Unsolved Murders

Carole Kasir

Age: 47

Sex: female

Date: 17 Jun 1990

Place: Carmichael Court, Grove Road, Barnes, South-West London

Source: www.mirror.co.uk

Carole Kasir was found dead in her bed at about 11am on Sunday 17 June 1990.

She had been living at Carmichael Court in Grove Road, Barnes.

She was found motionless on her bed by another occupant of the flat where she was living.

It was initially thought that she had committed suicide. When she was found she had numerous injection marks and a number of insulin vials were found near her bedside.

However, after further revelations were revealed, it was thought that she might have been murdered and that her murder had been covered up.

Carole Kasir had run the Elm Guest House with her husband which was later said to have been a place where prominent people had gone to have sex with other adults as well as children, and which was branded a paedophile brothel. They ran it from 1977 to 1982 when it was raided by the police. It was said that she had kept a diary of important guests over that period and that she had been murdered to keep her quiet. Elm Guest House was in Rocks Lane, near Barnes Common, London. It was said that the diary had recorded names, times, dates and even pictures of the men that had attended.

Elm Guest House was opposite Barnes Common which was a well-known haunt for homosexuals to meet.

Carole Kasir was said to have come from Germany, although that fact was later found to be wrong as she was born in London in July 1942 and had grown up around Clapham, and to have been liberal-minded which led her to offer her guest-house to gay men who were embarrassed about their sexual orientation even though homosexuality had been legal for ten years. It was said that she had advertised Elm Guest House in gay magazines, advertising it as a place where homosexual men could meet in safety and comfort to enjoy various facilities, including a sauna and solarium. The Elm Guest House was also reviewed favourably in the newsletter of the Conservative Group for Homosexual Equality which was a group that campaigned for the lowering of the age of consent for homosexual consent to 16. One of its chairman was a former Foreign Office minister who had had to resign from the government in 1958 after he was caught having gay sex with a soldier in the Coldstream Guards in a London park.

It was said that following the Queens Silver Jubilee, Carole Kasir started to run Kings and Queen's nights during which guests would dress up as kings and queens in costumes. However, it was claimed that soon after that started that someone in the Richmond Council was grooming young children to also attend the events.

It was then claimed that she had then started to offer discrete rooms for people to make child porn videos and that men started to use her guest house to bring young boys from local care homes for sex and to make pornographic films. Carole Kasir was said to have made substantial sums from that practice and it was later said that her small guest house was turning over about £10,000 a month which was said to have been a lot of money for the time, 1977 to 1982.

It was claimed that people were making child porn videos at the guest house which was then either distributed as was, or professionally edited and then distributed, but that Carole Kasir was also making her own covert recordings of the Kings and Queens knights in which she was recording all the guests attending.

It was also stated that a Dutch-based South African who had been working on behalf of an underground paedophile group called the Spartacus Club, had persuaded Carole Kasir to let them use the Elm Guest House as one of their network of venues.

It was also noted that another visitor to Elm Guest House was a famous porn film producer who was also suspected of making child porn films and in certain channels thought might have been involved with snuff films.

It was also noted that most of the people that had attended the Kings and Queens nights events had been members of several clubs, including the Monday Club which was a right-wing conservative club for people with extreme right-wing views. It was further noted that evidence indicated that the Monday Club itself paid for advertising in the publication Capital Gay, which was the main gay newspaper in London and distributed across London promoting the guest house as a gay friendly venue, as well as paying for adverts in the magazine Spartacus, the publication of the global paedophile network. It was also noted that in the window of Elm Guest House there was a sticker that read something like 'Spartacus Members Welcome' and that Spartacus members got a 10% discount. It was further stated that the UK organisers of Spartacus were closely connected to the Monday Club. It was also said that a company called Rorrow Investments Limited was also paying for advertising in Capital Gay and Spartacus, promoting Elm Guest House, and that in total there was a large organisation behind Elm Guest House supporting it, using it and promoting it, which was deeply established in the House of Commons and Parliament, via the Monday Club, which was mostly made up of members of Parliament and other powerful right wing people.

