were involved in a paedophile ring that
covered up abuse allegations against the man responsible for the Dunblane
school massacre, it was claimed last night.
The astonishing claim
is being made by former paramedic Sandra Uttley, who is going to the
European Court of Human Rights to demand a new inquiry into the tragedy.
and their teacher were shot dead by Thomas Hamilton
in March 1996 after he burst into their school gym and fired at random
as the youngsters began an exercise class. The attack prompted
tighter gun controls in the UK.
Miss Uttley alleges
that Lord Cullen's inquiry into the massacre was fatally flawed because
crucial evidence was withheld from it. LINK
The 45 year-old,
who dealt with the aftermath of the killings in her job as a paramedic,
said: "There are glaring anomalies in the inquiry
- inconsistencies in witness testimony, incorrect information given
on oath and the absence of vital witnesses.
"It is also
blatantly obvious that Central Scotland Police,
who were chosen to investigate the background to the murders, should
never have been involved in the so-called independent inquiry.
implicated in the events under scrutiny and continually provided Hamilton
with renewals of his gun licence despite long-term and repeated warnings
that this should not happen. It was known that Hamilton had
friends in the police force, including one highly placed officer.
Cullen read none of the preparatory material before
the inquiry. That material has now
been sealed and locked away for 100 years
despite the public never having had the chance to see those documents.
that Hamilton was a major provider of pornographic photos and videos
to a ring of men prominent in Central Scotland, including police officers
who protected him from numerous allegations of physical abuse at boys'
camps and clubs he ran. They protected themselves after the
massacre which conveniently ended in his suicide. LINK
Going to Europe is my only hope that the truth will finally
be heard. I believe there are more people who should be brought
is asking the court to rule that, as a former resident, her rights
have been breached because the inquiry was
not independent, transparent or effective.
The existence of
the secrety dossier of evidence which was withheld from the Cullen
inquiry was first reported by the Mail on Sunday two years ago. Held
at the National Archives in Edinburgh, the 106 document reveal why
prosecutors failed to bring the gunman to court before the massacre
despite more than 20 complaints, mostly about his running of sports
clubs and a summer camp at Loch Lomond in 1991. LINK
The existence of
the report was mentioned but never seen. LINK
In fact, Lord Cullen ruled in favour of a motion that the prosecutors
who decided not to take legal proceedings against Hamilton should
not have to justify their decision. LINK
Among the sealed
documents is a report revealing that a senior prosecutor ordered pictures
of semi-naked children, seized as evidence before the tragedy, to
be returned to Hamilton. Others link the gunman to the freemasons.
Last year, Miss
Uttley's former partner, Mick North, whose five year-old daughter
Sophie was killed by Hamilton, said he was "convinced" of
a cover-up. LINK
added: "It is my firm belief that the truth has not come out
and there has been a total cover-up to protect
a number of people. Europe is my last hope."
A spokesman for
Central Scotland Police said: "It would be inappropriate for
us to make any comment at this time." LINK
Chief Superintendent John Ogg, who headed the Dunblane
investigation, has said in the past: "I can reassure you that
the investigation was absolutely thorough and we covered every angle."
[Ed. ~ "Covered up" every angle, might
be more apt.]
Miss Uttley has
written repeatedly to Lord Cullen demanding an explanation to her
claims. Most of her letters were answered by inquiry clerk Glynis
McKeand who said witnesses were selected by the Crown, not by the
judge. [Ed.~ Yet more deceitfulness from the
fabulists directing the Cullen Inquiry. LINK]