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Playland 1970-1975: When protecting ‘millionaires titled and influential’ paedophile punters becomes paramount

Bits of Books, Mostly Biographies

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The amusement arcade that ‘became a den of vice’ with a clientele which included ‘millionaires, titled and influential people’  

a slave market where runaway boys are lured with false pleasures and turned into donkeys, beasts of burden for the hidden desires of a sick society…Young bodies are not slot machines for greedy lusts that lurk in the closet’ [Johnny Come Home,  Jake Arnott, 2007]

Spotlight on Abuse: The Playland Cover-Up

Mid Heath’s term as Prime Minister, the Evening Standard’s fourth page headline ran ‘Amusement centre that ‘became a den of vice.” (1 March 1972). Memories of Playland and its reputation have left their mark in fiction too. More recently, Jake Arnott chose the Piccadilly Circus arcade as a location for a bomb planted by the Angry Brigade in Johnny Come Home. Published in 2007 but set in 1972, the same year as the first Playland Trial, the…

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