The Barclay Brothers – Casino Interests

Sir David and Sir Frederick Barclay 

Sir David Barclay first entered the casino industry in 1971 and even though this (immoral industry) is not for “Saints” and more suited to “Sinners”, Sir David Barclay and later Ex-Bankrupt Sir Frederick Barclay and now Aidan Barclay seem to embrace it like a “fly to a piece of dog shitthey just can’t seem tokick the habit?”  

Casino Interests 

The  Pandora’s  Box 

ISBN 978-0-9570748-0-4 

A Brief History on the London Casino Scene 

Before the gaming Act 1968 came into force novice observers from the outside looking in casinos could look glitzy, illuminating by the bright lights and even enticing too some, but once inside the criminal fraternity frequented and peddled their immoral and criminal activities – What has changed subsequent you might ask? It just got sophisticated.

Casino operators are not charities, they can be ruthless with both commercial and criminal intent to take your money and the odds stacked in their favour. A casino operator gets to know his members. The casino operator is the “Banker – Bureau de Change”. A venue where drug dealers can ply their trade and where drug barons can change dirty money into clean money. Casino operators have been known to use the services of young prostitutes to entice wealthy punters to their own casinos. Casino operators can and do cheat there members. Money laundering activities are of course prevalent with private planes and helicopters flying in and out from low key regional airfields without adequate and/or no custom checks. Casino operators have been known to offer illegal credits to wealthy losing gamblers where the debt can be collected later and/or where the losing gambler holds a position at work whereby the casino operator may seek favours in return of the debt? Then there is the destruction of the family unit where children can be permanently damaged caused by this immoral and criminal industry. There is NO difference between a casino owner and a brothel owner? They both live-off immoral earnings in one form or another. If there is a nominal difference it is the colour of the light bulbs: A casino might have bright “White” lights and a brothel with bright “Red” lights?

Spitalfields in the East End of London was a haven of criminality and most of the “London Criminal Underworld Bosses” had either evolved from around there and/or recruited criminals and/or failed boxers who became criminals and/or plied their trade. London gangsters such as the Italian Sabini Brothers were once dominant. Then came the notorious London Jewish gangster Jack Spot aka Jack Comer real name Jacob Comacho who himself grew up in Myrdle Street in Whitechappel in the East End of London who later teamed up with fellow London gangster Billy Hill where they operated several “Protection Rackets” in the West End of London” and used extreme violence if necessary. By the late 1940’s London gangster Jack Spot who was friends with boxing promoter Jack Solomons became very wealthy and was residing in Hyde Park in London’s West End. In 1953 gangster Jack Spot once attempted to muscle in on Paul Raymond’s lucrative pornography business in Soho later known as the “square mile of vice” by seeking “Protection Money“. The murky world of Paul Raymond engaged the services of “Godfather” of the “criminal underworld” “Billy Hill” to protect his interests. Though gangster Jack Spot and Billy Hill were once mutually connected they weren’t now. By 1961 Raymond opened “Bal Tabarin Club” in Hanover Square, frequented by celebrities and by regular gangsters like The Kray Twins. “Soft Porn KingPaul Raymond had to injure numerous “Extortion and Protection Threats” from the “Criminal Underworld” between the 1950’s to 1970’s. It was reported the IRA even attempted to “Extort and offer Protection” after this period? By 1956 other London gangsters had muscled in and Jack Spot was made Bankrupt.. Jack Spot then had a short-lived association with the up and coming Kray Twins before they switched and worked with London gangland Boss Billy Hill. In 1950’s Ex-Boxer Selwyn Cooney was the manager of Gangster Billy Hill’s London nightclub Cabinet Club in Soho was smashed to pulp with a bullet wound to his temple attributed between a London gangland War. Only a few days earlier Ex-Boxer Selwyn Cooney frequented the Pen Club in Duval Street where he had a fracas with another London gangster Jimmy Nash.

In 1954 dyslexic Michael Heseltine who has since gravitated to Lord Heseltine was once president of the Oxford Union and saw the potential to convert an old wine cellar into a small drinking den to help raise funds for the Union. Lord Heseltine then invited the controversial Lady Docker to open the small event. Lady Docker was a friend ofBilly Hill” “Godfather” to the “Criminal Underworld“. After the event Lady Docker sent a donation of £600 to the Union. In the early 1950’s Lord Heseltine bought a number of run down boarding houses with his first business partner Ian Josephs. One of these was called “New Court Hotel – knocking Shop” at 45 Inverness Terrace, London W2. Lord Heseltine and Ian Joseph would then let the rooms out to predominatelyCommercial Travellers” during the week. Then at the weekends, the rooms would be frequented bysexually frustratedAmerican GI’s and prostitutes. Around 1957 Lord Heseltine and his friend Ian Josephs decided to sever their partnership and sell their “New Court HotelKnocking Shop” at 45 Inverness Terrace, London W2. The criminal slum landlord Peter Rackman was interested in acquiring the property and sent around his sidekick and partner in crime Lt-Col George Sinclair to inspect it. Whilst Lord Heseltine and Lt-Col George Sinclair were talking outside the criminal and notorious slum landlord Peter Rachman dropped by in his Rolls RoyceLt-Col George Sinclair then said to Peter Rachmana little child was killed this morning, she slipped off the balcony – from one of our properties, Peter Rachman replied, “were we insured?”, yes, replied the Lt-Col George Sinclair, Peter Rachman then drove off. Peter Rachman acquired “New Court HotelKnocking Shop” and turned part of it into an “illegal gambling den” and let the rooms to prostitutes. Peter Rackman and his sidekick Lt-Col George Sinclair made much of their wealth themselves by renting rooms to “Prostitutes” and the operation of small nightclubs which were used in part as “illegal gambling dens” as well as being notorious “Slum Landlords“.  Peter Rackman and his sidekick Lt-Col George Sinclair controlled an army of rent collectors and enforcers who intimidated tenants and would use brutal force to evict low paying tenants, if that failed they would fill vacant rooms with “Black Men” to force out the unwilling tenants. No one forced Lord Heseltine to do business with these criminals Lt-Col George Sinclair and Peter Rackman it should have been a conscious decision on the part of Lord Heseltine to walk away. Instead Lord Heseltine embraced the opportunity of doing business with these two low-life criminals Lt-Col George Sinclair and Peter Rackman on commercial grounds for “PROFIT”. In the early 1960’s Lord Heseltine and his partner Clive Labovitch acquired a seventy acre site with planning permission to build 126 houses. However both the design and shoddy build was dismal and was constantly beset with repair problems. By 1962 – 63 Lord Heseltine would write cheques out with deliberate errors to ensure the cheques were returned to buy time. Lord Heseltine avoided “Bankruptcyby the skin of his teeth by only paying bills when threatened with legal action. Believe it or not, Michael Heseltine later became The Secretary of State for the Department of Trade & Industry under the Thatcher government and then Deputy Prime Minister under the John Major Government?

The notorious London gangster Billy Hill master-minded major “Robberies” and later organised “Illegal Gambling Events“. Billy Hill was born into a “Criminal Family” and committed his first stabbing at the tender age of just fourteen years old. Billy Hill served time in Prison for burgling a warehouse in the 1940’s. He was extradited from South Africa for assault. Billy Hill once said; “I am always careful to draw my knife down on the face, never across or upwards. Always down. So that if the knife slips you don’t cut an artery. After all, chivving is chivving, but cutting an artery is usually murder. Only mugs do murder“. Billy Hill was mentor to The Kray Twins in later years. Ex-Boxer turned Gangster George Walker who later founded Brent Walker Group that eventually went bust was a friend and earlier worked for “Gangster” Billy Hill of the London “Criminal Underworld”. Ex-Gangster and Ex-Convict George Walker also concluded business with Ex-Bankrupt Sir Frederick Barclay and Sir David Barclay in the late 1980’s. Gangster Billy Hill’s close friends included: Lady Docker, The notorious slum landlord Peter Rachman, Ex-Gangster, Ex-Convict George Walker and Prostitute Mandy Rice-Davies from the John Profumo scandal.

In the early 1950’s John Aspinall was operating illegal clandestine gambling parties and “Chemin de fer” as the principal game being played. For the gullible wealthy elite it was an expensive evening’s entertainment. John Aspinal and Ian Maxwell-Scott would book a room at a venue like The Ritz Hotel in London to host the “private Chemmy Parties“. John Aspinall was once asked by a member of The Ritz Hotel staff, why The Ritz Hotel? John Aspinall replied, because it’s a lot cheaper than “Clariges!” In 1953 John Aspinall met by chance John Burke in London an exceptional card player in his own right. John Aspinall and John Burke later teamed up together to host “private Chemmy Parties” for London’s wealthy elite that included The Duke of Devonshire, Ian Fleming, Lord Lucan, Earl of Derby and Lucian Freud to name but a few and fleeced them all. They also operated from The Cromwellian Club in South Kensington.

1956 Max Stein owned Max Parker chain of bookmakers. Cyril Stein himself ran a credit-betting office in central London. East Ender Cyril Stein and his uncle Max Stein went into partnership and acquired Ladbrokes Betting Chain for £100,000.

1957 Gangsters Charlie, Reggie and Ronnie Kray opened an illegal gambling den at a property in close proximity to Bow Street Police Station called “Wellington Way Club”, which it is said Rummy, Blackjack and Faro were played. The Kray Twins would later arrange protection for some of the notorious London gangster “Billy Hill’s Chemmy Parties

1957 Lady Mary Osborne who is the grandmother of The Rt. Hon. George Osborne M.P. the current Chancellor of the Exchequer fell-foul of the law as she often did and had her London residence raided by the Police and was arrested for allowing illegal gambling on her premises whilst her first child John Aspinall and his partner in crime John Burke operated the illegal gambling event where “Chemin de Fer” the preferred game was being played by “24 blue blooded wealthy individuals” which included The Queen’s racehorse trainer Bernard van Cutsem, The Earl of Derby and The Duke of Devonshire. It has been widely reported that Lady Mary Osborne often bribed Metropolitan Police Officers to turn a blind eye. Lady Mary Osborne defence counsel Gilbert Beyfus said; “the laws under which the three were charged are a complete jungle going back to 1854”. It was a friendly game, he insisted. Deputy Chairman of the London sessions told the jury gambling is unlawful only if it brings profit to someone, (Which it did), if the premises are used constantly for gambling or if the players do not have an equal chance (Which they did not – they were fleeced even though Aspinall and Burke automatically took between 5 – 10%). He directed the jury to return the verdict of “Innocent?” (They were guilty as hell). The “Blue Blooded Individual Gamblers” were given a caution and fined accordingly. John Aspinall’s father was not Dr Robert Stavali Aspinall as first thought? John Aspinall’s natural father was a soldier stationed in India called George Bruce.  John Aspinall’s mother was called Mary Grace Horn who married Dr Robert Stavali Aspinall then she married Sir George Osborne. One of their children was called Sir Peter Osborne who in 1968 co-founded wallpaper designers “Osborne and Little” with his brother-in-law Antony Little. The Rt. Hon. George Osborne M.P. The Chancellor of the Exchequer holds a financial interest in “Trust” and is the son of Sir Peter Osborne and the grandson of Lady Mary Osborne.

The Home Secretary R.A. Butler and the Lord Chancellor Lord Kilmuir introduced a Bill to the House of Lords “The Betting and Gaming Act 1960”, which shortly took effect and legalised the legitimacy of casinos including private clubs and bingo halls in Great Britain. 

The 1960 Gaming Act 

1960. Stefan de Faye operated the Esmeralda’s Barn in Wilton Place in Knightsbridge a night club and illegal gambling den. Peter Rackman owned the property and at the same time was being hounded by The Kray Twins who wanted “Protection Money” from him. Peter Rachman tested The Kray twins and bounced a cheque on them. What worried Peter Rackman most, The Kray Twins would demand more in the future. Peter Rackman had his own army of heavyweight intimidating rent collectors and enforcers so Peter Rackman held out but not for long. Peter Rackman gave The Kray’s his interest in Emeralda’s Barn in London and the agreement was to leave his business interests alone. Stefan de Faye remained a “shadow director“. Rachman died in 1962.  The location of The Kray Twin’s – Esmeralda’s Barn the illegal gambling den is now where The Berkeley Hotel now stands, which Ex-Bankrupt Sir Frederick Barclay and Sir David Barclay now hold an interest?