It was further noted that although the focus of Elm Guest House was on homosexual sex at the start that the culture around homosexuality at the time which was campaigning for greater homosexual rights had been infiltrated by paedophiles and organisations such as the Paedophile Information Exchange. It was said that they had totally infiltrated groups like the Campaign for Homosexual Equality, Olga and Liberty etc and that on top of campaigning for gay rights they were campaigning to have paedophiles treated as an oppressed minority.

However, Carole Kasir's guest house was raided in 1982 following a surveillance operation and she and her husband convicted in 1983 for keeping a disorderly house, fined £1,000 and given nine months sentenced, suspended for two years. They were found not guilty of living off immoral earnings and having obscene films. It was said that they sold Elm Guest House so that they could each pay their share of the £500.

It was said that the undercover operation was a farce as two undercover policeman had gone into the guest house, one of them wearing a fake plaster cast on his arm which had a radio transmitter in it which would be used to signal for the start of the raid, but that it had gone off prematurely so that when the other police came in there were only 7 men there, and not the 30+ that they were anticipating. It was also noted that local neighbours had called the police to report men in trees, who were actually police officers keeping watch on Elm Guest House. It was also claimed that a senior member of Sinn Feign or the IRA had found out about the raid and had warned Carole Kasir.

It was also noted that a 17-year-old youth had been in the guest house at the time working as a gay masseur and that he later gave evidence to the police in Operation Fernbridge to the fact that he remembered a large overweight politician that he had massaged and that he had been worried that the massage table might break under his weight and that the overweight politician had also once got stuck in a bath.

It was also noted that Carole Kasir's own 10 year old son was living with her at the time and that after the raid, he was taken to Grafton Close care home which was where the children that were said to have been being abused were said to have been being groomed and sent out from to various customers for various activities which it was said were often charged £30 for a time.

It was later suggested that the raid had been carried out to protect the wealthy, rather than the innocent who had been possibly being exploited there.

It was also noted that the raid had been carried out under the Prevention Of Terrorism Act and that no body actually knew its official purpose although it was also claimed that it had been carried out following complaints from neighbours under vice legislation. It was noted that Carole Kasir and her husband were held for 36 hours without access to a solicitor and that the paperwork that they were given stated that they were being held under the prevention of Terrorism Act which allowed the police to detain people for up to 36 hours without being allowed to speak to anyone. The raid was said to have been carried out by Special Branch.

It was also reported that Carole Kasir had been held for three days without charge following the raid, which it was later stated wasn't normal. It was also noted that Carole Kasir would have been silenced by that fact that she knew that her son was in Grafton Close care home.

Carole Kasir split up with her husband after their conviction and later met her new boyfriend in a bar in Barnes and moved into a flat with him nearby.

Following her release from prison, friends of Carole Kasir said that she had told them that she was unhappy about her conviction and that she had kept a record, including photographs, of the people that had visited Elm Guest House and that she was thinking of releasing them.

In 2017 fresh files into her death were released by the West London coroner’s office, which had taken over the role of the Kingston coroner’s court that had carried out Carole Kasir's inquest in 1990 which led to calls for a new inquest. It was said that some of the files released had been declared lost by the police and contained information that led to doubts as to whether she had committed suicide.

However, it was also noted that large parts of the files were not handed over, including the police report into her death that had been presented to the coroners court at the time.

