POLICE 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. LINK
Sixteen children 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.
"They were 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. LINK
"Lord 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.
"I believe 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
Miss Uttley 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
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. LINK
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
Miss Uttley 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."
Detective 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 aptpropriate.]
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