school. They raised the matter with the school who maintained that the teaching assistant had done no such thing. The couple were then investigated for abusing their daughter by Gwynedd Social Services. They told me that they believed that part of the school’s kudos arose from some of the pupils there being the grandchildren of the former MP for Caernarfon.
At the time of the publication of the Clywch Inquiry, Anna Brychan was Director of the National Association of Head Teachers Cymru. Anna had previously been a senior information officer at the National Assembly for Wales, went to school in Carmarthenshire and then in Abersytwyth and to Cardiff, Swansea and Mannheim Universities. Anna Brychan is now ‘Senior Lead for Strategy and Workplace Reform, Central and South Wales Consortium’ I won’t put anything on pause whilst I await Anna’s reform.
The Clywch Inquiry Counsel Nicholas Cooke stated that he was ‘not interested in blaming people, only in identifying where responsibility lay’. As far as I can see no-one was blamed for anything and there was certainly no question of anyone taking responsibility for any of it.
Ron Davies, former MP for Caerphilly and Secretary of State for Wales – who famously did not become First Minister because of a ‘moment of madness’ on Clapham Common with a male prostitute called Boogie and who then followed this up a few years later with a trip to a well known dogging and cruising spot where he was photographed ‘looking for badgers’ (see post ‘The Cradle Of Filth’) – worked as a Further Education advisor for Mid-Glamorgan Education Authority from 1974 until he was elected to Parliament in 1983.
In 2002, before conducting the Clywch Inquiry, Clarke published a report looking at the way in which social service departments in Wales dealt with complaints. I know how they dealt with complaints after Clarke published that report, because my lawyer accompanied me to a meeting with two senior managers of Gwynedd Social Services after Keith Fearns, the leader of the Arfon Community Mental Health Team, approached my employer, revealed confidential information and also made a number of allegations about me that weren’t true and then threatened my employer. Fearns did this in the knowledge that two members of this man’s family were in the ‘care’ of the mental health services in Gwynedd.
The two senior managers were very unpleasant and aggressive, admitted that Fearns had broken the law, told my lawyer and I in no uncertain terms that there would be no action whatever taken against Fearns and that if we read the guidance re complaints about the social services in full, we would see that Gwynedd Social Services could choose not to follow up this complaint and indeed they would not be doing so. My lawyer advised me that their behaviour was outrageous but our only redress would be through the civil courts – and in this case Legal Aid was not available.
One of the senior managers was married to the then Director of Gwynedd Social Services. I was later told by a mole that not only had she appointed her own husband to a senior position in her own dept, but that she negotiated a particularly generous salary for him as well. The same person described the other senior manager whom we met as ‘an absolute bastard, even worse than the rest of the bastards down there’. That particular bastard didn’t hang around in Gwynedd for long, he disappeared fairly quickly but I have no idea why. It won’t have been related to him breaking the law – he probably joined the Social Services Inspectorate or became First Minister Rhodri Morgan’s advisor on service user involvement. I’m sure that an OBE will not be far away.
Rhodri – who was married to Julie, a social work colleague of the paedophiles and who ensured that his head remained very deep in the sand and in pints of ale whenever the subject of the paedophile gang in north Wales was mentioned – praised Clarke’s ‘commitment’ and stated that Clarke had ‘blazed a trail for others to follow’. Well I suppose that Clarke had written one damning report about one molesting school teacher, but he’d kept schtum about all the others that he knew about, as well as those people sitting in the Senedd who were covering up for them.
Rhodri also stated that Clarke was ‘unafraid to use the legal powers his office gave him’. I can only presume therefore that Clarke’s office didn’t give him the legal powers to arrest a few members of Rhodri’s Gov’t, Rhdori’s SPAD, Rhodri’s wife and indeed Rhodri himself and question them under caution.
Peter Clarke lived in Carmarthenshire. Which was the location of one of the paedophile gangs in Wales.
