Abuse Victim Says He Was Not Abused by Lord McAlpine

News Brief – Nov 9, 2012

Former resident of a North Wales care home who claims a senior Tory abused him has issued a statement denying that Lord McAlpine was one of his abusers.
The statement follows a public denial by Lord McAlpine earlier Friday in which he called allegations that he had abused children as “wholly false and seriously defamatory”.
Hours later the former resident of the care home and alleged victim of abuse, Steve Messham issued a statement in which he offered his “sincere and humble apologies to Lord McAlpine.
It was, claimed Messham, a case of mistaken identity:

“After seeing a picture in the past hour of the individual concerned, this [is] not the person I identified by photograph presented to me by the police in the early 1990s, who told me the man in the photograph was Lord McAlpine.”

Although Messham now says that Lord McAlpine was not one of his abusers, he still maintains that a “senior Tory” actively abused boys at the care home during the Thatcher era.