‘Ex-Met Police officer and children’s home manager, 73, who raped and abused underage girls across the UK for two decades is jailed for 17 years’

Daily Mail, 19th May 2021

  • Paul Lamb, 73, was found guilty of 19 sexual offences at court earlier this month
  • His crimes began in early 70s in London – where he worked as Met Police officer
  • By the 1980s, he moved north and was appointed manager of a children’s home
  • Judge Tremberg sentenced him to 17-and-a-half-years in jail at Hull Crown Court

An ex-Met Police officer and children’s home manager who raped and abused underage girls across the UK for two decades has been jailed for 17 years.

Paul Lamb, 73, was found guilty of 19 sexual offences at Hull Crown Court earlier this month, including three counts of raping a girl under the age of 16.

The serial child abuser’s crimes began during the early 1970s 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 aged under 16 in that period.

By the 1980s, 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.

Paul Lamb (pictured above), 73, was found guilty of 19 sexual offences at Hull Crown Court earlier this month, including three counts of raping a girl under the age of 16

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 aged 16, 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 [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 aged 19.

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 aged 23 or 24.

Judge Tremberg, reading the evidence, said: ‘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.

‘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 at Lamb’s home in Fishergate, 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 Tremberg sentenced him to 17-and-a-half-years in prison. 


‘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.


‘Jailed: Former Islington police officer raped children’s home teen’

Islington Gazette, 14th May 2021

By Emma Bartholomew

Paul Kenneth Lamb, 73, of York was found guilty of multiple sexual offences at Hull Crown Court

An Islington police officer who raped a teenage girl in the ’70s has been jailed for 17-and-a-half years.

Paul Kenneth Lamb, 73, of York, was found guilty of 19 sex offences at Hull Crown Court on May 7, following historical allegations of child abuse.

Lamb had previously pleaded guilty to charges relating to indecent images found on his digital device.

The charges were brought against Mr Lamb as part of an investigation into offences which took place during the 1970s in Islington, and in the 1980s in Yorkshire, when he ran a care home.

At the time of his offences in the ’70s, Lamb is understood to have been living in police accommodation in Caledonian Road and the victim was supposed to have been being looked after in a council-run children’s home.

Det Supt Phil Gadd said: “I am pleased Lamb was found guilty for his sickening and incomprehensible actions against vulnerable victims and that he will now serve a very long time behind bars.”

He commended Lamb’s victims for their “bravery and perseverance” throughout the long investigative process. 

“They have displayed dignity and courage throughout this incredibly difficult time as their patience and understanding has been invaluable whilst we built a strong case against Lamb.

“They have had to carry with them the trauma of his criminal actions since their childhood and I sincerely hope that they are now able to feel some sense of justice has been achieved and they can look to hopefully move forward knowing he is in prison where he belongs.

The Islington Survivors Network (ISN), which supports people who were abused in council-run homes and foster care between the ’60s and ’90s, reported the Islington crime to the Met four years ago.

They are concerned that the case against Lamb wasn’t brought sooner, and claim they were told by officers in 2018 that Lamb couldn’t be traced. 

But a spokesperson for the Met said the investigation had been passed to Humberside police “as they were conducting an investigation into a number of linked offences relating to the suspect who had moved to that area”.

Former Islington council social worker Liz Davies, who founded ISN, said: “We are relieved that Paul Lamb can no longer harm children. He had access to an Islington children’s home where the children should have been safe.

“At that time paedophiles had taken over the Islington homes in a systematic way and hundreds of children suffered the horrors of sexual and physical abuse and neglect.”

She added: “ISN is delighted that at last this serial abuser has been brought to justice, and glad to have helped police in their investigations, both in London and Hull. 

“We are however deeply angry that Lamb was only able to abuse children across Britain for so long because in Islington, where he abused children long before Hull, council and social services covered up the vile abuse in its children’s homes. 

“For decades it protected the many paedophiles who ran or worked in its homes, or, like Lamb, were allowed freely to visit them and prey on the children there. 

“They got away with this despite the many attempts by victims, whistle blowers and campaigners since the 1990s to expose these paedophile rings and protect children in care.

“We wish all the victims find peace now – they have been immensely courageous and the Hull police listened and heard and acted with caring and sensitivity.” 