Amongst the documents that were released were a large number of the Coroners own typed notes. It was noted that by 2017 the coroner had since died. In his typed notes he had written notes regarding a particular witness, an advisor to the National Association for Young People in Care (NAYPIC), which was a campaign group that has since closed. In his notes regarding the evidence that the advisor had given, the coroner wrote:

'We had been dealing with her for two years. I last saw her on 23 April. I spoke to her a number of times up to June. She came to us concerned that in the early 80’s she had run a guest house in Barnes and was arrested by the police. She came to see us about activities in the guest house. She was worried that boys from Grafton Close were being supplied for people using the guest house. It is difficult to know who to tell about this. She had a lot of harassment from police and security services. I saw her on a number of occasions last year. She said that she was being followed around. She gave us car registration numbers. She said she was being harassed. I went to see her on a number of occasions. Once, there were a number of young people present. There was a white Escourt [sic] outside with a man in it. I went downstairs, she was upset and angry. We tapped on the window. Two police turned up. There was some discussion. She was threated [sic] with arrest for breach of the peace. She said that this was a common occurance [sic]. I went to her home 18 March. She said that she had a number of threatening phone calls from her boyfriend’s employer as well as an occasion in a public house, when she was approached by two uniformed police. She said that they harrassed [sic] her. I saw her again 16 April. Long conversation. All about children from children’s home. She said she was concerned about things that she found out afterwards. She mentioned a lot of people. She mentioned a lot of well-known people. She needed to produce evidence. She gave me the Guest House Registers - those not seized by the police - and ones returned from the Crown Court. She was angry and emotional. She was distrustful of people. She would not give me photographs. She showed me photographs. She said that they were in a safe place. She phoned the office on a number of occasions for further help. She had a lot of problems with DoHSS [Department of Health and Social Security, as it then was], who said that she did not have a NI number. She was extremely frightened. She said that she was getting phone calls and being followed about. Gave us numbers of vehicles. I heard from a psychotherapist in June that she had died. This type of case is not unusual. It is difficult to know who to trust. I would not trust Govt or local services. She was harassed by security services. We did not get any evidence until recently. She gave us the names of boys from Grafton Close. The manager of Grafton Close was connected in child pornography. That was in Bexhill. At the time she was with us she was living with her boyfriend. I later found out that he worked for the woman that threatened Carole Kasir. I did not like him. I passed the information on to Mrs Kasir. She rang us from a pub to say that her boyfriend was in the pub with him. There are no current allegations. (Old ones 1982) I certainly believed her. She had talked to legal advisors about this. She had not gone to the authorities. It was the authorities that were intimidating her. We have MPs. We have hundreds of cases of child abuse. There are 130,000 children in care'.

It was reported in August 1990 that the advisor to the NAYPIC had said that he had been shown a number of photos from Elm Guest House by Carole Kasir, one of which had shown a top Conservative Cabinet minister in a sauna with naked boys. It was reported that other photos had included a former top policeman, a Russian spy and Master of the Queens Paintings and that two of the photos detailed sex acts. The advisor to the NAYPIC was also reported in 1990 as having said that other images that Carole Kasir had caught on video at Elm Guest House had included a bishop, a high court judge, a social services director and a top businessman. He also said that youngsters were being brought in from a children's home and were being used for sex.

The advisor to the NAYPIC said that Carole Kasir had come to him to help her investigate the child abuse, but the advisor to the NAYPIC said that Carole Kasir  was a scheming woman and whilst she had shown him a number of photographs of members of parliament with naked 12 year old boys, she would not give them to him. He said that he explained to her that if she wanted him to help her that he would need evidence but that she would only give him enough to keep him interested. The NAYPIC said however that Carole Kasir later said that he could come round and take photos of everything that she had, but that before he had a chance to do that she died, and that in his opinion she was murdered.

Around December 2012, shortly after the man approached the MP with his story about child abuse and murder involving high level public figures, a list that the advisor to the NAYPIC had drawn up of public figures that it accused of child abuse was released on the internet. He said that he had compiled the list based on evidence from victims as well as from Carole Kasir. However, after it was released, his evidence was thrown into doubt after it was found that he had been convicted of fraud in 2011 and given a prison sentence. The advisor to the NAYPIC said that he had never intended the list to be made public and said that a former colleague had posted it on the internet and that they had since fallen out. He also admitted that that list had contained the names of innocent public figures and admitted it had sparked a witch hunt.

