Woman accused of keeping Mo Farah as a slave denies he was trafficked.

‘There is nothing called trafficking in Somaliland’: Relative of woman accused alongside her estranged husband of smuggling Mo Farah into Britain as a boy denies the Team GB hero was illegally brought to UK

  • Sir Mo Farah said he is ‘relieved’ the Home Office does not plan to take action against him after revelations
  • The sportsman, 39, said that he was illegally trafficked into the UK and forced to work as a domestic servant
  • The Met Police said ‘specialist officers are currently assessing’ available information about Sir Mo’s claim
  • The Olympic champion was actually born Hussein Abdi Kahin, something he is still trying to make sense of 
  • He overturns the story of his life in a documentary, The Real Mo Farah, which will air at 9pm on BBC tonight 

A male relative of the woman accused of keeping Sir Mo Farah as a child slave today denied that the Team GB athlete was trafficked.

The couple accused of bringing him to the UK illegally using another child’s identity could face a Scotland Yard investigation after the Met said its detectives are ‘assessing’ the allegations made by the four-time Olympic champion in his new BBC documentary.

It came as Sir Mo admitted he was ‘relieved’ the Home Office will not seek to strip him of his British citizenship or deport him. 

Nimco Farah has been named as the woman who allegedly took a nine-year-old Sir Mo – whose real name is Hussein Abdi Kahin – to her flat in west London, posed as his mother and forced him to care for her children or face never seeing his family again.

She was not at home last night but a man describing himself as a relative said she was abroad and told the Daily Telegraph that it was not true that Sir Mo was trafficked and ‘when she comes back, we will decide’ if she will respond publicly. He added: ‘In Somaliland there’s nothing called trafficking or child abuse or stuff like that’.

Mukhtar Farah, who is believed to be separated from his wife and is now understood to live in Manchester, is currently in Somalia. He told The Telegraph: ‘I am not ready for an interview. Maybe next time. I am not feeling well.’

He was the man that Sir Mo had previously said was his IT consultant father, until yesterday the athlete revealed his father was actually a farmer from Somaliland called Abdi, who was killed by bazooka fire while working the fields in the country’s civil war when he was four.

Sir Mo told the BBC of the woman he claims kept him a slave: ‘The production team contacted the lady. She didn’t want to say anything. That’s all I know. I’m not in touch with her and I don’t want to be’. 

After he was finally allowed to go to school aged around 11, Sir Mo eventually told his PE teacher Alan Watkinson the truth and moved to live with his friend’s mother, Kinsi, who ‘really took great care’ of him and he ended up staying for seven years. Kinsi is believed to be Mukhtar’s sister and Nimco’s sister in law.

Kinsi told Sir Mo of her sister-in-law: ‘She didn’t bring you to be a human being’, adding that she told social services that she was his aunt – so they handed him over. She added: ‘This name is gift that Allah gave to you. It’s good that you have your real name now’.


A male relative of the woman accused of keeping Sir Mo Farah as a child slave today denied that the Team GB athlete was trafficked. He was taken in by Kinsi Farah, who ‘really took great care’ of him and he ended up staying for seven years. Kinsi is believed to be Mukhtar’s sister and Nimco’s sister in law.

An undated picture of Mo Farah as a young boy in Somaliland before being trafficked into Britain, where he spent his early years in domestic servitude

Mo Farah says he was trafficked into UK and spent years in domestic servitude. Pictured: Sir Mo with his mother Aisha during filming. She says she sent him away to relatives to save his life in the war – but never thought she’d see him again

1983: Sir Mo Farah is born Hussein Abdi Kahin in Somaliland

1987: The family becomes torn apart when his father dies in the war when he is aged just four.  Separated from his mother, he and Hassan were sent to live with relatives – described as an aunt and uncle – in Djibouti in the Horn of Africa. 

1993: He is smuggled into the UK as an illegal immigrant under a false passport bearing his new identity ‘Mo Farah’ – a name that had been stolen from another child.

1994: He is enrolled in a tough junior school in the predominantly white area of Feltham, west London, where his refusal to be cowed meant he was forever getting into fights. 

After what is believed to be two to three years he confides in PE teacher Alan Watkinson, who alerts social services to his situation and he is subsequently placed into the care of another family.

