Inside Story – ‘The Secret Life of a Paedophile’ and the Peter Righton cover-up (video)


This is the original BBC Inside Story investigation into the notorious paedophile Peter Righton with notes from the excellent Spotlight On Abuse blog.

Video ©  BBC

“I can confirm that the closed down Hereford and Worcester investigation of 1994 was re-ignited by Tom Watson’ PMQ last October.

That 1994 investigation began with the Customs/Police raid on Peter Righton’s home. Sadly 20 years on key figures like Righton have died and won’t face the justice their victims deserve However it is some consolation that with determined policing and social media sites that we didn’t have then a lot of wrongs can now be put right The public remain poorly informed by the mainstream media about the true extent of powerful people in child sexual abuse but I for one believe things are about to change.

Although he didn’t get charged with the offences he committed at least the BBC documentary Secret Life of a Paedophile destroyed Righton’s reputation and left everyone in no doubt about what an evil individual he was – a small but important reward for what should have gone on to be a massive nationwide investigate in to the links and webs we uncovered

Peter Righton story in The Standard

Peter Righton story in The Standard

We still don’t know who gave the order to shut down the original police investigation. In my opinion that person is just as guilty as Peter Righton and his network of child abusers. The decision to shut it down is likely to have been taken by Michael Howard and/or Virginia Bottomley. Howard was Home Secretary at the time, with overall responsibility for policing, and Bottomley was Health Secretary, with overall responsibility for children’s homes and social work.

Since Tom Watson’s PMQ there has been almost nothing in the mainstream media on the Peter Righton investigation. Thanks to the Sunday People/Mirror, we’ve learnt that ex-PIE treasurer Charles Napier is being investigated, but that’s the only real story in the mainstream media in over 5 months. This is despite the Guardian being in possession of all the information on the Peter Righton network that was given to Operation Fairbank.

If any mainstream media outlets decide to write a story about the national scandal of an organised paedophile network preying on children in care and the subsequent cover-up, here are some links including the original BBC documentary ‘Secret Life of a Paedophile’”

Spotlight On Abuse 4 April 2013

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If you are affected by child sexual abuse help is available:

If you are worried about someone’s behaviour towards a child, you must take action.

  • Contact your local police
  • Contact your local Children’s Social Services
  • Make a report online to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre
  • Contact the Stop it Now! Helpline
  • Contact the NSPCC Helpline

Local Police
If a child is in immediate danger, call 999. If not, all police forces have other ways in which you can get in touch, including a non-emergency phone number which you will find in a telephone directory or online.

CEOP Centre
The CEOP centre is the UK’s national police agency set up to tackle child sexual abuse. If you are worried about someone’s inappropriate behaviour towards a child, online or offline, you can report this at www.ceop.police.uk.

Stop it Now! Helpline 0808 1000 900
Confidential helpline for adults worried about their own sexual thoughts or behaviour or the behaviour of others towards children . Also for parents and carers worried about the sexual behaviour of their children. Helpline 9am-9pm Monday-Thursday and 9am-5pm Friday. help@stopitnow.org.uk,  www.stopitnow.org.uk.

NSPCC Helpline 0808 800 5000
You can call their child protection helpline or contact them via email at help@nspcc.org.uk

Sexual Abuse Survivor Services:

Mosac 0800 980 1958
MOSAC (Mothers of Sexually Abused Children) supports all non-abusing parents and carers whose children have been sexually abused. They provide advocacy, advice and information, befriending, counselling, play therapy and support groups following alleged child sexual abuse. www.mosac.org.uk

NAPAC 0808 801 0331
NAPAC (National Association for People Abused in Childhood). Support and information for people abused in childhood.  support@napac.org.uk Open 10am till 9pm Monday to Thursday, 10am till 6pm on Friday. They cannot take messages or call you back.

SURVIVORS UK 0845 1221201
Survivors UK provides information, support and counselling for men who have been raped or sexually abused.  www.survivorsuk.org/ 7pm-9.30pm Monday and Tuesday and 12pm-2.30pm on Thursdays.

These organisations are able to assist those looking for help, support or information.

Implementing a family safety plan can help to prevent abuse from happening. More information on this is available here.

Information adapted from Stop it Now! UK and Ireland

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