Socialist Worker

Coppers accused in Elm House abuse scandal

by Simon Basketter
Issue No. 2400

An undercover cop investigating child abuse allegations had sex with a teenage boy, according to new claims.

Lee Towsey has told how he was forced into sex work as a masseur at the Elm Guest House near Barnes in south west London in 1982. He was 16 at the time.

The guest house is said to have been used to abuse young boys who were transported from care homes in Richmond and elsewhere.

Among the rich and powerful who he says abused him was former Liberal MP Cyril Smith.

Met police officers were sent into the hotel apparently undercover.

After a surveillance operation, police raided the property. The couple who ran Elm Guest House, Carole and Harry Kashir, were arrested along with Lee Towsey and charged with keeping a disorderly house.

The charges against Towsey were dropped. He was told by police to tell nobody what happened in the hotel.

He has come forward to say three police officers had sex with him while he was in the guest house.

He said, “One came round in the first month. He turned out to be one of the officers who later raided the house.”

There are serious questions about what happened during the raid and after it—and what happened to the evidence taken on the night.


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