Brian Pead makes a statement about child abuse in Lambeth to Essex Police

On Thursday 10 January 2013, Brian Pead and Michael Bird visited Southend Police Station in Essex.

Brian Pead handed in a 7-page Witness Statement addressed to the Chief Constable of Essex, Mr Jim Barker-McCardle.

This Witness Statement can be found below.

Mr Pead also handed in a letter entitled “I am not a sex offender”.

A receipt for both letters was provided by Essex Police.

WITNESS STATEMENT OF BRIAN PEAD
To: Mr J. Barker-McCardle, Chief Constable Essex Police
Date: 10 January 2013

WITNESS STATEMENT:
My name is Brian PEAD. I live at 22 Tunbridge Road, Southend-on-Sea, SS2 6LT.

My date of birth is 12 June 1953. I am 59 years old.

I am an author. I have been writing books since the age of 14, but my first book was not published until 1986. It was called “Liverpool: A Complete Record 1892-1986”. I have since had 9 other books published.

My latest book to be published is called “from Hillsborough to Lambeth”. It was published in November 2012 by Invenire Press.

The book is provided as part-evidence in my Witness Statement provided to Mr J. BARKER-McCARDLE.

I was employed by Lambeth Borough Council from 1 August 2005 until I was unlawfully dismissed on 31 July 2007.

I was employed as Head Teacher of a pupil referral unit called “The Old Library Centre Virtual School” which was housed in the Old Library community centre in West Norwood.

In July 2006, the name of the Unit was changed to “The Open Learning Centre for Vocational Studies” upon its move to the Redfearn Centre in Vauxhall, London.

In November 2006, I informed my line manager – Mr Barry GILHOOLY – that a member of my staff by the name of Maryn MURRAY – had been guilty of racist behaviour and racist comments to black male pupils and of the grooming of young girls at the Unit.

I informed Mr GILHOOLY that I had interviewed the pupils who had made these complaints, taken statements from them (with another member of my staff present) and that I kept copies of the statements on the hard drive of my computer at work and also physical copies of the statements in a locked filing cabinet in my office.

I met with Mr GILHOOLY, who instructed me to call Ms MURRAY’s teaching agency – an agency known as Classroom Teachers, of Langham House, 308 Regent Street, London, W1B 3AT – and inform her that she should not return to the post.

I asked Mr GILHOOLY what I should do with regard to informing the Police about Ms MURRAY’s racism and grooming and he told me that “…I’ll take care of all that side of things. I’ll deal with it at my level…”

I asked Mr GILHOOLY what would be done about informing the relevant teaching authorities about Ms MURRAY’s behaviour and again he told me that it would be dealt with “…at Executive level…”

I understood this to mean that he would inform Rosa VAZ at Human Resources in Lambeth, and especially Ms Phyllis DUNIPACE, the Executive Director the Children and Young People’s Service in Lambeth.

I telephoned Mr GILHOOLY’s office the following week (20-24 November 2006) and asked what was being done about Ms MURRAY, and was told that “…it was all being handled at Executive level. These things take time, Brian…”

On Friday 08 December 2006, Mr GILHOOLY and Ms VAZ visited the Open Learning Centre in Vauxhall.

I imagined that they had come to provide me with confidential information about Ms MURRAY and that they had informed the police and List 99 and other relevant teaching authorities.

Instead, they unlawfully suspended me without informing me of the reasons for the suspension. This obvious breach of employment law amazed me. They also said that there had been a “…number of serious allegations…” made against me.

I asked for the specific allegations but was provided with none.

I asked for the name of the person or persons who had made these allegations against me and was not provided with any names.

I was told that:

(i) I could not speak with any member of staff
(ii) I could not speak with any pupils
(iii) I could not speak with any parent
(iv) I could not retrieve files or data held in my office
(v) I could not contact anybody
(vi) I could not use Lambeth Authority buildings.

I felt that these draconian measures were an infringement of my human rights, let alone being breaches of Employment Law.

