Tony Martin child abuse reported to Police & IICSA

On 23 November, Brian Pead – author of the expose on corruption in the Tony Martin case in 1999 – made an official complaint to various bodies regarding child abuse experienced by Tony in the 1950s. The complaint can be read below. It is a marker.



made to


(hereinafter “the IICSA”)





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(Lord Chancellor, Minister for Justice, and Mr A.E. [Tony] Martin’s MP)



(Mr Brian Pead’s MP)



(Leader, Lambeth Council)



(Editor, Wisbech Standard)




  1. My name is Brian Pead, date of birth 12 June 1953. I am aged 63.
  2. The purpose of this statement is two-fold:
  3.  to report child abuse in all of its forms perpetrated against Anthony Edward (Tony) Martin (date of birth 16 December 1944, aged 71)
  4. to report child abuse in all its forms perpetrated against Brian Pead (and a brother).

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  1. I first met Mr Martin in July 2013. After several discussions in which I informed him that I had written a dozen books and studied law at the University of Greenwich in 2010 (and making him aware that I am neither a barrister nor a solicitor) and that I have an Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling, he asked me if I would be interested in writing his biography, including a re-examination of his trial for murder in April 2000.
  2. I accepted the invitation to write Mr Martin’s biography and completely re-examined the trial and the circumstances leading to that trial.
  3. We set to work and Mr Martin gave me his consent to tape record our sessions.
  4. During the course of our working together on the book entitled tony martin: the truth (isbn 978-0-995475-50-2) which was published by Invenire Press in October 2016, Mr Martin described to me circumstances in which he was emotionally, physically and sexually abused by a teacher at Glebe House School in Hunstanton, Norfolk.
  5.  I made Mr Martin aware of my work in this area: indeed, I provided him with a copy of my book entitled from hillsborough to lambeth (Invenire Press, October 2012) and informed him that the book had been unlawfully banned at the High Court without due legal process and that the content of the book was about child abuse that I had reported to Lambeth Council officers whilst working there as a Head Teacher, and that I was unlawfully dismissed following my reporting of child abuse and dismissal of a female teacher in accordance with due process and upon instruction from my Line Manager. Just two weeks later, I was unlawfully suspended without being provided with reasons why, and she was reinstated to work in an all-girls’ school in Norwood.
  6. I informed Mr Martin that it was my duty to report his allegations to the appropriate authorities just as I had done so at Lambeth Council – he did not object to this course of action and stated that he would rely on me to do this.
  7. I offer the books tony martin: the truth, from hillsborough to lambeth, framed! and 10 prisons 12 weeks as evidence to the iicsa and they should be read in conjunction with this Witness Statement.
  8. Mr Martin’s sexual abuse falls into two distinct categories:
  9. that perpetrated by ‘Major’ Bailey at Glebe House School;
  10. that perpetrated by a family friend, Rodney Townley, the son of a vicar of Upwell.
  11. I deal with Glebe House School in the first instance.
  12. Mr Martin attended Glebe House School from 1952 until 1955 inclusive.
  13. Mr Martin describes how one of the teachers – a ‘Major’ Bailey (his service credentials have not been established) – would often reprimand him:

“…If you weren’t good at a subject you would be called to the study where he would lecture you. He would smack you around the head several times, perhaps half a dozen times. He would clout you with his giant hands … it was like a ritual … he would get you to drop your trousers … then your pants … then he would bring out a hairbrush which was leather-lined to prevent bruising. He would smack your bare bottom until it stung. I tried not to cry through the throbbing pain … then he would sometimes hug you…”

  1. This extract from tony martin: the truth clearly illustrates the emotional abuse, the physical abuse and the sexual abuse.
  2. The consequences of such behaviour experienced by Mr Martin whilst at Glebe House School was that:

“…When my mother used to visit the school at the end of term and so on, she would ask how I liked it. I covered up my true feelings so as not to upset her…”

This ability to cover up one’s feelings is common amongst those who have been abused.

  1. The abuse perpetrated by ‘Major’ Bailey was not an isolated incidence:

“…I used to be fearful of Maths and English because of ‘Major’ Bailey. Throughout my time there, he behaved this way towards me. I was caned at school because I was told I was thick…”

Mr Martin asserts that ‘Major’ Bailey perpetrated abuse against him throughout his time at Glebe House: 1952-1955.

