Maybe it was that reference to an dvd file said to have been found on Ray Teret's home computer, I'm not sure. My burrowing takes me everywhere. I generally end up in the right places though, and this time, I'm led to a film made in 2002 concerning Operation Ore.
Whatever the motivations of the person who uploaded this, I am grateful to them as we all should be, because, it gives us a take on how things used to be BEFORE Savile. Read on
Before the big day of arrests, detectives are given a pep talk by the then head of the paedophile unit, DCI Matt Sartie. He tells them what to expect and how, they should treat their suspects.
'You have just blown the biggest hole in somebodies life ... we've ruined their lives ... if these people have families, some of them won't by the time you leave .. and, for a lot of them, the stress is just too much. So, bear that in mind ! When you deal with these people, bear that in mind'
And, they did ! We are shown an assortment of men including a primary school teacher who are arrested and calmly submit to their fate.
And then there's this !
And this is where Peter Spindler comes in. The tabloids have found out that one of those on the list of suspects is Pete Townsend. The cops' hands have been 'forced by the revelations in the media' and a handful are 'called to attend an early morning briefing with our friend, Spindler
He says and I quote, 'I made a decision not to treat Pete Townsend any different from any other person on that list. He would fall into the lower class of risk to children ... and the VERY PROMINENCE of his position doesn't give him a particular access to children cos he's always going to have a great entourage of people around him'
Mmm, are you sure you're not treating Mr Townsend any 'different' Mr Spindler, cuz I'm not !
He goes on to explain how his press officer got a call from the Daily Mail two days after PT's arrest saying he'd been arrested on that Tuesday. He says that even his press officer hadn't been aware that PT was on the list !
'Very few people knew anything about PT being on the list, very few people ....' lots of names are going around .. two labour politicians
'And I can tell you, I'm not aware of any labour politicians . I know the names they are talking about, and they are not on the list.
'Someone's keeping them informed of what we're doing'
Continuing in his vein of NOT treating Townsend any 'different' he says of PT. 'The tabloid media forced his hand. He had no option but to admit .. '
Spindler says he himself was 'more chirpy' later in the evening knowing that PT was admitting things we haven't asked him yet such as his payment to access the site on 15/5/99, and speculates he's been advised to do this by his PR person, not a lawyer !
We're shown footage of Townsend's arrest. He's released on bail and whizzed out of the back door, like any other suspect in such cases !
Townsend claims that he used his real name to access the site in order to 'research and see what's going on. I was planning a campaign to try to shut down the user groups' Not sure what relevance his real name is, he would have had to supply this because it would have been on his credit card.
Whatever, the end result is not jail or ten years on the sex offender register. No, he's treated just the same as any other suspect in these cases and agrees to accept a caution and five years on the SOR.
This is 2002, Jimmy Savile is still alive yet no one is passing information onto anyone about him, and they didn't in 2008 either.
Spindler took quite a different approach to the late Sir Jimmy Savile in 2012. Looking on the bright side, at least we know he wasn't on Spindler's list back in 2002. But WHO was ? Get it, who was ?