He went to live with the aunt of the real Mohamed Farah, Kinsi, who had been told he was in the UK because all his family had died.

She said: ‘I tried to find out what is going on with you. The lady, she always make you do the housework, to have the kids, give them their milk, to change their nappy and all these things. What I know is she didn’t bring you as a human being, to help you, no. If I tell you the truth, this is not your fault. Your name is a gift to you, our gift to you.’ Her nephew is the real Mo Farah. 

1997: Mo is selected to represent England at an international meet in Latvia. However, he does not hold the documentation to be able to travel for the event. Mr Watkinson then helps the then teenager apply for UK citizenship.

2000: Farah is granted British citizenship.

2012: Representing GB, Mo wins the gold medal in the Men’s 5,000 and 10,000 metres at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

2017: The Olympic champion is knighted for services to athletics at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace he attends with wife Tania in November 2017.

2022: Sir Mo Farah has revealed in a BBC documentary that he was brought into the UK illegally under the name of another child. 

Sir Mo Farah says he is ‘relieved’ that the Home Office does not plan to take action against him after revealing he was brought to UK illegally as a child — as couple accused of trafficking him could face police investigation.

The four-time Olympic champion, 39, said there were a lot of people he ‘owed my life to’ and that had given him the ‘strength’ to talk about his past.

Sir Mo, born born Hussein Abdi Kahin, has revealed in a BBC documentary titled The Real Mo Farah how he was brought to Britain from Somalia illegally, having assumed the name of another child, after his father was killed in the civil war.

He was later helped to move away from the alleged traffickers and obtain UK citizenship by his school PE teacher Alan Watkinson, while still using the name Mohamed Farah.

The UK Home Office has the power to legally strip individuals of their British citizenship if it is found to have been obtained illegally.

But the department has since said that it would be taking no action ‘whatsoever’ against the athlete.

However the couple who are accused of trafficking the sports star to the UK could face an investigation, after the Met Police said that it is ‘assessing’ the allegations.

In the documentary being aired tonight, Sir Mo details his arrival in the UK aged nine, adding that he was forced to cook and clean for the family that brought him to Britain, working as a domestic servant and looking after children younger than him

Sir Mo Farah has said he was forced to cook, clean and change nappies after he was trafficked to the UK as a nine-year-old.

The four-time Olympic gold medallist was given a false name and taken to Hounslow in west London to work as a family’s domestic servant.

“I wasn’t allowed to play with any other kids, I wasn’t allowed to be myself,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

“I had to cook, clean, and that was… that was tough for me. And all I ever wanted as a kid was to have my parents, or to have people that will care for you.

“Early on, I knew at that point, no-one was going to be there for me, so I just learned to block it out.

“On a day-to-day basis it was all around them, it wasn’t about me. Cook, clean, pick them up, change diapers – everything you can think of, I was doing it.”

It comes as a Number 10 spokesman called the Olympic champion a ‘sporting hero’, describing the start as ‘an inspiration to people across the country’.

‘It is a shocking reminder of the horrors that people face when they are trafficked,’ they added. ‘And we must continue to clamp down on these criminals who take advantage of vulnerable people.’

Asked if the Home Office would be taking any action against Sir Mo, he said: ‘Absolutely not.

‘I think the Home Office has been very clear that no action whatsoever will be taken against Sir Mo and that is in line with the guidance.’

This is because as a nine-year-old he had no control over being trafficked into Britain – and was also below the age of criminal responsibility, which is 10 in the UK. 

Asked during a BBC interview how he felt about the Government’s response, Sir Mo said ‘I feel relieved’.

‘This is my country, if it wasn’t for Alan (Watkinson) and the people that supported me throughout my childhood then maybe I wouldn’t even have the courage to be doing this.

‘There’s a lot of people that have been very supportive, particularly my wife, throughout my career and gave me the strength to come and talk about it and telling me it’s okay to do this.’

It comes after the Metropolitan Police said it was ‘assessing’ Sir Mo’s allegations that he was trafficked into the UK as a child and forced to work as a domestic servant.

The Met Police said in a statement: ‘We are aware of reports in the media concerning Sir Mo Farah.

‘No reports have been made to the MPS (the Metropolitan Police Service) at this time.

‘Specialist officers are currently assessing the available information.’

