‘The aged face of a sick children’s home pedophile unmasked after decades evading justice’

Hull Daily Mail, 19th May 2021

Paul Lamb’s sickening crimes spanned over two decades

Paul Lamb, 73, was sentenced to 17-and-a-half years in prison

This is the face of the sick former Met Police officer and children’s home manager who raped and abused underage girls across the UK for two decades.

Serial child abuser Paul Lamb was brought to justice earlier this month after a jury at Hull Crown Court found him guilty of 19 sexual offences, including three counts of raping a girl under the age of 16.

The 73-year-old’s sickening crimes began in the early 70’s in London where he worked as an officer in the Metropolitan Police and had close ties with children’s homes in Islington.

From April 1970 to September 1972, Lamb committed his first rape of an underage girl and was also found guilty of two counts of indecent assault on a female under 16 in that period.

By the 1980’s, Lamb had moved north and was appointed manager of the Brook Cottage children’s home in Driffield, a post he held from 1984 to 1987.

Whilst there, Lamb began sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl, getting her drunk before abusing her and inappropriately touching her while she pretended to sleep.

It is said Lamb took her virginity when she was 16 years old, raping her in the flat at the children’s home and in his family home while his wife and children were upstairs.

The victim’s evidence was read out in court by Judge David Tremberg, where it was heard: “I was about 15 or 16 and got back from the pub and carried on drinking at Paul’s flat [at Brook Cottage].

“It was spirits but I can’t remember what, I was legless. I remember waking up in the double bed.

“I felt disgusted because I knew what he had done – have sex with me.

“When I woke up he brought me a cup of tea. He said the cleaner was downstairs and that I needed to get back into my room.

“I felt hungover. After that Paul kept commenting that I wasn’t a virgin. It was like he was gloating.”

In her evidence the victim said she never consented to any of the sexual assaults and felt “frightened of what he would do” if she spoke out.

In 1986, Lamb was subjected to a disciplinary hearing after the victim drunkenly told others in the home of the abuse he put her through. Other girls made similar reports.

He never returned to Brook Cottage.

But the young girl and Lamb kept in touch after she left the children’s home, with Lamb admitting to police that he had a sexual relationship with her when she was at least 19 years old.

However, evidence in court suggested Lamb sexually assaulted her when she stayed with him and his family at his home. The victim last saw Lamb when she was 23 or 24.

Paul Lamb’s crimes in full

April 1970 to September 1972

  • Indecent assault on a girl under 16 (12 months in prison concurrent)
  • Indecent assault on a girl under 16 (12 months in prison concurrent)
  • Rape of a female under 16 (78 months in prison)

December 1982 to September 1984

  • Indecent assault on a girl under 16 (18 months in prison consecutive)
  • Indecent assault on a girl under 16 (18 months in prison concurrent)
  • Indecent assault on a girl under 16 (18 months in prison concurrent)

January 1984 to September 1986

  • Indecent assault on a girl under 16 (18 months in prison concurrent)
  • Indecent assault on a girl under 16 (18 months in prison concurrent)
  • Rape of a female under 16 (78 months in prison consecutive)
  • Rape of a female under 16 (78 months in prison concurrent)
  • Indecent assault on a girl under 16 (18 months in prison concurrent)
  • Indecent assault on a girl under 16 (18 months in prison concurrent)
  • Indecent assault on a girl under 16 (18 months in prison concurrent)
  • Indecent assault on a girl under 16 (18 months in prison concurrent)

February 1986 to February 1987

  • Indecent assault on a woman over 16 (18 months in prison concurrent)

December 1985 to July 1988

  • Indecent assault on a woman over 16 (27 months in prison consecutive)
  • Indecent assault on a woman over 16 (27 months in prison concurrent)

September 1984 to September 1986

  • Indecent assault on a girl under 16 (6 months in prison consecutive)

February 1984 to August 1987

  • Indecent assault on a woman over 16 (3 months in prison consecutive)

October 2019

  • Possession of an indecent photograph/pseudo-photograph of a child (4 months in prison concurrent)
  • Possession of extreme pornographic images depicting a sexual act with a dead/alive animal (4 months in prison concurrent)

TOTAL SENTENCE: 17 years and 6 months in prison

“I didn’t want to hurt his family. I hated him but he was like a father figure. I hated him after he raped me,” said Judge Tremberg, reading the evidence.

“It was a kind of love hate thing. I still wanted him to be the person I wanted him to be – like a father figure.”

“I still wanted to be part of that family.”

The victim decided to give evidence of the abuse Lamb put her through in July 2019, after police found her possessions in Lamb’s home in Fishergate in York.

A diary was found where the victim set out the sexual abuse and rapes against her.

Earlier this year, Lamb appeared at Hull Crown Court to stand trial for 20 sexual offences, allegations he described as “ludicrous” and “totally fictitious”.

However, a jury found him guilty of 19 of them, including 16 offences of indecent assault and three counts of rape.

Judge David Tremberg sentenced him to 17-and-a-half-years in prison.