He had been convicted of fraud in 2011 after it was determined that he had been laundering money resulting from a scam in which pensioners were sold shares in property and Tesco, but were given fake certificates. They had earned about £300,000 from the scam and the advisor to the NAYPIC had been laundering the proceeds through false bank accounts.

The coroners notes also detailed the evidence from a private investigator who didn't want to give his address. They read:

'I do not want to give my address. I have been acting for Mrs Kasir since Feb 1990 when I visited her. The MPs are involved in child pornography. The police tell us to keep quiet. They say that they need evidence. She spoke of her boyfriend and the woman her boyfriend worked for and a hotel raid in 1982. She said who was there. The hotel was full of MPs. She says that she and her husband were arrested. I suggested that she saw a police contact. This upset her. I do not know why. She said that she was frightened for her life. She said that the woman threatened her in (? October) I reported it to NSY [New Scotland Yard]. They said that they know. She offered me a diary from her boyfriend. The police have this. I contacted the Inspector [who went on to become a chief superintendent, investigated some of Britain’s most notorious paedophiles such as Sidney Cooke], and the pornographic dept. She asked if I had seen a car. She pointed. The car drove off like the wind. I thought that she was in danger. I phoned the NAYPIC advisor. On 5 March, I met her at Hammersmith Police Station. I took her to see the NAYPIC advisor. She talked for three hours. She identified photographs. She said that a solicitor’s office had her papers. She would not say who, but they would not let her have them, MI5 involved. Questioned by Husband. I have no documentary evidence of Mrs Kasirs dealings with Members of Parliament. I take on oath what she told me. Husband, Photographs - she was about blind'.

The coroners notes also covered evidence given by another woman, a woman who worked for the National Association of Young People in Care. She said:

'I met Carole in March. She contacted us. I met her. She said that in 1980 there was a raid on her guest house. It was under the Prevention of Terrorism Act. She said she was wrongfully arrested. She said that she did not know about child pornography. She was introduced to the man who owned Spartacus. She said that she knew nothing about this. She was advised to find out what had happened in Grafton Close. The Director of Social Services in Richmond came to the guest house. She thought that the Director of Social Services and the Spartacus Club man were brothers. Boys [were supplied] to the guest house without her knowledge. She gave us the log books. Coroner. Inquest adjourned two weeks to notify boyfriend again. Call Family doctor. Notes are not normally read at inquest. For a verdict of suicide, there must be evidence of intent to take one’s own life and consciousness of what one is doing. The note may provide evidence that the act was intentional, or that the mind was so disturbed as to be unaware of the consequence. She says that she intends to be removed in a coffin. She blames a person for her predicament. She makes no mention of the issues mentioned today. I have to be satisfied that the letter was written by the deceased and voluntarily'.

The coroners notes regarding Carole Kasir's boyfriend read:

'I know Mrs Kasir. I was not present at the last inquest. I have seen copies of the letters. They are in her writing. She was living with me until six to eight months ago. I met the man I work for in the pub when she was living with me. I work for the man. She would ring me and pick me up. My work is painting and building work. I was supposed to see her on the Friday, but I did not. We were going to Brighton for the day. I did not see her at all. I saw her on the Thursday in the Bull and Bush and then in the A ? and Crown. She was getting thrown out of her home if she did not pay the mortgage. I know nothing of threatening phone calls. She was not followed while I was there. In November [1989] when she was mugged, I was in Dunstable. She was in hospital. She just said that she was mugged. I had only known her 14 or 15 months. That was at Barnes. She did not mention child pornography rings. She showed me the cutting in the paper for which she was nicked. On Thursday, we were going to Brighton on the Friday, I should have gone to the house on the Thursday. I did not go. She came to the pub on the dinner time. She was cross. She did not speak to me at all. There were people that she knew in the pub. I bought her a drink, but she did not want it and left. I do not want the letter that she wrote'.

