He quickly accused his mother and a group of other adults.The inquiry soon encompassed two other families who shared the same housing estate as the boy’s father.No compelling evidence was found to substantiate the boy’s claims, so the charges against his father were dropped. The lawyers acting for the six alleged that the convictions are “unsafe and unsatisfactory” because the evidence of the children cannot be relied upon.They also claim that the children’s video-taped evidence should not have been shown to the jury in the original trial because it was tainted and consequently prejudiced a fair trial.They claim that without the video evidence there is insufficient material to uphold the convictions.The sex abuse ring came to light in May 1991, when an eight-year-old boy in Pembroke, who was undergoing counselling following the breakdown of his parents’ marriage, accused his father of abuse. Six men convicted last year of child sex abuse in Wales are the victims of a serious miscarriage of justice, the Court of Appeal was told yesterday. The six were found guilty in June 1994, for their part in an organised sex abuse ring in Pembroke, west Wales.
After a nine-month trial they were sentenced to a combined total of 53 years in prison and for the first time in post-war Britain, conspiracy charges arising out of a child sex abuse ring were sustained in court.The key evidence in the case came from a group of children, ranging from six to fifteen-years-old, who said they were victims of the ring. “While we pile on taxes on tobacco in this country, some of those taxes are being spent in Europe to subsidise tobacco farmers. That is ironic and it is unsatisfactory, as I hope everyone will agree,” he said.However, after Mr Sackville had left the press conference early, Mr Martin said he was out of step with his own government policies which backed the Commission’s attempts to dissuade southern European farmers from growing tobacco..
A row between a government minister and a senior member of the European Commission has overshadowed the launch of Europe against Cancer Week, a premier event in the European Union’s health calendar. Geoffrey Martin, head of the Commission’s representation in the United Kingdom, accused Tom Sackville, a junior health minister, of ridiculing the Commission “for party political reasons” on the eve of the Conservative Party conference.
Mr Martin and Mr Sackville shared a platform in London yesterday to publicise the results of a survey of 16,000 people which revealed that the British are more ignorant about the causes of cancer and preventive measures than their neighbours in 15 European countries.Defending the Government’s health education strategy, Mr Sackville said Britain’s attempts to dissuade people from smoking – a leading cause of cancer deaths – with heavy taxes and controls on advertising and promotion, were undermined by the millions of pounds in subsidy paid to European tobacco farmers. Afterwards, he joked: “The doctors have done the impossible – put backbone into a politician.”Obituaries, page 10. Even after his 80th birthday he spoke and voted.He will also be remembered for his wit. In the early 1940s he lay in plastercast for two years with tuberculosis of the spine.
He represented all that was best in his generation.”Lord Home gave up six peerages to become prime minister but finally returned to the Lords after retirement at 71 with a life peerage. Labour leader Tony Blair said: “The whole country will be saddened at the loss of a man who served Britain for so long. He loved his country and was a man of great integrity and great compassion.”Baroness Thatcher, who once described the elder statesman as the “wisest man I have ever met”, said: “Integrity shone out of Alec Douglas-Home Everyone trusted and admired him. “He made his mark as Secretary of State for the Commonwealth and then as Foreign Secretary and he was completely trusted by everyone with whom he was dealing, and that is of the greatest importance.”Lord Callaghan, the former Labour premier, said Lord Home was “a very modest man, with little patience for the sort of hype and soundbite style of today’s politics”. “Alec Douglas-Home was the last of the gentlemen politicians who had no other motivation than public service,” said Sir David.Lord Home’s magnanimity – and absence of cut-throat ambition – showed in his gracious acceptance of the post of Foreign Secretary under Edward Heath, his successor when the Tories regained power in the early 1970s.Sir Edward said yesterday that Lord Home had never had enough credit for almost winning the 1964 election but that he would be better remembered for his work in foreign affairs.