Les Ambassadeurs

In the early 1960’s Siegi Sessler and Polish immigrant with a dubious reputationJohn Mills” a former heavyweight boxing champion also known as John Mellsten, John Millsten and John Milstein obtained a gaming licence at “Les Ambassadeurs“. The compulsive and reckless gambler The Earl Derby became the first major victim of a “bent game” (cheating) when he lost an estimated £160,000, which was serious money in the early 1960’s. John Mills was a close friend of boxing promoter Jack Solomons who himself owned a chain of bookmakers. Jack Solomons also had direct connections with theCriminal Underworld“.

In 1961 at a party held at Cliveden the home of Viscount Astor where John Profumo the Secretary of State for War first met Christine Keeler an attractive prostitute. John Profumo became infatuated with Christine Keeler and they had an affair. The problem was Ms Christine Keeler was also having sexual liaisons with a senior Soviet naval attaché. Christine Keeler who rented her accommodation from the notorious landlord Peter Rackman, noted for renting his properties to prostitutes because they achieved higher rental income. Peter Rackman himself had an invite at Viscount Astor’s – Clivedon residence. To compound the problem by the end of 1962, there was a shooting incident between two men in London that were both involved with Christine Keeler. The press investigated and all hell broke loose. John Profumo latter resigned.

The notorious London gangster Eddie Richardson and Mad Frankie Fraser who ran a company called “Atlantic Machines” that installed fruit machines in Clubs, Gambling Dens and Pubs including The Raymond Revuebar. Atlantic Machines was part-bankrolled by “The Godfather of the London Criminal Underworld” Billy Hill,

In 1962 Porn King Paul Raymond needed to increase his cash flow with the idea of setting up a table for “Roulette and Chemin de fer” at his cabaret strip joint at the Raymond Revuebar in Soho. In 1964 the Police prosecuted Paul Raymond for allowing “Unlawful Gaming” on the premises. The lost making Bal Tabarin Club was sold to Danny La Rue in 1964.  In 1982 Ex-gangster and Ex-Convict George Walker’s – Brent Walker Group distributed the film “Erotica” on behalf of the Paul Raymond Organisation. In the late 1980’s Ex-Bankrupt Sir Frederick Barclay and Sir David Barclay embraced Ex-Gangster and Ex-Convict George Walker of Brent Walker in the disposal of their breweries. Of course, The Barclay Brothers themselves could have walked away from dealing with Ex-Gangster and Ex-Convict George Walker and Brent Walker? It was a conscious decision on the part of The Barclay Brothers to conclude business with this Ex-Gangster and Ex-Convict for profit?

The Clermont Club

In 1962 John Aspinall founded The Clermont Club in Berkeley Square, London. Shady John Aspinall’s members included: shady Tiny Rowland, asset strippers Sir James Goldsmith and Jim Slater and murderer Lord Lucan who later murdered his nanny to name but a few. Dominick Elwes a former inmate at HM Wormwood Scrubs and a member of the “Clermont Set” “broke the code” within the secretive “Clermont Set” and was ostracised. In 1975 Dominick Elwes committed suicide.  Shady John Aspinall income from the “fixed table charge” was not sufficient? John Aspinall’s partner in crime John Burke introduced John Aspinall to gangster Billy Hill a major player in the “Criminal Underworld”. Gangster Billy Hill and his criminal associates would cheat members of The Clermont Club out of £Millions and split this with John Aspinall thanks to a sophisticated gambling con called “The Big Edge”. The con scheme existed in three parts:

  • Making the cards by bending them over a steel roller in a small mangle and then repacking them.
  • Employing card sharks.
  • Skimming the profits.

By 1965 John Burke resigned his post at the Clermont Club suspecting a proposed investigation.

Wormwood Scrubs 

Wormwood Scrubs Prison 

1962 “Norman Barrington Cork” who later became a close friend to Ex-Bankrupt Sir Frederick Barclay and Sir David Barclay worked in the family insolvency business of W.H. Cork Gully. Norman Barrington Cork teamed-up with former Conservative M.P. Sir Victor Raikes, East Ender Cyril Stein and his father Mark Stein and incorporated a company in Malta called Kursaal Company with the view to establishing a casino in Malta. It was decided they would team up with two experienced German Aristocrat casino operators: Baron Klaus Ulrich von dem Hagen – who already owned casinos in Germany and Baron Hartmann von Richthofen – nephew of the Great War flying ace “The Red Baron” who operated casinos in Greece. Kursaal Company acquired a 120 lease on a site known as “St Julians” that included the palace which was formally owned by The Marquis Scicluna for £130,000. The Maltase Government agreed to the casino being established “Dragonara Palace Casino” subject to a 200 bedroom hotel being erected. In order to raise the capital, an approach was made to Mark Stein. Mark Stein and Cyril Stein who acquired Ladbroke Group “betting shop chain” back in 1956 that later ventured into casinos, which were latter raided by the Police in 1979, their casino licences revoked on the grounds of Police Corruption and the use of Prostitutes Immoral Earnings”. Sir David Barclay retained an interest in Ladbrokes when Hyde Park Casinos Limited was acquired by Ladbrokes subsidiary Ladup Limited back in 1975.

The River Club

1963 Captain Leo Ponte who later married Lady Jennifer Curzon owned The River Club on The Embankment in London where gambling took place, “Chemin de fer” was often played. The River Club operated from the former headquarters of Sir Oswald Moseley’sBlackshirts – British Union of Fascists“. Captain Leo Ponte later became co-founder and director of Hyde Park Casinos Limited that operated the Park Lane Casino Club with fellow director and shareholder Sir David Barclay and Jack Solomons who frequented the “Criminal Underworld” including The Kray Twins. Ironically both Captain Leo Ponte and shady John Aspinall of the Osborne Family married into the Penn CurzonEarl Howe aristocratic familiesSir Oswald Mosley was a former Conservative and Labour Member of Parliament. Sir Oswald Mosley married Lady Cynthia Curzon in 1920. Sir Oswald Mosley also had extended affairs with his wife’s younger sister Lady Alexandra Metcalfe and with their stepmother Grace Curzon. Disillusioned with mainstream politics Sir Oswald Mosley formed the “New Party” which later evolved and merged with the “British Union of Fascists” that included the “Blackshirts”. The B.U.F. opposed free trade and was associated closely with Nazi Germany – Hitler’s ideology. In 1933 his wife Lady Cynthia Curzon died and Sir Oswald Mosley married his mistress Diana Guinness, formally Diana Freeman-Mitford in 1936 in Berlin with guests that included Joseph Goebbels and Adolf Hitler. Former Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin described Sir Oswald Mosley as “a cad and a wrong “un”. In 1936 in Cable Street in the East End of London a notorious London Gangster Jack “Spot” Comer attained local legendary status as “Champion of the Jews” when he felled “Roughneck” a professional wrestler and body guard of Sir Oswald Mosley during the clash between the British Union of Fascists and the Anti-Fascists and Communists Groups.

1963 A political scandal was brewing, Tom Driberg later to become Lord Driberg made no secret of his homosexuality, which he practised throughout his life despite it being a criminal offence in Britain until 1967. He first met Gangster Ronnie Kray in 1963 who at this point, along with his twin brother Reggie operated or “protected by extortion” a number of clubs and gambling dens and combined his homosexual lifestyle with an unvarying devotion to Anglo-Catholicism. Tom Driberg was a friend of Lord Boothby and Lord Boothby had an illicit homosexual affair with a thief called Mr Leslie Holt where they met at The Kray Twins Esmeralda’s Barn the illegal gambling den. Leslie Holt then introduced Lord Boothby to Ronnie Kray who in-turn supplied young men to Lord Boothby and arranged orgies in Cedra Court in return he offered Ronnie Kray access to the British Establishment by entertaining him for dinner at the House of Lords and drinks at the gentleman’s club “Whites” in St James’s. Ronnie Kray reciprocated latter by entertaining Lord Boothby at the Society Club in Jermyn Street in St James’s, unfortunately for Lord Boothby he was photographed sitting with Ronnie Kray, a teenage boy and two other criminals Billie Exley and Charlie Clark on a couch, which later found its way to “Fleet Street”. By 1964 The Conservative lead “Sunday Express” uncovered the story between Lord Boothby and his association with The Krays but decided not to run the story? Unfortunately The Labour lead “Sunday Mirror” did run the story. Both the Conservative Party and the Labour Party decided to work together to kill the story as each party had a member involved “Tom Driberg MP and Lord Boothby” in the scandal. Both parties backed Lord Boothby’s denial of any wrongdoing and it worked? The Mirror Newspaper paid Lord Boothby £40K in damages. Harold Macmillan the Conservative Prime Minister and a relation of Ex-Bankrupt Sir Frederick Barclay’s Ex-son-in-law Richard Faber was nicknamed “Supermac” and “Mac the Knife” at the time of widespread cabinet changes in 1962. MacMillan resigned in 1963 after one scandal after another and was succeeded by Alec Douglas-Home.  Unfortunately, Alec Douglas-Home was unable to heel the scandals and The Conservative Party lost the general election. The Labour Party took a narrow majority of four seats and Harold Wilson became Prime Minister.

1964 Dragonara Palace Casino had its grand opening. Baron Klaus Ulrich von dem Hagen and Baron Hartmann von Richt-hofen were known as the “German Syndicate” and were contracted to manage the Dragonara Palace Casino until 1984.

1965 Sir Victor Raikes resigned from the board of Kursaal Company. Sir Victor Raikes recalls an interesting event when Max (Mark) Stein, Cyril Stein’s uncle went to the Dragonara Palace Casino in Malta with his own bodyguard, “bodyguards are common place at this casino”, where a member at the casino known as “Mafia Joe” with his own bodyguard by the name of “Freddie the Killer”. Sir Victor Raikes continued, there was some ill feeling between “Max (Mark) Stein and Mafia Joe”, but trouble between them evaporated rapidly when it became clear “Freddie the Killer” was far to menacing for Max Stein’s own bodyguard.

1965 Mr Hubert Wethered Thorn was appointed Vice Chairman of Kursaal Company, who was the senior partner at Stilgoes a London law firm. Stilgoes were also Ladbrokes corporate lawyers.

1966 East Ender Cyril Stein became chairman of Kursaal Company, incorporated in Malta, which owned the “Dragonara Palace Casino”. This was at an era when regulation was predominately non-existent and the criminal underworld ruled the roast. Funny, but true, East Ender Cyril Stein’s father was called “Honest Jack?” who worked for the London & Provincial Sporting News Agency, which relayed information between off-course bookmakers and racecourses.

1966 Baron Klaus Ulrich von dem Hagen and Baron Hartmann von Richt-hofen were known as the “German Syndicate” sold their interests in the casino to Ladbrokes for £53,000.

The Colony Club

1966 Meyer (Milver) Lansky and his business partner Charles “Lucky” Luciano man reputed to be connected to the inner circle of the Mafia. It is reputed that Mr Lansky funded the Colony Club Casino in Berkeley Square, London. Hollywood actor and gambler, George Raft and a friend of Mr Lansky was involved in a number of casinos from Las Vegas to The Bahamas and had his own name above the door of The Colony Club in London. It is claimed Meyer Lansky still retained interests in several other London Casinos between 1966 – 1975. It is reputed that George Raft was a friend of Geoffrey Allen a property developer and arsonist who was closely acquainted with Reggie, Charles and Ronnie Kray.

1967 Ladbrokes built the 200 bedroom hotel in Malta at a cost of just over £1 Million. A 20 year management agreement was signed with the Sheraton Corporation. But Stein retained the casino operation and Sheraton Corporations contract was terminated in 1972. Kursaal Company then acquired The Grand Hotel Vardala in Malta. 

The Gaming Act 1968 

Reggie and Ronnie Kray gang known as “The Firm”, were involved with a history of Armed Robberies, Arson, Protection Rackets, Assaults and the Murder of Jack “The Hat” McVitie and George Cornell. They were both arrested in May 1968 and convicted and sentenced to life in prison in 1969.

1970 There were just 120 licensed gaming clubs (casinos) in Great Britain with moderately operating within a framework of legal control since the Gaming Act of 1968 came into force.

1970 Judah Binstock a London solicitor was forced to relinquish his interests in the Victoria Sporting Club in London due to his illegal activities. It has been reported Judah Binstock had in-direct links to the Mafia from the United States. Judah Binstock sold his casino interests to Cyril Levan. A few years later, the DTI undertook an investigation into Judah Binstock business affairs, Judah Binstock quickly left for Marbella, Spain in 1977.  A report in The Economist in 1979 described Mr Binstock as a “fugitive financier“. He has since been arrested in Spain.

