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JAMIE GRIERSON AND SANDRA LAVILLE, THE GUARDIAN
MAY 20, 2015, 1:39 PM uk.businessinsider.com


British celebrities & politicians among over 1,400 suspected in child-sex-abuse scandal

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REUTERS/Stefan WermutFormer British pop star Gary Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, leaves Southwark Crown Court in London January 12, 2015. Glitter is charged with sexual offenses involving underage girls.


More than 1,400 suspects have been investigated by police looking into child-sex-abuse allegations against VIPs including politicians, celebrities, and institutions.

A national police group, known as Operation Hydrant, released the figures at a briefing on its inquiry into possible links between child-sex-abuse investigations involving public figures currently being run by different forces across the country.

Chief Constable Simon Bailey, chair of the group, told the briefing that out of 1,433 alleged offenders identified nationwide, 76 were politicians, 43 were from the music industry, seven were from sport and 135 were from the TV, film, or radio industries. Some 216 are now dead.

76 are politicians both local and national 43 from music industry 7 from sport 135 from tv film or radio #abuse
— Sandra Laville (@sandralaville) May 20, 2015
"The referrals are increasing on an almost daily basis," Bailey said. "The numbers I refer to today are a snapshot in time."

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REUTERS/Suzanne PlunkettEntertainer Rolf Harris leaves Southwark Crown Court in London January 14, 2014. Harris appeared in court on Tuesday to enter a plea to 16 offences dating back to the 1980s, one allegedly involving a girl aged seven or eight.

Operation Hydrant, created by the the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC), the body that superseded the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo), is not leading any particular investigations itself but gathering intelligence on a number of ongoing inquiries.

Among investigations into historical sex crimes are Operation Pallial, which is looking at claims of abuse in care homes in north Wales and an inquiry into Knowl View school in Rochdale, where the late MP Sir Cyril Smith is said to have abused boys.

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REUTERS/Andrew WinningPublicist Max Clifford is surrounded by photographers as he leaves Southwark Crown Court in central London April 28, 2014. Britain's best-known celebrity publicist was found guilty on Monday of eight charges of indecently assaulting teenagers over nearly 20 years from 1966, the latest in a string of celebrities to face historic sex charges. Max Clifford was charged with 11 counts of sexually assaulting seven girls aged 14 to 19 between 1966 and 1984. A jury cleared him on two of these charges and was unable to reach a verdict on the final charge, a spokeswoman for the Crown Prosecution Service said.

Bailey told the briefing that among the total number of suspects, 666 were alleged to have offended within institutions.

Detectives have identified 154 schools, 75 children's homes, and 40 religious establishments among the institutions.

In addition, reports of non-historic child abuse have more than doubled in three years.

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