The force added that officers believe child victims of modern slavery exist in every London borough, telling the newspaper that they may be working in a range of roles, from construction to cannabis factories or car washes and nail bars. 

 

Sir Mo Farah says he is ‘relieved’ that the Home Office does not plan to take action against him after revealing he was brought to UK illegally as a child. Pictured at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil

The Home Office said that it would be taking no action ‘whatsoever’ against the athlete (pictured in the documentary)

Sir Mo Farah with his former PE teacher Alan Watkinson during the filming of the BBC documentary. Mr Watkinson helped young Mo move away from the alleged traffickers and obtain UK citizenship

Mo admits he feels ‘lifted’: What the star athlete said in the past and what he has revealed is the truth about his life

Where was he born?

In his autobiography

In his 2013 book he said he was born in Mogadishu, Somalia, and spent most of his early life in Djibouti before fleeing the war.

He insisted that his father was an IT consultant of Somali heritage called Muktar, who was born and brought up in London. He then claimed his father spent time Mogadishu and met his mother Aisha before returning to the UK.

The truth 

Mo Farah revealed his father was actually a farmer called Abdi, who was killed in the war when he was four.

He said: ‘Most people know me as Mo Farah, but it’s not my name or it’s not the reality. The real story is I was born in Somaliland, north of Somalia, as Hussein Abdi Kahin. Despite what I’ve said in the past, my parents never lived in the UK.

‘When I was four my dad was killed in the civil war. I was separated from my mother, and I was brought into the UK illegally under the name of another child called Mohamed Farah’.

When did he go to the UK?

In his autobiography 

Mo said he and several siblings followed their father when he was nine – but not his twin brother. 

He said in his book: ‘I just remembered being excited and you know obviously seeing my Dad was a big part for me. I was just excited to come off the plane (and) I met him … it was very exciting just going to school’, adding that his father had taught him some ‘simple words’ to get by.

The truth

During the documentary, Farah said he thought he was going to Europe to live with relatives and recalled going through a UK passport check under the guise of Mohamed Farah at the age of eight or nine. The passport had his photo on it – but another boy’s name.

He said: ‘I had all the contact details for my relative and once we got to her house, the lady took it off me and right in front of me ripped them up and put it in the bin and at that moment I knew I was in trouble.’

The athlete travelled back to his childhood home in Hounslow recalling ‘not great memories’ where he was not treated as part of the family.

He said: ‘If I wanted food in my mouth my job was to look after those kids, shower them, cook for them, clean for them, and she said, ‘If you ever want to see your family again, don’t say anything. If you say anything, they will take you away’.

‘So she told you don’t talk about anything otherwise I was in big trouble and I guess for me the only things that I could do, in my control, was to run away from this was get out and run.’

Why was his twin brother not with him?

On GMB in 2016 

Mo Farah said that while him, his two younger brothers Hassan fell ill and stayed behind with relatives in Djibouti.

Mo said: ‘I wanted him to come. But I was young at the time. I did miss him a lot. I kept thinking: ‘He’s going to come tomorrow or the next day’. And he never happened. He was sick at the time and then the civil war.

‘It was hard and I don’t blame my parents for anything you know. I’m very grateful for the life I had but at the same time, when I look at my twins and there is a moment when they play together and I think how could they ever be separated – so I don’t know what was going through their minds’.

The truth

After the father’s death, Mo’s mother Aisha sent him and his twin brother Hassan to live with an uncle in neighbouring Djibouti on the Horn of Africa. 

It was then he was told he would go to Europe before being trafficked under a new name, Mo Farah.

He said: ‘The hardest thing is admitting to myself that someone from my own family may have been involved in trafficking me. What really saved me… was I could run’. 

His mother told the documentary: ‘I sent you away because of the war. I sent you off to your uncle in Djibouti so you could have something.

‘I lost contact with you. We didn’t have phones, roads or anything. There was nothing here. The land was devastated. I left you both with your uncle.’

Figures from the world of politics have praised Sir Mo as ‘truly inspirational’ and a ‘great Briton’ after he revealed he was trafficked into the UK as a child.

Tory leadership hopeful Nadhim Zahawi praised Sir Mo as a ‘truly inspirational’ role model after the revelations and reflected on his own experiences of ‘fleeing’ from Iraq as I child. Similarly, London Mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted his support for the Olympian.

