Jailed paedo doctor worked on playschemes in Bedford area

Dr Myles Bradbury leaving  Cambridge Crown Court.
Dr Myles Bradbury leaving Cambridge Crown Court.

A children’s cancer doctor convicted as a serial paedophile worked with young children in Bedford in the early 1990s.

Pervert Myles Bradbury, 41, was jailed for 22 years after admitting abusing 18 gravely-ill boys in his care at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, between 2009 and 2013. The former Bedford Modern School pupil used his position as a consultant haematologist to abuse vulnerable patients, aged between eight and 17, sometimes as parents sat on the other side of a curtain.

FILE PICTURE - Dr Myles Bradbury leaving Cambridge Crown Court.  See MASONS story MNBRADBURY.  Paedo doctor Myles Bradbury was known to the authorities 16 months before he was arrested, it emerged yesterday.  The cancer consultant admitted molesting patients and encouraging them to masturbate in front of him during a four and a half year period before a judge on Monday(15/9).  Bradbury, 41, abused young patients to carry out examinations purely for his own sexual gratification and with no medical justification whatsoever.  Many of the offences took place as he worked as a consultant paediatric haematologist at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.  Bradbury's 18 victims were aged between eight to 17 and he carried out the abuse between 2009 and last year.  Bosses of the leading NHS teaching hospital say Bradbury was suspended as soon as allegations were made by a patient's grandmother in November last year.  But now it has emerged Bradbury was known to the authorities back in 2012 - and investigations were 'sh

FILE PICTURE - Dr Myles Bradbury leaving Cambridge Crown Court. See MASONS story MNBRADBURY. Paedo doctor Myles Bradbury was known to the authorities 16 months before he was arrested, it emerged yesterday. The cancer consultant admitted molesting patients and encouraging them to masturbate in front of him during a four and a half year period before a judge on Monday(15/9). Bradbury, 41, abused young patients to carry out examinations purely for his own sexual gratification and with no medical justification whatsoever. Many of the offences took place as he worked as a consultant paediatric haematologist at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge. Bradbury's 18 victims were aged between eight to 17 and he carried out the abuse between 2009 and last year. Bosses of the leading NHS teaching hospital say Bradbury was suspended as soon as allegations were made by a patient's grandmother in November last year. But now it has emerged Bradbury was known to the authorities back in 2012 - and investigations were 'sh

A former Bedford resident, who wishes to remain anonymous, said while a teenager, Bradbury helped out with activities run for children.

He said: “During the early 1990s, he worked at play schemes in the Mowsbury Park area. He looked different then, younger obviously, and had long-ish, dark hair.

“I want people to know he is the same man, in case it jogs any memories. His conviction might help people to come forward if they have any concerns or information.”

Cambridge Crown Court heard how Bradbury, now from Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, sometimes exaggerated the seriousness of the child’s illness to give him more opportunity to abuse particular patients, and used a spy-camera pen in a bid to capture images of his victims.

Police found more than 16,000 indecent images stored in his computer and 20 videos.

Sentencing him on Monday, Judge Gareth Hawkesworth said Bradbury would serve half before being considered for parole. He said: “In many years’ experience on the bench, I have never come across a more culpable or grave course of sexual criminality which has involved such a gross and grotesque breach and betrayal of your trust reposed in you by your patients, their families and colleagues.

“There are almost too many aggravating gestures to enumerate in this prolonged, carefully planned, cruel and persistent campaign of abuse.”

He said colleagues had remained guilt-ridden at being unable to detect the offences.

He added: “All this pales into insignificance set against the trauma, fear and distress you have caused to your victims and their families – considerable psychological harm – which I suspect will linger with them for the rest of their lives.”

Bradbury was suspended by the NHS in November last year after a victim spoke to a member of his family about what had happened. Police were notified and he was arrested in December.

However, his name was already known to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) after being alerted to him buying child abuse material online in July 2012.

When the CEOP was taken over by the National Crime Agency in October 2013 the case was reviewed and the information passed to Suffolk Police.

He was arrested on December 18, 2013. Cambridgeshire Police made a further arrest 12 days later.

A Bedford Borough Council spokesman said: “We can confirm that Myles Bradbury worked on play schemes within Bedford Borough in the early 1990s. While all staff today undergo DBS checks there were no government compliance regulation checks in place at that time. No allegations of sexual misconduct were reported to us regarding this individual’s employment with the service.”

Bedford Modern School confirmed Myles Bradbury was a pupil during the 1980s, leaving in 1991.

Bradbury could face a fresh trial as police investigate further possible victims. Anyone with information which could help should call police on 101.