As expected, the BBC did a good job to discredit abuse victims and Chris Fay.
Police, who were warned off investigations by their senior officers, were not questioned and the missing files were never mentioned.
The CPS file on Elm Guest House suspects was destroyed in 2007. The interesting thing about this is not that the file on Elm Guest House suspects was destroyed but that the file was kept well beyond the three year rule as one commenter to the Spotlight post makes clear.
After a bout of Googling I discovered that they should actually have been destroyed 3 years after the 1982 trial date, so that’s possibly the most interesting part to this- not necessarily that they were destroyed, but why they were destroyed so late. Since they were possibly kept because they were classified as being of "Long Term Interest", why then were they finally destroyed in 2007? Just a CPS house keeping/clear out exercise or something more?
The criteria determining a Long Term Interest case is interesting. It can include something like unusual charges/cases (disorderly house convictions perhaps could, at a stretch, apply there, I don’t know) but it also includes, for example, security/terrorism, secret/top secret and "famous, eminent or notorious people".
From the Coleman Experience:
"In the 1980’s, brave MP Geoffrey Dickens handed a dossier about child-abuse to Leon Brittan but Brittan never investigated its contents:"
" In 1981 Dickens had used Parliamentary privilege to name a diplomat and MI6 operative, Sir Peter Hayman as a pederast and demanded the Attorney General explain why he had escaped prosecution over the discovery of violent pornography on a London bus two years previously.
Two years later, in 1983, he warned a paedophile network involved "big, big names – people in positions of power, influence and responsibility" and threatened to expose them in Parliament.
In 1984, he campaigned for the outlawing of Sir Peter’s Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) organisation. He also handed a dossier containing allegations of abuse of children in local authority care to the then Home Secretary, Leon Brittan.
After a 30-minute meeting with Sir Leon, Dickens said he had been "encouraged" but later expressed concern that the Cabinet Minister had not banned the PIE.
" Quite why Leon Brittan never investigated the ‘ Dickens Dossier’ is a complete mystery."