Pair of Shoes Casino

1971 Lord Thomas of Remenham, chairman of “The Pair of Shoes Casino” in Hertford Street, Mayfair, London, was raided by the Police in May and allegedly involved in “Mafia – Organised “Gambling Junkets” According to Detective Sergeant William Petley of Scotland Yard the organised junkets were more or less front men and the people behind them were the big organised crime syndicates of America. It is claimed by Noel Souter part owner of the casino that the appointment of Lord Thomas to the board “to cloak it” with a little respectability.

The Westminster licensing Authority were told by senior Scotland Yard Police Officers that both directors Mr Noel Souter and Mr Derek Dagger were in contact with and being controlled by influences from America which to put it at its lowest are very highly undesirable. Lord Thomas of Remenham said, “Quite obviously” I was hoodwinked into believing these people were running a respectable operation. More surprisingly Lord Thomas went on to say he took the position as chairman after an approach from a former very senior Scotland Yard Police Officer?

The American Members of The Pair of Shoes Casino include: Matty Ianello, Benny Cohen, Frank Cee, Jay Fontana and Ted Linker. Detective Sergeant William Petley of Scotland Yard’s criminal intelligence unit said, Matty Ianello was connected to the Mafia and the others were connected with other organised crime syndicates in America.

Evidence compiled by Commander David Dilly of the Criminal Intelligence Bureau suggests that some of the casino operators have now come under pressure to accept financial backing from other sources? The Organised Criminal Syndicates?

The Penthouse Club

1971 The Penthouse Casino Club in London with its scantily dressed hostesses lost its gaming licence in September due to its connections with organised crime syndicates. The gaming licence was held by a syndicate of businessmen, one of them, Mr John Halifax Weller-Poley a former “High Sheriff” of Suffolk in 1965 said, “I had no idea what was going on?” It is claimed the club had “regularly engaged in business transactions with undesirable criminal elements in the United States of America. Allegations that deals were done by the club for the financial benefit of both sides. Americans were able to gamble in the club illegally.

1971 Born in the East End of London Cyril Stern’s Ladbroke Group purchased the tarnished and infested by American Mafia “The Pair of Shoes Casino” in Hertford Street, London W1 for £160,000. Damn Cyril Stern and Ladbrokes by association.

Hyde Park Casinos Limited

Hyde Park Casinos Limited was initially formed in 1970 for the purpose to operate a casino. By 1971 Sir David Barclay joined the board and held 36,667 of the shares. Fellow co-directors included: Henry Kaye who held 13,333 shares and a senior partner of Davies Arnold & Coopers law firm, Norman Barrington Cork who was unqualified but worked in-part within the family insolvency practice WH Cork Gully and who had close ties with the unscrupulous Max and Cyril Stern founders of The Ladbroke Group. Then there was Captain Leo Ponte who married into the aristocratic “Curzon – Earl Howe” family as did another casino operator the unscrupulous and shady John Aspinall the son of Lady Mary Osborne. Another director of Hyde Park Casinos Limited was Ex-Boxing Promoter Jack Solomons who himself frequented the “Criminal Underworld”.

Park Lane Casino Club

By 1972 Hyde Park Casinos Limited held the gaming licence of the Park Lane Casino Club situated at 24 Hertford Street, London W1 next door to The Londonderry House Hotel. The Londonderry House Hotel was owned by Ex-Bankrupt Sir Frederick Barclay and Sir David Barclay via Gestplan Hotels Limited which was financed by The Crown Agents and whom they were introduced by Henry Kaye and his partner in crime Jack Walker another lawyer of the same firm. By 1976 Ex-Bankrupt Sir Frederick Barclay and Sir David Barclay were “Massively Personally Financially Insolvent” and on the brink of Bankruptcy. They defaulted on their loan payments. Norman Barrington Cork was instrumental at this point which I outline in detail in my book. The Barclay Brothers debt was artificially sold for a measly £3 Million and the Barclay Brothers in 1978 reclaimed control of their assets which breached their financial declarations with The Crown Agents of 1976. The UK Taxpayer lost £6.5 Million excluding compound interest.

Jack Solomons was brought up above a fishmongers shop in the East End of London. He later became a boxer turned boxing promoter and was part of the “Criminal Underworld” if not, Jack Solomons certainly frequented it. The stench of Corruption and Fight Fixing in Boxing has always existed. In 1948 at the Harringay Arena in North London British and European heavyweight champion Bruce Woodcock “knocked out” Lee Oma? On paper this would have been an incredible victory. In reality it was a “Match-Fix”.  American boxer Lee Oma was a serious threat but on the night Lee Oma sauntered around the ring scarcely throwing a punch in the first three rounds. In the fourth he crashed to the canvas and was counted out after Woodcock landed a right to the jaw. Jack Solomons who promoted the event had allegedly paid a bribe of £5,000 to Lee Oma to “lie down”. Jack Solomons associated himself with the London “Criminal Underworld” that included Jack “Spot” Comer, Billy Hill and The Kray Twins. Ex-Boxer Freddie Mills a friend of Jack Solomons was introduced to The Kray Twins through Jack Solomons. Freddie Mills was shoot dead outside his nightclub in mysterious circumstances. Benny Huntman a former boxer himself ventured into boxing management and shared an office with Jack Solomons in Great Windmill Street in London. Benny Huntman would negotiate the purses of boxers on both sides of the Atlantic, many of whom were under the control of the American Mafia. No one forced Sir David Barclay to become a shareholder and director of a company called Hyde Park Casinos Limited in 1971 which operated the Park Lane Casino Club. It should have been a conscious decision on the part of Sir David Barclay to walk away from this “Immoral Industry” and those associate with it, instead Sir David Barclay embraced it on commercial grounds for “PROFIT”. It is highly plausible “Jack Solomons” was offering the “Protection” for the “Park Lane Casino Club” at the time.

According to The Sunday Telegraph, the Maxwell name remains mud, with the power to damn by association, even where there are NO similarities? When the Serious Fraud Office arrested billionaires Vincent and Robert Tchenguiz, it was reported in The Sunday Telegraph that they shared an office in Park Lane, London with Kevin Maxwell once Great Britain’s biggest ever bankrupt? So the same must apply to Sir David Barclay and Ex-Bankrupt Sir Frederick Barclay putting aside for one moment their own chequered past, if they themselves associate with other businessmen who are each known to be either Corrupt, Shady and others with connections with the “Criminal Underworld” tarnished and/or with a chequered past with the power to damn by association?

1972 John Aspinall sold The Clermont Club to Victor Lownes of Playboy Enterprises for £500,000. This must have raised a few eyebrows? This was a lucrative casino for John Aspinall, why would he sell out for just £500K?

In 1973 The Gaming Board and the police sought an adjournment of an application to the Torbay licensing authority for renewal of the gaming licence. For Carlton Casino in Torquay on the grounds that the licensee was not a “fit and proper” person to be the holder of the gaming licence.  An ex-patron entered the casino on the 21st December 1973 after first shooting a police officer, then killed two members of staff and one club member and wounded two other club members. He was convicted of murder in 1974.

In 1973, Sir David Barclay resigned as director of Hyde Park Casinos Limited that operated the Park Lane Casino. Furthermore, Sir David Barclay deliberately failed to mention this directorship on all of his past, current and future directorships, which one is legally required to do. Something to hide Sir David Barclay? However, Sir David Barclay remained a shareholder of Hyde Park Casinos Limited. The most revealing is in the book.

1974 Ladbroke Group sold its controlling interest 52.59% in Kursaal Company to Mark Stein Voluntary Settlement a trust formed in 1956 and named after Cyril Stein’s late uncle Max Stein for just over £1 Million. The Marks Stein Voluntary Settlement now controls 65% of Kursaal Company.

1975 Mr John Tsigarides who once held the gaming licence of the Carlton Club Casino when a gunman shot dead four people including a former police woman admitted to inciting an associate to suggest that a potential witness should give false evidence or not give evidence was convicted of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and attempting to pervert the course of justice for which he received three concurrent two year prison sentences.

1975 Pleasurama Limited is in dispute over the ownership of its associate company Mayfair Casinos Ltd – The directors of Pleasurama alleges that the major shareholder Chippa Limited is in breach of a shareholders agreement.

In 1975 there were just 130 licensed casinos in the whole of the UK. The police issued 108 cautions and initiated 82 prosecutions with 56 warrants being issued within this immoral industry. I shudder to think how many evaded criminal detection?

Cyril Stern’s – Ladbroke Group acquires

Hyde Park Casinos Limited

Park Lane Casino Club

1975, The Directors of Ladbroke Group and Ladup Limited took control of Hyde Park Casinos Limited. Sir David Barclay himself did not sell-out completely and transferred / acquired an interest in East Ender “Cyril Sterns” Ladbroke Group or one of Ladbroke’s subsidiary companies.

The four London casinos now operating under both Hyde Park Casinos Limited and Ladup Limited were:

  • Park Lane Casino Club – 24 Hertford Street, London W1
  • Hertford Club (formally The Pair of Shoes Casino) – Hertford Street, London
  • Ladbroke Club – Hill Street, London W1
  • Hyde Park Casino Club – Curzon Street, London W1 (Not yet opened)

1975 A professional gambler Mr Giacomo Marsaglia pleaded guilty together with his wife to defraud the Hertford Club Casino together with crooked croupiers and gaming inspectors. He was sentenced to four years in prison, which was later reduced to two years. Five others were to stand trial later.

1975 Casanova Club in London dismissed 69 croupiers and gaming staff in 1974. Fifteen of them were members of the TGWU Union. The management of the casino said, this was due to “current economic trends”.  However, the casino was extending the casino at a cost of £200,000 two months earlier and made a pre-tax profit of £1 Million last year. They are now claiming compensation from its owners Mayfair Casinos Limited. Mr Andrew Love, Company Secretary of Mayfair Casinos Limited that operates The Casanova Club claimed in a letter to staff “the reason for their dismissal was on the grounds of “participation in the strike and absence of duty”, which had nothing to do with earlier statements made by the company?

1975 Former bunny girl at the Playboy Club Patricia McLeavey at the Hertford Club Casino was one of several involved in a plot to rig games of blackjack and roulette. Ms McLeavey said in court, “It is not the glamour world it is made out to be, it’s full of pressures, threats and violence. It’s a very dangerous job, which only leads to trouble and tears.

1975 J. Coral Holdings plc, owners of Crockford’s Casino and the Palm Beach Casino in Mayfair are at the centre of a fraud squad investigation on financial irregularities within their casino division.

Shady Financier David “Spotty” Rowland

loans desperate Sir David Barclay £720,000

1976 Controversial and a Shady Financer David “Spotty” Rowland via his company Williams Hudson Group Limited loaned Sir David Barclay £720,000. The security Sir David Barclay gave his “Shady Financer Friend” David “Spotty” Rowland was an agreement constituted by an exchange of letters dated 13th October 1976 and 8th November 1976 that in the event of Sir David Barclay defaulting on the loan David “Spotty” Rowland had the right to receive the sum of £720,000 payable by unscrupulous “Cyril Sterns” – Ladbroke Group Limited and/or Hyde Park Casinos Limited.

According to The Sunday Torygraph, the Maxwell name remains mud, with the power to damn by association, even where there are NO similarities? When the Serious Fraud Office arrested billionaires Vincent and Robert Tchenguiz, it was reported in The Sunday Torygraph that they shared an office in Park Lane, London with Kevin Maxwell, once Great Britain’s biggest ever bankrupt? So the same must apply to Sir David Barclay and Ex-Bankrupt Sir Frederick Barclay putting aside for one moment their own chequered past, if they themselves associate with other businessmen who are each known to be either Corrupt, Shady and another with connections with the “Criminal Underworld” tarnished and/or with a chequered past with the power to damn by association?

1976 Controversial and Shady Financer David “Spotty” Rowland who controls William Hudson Group acquired a 29% stake in Pleasurama, a casino group.