It was claimed that the note left behind by Carole Kasir was said to have been a fake and that the only person that had agreed that it was Carole Kasir's writing was Carole Kasir's boyfriend.

The advisor to the NAYPIC said that Carole Kasir's boyfriend was also a paedophile, stating that he had recently been convicted, along with another person, of abusing his four year old child in a hot tub and that he had a court order against him banning him from being within half a mile of his home and his son, even though he said that he had been at  home when Carole Kasir died.

Carole Kasir's boyfriend admitted that he had been forced to attend the inquest.

He also claimed that it was not possible that Carole Kasir could not have seen police following her as her eyesight was too bad for her to have noticed. However, it was later confirmed that a neighbour of Carole Kasir said that the police did in fact set up a secret surveillance post at a nearby flat, although it was sometime before her death, and said that she thought that it was because the police thought that she had been dealing drugs to children.

Also, amongst the information in the lost files was a statement from her doctor expressing surprise that she had committed suicide.

The coroners notes regarding the doctor read:

'Because of her poor eyesight, writing was a chore. She had to hold it within inches of her face. She was incredibly short sighted, and she often did not wear her incredibly thick spectacles. On Sunday 17 June 1990 I was called to the flat. She was in bed, under one layer of blankets. On her back. Fully clothed. A neighbourhood policeman who knew her well was present. Rigor mortis. Been dead over 6 hours. She had make up on. There was a half empty bottle of insulin and a needle and syringe on a chest of drawers. I was shown a note. I was not familiar with her writing'.

It was also found that none of the utensils that were found by her bedside were examined to determine that they were connected with her death and that her stomach contents were not analysed.

Although  she had previously tried to commit suicide by taking an insulin overdose, friends at her inquest questioned why the evidence stated that she had injected herself three times in the bottom with insulin when it was known that she always injected herself in the arm. It was also claimed that the oldest injection mark on her body was 72 hours old, but noted that if a person died from an insulin overdose that they would be dead within an hour, indicating that she had not died from insulin poisoning.

She was a diabetic and her autopsy showed that she had low blood sugar levels that were consistent with an overdose of insulin. However, the needle by her bedside was not examined. It was also said that normal toxicology tests were also not carried out.

Although three suicide notes were presented at her inquest, three witnesses, two child protection workers and a private detective, suggested that they were fake and told the inquest that Carole Kasir had thought that someone was trying to kill her because of what she knew. They said that Carole Kasir had told them that she had been receiving threatening phone calls and had been followed by unknown and unmarked cars. They said that she also told them that the police were harassing her.

One of her friends said that Carole Kasir had shown her photos of high-level public figures in compromising poses, a claim that was backed up by another witness. It was reported that she had kept the photos in a strong box at the Royal Bank of Scotland branch in Richmond and that she had once been offered £20,000 for them but had refused, stating that she thought that they were worth much more. However, the photos were never found. The police said that they looked for them at Rocks Lane but found nothing.

Her friends also claimed at the inquest that Carole Kasir had said in the months before her death that she was thinking about lifting the lid on what happened at Elm Guest House and that she was going to list the names of those that visited in a book.

Her husband, who attended the inquest said that suggestions of an international conspiracy were nothing but hearsay. He said that despite what anyone else had said, Carole Kasir had not given information to groups investigating child pornography.

Carole Kasir's inquest opened on 18 August 1990, but after the coroner heard the claims of conspiracies and child abuse, he ordered the inquest to be adjourned for an investigation to be carried out. He however said that, otherwise, he would have recorded a verdict of suicide, stating that the note found was sufficient to warrant that, but in the light of the conspiracy claims, the strength of that evidence was undermined. However, on 31 August 1990 the coroner returned a verdict stating that Carole Kasir had committed suicide.

However, it was later noted that the corner was the same coroner who carried out the Princess Diana inquest as well as the Blair Peach inquest. As such, it was said that he was a safe coroner that could be relied on to come up with the right verdict. It was also noted that when the inquest resumed, that he presented no further evidence on the handwriting on the letter and presented a written verdict concluding that her death was suicide and that that was that.