The Children’s Commissioner for Wales is a Welsh Gov’t appointment. What I’d like to know is who exactly gave the job to Peter Clarke?
Peter Clarke died of cancer in 2008 when he was 58. In the wake of Clarke turning his toes up, Keith Towler was appointed Children’s Commissioner.
Keith Towler went to Llanederyn High School in Cardiff, then did a Fine Arts degree at Exeter College of Art and Design. He then joined South Glamorgan Social Services as a social work assistant in youth justice. A number of AMs are former Councillors of South Glamorgan County Council, including Mark Drakeford, Jane Hutt, Julie Morgan – and so was the Baroness of Ely’s dad, the Rev Bob Morgan. Rhodri Morgan used to work for South Glamorgan County Council.
Towler became head of NACRO Cymru in 1998 and in 2001 was appointed NACRO’s Director of Crime Reduction. So not only did Towler work for NACRO – which in north Wales at least employed petty criminals as supervisors on the projects whose ‘clients’ were often victims of Dafydd and the paedophile gang – but he has a very similar CV to that other former NACRO bigwig, paedophiles’ friend Prof Nick Hardwick, the Chair of the Parole Board (see post ‘The Mentor’).
In 2006 Towler was appointed Programme Director for Save the Children Wales.
Whilst Keith Towler was Children’s Commissioner, a social worker in the Office of the Children’s Commissioner alleged that there was serious work place bullying happening in Towler’s empire. She was sacked. She took Towler to an employment tribunal alleging unfair dismissal. Towler made a number of allegations against her and maintained that she was an unfit person to work with children. She demonstrated every allegation to be baseless but nonetheless lost her case. She left social work.
Towler was or still is Chair of UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child).
Since Towler stopped being Commissioner in 2015, he has worked as an Independent Consultant in ‘development and service reviews’. He is or was Vice-Chair of the Independent Safeguarding Board for Wales and Chaired and might still Chair CWVYS (Council for Wales of Voluntary Youth Services).
The President of CWVYS is Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly, who succeded Ron Davies. Wayne David is a graduate of Cardiff and Swansea Universities and worked as a teacher in Bridgend between 1983-85, then for the WEA and was Chairman of War On Want Cymru, 1987-98. He was MEP for South Wales Central, 1989-99 and a junior Minister in the Wales Office in Gordon Brown’s Gov’t between 2008-10. Wayne David has been a member of the UNA Cardiff branch since 1989. Dr Dafydd Alun Jones was invited by the UNA as a keynote speaker at a drug misuse conference in Bangor about 12 years ago.
Neil Kinnock, Rhodri Morgan and Ron Davies all worked for the WEA in south Wales.
In April 2015 Sally Holland took over as Children’s Commissioner. Keith was not particularly gracious about this – he maintained that the selection process was ‘less than perfect’ (as opposed to the faultless way in which he and Clarke found themselves in that post) and that the short hand over period was ‘not great’.
Other people were delighted with Sally’s appointment however. Communities Minister, paedophiles’ friend and paid up member of the Mafia of Drips Lesley Griffiths (see post ‘History Repeats Itself, First As Tragedy, Second As Farce’) stated that she was confident that Sally’s ‘range of experience in social work and children’s rights and her proven commitment to empowering children and young people’ would make her a ‘strong ambassador on their behalf’. Only someone who ignored a paedophile gang which operated in the Social Services in Wrexham whilst she was a Wrexham Councillor could have made such a statement.
Paedophiles’ friend and colleague and the then Health Minister Mark Drakeford also welcomed Sally with open arms – he was so overjoyed at her arrival that he put an enormous announcement on his website. Mark was particularly chuffed that Sally was a Professor from Cardiff University’s School of Social Sciences -Drakeford was a Professor in that School himself! Drakeford also noted on his website that Sally is a resident of west Cardiff. I’m not sure how that qualifies her to be Children’s Commissioner, but Mark Drakeford just happens to be the AM for Cardiff West. I wonder if he li