Gay Wilson [the then Chair of the Earls Court Residents Association Committee] leaned over and spoke quietly into her guest’s ear: “Have you seen those dirty pictures of young boys that Barry [Phelps] sends out?”
“Yes, they’re disgusting” came back the reply.
“It’s very naughty of him, and he might end up in trouble with the police one day. I suppose many people would consider them paedophilic. xxx has been sending them to me for years, and I suppose xxx sends them to you too?”, she continued.
xxx is a committee member of the ECVRA who had willingly been on Barry Phelps’ email circle for many years for the immoral pictures of young boys, and who, himself, had forwarded them to several people over the course of several years. He took great delight in receiving and sending out Phelps’ perverted pictures of young boys.Loudly, she continued, “You know, since I’ve been on my medication [for chemotherapy], its made me more frank with people. I might just tell Barry that he’s a disgusting pervert! I might also tell M****** [a lady from Child’s Street] to f*** o***. After I came out of hospital, she came to visit me one Friday afternoon, and since then, she keeps emailing me to ask if it’s OK to come around. She keeps emailing, and I have to keep making up excuses.”
After that cold winter’s night on 2 December 2009, Gay Wilson never did confront Barry Phelps over the emails, but would later defend him in public after his resignation from the RBKC council in July 2010. Barry Phelps did end up being investigated by the police, but unfortunately, following advice from the CPS, for reasons unknown, the matter was not proceeded with.
In the ensuing scandal that erupted, an email was sent on 5 July 2010 to the then acting Chair of the ECVRA, and copied to all committee members, bar Gay Wilson and xxx. The email is copied below:Subject: FILTH
Cc: ****************@yahoo.co.uk>, ********@mac.com,
**********@btinternet.com Dear [Acting Chair] I have heard on the grapevine that Cllr Barry Phelps has resigned his seat for the Earl’s Court ward. This was because he was using RBKC’s resources to operate a “[Edit]”. Further details can be found on www.barryphelps.posterous.com Obviously, this news affects the Earl’s Court Village, but of direct importance to the Residents’ Association is that xxx [ECVRA committee member] was a direct recipient from Barry Phelps of this filth. For your information, another ECVRA committee member [Gay Wilson] has known about these disgusting Cllr Phelps’ emails for sometime. The sexualisation of children is disgusting and depraved, and the obtaining of sexual gratification from the images of children, is not conduct that should be tolerated in any up right and right thinking society. Needless to say, this is information that must be disseminated to all residents, as ECVRA states that “The purpose of the ECVRA shall be to protect the amenities and interests of the Village and of the residents as a whole living within it.”. To keep quiet or not to criticise such conduct, is to condone this depravity. On a separate issue, but also relating to filth, was the sending by post of dog excrement by xxx [the same individual who received Barry Phelps’ emails] to one of the residents in the Village, [a woman in Child’s Street]. Again, this information has also been known by another ECVRA committee member[Gay Wilson] for sometime. Is it ECVRA policy to breach the criminal law by sending dog excrement through the post? If not, does it condone such behaviour? If it does not, what does it intend to do about it? I quote from an email from 25 January 2009 [from xxx]: “Main event last week was anonymously posting (first class!) to [the lady in Child’s Street], 2 day’s deposits of her wretched dog’s shit which I caught her scooping into the hollyhock beds. She HAD to be taught a lesson! 🙂 It was beautifully packaged with a letter in a Fortnum & Masons bag + smart jiffy bag!”. I believe that such a person, xxx, is unfit to be on the Committee, and I hope that that will be the view of other members of the Committee on hearing of these facts. I look forward to hearing from you in due course. Best wishes The Acting Chair of the ECVRA responded on 6 July 2010: I have got your e mail and will be looking into it. yours [Acting Chair]
To which the following response was made on 12 July 2010:Dear [Acting Chair] Thank you for your reply. I should be grateful if you could give me an idea of the time-frame for your investigation, and when you will be in a position to be able to provide me with a decision. It is my view, based also on the groundswell of opinion condemning Phelps and his email list recipients, that it would be a very serious matter if xxx is left on the Committee in good standing after this scandal. I believe it would seriously undermine the credibility and respectability of the ECVRA in any public role or position it may wish to adopt. I also believe that it is not purely an internal ECVRA matter, and that there is a public interest. I hope you will agree that residents of the ECVRA are entitled to be fully informed of any decision, or absence of a decision, made by the Committee, and in reasonable time. It should also be noted that xxx had sent dog excrement through the postal system, which is a criminal offence, and this fact was also known by a close colleague [Gay Wilson] on the ECVRA Committee. This is a further reason, why xxx’s position on the Committee is a scandal, untenable and indefensible. If xxx remains on the Committee, or has the support and backing of the Committee, then I hope you will understand that an Extraordinary General Meeting of the ECVRA should be convened to discuss the matter and xxx’s position on the Committee. I can assure you from my own experience from speaking with people locally, that there is a lot of shock and disgust with what has transpired with Barry Phelps. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Yours sincerely On 16 July 2010, a terse reply came back from the Acting Chair of ECVRA stating: Dear
This is to inform you that xxx has stepped down from the committee of the ECVRA.
[name of Acting Chair], Acting Chairman. At a future AGM of the ECVRA, a motion was put forward for residents to vote upon to change the boundary of the residents’ association. The ECVRA committee did not inform the residents, the voters, of the true reasons for the change in the boundary. The ECVRA committee hoped that it would contain, once and for all, any legitimate criticism of the disgusting conduct of one of its committee members. The ECVRA committee hoped that it would “keep a lid” on the disgusting behaviour of one of its committee members, xxx, a scandal going to the heart of the ECVRA committee. This blog, http://barryphelps.posterous.com, would further detail what xxx of the ECVRA committee had done. It would reveal that xxx had: 1) Had been a willing recipient who had received and sent out over the course of several years, the filthy Barry Phelps’ emails of young boys;
2) Sent excrement to a lady in Child’s Street, and also, in a plastic document wallet, to the household of a peer of the realm in Redfield Lane;
3) Vandalised a neighbour’s garden by deliberately destroying his tree. But what would the committee of the ECVRA do about it?
To be continued.