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Kincora: Calls to add child abuse at Belfast boys home to Westminster VIP paedophile probe

Kincora Boys Home in Belfast
Kincora Boys Home in Belfast

By Liam Clarke

Child abuse at Kincora boys home must be investigated by an independent inquiry set up by Westminster into VIP paedophile rings after the general election, Alliance and the DUP have said.

The calls follow revelations in the Belfast Telegraph and later on Channel 4 News by Richard Kerr, a former resident in the notorious east Belfast boys home, that he was trafficked to London to be abused by senior figures.

The current plan is to deal with allegations of sexual abuse at Kincora at Sir Anthony Hart's inquiry into Historical Institutional Abuse in Banbridge.

But there are growing calls urging the claims to be dealt with by a more powerful inquiry into abuse in England and Wales headed by New Zealand High Court judge, Justice Lowell Goddard.

So far, Home Secretary Theresa May has refused to incorporate Kincora into the wider inquiry into VIP paedophile rings.

However, East Belfast MP Naomi Long told the Guardian: "I believe a new home secretary after the general election should even now include the Kincora scandal into the wider Westminster paedophile inquiry."

The DUP also supports an inquiry in England.

"The disclosure by Richard Kerr that he was taken to London, along with two others, and was abused by persons he described as 'very powerful people' needs to be fully investigated," said Robin Newton, an East Belfast MLA and Policing Board member.

He added that "the recently announced inquiry chair Dame Lowell Goddard, if the inquiry is to credible, must interview Richard Kerr".

"It is time for all of Kincora's dark secrets to be out in the open," he said.

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Kincora: Without protection, Richard Kerr is afraid to tell all

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Theresa May: Child abuse runs through British society like 'a stick of Blackpool rock' 

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Anonymous promise 'Nightmare on Elite Street' for public figures accused of child sex abuse cover-up

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Margaret Thatcher stopped officials publicly naming Sir Peter Hayman as suspected paedophile


Kincora: Theresa May accused over sex abuse probe 'snub'

Child sex abuse victims must not be collateral damage 

Kincora: Only a full inquiry will do 

Kincora victim Richard Kerr in explosive new claims as he returns to horror house 30 years on 

'I'm haunted by survivor's guilt... it helps to have my story heard' 

Kincora children trafficked throughout UK, claims former resident Richard Kerr 

Kincora: Justice Goddard's inquiry offers the only viable option for justice, Naomi Long 

Calls grow for probe to cover Kincora 

I will reveal the secrets, says ex-Army officer Colin Wallace

Kincora: MI5 knew about it but did nothing, that much is certain 

Full story of Kincora Boys' Home in east Belfast yet to be told, says child sex abuse victim

Kincora: Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt joins calls for inquiry into abuse at boys' home

Baroness's brother 'tried to limit probe into Kincora'

Kincora: MI5 'must hand over files on abuse at east Belfast boys' home'

Ian Paisley's dead pastor friend linked to sexual abuse of children 

Editor's viewpoint: We must know truth of Kincora

Child abuse inquiry must look at Kincora Boys' Home, says Amnesty International

MI5 'blocked exposure of Kincora sex abuse scandal'

Kincora Boy's Home scandal: South African intelligence 'secretly backed loyalist paramilitary group Tara'

Kincora Boys' Home scandal: journalist Peter McKenna dies

State papers: The perjury that allowed Kincora suspect preacher to walk

Westminster’s dark secret: abuse of children, adultery, homosexuality and sadomasochism were all seemingly lumped together

Civil servant Mark Sedwill admits Home Office ‘probably’ destroyed paedophile dossiers 

Westminster child abuse dossier: Geoffrey Dickens also gave copy of file to top prosecutor Sir Thomas Hetherington - so why did DPP fail to act on evidence of paedophile ring? 

Historic child abuse files missing

Tory peer Lord Brittan defends handling of 1980s sex abuse dossier

Abuse claims police matter - Clegg

Abuse probe 'into soul of society'

From the archives

Kincora: Sex racket at children's home (Irish Independent, 1980)

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