The advisor to the NAYPIC said that after the inquest when he left the court there were a lot of press and TV reporters but that none of them spoke to him or the private investigator, and that when he enquired why, he was told that a D notice had been applied on talking to them.

The advisor to the NAYPIC said that two years after Carole Kasir's death, whilst he was still looking into the Elm Guest House affairs and links with a Toff Travel company that took children on trips to Holland where he also found suggestions that snuff movies were being made, he had three bullets fired through his window. He said that it took the police an hour to turn up and that when they did it was just one policeman.

After her inquest concluded that she had died from hypoglycaemia caused by an insulin overdose, her friends said that they didn't think that their questions had been answered, and when the new files relating to her death were produced in 2017, they appealed for a fresh inquest.

After the new files were produced, it was determined that the coroner had written in his notes by the name of Carole Kasir's then boyfriend, 'I cannot ask him any incriminating questions'. However, it was stated that there was no known reason for him to have written that that was clear and that it could have been that he had been instructed to not ask him incriminating questions, or that he had been aware of some potential criminal prosecution although none followed. It was further noted that he made no similar notes against anyone else’s names.

When Carole Kasir's boyfriend was tracked down in 2014 by the Daily Mail newspaper he said that he had split up with Carole Kasir before she died and denied any involvement with her death.

It was noted that Carole Kasir's boyfriend had worked for a woman who was said at the inquest to have threatened Carole Kasir. It was noted that in 2017 that that woman was no longer alive.

It was also noted that one of Carole Kasir's suicide notes was addressed to her boyfriend, who said that they had split up some time before her death.

The Elm Guest House which she had run was later claimed to have been used by numerous people, including a government minister, a high-ranking policeman, a member of the Royal Household, an MI5 officer, the Parliamentary Private Secretary to Margaret Thatcher, Foreign Office barrister and members of Parliament, and the scandal was dubbed the Westminster VIP paedo scandal.

Elm Guest House itself was noted for having a sauna, solarium and a video suite where films, including pornographic and child abuse films, could be made. It was noted that the video suite was also described as a video conference facility.

In 2017 it was reported that a man that had been a child at Elm Guest House in the 1980s had said that he had been given drink and given a fairy costume to wear and was then chased around by men.

However, in 2019 it was reported that the man's claims were false and that there was no evidence of Elm Guest House having been used by paedophiles.

The files released in 2017 relating to Carole Kasir's death also noted that there were doubts over basic matters such as Carole Kasir's place of birth, which was initially given as being in Germany, but it was later heard that her close family members said that she was born in London. As such, it was questioned that if such basic information was wrong, what else was wrong.

It was also observed that around the time following her death that the Metropolitan Police had declared that the files didn't exist, but that in the light of the fact that they were later produced, it was open to postulation what other documents or details existed that had not seen the light of day.

It was also alleged that the Home Office lost or destroyed 114 files on the case that had been handed over by another member of parliament to them, who had since died by 2014.

It was also heard that the Metropolitan Police had said that ­inquest documents had been destroyed, but they too were also later produced by Hammersmith ­coroner’s court. Although the files were redacted and not all their contents available to see, it was in them that the statement by her doctor, who had treated her for 14 years, stating that he was surprised to hear that she had committed suicide was found.

The evidence showed that Carole Kasir had attempted to kill herself in 1982 after Elm Guest House was raided by the police and had taken an overdose in 1984 and had been noted as having a drinking problem in 1989 as well as having been a heavy smoker.

However, her doctor wrote, 'When there are marital difficulties you see the patient in a ­depressed light. Sometimes she was cheerful and ­friendly. I would not expect her to ­commit suicide'.

It was also noted that her post-mortem and ­poisons unit report both showed that she had no alcohol in her system at the time of her death.

