37 ‘persons of public prominence’ under investigation by Police Scotland in historic child sex abuse probe

21/05/2015
CommonWeal

The investigations span across 45 separate institutions in Scotland

ONE-HUNDRED and ten suspects have been identified by Police Scotland in a historic child sex abuse probe, with 37 of them ‘persons of public prominence’.

These include former TV weatherman Fred Talbot and Sir Nicholas Fairburn, former Tory MP for Perth and Kinross and a solicitor general.

The probe is investigating incidents as far back as 1947, with the most recent in 2013, spanning 58 separate inquires and coming under the umbrella of Operation Hydrant.

Twenty-six of the 110 suspects are now dead, with 99 suspected of abuse within 45 separate institutions in Scotland. The majority of these are education and social care establishments.

Assistant Chief Constable Malcolm Graham, the spokesman on major crime and public protection for Police Scotland, was reported by The Herald as stating: “We are fully supportive and a key part of Operation Hydrant. Already co-operation between police forces across the UK has had real benefits for investigations here in Scotland.

“We have a number of live investigations which are ongoing and which it would be wrong to comment on at this stage. But we are liaising with police forces elsewhere in the UK on a number of inquiries at present.” (Click here to read more).

1400 people across the UK are being investigated for alleged historic child abuse, after a huge increase in victims coming forward after the widespread abuse of children by TV presenter Jimmy Saville was revealed after his death in 2012.

Tom Watson, the Labour MP who made public allegations that there was widespread evidence of a powerful paedophile network with links to Westminster which led to the Scotland Yard police inquiry being launched, said: “We are only just beginning to understand how as a country, over many generations, we managed to turn a blind eye to Britain’s child abuse scandal.

“The survivors deserve justice and future generations require greater protection.”

Picture courtesy of Ninian Reid