  1. It is likely that other boys suffered similar behaviour from ‘Major’ Bailey and both Mr Martin and I wish to learn whether Glebe House School has been investigated by Norfolk Police (or any other constabulary) or whether other complaints have been made.
  2.  It should also be noted that Glebe House School was opened in 1874 and had close connections with the Church of England.
  3.  It became co-educational in the mid-1980s.
  4.  It is therefore possible that abuse in all its forms was perpetrated at that school prior to Mr Martin’s time there, and after he left. It is also possible that abuse was perpetrated against girls as well as boys.
  5.  Mr Martin and I believe that the iicsa should inquire of Norfolk Constabulary to ascertain whether other complaints have been made and inform us of the results.rodney townley
  6. Mr Townley was the son of a vicar of Upwell Church.
  7. He was a family friend of the Martins.
  8. Mr Martin describes the following attempts on his person:

“…One day when I was nine years old, we were driving home to March and Rodney and I were in the back of my father’s Jaguar; my parents in the front. He put his hand on my leg, but then he tried to get his hand inside the leg of my short trousers, but he couldn’t … the leg was tight … but this exacerbated the problem. It seemed to make him even more determined. I was in a state of shock … I couldn’t believe that men could act in this way … I was frightened, but I said nothing because I did not think that I would be believed…”


  1. The ‘not being believed’ response is extremely common amongst those who have been abused, as is a fearful response.
  2. This was not, however, an isolated incident:“…We had a two-bedroom house in March, one for mum and dad and one for us two boys. My brother and I had two separate beds in the big bedroom. My parents put a mattress on the floor of our bedroom for Rodney to sleep on one night. When he came to stay, I tucked my sheets in really tight, but it made it worse. I didn’t want that kind of attention. Why didn’t I tell my parents? When you’re younger, fear comes into it…”
  3. It is evident from these passages that Mr Martin experienced inappropriate sexual advances made against him by Rodney Townley and that this attention was not welcome.
  4. The fact that Mr Townley was a family friend exacerbated the problem for Mr Martin because he felt that (a) he would not be believed and (b) he did not want to upset his parents (especially his mother) with this information.
  5. The book tony martin: the truth contains further examples of emotional, physical and sexual abuse perpetrated against him in childhood.
  6. Mr Martin wishes the public to learn of his abusive childhood experiences.27 July 2016
  7.  On this date, I travelled to the Royal Courts of Justice (“the rcj”) in London to make an oral application for Core Participant Status to Judge Lowell Goddard, then Chair of the Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.
  8. I had informed Mr Martin of my intention to attend the RCJ and invited him to join me.
  9. Being busy with farming matters, he declined my invitation. I informed him of the purpose of my visit. Mr Martin made no objections.
  10. I delivered a speech to Judge Goddard in which I made mention of the sexual abuse experienced by Mr Martin at Glebe House School – it was, quite obviously, a most appropriate forum for such information to be promulgated.
  11. At the end of my oral application, Ben Emmerson, QC, then counsel for the Inquiry, immediately objected to my use of Mr Martin’s name, claiming that Mr Martin was entitled to anonymity.
  12. It is evident that Mr Emmerson had not consulted Mr Martin on this matter and that counsel unilaterally imposed a gagging order when no such order was required by Mr Martin.
  13.  I explained to Judge Goddard that I had Mr Martin’s permission to use his name in connection with the sexual abuse he encountered at Glebe House – indeed, Mr Martin has always been aware of the book because it was our raison d’être for working together. It follows that Mr Martin would not wish to remain anonymous. Indeed, records show that mention of Mr Martin’s sexual abuse at Glebe House School was made in 2000 at the time of his trial, though the school was not then named.
  14. Furthermore, in October 2001 at the time of his Appeal against a conviction for murder[1], psychiatrist Jennifer Cassaiti referred to Mr Martin’s sexual abuse, though she claimed – erroneously – that Mr Martin had diminished responsibility because of the abuse and that the only reason he pulled the trigger was because he was “more fearful than the ordinary man because he had been abused as a child.”
  15.  Norfolk Police never investigated Mr Martin’s allegations, though he had informed the constabulary of them in meetings with police officers on his farm (one particular meeting was on 10 June 1999) and also in his second police interview on Monday 23 August 1999, following his arrest on suspicion of murder two days previously.
  16. It would appear that Norfolk Constabulary has failed Mr Martin and any number of other probable victims of abuse.
  17. The Chief Constable of Norfolk is Simon Bailey, who is also the national police lead on child abuse.
  18.  Mr Martin is not aware of any familial link between ‘Major’ Bailey of Glebe House School, Hunstanton and Simon Bailey, Chief Constable of Norfolk Constabulary.
  19. Mr Martin requests that the gagging order unilaterally imposed by Mr Emmerson be removed.
  20. Following my appearance at the RCJ, I met with Mr Martin at Bleak House on 31 July 2016 and he was most concerned that a ‘gagging order’ had been imposed, that he had not been consulted and he stated that he did not wish to remain anonymous, taking the view that the public has a right to learn of his – and possibly others’ – abuse at Glebe House School. He also stated that it was in his view “illogical that an Inquiry claiming to expose child abuse should impose a gagging order.”
  21. I fully concur with Mr Martin’s point of view.
  22. It is expected that the IICSA will report Mr Martin’s abuse to the appropriate authorities and that the ‘gagging order’ is lifted with immediate effect. It has no legal basis, since Mr Martin did not seek for it to be imposed and has waived his right to anonymity.

