A leading criminologist has recommended that Wiltshire police should immediately terminate its investigation into “pernicious” claims of satanic ritual abuse, according to news reports yesterday. Dr Rachel Hoskins is an expert in ritual sacrifice, and was asked by detectives to examine claims made against former Prime Minister Edward Heath and others in Operation Conifer. On Sunday, Dr Hoskins called some of the evidence being examined by Wiltshire police “fantastical”, and a “catalogue of fabrication”.
The force has not yet terminated Operation Conifer, which was launched in August 2015 with a team of 21 officers and staff, and has already cost £700,000. The operation has resulted in just two arrests.
However, according to The Telegraph, “A source close to the investigation said there was growing unease over the mounting cost and a desperation to avoid the mistakes Scotland Yard made during Operation Midland”.
A spokesman for the force’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Angus McPherson, has said that the force might need to apply for funding from the Home Office to continue the investigation, but no decision has been taken yet, and considering the fallout from the disastrous Operation Midland, such a move seems less and less likely.
Meanwhile Dr Hoskins has gone public with her findings, expressing concern that her conclusions might go unheeded. According to The Guardian:
(Dr Hoskins) wrote: “I have exposed a catalogue of fabrication at the heart of two major inquiries. Worse still, Operation Conifer ploughs ahead. People remain accused of things that simply never happened. Wiltshire Police insist that not all their evidence is based on claims of ritual abuse. We will see. But those cases that are based on this pernicious fallacy must be closed immediately.” …
Hoskins said she was taking the unusual step of disclosing her findings because she was concerned the police do not want to hear what she has said and will not pass her report on to senior MPs on the home affairs select committee, or the accused.
Where does this leave Angie?
Given the precarious status of Operation Conifer, we are led to wonder: what has happened to the story Angela Power-Disney spun for the Wiltshire police?
You might recall that she claims to have gone to that force in September 2015 to report her allegations that she was a “survivor from the ‘Child Hunts’ in the 1950s, near Rudloe Manor”.
According to Miles Johnston, who interviewed her for his Bases 40-something-or-other series of videos, “This was when children were released into the forest and countryside to be hunted down by the ETs at the British Alien Bases here in Wiltshire. They were hunted for Sport”.
To refresh your memory, here’s MKD’s take on Angela’s tale:
(As an aside: Let’s not forget that Angie is only in her late 50s now; had there been “child hunts” in the 1950s, she would have been three years old at the most. But perhaps she was a particularly good sprinter in those days; one assumes she hadn’t yet taken up smoking.)
To be fair, Angie’s story of being hunted by aliens must have made a nice change for Wiltshire officers worn out by tales of Satanic cult abuse. We wonder whether they had to hire another expert, this one with a firm grounding in ‘ET abuse’, to deal with the special demands of Angie’s case?
And most important, we wonder what Police and Crime Commissioner McPherson would make of her story, should he run across it. We’d be willing to hazard a guess that he won’t be turning to the Home Office for funding to continue the search for evidence of alien activity in the vicinity of Rudloe Manor.