1976 Mr Charles Johncock, a gaming inspector at Palm Beach Casino, a Mayfair Casino in Berkeley Street, London was offered a bribe, which could have totalled £100,000 to let somebody fix a roulette wheel. The accused include: Former casino operator Bruce Stout, Former croupier and employee of Palm Beach Casino John Spiller, An Austrian nightclub owner Fritz Mielnikowicz and former London nightclub owner Basil Newton from Las Vegas. It is claimed Mr Stout said they were engaged with certain people who have been hitting a number of casinos, in one case £3.5 Million was obtained.

1976 Ms Virginia Grey pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the Park Lane Casino Club at 24 Hertford Street, London W1 where Sir David Barclay retained some kind of interest in the club.

1977 Polish immigrant and of a dubious reputation “John Mills” a former heavyweight boxing champion and close friend of Ex-Boxing Promoter Jack Solomons and known under such names as John Mellsten, John Millsten and John Milstein held the gaming licence of the Le Cercle Club.  John Mills was prosecuted for failing to deliver cheques for payment within the time prescribed. They were effectively granting unlawful credit. 

1977 Mr Andreas Christensen, marketing executive at Ladbrokes Casino Division was paying a Miss Nicole Lafevre a prostitute to “Seduce and Obtain Information” from an employee of a rival casino (The Playboy Club). Surely not?

Sir David Barclay who retained an interest with Cyril Stern when he transferred his interest in Hyde Park Casinos Limited to Ladbrokes Group subsidiary Ladup Limited – Does this not constitute – living off immoral earnings Sir David in one form or another?” Surely not?

1977 Kursaal Company then acquired a 50% holding in a hotel in Taormina, Sicily. Cyril Stein had hoped to establish a casino there and sent one of his colleagues over to Sicily. Mr Walsh asked “what’s the form here?” the reply was short and sweet, “no chance”. Mr Walsh quickly came to the conclusion, if a casino was to be established, it was going to be Mafia controlled.

1977 Sir Kenneth Cork a senior Partner of Cork Gully resigns as a director of Cyril Stern’s Ladbroke Group to become Mayor of London between 1978-1979.

1977  David “Spotty” Rowland, a controversial shady financer William Hudson Group disposed of their 29% stake in Pleasurama, a casino group to Grand Metropolitan Group. Mr Thomas the Managing Director of Pleasurama said last night that he was glad that the shares were now in “firm” hands, we were not happy about the way the shares were floating around

1978 Grand Metropolitan Group which holds a 21 year lease on premises at The Ritz Hotel was granted a consent certificate by the Gaming Board from the 1st July to its subsidiary Mecca Casinos. The Casino will be operated by Templelock in collaboration with the Pleasurama Casino Group.

1977 It is alleged senior personnel at Ladbrokes Casino Division were corrupting Police Sergeant Brian Crowston of Nottinghamshire Police Force to supply them with confidential information from the Police National Computer on wealthy individuals Ladbrokes had sourced from other rival casinos and to entice them to their London Casinos? That is very unprofessional isn’t it Sir David Barclay? Ladbrokes London Casinos generated around £20 Million in profits? 

  • Park Lane Casino Club – 24 Hertford Street, London W1
  • Hertford Club (formally The Pair of Shoes Casino) – Hertford Street, London
  • Ladbroke Club – Hill Street, London W1
  • Hyde Park Casino Club – Curzon Street, London W1

In 1978 there were just 127 licensed gaming clubs (casinos) in the whole of the UK. 1977 – 1978 the estimated drop totalled £727 Million.  Gaming Allegations: Conspiracy to defraud 23 cases. Theft 4 cases. Handling Stolen Property 4 cases. Possessing Drugs 1 case. 14 sentences of imprisonment within this immoral industry. I shudder to think how many evaded criminal detection?

The Casanova Club

1978 Pleasurama Limited sold its 25% stake in Mayfair Casinos Limited that owns The Casanova Club casino in Mayfair to Chippa Limited for £1.15 Million. This is controlled by Shady Financier David “Spotty” Rowland

Maxim’s Casino Club

1978 Maxim’s Casino ClubSir David Barclay and Shady financier “David Spotty Rowland” and later ex-bankrupt Frederick Barclay now (Sir Frederick Barclay) were directors of Lydiashourne Limited, which held the gaming licence to Maxims Casino Club in London. In October 1980 Sir David Barclay, Shady Financer David Rowland and Ex-Bankrupt Frederick Barclay sold Lydiashourne Limited to a businessman from the Middle East a Mr Abdul Wahab Galadari for £3.5 Million. The Gaming Board of Great Britain objected to the renewal of this casino licence on the grounds that the new Dubai owner previous connection with gaming, claiming Mr Galadari had been a compulsive gambler. In June 1981 The West London Licensing Justices renewed the license. On the 18th December 1981 The Gaming Board appealed against the renewal at the Middlesex Crown Court and which was upheld. Formal judgment was deferred to enable the club to be disposed of to an operator acceptable to the Gaming Board. In March 1982, Pleasurama Limited acquired Maxims Casino Club for £5.3 Million.

1978 May. Shady Financier “David Spotty Rowland” acquired Chippa Limited. In August, Shady financier “David Spotty Rowland” changed the company name to Mayfair Casino Management Limited, which controls The Casanova Club Rowland also controls Mayfair Casinos Limited. A loan agreement dated 18th December 1978 made between Mayfair Casino Management Limited and The First National Bank of Boston for the sum of £1.2 Million. All loans made by Mayfair Casino Management Limited from time to time to “Lydiashourne Limited” and all security which it may from time to time hold in respect thereof. Mayfair Casino Management Limited acquired the remaining 25% interest in Mayfair Casinos Limited from Pleasurama Limited.

1978 Mrs Gitti Milinaire the daughter-in-law of the Duchess of Bedford, married her son Didier a year earlier gambled away £3 Million in London casinos. Mrs Gitti Milinaire with £500,000 of debts, which brought her to the London Bankruptcy Court in January. Mrs Gitti Milinaire married her first husband when she was just 14 years old. She also inherited substantial wealth.

1978 June, bankrupt, Mrs Gitti Milinaire the daughter-in-law of the Duchess of Bedford was found not guilty at Knightsbridge Crown Court of stealing gems worth £240,000 from Cartiers in New Bond Street, London.

In 1978 shady John Aspinall set up Aspinall’s Club in Knightsbridge with substantial financial backing from Sir James Goldsmith, which was very profitable making £8 Million a year. This casino was floated in part on the stock market and netted shady John Aspinall around £20 Million. In 1984 shady John Aspinall opened a club in Curzon Street called Aspinall Curzon Club. This club was later sold in 1987 and netted a multi-million pound profit.

1978 December. The Victoria Sporting Club (a London casino off the Edgware Road), was raided by the police. Five directors of the casino including Mr Cyril Levan were charged with criminal offences including fraud and theft. Mr Levan faced a further charge of possessing cocaine.

In 1979 the Gaming Board of Great Britain issued warnings to 49 licensees for infringements of the law. The police issued 52 cautions and initiated 57 prosecutions within this immoral industry. I shudder to think how many evaded criminal detection?

1979 Victor Lownes, Chief Executive of The Playboy Casino Club in London acquired The Victoria Sporting Club plus half interests in casinos in Salford and Birkenhead, 55 licensed betting shops, six bingo halls and a travel agency business from Mr Levan’s Norwich Enterprises Limited for £6 Million.

The Playboy Group now owned:

  • The Playboy Casino – Park Lane, London W1
  • The Clermont Casino – Barclay Square, London W1
  • The Victoria Sporting Club

Victor Lownes once remarked “Casinos often attract people involved in nefarious activities”. On par with those that own and operate casinos in general I would say?

1979 A meeting was held by the British Casino Association (casino operators) at the Curzon House Club in London’s Mayfair. Victor Lownes representing The Playboy Club and The Clermont Club, which, was formally owned by John Aspinall was quoted as saying “Cyril Stein of Ladbrokes had opened his eyes to the dangerously corrupt methods of some of our competitors”.

Victor Lownes suggested that Cyril Stein of Ladbrokes was encouraging his staff to bribe porters (touting for business) from London’s luxury hotels to bring guests to his Ladbrokes network of London casinos. It is also suggested by Lownes that Ladbrokes staff were instructed to note car registration plate numbers from members of other casino not operated by Ladbrokes and then corrupting police officers for information for the names and addresses of each vehicle.

Victor Lownes informed Cyril Stein that he put him on notice, that they were going to second the police in their objection to all such illegal activities. Then Victor Lownes, not wishing to get directly involved with the police, but simply to put on record to formally raising an objection. Victor Lownes claimed Cyril Stein threatened him, from which point, Lownes instructed his lawyers, but not the police?

Sir David Barclay and Ex-Bankrupt Sir Frederick Barclay putting aside for one moment their own chequered past, if they themselves associate with another businessman known to be tarnished and/or with a chequered past with the power to damn by association, even if or where there are NO similarities?

In truth, Cyril Stein’s threats to Victor Lownes had less to do with Ladbrokes activities of illegal touting and corrupting of police officers being exposed, but more to do with the Playboy Enterprise Group objecting to the renewal of the gaming licenses of Ladbrokes four London casinos itself.

Cyril Stein of Ladbrokes made clear to everyone at that meeting, that should Victor Lownes or the Playboy Group not withdraw its objections to the renewal of their gaming licences, “the mud’s really going to fly and it’s not just going to be at Playboy Club”!

Victor Lownes obviously went ahead with his own threat.

In 1979, Cyril Stern, Chairman of Ladbroke asked his secretary Janet Ballard to destroy sensitive documents a few hours after police from Scotland Yard had raided their headquarters. Mrs Ballard was giving evidence at the London Licensing Court where Scotland Yard Police themselves are objecting to the renewal of gaming licenses to the following casinos:

  • Park Lane Casino Club – 24 Hertford Street, London W1
  • Hertford Club (formally The Pair of Shoes Casino) – Hertford Street, London
  • Ladbroke Club – Hill Street, London W1
  • Hyde Park Casino Club – Curzon Street, London W1 (Not yet opened) 

When Mrs Ballard went through Mr Cyril Stern’s desk and briefcase, she found a file on “Mr Andreas Christiansen” who was head of Marketing at Ladbrokes Casinos Division and containing evidence of serious wrongdoing outlined below. At court, counsel for Mr Cyril Stern John Mathew QC said, “His client could not recall having Mr Andreas Christiansen’s file in his briefcase?

Mrs Ballard also confirmed that she received a telephone call the same day of the police raids from another casino executive Mr John Morris where he also instructed her to destroy all files that were lying around.

Mrs Ballard recalls a telephone conversation she had with a former director “Mr Gordon Irving” who resigned in April 1979, “I said to him jokingly”, Are you likely to go inside? Mr Irving replied, Lets not joke about these things. It could well happen.

The above London casinos were involved in serious illegal activities:

Instructed members of staff and private investigators to identify and take down car registration number plates of wealthy gamblers from other casinos operated by their rival competitors. Bribing and corrupting police officers and the misuse of police computers. Paying commission on wealthy punters losses. Sending petit prostitutes to hotel suits of wealthy people to entice them to their casinos. These casinos directors and their “shadow investors” are “PIMPSliving-off immoral earnings? Paying hotel porters to tout wealthy people to Ladbrokes casinos where computer records show £4,000.00 was paid to just two hotel porters. They also persuaded wealthy hotel gets by enticing them with gifts and the offer of free meals. Allegations of board directors attempt to cover up these serious illegal activities. It is alleged Ladbrokes spent nearly £500,000 in an attempt to lure wealthy gamblers from rival casinos.

According to The Sunday Torygraph, the Maxwell name remains mud, with the power to damn by association, even where there are NO similarities? When the Serious Fraud Office arrested billionaires Vincent and Robert Tchenguiz, it was reported in The Sunday Torygraph that they shared an office in Park Lane, London with Kevin Maxwell, once Great Britain’s biggest ever bankrupt? So the same must apply to Sir David Barclay putting aside for one moment his own chequered past, if he associates with other businessmen who are each known to be either Corrupt or Shady tarnished and/or with a chequered past with the power to damn by association?

1979 July, South Westminster Licensing Magistrates ruled that Cyril Stern and his top men were “NOT Fit and Proper” people to operate the casinos. Mr Michael Kempster QC acting for the Police said Ladbrokes code-named their scheme “Operation Unit 6” – referring to six London rival casinos, Ladbrokes were touting.

1979 June. The Director of Public Prosecutions has recommended that no criminal charges be brought against an official from the Gaming Board of Great Britain on allegations that the now “suspended official” leaked legal case documents to the Ladbroke Group? It is not rocket science why The Director of Public Prosecutions dropped the case?