It also seemed to me to be highly suspicious that – as a man who had been gainfully employed from the age of 15 (thus for 40 years at the time of the suspension) and who had never been the subject of a single complaint against him – should now find myself the subject of a suspension from work just three weeks after I was forced to dismiss Ms Murray for racism and grooming of young girls.

The book entitled from Hillsborough to Lambeth provides a full account of what occurred to me during the entire Investigatory process and subsequent Disciplinary Process.

What is particularly relevant is that Ms MURRAY was reinstated by Lambeth Council and employed at Norwood School for Girls. She was given an IT post there in January 2007.

This means that after she was dismissed for racism and the grooming of female pupils she was reinstated by Lambeth Council to continue working in schools and the Council knowingly put the safety of children at risk.

My office had been ransacked during the week following my unlawful suspension. Filing cabinets were removed, files destroyed, my computer was removed and also personal effects (such as photos of my grand-children) had all been unlawful removed by Lambeth Council staff.

On 08 February 2011, Ms Phyllis DUNIPACE was awarded the OBE by HRH Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace.

Myself and co-author, Michael BIRD, have written to HM The Queen seeking the forfeiture of this award on the grounds that Ms DUNIPACE knowingly presided over a flawed investigation not only in my case but also in the case of James WALKER. (There is extensive information with regard to Mr WALKER’s flawed investigation [by Ms Cathy TWIST and Mr GILHOOLY and Ms Clare COBBOLD] on the internet and on the BBC website.)

The parties involved in the proven unlawful dismissal of Mr WALKER [that is, Ms TWIST, Mr GILHOOLY and Ms COBBOLD] have all been roundly castigated by Members of Parliament Simon HUGHES and Kate HOEY.]

I summarise the misconduct whilst in public office of the following officials below. I also allege that the parties named below are guilty of criminal offence including:

(i) Misconduct in public office
(ii) perverting the course of justice
(iii) attempting to pervert the course of justice
(iv) conspiring to pervert the course of justice
(v) intending to pervert the course of public justice
(vi) concealment of evidence
(vii) and others.

1. Ms Cathy TWIST

• failed to conduct a fair and thorough investigation into the allegations made by Maryn MURRAY against Mr PEAD
• failed to conduct a fair and thorough investigation into the Disciplinary Hearing against Mr PEAD
• failed to conduct a fair and thorough investigation into the allegations made against Mr James WALKER
• failed to conduct a fair and thorough investigation into the Disciplinary Hearing against Mr James WALKER
• knowingly provided a false statement to a Disciplinary Hearing in the case of Mr Pead
• knowingly provided a false statement to an Employment Tribunal in the case of Mr Pead
• failed to interview pupils who were named in Ms MURRAY’s allegation
• failed to interview parents/ carers of the named pupils
• failed to provide witnesses who Mr PEAD wished to be called
• failed to interview all of Mr PEAD’s staff
• failed to provide adequate Disclosure to Mr PEAD in the form of his own statements in the Investigatory process
• failed to provide adequate Disclosure to Mr PEAD in the form of statements made by his in the Investigatory process
• failed to provide Mr PEAD with access to his office
• failed to report Ms MURRAY to the Police
• failed to report Ms MURRAY to the General Teaching Council and List 99
• was aware of the reinstatement of Ms MURRAY after Mr PEAD had brought to her attention Ms MURRAY’s racism and grooming of female pupils
• harassment of Mr PEAD through the agency of Solicitors

2. Mr Barry GILHOOLY
• Knowingly provided contradictory statements to the Investigation conducted by Ms TWIST
• Failed to conduct a fair and thorough investigation into the allegations made against Mr James WALKER
• Failed to conduct a fair and thorough investigation into the Disciplinary Hearing against Mr James WALKER
• failed to interview pupils who were named in Ms MURRAY’s allegation
• failed to interview parents/ carers of the named pupils
• failed to provide witnesses who Mr PEAD wished to be called
• failed to interview all of Mr PEAD’s staff
• failed to provide Mr PEAD with access to his office
• failed to report Ms MURRAY to the Police
• failed to report Ms MURRAY to the General Teaching Council and List 99
• was aware of the reinstatement of Ms MURRAY after Mr PEAD had brought to her attention Ms MURRAY’s racism and grooming of female pupils