brian pead and robert william pead: 

abuse at the national children’s home in harpenden, Hertfordshire

  1. Along with two brothers, I attended The Oval children’s home in Harpenden, Hertfordshire between 1955 and 1961.
  2. Whilst at the home, I was subjected to all forms of abuse: emotional, sexual and physical.
  3.  My older brother, Robert William Pead (date of birth 15 March 1951) was also subjected to similar abuse.
  4.  Robert William Pead is now deceased, but I make this statement on his behalf posthumously and in accordance with the Rule of Law. I also make this statement on behalf of his sons, Jason and Shaun Pead (born 1970 and 1972).
  5. My younger brother, Alan Pead, (date of birth 31 March, 1955) was, I believe, also subjected to such abuse. I suggest that the Inquiry makes contact with him in order to ascertain the extent to which he was abused.
  6. I will deal with the abuse in three distinct areas: physical, emotional and sexual.
  7. In terms of physical abuse, this would take many forms and included – but was not limited to – hitting children on their bare hands with wooden rods or canes. This form of punishment would be meted out for any number of alleged transgressions and even for something like putting one’s elbows on the table during meal times.
  8. Other forms of such abuse included being slapped around the head or face, smacked on the bottom or legs, ears being ‘twisted’, being poked in the ribs and similar.
  9. One form or another of such physical abuse was meted out on an almost daily basis.
  10. On some days, more than one form of such behaviour was perpetrated against the children.
  11. In terms of emotional abuse, this would usually take various forms. On occasions, it would mean being sent to the dormitory without food if one of the house mothers felt that you had told a lie, for example.
  12. On other occasions, you would be told that you were ‘useless’, ‘a horrible child’, ‘stupid’ and generally made to feel unwelcome or unloved or unlovable.
  13. Ridiculing children was a common behaviour employed by the ‘sisters’ in the home in order to exert some form of control or to make themselves feel better.
  14. It will be seen that there were some similarities in the behaviour experienced by Mr Martin and that experienced by me and those around me in the children’s home.
  15. In respect of sexual abuse, this took several forms. It included such punishments as described by Mr Martin in his time at Glebe House School, but went much further.
  16. I recall, for example, being forced at the age of 5 to have sex with a 15-year-old girl of mixed race known to me as Janice. On one occasion we were both naked on a bed and adults were taking photographs of us and urging her to touch me and me to touch her. I recall on one occasion crying because I did not want to participate in this activity and I also felt inadequate (though would not at the time have used that word) though that was very definitely the feeling I experienced.
  17. On other occasions, a ‘medical team’ would come to the home and take naked photographs of boys and girls of all ages (5-16 or so), claiming that the photos were for ‘research purposes to study growth patterns in the children.’
  18. I believe that there was a sub-text to this because some of the ‘medical staff’ would sexually interfere with us and deliberately touch our genitals and so on and take photographs of this.
  19. Various adults would often visit the children’s home: people ranging from vicars, magistrates, scout leaders, teachers, policemen and such like. Various persons (males and females) would perpetrate sex crimes against me and other children on a fairly regular basis. I once reported this and was initially not believed. This is a common response by adults to allegations made by children with regard to sexual abuse.
  20. However, I did mention abuse to a psychologist whom I attended for speech lessons after I developed a lisp following sexual abuse and it was recorded in my records that I had “been through a lot for someone so young.”
  21. My brother, Robert, was two years older than me and regularly attracted the attentions of considerably older homosexual men, particularly when he was aged around 8 or 9 years of age. After that age, their interest waned. However, as a direct result of the abuse, he later fell prey to older homosexual men who lived in our immediate neighbourhood. He would have been between the ages of 10 to 14. Aged around 15, he continually ran away from home. This is a common behaviour found in those who have been abused.
  22. In 1983, in my second year at Avery Hill Teacher Training College (now the University of Greenwich), I had a poem entitled The Children’s Home published in a fostering magazine. I reproduce it as Appendix 1 to this witness statement.
  23. I would like the iicsa and/or Hertfordshire Police to investigate the children’s home which was run by the Methodist Church.
  24. I would also like to be furnished with the numbers of other complaints made against this particular home, or any staff who worked in the home or visitors to the home. This information should be freely distributed in a spirit of transparency and it is hoped that requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 are not necessary.