On the 3rd July 1979, at the High Court in London, the judge through out a plea from Ladbrokes to stop the licensing justices at South Westminster licensing Magistrates Court from hearing the corruption allegations. “Talk about concealment”.

1979 The Attorney General Sir Michael Havers who is deeply concerned with the serious matter of corruption of Police Officers and is considering a Crown Prosecution of senior casino personnel and board directors of:

  • Park Lane Casino Club – 24 Hertford Street, London W1
  • Hertford Club (formally The Pair of Shoes Casino) – Hertford Street, London
  • Ladbroke Club – Hill Street, London W1
  • Hyde Park Casino Club – Curzon Street, London W1

Ladbroke Group shortly after this hearing made Ladup Limited and Hyde Park Casinos Limited independent of the Ladbroke Group by setting up a new company called “City and Provincial Gaming Holdings Limited”.  

In their last throw of the dice, Ladbrokes attempt to persuade The Police, The Gaming Board and Licensing Justices that “City and Provincial Gaming Holdings Limited” was a new entity fronted by a respectable board of directors: Mr Desmond Heap, former president of the Law Society, Major-General Laurie Gingell, Edward Choppen, and former M.D. of Esso Petroleum. But failed. Lepers do not change their spots? 

1979 – November / December. After a four-week court appeal hearing at Knightsbridge Crown Court, Judge Friend threw the case out by concluding, there can only be one word for their conduct. “Disgraceful”, Judge Archibald Friend went on, “They (Ladbroke Group) did what they did knowing what they were doing and knowing that they were jeopardising their licences – and in spite of that they went on doing it”. 

1979 In the last year, the three London casinos accumulated between them over £20 Million in profits for 1979 alone. By the end of December all three London casinos were now without gaming licenses. 

  • Park Lane Casino Club – 24 Hertford Street, London W1
  • Hertford Club (formally The Pair of Shoes Casino) – Hertford Street, London
  • Ladbroke Club – Hill Street, London W1
  • Hyde Park Casino Club – Curzon Street, London W1 

1979 November. 400 Police Officers raided all four of Corals London Casinos and the homes of all those arrested including the chairman Bernard Coral and Twenty-four other directors and staff from the Coral Casino Division and charged with a variety of illegal offences between 1974 – 1978 including: theft, false accounting, contraventions of the Gaming Act and the conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. 

1979 A journalist Roger McKenzie pleaded guilty for his part in a £517,000 robbery at Ladbrokes casino in Kensington together with three others. A security guard was also threatened with a loaded shotgun. Mr McKenzie was later sentenced to two and a half years in prison. 

1980 March. Ladbroke Group made one last attempt and appealed at the London’s High Court but decided to withdraw their appeal. They agreed to surrender the gaming licence at the Park Tower Casino together with eleven provincial casinos as well. 

1980 The Wellington Club located in London’s Knightsbridge – Sir David Barclay and shady financer David Rowland and ex-bankrupt Sir Frederick Barclay were directors. This was not a casino. 

1980 July. The South Westminster Licensing Authority were told by the Metropolitan Police that three London casinos owned by Coral Casino Division should be stripped of its gaming licences for serious illegal activities. These three casinos were: 

  • Curzon House Club – Curzon Street, London W1
  • International Sporting Club – Berkeley Square, London W1
  • The Palm Beach Club – Berkeley Street, London W1

Coral Casino Division also own Crockford’s Casino at Carlton House Terrace, London SW1, which comes under a different licensing authority. 

The court heard that Mr Alan Watts, deputy managing director of Coral Casinos until 1975 was described in cross examination as Evil-minded, intelligent, dictatorial, greedy, a homosexual thief and who threatened to kill people. 

It was claimed Mr Watts between 1973 – 1975 transferred £67,000 of the casino funds to his boyfriend in Germany.  

Mr Watts also conspired with The Chairman, Bernard Coral and Company Secretary Dudley Murray to establish a covert bank account to finance gamblers illegal credits which involved falsification of the company’s books (An offence under section 17 of the Theft Act 1968).  

It is claimed Mr Watts had stole in total £360,000 with approximately £5,000 in weekly amounts and fraud involving gaming table records and terrorising staff into complying with his requests. Mr Watts was fired in 1975 and subsequently absconded. 

Between 1977 – 1978 Coral Casinos offered foreign gamblers who introduced new members to the casino, a commission on the gaming loses of those they introduced. 

A foreign member of the Curzon House Club was invited by the manager to draw bogus cheques on an American Bank in 1978, which he claimed he had never heard of. He requested £120,000 worth of illegal credits but received an advance of £67,000. When this member asked for more credit, it was refused. He then said he would take the worthless cheques to the police, the manager then threatened to kill him. 

1980 Bass Group acquire the Coral Group of Companies. 

1980 Six years have now passed since murderer Lord Lucan disappeared. Sir James Goldsmith re-financed a new casino for John Aspinall situated in Knightsbridge just behind Harrods. 

1980 Dragonara Palace Casino in Malta, its directors include Sir Kenneth Cork a liquidator of Cork Gully & Co who had close liaison with Cyril Stern’s casino interests that also included Ladbrokes casinos that were raided by the police.  

1980, The Mark Stein Voluntary Settlement was worth £7 Million and the largest single shareholder in Ladbroke Group holding just under 3 Million shares. According to a trustee of the Marks Stein Voluntary Settlement, Cyril Stern was a beneficiary but never received any benefit, the affair is private. 

1980 – Norman Barrington Cork who is deputy chairman of Kursaal Company and a the non-executive chairman of Lydiashourne Limited, a company controlled by “shady financier” David Rowland, which owns the gaming licence to Maxims Casino Club in Kensington and hope’s they can exploit a vacuum by acquiring further gaming licences from rival casino operators who find themselves vulnerable with the Gaming Board of Great Britain on grounds of criminal activity or serious breaches of the Gaming Act where casino licences can be lost. 

Le Prive Club – Londonderry House

1980 Sir David Barclay and the shady financer David “Spotty” Rowland were both directors of a company called Guardlot Limited which applied for a casino licence for their newly formed Le Prive Club in the basement of Sir David Barclay and Ex-Bankrupt Sir Frederick Barclay’s Londonderry House Hotel in Old Park Lane, London W1, which was rejected by the London licensing court. Sir David Barclay and shady financier David “Spotty” Rowland appealed at Knightsbridge Crown Court on the 21st April 1980, but there appeal was rejected. Though Ex-Bankrupt Sir Frederick Barclay and Sir David Barclay claimed the problems related to planning permission rejection and not a gaming licence?  When Hyde Park Casinos Limited that operated the gaming license to the Park Lane Casino Club next door was sold in 1975 to Cyril Stern’s Ladbroke Group. I do not believe Sir David Barclay sold out but instead retained an interest of sorts with Cyril Stern and Ladbroke. The interesting thing here at that time, Ex-Bankrupt Sir Frederick Barclay and Sir David Barclay were in serious financial difficulty and one would have thought the money from the sale of Sir David Barclay’s shares to Cyril Stern’s Ladbrokes would buy Ex-Bankrupt Sir Frederick Barclay and Sir David Barclay time and would have enabled them to service their interest payments on their loans to The Crown Agents? In October 1976 The Crown Agents sold The Barclay Brothers debt for just £3 Million (Taxpayers lost £6.5 Million on the sale of this debt), it was just a month later Sir David Barclay was able to obtain a loan from his friend Shady Financier David Rowland secured by a couple of letters from Cyril Stern’s Ladbroke Group / Hyde Park Casinos Limited. But in 1979 Ladbroke Casinos were raided by the Police inciting a prostitution racket and corruption of a police officer. There were many other serious criminal offences and Ladbroke lost all their casino licenses. This may have had some effect on the decision by the Knightsbridge Court’s rejection of Shady Financier David Rowland and Sir David Barclay casino application. It may also had something to do with Sir David Barclay and Ex-Bankrupt Sir Frederick Barclay’s financial problems they had with both Keyser Ullman Limited and The Crown Agents a few years earlier?  The paths again crossed when in 1986 Ex-Bankrupt Sir Frederick Barclay and Sir David Barclay controlled US listed Gulf Resources & Chemical Corporation and were involved in a hostile takeover attempt of Imperial Continental which owned the Calor Gas Group and stakes in Oil Companies. The Barclay Brothers acquired an 11% stake in Imperial Continental and shortly after tabled a £750 Million offer, while the value of Gulf Resources & Chemical Corporation was itself worth just a measly £90 Million. Over 80 eighty Members of the House of Commons signed a motion citing a “Wall Street-style breakup” and The Barclay Brothers were slated as “Asset Strippers”. The British Government then announced it would pass this over to the Monopolies & Mergers Commission. Ex-Bankrupt Sir Frederick Barclay and Sir David Barclay then walked away with their tail between their legs. 1989 The Barclay Brothers sold their controlling interest in Gulf Resources & Chemical Corp to their close friend and former casino partner shady “David “Spotty” Rowland” via his Inoco Group for £23.5 Million. The Sunday Telegraph later accused the former treasurer of The Conservative Party David “Spotty” Rowland as a “Shady Financier” who looted the company out of Millions of Dollars. 

1980 The Police issued 59 cautions and initiated 57 prosecutions within this immoral industry. I shudder to think how many evaded criminal detection? The Gaming Boards inspectors were named in 54 warrants granted to the Police. Between 1979 – 1980 money that was changed for casino chips exceeded £930 Million. 

1981 The Olympic Casino situated in London’s Bayswater, was raided by the Police. Charges were laid against two of the directors of H.F. Demetriou Holdings Limited and three other persons. Both the Police and The Gaming Board applied to the North Westminster Licensing Justices for the cancellation of their gaming licence. In addition to this, they also applied for the cancellation of their Leicester Sporting Club licence. 

1981 March 3rd The Police and the Gaming Board Inspectors raided the Knightsbridge Sporting Club. Six principals were subsequently charged. Both the Police and Gaming Board were seeking cancellation of their gaming licence. 

1981 Sir David McNee. The Metropolitan Police Commissioner said new owners of casinos should not be able to buy their way into the casino business by acquiring a cancelled gaming licence.  

1981 February. 25 police officers from Scotland Yard raided the champagne and bunny girl casino “The Playboy Club” at 45 Park Lane and The Claremont Club in Berkeley Square, London and their administrative office in City Road, London and removed a vanload of documents.  

Three former employees of The Playboy Club had organised a hotel scheme under which they had recruited staff in the Park Lane area as members so they could introduce wealthy guests to gamble and paid a commission on the losses of that individual. 

Cyril Stern of Ladbroke’s, true to his word had set about finding evidence of illegal practices at the Playboy Club after Victor Lownes in 1979 opposed the renewal of Ladbrokes three London casinos. .Some one paid the three ex-employees £5,000 each to reveal the “hotel scheme”.  

Ex-Liberal M.P. Sir Clement Freud and TV personality was a director of The Playboy Club in London. He was also a gambler himself. Sir Clement Freud also gambled at the Clermont Club 114 times and five times at The Playboy Club, which is prohibited under the Gaming Act. 

Porters from luxury hotels were given honorary membership if they agreed to take guests to their casinos. Prince Al-Thani drew cheques for Playboy totalling £600,000, which was not honoured. 34 favoured Gamblers were given illegal credits totalling 12 Million. A debt of £45,000 incurred by Sir Hugh Fraser formally chairman of Harrods was waived by the casino. 

Mr Al Khalifa a member of the Bahreini ruling family had presented 1,266 cheques to the club, 19 of which had bounced. At one point, he owed £365,000 to the casino in respect of cheques, which bounced a month earlier. A further 20 punters were given £2.7 Million worth of illegal credits in return for cheques drawn from banks where they had no account. 

Mr Abdul Khawaja a member of The Playboy Club and close friend of Victor Lownes took wealthy clients to The Playboy Club, loaned them money at interest and procure any of the Bunny Girls for anybody. Mr Beh Behani gambled £20 Million paid by cheques at The Playboy Group, and £2 Million of debts outstanding. It later transpired that one of the ex-employees was still employed\at The Playboy Club. 

The Gaming Board of Great Britain presented details of 37 heavy gamblers at the Playboy Club and the amounts involved exceeded £110 Million. The Gaming Board also produced details of over 10,000 cheques of which 10% being worth £12 Million being dishonoured. By April, Hugh Hefner sacked Victor Lownes. By October, The Police and the Gaming Board of Great Britain objected to the renewal and South Westminster Licensing Justices Court in London refused to renew the gaming licenses of both The Playboy Club and The Clermont Club. 

