Willesden & Brent Chronicle, 3rd December 1987 (ocr)


POLICE believe they may have cracked a vice ring which has been preying on young boys.
Brent Council's social services have responded to the shock news by setting up a special child abuse hotline for victims of the evil men who wish to seek help.
Fifteen adults and one juvenile have been arrested in the culmination of a two month investigation following the arrest of Kilburn-man Kenneth Martin. aged 64, in Glengall Road.
He has been charged with nine offences of serious sexual assault against teenage boys.
A Harlesden man. Brian Howard-Edmunds. aged 58, of Fortune Gate Road, was arrested later in October and charged with five sex charges involving boys
Another man from Hastings has since been charged with committing indecent acts on boys with Martin in Sussex.  Police working from an incident room at Kilburn police station have interviewed 140 boys aged between 10 and 15 during the inquiry. They said the majority come from the Brent area but some live as far away as Devon and Wiltshire.
Detective Chief Inspector Roger Roger Gaspar of Kilburn police said the offences they were investigating were "pretty disgusting".

"we are looking at a widespread case of child sexual abuse which has raised a large number of concerns over the welfare of the victims,' he said.
On Monday police arrested two men in Harlesden and a 16-year-old boy from Hounslow. One of the Harlesden men was subsequently released but the others were still helping police with their inquiries on Tuesday evening along with the other people arrested on Tuesday who were being held at Kilburn, Harlesden, Willesden Green and Harrow Road police stations.
Apart from those in Brent, men have been arrested in Paddington, Stoke Niwington and Twickenham.
• The hotline number is 900 5520.





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