Members of a paedophile gang that included Northamptonshire scout leader are jailed

Peter Malpas
Peter Malpas

Two more members of a sick paedophile ring, which included a Northamptonshire scout leader, have been jailed for abusing victims at a remote farm.

John Connolly, aged 42, and Joanne Gale, aged 36, both from Warrington in Cheshire, were sentenced at Reading Crown Court today for their roles in the abuse gang, Scotland Yard said.

Connolly was given 20 years for raping a child under 13 and the possession and distribution of indecent images of children.

Gale received 14 years for aiding and abetting child rape and the same indecent images offences.

They were part of a gang who hosted depraved “paedo parties” at a remote farm in Wiltshire and then distributed indecent images of children.

Four men have already been jailed indefinitely for public protection for their role in the depraved paedophile ring, including Peter Malpas, from Moulton.

Malpas, aged 47, who is a former assistant county commissioner, was linked to members of a gang who held the sex parties, which also involved animals.

He was jailed in September last year after admitting to police how he had travelled to the Windsor area where he abused a nine-year-old girl in the back of a car.

When police raided his home last January he told officers: “Something terrible has happened, I am evil.”

Three other members were jailed last year. They were Simon Wyn-Davies, from Windsor, in Berkshire, retired farmer Nicholas Cordery, from Wiltshire, and IT trainer Anthony Flack, from Bristol.

Cordery owned the farm where some of the gang’s sex abuse was carried out.

Yesterday, another member of the same gang, Simon Christopher Collins, aged 58, from Chippenham, in Wiltshire, was jailed for seven-and-a-half years for arranging the commission of a child sex offence, aiding or abetting a woman to allow bestiality, making indecent images and possessing extreme pornography.

Speaking after today’s sentences, Detective Chief Inspector Noel McHugh said: “This has been a very complex investigation, covering several police force areas.

“Today’s convictions demonstrate the commitment of the Met’s paedophile unit to use all audacious and lawful tactics to capture the most dangerous sex offenders and protect the most vulnerable.

“These people were members of a paedophile ring. I believe that they have committed other offences.

“Anyone who believes they have been a victim is urged to contact police.”