1981 The Police initiated 121 prosecutions for gaming offences and gave 48 cautions within this immoral industry. I shudder to think how many evaded criminal detection? 

Police Sergeant Brian Crowston of Nottinghamshire Police Force who was arrested and charged for corruptly accepting illegal payments from 1977 from Mr Gordon Irvine a director of Ladup Limited, the casino division of Ladbrokes and Rodney Widdowson, the ex-Nottinghamshire Police Inspector and who was then security chief at Ladbrokes. 

Police Sergeant Brian Crowston supplied confidential information from the Police National Computer to Ladbrokes Casino Division on wealthy individual’s personal details. Ladbroke Casinos Include: 

  • Park Lane Casino Club – 24 Hertford Street, London W1
  • Hertford Club – Formally (The Pair of Shoes Casino) – Hertford Street, London
  • Ladbroke Club – Hill Street, London W1
  • Hyde Park Casino Club – Curzon Street, London W1

 1981 Mr Andreas Christensen the former marketing executive of Ladbrokes now “defunct Casino Division” failed to appear as a key prosecution witness in a criminal court case in June 1981 involving a corrupt Police Sergeant Brian Crowston of Nottinghamshire Police Force. Journalist Jack Lundin who himself was giving evidence for the Crown at the trial refused to reveal the source of a document given to him in confidence. The journalist’s refusal led to the trial Judge at Nottingham Crown Court ruling that the document, which was crucial to a case involving both Ladbrokes and Mr Crowston was inadmissible. The Judge then directed a jury to acquit Police Sergeant Brian Crowston 

Both the Police and the Crown Prosecution Service claim they were unaware that key witness Mr Andreas Christensen was in Denmark at the time of the criminal hearing.  

It transpires around the same time in June 1981, Mr Andreas Christensen together with his partner, a former Policewoman from Zimbabwe were involved in two-armed bank robberies in Copenhagen later arrested, charged and awaiting trial in a Denmark prison. It gets worse, Mr Andreas Christensen is wanted in the United States of America on a triple murder charge dating back to 1978 

Crimestoppers

Gordon Irvine, board director of Ladup Limited, the casino arm of Ladbrokes and Rodney Widdowson, Ladbrokes own security chief and former Police Inspector of Nottinghamshire Police pleaded guilty to corruptly making payments to Police Sergeant Brian Crowston of Nottinghamshire Police Force for information stored on the Police National Computer, both Gordon Irvine and Rodney Widdowson received a six month suspended prison sentence and ordered to pay £1000.00 in costs. 

If the above was not disturbing enough, at the criminal trial of Police Sergeant Brian Crowston, Nottinghamshire Police under oath, stated they initiated a search for Mr Andreas Christensen whereabouts and that Interpol were informed. However, it transpires that the only Interpol notification on Mr Andreas Christensen came from Washington USA in 1979 on murder charges, nether was Mr Andreas Christensen’s name on Scotland Yard’s International Index of missing persons. Scotland Yard did confirm to Denmark’s Interpol, of an incident involving a stolen car, but did not wish to proceed further with it.  

1982 Mr A. A. Barnett acquired The Knightsbridge Sporting Club casino for just £1,000? South Westminster Licensing Justices cancelled the gaming licence and disqualified the premises for three years from hosting a casino. 

1982 In February H,F. Demetriou Holdings Limited which held the gaming licence for the Olympic Casino and the Leicester Sporting Club was acquired by Metropole Casinos Limited (a subsidiary of Tiny Rowland’s Lonrho Group). Lonrho then surrendered the licence and closed the Olympic Casino in return, The Gaming Board withdrew their application for the cancellation of the gaming licence at the Leicester Sporting Club. 

1982 Shady financier “David Spotty Rowland” resigned as director of Mayfair Casino Management Limited. The company went into a (Creditors Voluntary Winding-Up). Unsecured Creditors amounted to £859,589.00.  

1982 Journalist Jack Lundin who refused to name an informant during the gambling corruption trial of Police Sergeant Brian Crowston of Nottinghamshire and Ladbrokes Casinos Division was cleared of contempt. 

1982 Trident Television took a big gamble and acquired The Playboy Clubs UK casino interests for £17 Million: Trident Television’s appointment former Scotland Yard Deputy Assistant Commissioner Peter Nievens to handle compliance issues in the hope the Gaming Board of Great Britain would be compassionate on granting new gaming licences. The assets include: 

  • The Playboy Club – 45 Park Lane, London W1
  • The Clermont Club –
  • The Victoria Sporting Club –
  • 2 Casinos in Portsmouth and Manchester
  • Half interest in two provincial casinos
  • 80 Playboy Betting Shops 

1982 In May, South Westminster Licensing Justices ruled that Trident Television was not “fit and proper” to hold a gaming licence for the Playboy Club in Park Lane, London.  

1982 South Westminster Licensing Justices granted Trident Television a new gaming licence to operate London’s most exclusive “The Clermont Club Casino”, once the haunt of the missing Lord Lucan, the peer who disappeared after the murder of his children’s nanny in 1975.  

However, Trident Television lost its appeal for a new gaming licence at the Playboy Club in Park Lane in July. 

1982 Ladup Limited, a subsidiary of Ladbrokes, which lost all their casino licences in 1980 due to their own “illegal activities” are pursuing a multi-millionaire Jordanian Shehadeh Twal through the High Court for £998,200 gambling debts, which he lost in one nights gambling back in September 1979. At the time, Mr Twal was writing cheques to cover his losses, which later bounced. Mr Twal claims the casino illegally allowed him to gamble on credit while he was clearly unwell and under medication. 

1982 Mr Alan Watts, former M.D. of Coral Leisure Group’s Casino Division was jailed for two and a half years for six counts of stealing £5,000 from the Palm Beach Casino and Conspiring to Contravene the Gaming Act by allowing Wealthy Foreigners to gamble on credit. 

1982 Ladup Limited, the casino division of Ladbrokes lost its court case against Mr Nadeem H. Shaikh and his brother from recovering a dishonoured cheque of £45,000 drawn from the Ritz Casino Limited. 

1982 There were only 126 licensed casinos operating in the UK. The Police initiated 50 prosecutions for gaming offences and gave 50 cautions within this immoral industry. I shudder to think how many evaded criminal detection? Between 1981 – 1982 money that was changed for casino chips exceeded £1 Billion. 

1983, Sir James Goldsmith again helped finance another casino for John Aspinall in Curzon Street, Mayfair. Aspinall later sold this in 1987 for £90 Million, which was split between himself and Goldsmith. He retired nursing his two zoos. 

1983 The Gaming Board rejected the renewal of a licence on the grounds that Manor Casinos (IOW) Limited, the licence holding company for Holliers Casino Club were not a “fit and proper” person to hold a licence under the gaming Act 1968. 

1983 The Police initiated 61 prosecutions for gaming offences and gave 52 cautions within this immoral industry. I shudder to think how many evaded criminal detection? In 1983 money that was changed for casino chips exceeded £1.2 Billion. 

1984 The Lyndhurst Club in London, was raided by the Police and Gaming Board Inspectors. 

1984 The Police initiated 53 prosecutions for gaming offences and gave 26 police cautions within this immoral industry. I shudder to think how many evaded criminal detection? In 1984 money that was changed for casino chips came close to  £1.5 Billion. 

Londonderry Casinos Limited

1985 Londonderry Casinos Limited  – Sir David Barclay and Ex-Bankrupt Sir Frederick Barclay & Aidan Barclay were directors. No casino licence was granted. 

1985 The Wedgewood Club Casino in Leicester, was raided by the Police and Gaming Board Inspectors.  

1985 The Police initiated 49 prosecutions for gaming offences and the Police gave 64 cautions within this immoral industry. I shudder to think how many evaded criminal detection? In 1985 money that was changed for casino chips exceeded £1.6 Billion. 

1986 Only 114 licensed casinos were operating. The Police and Gaming Board Inspectors initiated 52 prosecutions and 17 Police cautions for gaming offences within this immoral industry. I shudder to think how many evaded criminal detection? In 1986 money that was changed for casino chips exceeded £1.6 Billion. 

1986 Shady financier “David Spotty Rowland” Mayfair Casino Management Limited was dissolved on 15th July 1986. 

1987 The Police initiated 33 prosecutions and eight cautions for gaming offences within this immoral industry. I shudder to think how many evaded criminal detection? Money that was changed for casino chips exceeded £1.67 Billion 

1987 Ex-gangster and Ex-Convict George Walker’s “The Brent Walker Group plc” acquired Crockford’s Casino Club.in Berkeley square, London. 

1988 Leisure Investments plc acquired the Aspinall Curzon Casino and the Barracuda Casino in London. An investigation by the Gaming Board subsequently centred on the financial standing of the company and the fitness as gaming licensee of persons by whom and for whose benefit the casinos were being managed or carried on. Subsequently, two directors resigned from the board and an undertaking that they would dispose of these casinos. In 1990 the Receivers had been appointed at Leisure Investments Limited and these two casinos were closed. 

1988 The Police initiated 45 prosecutions and gave 84 cautions for gaming offences within this immoral industry. I shudder to think how many evaded criminal detection? Money that was changed for casino chips exceeded £1.7 Billion. 

1989 Ex-gangster and Ex-Convict George Walker’s “The Brent Walker Group plc” sold Crockford’s Casino Club.in Berkeley square, London. 

1991 Seventeen cases were reported on matters relating to the misuse of drugs and the activities of cheats and fraudsters in casinos is ever present with sixteen cases related to fraternisation between gamblers and staff, which is prohibited.  In addition to this, the Police initiated 38 prosecutions relating to gaming offences. 

1991 The Police initiated 38 prosecutions for gaming offences within this immoral industry. I shudder to think how many evaded criminal detection? Money that was changed for casino chips exceeded £1.9 Billion 

The Ritz Club and Les Ambassadeurs

Raided by the Police

1991 The Police raided The Ritz Club at the Ritz Hotel and the Les Ambassadeurs in London’s Park Lane and four further casinos and their head quarters following a nine month investigation and concluded that London Clubs International was not “fit and Proper” to retain its gaming licence and/or that the casinos were managed by and/or carried on for the benefit of persons who were themselves not “fit and proper” and/or that the licensed premises had been used for an unlawful purpose. Sir David Barclay and Ex-Bankrupt Sir Frederick Barclay were one of the largest single shareholders in London Clubs International. 

The Police raids on London Clubs International halted its proposed flotation on to the London Unlisted Securities Market, which brought more unwanted attention to Sir David Barclay and Ex-Bankrupt Sir Frederick Barclay? 

The Gambling Board of Great Britain had reservations on a number of shareholders and directors of “London Clubs International: 

David Shamoon, he held around 11%. He also owned around 10% in a company called Baldwin. In 1980’s David Shamoon and Ian Stoutzker former M.D. of the secondary Keyser Ullmann Limited, the bankrupt secondary bank of the 1970’s owned a night club and restaurant chain. They attempted to apply for a gaming license, but they were refused. The Gaming Board of Great Britain also had severe reservations with David Shamoon past association with the collapsed secondary bank Keyser Ullmann Limited, furthermore David Shamoon was a former business associate of the Kirch Brothers who were also major defaulters of Keyser Ullmann Limited and at one point owed over £40 Million? David Shamoon was also a member of each of the casinos, which breached the Gaming Board rules. Sir David Barclay and Ex-Bankrupt Sir Frederick Barclay also held an interest in Baldwin. What the Gaming Board of Great Britain probably were not aware of at the time, both Sir David Barclay and Ex-Bankrupt Sir Frederick Barclay had borrowed over £5 Million from Keyser Ullmann Limited in the 1970’s themselves? Baldwin itself held a stake in London Clubs International. 

