Norfolk Man Arrested Over Historic Child Abuse Allegations

6 February 2013, 10:55 | Updated: 6 February 2013, 10:58

A 66-year-old from Norfolk has been arrested on suspicion of sexual offences involving a guesthouse and a care home in London.

Another man, aged 70 from East Sussex was also held on Wednesday morning on suspicion of sexual offences. 

The allegations are linked to Elm Guest House and the Grafton Close care home in Barnes, south west London.

The arrests were made as part of Operation Fernbridge, which was launched after concerns were raised by MP Tom Watson.

Speaking in Parliament in October last year, he said that a file of evidence used to convict Peter Righton of importing child pornography in 1992 contained "clear intelligence" of a sex abuse gang.

Mr Watson alleged that a member of the group had bragged about links with a senior aide to a former prime minister. Commander Peter Spindler from the Metropolitan Police said on Wednesday: "This is a complex multi-agency investigation supported by the NSPCC, Ceop and Richmond Social Services involving non-recent allegations of sexual assault against children.
"It is vital that anyone who has been affected by or has information about activity in the early 1980s at the Elm Guest House, or the Grafton Close care home, in Barnes speaks to the NSPCC on their helpline on 0808 800 5000, or their local police.''