Jeffries was sentenced to only two years in 1994, on five counts of taking and possessing indecent photographs. Howells was convicted of indecently assaulting a nine year old boy
Video below is called: The Boy Business and includes Jeffries and Howells
The Sun from 28/04/2013 : ‘Paedo Enders actor abused me…I was 11’: New BBC shock
“Uncle Harry” and his links to Eastenders actor
This ‘sweet old man’ was known in Hackney as ‘Uncle Harry’. In his spare time he molested over 30 children.
‘He seemed such a sweet old man,’ says Christine of the first time she met Harry Jeffries (pictured above) also known as Owen Jeffries. He had just brought her son, Danny, home after playing football. ‘Danny looked too clean. I asked him about it and he said he had had a bath at Harry’s. I went ape, but he swore everything was okay.
‘Sweet old’ Jeffries was the ringleader of a paedophile gang which preyed on children in Hackney for over ten years. They molested and photographed at least 30 children, and they are still walking free.
With their links with child pornographers in Amsterdam now clear, it appears they were a key part of an international paedophile network. The ongoing scandals in Belgium and the raids on 700 French suspected paedophiles on June 17 demonstrate how widespread and organised they are.
In the 80s, the network reached the Rhodes Estate, Hackney where the gang befriended local parents. They managed to baby-sit for some families is a measure of their success.
Chief Inspector Ian Delbarre, formerly of Stoke Newington Child Protection Team, says that paedophiles are very patient: ‘There’s a mistaken belief that the offences which take place come immediately after meeting the children. That certainly isn’t the case. Paedophiles are quite happy to spend a considerable amount of time, and money, befriending the child. It can take years before anything happens.’
Only in hindsight is it possible to see how Harry Jeffries fits the cliché of a ‘dirty old man’. Diminutive, well-spoken, fragile looking and in his seventies, he was known locally as ‘Uncle Harry’.
Christine first met Harry through a friend who told her that Jeffries could be trusted, and that he regularly looked after her own child. It later transpired that Jeffries was abusing this boy, yet his mother continued to lie about Harry:
‘I don’t know why she did it; for money, for drugs or whatever. She’s the most evil woman I have ever met. I lost my husband earlier that year, and she actually sat with me all night, cried with me. Yet at the same time, she knew my son was being abused.’
Jo, a mother of two victims, adds: ‘I even let Harry stay in my house. I hadn’t had a night out in 12 years, not even to the pub.
So on my birthday, Harry suggested that I go out with my husband, Pat, to the local.
He seemed such a nice old man. And that night he abused my five year old daughter.’
Jo only became aware of the incident when her daughter was sent home from nursery bleeding. Jo and Pat were initially suspected of the abuse. Jo explains that the woman who had already introduced Harry to Christine ‘started putting it round the estate that me and Pat were the abusers.
She said I took pictures while Pat did the business. She also said we prostituted our children out round the area. Within a week, no-one at our kids’ school would talk to us.
Yet when it came out in the open about Harry, she told me she knew he was abusing my kids for eight months.’
Many of the young boys from the area were lured into the hands of Jeffries and his cronies by the promise of acting work. A friend of ‘Uncle Harry’, James Chalkley, now 67, had occasional small parts in EastEnders.
Lurking … perv James Chalkley is visible standing behind soap stars Ross Kemp, right, and Letitia Dean
Chalkley along with other ex-staff in a sex ring on the soap, seduced young lads by promising them roles in the show.
He then carried out sick assaults on them, watched via peepholes by his fellow perverts. But Chalkley cheated justice by killing himself aged 83 last month as he faced a police quiz about the claims. He and twin brother George were found dead at the flat they shared in the Costa del Sol resort of Fuengirola.
Vile … sex abuser James Chalkley
He even secured a walk- on appearance for one of the abused boys in November 1990. Chalkley and Jeffries were close associates of Peter Howells, now 65, (pictured below) himself convicted of a serious sex offence as long ago as 1972. Howells ran an acting agency called Bovver Boots in Leytonstone. Jeffries and Chalkley would take photographs saying they were for acting work.