A segment of the serious allegations against London Clubs International: include:  

Operating a deposit system that assisted or permitted money-lending between players for gaming purposes and which could be open to misuse for money-laundering. Cheque-Cashing facilities had been granted to members without adequate investigation or consideration of their credit worthiness. Japanese members had been assisted in transferring funds to the UK in breach of Japan’s exchange controls regulation. (Sir David Barclay and Ex-Bankrupt Sir Frederick Barclay have exceptionally good connections in Japan, they had a corrupt former cabinet minister on their board of directors, Ex-Bankrupt wife is Japanese and they had former Japanese commodity traders on their board of directors?) Made gifts and extended hospitality and subsidised visits to casinos for substantially wealthy overseas players. London Clubs premises had been used for an unlawful purpose and the Gaming Board of Great Britain objected to the renewal of the group’s casinos. Finally, London Clubs International plc had intended to mislead investors in its draft prospectors by presenting false and unduly favourable numbers on money exchanged for chips. 

Even “Houdini” would have had trouble getting out of this serious mess. 

According to The Sunday Torygraph, the Maxwell name remains mud, with the power to damn by association, even where there are NO similarities?  

When the Serious Fraud Office arrested billionaires Vincent and Robert Tchenguiz, it was reported in The Sunday Torygraph that they shared an office in Park Lane, London with Kevin Maxwell, once Great Britain’s biggest ever bankrupt? So the same must apply to Sir David Barclay and Ex-Bankrupt Sir Frederick Barclay putting aside for one moment their own chequered past, if they themselves associate or invest with businessmen who are found or to be known to be Shady tarnished and/or with a chequered past with the power to damn by association? 

Sir David Barclay learnt a few lessons from his own investment in former Cyril Stern – Ladbroke Group – Casinos – Hyde Park Casinos Limited and Ladup Limited when they had their gaming licences revoked for serious illegal activities including corrupting Police Officers, using prostitutes to entice wealthy punters to their casino’s and offering illegal credits back in the late 1970’s, what Cyril Stern of Ladbrokes did was request the resignation of the whole board of directors and replace them with known and respected figures and changed the name of the company? Sir David Barclay and Ex-Bankrupt Sir Frederick Barclay’s mirrored the same exercise. 

Almost the entire board of directors of London Clubs International plc resigned, these included:

  • Richard P Hanson the Chairman. Peter Hanson is co-founder and deputy chairman of Doughty Hanson & Co a multi billion private equity investment company.
  • Max Kingsley the Chief Executive. Max Kingsley own licence was revoked by the Gaming Board of Great Britain. 
  • Alan Chamberlain Chartered Accountant who also represented The Barclay Brothers interests. In addition, Alan Chamberlain sat on the board of directors of several Barclay Brothers companies. 
  • Philip Leonard Isaacs
  • Michael D Braham
  • George J Pannett
  • Simon R Freed
  • D E Tagg
  • J Brawley 

Sir David Barclay and Ex-Bankrupt Sir Frederick Barclay via Barclays Hotels Group” acquired Mr David Shamoon shares of London Clubs International, which gave Sir David Barclay and ex-bankrupt Sir Frederick Barclay a total shareholding of 24% stake in London Clubs “A” and convertible shares and removed a contentious investor from the group. 

Sir David Barclay and Ex-Bankrupt Sir Frederick Barclay and the other major investors and directors decided to change the trading name from London Clubs International to LCI plc 

Sir David Barclay and Ex-Bankrupt Sir Frederick Barclay they installed Sir Gordon Booth as chairman and Alan Goodenough as chief executive of LCI plc. Mr Goodenough later said, the company has nothing to hide. “As far as I am concerned it’s in the past? 

Money, Money, Money, in the rich man’s world! “Reputation and Integrity my arse? 

In 1992 shady John Aspinall set up another casino in Curzon Street, London called Aspinall’s Club again substantially financed by Sir James Goldsmith. The Rt. Hon. George Osborne M.P. the current Chancellor of the Exchequer Uncle James Osborne was a director and became active in shady John Aspinall’s casino interests thereafter. Shady John Aspinall was a close friend of former Conservative M.P. Neil Hamilton aka Mr Brown Envelope. 

1992 John Aspinall’s, Aspinall’s Club Limited, Crockfords Casino and including Sir David Barclay and shady financier David “Spotty” Rowland’s former casino Maxims Casino Club took a case to court objecting to London Clubs International gaining new licences for their casinos and at best, for this to be discussed in open court. They further argued that they was both lack of demand and that the applicants were not “fit and proper”. George Carmen QC was defending London Clubs International. Carmen also defended Ken Dodd on his tax dispute with the Inland Revenue.  

The Gaming Board latter issued six new individual Gaming Licences for the LCI plc casinos? 

Mr Alan Goodenough was appointed the new chief executive of London Clubs International, Mr Goodenough said, the company has nothing to hide. “As far as I am concerned its in the past”. The Gaming Board has since issued six individual new Gaming Licences for the group. 

1992 There were just 123 licensed casinos in the UK. Money that was changed for casino chips exceeded £2 Billion.  

The Police initiated 14 prosecutions for gaming offences. Drugs and Cheating was still prevalent in casinos.  

When the boot is on the other foot, casino operators are positively quick to react to their staff’s dismissal when found conspiring with casino members to defraud or cheat. A dealer and player conspired to steal £9,700 both were convicted and imprisoned. In a separate case, two players were convicted of deception. Eleven members of one casino were dismissed on allegations of the supply of drugs. In another case, six certified members from one casino were dismissed on allegations of collusion, failure to report collusion, drug taking and the supply of drugs. Eight staff was dismissed with their association with members of the two casinos, where a party was arranged to compromise gaming staff.  

The Gaming Board of Great Britain has for many years been concerned with casino operations and staff who become involved with illegal use and supply of drugs. 

It is prohibited under the Gaming Act for casino operators and staff to socialise with casino members. The Gaming operators and staff who do associate with casino members present a difficult problem for all sorts of reasons. 

1993 The Gaming Board of Great Britain had discussions with HM Treasury where it was agreed that the European Community Directive on “Money Laundering” and its related regulations should not be applied directly to casinos. What a mistake. There will always be too many shrewd crooks both on the inside and on the fringes of casinos that will infatuate money laundering within casinos. Where there is dirty money or easy money to be made, you need the toughest of regulation. It is a bit like soft regulation that was applied to Investment Banking that materialised into reckless casino banking that brought a global financial collapse in 2008? 

1993 Money that was changed for casino chips exceeded £2.2 Billion. There were fifteen prosecutions initiated by The Police relating to gaming offences. 

Money Laundering is still rife within the Global Financial Banking and Fund Management Sector and this is heavenly regulated. One could argue, that dirty money will always find ways to channel through the casino network and there will always been some casino operators willing to participate. 

1993 A widely publicised case, which was brought by the Metropolitan Police and Vice Squad where two certified employees and a casino member, engaged in conspiracy to defraud and were later prosecuted and imprisoned. 

1994 Ladbroke Group through the back door re-entered the casino business after fourteen years from losing their gaming licences through illegal irregularities of the gaming act 1968 and corruption with the loss of five London and 11 Provincial casino gaming licences by acquiring the issued share capital of three gaming casino licences holding companies previously owned by City Clubs Limited where Mr Andrew Love himself held a 2.5% stake. Ladbrokes have retained Andrew Love’s services by appointing him Managing Director of their new casino division.   

1994 The Home Secretary announced his intention to bring forward proposals for consultation on possible easing of some regulatory restrictions, which currently apply to casinos. (In layman terms, this means more revenue for casinos, more tax for the government). The knock on effect to families is not mentioned.  

1994 Money that was changed for casino chips exceeded £2.461 Billion with just 121 licensed casinos in Great Britain. That is a lot of money for just 121 casinos? 

1994 The Police initiated 22 prosecutions in respect to gaming offences. In addition, there were seventeen recorded thefts from employers. Thirteen recorded cases that were drug related. There were nine cases of casino staff conspiring with members. There were six cases of allowing gaming on credit in breach of s.16 of the Act. 

LCI plc then proceeded with a second flotation. In 1995 Sir David Barclay and Ex-Bankrupt Sir Frederick Barclay sold out with a nice tidy profit.  

1995 Money that was changed for casino chips exceeded £2.548 Billion with just 119 licensed casinos in Great Britain. The Police initiated 24 prosecutions relating to gaming offences.  

1995 Three employees were charged with conspiracy to defraud the casino by means of collusion. All three were convicted and two imprisoned.  In another case, an employee was convicted for alleged collusion with a casino member and now in prison. A further thirteen cases related to drug offences. There were five cases involving collusion with casino members. Finally, there were eight separate cases of theft from casino employers. There were three cases of failure to provide proper management controls. There were two cases of allowing gaming on credit in breach of s.16 of the Act. There were four cases of failure to provide proper management controls. 

Minor transgressions are dealt with by way of the senior inspector by issuing a formal warning or an oral warning. More serious indiscretions are passed to the Police who then may give a caution or initiate a prosecution.  

1996 An application for a renewal of a gaming licence held by Hazelman Limited, in respect to the Royal Casino in Walsall was objected by The Gaming Board on the grounds of various financial matters including failure to comply with the reserve requirements among others. 

1996 Money that was changed for casino chips exceeded £2.590 Billion.  

1996 There were five cases of Theft from employers. There were ten cases of Collusion with players. There were ten cases of the involvement with Drugs. There were five reported cases allowing gaming on credit in breach of s.16 of the Act. There were four reported cases of failure to provide proper management controls. There were three cases of failure to report collusion. There were two reported cases of failing to declare convictions in breach of s.23 (6) of the Act. 

1997 There were 118 licensed casinos operating in Great Britain. Money that was changed for casino chips exceeded £2.7 Billion. 

The Ritz Club Casino

1997 Aidan Barclay, supported by family friends Lord Hanson and Lord King and represented by George Carman QC applied for a new gaming licence via a new company called the Ritz Hotel Casino Limited who planned to locate the casino at The Ritz Hotel when London Clubs International relocate their business in July. 

Lord Hanson said, “it would be a great shame if The Ritz, which is known partly for the casino, is left without a casino?” 

Lord Hanson a close friend of The Barclay Brothers and like them showed a deep admiration for the late Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and this admiration was mutual. Lord Hanson was a substantial contributor to The Conservative Party donating millions both personally and through his corporate interests.  Lord Hanson was made a life peer by Thatcher in 1983. Lord Hanson supported former Conservative MP Neil Hamilton – Cash-for-Questions “Brown Envelopes” affair in the 1990’s. There were suspicions that Lord Hanson’s industrial empire was in part built-up on successful acquisition accounting, smoke and mirrors, and elaborate tax avoidance. Sir David Barclay and Ex-Bankrupt Sir Frederick Barclay’s friend Lord Hanson supported Aidan Barclay at Westminster Magistrates licensing court for a gaming licence at The Ritz Casino Club in 1997. Lord Hanson’s son, The Hon. Robert Hanson was once engaged to Ex-Prostitute – Ex-Druggie and Model Sophie Anderton. The Hon. Robert Hanson also dated socialite and Ex-Druggie Tara Palmer-Tomkinson.  

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Pierre Woodman – Hardcore  – 

Pierre Enterprises – Barcelona 

It was reported in Sir David Barclay and Ex-Bankrupt Sir Frederick Barclay’s The Daily Torygraph in 2010 that The Hon. Robert Hanson was being sued by David Newnham in Australia claiming he was owed £350K including interest after he was sacked as chief executive of Woodman Entertainment, a company based in Barcelona in Spain that produces rough sex “Hardcore Sex Films“. It is claimed The Hon. Robert Hanson held a financial investment in Pierre Woodman company Woodman Entertainment. The Hon. Robert Hanson a former merchant banker at N.M. Rothschild. is now chairman of Hanson Family Holdings (Family Office). The Hanson Family also have a joint venture interest in the corporate advisory group “Strand Hanson Limited”. His grandfather was also named Robert Hanson and was an Ex-Bankrupt who effectively and with the help of other Hanson family members and some close friends swindled their customers from their rightful claim for compensation for loss of property due to a fire. Robert Hanson sold assets of the company before he was made Bankrupt. His grandfather was severely reprimanded by the court for his unscrupulous actions and his Bankruptcy was latter extended.  The Hon. Robert Hanson’s own father Lord (James) Hanson had a long association with asset stripper Jim Slater. 

Lord Hanson was miss-informed there was already a casino at The Ritz Hotel. The reason London Clubs International re-locating their casino The Ritz Club Casino from The Ritz Hotel, was due to the fact David Barclay and Ex-Bankrupt Frederick Barclay who own The Ritz Hotel were demanding a totally unrealistic premium of £20 Million for a new lease of the basement. London Clubs International decided to purchase the Freehold grade II listed building at 50 St James’s Street, London for just over £13 Million a more desirable street, then Piccadilly. 

