Organisation that claimed 1.2 million children disappeared in Banbury denied charitable status

The charity tribunal decided that the Charity Commission was correct to deny charitable status to the Banbury Children's Foundation

An organisation that was set up to investigate claims of a government conspiracy to cover up the alleged disappearance of 1.2 million children in the Banbury area has been refused charitable status after an appeal heard at the charity tribunal.

In tribunal papers published last month, the Banbury Children’s Foundation was told by the tribunal that its application to be a charity, which was originally rejected by the Charity Commission, did not contain purposes that were "exclusively charitable and for the public benefit".

The Banbury Children’s Foundation was set up, according to the tribunal papers, to investigate a "nationwide child trafficking operation in which the government is complicit and which the police are prevented by law from investigating or stopping".

The tribunal papers said that the organisation’s founder, Tobias Yeats, claimed he "had seen" – over a five-month period – 1.2 million children in Banbury, Oxfordshire who were being trafficked.

Census data shows that Banbury had a population of 46,853 in 2011.

Yeats claimed that "the trafficking is achieved by the use of particular software in mobile telephony networks that emit messages or sounds in a particular language that can be heard by the public at large, but which is particularly appealing to teenagers and young adults", according to the tribunal papers.

"Mr Yeats had heard these messages and has done so even when he is not using a mobile phone handset," the tribunal papers said.

But according to the papers, "Mr Yeats did not produce any evidence to support his belief that these trafficking activities are taking place other than his own account and his reporting of conversations and correspondence that he has had with others, including those in positions of power whom he believes share his concerns".

Letters from Prince Charles and the Formula One team Red Bull Racing that Yeats claimed showed backing for his investigation were dismissed by the tribunal judge as "no more than standard letters acknowledging correspondence, with no indication of support".

The tribunal therefore dismissed Yeats’s appeal on the grounds that the foundation’s purposes "are not exclusively charitable and are not for the public benefit".

A spokeswoman for the Charity Commission said: "As with any application for registration, we carefully considered the information presented by Banbury Children’s Foundation so as to understand the organisation’s purposes.

"We were unable to establish that its purposes would be exclusively charitable and were therefore not satisfied that it could be registered as a charity. This decision was challenged in the First-tier Tribunal, which upheld our decision."

A spokeswoman for the regulator was unable to confirm how much the commission had been forced to spend defending the case.

Nobody from the Banbury Children’s Foundation responded to a request for comment from Third Sector.

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