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PLAYLAND: THE GUARDS ‘VICE RING’

PLAYLAND

THE GUARDS ‘VICE RING’

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According to Anthony Daly’s book in which he talks about the depravity he endured at the hands of the upper and lower classes of evil in London, 1975, he describes a number of occasions where he was forced to participate in sex acts with Grenadier Guards, both for a camera as well as for the viewing pleasure of William Sidney De L’Isle.  He states that the majority of the Playland trial files are withheld and still under extended closure, and that the whistleblower was referred to as ‘Mr X.’

Is this why?…


Daily Mirror: 18 October 1975 – GUARDS FACE BIG SECURITY QUIZ IN SEX PHOTOS SCANDAL

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GUARDS PHOTOS

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Daily Mirror: 20 October 1975 – GUARDS IN VICE RING SENSATION

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PHOTOS THAT PUT THE CAVALRY TO SHAME

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Daily Mirror: 22 October 1975 – GUARDS ‘VICE SCANDAL’ QUIZ IN COMMONS

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Daily Mirror: 24 October 1975 – NEW SHOCK OVER VICE DOSSIER ON THE GUARDS

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Daily Mirror: 3 November 1975 – SHAMING OF THE GUARDS

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GUARDS IN NEW SEX PICTURES SCANDAL

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Daily Mirror: 24 January 1976 – VICE SCANDAL GUARDS SACKED

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Daily Mirror: 6 February 1976 – BOY SOLDIERS LURED INTO VICE WEB OF SHAME

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Daily Mirror: 31 May 1976 – BIG QUIZ INTO RAF SEX SCANDAL

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OVERVIEW:

Inquiry Part 1 – The Court Martial Evidence

In February 1975 a full report was passed to Major General Peter Ward, Commander of the Household Division, who said that he would investigate the allegations.  Nothing more was forthcoming.

In August 1975, statements were prepared for a court martial of Trooper Michael Hale, but many of the passages were not read out in court. Sergeant Dennis Brown of the Royal Military Police Special Investigation Branch (SIB) prepared the evidence, which also included a reference to troopers having relationships with a senior establishment figure and a world famous pop star and a relationship between an officer and a Cavalry NCO.

Throughout this time, reports were also given to Lieutenant Colonel William Edgedale, Commander of the Household Cavalry Regiment stating that guards were being used as, and using, rent boys.  He responded by stating that officers were “… in control of the situation” and “not to worry.”  He then retired.

The Magazine Pictures

In October 1975, the Daily Mirror published a number of articles regarding the publication of photographs of military personnel from the Life Guards in a magazine,  Him, whose editor was Alan Purnell. [1]  His office was above the Icognito Bookshop in Hammersmith.[2]  The photographs were taken by Charles Koetser, a photographer who ran ‘Fifty-seven Photography’ from his flat in Linden Gardens, Notting Hill Gate.  Corporal Tom Pitman who was stationed in the Knightsbridge barracks, featured in the photographs and said that he would attend a photography studio in Bayswater to pose for pictures in return for £10.

Photographs were also published in a separate magazine – Quorum.  This time the photographer was Colin Clarke, who was picture editor of the magazine.  SIB announced that they were to begin an inquiry.

Mr Cranier Onslow, a Tory spokesman on defence, gave details to the Defence Minister, Roy Mason.

Playland

It was claimed by Mr X [3] that the Household Cavalry’s tailor shop at the Knightsbridge Barracks was the central point of contact where people could telephone and request how many guardsman they required and where they were to meet.  It was alleged that rent boys and soldiers could be obtained via a phone call and code word to the extension at the barracks.

The vice ring was said to involve up to 100 men.

Conclusion

By January 1976, 18 soldiers from the Household Division were discharged and an officer was called upon to resign his commission.  Another 17 who were due to appear before a court martial had the possibility of staying in the army as their actions were deemed less severe.

The SIB referred their inquiry report to the Director of Public Prosecutions – Sir Tony Hetherington – to follow up.

Unfortunately, according to Anthony Daly’s book, it’s believed Hetherington was also procuring rent boys through the Playland firm and Mayfair ring – in which the Grenadier Guards featured.  As was the Attorney General, Sir Michael Havers.


Inquiry – Part two – Boy Soldiers in Brothels:

Following on from the SIB report, in February 1976 the Vice Squad at Scotland Yard and SIB began a new strand to the inquiry into allegations that young guards – particularly those stationed at Pirbright, Surrey – were being ‘seduced into male prostitution’ by ‘middle men.’  The youngsters were then taken to the same brothels which were used within the Playland scandal.

Just as Anthony Daly outlines in his book from his own experiences, the young guards would be taken to ‘parties’ in London where teenagers and older men would be waiting.  They would be paid to undertake sex acts.  From then on they would be caught in the web.


Inquiry – Part three – RAF Vice Ring:

Again, following on from the SIB report, in May 1976 Scotland Yard began an inquiry into allegations involving young airmen.  Initially an RAF investigation, it was soon discovered that civilians were involved and so Scotland Yard was brought in to investigate.

Centered around RAF Northolt, it was alleged that young airmen were being paid to take part in sex acts at ‘parties’ given by executives for influential customers.

Det Ch Supt Robert Chalk and his team from Scotland Yard joined forces with RAF investigators to look into similar claims to that of the previous inquiry.  Apparently letters sent by businessmen to young airmen were seized by police during their inquiries.


NOTES

  • [1] As well as ‘Him’ magazine, Purnell was also editor of ‘Playguy,’ for which Koetser was also providing pictures.
  • [2] In Anthony Daly’s book, it is claimed that Charles Hornby stated to Daly “The bookselling fraternity are close-knit.
  • [3] I’m unsure if the Mr X referred to in the Mirror articles is also the same Mr X that approached the News of the World and gave evidence during the Playland trial.

6 thoughts on “PLAYLAND: THE GUARDS ‘VICE RING’

  1. Reblogged this on circusbuoy and commented:
    yet again italkfm.blogspot.com.es has made his verbal attack cloaked as it is accusations of those who post about the child abuse ,sexual abuse ,etc are in themselves sexual abusers.this particular low life has been trolling myself and my blog since 2010.I say no more.

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  2. ive left something to this COLIN PETERS JOINED ”GRUNWICK PHOTOLAB’ ABOUT 1977 OF COURSE GRUNWICK SHOULD NOW BE VERY INTERESTING TO YOU

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  3. Charles Koetser, a photographer who ran ‘Fifty-seven Photography’ from his flat in Linden Gardens, Notting Hill Gate. I think his flat in Linden Gardens, Notting Hill Gate, was the same one that Sir Peter Hayman used, 95 Linden Gardens.

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