Lord King of Wartnaby a close friend The Barclay Brothers and of the late Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher whom she regarded as her favourite businessmen? Lord King of Wartnaby a friend of Sir David Barclay and Ex-Bankrupt Sir Frederick Barclay supported Aidan Barclay’s attempt to acquire a casino licence at The Ritz Hotel in London in 1997. Lord “Flasher” Bell was a personal friend of Lord King, Chairman of BA (British Airways) who was involved in a “dirty tricks” campaign against rival airline Virgin Atlantic. British Airways was illegally hacking into Virgin Atlantic’s computerised reservation system, then impersonating themselves as Virgin Atlantic Personnel in an attempt to poach Virgin Atlantic customers back to BA. These actions were both illegal and criminal. British Airways first denied these criminal allegations. Lord Hanson publicly supported his close friend Lord King of any wrongdoing? The case went to the High Court in London, where Lord King had to apologise and which was settled out-of-court with BA paying Richard Branson £500K + £110K to Virgin Atlantic + £3 Million in legal fees. Incredible, but true, BA were still engaging in dubious dirty practices thereafter. Both ITV and the BBC were eager to broadcast further coverage but Lord “Flasher” Bell was instrumental in diluting the damage on behalf of Lord King’s BA’s criminal activities, where he bullied journalists on several fronts, one in particular on a pending legal action in the US, which in fact was an “anti-trust” issue? But it was enough to call off the pack of wolves? In 1993 ITV’s World in Action identified the “Kroll Associates a firm of private investigators who received payment from BA (British Airways) that were signed-off by Sir Colin Marshall their chief executive for services rendered that included investigation into another competitor Air Europe? 

George Carmen QC went on pleading the Barclay’s case, The Ritz ranked among the “unique brand names” of the world. George Carmen QC got a little muddled with “The Ritz Paris”? “Wembley may have a comparable magic name in the world of football and La Scala in Milan for opera,”. The casino had proved to be the busiest in the capital. welcoming more than 1,000 members a week.  

 UNFORTUNATELY, The Gaming Board of Great Britain objected to the new licence at The Ritz Hotel on “grounds of demand”. There were also two trade objectors at The South Westminster Justices hearing. After hearing all the evidence, the gaming licence application was duly REJECTED. 

1997 There were seven cases that relate to misappropriating funds, fraud, bankruptcy, drunkenness and making a false statement in breach of Sec.23 (6) of the Act, associates and debt. There were fifteen cases reported relating to the involvement in Drugs. There were ten cases of Collusion with players. There were five cases of Incurring Convictions. Five cases reported of Theft from employers. There were four cases of failing to provide proper management controls.  There were four cases of Borrowing money from a member. 

The Gaming Board of Great Britain reported on: 

Money Laundering Code: 

One aspect of the code not fully appreciated by some casino operators is the need to satisfy themselves as to the source and legitimacy of significant cash sums used for gaming by long established members? 

1997 The Police initiated 50 prosecutions for gaming offences. 

1998 May. Aidan Barclay director of Ritz Hotel Casino Limited re-instructed the services of George Carman QC to appeal against an earlier decision made by The South Westminster Justices hearing and had their appeal heard at a different court, the Southwark Crown Court. Mr Aidan Barclay accepted that demand for the facilities in question could not be demonstrated in terms required by the Act, but sought to persuade the court to use its “residual discretion” to grant a gaming licence? The court allowed the appeal on the 10th June 1988. 

Sir Gordon Booth was appointed to the board of The Ritz Hotel Casino Limited 

One of the controversial issues was that at the time of this gaming licence controversially being granted at The Ritz Hotel, The Gaming Board of Great Britain has consistently in the past rejected new gaming licences on grounds of “over saturation of casinos and or lack of demand”. There were “INSUFICIENT” grounds for a new gaming licence to be granted at The Ritz Hotel.  

It should be noted, David Barclay and his brother Ex-Bankrupt Frederick Barclay have friends in “High Places” Lord King, Lord McAlpine who is a trustee on The Barclay Brothers Foundation as was the late Lord Peyton, Lord Hanson, Sir Clive Bossom, Sir Gordon Booth and Ex-Prime Minister, Baroness Thatcher? David Barclay himself “loaned” Baroness Thatcher his own home in Chester Square, in Belgravia, London and which Margaret Thatcher now resides until she dies. “Could it be possible” surely not, a favour to be called in? The truth of the matter is, there was no new evidence submitted on appeal that was sufficient for the first decision to be over-turned?” 

1998 The controversial new casino to be established in the basement, The Ritz Hotel Casino Limited fronted by Aidan Barclay appoints Mr Andrew Love as its Chief Executive to the board. It is claimed The Ritz Casino has signed up 500 members most of whom were Ritz Club members from previous. 

1998 There were fourteen cases relating to sexual harassment, falsifying company records, failure of executive responsibilities, involvement in illegal gambling, using position improperly to obtain confidential information, dishonesty, failure to report collusion. 

1998 Money that was changed for casino chips exceeded £2.6 Billion with just 119 licensed casinos in Great Britain.  

1999 Money that was changed for casino chips exceeded £3.1 Billion with just 123 licensed casinos in Great Britain. 

1999 There were six cases of reported Drug Involvement. There were four cases of Collusion with players. There were two cases of failing to declare convictions. There were four cases of theft from employers. There were twelve cases of Violent Behaviour, Colluding in theft from the casino, neglect of duties, poor supervision and failing to settle debts, sexual harassment of other members of staff, theft from a friend. 

2000 Money that was changed for casino chips exceeded £3.31 Billion with just 128 licensed casinos in Great Britain.  

2000 There were 13 reported cases of Drug Involvement. There was five cases of reported falsifying records and Misappropriating company funds. There were three cases of reported drunkenness. There were four cases of reported Collusion with players. There were six cases of reported failing to declare convictions. There were thirteen Thefts from employees. 

2001 Money that was changed for casino chips exceeded £3.58 Billion with just 130 licensed casinos in Great Britain.  

2001 There were five cases of reported Drug involvement. There were four cases of Sexual Harassment. There were four reported cases of falsifying records and misappropriating company funds. There were four reported cases of Collusion with players. There were eight cases of incurring convictions. There were six reported cases of failing to declare convictions. 

2002 There were nine reported cases of Drug Involvement. There were four cases of reported Collusion with players. There were five cases of reported Theft from others. There were three cases of reported drunkenness.  

2002 Money that was changed for casino chips exceeded £3.79 Billion. There were 126 licensed casinos operating in Great Britain 

2003 There were 131 licensed casinos operating in Great Britain. Money that was changed for casino chips exceeded £4 Billion 

2004 There were eleven reported cases of Drug involvement. There were two reported cases of Breaches of the Gaming Act or other relevant legislation. There were five reported Collusion with players. There were six incurring convictions.  There were six reported cases of failing to declare convictions. There were eleven reported cases of Theft from employers, Falsifying Records, Misappropriating Company Funds. 

2004 There were 138 licensed casinos operating in Great Britain. Money that was changed for casino chips exceeded £4.15 Billion 

In September 2006 The Ritz Club Online Casino closed the site to new gambling mugs – theritzclublondon.com was then acquired by UK Betting plc for around £1 Million? The site had around 50,000 registered gambling mugs. The sale had something to do with some State Regulators in the United States issuing warrants against executives of casino operators for unlawful gambling in their States. The Ritz Club Online was originally launched in 2002. 

Sir David Barclay and Ex-Bankrupt Sir Frederick Barclay putting aside for one moment their own chequered past, if they themselves associate with another businessman known to be tarnished and/or with a chequered past with the power to damn by association, even if or where there are NO similarities? 

“Sir David Barclay first entered the casino industry in 1971 and even though this (immoral industry) is not for “Saints” and more suited to “Sinners”, Sir David Barclay and later Ex-Bankrupt Sir Frederick Barclay and now Aidan Barclay seem to embrace it like a “fly to a piece of dog shit” they just can’t seem to “kick the habit?” 

The above are just sample edited segments from this unauthorised biography  

The  Pandora’s  Box  of  Revelations 

 

“WANTED” – More Information: 

My unauthorised biography has unearthed some very interesting revelations, but from what I have in my possession already, I know there is much more to be exposed in my unauthorised biography? 

1971 – 1975 Park Lane Casino Limited – Hyde Park Casinos Limited

24 Hertford Street, London W1 next door to the Londonderry House Hotel

 

Henry Kaye

Norman Barrington Cork

Captain Leo Ponte

David Barclay now Sir David Barclay

Jack Solomons 

1975 Mayfair Casinos Limited – Chippa Limited – Casanova Club

Grosvenor Street, London W1 

David Rowland 

1975 – 1980 Ladup Limited – Ladbroke Group plc

Cyril Stein 

Maxim’s Casino Club – Lydiashourne Limited – Kensington, London. 

David Barclay now Sir David Barclay

David Rowland

Ex-Bankrupt Sir Frederick Barclay 

1980 The Wellington Club located in London’s Knightsbridge

David Barclay now Sir David Barclay

David Rowland

Ex-Bankrupt Sir Frederick Barclay 

1980 Guardlot Limited – Le Prive Club – Londonderry House Hotel

David Barclay now Sir David Barclay

David Rowland 

1985 Londonderry Casinos Limited  – Londonderry Hotel – Park Lane

David Barclay now Sir David Barclay

Ex-Bankrupt Sir Frederick Barclay

Aidan Barclay 

1989 – 1995 London Clubs International – LCI plc 

Sir David Barclay

Ex-Bankrupt Sir Frederick Barclay

David Shamoon

Richard P Hanson

Max Kingsley

Alan Chamberlain

Philip Leonard Isaacs

Michael D Braham

George J Pannett

Simon R Freed

D E Tagg

J Brawley

Alan Goodenough

Sir Gordon Booth  

1998 – 2014 The Ritz Hotel Casino Limited – The Ritz Club – 150 Piccadilly, London 

Aidan Barclay

Sir Gordon Booth

Andrew Michael Love

Michael Seal 

Personal and Business information on the Casino Interest of The Barclay Brothers since 1972 – 2014  “Especially the Controversial Aspects”.  

Personal and Business Information on other directors associated with The Barclay Brothers Casino Interests “Especially the Controversial Aspects”. 

1975 – Hyde Park Casinos Limited – Ladup Ltd – Ladbrokes Group 

David Rowat Barclay now Sir David Barclay

Cyril Stein 

1972 – 2005 The British Gaming Board of Great Britain

I am interested to know more about The British Gaming Board of Great Britain and what actions were taken with both the board directors and/or staff of their casinos since 1972 – 2014. And info from current Gaming Commission. “Especially the Controversial Aspects”. 

I am also interested to know the calibre of some of the members of The Barclay Brothers casinos since 1972 – 2014. “Especially the Controversial ones? 

David John Rowland 

1976 – 1981 Mandarin Casino Club Limited 

1976 – 1981 Mayfair Casinos Limited  –  Chippa Limited 

1976 – 1981 Mayfair Casino Management Limited 

Also interested in these two liquidators 

Ronald William Heard (Chartered Accountant) based in Essex then Suffolk 

Norman Barrington Cork – Based in London 

Also interested to know more about the Cyril Stein of Ladbrokes and Cyril Stern’s relationship with David Rowat Barclay now Sir David Barclay since 1975 –  

Also interested to know more about: 

Gerald Kushler

Andrew Michael Love

David “Spotty” Rowland

Cyril Stein

Sir David Barclay 

Information on the author:

 

Lord de Chanson 

lorddechanson.wordpress.com

Aidan Barclay

aidanbarclay.wordpress.com

The Ritz Hotel London
theritzhotellondon.wordpress.com

The Barclay Brothers – Tax what Tax

thebarclaybrotherstaxwhattax.wordpress.com 

The Barclay Brothers Family Tree

thebarclaybrothersfamilytree.wordpress.com

Online Catalogue Shopping Blog
onlinecatalogueshoppingblog.wordpress.com

 

 

There is NO difference between a

casino owner and a brothel owner”. 

The Barclay Brothers and Family 

Tax what Tax 

ISBN  978-0-9570748-0-4 

An unauthorised biography on Sir David Barclay and Ex-Bankrupt Sir Frederick Barclay 

I would be interested to hear from anyone that has information on the Barclay Brothers casino interests dating back to 1971 – to the present day. Please leave a comment by clicking on the comment below.