‘Everything Sir Mo has survived proves he’s not only one of our greatest Olympians but a truly great Briton,’ he said.

Following the shock announcement, Sir Mo said he is ‘really proud’ of the documentary, which enabled him to ‘address and learn more’ about his past and his journey to Britain.

In the film he cries as he reveals: ‘Most people know me as Mo Farah, but it’s not my name or it’s not the reality. The real story is I was born in Somaliland, north of Somalia, as Hussein Abdi Kahin. Despite what I’ve said in the past, my parents never lived in the UK.

‘When I was four my dad was killed in the civil war. I was separated from my mother, and I was brought into the UK illegally under the name of another child called Mohamed Farah.

‘To be able to face it and talk about the facts, how it happened, why it happened, it’s tough. The truth is I’m not who you think I am. And now whatever the cost, I need to tell my real story’.

During the documentary, Sir Mo visits the shack he lived in with his uncle in Djibouti, where he was trafficked from. He also visits his mother Aisha and family in Somaliland.

Mo also speaks to the real Mohamed Farah – and thanks him for letting him use his name.

His wife of 12 years, Tania Farah, has said that she only learned the truth before their 2010 wedding as she realised ‘there was lots of missing pieces to his story’. He initially denied he was lying to her but she eventually ‘wore him down with the questioning’ and he told the truth.

His children also appear to have learned the truth recently. ‘That’s the main reason in telling my story because I want to feel normal and… don’t feel like you’re holding on to something’, he said.

He said: ‘I’ve been keeping it for so long, it’s been difficult because you don’t want to face it and often my kids ask questions, ‘Dad, how come this?’ And you’ve always got an answer for everything, but you haven’t got an answer for that’.

The Real Mo Farah will air at 6am on BBC iPlayer and 9pm on BBC One today.

Until today, Sir Mo had claimed he had fled civil war in Somalia with his parents and came to London as a refugee. He then said he moved in with his aunt and uncle after his father lost interest and his mother returned home after they divorced.

He insisted that his father was an IT consultant of Somali heritage called Muktar, who was born and brought up in London. He then claimed his father spent time Mogadishu and met his mother before returning to the UK. Mo said he and several siblings followed.

But today he said his father was actually a farmer called Abdi, who was killed in the war. 

He said: ‘My dad went to look after cattle and never came back. Due to the civil war happening between the North and the South, there were a lot of people fighting where he was.

‘There was a massive bazooka shot. It hit the ground and flew into pieces and one piece hit him on the head and just straight off, off the head there. To me the hardest thing is, till this day, is like, I don’t even know what he looked like.’

In his 2013 autobiography, given the name ‘Twin Ambitions’ because he has an older twin, he described coming to Britain as a refugee with his father – which was a fabrication.

In the book he said he was born in Mogadishu, Somalia, and spent most of his early life in Djibouti with his parents before fleeing the war.

He said: ‘I just remembered being excited and you know obviously seeing my Dad was a big part for me. I was just excited to come off the plane (and) I met him … it was very exciting just going to school’, adding that his father had taught him some ‘simple words’ to get by.

But in fact his father was killed by a bazooka when he was four and his mother has never been to the UK. In the aftermath he and his twin brother Hassan were sent to live with relatives in Djibouti in the Horn of Africa. His mother Aisha sent him there for his safety – where it appears his family were involved in his trafficking.

Sir Mo did the ‘golden double double’ – gold medals in the 5,000m and 10,000m at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games – but until now it appears that only his wife, close family and the PE teacher who saved him from domestic slavery knew his secret.

The Olympic champion completely overturns the already extraordinary story of his life. In the BBC show he tells his true story and meets the real Mo Farah, the Somali boy whose identity was stolen to get him into Britain.

For the first few years the family didn’t allow him to go to school, but when he was about 12 he enrolled in Year 7 at Feltham Community College. Sir Mo has not revealed why he has told his story now, at the age of 39 and after one of the most glittering of sporting careers under the name that wasn’t really his, but admitted that he had feared that the truth would see him deported and losing his British citizenship.

A childhood photograph of Sir Mo Farah competing in the Southern Counties Cross Championships in 1998

The Olympic champion pictured with wife Tania after being honoured at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace in November 2017

Sir Mo Farah holds a union jack aloft as he celebrates winning gold in the Men’s 5000m Final on Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games

Sir Mo kneels as he is made a Knight Bachelor of the British Empire by the Queen at a Buckingham Palace ceremony in November 2017

In the documentary, barrister Alan Briddock admits his nationality was technically ‘obtained by fraud or misrepresentations’.