Cllr Richard Watts, leader of Islington Council – which is currently consulting on whether to pay survivors of abuse who lived in its care homes a support payment of £8,000, without having to bring a civil compensation claim – said: “Abuse of children in Islington’s care homes was the worst chapter in the council’s history, and we are deeply sorry for the council’s past failure to protect vulnerable children.

“We strongly believe any new allegations or evidence of crime relating to non-recent child abuse should be reported to the police, so prosecutions can be successfully brought.

“We ask anyone with information about non-recent abuse to come forward and contact police so allegations or evidence of abuse can be properly investigated.

“The council today is a very different organisation from in the 1960s-1990s, and today protecting children from harm is its top priority.”


‘Former police officer is jailed for raping Islington girl’

Islington Tribune, 14th May 2021

by Callum Fraser

The assault dates back to the 1970s when the teenager was in an Islington children’s home

Paul Lamb

A FORMER police officer who raped a girl from an Islington children’s home has been sentenced to more than 17 years in prison.

Paul Lamb, 73, was convicted and sentenced at Hull Crown Court this week after he was found guilty of sexually assaulting girls under the age of 16 from children’s homes in Yorkshire and Islington in the 1970s and 1980s.

But the case has infuriated the Islington Survivors Network (ISN), which supports people who were abused in council-run homes over a 40-year period, as they say the Met Police allegedly failed to pursue Lamb years ago.

While the ISN was told Lamb could not be traced, he was found when the group typed his name into a web search and discovered he was living in Yorkshire.

Former Islington council social worker Dr Liz Davies, who founded ISN after blowing the whistle on the “vile abuse” in children’s homes, said: “We are relieved that Paul Lamb can no longer harm children. He had access to an Islington children’s home where the children should have been safe.

“At that time paedophiles had taken over the Islington homes in a systematic way and hundreds of children suffered the horrors of sexual and physical abuse and neglect.”

Dr Liz Davies

Among other convictions, Lamb was found guilty of two counts of indecent assault and one count of raping a girl under the age of 16 between 1970 and 72 in Islington.

The girl, who was in her early teens when she met Lamb, lived in the Sheringham Road children’s home in Highbury.

He was a serving Met officer and it is under­stood that he lived in police accommodation nearby at the time.

He later left London with his family and moved to Yorkshire and then became a manager of the Brook Cottage children’s home in Driffield where he abused more girls in the 1980s, the court was told.

In 2017, the ISN facilitated an interview between the Met and one of his victims as part of operation Winter Key, an investigation into historic child sexual abuse cases.

Dr Davies says she heard nothing back for months and then followed up with an email in 2018.

She added: “In March 2018 they [the Met] told us that their intel couldn’t find Lamb but we then gave them his address which we had found online.

“We asked whether the information had been shared with Islington and Yorkshire Local Authority Designated Officers responsible for the Children’s Workforce in order to assess the risk if he was still in contact with children.

“We heard no more until Humberside Police contacted us last year.”

The ISN intends to submit a formal complaint to the Met. Lamb was sentenced on Friday to 17-and-a-half years in prison after being found guilty of 19 non-recent sexual offences.

Islington Council has set up a payment scheme which could see people who suffered abuse in its care between 1966 and 1995 receive up to £8,000.

Dr Davies said: “Islington Survivors Network is delighted that at last this serial abuser [Lamb] has been brought to justice, and glad to have helped police in their investigations, both in London and Hull.

“We are however deeply angry that Lamb was only able to abuse children across Britain for so long because in Islington, where he abused children long before Hull, council and social services covered up the vile abuse in its children’s homes.

“For decades it protected the many paedophiles who ran or worked in its homes, or, like Lamb, were allowed freely to visit them and prey on the children there.”

The Tribune put all of Dr Davies’ accusations to the police.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “At this stage, we are currently unable to say if this information was acted upon by officers from the Met.”

A Humberside Police spokeswoman said: “A non-recent allegation of sexual assault was made to Humberside Police during an investigation leading to the arrest of Paul Kenneth Lamb in 2019. Details of the Met Police Service investigation were received via Operation Hydrant, and contact with the victim in London was made.”

