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Correspondence between the two suggests a shared interest in children. As the extent of his alleged activities emerged, police discovered that Righton had moved to the Henniker estate.
Police officers who raided his Evesham cottage found magazines with titles like Boy Love World and love notes in childish handwriting as well as explicit letters from adults who shared his sexual outlook.The Standard has established that the London Borough of Islington, whose children’s homes are the subject of an inquiry following our revelations that young people in council care were exposed to paedophiles, pimps and child pornographers, sends children to the Henniker estate under a scheme called The Islington Suffolk Project.Hundreds of youngsters from Islington and other councils have holidayed at the Henniker estate, staying in log cabins, since the mid-1970s.Investigators probing Righton’s background have been astonished by how he achieved such high office. Righton went to Magdalen College, Oxford, where he obtained a BA second class honours in philosophy, politics and economics, becoming an MA in 1955.He was known to Scotland Yard as a founder member of the notorious Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE), which campaigned to legalise sex with children aged over four in the 1970s. He had earlier served in the Royal Artillery as a lieutenant.In the meantime it was left for officers investigating Righton to contact their counterparts in Suffolk to establish why he had gone to live there.
The Henniker estate has been the family home since 1756, a rambling mansion house set in farmland and woods.
But the Evening Standard can reveal that he is now the central figure in a new investigation into the suspected abuse of scores of boys over four decades.
When this investigation began, Righton and his male lover fled to a country estate which is also an educational and recreational centre for children.
Recent scandals in residential childcare have led experts to believe that paedophile staff may be ‘networking’ nationally to exchange children and pornography – even protection.
But only now are moves afoot to address this problem with investigators planning to meet Mr Herbert Laming, chief inspector of the Social Services Inspectorate, to request a co-ordinated nationwide team.
Scores of boys’ names were found in a diary, some underlined.