Review of VIP paedophile ring investigation could name individual police officers

first_imgFormer MP Harvey Proctor was among those who was caught up in the allegationsCredit:Paul Grover Individual police officers are expected to be criticised by an official review into the investigation of allegations that a network of senior establishment figures abused and killed young boys in the 1970s and 1980s.The inquiry, chaired by former High Court judge Sir Richard Henriques, was set up to examine whether lessons could be learned from the way police handled historic allegations of sex abuse in Operation Midland. It was reported last night that the head of the Metropolitan Police, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, had been warned that the report could be delayed because individuals who are criticised must be given the opportunity to respond before publication – a process known as ‘Maxwellisation’. Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe will receive the report The investigation was eventually closed after 16 months when the Metropolitan Police announced it had not found any evidence to substantiate the allegations.At the time, the force rejected calls to prosecute Nick for attempting to pervert the course of justice stating: “Officers have not found evidence to prove that they were knowingly misled by a complainant.”Sir Richard’s review is likely to also consider Operation Yewtree, which saw entertainer Rolf Harris convicted. The judge has spoken to numerous people involved in Operation Midland, including those who were interviewed about baseless claims. A Scotland Yard spokesman said the force would not comment on the review at this time.  Harvey Proctorcenter_img Sir Bernard Hogan Howe  Sir Bernard has indicated that his intention is to publish a summary of Sir Richard’s findings, rather than the full report. Operation Midland involved 31 full time detectives and cost £2m but failed to find any evidence to support the allegations from a man known only as Nick.’Nick’ claimed that his stepfather had sold him into a VIP paedophile ring including former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath, decorated war hero Lord Bramall, head of the army Lord Bramall and former Conservative MP, Harvey Proctor. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img


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