3. Ms Mary WHITE, Human Resources Consultant to Lambeth Borough Council

• knowingly supported an improper investigation by Ms TWIST
• failed to call witnesses
• allowed false documents to be entered as part of the Investigatory process, the disciplinary process and the Employment Tribunal
• defamation of Mr PEAD
• failure to robustly question witnesses
• failure to adhere to due process
• failure to seek provenance of ‘evidence’

4. Ms Judith HARE, Lambeth Council, Chair of Disciplinary Committee

• knowingly supported an improper investigation by Ms TWIST
• failed to call witnesses
• allowed false documents to be entered as part of the Investigatory process, the disciplinary process and the Employment Tribunal
• failure to robustly question witnesses
• failure to adhere to due process
• failure to seek provenance of ‘evidence’

5. Mr Brian NETTO, Ms Carol PALMER, Mr Paul BARACLOUGH, members of the Disciplinary Committee

• knowingly supported an improper investigation by Ms TWIST
• failed to call witnesses
• allowed false documents to be entered as part of the Investigatory process, the disciplinary process and the Employment Tribunal
• failure to robustly question witnesses
• failure to adhere to due process
• failure to seek provenance of ‘evidence’

6. Ms Rosa VAZ, Senior Human Resources Officer, Lambeth Council

• knowingly provided false information to the investigatory process
• failure to adhere to due process

7. Ms Anya HILEY, Connexions Personal Advisor

• knowingly provided flase information to the investigatory process
• defamation of Mr PEAD
• collusion with Ms Murray et al
• continued an association with Ms MURRAY after the latter had been dismissed for racism and sexual offences
• knowingly perverting the course of justice

8. Paul WATERS/ Ermina WATERS/ Mina WATERS, IT Consultant, Lambeth

• failed to be interviewed, despite Mr PEAD requesting this
• failed to inform the OLCVS that he was dressing as a woman and presenting himself as female

9. Ms Annabel FIELD, English Teacher, OLCVS

• perverting the course of justice by knowingly providing to the investigatory hearing a false statement
• perverting the course of justice by knowingly making a false claim that Mr PEAD had been masturbated in the White Bear Theatre
• knowingly made a false claim of being bullied by Mr PEAD

10. Ms Eloise ‘Ellie’ WHITMORE, School Administration Officer, OLCVS

• perverting the course of justice by knowingly providing to the investigatory hearing a false statement
• knowingly made a false claim of being bullied by Mr PEAD

11. Ms Maryn MURRAY, IT teacher, OLCVS

• knowingly perverted the course of justice by knowingly providing to the investigatory hearing a false statement
• knowingly made a false claim of Mr PEAD being masturbated in the White Bear Theatre
• was racist towards black male pupils
• was grooming female pupils

12. Ms Phyllis DUNIPACE, Executive Director of Children and Young People’s Service, Lambeth

• knowingly perverted the course of justice by personally ratifying Mr PEAD’s dismissal
• harassment of Mr PEAD through the agency of Solicitors

EVIDENCE FROM THE BOOK: from Hillsborough to Lambeth, Invenire Press, 2012, pages 465-466
Chapter 155
like the hillsborough families, seeking justice

After one of the most significant cover-ups in the history of the UK, those affected by the Hillsborough Disaster are now rightly seeking justice. This will not be the justice that the Government and the police think they will have, but the very real Justice that they deserve and that the nation expects.

In a similar vein, the authors of this book have brought the corruption and cover-up in this book to the attention of the Government and the police.
Those involved with the Hillsborough tragedy are rightly involved in making certain demands that will hopefully bring mendacious individuals to account.
Similarly, the authors of this book are seeking to bring these individuals to account.

Just as there are calls for Sir Irvine Patnick to be stripped of his knighthood, the authors expect that Phyllis Dunipace will be stripped of her OBE since not only was she instrumental in the unlawful dismissal of James Walker, Headteacher of Henry Fawcett Primary School in Lambeth, but also that of Brian Pead, Headteacher of the Open Learning Centre for Vocational Studies in Vauxhall, Lambeth. There may have been countless other unfair or unlawful dismissals that Dunipace knew about and even ordered. She does not deserve to have been rewarded for such corrupt practices at worst, or inept management at best. Furthermore, she gave permission for Murray to be reinstated when she must have known – through Gilhooly – that Murray had been racist and groomed young girls.

