Police are stonewalling over failures
The Metropolitan Police Force spent millions of pounds of valuable resources in pursuing unfounded cases of child abuse.
The investigation was accompanied by naming and traducing public figures based on allegations made by a serial fantasist.
As this investigation collapsed the Commissioner of the Met appointed the distinguished retired judge Sir Richard Henriques to “examine how police forces can maintain the confidence of victims, while avoiding the appearance of believing any story they are told”.
Already the report is surrounded by controversy as the Met will only be publishing a summary of the conclusions as to how this investigation spiralled out of control and damaged the reputation of, among others, our most distinguished living former soldier.
Why were names revealed? Why were 20 police officers sent to the home of two people aged over 90, one suffering from dementia accompanied by a media frenzy? Why were two innocent entertainers, now exonerated, subject to this treatment?
That this happened is a scandal and we deserve answers as to how reputations were damaged.
When I learned the senior officer who has been at the forefront of stonewalling the failure of the police in investigating corruption in Tower Hamlets was briefing the press before publication of the Henriques report, I realised we have a long way to go to achieve answers.