This Witness Statement has been produced to record sexual abuse perpetrated against Anthony Edward ‘Tony’ Martin at Glebe House School by a ‘Major’ Bailey in the period 1952-1955 inclusive.

  1. This Witness Statement is designed to record sexual abuse perpetrated against Anthony Edward ‘Tony’ Martin by family friend Rodney Townley, the son of a vicar of Upwell in the period 1952-1955 inclusive. It appears that, as Mr Martin grew older, Mr Townley’s sexual interest in him waned.
  2.  This Witness Statement is designed to record sexual abuse perpetrated against Robert William Pead at the National Children’s Home in Harpenden, Hertfordshire in the period 1955 – 1961 inclusive.
  3. This Witness Statement is designed to record sexual abuse perpetrated against Brian Pead at the National Children’s Home in Harpenden, Hertfordshire in the period 1955 – 1961 inclusive.
  4. This Witness Statement is designed to record possible sexual abuse perpetrated against Alan Pead at the National Children’s Home in Harpenden, Hertfordshire in the period 1955 – 1961 inclusive.

It should be understood that the abuse was not limited to just sexual, but also included emotional and physical.



The books

from hillsborough to lambeth and

tony martin: the truth and

framed! and

10 prisons 12 weeks

form part of this witness statement and copies are made available to the Inquiry.

A number of MPs have received copies of one or more of these books including – but not limited to – Sir Henry Bellingham, Andy Burnham, Jack Straw, Theresa May, Kate Hoey, Tessa Jowell, Simon Hughes, John Mann, Simon Danczuk, and Chuka Umunna.

Other recipients of one or more of these books include – but are not limited to – Kim Everett, law lecturer, University of Greenwich.


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This statement, consisting of 11 (eleven) pages each signed by me, is true to the best of my knowledge and belief.Signature…………………………………………………………………

brian pead                                                              23 november 2016

statement of truth

are also to be regarded as evidence accompanying this Witness Statement.


APPENDIX 1 – Poem: The Children’s Home

Cowboy and Indian prairies of lush green fields,

Hiding-place woods,

Swings touching sky,

Toboggan-slope slides,

Bread-filled ducks upon the idyllic pool,

No substitute this paradise, where

The willow, bowing gently in the middle of the green, weeps –

But not as much as I.


Incarcerated by drab, naked walls,

Cold linoleum floors

Indifferent to my needs.

These harsh surroundings echo

Lack of parental love.


Wet beds earn cold baths,

Knuckles are rapped for elbows-on-the-table,

The penalty for lying is an empty belly,

Truth’s prize is a bread-and-dripping tea.

Imprisoned by authority,

Stifling independence yet

Creating more.


“Home” –

Ruled by despotic ‘sisters’,

Serving neither God nor me.


Patronizing visitors bring unwanted gifts,

Head-patting, false-smiling

“What a nice little chap” –

Like an animal in a zoo.

“Keep your presents,

They’re not needed, or your condescension,

Just you…”


They never return

Is a lesson soon learned,

Their interest lies not in me

But in gaining the approval of the WI,

Or the vicar next Sunday at tea,

Where the sherry will flow

Though not as freely as my tears.

© Brian Pead 1983

[1] Mr Martin’s conviction for murder was reduced on Appeal to Manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility. However, on 21 October 2016, Mr Martin’s Appeal against his conviction for manslaughter and wounding with intent was accepted by the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC), case number 01168/2016





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