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Yard probes mind cult

Title: Yard probes mind cult
Date: Wednesday, 31 July 1968
Publisher: Daily Mail (UK)
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SCOTLAND YARD detectives are investigating Scientology, the American-devised mind cult.

Their report will go to the Home Office.

Last week, Health Minister Kenneth Robinson told the Commons that the cult was socially harmful and that foreigners would not be allowed into Britain for Scientology courses.

But 20 American Scientologists were let in yesterday — because they said they were on holiday.

A family of seven Scientologists on the same plane at Heathrow were sent back because they wanted to stay for a year and did not have enough money.

A Scientology spokesman said yesterday that they planned to issue writs for alleged libel.

He said: 'They will be served on parties who have reported our activities unfairly and grossly inaccurately.'


A Transatlantic jet, which stopped over at Glasgow before continuing to London, was found littered with dozens of pamphlets and leaflets on Scientology yesterday.

Mr Raymond Berry, of Main Street, Ochiltree, Dumfriesshire, flew from Glasgow to London.

He said: 'When I got on the aircraft I noticed piles of Scientology literature on the seats and on the floor. Certainly some Scientologists must have got off at Prestwick.'

A big influx of Scientologists is expected at this yen's Edinburgh Festival.

Miss Madeline Litchfield, 21, a 'communicator' at the new Scottish Scientology headquarters in Edinburgh, said yesterday: 'We put he Festival on our pamphlets which were sent to memmbers.

'All Scientologists love aesthetic things — and the Festival is wonderful.'