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Date: November 06, 2018
“• Sir Cliff Richard, Jim Davidson, Freddie Starr and Lord Brittan accused of abuse
• TV ‘detective’ Mark Williams-Thomas publicised names of high profile suspects
• He was the source of up to 20 suspects’ names submitted to Operation Yewtree
• Release of names at the early stage of the police ‘tainted the whole investigation’
• Top detective said it created the presumption of guilt and ‘ruined innocent lives’
Question: What do the entertainers Sir Cliff Richard, Jim Davidson and Freddie Starr, as well as the late former Home Secretary Lord Brittan, have in common?
Answer: They have all lived – and in the case of Lord Brittan, died – under the shadow of being falsely accused of historical sexual abuse, although none of them was ever charged with a crime, much less convicted.
And in every case their names have been dragged through the mud thanks in part to the actions of one man, a former policeman turned award-winning TV ‘detective’ called Mark Williams-Thomas.
Williams-Thomas was the man behind ITV’s 2012 documentary revealing the late Jimmy Savile was a paedophile.
Since then he has become a regular fixture on This Morning and presenter of further documentaries, including The Investigator, made by Simon Cowell’s company Syco.
Savile, of course, became a touchstone for a widespread belief that numerous powerful paedophiles had been allowed to get away with terrible crimes.
Understandably, perhaps, the author of Savile’s posthumous downfall became determined to build on this first success.
But a major investigation by this newspaper today poses a troubling question: in his zeal to claim further scalps did Williams-Thomas help ruin the lives of a string of famous men who turned out to be totally innocent?”
Mark Williams-Thomas should be sued into oblivion…and spend the rest of his life in a prison cell.
What he did, is terrorism.