Harvey Proctor blasts Scotland Yard ‘coverup’ culture after censored report into probe over false ‘VIP paedophile ring’ claim
Harvey Proctor has lashed out at Scotland Yard’s ‘cover-up’ culture after a heavily-censored report cleared officers of wrongdoing over the Operation Midland scandal.
The ex-Tory MP, falsely accused of child sex abuse and serial murder in the fiasco, issued a damning statement after a ‘whitewash’ inquiry exonerated officers.
Swathes of the report by Merseyside Police on behalf of the Met were redacted, meaning the rationale for controversial decisions at the end of Operation Midland remain secret.
Last night Mr Proctor said it was an ‘exquisite example of cover-up and further attempts to ensure no police officer is personally held responsible’ for Scotland Yard’s inquiry into a so-called VIP paedophile ring.
He revealed he has lodged formal complaints against the Metropolitan Police, its head of professional standards – assistant commissioner Helen Ball – and Merseyside Police over their handling of the case.
Harvey Proctor has lashed out at Scotland Yard’s ‘cover-up’ culture after a heavily-censored report cleared officers of wrongdoing over the Operation Midland scandal
Abuse fantasist Carl Beech
The former MP has also demanded that ex-deputy assistant commissioner Steve Rodhouse is properly investigated over his failure in 2016 to investigate two ‘deliberate liars’, known as witnesses A and B who made false allegations of abuse in support of fantasist Carl Beech.
Mr Proctor had asked the Independent Office for Police Conduct to investigate Mr Rodhouse. This was referred to Merseyside Police to carry out an ‘independent’ probe.
Yet Scotland Yard set the terms of reference and chose not to address the ex-MP’s complaint against Mr Rodhouse and instead looked at subsequent decision-making concerning witnesses A and B.
Mr Proctor again accused the Met of a cover-up by using so-called legal professional privilege (LPP) to redact almost the entire report.
The Met Police said: ‘Following the conclusion of this investigation, the complainant made a number of further complaints to the IOPC.
‘The IOPC has referred these to the Met which is currently considering the appropriate next steps.’