Knowledge Management Dept
Milton Keynes MK19 7BH
Mr Martin Walkerdine
By email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
6 July 2016
Dear Mr Walkerdine, FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST – REF: 0572-16
Thank you for your email of 8 June requesting access, under the Freedom of Information Act
(FOIA), to Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) file FCO 47/182 which is held closed at
The National Archives (TNA). You asked: “Sometime between Jan 1st 1967 and Dec 1968 two members of HM Diplomatic Service
were arrested in Naples while working for the British Embassy in Italy the two people are
called Mr Alastair Laing and Mr Colin Peters can I ask why were these two diplomatics
arrested in Naples and why does The National Archives keep records of this which are
closed until 1st Jan 2056 as there is allegations that Mr Colin Peters was arrested over
claims he was involved in child abuse in Naples while working for the British Government or
was the these arrests got to do with spying against the Italians and its navy base in Naples
and the Italian police caught both defendants in the act.
The closed file at National Archives >
What I am seeking is this file above to be open and full disclosure on its contents without any
editing of the file as the general public in the UK should know what was been done in Naples
in the taxpayers names concerning either spying allegations or possible involvement in child
abuse by Mr Colin Peters or even Mr Alastair Laing as Mr Colin Peters in the 1980's was
apart of child sex ring involving child abuse in the Brent Cross area of London where they
were approx 150 to 200 victims and The Met police operation was called Operation
Hedgerow in which he was convicted of and jailed for these offences with others as keeping
this file closed until 2056 for another 40 years is woeful and deeply worrying that the state
will cover-up possible involvement in child abuse if both suspects were arrested in Italy on
this subject matter.”
The requested file is shown on the TNA catalogue as currently held closed for 87 years at
TNA, under the exemption for personal information where the applicant is a 3rd party. If you
wish to request access to it under FOIA you would need to make a separate FOI request
direct to TNA.
Although the file is currently closed to the public, you may wish to be aware that the full
contents of the file have been made available, unredacted, to the police. The staff working
for the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA, or the “Goddard Inquiry”) have
also been informed of the file and told that they too can have access to it without any
redactions as soon as they request it.
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