Islington Council leader Richard Watts said: “Abuse of children in Islington’s care homes was the worst chapter in the council’s history, and we are deeply sorry for the council’s past failure to protect vulnerable children.

“We strongly believe any new allegations or evidence of crime relating to non-recent child abuse should be reported to the police, so prosecutions can be successfully brought.” He added: “The council today is a very different organisation from in the 1960s-1990s, and today protecting children from harm is its top priority.”


‘York man, 73, jailed for 17 years for historic sex offences’

“The victim is at the highest level of our priorities. There is nowhere for perpetrators to hide, we will pursue them relentlessly”

“We take all reports of sexual abuse seriously and regardless of how much time has passed, we will seek justice for those who have been affected”

Detective Superintendent Phil Gadd

York Press, 8th May 2021

A 73-year-old York man has been sentenced to 17 and a half years in jail after being found guilty of multiple historic sexual offences.

A jury at Hull Crown Court found Paul Kenneth Lamb guilty of 19 non-recent sexual offences. He’d previously pleaded guilty to charges relating to indecent images found on his digital device.

The charges were brought against Mr Lamb as part of an investigation into offences which took place during the 1970s in London and 1980s in North Yorkshire, Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire area.

Detective Superintendent Phil Gadd, investigating, said: “I am pleased Lamb was found guilty for his sickening and incomprehensible actions against vulnerable victims and that he will now serve a very long time behind bars.

“I want to thank the victims and commend them for their bravery and perseverance throughout the long investigative process. They have displayed dignity and courage throughout this incredibly difficult time as their patience and understanding has been invaluable whilst we built a strong case against Lamb.

“They have had to carry with them the trauma of his criminal actions since their childhood and I sincerely hope that they are now able to feel some sense of justice has been achieved and they can look to hopefully move forward knowing he is in prison where he belongs.

“In recent years, Humberside, as with other forces, has reviewed how it works with victims of crime, and in particular, victims of sexual crime. The victim is at the highest level of our priorities. There is nowhere for perpetrators to hide, we will pursue them relentlessly.

“I would like to thank the team who have worked tirelessly over the past two years to ensure the victims were given the support and confidence to bring Paul Lamb to justice.

“We take all reports of sexual abuse seriously and regardless of how much time has passed, we will seek justice for those who have been affected.”

Former Driffield Brook Cottage children’s home manager Paul Lamb on trial for historic rape and sex offences against young girls and staff

The former manager of a children’s home in East Yorkshire has gone on trial facing allegations of historic sex offences, including rape, against young girls in his care and staff.

Yorkshire Post, 28th April 2021

Paul Lamb, 73, is currently on trial at Hull Crown Court charged with 16 counts of indecent assault, one attempted indecent assault and three counts of rape.

Lamb, who previously worked as a police officer at The Met, is alleged to have committed the offences against children and staff at the former Brook Cottage children’s home in Driffield, East Yorkshire between 1984 and 1987.

The jury at Hull Crown Court yesterday heard from a female member of staff at the care home, who said Lamb sexually assaulted her in the pantry.

Giving evidence the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said: “I was in the pantry thinking about collecting the food for the children’s tea and Paul entered the pantry behind me. He came into the pantry and at first was just chit-chatting to me. The door closed behind us as it always did. I can’t recall the actual conversation, but then everything changed. Paul came from behind me and put both his hands around my waist and put the flats of his hand on my stomach.

“I started to feel really uncomfortable. Everything was really silent. I think I became quite anxious as was not sure what was happening or why. He started forcing his hands up underneath the bottom of my breasts. I felt like he was going to get hold of both my breasts. I grabbed both of his hands and tried to push them down to stop him, but he resisted very strongly. I grabbed the flour from the pantry and flicked it into his face and he stopped.”

She said: “I remember waking up one evening and seeing Paul standing in my bedroom. He just appeared to be looking at me and watching me. I tried to pretend he wasn’t there and just hoped he wouldn’t do anything.

“This happened at least two or three times and I just used to freeze.”

The woman also told the court how Lamb would purchase alcohol for the underage children when they went out on day trips.

Lamb faced a disciplinary hearing and was suspended from his role in 1986.

The court heard how he was arrested at his home in York on October 22, 2019.

He was released on bail.

Lamb was arrested again in September 2020, following a further allegation of indecent assault and rape of a girl at a care home in the south of England.