The allegations that Elm Guest House had been the centre of a high-level paedophile ring were first brought up by an MP in Parliament in 2012, after a man had given him certain information, after which the Metropolitan Police created Operation Fairbank to look into the allegations, but it was said to have revealed very little. However, certain allegations made against a number of MP's were later examined in 2014 and 2015 by the BBC in their television programme Panorama, and they said that they were unfounded and discredited them.

Part of the 2012 claim was that children from Grafton Close children’s home, not far from Elm Guest House, had been taken there and abused.

He had also claimed that children were being abused at flats in Dolphin Square in Pimlico where many politician’s had homes and that he had seen a Conservative MP strangle a 12-year-old boy.

In 2014 it was claimed that Vishal Mehrotra had been murdered by the Westminster paedophile group and that his murder had been covered up by the police. Vishal Mehrotra was 8-years-old and his murder is still unsolved. He vanished in 1981 and was found in marshland at Durford Abbey Farm, Rogate in 1982. Vishal Mehrotra's father, who was a retired magistrate, said that he recorded a telephone call with a male prostitute who told him that his son might have been kidnapped and taken to Elm Guest House before being murdered. The father said that he took the recording to the police but said that they refused to investigate it as it implicated judges and politicians. When Vishal Mehrotra was abducted, he was less than a mile from Elm Guest House. Vishal Mehrotra's father said that the male prostitute had already spoken to the police about his theory, but that they had done nothing about it.

The raid on Elm Guest House took place about four months after Vishal Mehrotra's body was found.

It was said that at the time of the raid, dozens of men were questioned, including at least 30 who were prominent in public life and business and that it was widely reported at the time that the raid had been carried out in connection with the discovery of Vishal Mehrotra's body.

Around the same time, 1979, it was reported that the disappearance of Martin Allen, aged 15, was also being considered. His murder is still also unsolved.

However, the police said that there was no connection with Elm Guest House and the boys murders and shortly, the owners of Elm Guest House threatened to sue the newspapers that were reporting on their activities and the connections between the murders of Vishal Mehrotra and Martin Allen and the Elm Guest House.

Martin Allen's brother later called on the police to reopen the investigation into Martin Allen's disappearance and said that he had always thought that there had been a cover up after he was told by the police that all the case files into Martin Allen's disappearance had been lost in a freak flood.

Following Operation Fairbank, which was said to have been a scoping project into the MP's claims in 2012, the police launched Operation Fernbridge which was a full criminal investigation which concluded by stating that no evidence of abuse connected to the Elm Guest House was uncovered. However, the operation did result in a priest being jailed for three years for a specimen charge of sexually abusing a boy at Grafton Close children’s home as well as three charges of making indecent images of children. The priest was said to have carried out the acts with a former manager of the children's home who was due to go on trial with him, but the former children's home manager died a month before the trial. Operation Fernbridge was closed in 2015.

During their operation, the police confirmed that a high-level politician, who after his death in 2010 was declared to have been a paedophile, had in fact visited Elm Guest House.

Following that, the Metropolitan Police launched Operation Midland to look into claims that children had been murdered at Elm Guest House. It was heard that the man that had spoken to the MP in 2012 had said that he had seen two children killed for sexual pleasure and another run over and killed in order to intimidate other children that were being sexually abused. The man had thought that he might also have witnessed the murder of Martin Allen, whose disappearance in 1979 is considered an unsolved murder today. Shortly after the Metropolitan Police announced the claims made by the man regarding murders having taken place at Elm Guest House, another man came forward to say that he had seen two murders committed by the paedophile ring. However, the man later admitted that he had made his claims up. Further, following extensive investigations, the police said that they found no evidence to support the claims made by the man that had given his story to the MP in 2012 and he was then prosecuted for making false allegations of murder and child sexual abuse and was convicted in July 2019 and sentenced to 18 years imprisonment.

The police said that they had failed to check the background of the man fully as they later found that two years before he contacted the MP, he had approached Wiltshire Police and told them that Jimmy Savile had abused him.

The Elm Guest House has now been converted into flats.


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