December 5, 2013 Comments Off on Reverend Paul Flowers Co-op Bank boss, Drug Scandal and Child Abuse Allegations
Crystal Methodist in link to school described as ‘sweet shop for paedophiles’ as plans for Amsterdam holiday with male prostitutes is revealed
Flowers was vice-chairman of Rochdale Council’s social services committee
It oversaw Knowl View School for boys with behavioural problems
Now subject to an investigation into the sexual abuse of former pupils
School closed in 1995, after staff member alerted council bosses to problems
Rochdale Council is conducting an inquiry into Flowers’s years as councillor
Texts reveal he planned Amsterdam trip with rent boys after MoS expose
He took coke, crack and weed before leading Remembrance Day service
By Nick Craven, Ross Slater and Ben Ellery
30 November 2013
Shamed Co-op Bank boss Paul Flowers was linked to a special school at the centre of one of Britain’s worst child sex abuse scandals, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
Methodist minister Flowers was vice-chairman of Rochdale Council’s social services committee which oversaw Knowl View School, during a time when it was described as a ‘sweet shop for paedophiles’.
Yet a series of damning reports – at least one sent to Flowers – about the crimes at Knowl View were hidden from the public.
The residential unit for boys aged seven to 16 with learning and behavioural problems is now subject to a police investigation into the sexual and physical abuse of former pupils.
Meanwhile Rochdale Council is conducting its own inquiry into Flowers’s years as a councillor in the light of his drug-taking, exposed by The Mail on Sunday last month.
The Knowl View scandal broke last year after the Crown Prosecution Service accepted that the school’s founder, the late Liberal MP Cyril Smith, who knew Flowers through the council, should have been prosecuted for child abuse.
The school, founded in 1969, eventually closed in 1995, after a member of staff alerted council bosses to ongoing problems….
Sleaze shame: The fall from grace of Co-op Bank boss and reverend Paul Flowers
From drug-taking and drink-driving to sex offences and fiddling expenses – not to mention being a bungling bank boss – the fall from grace of Paul Flowers has been extraordinary
By: Dominic Midgley
Published: Sat, November 23, 2013
It is hard to think of a man who has fallen further and faster than the Reverend Paul Flowers. This time last week he was a pillar of the community as a Methodist minister, a trustee of Aids charity the Terrence Higgins Trust and chair of governors at a primary school….