He told police: “The claims are totally fictitious. The allegation of rape is ridiculous. All of it is absolutely ludicrous.”

Lamb, of The Werdyke, York, denies the charges against him.

The trial continues.


Islington Council consults on £8,000 child abuse payment scheme

Islington Gazette, 6th April 2021

Islington Council has launched a consultation on a proposed support payment scheme for survivors of abuse they suffered while placed by the council in one of its children’s homes from 1966 to 1995. 

The proposed scheme would enable abuse survivors to receive a financial support payment of £8,000, without having to bring a civil compensation claim. 

Payments would be made through a process that is as straightforward and quick to access as possible, and that minimises the need to re-live past trauma, or the risk of further trauma or harm. 

The support payment scheme is not a compensation scheme, and is rather designed to sit alongside the existing civil compensation route, rather than to replace it.  

The scheme would have no bearing on any civil compensation claims that abuse survivors may bring, except that a payment made under the scheme would be deducted from any compensation payment made. 

It would become part of the council’s existing support offer for survivors which includes trauma counselling, specialist advice support and assistance for care, housing, appropriate welfare benefits, access to further education and employment and support to access care records. 

Carmel Littleton, the council’s corporate director, said: “Abuse of children in Islington’s care homes was the worst chapter in the council’s history, and we are deeply sorry for the council’s past failure to protect vulnerable children. 

“The council would especially like to hear from abuse survivors; people who were placed in Islington Council children’s homes between 1966-1995; and support groups for survivors and people who were placed in Islington Council care between 1966-1995. 

“All comments or suggestions made during the consultation will be carefully considered before the proposed scheme is finalised. 

“The council today is a very different organisation from in the 1960s-1990s, and today protecting children from harm is its top priority.” 

Comments and suggestions can be made until Tuesday, 18 May.


Consultation over £8k payouts to survivors of care home abuse

Islington Tribune, 9th April 2001

Around 2,000 could be eligible for Town Hall’s ‘Support Payment Scheme’

A CONSULTATION on the council’s plans to award cash to survivors who were abused in children’s care homes over a 40-year period has been launched this week.

Those who suffered sexual, physical and mental abuse while in Islington Council’s care could receive £8,000 in a “Support Payment Scheme”.

The council has emphasised that it is not a “compensation scheme” as victims are still able to take the council to the civil court to get a possible larger financial settlement.

However, any final compensation agreed in court would have the £8,000 deducted from it.

It is estimated that around 2,000 people who lived in care homes run by the council between 1966 and 1995 could be eligible.

Systemic abuse took place in what Town Hall chiefs have described as the “darkest chapter” in the council’s history. Last summer one woman was awarded £35,000 in compensation after she was sexually abused by members of staff and other children at Gisburne House – a large children’s home run by Islington Council in Watford.

A support group, the Islington Survivors Network (ISN), was set up by Dr Liz Davies, who first blew the whistle on the scandal more than two decades ago when she was employed as a social worker by the Town Hall. She said: “We welcome the opportunity to respond to this consultation and we will be contacting all the survivors, more than 200 we know of, and we will seek their views to inform the consultation.”

Dr Davies added: “I would have thought by now we would have a list of all the homes. We know of 46 but there could well be more. Having a list of homes would be helpful for the survivors to know. Some of them won’t even know they were in Islington’s care – they were put in private homes, boarding schools and all sorts of places for care.”

The council has said in the past that it intends to establish a database containing information on “known perpetrators”.

Carmel Littleton, the Town Hall’s corporate director of people, said: “Abuse of children in Islington’s care homes was the worst chapter in the council’s history, and we are deeply sorry for the council’s past failure to protect vulnerable children.

“Consultation has now begun on the proposed Support Payment Scheme, which would enable abuse survivors to receive a financial support payment without having to bring a civil compensation claim.

“The council would especially like to hear from abuse survivors; people who were placed in Islington Council children’s homes between 1966-1995; and support groups for survivors and people who were placed in Islington Council care between 1966-1995.”

Comments on the consultation – which was launched on Tuesday – can be submitted until May 18. To respond to the consultation visit www.islington.gov.uk/consultations/2021/non-recent-child-abuse-proposed-support-payment-scheme