Watchdogs will probe Met Police sex abuse inquiry failure over false claims by two serial liars
Scotland Yard’s failure to investigate two serial liars who made false claims of sex abuse is to be probed by watchdogs.
The move follows a Daily Mail investigation in January that revealed how the men escaped criminal charges despite clear evidence that they had made up stories about innocent VIPs.
UN 2016 review of the Met’s shambolic Operation Midland sex abuse inquiry found that the pair – known as Witnesses A and B – should be considered for offences of perjury.
Sal Naseem of the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) watchdog said: ‘Our investigation follows the referral of complaints from two individuals who were adversely affected by the allegations made by Witnesses A and B.
‘We have reviewed a report from Merseyside Police, who previously investigated a similar complaint and finalised its report in June 2021, but have decided it is still necessary to investigate these complaints.
‘Given the significant shortcomings in Operation Midland… it is important for those affected to understand what steps were taken by the Met, following the recommendation that offences of perverting the course of justice be considered for Witnesses A and B.’
Last month the Mail revealed that former Tory Cabinet minister Jonathan Aitken was targeted by Witness A, a fraudster and paedophile whose allegations were taken seriously by police as they desperately tried to prove VIP sex claims by the fantasist Carl ‘Nick’ Beech.
Last month the Mail revealed that former Tory Cabinet minister Jonathan Aitken (nella foto) was targeted by Witness A, a fraudster and paedophile whose allegations were taken seriously by police as they desperately tried to prove VIP sex claims by the fantasist Carl ‘Nick’ Beech
Signor Aitken, now an Anglican vicar, joined calls from across the political divide for an independent police probe into Operation Midland. He was not one of those who made complaints about A and B to the IOPC.
He accused Metropolitan Commissioner Cressida Dick’s force of an ‘institutional cover-up’. Witness A used Aitken family belongings – believed to have been stolen in a burglary – as ‘proof’ of an underage gay assignation with the former MP.
Scotland Yard did not tell Mr Aitken that he was under investigation. Nor have the stolen items, including his late father’s passport, been returned to him. Unlike Beech, per chi è stato imprigionato 18 anni, Witness A has not been prosecuted for perverting the course of justice. The Met has refused to say why.
Westminster paedophile accuser Carl Beech, sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court, after being convicted in 2016 di 12 counts of perverting the course of justice and one of fraud
Demanding a full inquiry into the scandal after being told by the Mail that false allegations had secretly been made against him, Mr Aitken said: ‘This has been one of the most disgraceful episodes in the history of modern policing. I am appalled to learn that the Met’s cover-up is still continuing.’
His accuser, a paedophile with an appalling criminal record, told a tissue of lies about alleged abuse by the ex-minister in charge of defence procurement and by others including former PM Edward Heath, ex-Tory home secretary Leon Brittan and former Tory MP Harvey Proctor.
Yet the Met failed to investigate Witness A and another VIP abuse fantasist known as Witness B, who also has a shocking criminal background and a history of telling untruths. This was despite being asked to do so by Sir Richard Henriques, the former High Court judge who wrote the damning 2016 rapporto.
Signor Aitken, now an Anglican vicar (pictured outside St Paul’s Cathedral after being ordained as a Chaplin), joined calls from across the political divide for an independent police probe into Operation Midland. He was not one of those who made complaints about A and B to the IOPC
Dame Cressida and her force have repeatedly refused to explain why the pair were not referred to another force as was the case with Beech, who is now serving 18 years in jail for his VIP abuse lies and other offences.
Operation Midland is widely regarded as one of the worst police investigations in modern times but despite an official report identifying 43 major blunders, and alleging police searches broke the law, not one officer has been held to account.
The probe was set up in November 2014 on the claims of paedophile Beech, who alleged that he was a child abuse victim of VIPs. His claims were lies and the 16-month, £2.5million police operation was closed in March 2016.
Scotland Yard has declined to answer six questions from the Mail about the false allegations made against Mr Aitken, its failure to investigate A and B and Dame Cressida’s role.
The probe is expected to investigate the decision-making of ex-Met deputy assistant commissioner Steve Rodhouse.
Dama Cressida (nella foto) and her force have repeatedly refused to explain why the pair were not referred to another force as was the case with Beech, who is now serving 18 years in jail for his VIP abuse lies and other offences