Dunipace also knew that pupils at the OLCVS and their parents or carers were deliberately kept in the dark, despite the fact that there were allegations of sexual impropriety made against Pead. This is not acceptable. Nor is it acceptable that Dunipace allowed the course of justice to be perverted.

At the time of publication, Barry Gilhooly appears to have retired. Dunipace resigned in 2010, and Gilhooly has left. This is just one way in which Local Authorities and the police distance themselves from accountability – they either allow corrupt individuals to resign or retire or they promote them or transfer them to another department. However, the inept Gilhooly is in receipt of a considerable pension and the authors will press for this to be returned to the Lambeth taxpayer. He is also guilty of perverting the course of justice, so it is expected that he undergoes a criminal trial.

Cathy Twist was vilified in the case of James Walker. Her investigatory skills were called into question. In the case of Brian Pead, she deliberately perverted the course of justice, and the authors are calling for her to be held to account in a criminal prosecution. The authors also expect that she is dismissed with immediate effect and that her pension is withheld.

Mary White – an alleged Human Resources consultant to Lambeth – also needs to be held to account for aiding and abetting the conniving Twist. She should never be allowed to work for Lambeth – or any other Local Authority – in any capacity whatsoever. She is also guilty of perverting the course of justice, so it is expected that she undergoes a criminal trial.

Rosa Vaz was shown to have lied in a Disciplinary Hearing. The authors believe that she, too, should be dismissed without pension and not allowed to ever work in a local authority again.

Anya Hiley – the Connexions Personal Advisor who worked in close partnership with Maryn Murray – must also be dismissed from her post without any financial rights whatsoever. She should be reported to the Independent Safeguarding Authority and to the Vetting and Barring Scheme (List 99) and not allowed to work with young people ever again. She is also guilty of perverting the course of justice, so it is expected that she undergoes a criminal trial.

All of the Disciplinary Panel members – Carol Palmer, Brian Netto and Paul Barraclough – should also be held to account for ratifying a perverse verdict when they knew, or ought to have known, that they were involved in corrupt practices. The authors are calling for them all to be dismissed with immediate effect.

Paul Waters – aka Ermina aka Mina – should never be allowed to work in schools again. She forged a strong alliance with Murray after Murray had been dismissed for racism and sexual impropriety towards young girls. Clearly, this is wholly unacceptable and Waters must now be reported to the Independent Safeguarding Authority and to the Vetting and Barring Scheme.

Annabel Field is also guilty of perverting the course of justice. She deliberately lied to Twist in an investigatory meeting on 23 February 2007 when she claimed that Pead had bullied her and that he had been masturbated in the White Bear Theatre during a play in which she was acting. Her behaviour has been reprehensible.

Eloise Whitmore will also be reported to the police for conspiracy to pervert the course of justice with her entire statement against Pead.

Maryn Murray, of course, is guilty of racism and the grooming of young girls. Lambeth Council allowed her – on Dunipace’s watch – to continue to work in schools as an ICT consultant. Murray is also guilty of slander and libel and of perverting the course of justice. She has been reported to the Independent Safeguarding Authority and to the Vetting and Barring Scheme. It is imperative that she never works with young people again. She is a highly dangerous individual. Furthermore, she has been reported to the Attorney General, Dominic Grieve, with a view to her being prosecuted in a criminal trial.

DISCLAIMER
This Witness Statement forms part ONE of several such statements made to Essex Police. It is provided to Essex Police in order to provide them with information about criminal and civil offences. It is understood that Essex Pol;ice will not involve itself with civil matters. This Statement is provided in order for Mr Barker-McCardle to initiate a Criminal Investigation into the matters noted in this Witness Statement and in the book, which is provided as part-evidence into the Criminal Investigation.

THE WITNESS STATEMENT WAS SIGNED AND DATED.

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