Nottingham Police fail to silence abuse victim and witness to murder Melanie Shaw.



Brian Gerrish interviews child abuse survivor and Nottingham Beechwood children’s home whistleblower Melanie Shaw. Recently released from HMP Peterborough where she suffered nearly 6 months in solitary confinement, was denied medical treatment and was subjected to significant bullying and harassment, Melanie has also been harassed by Nottingham police.

In a catalogue of threats and intimidation Nottinghamshire Police have subjected her to unwanted phone calls, followed her, attended her home to threaten her with arrest and used a team of 6-7 black dressed ‘heavies’ to smash in her back door. Already suffering PTSD as a result of her abuse as a toddler by her own family, and subsequently through abuse by children’s services in Beechwood, there is no doubt that the actions of Nottingham Police have been designed to intimidate and ultimately silence Melanie.

It is her testimony of the rape and murder of children at Beechwood in 2011 which started Operation Daybreak. For Melanie the subsequent vicious action by the police is simply to silence her and to protect abusers within the establishment and political magic circle.

How can David Cameron and Theresa May’s Conservative Government allow this brutal treatment of vulnerable child abuse survivors? How could Crown Prosecution Boss Alison Saunders help protect Lord Janner from justice, but facilitate the vicious abuse of Melanie Shaw via ‘StarChamber Courts’ without proper legal representation, or a Jury, or the Public, or the Press? There can only be one answer. The British government in its broadest sense, across all three parties, Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat are collaborating, not to expose and stop child abuse, but to protect abusers.

Watch this powerful insight into the horrific world of Melanie Shaw as a result of her simply telling the truth.


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Why We Must Never Forget Melanie Shaw 

Most of us cannot even imagine what she has suffered. Many simply cannot bear to hear what she has experienced, never mind worry that she is presently making financial profit for the Directors and Shareholders of Sodexo private prison.  

Melanie Shaw tears up Chris Leslie letter

Most of us cannot even imagine what she has suffered. Many simply cannot bear to hear what she has experienced, never mind worry that she is presently making financial profit for the Directors and Shareholders of Sodexo private prison. 

Yet one kind man took Melanie under his wing, looked after her, gave her a lovely home and fathered a child she loved. Strengthened by a stable family home and the passage of time, Melanie then found the courage to speak out about her abuse and those of many other children at Beechwood children’s home Nottingham. The local police took her evidence seriously and started Operation Daybreak – they soon admitted that up to 150 children were likely to have suffered. Many other children’s homes were implicated.

Far from being protected, nurtured and praised Melanie Shaw was quickly returned to prison. It would seem that Nottingham police became nervous when she discovered that they had lied over their interviewing of witnesses. Fitted up with charges of arson and criminal damage, Melanie was sentenced to 3 years community service and branded mentally ill. Her real sentence was to start when she returned home. Tired, distraught and still suffering post traumatic stress from her abusive history, she was denied any help from Nottingham Social Services or Mental Health Services. Credit where it is due though, Nottingham Social Services had previously been remarkably efficient in taking her son into ‘care’ after she was charged with the arson offence.

Alone without access to money, except for that provided by the generosity of the UKColumn readers and other members of the public, Melanie was subjected to repeated harassment by the police. Intimidating telephone calls, followed by police cars in public, her house broken into by heavyweight police in black, arrested for visiting the bank, Melanie was brutalised by the very public services that claim they are there to protect.

The stress took its toll and she became volatile – but who wouldn’t? Her unpredictable behaviour allowed Nottingham police and the Crown Prosecution Services to cook up more charges – unlawful imprisonment of a paramedic two offences under the Communications Act. Further charges of breaching her probation service conditions were also concocted, however these were later dropped.

Returned to HMP Peterborough after a secret court hearing, Melanie has repeatedly been denied her desired legal representation – that of her trusted and capable Lay Legal Advisor. Instead she has been bullied by the Judge into using VHS Fletchers law firm, who happen to be the very people she sacked for their poor performance and unqualified staff in her first trial. Now incarcerated in the same Sodexo prison that has previously denied her medical treatment, pushed her into solitary confinement, bullied her and denied her basic human rights, Melanie is now being blocked from receiving telephone calls or letters from those who can help her. She is due to appear in court for a ‘mention request’ on 8th May 2015. The next hearing will then be 18th May for a case management hearing.

In the meantime, and as Sodexo’s profits rise, we must never forget Melanie Shaw or her vicious treatment at the hands of the British State. Why? Because when there is no justice or law, any of us could be next.


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7 Responses to “Nottingham Police fail to silence abuse victim and witness to murder Melanie Shaw.”

  1. Nollidge says:

    I started by googling “sodexo”.Got a French catering co.
    Then I tried “list of directors of sodexo private prisons”.

    So there’s a starter for you from the Sodexo angle.Obviously as they want to keep the contract & profits it’d take only a “treat her harshly – we’ll cover for you if she dies” type of hint.But from who,I wonder?.

    • tic tok says:

      Good call !!! yeah, SOD-EX-CO hidden in ‘plain sight’ once again, … reads like a script of who’s who’s in the ZOO: They LOVE the deceit it seems, and throwing it in the face of a “herd of stupid ‘useless eaters’ ” to quote silly beauro-elitist-crat/impostors

      Guess they think the public are all morons, … no.. ..try mistaking humility and stir for best results oc-xe-dos: Does ‘The Hand Of God Works Slowly’, do we all have time to reflect on the past, and do we have time to make amends before we depart and face our maker?

      Sod-ex-co the pride and joy of “the western worlds institutional supply” chain gang, the quality, the caring, and then there’s the commitment

      no more

  2. JA says:

    Melanie needs of financial help – she has no money – send to UK Column – they will pass it onto her.

    • sickened says:

      yes she does the authorities seem to be with-holding her benefits. Let’s all send something, even all each of us can afford is a quid or two, it will all mount up.

      • tic tok says:

        Good call Sickend, lets show the clever-money-grabers how things ARE done in the REAL world, never mind all the “useless excuses” about how people need THAT kind of treatment in the fabricated ‘ money-world’

        useless-eaters my foot, useless: not fit for purpose,


  3. sickened says:

    My heart goes out to Melanie Shaw and I hope that she never returns to Nottingham.

    I also hope that people around her make sure that she is safe and secure from police harassment, wherever she goes.

    Thank God Brian Gerrish and UKC are helping her, otherwise I dread to think what the ‘authorities’ would have secretly done to her.

    Melanie, you are a very brave woman, and you deserve the support of the whole nation. One day, this will all come out and you will receive recognition for you courage, and I hope some financial compensation for the terrible damage they have done to your life.

  4. AkhaldanSolo says:

    Wow. What an amazingly inspiring story and so wonderful to see so many protesters involved working to exonerate someone who so rightly deserved to be heard and believed and not judged after having had to be forced into an existence that destroyed her self esteem. It is unbelievably inspiring to see so many in support of this unsung hero. Once again thank you UK Column for such staunch and supportive coverage. May all strength and clarity of mind and soul come back to you Melanie for all the strength and bravery you have shown. God Bless and God Speed

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