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Teacher, 82, accused of being paedophile dubbed ‘Jimmy Savile Mark II’ is named in the Commons

Teacher, 82, accused of being paedophile dubbed ‘Jimmy Savile Mark II’ who preyed on boys at schools attended by Tony Blair and BBC presenter Nicky Campbell is named in the Commons

  • Ex-SNP leader Ian Blackford used parliamentary privilege to name suspect  
  • Accused of crimes against boys at Edinburgh Academy and Fettes College 

A retired teacher accused of preying on boys at two top Scottish public schools was named in the House of Commons today.

Former SNP leader Ian Blackford used parliamentary privilege to name the man known as ‘Edgar’ who is accused of being a dangerous sexual predator in the 1970s.

The 82-year-old is accused of crimes against boys at Edinburgh Academy and Fettes College – the alma mater of ex-PM Tony Blair, and has since moved to South Africa.

BBC presenter Nicky Campbell, who attended the Academy in the 1970s, has led calls for him to be brought back to the UK to stand trial, with a court hearing due to take place later this year.

In a session of Education Questions in the House of Commons today, Mr Blackford told MPs: ‘All of us in this house will prioritise keeping school children safe from sexual predators and I am sure the minister will be aware of the Scottish Child Abuse enquiry detailing the horrific allegations from a number of witnesses to events at Edinburgh Academy and Fettes schools by an individual referred to as ”Edgar”.

Former SNP leader Ian Blackford used parliamentary privilege to name the man known as ‘Edgar’ who is accused of being a dangerous sexual predator in the 1970s.

BBC presenter Nicky Campbell, who attended the Academy in the 1970s, has led calls for him to be brought back to the UK to stand trial.

BBC presenter Nicky Campbell, who attended the Academy in the 1970s, has led calls for him to be brought back to the UK to stand trial.

The 82-year-old is accused of crimes against boys at Edinburgh Academy (top) and Fettes College (above) - the alma mater of ex-PM Tony Blair, and has since moved to South Africa

The 82-year-old is accused of crimes against boys at Edinburgh Academy (top) and Fettes College (above) – the alma mater of ex-PM Tony Blair, and has since moved to South Africa

‘I have a number of constituents who have complaints against ”Edgar”. This man has admitted to inappropriate behaviour and is currently fighting extradition from South Africa where he has been publicly named.

‘There is precedence (sic) in England where another alleged abuser living in South Africa whose extradition has been sought has been publicly named.

‘We now know that there are dozens of boys who have come forward to the police with allegations against the man referred to as ”Edgar”. It is important that others who were abused by this man can come forward.

‘It is right that his crimes against children are named – and it is also right that he is now named.’

Blackford this week said the case could become ‘Jimmy Savile Mark II’. 

Earlier this month Mr Campbell, 61, alleged he witnessed ‘Edgar’ abusing his friend in his school’s changing rooms and described his conduct as ‘so ubiquitous’ that all of the pupils knew what was going on.

Speaking on BBC Breakfast this morning, Mr Campbell said: ‘He could well be one of the most prolific paedophiles in British criminal history if you do the maths and look at how long he taught and how many schools he was at.’ 

After Campbell went public with the allegations, other former pupils of Edinburgh Academy and Fettes College stepped forward with stories of abuse.

Edinburgh Academy has since issued a public apology and say it is cooperating with police.

In a statement to the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry, Fettes College – whose alumni include former PM Tony Blair – made a ‘full and unreserved apology’.

Edgar, who lives in a retirement complex in Cape Town, was arrested in South Africa in 2019 by British Police, and is due to appear in court on March 17 for a further extradition hearing.

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