‘No evidence’ for paedophile claims

Published: Saturday 31st January 2015 by The News Editor

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A secret file about the sexual “proclivities” of a retired diplomat reveal that there was “no evidence” he had any sexual activity with children.

The file, released by the Cabinet Office to the National Archives in Kew, south west London, outlines official investigations into Sir Peter Hayman, who was accused of being a paedophile in Parliament by MP Geoffrey Dickens in 1983.

The 34-page file, which was prepared for Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and pre-dates Mr Dickens’ allegations, confirms that Sir Peter was a member of the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) group.

But papers reveal the only activities that he was involved in took place with consenting adults.

A background note from the Law Officers’ Department on March 17 1981, marked secret, said “it appeared that (Sir Peter) had been a member of PIE for the purpose of making contact with adults with whom he could exchange obscene material.”

It added: “There was no evidence of his having sought to approach any child for sexual purposes or of his seeking to incite others to do so.”

Sir Peter, who was Minister for West Berlin and worked in the Foreign Office in the 1960s, and was High Commissioner to Ottawa from 1970 to 1974, was investigated after a parcel containing “obscene materials” was found on a London bus in 1978.

Pornographic materials and personal diaries were also found at his London flat, but Sir Peter was not prosecuted following an investigation into his activities.

The file also reveals concerns that his activities could have compromised national security.

An investigation by the Security Service found there was “no prejudice to security”.

Sir Peter died in 1992.

Published: Saturday 31st January 2015 by The News Editor

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