But he added: ‘Basically, the definition of trafficking is transportation for exploitative purposes. In your case, you were obliged as a very small child yourself to look after small children and to be a domestic servant. And then you told the relevant authorities, ‘that is not my name’. All of those combine to lessen the risk that the Home Office will take away your nationality.’

Sir Mo tells his wife Tania, his childhood sweetheart from school: ‘I don’t think I was ever ready to say anything, not because you want to lie but because you are protecting yourself.’ It is understood that he is now seeking legal advice on how to engage with the Home Office – but he has been given the assurance that he will not be punished.

Star athlete thanks the real Mo Farah for letting him have his name 

Mo Farah, the real Mo Farah, talking to Olympic runner Mo Farah whose real name is Hussein Abdi Kahin during filming for the documentary

Sir Mo Farah, who came to the UK illegally under another child’s name, said it felt like something had been ‘lifted’ off his shoulders after speaking to his namesake Mohamed Farah.

The 39-year-old, who was the first British track and field athlete to win four Olympic gold medals, revealed the true story about his childhood in BBC documentary The Real Mo Farah.

He was brought to the UK with a woman and her children under the pretence she would be taking him to stay with a relative, but in fact he was forced to look after the children and do chores around the flat in Hounslow in London.

After disclosing the truth to his school, Sir Mo went to live with the aunt of the real Mohamed Farah, Kinsi, who had been told he was in the UK because all his family had died.

She said: ‘I tried to find out what is going on with you. The lady, she always make you do the housework, to have the kids, give them their milk, to change their nappy and all these things.

‘What I know is she didn’t bring you as a human being, to help you, no. If I tell you the truth, this is not your fault. Your name is a gift to you, our gift to you.’

Kinsi revealed she had got back in contact with her nephew Mr Farah and the pair video called him during the documentary to Sir Mo’s surprise.

Speaking on the phone, Sir Mo said: ‘I can’t believe that I’m speaking to you. I carry your name and for many, many years, I carry that with me and I’m proud you know what I have achieved.

‘But as a person I always wonder where’s Mohamed, is he okay, what would life have been like for him?

‘I think about it all the time and in person I just wanted to get in touch and to see how you’re doing.’

Mr Farah said he wasn’t married or had any children just yet but had seen Sir Mo running on the TV and was an Arsenal football fan.

When Sir Mo asked if he is allowed to come to the UK, Mr Farah, whose country was not disclosed, said: ‘I don’t think so. I would love to come to the UK. I would personally like to meet you.’

Sir Mo added: ‘I will try my best to make that happen. I just wanna say one thing to you, thank you so much, I use your name.

‘I came here as a child and I just wanna say thank you and it’s been hard, difficult.’

Mr Farah said: ‘It’s okay, you’re still my brother.’

Later in the documentary, Sir Mo said it felt ‘amazing’ and it was a ‘relief’ to speak to his namesake.

‘I didn’t get the answer that I was looking for, why was I brought over here?

‘I still don’t know, but most importantly for me today, the answer I got, that relief from Mohamed saying, you’re still my brother and for me, I couldn’t ask for a better thing.

‘I feel like something’s been lifted off of my shoulders. But that’s just me. I don’t know how everyone’s gonna see it,’ he said.

Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi has praised Sir Mo Farah as a ‘truly inspirational’ role model after the Olympic champion revealed he was trafficked to the UK as a child.

Asked how it made him feel reading Sir Mo’s story, the Tory leadership hopeful told BBC Breakfast: ‘Heartbroken, painful. I was very lucky that I had my parents with me when we fled Iraq.

‘It was difficult no doubt, I was 11 years old, I didn’t understand why we were fleeing Saddam Hussein, I knew he was a dictator, I knew he was bad.

‘All I can say is I salute Mo Farah, what an amazing human being to go through that trauma in childhood and to come through it and be such a great role model is truly inspirational – and exemplary.’

Sir Mo Farah’s life story is an ‘amazing’ one of ‘someone overcoming adversity’, a fellow Olympian and friend has said.

