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Check is made on cult premises

Title: Check is made on cult premises
Date: Saturday, 3 August 1968
Publisher: Evening News (Edinburgh)
Authors: Logan Robertson, Nigel Hawkins
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The premises in North-East Thistle Street Lane, Edinburgh, occupied by the Scientology administered Publications Organisation World Wide, have been inspected by the Sanitary Department of Edinburgh Corporation public health authority.

A spokesman for the department said they found nothing to report, "except a few minor infringements of the Office, Shops, and Railway Premises Act, which will be attended to. There was no evidence of employees sleeping on the premises."

The inspection was carried out after the Sanitary Department had been approached by Councillor Rupert Speyer, following allegations by a 15-year-old girl about conditions of work at North-East Thistle Street Lane.

The "Evening News" carried out a special investigation into the story told by the girl Kathleen Riley, of 31 Niddrie Marischal Place, who has now been declared an "Enemy" by the Scientology cult.


Councillor Speyer said today that he had not been informed by the Sanitary Department that an inspection had been carried out, but expected that they would be communicating with him to this effect.

Kathleen, who told the "Evening News" of her experiences while employed for five weeks by the cult — she has now left her £9 a week job — said they had declared her an "Enemy" of their organisation.

"I called at the offices yesterday to settle my pay and records now that I'm in another job and was told by friends there that the staff I had been told to 'disconnect' from me."

They had been asked, she went on, to write out five times "I disconnect from Kathleen Riley."