And yet another abuser should be very worried
FORMER OWNER OF WALTON HOP SPEAKS OF DISTRESS
By NICK ELVIN
THE former owner of the Walton Hop has spoken of his anguish following speculation linking the disco with the television personality Matthew Kelly.
Deniz Corday, who ran the popular Hop for 32 years, told the News & Mail that continuing revelations of famous names arrested for alleged child abuse who are linked with his club were hurting him.
In 2001, pop mogul Jonathan King was jailed for abusing boys, although claims that he picked up victims at the Hop were never proven.
Police investigating offences against children as part of Operation Arundel arrested Kelly and former Bay City Rollers manager Tam Paton last week over allegations of abusing boys under the age of 16 in the 1970s.
“It's really getting me down,” said Mr Corday. “After 32 years of giving my life to the community, not for money, I got nothing but praise from people when it closed. I still do.
“Now every time someone gets into trouble the Walton Hop is named and I don't know why.
“I'm 73 now and it will be with me for the rest of my life."
Mr Corday added: “The Hop was not unique among places where people gather.
“Take any pub with loud pop music, or any disco with an average age of 15 or 16, you will get paedophiles.
“The majority were heterosexual, trying to get to the younger girls.
"There were older men pretending to be younger so they could get in, or hanging about outside, asking if they could give girls a lift home, or stewards we later found out were paedophiles.”
He reiterated that the crimes committed by Jonathan King and Chris Denning, the Weybridge DJ imprisoned in the Czech Republic for sex offences in 2000, had nothing to do with the Hop, which was held at the Playhouse in Hepworth Way.
“They never let me down,” he said. “None of the boys in question came out of the Hop. I don't know why it took so long for those allegations to come out.”
Mr Corday added that he is still being approached by reporters offering substantial sums of money for letters Jonathan King wrote to him from prison.
“I would never do that because even after all this he is still a friend of mine,” he said.
Surrey Police confirmed that two men were arrested in connection with historic allegations of sexual abuse against boys under the age of 16 years old. Matthew Kelly was taken to Guildford police station where he was bailed to reappear in March.
As part of Operation Arundel, former Hop DJ Robert Randall, 64, of Wellington Close, was last year fined and put on the sex offenders sex register for an indecent assault on a teenage boy in the 1970s.
This wont be the last we hear of Operation Arundel
And all that was left was hope