The success achieved by Sir Mo after being brought to the UK illegally under the name of another child has ‘got to be a warming story’ but with a thread of sadness, former athlete Sir Brendan Foster said.

Sir Brendan hailed Sir Mo for having shown a ‘steely determination’ in his life, saying he had been ‘absolutely staggered’ by the news which is revealed in a BBC documentary this week.

Sir Brendan told BBC Radio Four’s Today programme: ‘I’m absolutely staggered really because I thought I knew the Mo Farah story and I thought I knew Mo Farah really well. I’ve known him for more than 20 years since he was a young kid.’

He said what Sir Mo has been through is ‘a Hollywood movie’.

He added: ‘You just have to feel so sorry for the man. And then when you think about it, the Mo Farah story is a fantastic story itself. But then when you see, when you realise what was behind the story, it’s a Hollywood movie now.

‘And you don’t know whether it’s a sad Hollywood movie, or it’s a happy Hollywood movie. But it’s a great story and he’s a great man and you know, he hasn’t lied to anybody but imagine having to bury that, live with that story that he’s going to tell us probably when we watch it on TV. But it’s an amazing, successful story of someone overcoming adversity.’

Asked if he had ever seen any hint of the pain that was behind Sir Mo’s well-known grins, he said: ‘No, I just saw the grins and the silly behaviour and the way he laughed so easily.

‘But when you think about it, if you think about the darkness that was in there, and behind this story, it is amazing that he came out – first of all with the light-hearted personality that he has, and then secondly, somewhere in there, the steely determination.

‘This is a great story. It’s a great story and it’s got to be a warming story but it’s got that thread of sort of sadness and (I) feel for Mo, I mean, what must he have suffered in those early years?’

Few could have imagined what lay ahead for Mo Farah. One day, the youngster was told he would be going to stay with other relatives in Europe. In fact, he was smuggled into the UK as an illegal immigrant under a false passport bearing his new identity ‘Mohamed Farah’ – a name that had been stolen from another child. And was told by his captor to use that name, do chores and look after her young children or face deportation.

In the programme, available on BBC iPlayer tomorrow morning and broadcast on BBC1 tomorrow evening, we see an immigration barrister tell Sir Mo that – even though he was a blameless child, and social services had been informed of the truth of his situation – there was still a ‘real risk’ he could be stripped of his British citizenship.

This was because there were ‘false representations’ that meant his nationality was obtained by fraud.

Far from him coming to the UK to live with his father, his father was in fact dead – a victim of the civil war in his native Somalia. And, incredibly, Mo Farah is not even his real name.

The original back story was that he arrived in Britain as an eight-year-old and lived with an aunt and uncle because his father showed little interest in him.

Equipped with just three English phrases – ‘Excuse me’, ‘Where is the toilet?’ and ‘C’mon then’ – he was enrolled in a tough junior school in the predominantly white area of Feltham, west London, where his refusal to be cowed meant he was forever getting into fights.

His troubled upbringing was splashed across the papers after he achieved a golden double – in the 5,000 and 10,000 metres – at the 2012 Games in London. 

But it was far from the full story. Yes, Sir Mo Farah, as he is today, was born in wartorn Somalia. But almost everything else about his early life is fiction.

Most sensational of all is the bombshell that the young Mo did not come to this country legally.

Instead, he was ‘trafficked’ into Britain and spent years in domestic servitude, forced to be a skivvy for the family of the woman who brought him here. 

‘There is a something about me you don’t know,’ Sir Mo tells us at the beginning of the BBC programme. 

‘It’s a secret I’ve been hiding since I was a child. And to be able to face it and talk about the facts, how it happened, why it happened, is tough. 

‘The truth is I’m not who you think I am. And now, whatever the cost, I need to tell the real story.’

Over the course of the next soul-searching hour, Sir Mo, 39, does just that.

At one point, he produces his visa document, saying: ‘Yeah that’s my photo, but it’s not my name.’

In fact, Sir Mo was born Hussein Abdi Kahin, something he only fully comprehended much later – and is still struggling to make sense of.

Since his harrowing childhood in west London – ‘when I would lock myself in the bathroom and cry and there was nobody there to help’ – he has found contentment as a family man with wife Tania and their four children.

Certainly, the various books written about him – including his own autobiography – will have to be adapted in the light of the disclosures. 

 

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